Monday, July 6, 2015

City

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.
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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.
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Having led the peripatetic life of a college basketball coach's wife, Karen Stokes knows a little about transition.
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New Philadelphia tax on short-term home rentals is in time for pope's visit. B7.
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Short-term rentals, like those offered through websites such as Airbnb, are now taxable in Philadelphia - but officials won't speculate on what kind of revenue they could generate.
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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.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia has legalized and plans to tax Airbnb and other short-term rentals ahead of Pope Francis' visit in September and next year's Democratic National Convention.
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The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office filed a sweeping lawsuit Wednesday against a big nursing home chain, accusing it of understaffing that has left residents "thirsty, hungry, dirty, and unkempt."
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One in six properties in Philadelphia has overdue real estate taxes. Some of the city’s business tax streams may be paid by fewer than half the people that owe them. A recent estimate put total unpaid city taxes at nearly $1.2 billion. And yet City Council just approved $70 million in new taxes.
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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.
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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.
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City Controller Alan Butkovitz Wednesday detailed what he said were "hazardous and unsanitary" conditions inside Philadelphia schools. He said he found...
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Like so much else in Philadelphia, the city’s streets are a product of its past.
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A sale of liens on tax-delinquent properties has netted Philly $2.1 million.
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Under the agreement, airline subcontractors must pay $12 an hour to about 2,000 airport workers.
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In City Council's often-bustling chambers, the curtains are drawn and the lights dimmed to a soft glow. The 17 mahogany desks are cleared, save for a few copies of bills and a soda can left by advocates who favored a soft-drink tax to fund Philadelphia schools - a fight now in the rearview mirror.
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Philadelphia wrapped up its online tax-lien auction Monday. Details of the sale, which started Wednesday with a list of 911 liens worth $6.5 million, will be made public Tuesday, city spokesman Mark McDonald said.
6/27
The campaign wants "to have anchors in all parts of the city."
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
The Pa. Commonwealth Court overturned a GOP-backed law that had been sought by the NRA.
6/26
Advocates and health-care consumers are happy with Supreme Court ruling that protects insurance for 350,000 Pennsylvanians.
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.
6/25
Lauren Hitt and Jane Slusser talk political playbook with the People Paper.
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."
6/24
At the eleventh hour, several community and nonprofit groups are crying foul over the city's plan to auction 938 tax liens - in an online endeavor that is to begin Wednesday and end Monday - in the hope of collecting millions of dollars in unpaid property taxes and related fees.
6/24
At the eleventh hour, several community and nonprofit groups are crying foul over the city's plan to auction 938 tax liens - in an online endeavor that is to begin Wednesday and end Monday - in the hope of collecting millions of dollars in unpaid property taxes and related fees.
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.
6/23
Anthony Clark settled with the city Board of Ethics, but said he “had no involvement whatsoever” in a decision to give his brother a pay raise.
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.
6/21
People are suddenly asking Dwight Evans for lottery picks. That happens when you are two-for-two betting long on the most important political offices in Pennsylvania.
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
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.
6/19
The mayor said the city needed Tax Increment Financing and other legislation for a $325 million overhaul of the aging mall.
6/19
Several bills and resolutions were approved, including the city’s $3.9 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2016.
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.
6/18
The parcel the city is considering buying was once the site of Northern Metals, a ship-scrapping company that dismantled the USS Niagara.
6/18
City Councilman Bobby Henon called critics of a replacement jail “uninformed.”
6/18
The spiritual leader’s October visit to city will follow Pope Francis’ September visit.
6/18
Philadelphia City Council is likely to vote Thursday on a proposal to add rules and regulations to the appetizing, yet increasingly crowded, chaos of the food vending trucks and carts that serve Temple University's campus.
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.
6/16
City officials outlined details to create more affordable housing for middle-income residents.
6/16
Former Sgt. Thomas Winkis pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, DUI, reckless endangerment in the 2013 crash that killed David Farries.
6/14
Give some of L&I's work to - the Parking Authority? Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney's idea of having the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) assume some lesser duties of the much-maligned Department of Licenses and Inspections and the Streets Department is being mostly met with encouragement or approval.
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
The lease, OK’d by City Council yesterday, will take effect July 1.
6/11
Two recent guilty pleas on corruption charges and one political promotion have left three state House seats vacant in Philadelphia districts. House Speaker Mike Turzai on Thursday set Aug. 11 as a special election for those seats.
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
Council President Clarke sees $100 million in new school money; Schools Superintendent Hite sees $45 million.
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.
6/9
The death of college student Shane Montgomery inspired the legislation.
6/8
What started as a push to have Philadelphia bars install exterior surveillance cameras on Monday became a broader debate about mandating cameras elsewhere, including all parking garages.
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.
6/8
Describing Jim Kenney's nascent Philadelphia mayoral campaign, Ken Snyder called to mind an improbable escape scene from a famous comic film.
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
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.
