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July 24, 2009
HOW IS IT that ex-Mayor John Street was persecuted, ridiculed, character-assassinated and denigrated by the media's witch-hunt, and still to this day is clean of all false accusations? But Vince Fumo, on the other hand, found guilty of stealing taxpayer money, is given compassion, felt sorry for, accumulates massive supportive letters and is handed a sweetheart deal by Judge Buckwalter and the public. Isn't that a major contradiction? The public, including the media, should be forever on their knees praying and apologizing for the hate they wrongly directed at John Street!
NEWS
March 1, 2001 | Send e-mail to smithel @phillynews.com
John Street was walking to his car when the limo eased to a stop beside him. George Bush stepped out and greeted him warmly. The newly elected mayor had met the then-Republican presidential candidate's flight into Northeast Airport. Street saw it as a mere formality in his role as host of the Republican Convention. Street was working hard to crush Bush in Philadelphia, costing him any chance of winning Pennsylvania's electors. Bush knew that. But he also knew that Street could be as important as an ally as he had been as an opponent.
NEWS
October 24, 2003
FOUR YEARS AGO, the Daily News endorsed Sam Katz over John Street in the race for mayor because we believed Katz had a pro-growth vision for Philadelphia that was compelling. Katz still has that vision. But in the few years that he has been mayor, John Street has amassed a record of achievement in Philadelphia neighborhoods and in the lives of residents that is impressive, even inspiring. Given that record, it is the Daily News' judgment that John Street deserves to be re-elected on Election Day, Nov. 4. He has this paper's enthusiastic endorsement.
NEWS
June 14, 2013
I'M CHILLING with John Street at Darling's Diner, talking biking while dining. Turns out the Piazza at Schmidt's hipster haven is a favorite hang of the once-prickly ex-mayor. One of us is saying, "99 percent [of bicyclists] feel no obligation to obey the law" - and it's not me. It's Street, who loves bicycles, rides about 1,000 miles a year, but dismisses bike lanes and admits most bikers are lawbreakers - including himself. Does he obey the law? "No. I follow none. Zero. " He started biking in 1968.
NEWS
January 7, 2008
Today, John Street rises from his bed as Philadelphia mayor. Tonight, he sleeps unelected - for the first time since 1979, when BlackBerrys and iPhones were still years out of his reach. What will be toughest for Street as he gives up the throne and returns to private life? No more ribbon-cutting invites? No more frequent opportunities to remind people to drink their water? No more microphones shoved at him for him to announce that he's having a great day? Well, nothing that specific, says Carl Singley, former mentor and current antagonist of the outgoing mayor and ex-City Council president.
NEWS
September 12, 2003
IF JOHN STREET wins re-election it will, in large part, be in spite of his campaign team. Has there ever been a candidate as ill-served by his staff as Street has been by the Frank Keel/Mark Nevins/Dan Fee triple threat? For some reason, these guys can't help becoming the story and obscuring the mayor's message: First it was Keel with his wife's less-than-truthful letters to the editor. Then it was Nevins who had to take responsibility for Street getting warm and huggy with a drug felon during a photo-op.
NEWS
May 7, 1999
According to the polls, many of you are still undecided about who to vote for in next week's mayoral primary election. We don't blame you. Given where Philadelphia has been and what is at stake, this will be one of the most import votes city residents will ever make. But after heavy consideration, we have five words of advice for you: John Street. Vote for him. We don't say that easily, but we say it with the total conviction that of the five candidates running in the Democratic primary for mayor, John Street is the most qualified to lead this city.
NEWS
July 28, 2011 | By Marcia Gelbart and Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
First Milton, now John: Mayor Nutter is officially Street-free. Being Philadelphia's mayor was a "thrilling experience," John F. Street told The Inquirer in an e-mail Wednesday. But it's not one he wants to repeat. For now. "I decline to run, not because I feel too old or lack the energy," said the two-term mayor, 67, who in April switched his registration from Democratic to independent. Street then taunted Nutter by hinting that he might challenge him in November's general election, or run for City Council.
NEWS
April 27, 1999 | By David Boldt
At one time, The Inquirer Editorial Board tried to referee local political campaigns by calling football-style penalties. A low blow in an attack ad might earn the perpetrator 15 yards and a loss of down for what we might term an "illegal chuck. " The system never really worked - we couldn't actually impose a penalty - but I found myself wondering what kind of call we would have made on Marty Weinberg's current "shove ad" showing John Street pushing TV reporters out of his office in 1981.
NEWS
May 19, 1999
Now the real hard work for John Street can begin. Following last night's "Thrilla in Phila. " victory, Street will likely take some time off. A campaign such as the one Street waged - focused, issue-driven, nonstop - would grind most people into a fine powder. But once back, Street will have some heavy-duty wooing to do. As the unofficial election returns indicate, a sizable number of Philadelphians did not find Street a convincing replacement for Mayor Rendell. If he hopes to defeat Republican candidate Sam Katz come November's general election, Street will have to win over white voters who preferred Marty Weinberg, black voters more comfortable with John White and voters who couldn't get past some legitimate concerns over Street's personal finances and stewardship of the 5th District.
