Local Politics

In Which I Find A Way To Include Katy Perry In My Philadelphia Mayoral-Campaign Coverage

01/29/2015
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In Which I Find A Way To Include Katy Perry In My Philadelphia Mayoral-Campaign Coverage

“Since at least one member of the NinetyNine team is a Katy Perry enthusiast — KatyCat is my, er, the preferred nomenclature — we got to thinking: Which of Perry’s pop offerings most apply to each of Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates?” [NewsWorks]

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An Essay On Katy Perry, AS Roma, Rocky Balboa (Both Real And Fake) And Philadelphia Landmarks

08/07/2014
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An Essay On Katy Perry, AS Roma, Rocky Balboa (Both Real And Fake) And Philadelphia Landmarks

“Yeah, Independence Mall is nice and historic and all, but you could sense a palpably magnetic pop-culture connection on those ‘Rocky Steps’ that, while borderline cheesy, can’t be found elsewhere in town. … Why anybody would want to adulterate that, a la putting seats above Fenway Park’s “Green Monster,” defies common courtesy and municipal dignity.”…

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Today In Spell-Checking Ex-Con’s New Facebook Pages [Updated With Correction]

08/29/2013
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Today In Spell-Checking Ex-Con’s New Facebook Pages [Updated With Correction]

Welcome back to Philadelphia, former state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo. If I may leave the land of objectivity for a moment, I’m of the mind that Philly’s public school-funding debacle would be considerably less troublesome had you never gone to federal prison. You had a way to get money steered in your preferred directions, if…

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Bernie Goetz’s Compelling Gun-Control Debate Insight

12/31/2012
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Bernie Goetz’s Compelling Gun-Control Debate Insight

Esquire did its annual “What I’ve Learned” issue this month. Interviews with noteworthy folks, broken down into concise quotes that summarize what was said in an interview. When Cal Fussman interviewed noted subway vigilante Bernie Goetz, both knew not that Newtown would resuscitate the always-simmering-just-beneath-the-level gun-control debate. Timing’s everything. And this interview couldn’t be timed…

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I’m Really, Really Happy That Gov. Christie Got To Meet His Hero

11/05/2012
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I’m Really, Really Happy That Gov. Christie Got To Meet His Hero

Far as I’m concerned, everything you need to know about someone can be gleaned from observing them while they face adversity. Take Gov. Chris Christie, for example. He’s a guy I didn’t respect for the longest time. This was solely based on how he treated others. Well, having watched how he treated people in New…

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Yep, Republican U.S. Rep. Candidate John Featherman’s New Ad Compares Incumbent Bob Brady To A Dog

10/15/2012
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Yep, Republican U.S. Rep. Candidate John Featherman’s New Ad Compares Incumbent Bob Brady To A Dog

While I don’t really think the whole dog analogy in John Featherman’s latest campaign ad captures the creative flair of the Gaddafi and stripper-politics, far be it from me to pass up the chance to screengrab the one moment in a two-plus-minute political spot which contains barely concealed breastuses. Also, I’m a firm believer in…

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About That Latrice Bryant Post From This Weekend… (Updated)

10/09/2012
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About That Latrice Bryant Post From This Weekend… (Updated)

UPDATE: Just got a blocked-number call on my cell phone from someone purporting to be “Mr. MVP,” who said this whole firestorm could have been averted if I didn’t cut-and-paste Ms. Bryant’s status update about the whole fracas into a post. He also instructed me not to seek comment from Ms. Bryant about this matter…

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Pennsylvania Finally (Albeit Moderately) Increases Hit-And-Run Penalties

07/10/2012
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Pennsylvania Finally (Albeit Moderately) Increases Hit-And-Run Penalties

Listen, the law in Pennsylvania is still weaker than most in America, but even baby-steps have to be celebrated. Here’s a blurb from state Rep. Dave Reed’s website about a law that Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law last week: House Bill 208 closes a loophole in existing law that unintentionally incentivizes a hit-and-run driver…

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Watch A Fat Guy With Ice Cream (And Bodyguards) Yell At Someone On The Boardwalk

07/06/2012
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Watch A Fat Guy With Ice Cream (And Bodyguards) Yell At Someone On The Boardwalk

What a disgrace, on so very many levels.

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A Pa. Revenue-Stream Proposal And Chuck Woolery On CNN’s Sandusky Coverage

06/22/2012
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A Pa. Revenue-Stream Proposal And Chuck Woolery On CNN’s Sandusky Coverage

(H/T Hare) Chuck Woolery – Let’s Tax The Amish [YouTube]

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