5/18
Bobby Henon is having an issue with window-spitting, apparently. Who is the Tacony window-spitter?
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
5/12
Philadelphia's paid-sick-leave law takes effect Wednesday, and city officials are encouraging workers to make sure their employers know about the new rules.
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.
5/12
The Council President recently flung the money chest open and is helping out his Council colleagues who face a tough fight at the polls next week, as well as one Council newcomer running unopposed.
5/14
With the Democratic primary for mayor five days away, former City Councilman James F. Kenney visited a predominantly African American neighborhood Thursday to pick up the endorsement of City Council President Darrell L. Clarke.
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.
5/4
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce announced its list of endorsed candidates for City Council this morning, backing all but two incumbents in the contested races.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5/4
Saboor Muhammed, an aide to Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, raised money for her, an apparent violation of city ethics rules.
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.
5/16
Frozen yogurt, a basketball clinic, handshakes with military veterans. The six candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor criss-crossed the city on the last Saturday before Tuesday's primary election.
5/18
Two candidates for mayor held campaign events Friday - just two blocks away from each other in Center City - offering two very different approaches for the last four days of the primary campaign.
5/15
State Sen. Anthony H. Williams' campaign announced a surprise press conference Friday in an attempt to showcase his support from elected officials, millennials, and ethnic groups.
5/15
A week after the campaign finance guns were shown by the top three mayoral candidates, James Kenney, Anthony H. Williams and Lynne Abraham are continuing to gather ammunition. Last week’s campaign finance reporting deadline showed that Kenney and Williams had raised $1.3 million each and Abraham raised $1 million. Since then, any campaign that receives or gives a donation of more than $500 must report it within 24-hours.
5/15
The Kenney campaign puts their man in front of the camera to make his last pitch.
5/14
While just two of City Council's 10 district seats are contested in the May 19 primary, those races have offered some of the election season's biggest fireworks.
5/14
Chances are that voters heading to the polls in Tuesday's primary will know at least a few of the mayoral candidates, but it's less likely they will be able to list off many of the 23 people in the crowded field for City Council at-large.
5/14
I love how everyone's an expert all of a sudden. Meet Michael Nutter, Transportation Engineer Extraordinaire.
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.
5/17
The following is a public-service announcement: Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary will be held as scheduled. Despite recent polls, commentary, and endorsements that suggest a conclusion has already been reached in this campaign, the sometimes-messy business of democracy requires that at least one ballot be cast before a winner is declared.
5/14
The $15 minimum wage movement received a boost Thursday when a member of City Council introduced a bill to put the issue before Philadelphia voters in November.
5/14
It must have been a long night for Team Tony following the release of the 2015 mayoral primary’s one and only independent poll.
5/14
A Slate piece about one reason for the lingering death penalty in America cites particularly deadly prosecutors, including Philadelphia’s 2016 mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham.
5/14
A lawsuit challenging the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office's use of state civil-forfeiture laws will proceed in federal court after a judge rejected calls from city lawyers to throw it out.
5/14
The Philadelphia city controller says the "greatest economic impact" in jobs and tax revenue for the 200-acre Southport section at the eastern end of the Navy Yard would be as a marine terminal for container cargo.
5/14
Legislation that would create a state-run system for low-performing Pennsylvania schools could devastate the Philadelphia School District, its superintendent told the Senate Education Committee in Harrisburg on Wednesday.
5/13
They're not altogether wild about the choice of Philadelphia mayoral candidates on Tuesday's Democratic ballot. They're glad for a lack of "mudslinging" so far, as one put it. Some are wary of candidates' ties to unions, donors, or City Hall. And some just haven't decided.
5/13
A City Hall legal drama years in the making drew to a quiet close Wednesday as a federal judge accepted prosecutors' decision to dismiss their public corruption case against a top aide and two supporters of former Philadelphia City Councilman Jack Kelly.
5/13
They said the mayor's race was his to lose and darned if he hasn't gone ahead and lost it.
5/12
Three-time Philadelphia mayoral candidate Sam Katz won't give it a fourth go this fall. Katz announced his decision via e-mail Tuesday afternoon, thanking supporters for encouraging him to run.
5/12
Sam Katz decided to run for mayor last week -- and then changed his mind on Sunday.
5/12
He went on Facebook and weighed in on the mayor's race. Sort of.
5/11
Tuesday is the deadline to apply for absentee ballots for the May 19 primary.
5/11
City Council’s Committee on Public Property voted on Monday to approve a bill that authorizes the city to purchase a 58-acre parcel of land on the Delaware River for the purposes of building a prison facility to replace the 140-year-old House of Correction in Northeast Philadelphia.
5/11
File Anthony Hardy Williams' statements last week about firing Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey under "What Could He Have Been Thinking?"
5/11
The six-person Democratic primary election for mayor is now just eight days away. The endorsement lines are drawn. Candidate A got the nod from this labor union and that progressive group. Candidate B is backed by these elected officials and that clergy group.
