DAILY GRINDER: Rendell’s Book Tour Devolves into Obama Bashing
Who would have thought former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s book tour for his weirdly-titled, Philadelphia magazine excerpted “A Nation of Wusses” would be an Obama-bashing extravaganza? Not us! But when asked about Obama’s prospects in Pennsylvania at a Bloomberg View roundtable (Obama currently leads by double-digits in the state), he wouldn’t say whether Obama would win. While appearing on CBS’ This Morning, he noted Hillary Clinton would have “come in with a lot more executive experience,” and that President Obama “was hurt by being a legislator only.” He makes the same point in his book. Chris Cillizza called Rendell an “Obama antagonist” in a recent column.
City Council has essentially voted to give itself control—Councilmanic privilege yo!—over where bike lanes can go within the city. The Nutter Administration had looked to other cities to see how they regulated bike lanes as a guide, and no one else seems to have this sort of system. DOESN’T MATTER.
A Transportation Security Administration instructor who worked at Philadelphia International was sentenced to four years probation for taking a $200 bribe from another TSA officer last year. TSA officers just seem like the best.
City Council has given “preliminary approval” to Mayor Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative property tax plan, though will only provide $85 million to the school district through the plan, not the $94 million the mayor originally sought.
Nutter’s soda speech yesterday in Washington, DC was a hit!
Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith says there isn’t enough support for a school voucher bill this year.
Next year, the maximum weekly unemployment payment in Pennsylvania will be frozen at $573 and will remain there through 2019.
Pennsylvania Democrats will party in Valley Forge this weekend.
City Council is considering a bill that would limit the number of dogs and cats one person could own, in order to deal with the city’s increasing pet hoarding problem.