DAILY GRINDER: What Does Graffiti on Tom Corbett’s House Have to do With a Former MSNBC host?
Whoever graffiti’d Governor Tom Corbett’s house with some sort of “Wolf PAC” drawing isn’t speaking up and the group has denounced the lame art. In fact, Wolf PAC’s founder is none other than Cenk Uygur, that awkward guy from MSNBC whose former show, titled “They gave this guy a TV show?” was cancelled a few months ago and replaced by the Reverend Al Sharpton. Uygur, who once challenged Michael Smerconish to a fist fight, says the point of the group is to make congress pass an amendment – at a constitutional convention – outlawing corporate influence in government. Such legislation is unofficially referred to as the “Good luck with that” bill and is being considered by the “When Pigs Fly” committee. It currently has no sponsors or co-sponsors. Or chance. But, yeah, good for you. Graffiti still isn’t cool.
Speaker Sam Smith may have to hold out on censuring State Rep. Babette Josephs for being a meanie to Rep. Daryl Metcalfe. Since he’s, you know, testifying in John Perzel’s Computergate corruption trial and all, I reckon.
Hey, Philly. You’re one of the top “Citizen engaged cities” in the country. That’s all due to 311, which was called a failure in a recent Controller report; as well as SERVEPhiladelphia and the re-establishment of PhillyStat. Take it Mayor Nutter: “Over the past four years, we have created multiple new avenues for Philadelphians to report complaints, suggest solutions and to volunteer their time to make Philadelphia safer, cleaner and healthier.”
The School Reform Commission has to make another $39 million in “reductions” to deal with the budget gap. We assume this ain’t gonna end pretty.
Especially because last night, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a school vouchers bill, which the governor intends to sign. The bill that was passed 27-22 and now goes to the House. It will provide taxpayer-funded vouchers to students in the state’s “failing public schools.” The vouchers will provide anywhere from $5,765 to $13,905, depending on the district. Speaker Smith won’t say whether or not he’s going to take up the bill before the end of the year. Some say this is the first step toward privatizing education.
Democrat Maria Quinones-Sanchez has endorsed Republican David Oh for a City Council at-Large seat. Interesting to see what other Republican candidates looking to pounce on a weakened Oh do about this.
Win for him: Former Governor Ed Rendell has endorsed Republican Al Schmidt for City Commissioner.
Horrible: A West Philly woman was having a seizure when her family dog attacked her and severed her right ear from her head.
The Black is Back Coalition, which includes mayoral candidate Wali “Diop” Rahman, had planned to hold a November 5th March entitled “Stop the Wars, Build the Resistance,” but the city has denied them a permit, saying all its resources are tied up in Occupy Philly.