5/11
Mayoral candidate Anthony Hardy Williams wants to fire the police commissioner over stop-and-risk, but it’s far from certain that’s what black voters want.
5/11
Party: Democrat. Age: 58. Residence: Cobbs Creek. Family: Wife, Shari; two grown daughters. Education: Westtown School; B.A. in economics, Franklin and Marshall College.
5/10
The limits are working. Yes, they are working under a $9 million shadow. But for the third mayoral race in a row, Philadelphia's attempt at campaign-finance reform seems to have done much of what it was intended to do: dampen big money's power to buy the city's next chief executive.
5/8
After getting slammed with tough questions from all sides at recent mayoral debates, former Councilman Jim Kenney has been assumed by some to be the frontrunner in the race for mayor.
5/8
T. Milton Street is ducking, but here’s a Top Dozen Fun Facts (including what the “T” stands for)
5/8
The mayor of our city has never really received kudos for much of anything – even his meager accomplishment of keeping Philadelphia running. He’s been booed at an Obama rally, at his City Council budget address and a Tom Wolf event at Temple University – mostly by Democrats in his own party.
5/7
Around 400 people - many of them homeless - crowded into the Broad Street Ministry early Thursday evening to hear the mayoral candidates talk about poverty.
5/7
The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week continued for State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams after he campaigned for mayor by calling for the firing of Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.
5/7
Trailing in the polls, Anthony Hardy Williams pulls out his #BlackLivesMatter card. Here's why it won't work
5/7
The Democratic mayoral primary has apparently passed another monetary milestone. American Cities, the independent expenditure group formed to support State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, has purchased $940,000 in television ad time for the closing week of the campaign, according to two sources familiar with political ad placements on local stations.
5/7
Mayoral candidate Nelson A. Diaz raised $394,093 in the past four months, his latest campaign finance report shows. That amount, however, includes a $125,000 loan Diaz made to himself and remains unpaid.
5/7
American Cities is back with another positive ad for Williams.
5/7
When Williams has been asked why he is running for mayor, he's given a passionless answer that seems to boil down to: I think it's my turn. Now, he's come up with a better answer.
5/7
Rentals through Airbnb, the online marketplace where people can list their homes for short-term stays, could soon be taxed in Philadelphia.
5/6
Mayor Nutter on Wednesday waded deep into the Democratic primary for mayor, suggesting that State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams was "probably not smart enough" for the city's top elected job if he wants to fire Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.
5/6
Gathered outside a hulking, vacant North Philadelphia commercial building, city officials Wednesday announced a joint initiative between the Department of Licenses and Inspections and the Fire Department to inspect derelict properties.
5/6
Nelson Diaz enters the fray on TV with his first ad of the mayoral campaign.
5/5
The final televised debate in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia mayor ended Tuesday evening with State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams going negative - on Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.
5/5
Four Philadelphia mayors stood side by side Tuesday to back Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez's reelection and denounce her challenger as an embarrassment to the party.
5/5
The Philadelphia Bar Association released its second and final round of recommended judicial candidates for the May 19 primary of an election in which a record number of vacancies has resulted in a huge pool of hopefuls.
5/5
In the campaign attack ad, 2nd district Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has opponent Ori Feibush shirtless and lounging in a steaming hot tub next to the...
5/5
Democratic mayoral candidate Lynne M. Abraham made good on a pledge at Monday night's debate and released three more years of her personal tax records Tuesday.
5/5
Real estate tax collection has declined in Philadelphia for the second year in a row, starving the school district of at least $12 million.
5/4
Local government cannot by itself fix problems of violence and unemployment like those brought to light in last week's Baltimore protests, Mayor Nutter said Sunday.
5/5
You don't need polls to tell you where the race for mayor stands in this first week of May.
5/5
The first negative ad of the campaign, but surely not the last.
5/4
Sparks flew at times during the Next Mayor project's own mayoral debate, hosted at Temple University Monday night, as several candidates took aim at...
5/4
An app that would allow Philadelphia drivers to pay for parking by phone - and add time remotely to avoid a ticket - could be launched as soon as this fall, if parking authority officials get the green light from City Hall. But the Nutter administration fears the app will hurt the Philadelphia School District, which benefits from parking ticket revenue.
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When Williams has been asked why he is running for mayor, he's given a passionless answer that seems to boil down to: I think it's my turn. Now, he's come up with a better answer.
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With just over two weeks left until the Democratic mayoral primary, Britton Stewart's vote is still up for grabs. "The candidates all seem to have a lot to offer," the 47-year-old social worker from West Oak Lane said. "I just don't have a favorite yet. I have a little time."
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With just over two weeks left until the Democratic mayoral primary, Britton Stewart's vote is still up for grabs. "The candidates all seem to have a lot to offer," the 47-year-old social worker from West Oak Lane said. "I just don't have a favorite yet. I have a little time."
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Philadelphia’s severely underfunded pension fund mailed out $31 million in retiree bonuses on Friday.
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