Saturday, September 5, 2015

City

12
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Philadelphia’s overtime expenses increased for the fourth year in a row. The city spent $159 million in overtime in fiscal year 2015, which ended June 30, according to the city’s fourth quarter report. The total spent was $37.6 million over what had been budgeted.
12
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Once a Democratic fund-raising power broker known to hobnob with mayors and congressmen, Samuel G. Kuttab is headed back to prison - this time for using his political influence in an attempt to fix a case in Philadelphia Municipal Court.
16
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Chester-Upland schools, Phila. Corp. for Aging face Moody's downgrade reviews
3
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When David Oh was scolded for falsely claiming to be a Green Beret during his 2011 Philadelphia City Council campaign, he called it a semantic slipup, saying he violated military "rules and traditions" he was "not aware of."
13
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A handful of Point Breeze community groups have filed a notice of appeal of a Zoning Board decision allowing Ori Feibush to build a 22-unit housing project...
2
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Kerry’s visit to Philadelphia came on same day President Obama got the Senate support needed to save the deal.
2
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John Dougherty, leader of the politically powerful Electricians union in Philadelphia, expanded his sphere of influence Wednesday with a new title.
1
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A lucrative 15-year franchise agreement is at stake.
2
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Controller Alan Butkovitz became the latest critic of the city's handling of the coming papal visit with the release of a survey of businesses that largely lambastes the Nutter administration's outreach efforts while offering optimism for the lucrative potential of the weekend.
2
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We asked you what issues you thought the next mayor should address once in office. Here is what you had to say.
3
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A group of activists wants inner-city fathers to walk their children to school Tuesday, the first day of class, as part of a national campaign to get fathers involved in their children's education.
3
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State Rep. Martina White, elected with the FOP’s help, is introducing a law to ensure the privacy of officers in on-duty shootings
3
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Philadelphia NOW is calling on Seth Williams to take action against two prosecutors embroiled in an email porn scandal.
4
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A call for Bailey to return a campaign donation.
4
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4
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After a lackluster summer, the busy fall political season is officially underway, and Philly’s At-Large City Council race is suddenly heating up – the GOP portion, that is.
5
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Just who will be Philly's next first lady?
8/28
City Controller Alan Butkovitz raps department for soaring overtime payments at new task force.
5
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Bailey makes a stump speech at event.
Despite lapse, Green is favored to win a seat on City Council this November.
8/29
Philadelphia City Council candidate Derek Green has been fined $1,200 by the city's ethics board for agreeing to speak at fund-raisers for a political action committee while a city employee.
8/27
As part of the city Controller’s Office ongoing investigation into the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections, the office found that overtime was prevalent within the department’s Construction Site Task Force.
8/28
The D.A. is caught in a political rip current, the feds go power crazy in Fattah case, and Councilman David Oh’s bad timing.
8/28
City Council is not happy with the Philadelphia School District - again. This spring, Council publicly blasted Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. and other officials for what it said was a lack of transparency and information, but finally agreed to parcel out $70 million in new money for the district.
8/26
Forty-one stainless steel light masts, each rising 55 feet, are being installed along North Broad Street, a project Mayor Nutter on Wednesday said would make the stretch a "more attractive, safer, better-lighted, certainly, and inviting place to walk for customers and residents."
8/27
F&M poll finds a majority of voters hold the Republican-controlled Legislature responsible for the lack of a state budget
8/27
A demolition contractor that had been flagged by Philadelphia officials for having knocked down several properties without required permits was later given 12 city demolition contracts, a review by the city controller found.
2/19
This map shows how the the city's Actual Value Initiative (AVI) is affecting the average residential market value and tax bill for the Geographic Market Areas with 10 or more properties.
8/24
Several years ago, wire trash can bins were removed by the Streets Department with no plan for what would happen next.
8/24
When a supporter of City Councilman David Oh offered to give beyond what the city's campaign finance laws allowed to his reelection bid, Oh didn't turn the man away. Instead, the city's ethics board said Monday, Oh told him to give to another political committee, which then funneled the money to Oh's coffers.
