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OK, let's all take a deep breath about our hometown cable powerhouse. You can make merry or mourn over Comcast's decision - pushed by federal regulators - to drop its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. Then you can join me in focusing on more pressing business at hand now in Philly: the expected renewal of Comcast's citywide franchises - the first in 15 years. City officials have scheduled six public meetings for this week as they start negotiating. It's your chance to speak up.
Two polls conducted last week on behalf of James F. Kenney showed that he has opened a statistically significant lead over State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams in the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Philadelphia, while Lynne M. Abraham has slipped to a more distant third.
The cable giant will renew its Philly franchise. But not until the city hears from customers.
With less than a month before the May 19 primary, the six Democrats running for mayor have yet to talk about the $5.7 billion dark cloud that threatens to snuff out their campaign promises of universal prekindergarten, cuts in the wage tax, and other costly pledges.
Below is a summary of the Democratic mayoral candidates' plans for dealing with Philadelphia's pension crisis: Lynne M. Abraham: "We would get rid of the high-priced financial people the city hires who are betting that the market is going to make a return greater than the market ever returns," she said. Fund managers were paid $31.5 million last year. Abraham would also get rid of the pension bonuses.
Organizations spending big money on political candidates would have to disclose their spending more often.
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City transit agency lawyers are telling a judge who ordered the authority to display a controversial bus ad that it will vote on a plan to ban all political advertisements.
Former Gov. Ed Rendell made his first major public endorsement this election, announcing his support for City Council hopeful Paul Steinke.
The Democratic primary for mayor went negative this week with a website whose caustic tone spread like an Internet virus to other campaigns.
The six Democratic mayoral candidates squared off at St. Joseph’s University in their second debate.
Below is a summary of the Democratic mayoral candidates' plans for dealing with Philadelphia's pension crisis: Lynne M. Abraham: "We would get rid of the high-priced financial people the city hires who are betting that the market is going to make a return greater than the market ever returns," she said. Fund managers were paid $31.5 million last year. Abraham would also get rid of the pension bonuses.
OK, let's all take a deep breath about our hometown cable powerhouse. You can make merry or mourn over Comcast's decision - pushed by federal regulators - to drop its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. Then you can join me in focusing on more pressing business at hand now in Philly: the expected renewal of Comcast's citywide franchises - the first in 15 years. City officials have scheduled six public meetings for this week as they start negotiating. It's your chance to speak up.
With less than a month before the May 19 primary, the six Democrats running for mayor have yet to talk about the $5.7 billion dark cloud that threatens to snuff out their campaign promises of universal prekindergarten, cuts in the wage tax, and other costly pledges.
Two polls conducted last week on behalf of James F. Kenney showed that he has opened a statistically significant lead over State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams in the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Philadelphia, while Lynne M. Abraham has slipped to a more distant third.
The cable giant will renew its Philly franchise. But not until the city hears from customers.
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s campaign launched its first television ad Friday, a 30-second spot that closes with a pointed punchline: “From here. For here.”
With a three-word declaration, Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke put his strong shoulder behind the planned $325 million remake of the Gallery mall: "I support it."
City Council has tried to ban them and tax them, but plastic bags have continued to flutter out of Philadelphia's reach. Now one member of Council is targeting them anew - with a bill to impose a five-cent fee on all shopping bags, paper and plastic.
When was the last time anybody said, "Please raise my taxes"? But that was the message Gerard Sweeney, president and chief executive of Brandywine Realty Trust, one of the region's largest commercial real estate developers, delivered Wednesday at a news conference outside City Hall.
A senior adviser to President Obama on Tuesday called the effort to block Philadelphia's paid sick-leave law "dreadful" and accused Republicans in Harrisburg of having a "knee-jerk reaction."