November 20, 2014 |
DOUG OLIVER, former press secretary for Mayor Nutter and currently an executive at Philadelphia Gas Works, is considering a run for mayor. From a fourth-floor office at the Bellevue yesterday, he announced the launch of an exploratory committee that will work to gauge his chances of succeeding Nutter in 2015. The "DO2015" exploratory committee is what Oliver describes as a "grass-roots, crowd-initiated and crowd-funded effort to re-engage the Philadelphia voter. " Oliver took some heat when, in 2012, he changed his voter registration to Republican.
November 18, 2014 |
It took less than an hour, and Murat Guzel was persuaded to break out his checkbook. With his signature, the Bethlehem, Pa., purveyor of organic foods put up $100,000 to try to bring the Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia in 2016. "We need to remember our founding fathers and our nation's founding principles, and Philadelphia is the best place for that," said Guzel, a frequent donor to Democratic campaigns. "Those principles need to be remembered. I think this is the best time in many years to send the message about those values across the United States and the international community.
November 17, 2014 |
Sensing that the city has an increasingly good shot at winning its bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, local party leaders - including Gov.-elect Tom Wolf - plan to brace top donors on Monday for upwards of $5 million in pledges toward the convention's costs. The pledges are meant to show the Democratic National Committee the city has the wherewithal to back up its claim it can handle the convention, which could cost up to $100 million to produce. Much of that money would come from national corporations that can be expected to be part of such an event.
November 12, 2014 |
UIL Holdings Corp. is not ready to pull the plug on its embattled bid to buy Philadelphia Gas Works. The Connecticut energy company announced Monday night that it would continue to pursue the $1.86 billion purchase of the nation's largest municipal gas utility, despite City Council's refusal to hold hearings on the sale. The deal expires at year's end if it is not approved by Council. "The transaction made strategic sense for UIL when we announced the agreement in March of this year, and continues to make strategic sense today," James P. Torgerson, UIL's chief executive officer, said in a statement.
November 6, 2014 |
TOM WOLF, a millionaire from York who distributes kitchen cabinets, did not win the race for governor of Pennsylvania yesterday. Gov. Corbett lost it. In 77 days, Wolf will be sworn in as the state's 47th governor, mostly because of political and policy decisions that Corbett made. Corbett last night conceded the race in Pittsburgh, saying that he stood by all those decisions even though they proved unpopular. "I said I may be a one-term governor. And I am," Corbett said.
October 31, 2014 |
NO SAVESIES! That's what people in one city councilman's camp are saying with a bill that would make it illegal to "sell" your temporary public parking spot to a nearby driver in dire need of one. Councilman Bill Greenlee is trying to get ahead of what he says is a growing trend of private citizens selling public parking spaces - a practice that he says is both dangerous and illegal. The measure comes in the form of an ordinance he plans to introduce this morning that would apply to both metered spots and free street parking.
October 30, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Former Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery's decision to retire may have been sudden, but the process of replacing him on the high court will be anything but fast. On Tuesday, a top Senate Democrat suggested that neither he nor his party were likely to broker any quick deals with Gov. Corbett to fill the seat. "I don't think it's a good idea to rush this decision," Minority Leader Jay Costa (D., Allegheny) said one day after McCaffery stepped down to halt an ethics probe into his conduct.
October 30, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - During a raucous special meeting Tuesday, Pennsylvania State University trustees defeated a resolution to reopen the controversial investigation into how school leaders handled the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. The proposal, introduced by alumni-backed trustees who for more than a year have been pushing the board to act - and preferably reject - the damning findings of former FBI Director Louis Freeh, won the support of only nine of the 26 board members who voted.
October 2, 2014 |
With a top bid of $98 million from the Toronto real estate investment firm Brookfield Asset Management, lawyers for Atlantic City's closed Revel Casino Hotel were considering late Tuesday whether to adjourn the casino's bankruptcy auction until Monday. Brookfield, which owns two casinos, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, was competing with Florida investor Glenn Straub, whose $90 million offer set a baseline for the auction. The $98 million bid by Brookfield - which amounts to 4 percent of the $2.4 billion cost to build Revel - topped a $95 million offer Tuesday by Straub, who will receive a $3 million breakup fee if he loses the auction.
September 25, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has launched an internal investigation into alleged sexually explicit e-mails sent and received on state computers, her office said Tuesday. The disclosure came in a letter denying an Inquirer request for the e-mails, which sources have said circulated among scores of state employees, including prominent officials. In the letter, the Attorney General's Office said it had decided that the material does not fall under the legal definition of a public record, and argued that any such e-mails would be exempt because they are part of an internal inquiry, and may be relevant "to the investigation of violations of agency policy and the appropriate use of agency equipment.