Local Politics

I wouldn’t expect to see Kelly Drive open tomorrow

08/28/2011
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Here’s some pre-camera conversation between Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, City Councilman Curtis Jones and others talking before they went before the 6 p.m. cameras to talk storm-cleanup.

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Nutter Foe Will Protest Outside City Hall Tomorrow

08/10/2011
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Nutter Foe Will Protest Outside City Hall Tomorrow

Diop Olugbala, aka Wali Rahman, aka “Independent Mayoral Candidate,” will hold a press conference “to respond to Mayor Nutter’s announced escalation of aggressive police action targeting black youth, including 9pm curfews with threats of fines and jail time for youth and parents.” It’s tomorrow at 1 p.m. I’ve covered Diop before, when he was on…

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Didn’t Realize Johnny Doc Was A Big Colbert Super PAC Fan

08/10/2011
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Didn’t Realize Johnny Doc Was A Big Colbert Super PAC Fan

From Monday night’s Colbert Report

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Karen Brown wants TV airtime to talk about the teacher’s union

07/27/2011
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Karen Brown wants TV airtime to talk about the teacher’s union

Earlier this month, Republican nominee for Philadelphia mayor Karen Brown told me she went to D.C. to meet with Pa. officials and “discuss her ‘vision paper,’ a work that’s still in progress about breaking the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers union.” Here’s the story I wrote about it: Republican mayoral candidate Karen Brown wants to dismantle…

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Philadelphians For Ethical Leadership invite you to a forum tomorrow night

07/26/2011
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Philadelphians For Ethical Leadership invite you to a forum tomorrow night

A few weeks back, I grabbed lunch with Ben Mannes, an affable guy who wanted to talk about his group’s Citywide Forum on Public Integrity. Expected to speak are 1st Deputy City Controller Harvey Rice, Special Agent John Roberts of the local FBI public-corruption squad and Patrick Blessington, former head of the Attorney General’s Public…

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It Takes A Lawsuit For Gov. Christie To “Comply” With Public-Info Requests

07/26/2011
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It Takes A Lawsuit For Gov. Christie To “Comply” With Public-Info Requests

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie must really think you’re stupid. How else could his release of a single calendar entry, under the threat of lawsuit from Gawker and the NJ ACLU, qualify as providing the public with the information they need to believe that that’s the extent of his dealings with Fox News propagandist Roger Ailes?…

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So, what did Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter think of Obama’s speech?

07/25/2011
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So, what did Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter think of Obama’s speech?

And I quote (from a statement he just released) … Tonight President Obama laid out very clearly and powerfully the consequences of failing to raise the debt ceiling and deal with our deficit in a long-term, balanced manner. The fact that we have reached a point where the President of the United States needs to…

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State Sen. Farnese: Corbett’s Shale Report Is An Industry Infomercial

07/25/2011
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State Sen. Farnese: Corbett’s Shale Report Is An Industry Infomercial

State Sen. Larry Farnese’s office just issued a release reacting to the release of a Governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission report regarding drilling in the commonwealth. Considering the governor refuses to even entertain the thought of imposing a tax on drillers — as every other state under the American sun does — it’s not the…

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Gawker to file civil suit seeking Chris Christie/Roger Ailes communications records

07/25/2011
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Gawker to file civil suit seeking Chris Christie/Roger Ailes communications records

Per the New York Times’s Media Decoder blog, “Gawker, the popular blog based in New York, is going to court to investigate the relationship between the Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes, and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. … The lawsuit has its origins in a New York magazine story in May which reported that…

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My Thoughts On Philly’s Texting-While-Walking Initiative (Updated)

07/19/2011
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My Thoughts On Philly’s Texting-While-Walking Initiative (Updated)

Suffice it to say, I know a little bit about pedestrian perils. We needn’t rehash why. I’ll let that picture of a helmet I had to wear for several months while pieces of my skull sat in a Cooper University Hospital freezer waiting to be fused back in over my battered brain speak for itself.…

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