City Government Plays Nice On Business Tax Reform

City Government Plays Nice On Business Tax Reform

After months of contentious back-and-forth with wildly opposing views on business tax reform, it seems that both sides of the debate have put aside their differences and are singing a different tune. Instead of today’s scheduled City Council hearing to discuss the bill proposed by Councilmembers Bill Green and Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Mayor Nutter held a...

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Watch: Eagles QB Michael Vick Stars In A Web Ad For Woodbury Nissan

He’s done it, folks. Michael Vick has gone from, in the words of Allie Rose Katz from this week’s cover story, “…dog fighting/torturing/executing ex-con, to controversial Eagles backup used only for gimmick plays, to perhaps the most valuable player in the league…” And in case you needed any more evidence as to how that is, check out this ad he’s...

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Are “75,000 Jobs” The “Death Panels” Of Business Tax Reform?

Are “75,000 Jobs” The “Death Panels” Of Business Tax Reform?

Today, the business privilege tax reform proposed by Council members Bill Green and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez won’t be voted on in committee as expected. Instead, it’s being held, perhaps to negotiate a compromise with the Nutter administration, which has opposed the bill. We’ll know more after a press conference this afternoon with Nutter, Council...

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DAILY GRINDER: Casey’s Oxymoronic Self-Definition May Foil Him Again

DAILY GRINDER: Casey’s Oxymoronic Self-Definition May Foil Him Again

Democrats are trying to push a new bill forward that would repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell but, apparently, it would also allow for abortions to be conducted on military bases by military personnel. And once again, the big question is whether Bob Casey’s conscience leans toward gays or fetuses. You’re the one who wanted to be a “pro-life Democrat,” pal....

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What Does The A&P Bankruptcy Mean For The Upcoming NoLibs Pathmark?

What Does The A&P Bankruptcy Mean For The Upcoming NoLibs Pathmark?

Here’s a little-known fact (at least for those outside grocery store circles): In 2007, the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) acquired Pathmark for $1.4 billion, which included $475 million in debt financing. This came after decades of downsizing and increased competition from an increasingly balkanized grocery-market market (the surge of pseudo...

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DAILY GRINDER: Specter Not For Mayor, New Hands, Students Can’t Afford To Move, Cliff Lee

The whole “Specter for Mayor” thing is a hoax, but it’s still sort of fun. The rumor was apparently started by a reporter named Keegan, though he looked like McLovin, according to Dave Davies of Newsworks. “Nutter stared at McLovin, er, Keegan, like he was from another planet and said he had no idea what he was talking about.” Then emails about a fake...

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The Long Goodbye: Rendell’s Pardons, Future Plans, Legacy

Governor Ed Rendell is rounding the lower funnel of his time in Harrisburg, and we doubt he’s coming out the bottom unscathed. He’s leaving the state in a deep debt, has just made State Treasurer Rob McCord to begrudgingly sign off on a $650 million infrastructure bond issue (he wanted $1 billion) for six months of projects and made history for the number...

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DAILY GRINDER: Mayor Specter?

DAILY GRINDER: Mayor Specter?

What do you think, would you vote for Grandpa Specter for mayor of Philly? We’re intrigued, even if the mere thought may or may not be based on nothing. [Heron’s Nest] Philadelphia Media Network, owners of Philly.com, the Inky and the Daily News, also own the Northeast Times and My Community Trend. They’re being sold to a new company called Broad Street...

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BREAKING: Sabina Rose O’Donnell Case Likely WILL Go To Trial

BREAKING: Sabina Rose O’Donnell Case Likely WILL Go To Trial

At last month’s pre-trial conference in the case of Pa. v. 18-year-old Donte Johnson for the alleged rape and murder of 19-year-old Sabina Rose O’Donnell last June, Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax confirmed that Johnson had agreed to enter a guilty plea in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table. It was expected that the Johnson case...

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DAILY GRINDER: Things We Knew But Are Sad To See In Print

DAILY GRINDER: Things We Knew But Are Sad To See In Print

Cue the outrage: Michael Vick admitted he’d still be dogfighting if he hadn’t been caught. Good thing he was caught? [Philly.com] Tom Corbett is going to overturn Governor Ed Rendell’s moratorium on drilling. “These people bought these leases with an expectation of being able to drill as long as they adequately presented papers to get their permits, and...

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