8/24
Let's get this out of the way: Republican Ross Feinberg stands little chance of defeating Democrat Ron Donatucci's general election bid for a 10th term as register of wills in Philadelphia.
8/26
For motorists stuck in traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway or I-95, it may be of little comfort, but highway congestion in the Philadelphia region isn't as bad as it is in many other urban areas.
8/17
From last week's news: NBC10 has dropped plans to televise a Philadelphia mayoral debate between Democrat Jim Kenney and Republican Melissa Murray Bailey due to Kenney's demands about certain camera angles.
8/27
Hundreds of former state prosecutor Frank Fina’s pornographic emails were released yesterday.
8/20
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is under investigation by a federal grand jury that has subpoenaed his political campaign's financial records to determine if he misspent funds on personal expenses, according to sources familiar with the probe.
8/21
The city will spend more than $500 million over 10years to transform the Sharswood/Blumberg community.
8/20
Study found that 29 percent of city contracts went to these businesses.
8/19
The email's author was an assistant sergeant-at-arms for City Council.
8/19
Philadelphia's Office of Information Technology is investigating whether city employees used the city's email system and computers to access a website that promotes extramarital affairs.
8/19
The city awarded $267 million in contracts to the minority, female and disabled businesses representing 29 percent of the contracts for which such businesses are available, the Office of Economic Opportunity reported.
8/19
When Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia next month, he’ll be visiting the largest American city to have locally decriminalized marijuana. The millions of Catholics gathering for the World Meeting of Families in September are also covered by the policy.
8/19
Is state Rep. Brian Sims pondering a congressional run for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's seat?
8/19
They talked potholes, building heights, and more.
8/18
It's a strategy at odds with Kenney’s platform.
8/18
Fellow commissioners blasted Clark for setting poor example for voters by not voting himself.
8/14
Layers of wooden boards from a collapsed rowhouse were spread and blocking a small Center City street Friday afternoon, nearly 48 hours after the three-story structure came tumbling down.
8/15
Attorney Carl Singley was appointed, quietly, to the port authority board following the resignation of Whitney White
8/14
After 12 years as City Hall bureau chief for KYW Newsradio, Mike Dunn has said he is leaving the station.
8/13
Better late than never, as they say.
8/13
Philadelphia mayoral candidate Jim Kenney is ready for his close-up - as long as his is the only face in the camera's frame.
8/12
Jim Foster will remain on the ballot for mayor.
8/12
Submitted memo had more than 60 prerequisites.
8/12
Jim Kenney is ready for his close up...as long as his is the only face in the camera's frame.
8/12
Three new Democrats were elected yesterday, replacing two reps who took bribes and one who went to the state Senate.
8/11
Philadelphia Democrats went three-for-three Tuesday in seeking state House seats up for grabs in a special election. Winning those seats were former City Councilman Ed Neilson; Donna Bullock, a former special assistant to City Council President Darrell L. Clarke; and Joanna McClinton, who was chief counsel to State Sen. Anthony H. Williams.
8/11
NEW YORK - Joseph White had been arrested for having Xanax without a prescription, but since being sentenced to treatment, his drug tests have been clean.
8/11
City Council may not be invited to the bargaining table where Philadelphia officials and Comcast Corp. executives are working out a new 15-year franchise agreement. But the legislative chamber is nonetheless making known its wish list of what it hopes Comcast can deliver.
8/12
His voters still love him. They love him so much, they had him in tears as they got ready to choose his replacement.
8/16
Layers of wooden boards from a collapsed rowhouse were spread and blocking a small Center City street Friday afternoon, nearly 48 hours after the three-story structure came tumbling down.
8/7
A sudden retirement led to rumors about a former Philly police commander.
8/11
PHILADELPHIA-AREA voters in three legislative districts will head to the polls to pick a new state representative in today's special elections. Here's a look at who's running for each district seat:
8/10
After a low-level campaign this summer, special elections will be held Tuesday to fill three state House seats, each of which will be on the ballot again in 2016.
