DAILY GRINDER: City Still Wants Swap Money Back—If They Can Get It
Councilman Jim Kenney wants to be able to file a lawsuit against the big banks that took a ton of the city’s money through the swap deals you’ve been hearing so much about lately. At a press conference yesterday, alongside the Transit Workers Union Local 234 and Fight for Philly, he said, “we’re hoping that the law firm that we have engaged to look at this comes back with a favorable idea to go forward with a lawsuit to sue Bank of America, Wells Fargo and all of the others — everybody who was involved in the collapse of the economy.” And if the lawyers say, no, everything was done by the book, then Jim Kenney will Occupy the banks or some shit.
The website Fodors (we just heard of it for the first time, too) has an article about the 15 reasons to visit Philadelphia. One of them is the mushroom festival in Kennett Square.
Yikes. Ed Rendell went to Harrisburg to give a character witness on behalf of former state Rep. Steve Stetler earlier this week in his Bonusgate trial. And it didn’t work, because yesterday Stetler was found guilty on all charges.
Senator Bob Casey, up about 15 points in the polls against his Republican opponent, said yesterday he wants an investigation of the cleanup of an old nuclear waste site 30 miles from Pittsburgh.
I don’t know how he does it, but Governor Tom Corbett keeps getting more and more unpopular! According to a new Quinnipiac poll, he’s down to 35 percent approval, 50 percent disapproval, the lowest numbers of his time as cold-eyed governor.
Update: A man says the wolf-dog in Pennypack Park might be his dog, Levi. He did, after all, buy a wolf-dog hybrid from Florida on Craigslist a few months back and lose it in the Northeast Philly park. Nothing weird about that!
The Phillies lost last night but UTLEY IS BACK AND HE HIT A HOMERUN.
The Obamacare ruling is coming from the Supreme Court today. There’s already a defeatist tone from the Obama campaign, who sent out an early morning email saying, “no matter what, today is an important day to have Barack Obama’s back.”