Thursday, July 30, 2015

City

7/20
Her low-key campaign recently gained some attention.
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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.
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Renne Chenault-Fattah is mentioned in the 85-page indictment handed down by federal prosecutors yesterday.
7
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Reactions varied across the city to the apparent downfall of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
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Philadelphia residents are all-too-familiar with having an elected official get indicted.
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Feds charge U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah with racketeering, fraud charges. He joins his son, Chaka Fattah Jr., who faces separate fraud charges.
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After indictment, Dem challengers already are emerging in Chaka Fattah’s district. He says he won’t go down without a fight.
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Glistening with sweat at a LOVE Park rally Wednesday organized by a coalition of immigrant advocates, Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney said he would forgo an estimated $5 million to $6 million in federal funds for Philadelphia rather than adopt a law enforcement policy he believes violates immigrants' civil rights.
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THE GOVERNOR of the nation's top cheese-producing state visited the capital of cheesesteaks yesterday and ordered two topped with American, skipping the customary Cheez Whiz but avoiding the blunder of a former presidential candidate who was ridiculed for wanting his with Swiss.
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How did an entrepreneur with a history of bankruptcies and failed businesses get appointed to the troubled port authority?
1
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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.
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From his cell on C block, Eric Jackson could hear the whirl of a nearby fan but couldn't feel the breeze. As the temperature in Philadelphia ticked into the 90s Monday, Jackson ripped the sheet from his bunk at the House of Correction. He said it had started to stink of sweat.
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State Sen. Anthony hardy Williams thought he was doing someone a favor during the housing bubble. In the end, it ruined his credit.
2
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Fourteen years after then-Mayor John F. Street launched his signature effort to eliminate blight in Philadelphia, the city has yet to spend the last of the funds set aside for the legacy project.
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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.
6
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Black barbers in Philadelphia will "cut through misinformation and lack of information on elections" with a project called Sharp Insight.
6
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The candidates who lost to Kenney endorsed him for mayor.
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."
7/22
Four Israeli companies plan to open offices in Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter said Tuesday, following his return from a three-day business visit to Tel Aviv.
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.
7/20
Moments after buying some Advil and bottled water at a Suburban Station newsstand, Serena Starnes realized that she was out of cigarettes. She quickly went back and paid $9.50 for a pack of Newports.
7/19
Douglas Duncan went to prison at age 24 for robbing three Manhattan doughnut shops with a kitchen knife. He left 16 years later with a master's degree and no idea of how to find a job.
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
7/17
Black Clergy of Philadelphia issued a report with no finding of racial discrimination by Cordish Cos.
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.
7/16
Former President Clinton gave some tough love to the NAACP, telling members to start voting in non-presidential elections.
7/16
The attorney general, at NAACP Philly confab, called for community policing and an end to the school-to-prison pipeline.
7/16
The City Council race between incumbent Kenyatta Johnson and Ori Feibush delivered fireworks. But you wouldn't know that from the results of Philadelphia's May 19 Democratic primary. In the end, the freshman councilman outpaced Feibush by nearly 2-1.
7/15
A private Catholic elementary school beset by controversy after firing a popular faculty member for being in a same-sex marriage is calling in help to deal with outraged parents.
7/16
A homeless man who tussled with Mayor Nutter and a security officer says he fears Nutter will boot him from rain-shielded sleeping spot during pope visit.
7/15
Of the four countries Nutter has visited on official business this summer only one - Mexico - was paid for with city money.
7/15
Jeff Copeland was excited about meeting with — and being mentioned by — the president yesterday.
7/15
Panelists would have discussed voter-ID and the Supreme Court’s overruling of part of the Voting Rights Act
7/15
They said Obama nailed his speech on criminal-justice reform. But can he get it done by the end of 2016?
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.
7/13
City officials say they’re doing all they can to recruit cops of color.
7/13
Mayor Nutter plans to travel to Germany on Tuesday to sign a "sister city" agreement with the mayor of Frankfurt, the first such pact Philadelphia has entered since 1992. From there he is scheduled to head to Tel Aviv, which signed its own sister-city agreement with Philadelphia in 1967.
7/12
WHEN POPE FRANCIS arrives in Philadelphia in late September, there will be security fencing, but not of biblical proportions.
7/11
The chorus of protests over the firing of a suburban Catholic schoolteacher who is in a same-sex marriage grew Friday to include Philadelphia's Republican mayoral nominee, a Catholic LGBT group, and an 8-year-old pupil who wrote to Pope Francis.
7/10
The city controller on Friday rejected Philadelphia's five-year budget.
7/11
[WEBLEDE]The mayor’s office fires back, questioning where’s the beef?
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...
7/10
The mayor called Trump’s rants against Mexico “vicious” and “vile.”
7/10
He issued a statement about the school’s controversial firing of Margie Winters.
7/10
He is blaming the archdiocese for firing teacher Margie Winters.
7/9
Philadelphia is likely to become the first U.S. city designated a World Heritage City, an elite title given to about 250 municipalities worldwide, officials in Mayor Nutter's administration said Thursday.
7/9
On the heels of a diplomacy trip to Mexico, Mayor Nutter on Thursday scolded presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying the billionaire's recent comments about immigrants from that country were an attempt to "generate more money - which is kind of currently what he is all about."
7/10
Chairman Anthony Clark is the invisible man of the City Commissioners, City Hall insiders say.
7/8
About 200 parents of students from Waldron Mercy Academy met Wednesday night to discuss the Catholic elementary school's sudden firing in late June of its popular and well-respected director of religious education.
7/8
Will Philly ever see a genuinely competitive mayoral race?
7/8
The e-mail left many parents at the private Catholic school upset and confused. The well-respected director of religious education had just been fired.
7/7
He talks about his term and some of the developments under his watch.
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.
7/6
"This a big job, and you want someone focused solely on it," Nutter said.
7/5
New Philadelphia tax on short-term home rentals is in time for pope's visit. B7.
7/4
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.
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
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."
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.
7/1
A sale of liens on tax-delinquent properties has netted Philly $2.1 million.
7/1
Under the agreement, airline subcontractors must pay $12 an hour to about 2,000 airport workers.
6/30
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.
6/30
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.
6/26
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.
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.
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.
5/21
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.
5/17
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.
5/17
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.
5/16
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.
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
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.
5/14
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.
5/13
James F. Kenney holds a commanding lead in Philadelphia's Democratic mayoral primary.
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.
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