8/11
For a reminder of the sting that opened up two of three state House seats being filled in Tuesday's special elections, one need only look at the race being run by a Democrat in one of those districts.
8/6
Juan Padilla said he believes stress and fear of having to move caused his mother’s death; family members own several houses in one block.
8/6
The city might have to use some of the $2 million it earned in a tax lien sale this summer to buy back some of the very liens it sold.
8/6
The question of eminent domain and PHA's plan for a 10-year redevelopment in North Philadelphia neighborhood has pushed former activists into the campaign.
8/6
A special election will be held to replace former state Reps. Ron Waters and John Sabatina Jr.
8/6
Closing the Ben Franklin Bridge and setting up a perimeter closed to cars are just some of the precautions.
8/6
Sources say state Attorney General Kathleen Kane is about to face criminal charges.
8/5
Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz is calling on the Water Revenue Bureau to increase oversight of its process for adjusting bills, arguing that its system invites abuse by employees.
8/3
There never seems to be a bad time in Philadelphia for a refresher course on ethics in government. Let's go to summer school today for a pop quiz, courtesy of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics.
8/4
A Philadelphia Special Pension Commission unanimously approved Tuesday a state-required analysis of the city’s pension plan. The report, which was done by the pension board’s actuary Cheiron, compares the city’s pension benefits to six other cities and states — Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania
7/20
Her low-key campaign recently gained some attention.
7/30
If he is mayor, former City Councilman Jim Kenney, likely won’t have his passport stamped as much as Mayor Nutter. Kenney’s vision to get international business to Philadelphia includes expanding the port and airport, and not so much traveling overseas.
7/29
Forget about a Sam Katz-Bill Green ticket for the Nov. 3 general election for City Council. The two politicians said Wednesday night they have decided against registering as their own political party to seek two of the seven City Council at-large seats set aside in the City Charter for a minority political party.
7/28
In a week, more than 36,000 Philadelphia public housing residents will be asked to take their cigarettes outside, an unprecedented bid to try to improve the health of some of the city's neediest tenants.
7/24
The former "hanging judge" of Philadelphia Traffic Court - a man so known for meting out tough justice to scofflaws that colleagues nicknamed him "the Terminator" - caught a break Friday when it came time for him to face up to his own crimes.
7/23
Black barbers in Philadelphia will "cut through misinformation and lack of information on elections" with a project called Sharp Insight.
7/23
On matters of land use, Philadelphia City Council members have long deferred to the wishes of the member whose district includes the land in question, a collegial practice known as "councilmanic prerogative."
7/21
The only Philadelphia Traffic Court judge convicted on corruption charges tied to the court's ticket-fixing culture may just walk away with one of the lightest sentences in the case.
7/21
The criminal conflict-of-interest trial of former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. will likely go to the jury Wednesday after a full day of testimony in which a state prosecutor ended his case and Berry's lawyers began their defense.
7/21
The union was among 10 fined for violations leading up to the May primary election.
6/22
City Commissioners Chairman Anthony Clark has agreed to pay $4,000 in fines for ethics violations in connection with efforts to secure a raise for his brother, a commissioners' employee.
7/17
Fred "Bubble" Carter lit a cigarette in his left hand Friday afternoon as he stood on the grounds of the Spring Garden Apartments and savored something that early next month will be against the rules.
7/17
Judge rejects union boss’ appeal, quotes Shakespeare
7/16
The city's fiscal overseer, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, approved Mayor Nutter's final five-year spending plan Thursday, despite concerns raised by the city controller that Philadelphia's government could be facing significant deficits by 2017.
7/15
Of the four countries Nutter has visited on official business this summer only one - Mexico - was paid for with city money.
7/14
As New York City prepares to do away with cash bail for thousands of low-level offenders charged with nonviolent crimes, Jim Kenney is weighing a bail reform proposal for Philadelphia, part of a broader plan to address the city's overcrowded prisons in the event that he wins the mayor's office this fall.
