DAILY GRINDER: Nutter says Philly ‘Off to Bad Start’ in Violent New Year
Mayor Michael Nutter had some harsh words for city residents who engage in violence at yesterday’s Martin Luther King Day celebrations. “We have to say, as a city, ‘Enough is enough. I can’t take this anymore,’ ” he said in Kensington. “When are we going to start stepping up and ending our silence?”
Not sure how I missed this yesterday: New Jersey Assemblyman Charles Mainor wrote this on his Facebook page during the Giants game on Sunday: “We are not going to just lay down, we come to play. Who the hell do you think we are the DALLAS COWGIRLS OR THOSE GAYBIRDS FROM PHILLY…NO WE ARE THE NEW YORK GIANTS.” He says it was a friend who wrote it, and those beers his mom found in his room: He was holding them for the same friend.
A local couple is claiming their daughter was turned down for kidney transplant surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia because their child is “mentally retarded.” Now, there’s an online petition that’s been signed by tens of thousands of people calling on CHOP to allow the transplant. And a Change.org petition. And tweets in support of the family with hashtag, teamamelia.
The Philadelphia school district is expected to give an update on its budget Thursday. Happy news is not expected.
An analysis of Rep. Bob Brady’s new redistricted section of the state shows his move east—away from Olney and Logan, toward the Northeast—made the district “more white.” It increased 15 percent in which residents, decreased 12.5 in African Americans. His opponent in the Democratic primary Jimmie Moore recently sent Brady an open letter saying just this. And suggesting his relationship with state Republicans played a role.
And speaking of congressional races, Democrats in Pennsylvania’s 7th District are waiting out on former Rep. Joe Sestak, who may be deciding whether to run for his old seat. The problem: That seat was basically picked up and transplanted into a much more western, and conservative, spot of the state to make sure it stays Republican over the next decade.
Check out this new ad by Rick Santorum. It notes that Mitt Romney is more liberal than Ted Kennedy on social issues—though does not note that Ted Kennedy is dead. So, technically, Santorum is also more liberal than Ted Kennedy, because, as mentioned last sentence, Ted Kennedy is dead and can therefore neither be conservative nor liberal.
A Romney-affiliated Super PAC has an ad out saying Rick Santorum supports allowing felons – in prison! – to vote. It’s not true. At last night’s debate, Santorum called Romney out on this (although, Romney, like everyone affiliated with a Super PAC, can claim ignorance since even though the PAC’s run by people who’ve worked for him, he’s not “allowed” to have contact with them). Santorum actually supports allowing ex-felons to vote, after completing probation. And while Romney was governor of Massachusetts, the state allowed felons to vote before completing probation.