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NEWS
August 23, 2016
ISSUE | JOHN F. TIMONEY Timoney honorable, tough, and fair John Timoney gets laid to rest Tuesday. People wondered why I lobbied John Street so hard to retain Timoney as police commissioner. Just before Street's first debate with Sam Katz in the 1999 mayoral race, I had a detailed conversation with Street about the value of keeping Timoney on. And he did after he was elected. Also around that time, I ran a civic association. Timoney felt a synergy with our Pennsport community and twice showed up at our civic meetings to discuss quality-of-life issues.
NEWS
August 9, 2016
Most likely Mayor Kenney had a number of ideas when he was merely a councilman that he can finally put into action now that he's the top dog at City Hall. But the fact that he can doesn't necessarily mean that he should. Three years ago, for example, when then-Councilman Kenney proposed selling the luxury box seats that the city acquired in exchange for helping to fund construction of Lincoln Financial Field and other sports venues, the idea fell upon Mayor Nutter's deaf ears and went nowhere.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Jenice M. Armstrong, STAFF WRITER
Members of Kappa Alpha Psi have waged a social media campaign against Donald Trump - and it's not just for the reasons you might think. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel belongs to the predominantly African-American fraternity headquartered in the 2300 block of North Broad Street. Yes, you read that correctly. He's a Nupe. Curiel, you may recall, is the judge who the GOP presidential candidate has accused of being too biased to preside over lawsuits involving Trump University because of his Hispanic ethnicity.
NEWS
December 31, 2015 | BY DON HARRISON, For the Daily News
HIS HOLINESS has come and gone, But the happy memories linger on. Kudos to all who made it a success (Although security created a mess). Now, bring on the Democrats (convening here); It's going to be a busy year. From all of us to all of "youse," Happy new year from us at the Daily News, Those whose names are at left, specifically, And from this ancient retiree. Greetings to Mayor Nutter, lame duck, And Mayor-elect Jim Kenney (lots of luck)
NEWS
December 31, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, a North Philadelphia Democrat who has represented the Third District for two decades, is expected to retire next year, The Inquirer has learned. And a lawyer with a last name familiar to Philadelphia voters may run for her seat, with her backing. Kitchen's announcement has been pushed back by the six-month delay and lingering trouble between Gov. Wolf and the Assembly in finalizing a state budget. Kitchen, who turns 70 next year, is nearing the end of her fifth four-year term.
NEWS
November 2, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
FORMER MAYOR John Street - with his white shock of curly hair, wearing a burnt-orange Izod fleece jacket and a Bluetooth device in his left ear - walked into a federal courtroom yesterday as a defense witness in the bank and tax fraud trial of Chaka Fattah Jr. Fattah, 32, asked Street, 72 - who is a friend of Fattah's father, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr. - about photography work he had done for one of Street's mayoral campaigns. Street said he recalled Fattah "taking pictures for us" in 2002 and 2003, when Street was running for his second mayoral term.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | Will Bunch, Daily News Staff Writer
SOMETIMES larger than life and always controversial, Philadelphia's new mayors for the last half-century have always arrived at City Hall on Day One with one important thing in the metaphorical briefcase. That would be a theme, an idea so simple it could fit on a bumper sticker. Law-and-order? That was Frank Rizzo, on the day he figuratively took the police nightstick out of his cummerbund to assume the mayoralty in January 1972. Restore fiscal sanity? That was Ed Rendell, who arrived at Broad and Market two decades later with a mission to balance the books, even if it meant city workers no longer reaped the vacation benefits of Flag Day. John Street?
NEWS
August 17, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
GOV. Wolf has quietly appointed a new commissioner to the Delaware River Port Authority following a Daily News story last month that led to the abrupt resignation of Commissioner Whitney White. Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan confirmed yesterday that attorney Carl Singley - the former dean of Temple University's law school and onetime close friend of John Street - had been appointed to the DRPA's board on Aug. 4. Unlike Wolf's previous appointments, Singley's was not publicly announced.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | Jennifer Wright, Daily News Staff Writer
FORMER schoolmates Mayor Nutter and Democratic mayoral primary winner Jim Kenney have at least one more thing in common, they agreed: Each was a "pain in the ass" while on City Council. Things were chummy all around yesterday as the two St. Joseph's Prep School alums complimented one another, at times bashfully, during a news conference at City Hall. Nutter answered with a resolute "no" to whether he's bothered by Kenney as the Democratic nominee, despite some of the former councilman's disagreements with his policies.
NEWS
May 21, 2015 | John Baer, Daily News Political Columnist
TODAY'S FOCUS was to be on the apparent further decline of Philly's "racial math," and Jim Kenney facing perennial problems of poverty, schools, crime and policing. You know, what's it all mean and how does Mayor Kenney address these issues? I mean, the Democratic primary winner is the next mayor; been that way for 64 years. But then I chat with Bill Green. When I ask about Kenney's biggest challenges, Green says, "The concept [of writing] about what the Democratic nominee might face is getting a little ahead of itself.
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