7/15
Mayor Nutter was set to depart Tuesday night for a six-day trade mission to Germany and Israel, to encourage companies there to do business in Philadelphia and local firms to expand into those foreign markets.
7/10
Philadelphia's City Controller on Friday called on the city's state-appointed fiscal watchdog to reject Philadelphia's recently passed five-year budget...
7/6
Candidates respond to The Next Mayor's 'Street Level.'
7/6
The commissioner of the city Department of Licenses and Inspections intervened in the demolition of a Point Breeze building in 2014, allowing the structure to come down without required permits.
7/2
Speaking with one voice, Philadelphia's mayor, City Council president, school superintendent, School Reform Commission chairwoman, and teachers' union president, and the head of a key charter school group, have told Harrisburg: Give the city schools $159 million.
7/2
A recent estimate put total unpaid city taxes at nearly $1.2 billion.
7/1
Despite Philadelphians smoking less, they are still smoking enough to help fund city schools. As the 2015 fiscal year wrapped up Tuesday, state, city and school district officials were confident they would get the $49 million they were expecting from the new $2-per-pack cigarette tax.
7/1
In a sweep of Philadelphia public schools, investigators from the City Controller's Office found a litany of health and safety threats, including exposed electrical wires, cockroaches, and widespread water damage.
7/1
City Controller Alan Butkovitz Wednesday detailed what he said were "hazardous and unsanitary" conditions inside Philadelphia schools. He said he found...
7/1
Like so much else in Philadelphia, the city’s streets are a product of its past.
6/26
The Kenney campaign is looking for a few good community organizers. Or, to be accurate, a few good community organizers-to-be.
6/26
A visual essay on the mayor's race thus far, from the lens of The Next Mayor project staff photographer.
6/25
A law that permitted the National Rifle Association to sue Philadelphia and other municipalities over local gun ordinances that are stricter than state law is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
6/24
The city's auctioning of liens on tax-delinquent properties began Wednesday morning with what officials said was a quiet but promising start.
6/24
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has agreed to change two of the most scrutinized aspects of its civil forfeiture program - a $6-million-a-year juggernaut aimed at taking cash and property out of the hands of drug dealers.
6/24
His meetings with lawmakers were "smart politics."
6/22
At the 11th hour, several community and nonprofit groups and at least one city councilwoman are crying foul over the city’s upcoming tax lien sale. The city is scheduled to start selling 1,400 tax liens on Wednesday in an online auction.
6/18
City homeless officials are grappling with a computer tech fiasco that has sabotaged their required reports to HUD.
6/22
Anthony "Tony" Fulwood, 72, a longtime police officer and bodyguard for Mayor Frank Rizzo and other politicians who was remembered as a "gentle giant," died Wednesday at his home in Wynnefield after a seven-year battle with multiple myeloma.
6/22
He wants to bring it back— if neighbors say OK.
6/9
As pay raises go, it was both big and small. A 15.4 percent bump is nice. But it only added up to $4,704 per year.
6/10
The city wants to spend $7.2 million for waterfront property to replace the House of Correction. A new jail would cost $300 to $500 million.
6/10
The city has a pending lease deal with the airlines at Philadelphia International Airport, but it could be scuttled over a City Council "labor harmony" provision making it easier for lower-paid workers at the airport to unionize.
6/19
The dark money group pumped nearly $100,000 into the mayoral primary.
6/10
City Council is expected to approve deals for both Sharswood and North Broad soon.
6/19
The mayor said the city needed Tax Increment Financing and other legislation for a $325 million overhaul of the aging mall.
6/18
More than $11.5 million was raised in the Democratic primary campaign for Philadelphia mayor this year by groups that by law were not allowed to coordinate with any of the candidates.
6/18
City Council passed a package of tax increases Thursday that will hit a wide swath of the city's taxpayers while taking in an additional $70 million for the Philadelphia School District.
6/18
A bill passed by Philadelphia City Council on Thursday aims to improve regulation of city billboards, including a requirement that for every digital billboard built, two static signs must be torn down.
