July 13, 2015 |
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker presents himself as a kind of Midwestern Everyman. He buys cheap shirts and sweaters at Kohl's. He drinks Miller beer. He drives a Harley-Davidson Road King. And he packs a punch. Walker, set Monday to become the 15th declared Republican presidential candidate, has enacted an aggressive conservative agenda in a blue state in a manner that belies his homespun homilies and baby face. Those two factors have helped propel Walker, 47, into the first tier of the 2016 GOP field.
July 9, 2015 |
IN THE DAYS after Jim Kenney's landslide primary election victory, people tripped over themselves trying to figure out what to call him. Mayor-elect Kenney? Soon-to-be-Mayor Kenney? More-than-likely-Mayor Kenney? The word "mayor" had to be in there somewhere, of course, because the former City Councilman beat five other candidates on May 19 to become the Democratic mayoral nominee. And in the bizarro world that is Philadelphia politics, the guy who's held that title has won the mayor's office in every election over the past 60-plus years.
July 1, 2015 |
IT WAS late March when Chris Pronger knew there was a chance he'd be honored yesterday. The Hockey Hall of Fame's general voting members ratified new bylaws and clarified bylaw No. 26 - which states an inductee must not play professionally for three years before becoming eligible - to allow players still under contract, but not playing because of injury, to be inducted. Pronger last played in November 2011 because of postconcussion syndrome and hasn't officially retired because his contract as a player runs through 2017.
June 27, 2015 |
A Philadelphia judge has dismissed witness-intimidation charges against the relative of four North Philadelphia election workers accused of adding votes to the machine after the polls closed in the November general election. Municipal Court Judge Roger F. Gordon said Thursday that he could see no evidence of a crime on a dark surveillance videotape prosecutors said showed Brandon Way, 31, slashing the car tires of a poll watcher who had reported the alleged fraud by Way's relatives. Assistant District Attorney Michael Bonner said he would review the evidence and likely refile the charges in Common Pleas Court.
June 26, 2015 |
The District Attorney's Office on Wednesday charged three Philadelphia election officials with committing fraud in the 2014 and 2015 primary elections. In Juniata Park's 33d Ward, Fifth Division, Robin Trainor, the judge of election, and Laura Murtaugh, the minority election inspector, were charged with fraud involving the May 19 primary. And in Point Breeze's 36th Ward, 10th Division, officials charged Cheryl Ali with voter fraud involving several divisions. Cameron Kline, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office, said Trainor, 55; Murtaugh, 56; and Ali, 56, surrendered to authorities Wednesday and were awaiting bail hearings.
June 24, 2015 |
City Commissioners Chairman Anthony Clark has agreed to pay $4,000 in fines for ethics violations in connection with efforts to secure a raise for his brother, a commissioners' employee. Clark, in a settlement reached with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics, agreed that he failed to properly notify the city of his ability to affect his brother's pay, remove himself from discussions involving that pay, and cooperate with an investigation into his actions. That last charge was evidenced by an implied threat Clark made to the commissioners' budget officer when he learned she was to talk to investigators in the case.
June 24, 2015 |
CITY COMMISSIONERS Chairman Anthony Clark has agreed to pay $4,000 in fines for ethics violations in connection with a pay raise given to his brother, who works in Clark's office. Clark, 55, who heads a three-person panel that oversees elections in the city and earns about $134,000 a year, also agreed to take ethics training to brush up on the city's Ethics Code. The concessions were part of a settlement agreement reached with the city Board of Ethics and made public yesterday.
June 19, 2015 |
Around City Hall, they call him "Special Ed. " Ed Neilson, a member of City Council for 10 months, appears ready to resign this week so he can run in his third special election in four years. Democratic ward leaders in Northeast Philadelphia unanimously voted Tuesday night for Neilson to be their party's candidate in an Aug. 11 special election to fill the vacant 174th District state House seat, according to Neilson spokesman Frank Keel. Neilson, who lost his bid for a full four-year term in the May 17 primary election, may resign from his at-large seat Friday, Keel said.
June 12, 2015
CITY COMMISSIONERS Chairman Anthony Clark must have compromising photos of ward leaders or something. Oh yeah, this guy knows where the bodies are buried all right. How else do you explain how the Democratic City Committee endorsed him for re-election in last month's primary? Clark, who heads the three-person panel in charge of Philadelphia elections, was the top vote-getter in the commissioners' race - despite the fact that he hadn't bothered to vote in five consecutive elections until the City Paper called him out last fall.