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‘Legal vagaries and bad habits’: Philly’s political players pen letters to support Ken Smukler in court | Clout

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.

‘Legal vagaries and bad habits’: Philly’s political players pen letters to support Ken Smukler in court | Clout

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.

Independent spending for Philly mayor’s race crossing the $1 million mark ... while changing few minds

So-called independent expenditure political action committees are spending more so far than the three candidates in the race. Similar PACs spent more than all six candidates in the 2015 primary.

Independent spending for Philly mayor’s race crossing the $1 million mark ... while changing few minds

So-called independent expenditure political action committees are spending more so far than the three candidates in the race. Similar PACs spent more than all six candidates in the 2015 primary.

Southeast Pa. Democrats in Congress step carefully amid talk of impeachment

“We are not looking at this as a political win-loss game. We are looking at this as: What does the Constitution require?”

Southeast Pa. Democrats in Congress step carefully amid talk of impeachment

“We are not looking at this as a political win-loss game. We are looking at this as: What does the Constitution require?”
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FOP leaning toward endorsing Philly Sheriff Jewell Williams because of... DA Larry Krasner? | Clout

FOP to back Sheriff Jewell Williams because an opponent backed by Larry Krasner? Things that go bump in the night. And a classic Democratic City Committee backstabbing mystery.

Democratic challengers and former Mayor Street target Mayor Kenney on diversity

Kenney’s two Democratic primary challengers — State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and former City Controller Alan Butkovitz — seem to be using the same talking points when knocking his administration.

Philly building trades unions, absent Local 98, air support for Mayor Jim Kenney | Clout

Kenney has a big lead in the polls, but his allies in the building trades unions aren’t taking any chances. They just spent more than $130,000 on a week of television commercials.

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney runs an undercover campaign while Pa. state Sen. Tony Williams calls him out | Clout

Mayor Jim Kenney is running an undercover campaign for reelection. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, one of Kenney's two Democratic primary challengers, is trying to get the mayor talking in public.

Did ‘artificial intelligence’ spot petition fakes in City Council races? A judge will make the call. | Clout

Devon Cade, a Democratic candidate for City Council at-large, claims "artificial intelligence" helped craft his challenges to 30 primary competitors. A judge will decide what to make of that.

Sheriff Jewell Williams is getting his face out there and the city controller wants to see the receipts | Clout

Williams, who is seeking a third term while dogged by sexual harassment claims, has his face plastered on SEPTA buses and printed in an “annual report.”

Off the bench and out of prison, these former Traffic Court judges want City Council seats | Clout

Three former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges, who all went to federal prison for lying to federal investigators, are trying to run for City Council this year, despite a state constitution clause that says their convictions make them ineligible for elected office.

Anthony Williams moves closer to challenging Jim Kenney, using Local 98 ties to taint the Philly mayor | Clout

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams made a series of moves this week that suggest he is creeping closer to challenging Mayor Kenney's bid for a second term.

Philadelphia Republicans call a ‘do-over’ in mayoral endorsement

Michael Meehan, chairman of the local party, called for the “do-over” meeting in a Friday afternoon email, following a Clout column in The Inquirer and Daily News, citing a Goggins rival complaining that she collects disability and does not hold a job.

Mike Stack is back and aiming for Philadelphia City Council | Clout

Former Pa. Lt. Gov. Mike Stack III is not the retiring type. He's gearing up to run for Philadelphia City Council after voters ousted him from his statewide post in the 2018 Democratic primary.

Early jousting on polling in Philadelphia’s Democratic primary for mayor | Clout

City commissioner Anthony Clark will have to work for his six-figure salary. For a change.

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Gov. Murphy signs bill easing limit on NJ sex abuse lawsuits

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