6/18
The plan for a $325 million remake of the sagging Gallery mall sailed through City Council on Thursday, and the package of enabling legislation was quickly signed by Mayor Nutter.
6/17
Around City Hall, they call him "Special Ed." Ed Neilson, a member of City Council for 10 months, appears ready to resign this week so he can run in his third special election in four years.
6/17
A plan to purchase land being eyed for a new prison was shelved Wednesday after running into opposition from those who accused the city of giving prisons priority over Philadelphia's struggling school system.
6/8
There has been plenty of political chatter this year about independent candidates for mayor in the Nov. 3 general election.
6/17
He remembers the days when people washed the front steps of their tidy row houses. Now things are different.
6/16
The city’s fiscal watchdog, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, will be releasing its quarterly financial report Wednesday that shows a drastic drop in projected real estate tax revenues — $14.5 million for the city and $20 million for the School District.
6/16
But you wouldn’t know it in this year’s mayoral race.
6/12
Jim Nichols came to the auction ready to spend. But his $6,000 limit - more than twice the advertised opening bid for the vacant lot at 2646 Ritter St. in Kensington - never stood a chance.
6/12
Nutter responds to Daily News report, but won’t discuss racism allegations against company with license to build city casino.
6/12
Despite community opposition, the Philadelphia Historical Commission on Friday approved portions of a developer's plans to reinvent a string of Center City properties, including what remains of the former Boyd Theater.
6/12
City Commissioners Chairman Anthony Clark in more trouble, Bill Green mayoral rumors mount, winner of KJ-Ori documentary contest.
6/12
Philly's millennials register to vote, but don't always show up.
6/11
Seven political committees will be paying $1,500 each in fines for not filing their most recent campaign finance reports on time, the city’s Board of Ethics announced Thursday.
6/11
City Council acted on a heap of legislation Thursday but left on the table one controversial issue, the purchase of Northeast Philadelphia land that officials have said would be ideal for a new prison.
6/11
Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney says, if elected, he wants the Philadelphia Parking Authority to issue even more tickets — in addition to the parking variety for which the army of meter readers are already notorious.
6/11
A look at the staff of the winning effort in the 2015 Democratic mayoral primary.
6/10
City Council set the stage Wednesday for a wave of tax increases designed to produce $70 million for the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District.
6/8
The Democratic National Committee Monday announced the senior management team for the 2016 presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia: Matthew...
6/10
A Philadelphia judge on Wednesday acquitted 10 people charged with disorderly conduct at a raucous protest at a Lawncrest town-hall meeting in March with District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.
6/10
Adult-film actress Mary Carey will be in town for a double jubilee this weekend as she celebrates her birthday and the 11th anniversary of the Gold Club (1416 Chancellor St.) in Center City.
6/5
Two members of City Council have introduced legislation that would provide height and density bonuses for developers who design buildings to meet certain...
6/4
Mayor Nutter expressed confidence Thursday in federal investigators examining what caused the deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, but he said full answers could take a year.
6/4
Federal housing officials on Thursday slapped former Philadelphia Housing Authority executive director Carl R. Greene with new penalties on top of his current three years' suspension from doing business with the U.S. government.
6/4
Council President Clarke said a 9.3 percent tax hike is a no-go.
6/8
HARRISBURG - Another Democratic state legislator from Philadelphia has pleaded guilty to corruption charges in the resurrected sting investigation. Rep. Michelle Brownlee pleaded guilty Monday to one count of violating the state's conflict-of-interest law and was immediately sentenced to 18 months' probation. As required by the state constitution, she resigned her seat upon sentencing, but she will more than likely be allowed to keep her pension.
6/12
Until the last minute, Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad was set to denounce a developer who intends to build a casino in South Philadelphia.
6/8
First in a series throughout the summer that looks at problems facing Philadelphia's next mayor. We'll examine why the problems exist and find best practices implemented elsewhere.
6/3
With a budget deadline looming, Philadelphia City Council is close to crafting its alternative to Mayor Nutter's proposed property-tax hike to fund the city's public schools.
