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Dan Rottenberg Backlash Swells

Reaction to Dan Rottenberg for writing a tone-deaf rape apologist’s manifesto as an editor’s letter in online Philly arts mag Broad Street Review continues to swell. After taking a few minutes to register that Rottenberg’s column wasn’t a failed attempt at satire, I wrote a direct response to his ideas in this week’s issue. Meanwhile, some local theater...

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VP Nutter Takes on Obama at U.S. Mayors Conference

VP Nutter Takes on Obama at U.S. Mayors Conference

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is in the midst of their 79th Annual Meeting in Baltimore. And to get things started off right, they proposed a resolution calling on Congress to end the war in Afghanistan. It’s the first time they’ve done this since Vietnam, which is noteworthy. Because like then, mayors still have no say over foreign policy. The Conference,...

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WATCH: Taiwanese Video Mocks Philadelphia Culture

Without comment. Just this quote: “Philly also has demented sports fans. They assault Santa Claus yet build a statue to honor Rocky Balboa, a fictional boxer.” swfobject.embedSWF("http://www.youtube.com/v/W4fTLmeIIuQ&rel=0&fs=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=0", "vvq-6860-youtube-1", "425", "344", "10", vvqexpressinstall, vvqflashvars, vvqparams,...

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As The Soda Tax Fizzles, Council Finds New Funding For Philly’s School District

As The Soda Tax Fizzles, Council Finds New Funding For Philly’s School District

Yay! Education AND soft drinks are saved—thanks to an increase in property taxes, again. Sigh. Councilman Rizzo enjoying a soda. If you didn’t  follow our live coverage of yesterday’s soda tax debate in City Council, here’s what you missed: -City Council, at one point, was close to passing the soda tax. -A witness called Councilman Bill Green...

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DAILY GRINDER: The Soda Tax is Dead! Long Live the Soda Tax!

DAILY GRINDER: The Soda Tax is Dead! Long Live the Soda Tax!

Big, big news: No soda tax! Instead, City Council has once again pulled the old bait and switch, squeezing out a deal to raise $53 million by temporarily raising property taxes – again. Inside sources are saying the hike is 3.85 percent for one year along with permanent increases in Center City and University City parking rates. [CBS] Fox 29 is saying these...

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Paid Sick Leave Bill Passes

And, it’s been done. By a 9-8 tally, City Council passed the paid sick leave bill. The legislation’s been debated and changed several times now, but, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal, here’s what the final version looks like: Under the bill, businesses with 11 or more employees would have to allow workers to earn up to seven sick days a year....

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DAILY GRINDER: Nutter Goes on TV for Big Soda Speech, Talks Fast

Last night, Mayor Michael Nutter gave what will forever be known as his ‘Big Soda Speech.’ It was a packed five minutes directly from the 6 ABC “Action News” studios – early enough so your grandparents could watch – spoken directly about the soda tax/School Debacle From Nowhere. Yes, it was awkward. Yes, it was rushed. Yes, he could have used about...

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Whose Job Is It Gonna Be: Soda Workers or School Teachers? [VIDEO]

Whose Job Is It Gonna Be: Soda Workers or School Teachers? [VIDEO]

Mayor Nutter asked City Council to consider a soda tax, again. Soda workers and community members protested Tuesday at City Hall against Mayor Nutter’s proposed soda tax—which City Council members will decide on Thursday morning—that would help close the school district’s $629 million deficit. Meanwhile, Nutter visited schools across the city...

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DAILY GRINDER: The ‘Soda Tax’ Drama

DAILY GRINDER: The ‘Soda Tax’ Drama

The Philadelphia ’soda tax’ is a 2-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks. Mayor Michael Nutter proposes it once a year so he can either a) Make the city mad at him or b) Use it as a catalyst for another tax. We assume. The proposal always starts off in a happy place. Last year, he was just trying to make your kids a little less morbid and/or hard to...

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Bob Brady Will Have a Primary Challenger

Bob Brady Will Have a Primary Challenger

Recently-retired Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore announced this morning that he plans on running against Congressman and Philadelphia Democratic City Committee head Bob Brady in the 2012 Democratic primary. And we doubt anyone in the Philadelphia political establishment is happy about it. Moore made the announcement by video, calling himself “not...

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