DAILY GRINDER: Rep. Bob Brady to Receive ‘Bob Brady’ Award

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady will receive the first annual “Bob Brady Working Class Hero” award this weekend. The award, being doled out by the United Steelworkers Local 10-1 is going to Brady for helping broker the deal in which the Carlyle Group bought the almost-closed Philadelphia Sunoco Refinery.

Stay away: The Running of the Santas is this weekend. And the event’s website touts a review in Philadelphia Magazine that calls it “a younger, hotter version of the Mummer’s Parade.” There are so many things wrong with that description, I don’t even know where to begin. But I can’t imagine it was written by anyone whose actually seen the pub crawl in action.

David Oh’s anti-skateboarding bill in City Council was made less fascistic yesterday when he lowered the penalty for vandalizing public art—from $2,000 and 90 days in jail to $1,000 and 30 days in jail. “It is not the business of this council to try to lock up its citizens for skateboarding,” said Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.

City Council is also trying to restrict access to horse ownership in the city. A bill, introduced by Councilman Bill Greenlee, which requires a minimum amount of space to keep a horse and certain regulations with regarding to cleaning up after the animal. Horses are third in city humane complaints, after dogs and cats.

City Council passed the Complete Streets Bill yesterday, unanimously, meaning fines for drivers who mess with bikers and bikers who mess with drivers are going up. More on this soon.

Mayor Nutter is giving a press conference on problems which occurred on Election Day in Philadelphia. If it’s still morning when you’re reading this, check out the live feed here.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will head the National Constitution Center. Be afraid.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell serves as senior adviser to Greenhill & Co., a private equity firm that’s also serving as the financial advisor to the Corbett Administration as it seeks to privatize the state lottery. Rendell says he won’t gain financially from the transaction, but is in favor of the move by the Corbett Administration.

A car crashed and flipped onto its roof this morning in Manayunk.

U.S. Rep Allyson Schwartz
has hired the state’s Democratic finance director as her own, fueling speculation that she’s looking to run for governor in 2014.

The economy added 146,000 new jobs in November, bringing the unemployment rate to a 4-year low of 7.7 percent. Keep in mind these numbers are fixed, and it is a conspiracy to help President Obama win re-election next month.

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