6/8
A perp parade of minority pols can lead to assumptions that miscolor truth.
6/5
The fire chief did not hesitate. He walked into a room at the West Philadelphia nursing home and headed straight for the woman in the wheelchair. Hers was the voice he had heard cry "help" after 13 hours buried alive.
6/5
HARRISBURG - A judge on Friday rejected a request that he dismiss bribery and other charges against State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop in the sting investigation after her lawyer argued that the case was too old and Bishop's memory too weak.
6/5
A former top city transportation staffer says he plans to run for an at-large seat on Philadelphia City Council as an independent.
6/5
One of the biggest differences between Mayor Nutter’s school funding plan and City Council’s plan is who would control the money. We break down what each funding plan would mean for future budgets.
6/5
This year’s silver anniversary show will be the last for the Philadelphia political tradition. You can attend.
6/5
Are Frank DiCicco and Ed Neilson going to be in Kenney's administration?
5/28
City Controller Alan Butkovitz said that giving developers tax relief would yield more revenue.
5/28
Philadelphia's Democratic ward leaders united Thursday behind former City Councilman James F. Kenney for mayor - with one noteworthy exception.
6/4
Philadelphia City Council launched its school-funding counterplan to Mayor Nutter's proposed property-tax increase Thursday, calling for raising taxes on parking lots and businesses as well as a much milder boost in property taxes than Nutter wants.
5/27
The Philadelphia School District wants $103 million more from City Council. On Tuesday, Council made it clear: It is not thrilled with the request, and the cash won't come easily after several years of increases for a district in crisis.
5/26
Jim Kenney will likely be a mayor without a first lady. Voters don’t care.
5/22
He took a private meeting with arguably the most powerful man in Jersey.
6/1
Now that the campaign is over, we took some time to examine the styles that the candidates displayed.
6/1
HARRISBURG - A member of the state House and a former colleague pleaded guilty to corruption charges Monday, bringing to three the number of Philadelphia Democrats convicted in the resurrected "sting" case.
5/29
A City Council committee on Friday moved forward a bill that would make Philadelphia more developer-friendly, and another to force earlier disclosure of money spent by super PACs during elections.
5/28
The developers who hope to transform the now-largely empty Gallery at Market East into a destination retail center made their pitch to City Council on Thursday for legislation needed to get the project going, but were waylaid by two other concerns: a living wage and making the previous occupants whole.
5/21
The former City Councilman who was often critical of the Nutter administration during his time on council stood side by side the Mayor Thursday praising his work.
5/28
Several commissioners agreed with witnesses that a prison would be a bad use for the property. City Council takes up the bill today.
5/28
One day after a heated hearing between City Council and school district officials, on Wednesday parents, teachers and advocates had their turn and delivered a straightforward message to Council: We need more funding.
5/20
The website for Philadelphia's City Council was hacked Wednesday morning.
6/18
A plan to purchase land being eyed for a new prison was shelved Wednesday after running into opposition from those who accused the city of giving prisons priority over Philadelphia's struggling school system.
6/17
Ed Neilson, a member of City Council for 10 months, appears ready to resign this week so he can run in his third special election in four years.
6/17
A controversial bill that would have let the city buy land being eyed for a new prison is being held, on the eve of its last chance of it being passed before City Council's three-month recess.
5/26
There was much talk about how Jim Kenney won the Democratic primary for mayor last Tuesday by assembling a "broad coalition" of support.
5/25
Can Philadelphia do a lot more than the Nutter administration did to collect taxes? The Revenue Department says it collected more than $100 million in delinquent real estate taxes last year, the most ever; boosted tax foreclosure filings to more than 1,000 a month in late 2014, up ninefold from a year before; raised more than $30 million
5/22
Kenney is the kind of convert to progressive causes that makes your head spin, and that type of spinning often brings on nausea.
5/21
A top Nutter administration official Thursday made his best pitch to City Council: The mayor's proposed property-tax increase is the clearest way to get city schools the $105 million they desperately need.
