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May 12, 2015 | Chris Brennan and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
If dollars were votes, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams would be a sure bet to win the Democratic primary for mayor. Williams and former City Councilman Jim Kenney each raised more than $1.3 million from Jan. 1 to Monday to run for mayor, according to campaign-finance reports filed Friday. But this is the season of the independent expenditure group, political action committees operating as financial free radicals, raising and spending funds unhindered by the city's campaign-finance limits.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Growing up in the South, Wilford "Will" Fuller, 44, who now commands a hefty salary as head of several divisions of Lincoln Financial Group, worked in a dye house, shoveling athletic socks into bleach vats. "We'd throw them into these big walk-in dryers," Fuller said. "We'd step into the dryer in hundred-degree heat and pitchfork" them out. Fuller now runs Lincoln's $124 billion annuity division and leads the entire company's sales operation, distributing Lincoln's retirement products through finance companies and advisers.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer| narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE BOY SCOUTS, Bart Simpson, angry protesters and random kids in the woods with a stick and rubber band have used them for decades. In New Jersey, though, possession or transport of a slingshot is a felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison, and there are a few residents, a gun-rights attorney and a state assemblyman trying to change the law. "There was no crime wave of slingshots that ever resulted in them becoming illegal," said gun-rights...
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April 28, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A school-choice advocacy group in Philadelphia will roll out on Monday the first of a planned series of television advertisements to promote its cause as voters consider whom to support in the mayor's race. Mike Wang, executive director of Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners, said his organization intended to spend more than $1 million on television ads in the coming months, much of it after the May 19 primary. "This is about getting every child access to a great school," Wang said, adding that the group would spend "whatever it will take to do that.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Using Earth Day as a backdrop, four environmental groups endorsed former City Councilman James F. Kenney in the Philadelphia mayor's race. The Sierra Club, Clean Water Action Pennsylvania, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and Penn Environment said Wednesday in a joint news release that Kenney's record on Council and his environmental policy proposals "offer a unique opportunity to protect the health of millions of Philadelphians and their environment....
BUSINESS
April 24, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thirty-three environmental groups, neighborhood organizations, and other activists on Wednesday called on Philadelphia City Council to snub an energy hub. In an Earth Day letter to Council organized by Food and Water Watch, the activists urged Council to pass resolutions against efforts to build industries linked to the expanding Marcellus Shale natural gas development. "Such a plan would pose public-safety risks on several fronts, deteriorate our community's public health, and elbow out plans to build our community and economy in a safe and sustainable way," the groups wrote.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
At a January campaign kickoff, a group of Latino Democratic ward leaders enthusiastically endorsed Nelson A. Diaz, seeking to become Philadelphia's first Latino mayor. On Monday, with 30 days until the May 19 Democratic primary, many of those same individuals recanted and instead endorsed former City Councilman James F. Kenney. One even took to name-calling - "charlatan" and "disgrace" - and said Diaz should pull out of the race. Diaz says it's all because he refused to support a City Council candidate, Manny Morales, who has faced controversy over racist and antigay remarks that turned up on his Facebook page.
NEWS
April 21, 2015 | Chris Hepp and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
It already may be out of their hands. With the May 19 Democratic primary a month away, the six mayoral candidates are increasingly being reduced to spectators by the volume of television ads produced by organizations officially unconnected to their campaigns. While they continue to debate, produce policy papers, and skewer one another's positions, none so far appear to have the resources to match the level of ads created by three independent groups in the race at the moment. One of those groups, American Cities, has thus far spent in excess of $1.9 million to promote State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, according to a political consultant who is unconnected to the campaign but who is tracking ad buys.
NEWS
April 19, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rubberbandance Group's Empirical Quotient is a blend of ballet and hip-hop, but it's a quieter piece than one might expect. In just over an hour, six dancers dressed in subtle grays, navy blue, and dark reds perform a series of dances loosely centered on the push and pull of human interactions, set to vocals and electronica by DJ and composer Jasper Gahunia. The evening begins as the audience arrives, with the dancers warming up on stage. As the lights go down, they huddle, forming a single unit that moves across the stage.
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