Local Politics

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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Today is among the best days in Philadelphia history

02/07/2011
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Today is among the best days in Philadelphia history

Believe you me, it was damn near impossible to keep the news to myself since last Thursday, when I met Milton Street at the McDonald’s at 10th and Market, but I had to, because the story about him declaring himself in the Philly Mayor’s race couldn’t run until today. Here’s a link to it. And…

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Today’s Metro Story: How political climate led to bloodshed

01/10/2011
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Today’s Metro Story: How political climate led to bloodshed

I spoke with U.S. Rep. Bob Brady yesterday about how rhetoric between/by politicians has led to a breakdown in respect for public office and, tragically, human life. He said Tucson is a reality check, and a call that things must change. From the story… “A lot of this is our own doing. If both sides…

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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

12/03/2010
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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

• The NHL, which has seen an average of 75 concussions in each of the last four years, had long talked about curbing head shots, but two incidents last season were catalysts: Philadelphia’s Mike Richards’s hit on Florida’s David Booth and Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke’s blow to Boston’s Marc Savard. [Sports Illustrated] • About a year…

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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

11/16/2010
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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

• What Mr. Kashin did after that was take on bigger and bigger enemies, a pattern that ended Nov. 6, when he was beaten nearly to death outside his doorway. His name has now been added to the list of journalists who have been silenced through violence in Russia, alongside opposition icons like Anna Politkovskaya…

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