5/21
A bill that would pave the way for a new prison along the Delaware River to replace the aging House of Corrections was put on hold Thursday after push-back from the city Planning Commission and Northeast Philadelphia residents.
5/21
The Primary Election is over but here's a few points that seem worth noting.
5/20
It was a Philadelphia underdog story: Irish American son of a firefighter from the old neighborhood, dismissed at first, captures Democratic nomination for mayor.
5/20
Fallout from the primary election continued across the Philadelphia suburbs Wednesday as some candidates prepared to challenge close results and others celebrated or reeled from upsets.
5/20
Former City Councilman Jim Kenney on Wednesday said his resounding victory Tuesday night in the Democratic primary election for mayor showed that "people want a positive campaign."
5/20
Even as election day unfolded, Councilman Wilson Goode Jr. said he knew how it would end. He was listed dead last on the ballot. Ahead of him was a field of qualified challengers. And - as has been the case before - the politician who says he doesn't care much for politics had run a minimal campaign.
5/20
It’s a suicide mission for him, and just hay for journalists to chew on
5/20
Former Councilman and SRC chief Bill Green sure sounds like he’s interested in an independent run against Democratic primary victory Kenney.
5/19
Two Philadelphia City Council incumbents, including 15-year veteran W. Wilson Goode Jr., failed to win the Democratic Party's endorsement Tuesday, guaranteeing there will be four new members on the 17-seat legislative body next year.
5/19
Despite an intensely contested Philadelphia mayoral campaign and a state Supreme Court race with historic overtones, party workers throughout the region Tuesday were fretting over an absent majority.
5/19
City Commissioner Anthony Clark and newcomer Lisa Deeley won the Democratic primary for the commissioners race. Republican incumbent Al Schmidt did not have any challengers, so he, too, will move on to the November ballot.
5/19
Jim Kenney started 2015 eager to run for mayor but uneasy about leaving the at-large City Council seat he held for six terms.
5/19
Philadelphia advanced 15 judges closer to the city benches Tuesday - including several who were previously filling vacancies, and one with a disciplinary record.
5/19
Lynne M. Abraham was feeling great. She had just lost the Democratic mayoral primary, but she was relentlessly upbeat. After a long day, a long six months, Abraham shook hands, flashed wide grins, and said she "had a wonderful day," and "was proud of the campaign we ran."
5/19
The ex-City Councilman’s unexpected surge to win the Democratic mayoral primary may prove a lot easier than actually governing.
5/19
James F. Kenney, a 23-year veteran of City Council and true son of South Philadelphia, rolled to an easy victory Tuesday in the Democratic mayoral primary, making him the odds-on favorite to become Philadelphia's next chief executive.
5/20
Voting results Tuesday night showed that all four ballot questions to amend the Philadelphia City Charter had wide margins leading in favor of approval.
5/19
Pols dish about first-timers in race, past mistakes, etc.
5/20
Organizing your government can’t wait until November, says Michael Nutter, one who knows.
5/19
The people around here call this the Land That Everybody Forgets. If there is a capital of the Land That Everybody Forgets, it is Tent City, a community of tents and shanties tucked inside a clearing near the freight tracks in Fairhill, near Second and Indiana Avenue.
5/19
Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky is all over the place today. Here are a few folks she chatted up so far.
5/19
The first step in overhauling Northeast Philadelphia’s heavily-trafficked Roosevelt Boulevard will be an Enhanced Bus System (EBS), according to a forthcoming study by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
5/19
City Council this week could take a significant step toward construction of a new prison in Philadelphia - authorizing the city to purchase land on which one would likely be built.
5/18
Bobby Henon is having an issue with window-spitting, apparently. Who is the Tacony window-spitter?
5/17
Here's a question I didn't expect to ask: Does money really matter in the race for mayor? Before you answer, here's another: Could race also be irrelevant?
5/17
The most important story of this campaign is the rise of Super PACS and the influence they have had in the selection of our next mayor.