DAILY GRINDER: Santorum has Poor Showing in ‘Dead Ground’ New Hampshire

Last night, Rick Santorum again tried and failed. He came in 5th place in the New Hampshire primary, swallowing just 10 percent of the vote. We liveblogged the thing. But long story short, everything they said might happen in New Hampshire, happened. Mitt Romney won, then came Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Gingrich and Santorum. Most voters in New Hampshire were interested in the economy and “electability,” not abortion and gay marriage. Which made it a bit tough for our former hilarious representation. The former Pennsylvania Senator’s decision to go to New Hampshire and campaign for five days instead of heading straight to South Carolina from Iowa may come back to bite him in the ass.

Satellite providers are still pissed about City Council President Darrell Clarke’s legislation that bans dishes on the sides of houses. Specifically, the SBCA, Dish and DirecTV. They’re petitioning the FCC for a declaratory ruling on the ordinance. The Philadelphia ordinance restricts dish placement on the street side of single family homes “as long as any alternative location is available–even if such location would require some material delay or additional expense of antenna location,” according to SBCA’s petition.

New Sheriff Jewell Williams is in office and he means business. He showed up at his first foreclosure yesterday unveiling an executive order (sheriffs can do that?) prohibiting sheriff’s employees or contractors and their families from bidding on foreclosed properties, citing a conflict of interest and insider information available in sheriff’s offices. He said his job right now is to “clean this sheriff’s office up, make sure we pass the smell test on everything that we do.”

Starting Thursday, the Archdiocese will begin an appeals process to keep some schools open. Priests of parish schools and presidents of high schools can submit requests by Feb. 1 to the Office of Catholic Education, then meet with a review committee, who then gives their recommendation to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

Hey, former Senator Arlen Specter has a dumb thing to say about the upcoming presidential election: “A better alternative [to getting rid of Vice President Biden for the 2012 race] is to make Hillary the [presidential] nominee. As long as we’re talking about dumping, let’s go to the core problem.” Someone is still—still!—angry about losing in 2010 after putting his entire career on the health care bill and unpopular Democratic Party. His TV show (called “The Whole Truth”) begins Friday and his book comes out in March. Note to everyone: Hillary Clinton is insanely popular right now because she is not in a political role. Open her up to horserace politics scrutiny and she’s the same person she was in 2008, when she did not receive the nomination. Although you can see how Specter would want to create controversy in the lead up to his supposed uncontroversial show.

Camden will not have its own medical marijuana facility. Probably for the best.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is voting later today on whether or not to approve an increase in prices on more than 450 wines and hard liquor brands. The increases were requested by the vendors of the brands and will likely range from 50 cents to $5. Hooray for monopolies!

A man and woman were found stabbed to death in their apartment at 13th and Dickinson.

According to police, four kids were playing with a gun inside a home on the 3900 block of Elser Street in NIcetown when one accidentally shot another in the head. The 16-year-old who was shot is currently at Temple Hospital and in critical condition.

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