DAILY GRINDER: Santorum To Again Argue For Theocracy

DAILY GRINDER: Santorum To Again Argue For Theocracy

So, Rick Santorum used to have this speech. The media calls it his “faith speech.” He calls it “A Charge to Revive the Role of Faith in the Public Square” and likes to say it’s his retort to John F. Kennedy’s September 12, 1960 speech in Houston, Texas to Protestant ministers, in which he explained his Catholic faith and how, though strong,...

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City Council: Citizens Speak Up, Tow Drivers to Fight Back

City Council: Citizens Speak Up, Tow Drivers to Fight Back

Today marked the first day average citizens are permitted to comment during the Thursday City Council meetings. “We need to deal with the issue of ‘public comment,’” Council President Anna Verna said, icy venom audibly dripping from her lips at the very idea (UPDATE: Anna Verna’s office contacted us to clarify that, all editorializing...

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Pennsylvania’s New Food Safety Law And You

Pennsylvania’s New Food Safety Law And You

Anyone who’s ever had a job at Wawa knows that when you get a call from another local store at, say, 2 p.m., it’s bad news: The health inspectors are coming and it’s time to clean the fuck up. We assume this experience isn’t unique to our (my) favorite purveyor of sandwich meat, but inspections often differ based on the establishment. That’s all about...

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DAILY GRINDER: Nutter’s Heart Grew Three Sizes That Day

DAILY GRINDER: Nutter’s Heart Grew Three Sizes That Day

Nutter’s putting the “Christmas” back in Christmas Village (next to the Holiday tree, haha – no, seriously.) He claims he did so after “personal reflection” and realized – Hey! Christmas Village isn’t about religion! And neither is Christmas! It’s about consumerism! M. Nutt’s feelin’ reckless! Bring on the ACLU! [Philly Clout] The appropriate...

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Bruce Nichols, Co-Founder of Philly Beer Week, Dies at 62

Two-and-a-half years ago, Bruce Nichols co-founded Philly Beer Week as a way for Philly to celebrate craft beer in a style that was, well, very Philly. Today it’s the largest beer celebration of its kind in the United States. Nichols died of leukemia yesterday at the age of 62. Our condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed, and for those who...

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Does Anyone Care About Business-Tax Reform?

PhillyNow column in our Dec. 1 print edition: The city is about to make major changes to the way it collects business taxes—which could potentially become law by the end of the year—but are businesses paying attention? To briefly recap: Council members Bill Green and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez have proposed a bill that would eliminate the net-profit portion...

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Curtis Jones On Business Tax Reform: “It’s A Wild-Ass Guess”

Curtis Jones On Business Tax Reform: “It’s A Wild-Ass Guess”

After seven hours of testimony from a lot of smart, important-sounding people, the city is no closer to reaching a consensus about the efficacy of a business tax reform plan currently before Council. Curtis Jones summed up the whole debate pretty succinctly: “A lot of this is the WAG theory,” the councilman said. “It’s a wild-ass guess.” The...

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DAILY GRINDER: A Hated Former Senator, Meh’d Future-Former Senator and Loved State Senator

DAILY GRINDER: A Hated Former Senator, Meh’d Future-Former Senator and Loved State Senator

Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania’s universally-hated former Senator, has been busy lately, running for president, traveling through New Hampshire and making predictable, partisan remarks. His newest: Obama is OK with a nuclear Iran [because he’s a terrorist] and the founder of Wikileaks is neither a trickster nor doing his civil duty by releasing the information...

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New York, Mark Ruffalo Leading Fracking Fight on Marcellus Shale

New York, Mark Ruffalo Leading Fracking Fight on Marcellus Shale

I know, I know this is a Philly-based blog and Philadelphians hate them some New Yorkers. But for the loud minority out there that have been rallying against drilling the Marcellus Shale for natural gas, perhaps we can look to our brothers from the north for some guidance on the issue. The State Assembly passed a temporary moratorium on natural gas drilling for...

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DAILY GRINDER: East Market Dystopia

DAILY GRINDER: East Market Dystopia

City leaders are baffled – baffled, I tell you! – about how Center City streets become “abandoned at sundown.” So, what’s the answer? Billboards, and lots of ‘em! East Market Street could potentially be as awful as Times Square should a “commercial advertising district” bill make it through City Council. How else to keep people on the streets...

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