DAILY GRINDER: Is Acting Sheriff Deeley Valid?
Democrat sheriff candidate Jacque Whaumbush has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Philly homeowner Glenda Sanders seeking an order in U.S. District Court that would declare Acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley “not, and never was, the Sheriff” and therefore, sheriff sales that took place under her reign would be deemed invalid. The point is an interestingly legit one: Deeley, though nominated by former Governor Ed Rendell on January 3rd for a takeover when Green hit the road, had her nomination withdrawn by Governor Tom Corbett on March 4th. She was, therefore, never confirmed by the State Senate. [Daily News]
Seventy-four Emergency Homeowners Loan Program applications have been approved by Pennsylvania for families facing foreclosure, so far. Six-hundred more are waiting. [Daily News]
Nothing against the Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition, but just because they say Philly has “twice as many bicycle commuters as any other big city in the U.S.” doesn’t necessarily make it so. Most of the stuff in this report is based on research conducted by them and as we know from our time studying politics, internal polling is usually off by at least a little, and it always favors the one doing the poll, especially when there’s a reward to be had. Our skepticism may be 100 percent wrong, but as long as the Bicycle Coalition conducts its own research, there will be questions. [Some Bicycle Coalition PDF]
Related: Want to bike up and down Fairmount Avenue? They’re painting up some new bike lanes there. (Pennsylvania Avenue to Broad) [Some e-mail]
Rolling brownouts loom: There’ve been 20 Philadelphia fire deaths so far in 2011. [Fox]
If the state legislature won’t do it, maybe the federal government will. Pat Meehan, Pennsylvania Republican of Wingnutistan, is pushing federal legislation that would ban the big bad bathsalts, permanently! He made his announcement yesterday at CHOP. [Fox]
Republicans don’t want to even think about using that sudden excess revenue in the state budget for anything! That’s how we got in this mess in the first place! Right? Guys? [PA Independent]