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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City Council: People Say Down With The Blinking Sign

City Council: People Say Down With The Blinking Sign

Week two of public comments at City Council meetings went off without much difficulty. Before the legislative body voted on a plethora of minor bills, the citizens of Philadelphia had their say. Most of the people wanted to sound off against a zoning change that would allow a hotel to be built at 4th and Race. Rather than opposing the hotel itself, folks were...

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Casey Dives In: Deepening The Delaware

Casey Dives In: Deepening The Delaware

Senator Bob Casey seems to be taking a stand and—surprise!—that stand is happening in Your Delaware River, to begin a project in your city, employing the Army Corps of Engineers and local workers, during his election year. On Monday, Casey[‘s staff] penned a sorta-strongly-worded letter to Jacob Lew, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, asking...

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DAILY GRINDER: Dwight Evans Ain’t Happy

DAILY GRINDER: Dwight Evans Ain’t Happy

The state of the union is sad. The economy is sad. It’s sad how states have no money (and aren’t getting any, any time soon). But mostly, State Rep. Dwight Evans is so, so sad. And not just because he’s been demoted in Harrisburg. “The problem with the budget is that the people want (what) they’re not willing to pay for. It’s as simple...

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Near Brawl Erupts In City Commissioner’s Office

Marge Tartaglione threatened to punch me out. All for a simple question. Tartaglione, chair of the city commissioners, led an hour-long meeting in her office this morning, in which the commissioners and staff members discussed topics like accessibility to polling stations and provisions for special elections. But I wanted to know why no one was addressing the...

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Got New Hats And Mitts To Donate? Councilwoman Collecting For Cold Children

Got New Hats And Mitts To Donate? Councilwoman Collecting For Cold Children

Damn, it’s getting cold out. Now imagine you gotta trek to school through the snow and don’t have any warm clothes. Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown remembers seeing shivering children waiting for the bus when she was running for Council for the first time a decade ago. “I’d see mothers with their kids’ arms and heads not covered,”...

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DAILY GRINDER: Member of the Philly Chamber of Commerce? It’s OK

DAILY GRINDER: Member of the Philly Chamber of Commerce? It’s OK

Can we get a hell yeah? The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has ended its affiliation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the national group’s unofficial (see also: official) role as an arm of the national Republican Party. It’s all thanks to the disgusting ads the supposedly non-partisan group aired throughout the fall, which were made with the...

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