Chris Brennan writes about people, power and politics. He was previously the political editor for the Daily News. Since 1999, Brennan has covered elections for president, the U.S. Senate and House, governor of Pennsylvania, mayor of Philadelphia and other public offices.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, after intentionally running a low-key campaign for a second term, is suddenly making plenty of official appearances. His Democratic primary challengers accuse him of abusing the power of incumbency. Kenney says his day job just keeps him busy.
Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a fan of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's sweetened beverage tax, pumped $1 million into a political action committee airing television commercials in support of Kenney's bid for a second term.
Most of the people who wrote to a federal judge in support of Smukler noted his lifelong friendships and devotion as a dad. But one writer cited Philly's history of political corruption in asking the judge to go easy on Smukler.
The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity endorsed State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams for mayor Tuesday, citing unhappiness with Mayor Jim Kenney’s progress on city issues like poverty, economic development, and the city’s homicide rate.