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April 16, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
RICHARD TAMACCIO, a/k/a Nikki Allen Poe, must see a federal judge about new drug activity before he can face the city's voters as the Libertarian candidate for a May 20 special election to fill a vacant at-large City Council seat. Tamaccio, a marijuana-legalization activist on probation since Dec. 13, tried to beat a Feb. 25 drug test by "consuming large amounts of water," according to a probation report filed in federal court yesterday. The report said Tamaccio then admitted that he "accidentally ate a cookie laced with marijuana" three days before.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
When Afghans went to the polls last week to elect a new president, Afghan social media enthusiasts sent out some incredible photos of women voters. The long, snaking lines of women in burkas, holding up sheets of plastic for protection from freezing rain, were a stunning repudiation of Taliban misogyny and violence. My favorite photo, tweeted by an Afghan journalist named Shafi Sharifi, showed an elderly, black-draped lady in a wheelchair, holding up a forefinger stained with indelible ink, saying: "I voted because women can't expect things to improve if they don't vote.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE CITY'S Democratic ward leaders selected state Rep. Ed Neilson of Northeast Philly yesterday to be their candidate in a May 20 special election for a vacant at-large City Council seat. That vote came as candidates for office across the state met yesterday's deadline to file nominating petitions to get on the May 20 primary election ballot. At least three state senators and 14 state representatives who represent districts that include parts of Philadelphia are facing Democratic primary challenges.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
CITY COMMISSIONER Stephanie Singer, part of a three-member panel that oversees elections in Philadelphia, has a problem with the way her political party will select a candidate today for a vacant City Council at-large seat. Singer, in an email Sunday to about 4,000 people on her campaign list, questioned the "accountability" and "transparency" in the Democratic process. Singer said in other Pennsylvania counties, candidates for a special election are voted on by a political party's committee members, who are elected by voters.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Sometime between now and April 8, Philadelphia's Democratic ward leaders will get together and handpick a candidate expected to win a seat on City Council in a special election in May. In a city where being a Democratic incumbent often means having a job for life, the choice made by those ward leaders could be one residents will have to live with for a long time. But those are the rules for filling a vacant at-large Council seat, and there has been an empty chair since Bill Green resigned this year to lead the School Reform Commission.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN & JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writers brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
CITY COUNCIL President Darrell Clarke announced yesterday that there will be a special election to fill the at-large Council seat vacated by Bill Green, who moved on to chair the School Reform Commission last month. It will be held May 20, the day of the primary election. "This will be a one-step election. Whoever wins on that day will be the councilperson upon certificate of the election results," Clarke said. The Council president was careful to open the referendum to all interested parties - Democrats, Republicans and independents alike.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Despite impressive career numbers and an NFL record for catches in one season, Philadelphia native Marvin Harrison fell short of being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility on Saturday. Wide receiver Andre Reed was the lone receiver chosen. The Allentown native got in on his ninth try. Reed was selected along with defensive end Michael Strahan, linebacker Derrick Brooks, tackle Walter Jones, defensive back Aeneas Williams, and senior committee nominees defensive end Claude Humphrey and punter Ray Guy. "Yes, I waited," Reed said.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
In 1973, when Bill Stauts first sought to serve on the Oaklyn Board of Education, 10 candidates competed for three open seats. "Those were the good old days," Stauts, 71, says of that era of civic engagement in the borough, where a single school serves about 400 students in prekindergarten through ninth grade. On Nov. 5, Stauts, a retired insurance broker, was elected to his 14th board term. His was one of only three names on the ballot, where five seats - two made vacant by recent resignations - were available.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IT'S BEEN JUST over a year since Vineland, N.J.'s first Hispanic mayor took the oath, and for some in the sprawling Cumberland County community, that's long enough. Ruben Bermudez, a former City Council member and owner of a formal-wear store in town, upset Vineland's incumbent mayor in a runoff election on Dec. 18, 2012, with his "Moving Forward" slate. But a recall petition is seeking to oust him amid accusations of cronyism, a closed-door atmosphere and flat-out incompetence. "Vineland's not moving forward at all. It's actually gone backward," said Tami Harold, one of the five organizers of the Committee to Recall Mayor Ruben Bermudez.
NEWS
January 1, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bill aimed at getting more people to run for school board seats has become law. The legislation, signed Friday by Gov. Christie, extends the deadline for filing nominating petitions for school board candidacy in the November general election from the date of the June primary to the last Monday in July. Had the governor signed the bill after Tuesday, it would not have gone into effect until 2015. In 2012, the Legislature sought to increase voter participation by giving districts the option of moving school board elections from the traditional third Tuesday in April to the higher-turnout November elections.
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