August 9, 2011 |
Once again, Michael Nutter is not messin' around. You know he's not playing when he pulls out the black vernacular. And there was a whole lot of it during his 30-minute rant - I mean, sermon - from behind the pulpit to a packed congregation Sunday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. Disgusted by the mobs of African American youths who have been terrorizing folks in City Center lately, he gave the black community a good old-fashioned whipping. I could almost hear my grandmother say, "Get me a switch!"
December 8, 2008
NO ONE WANTS to be Mayor Nutter right now. Who would want to be faced - day in and day out - with the mounting pressures of a nation-wide recession? Who would want to run a city where tax revenues are plummeting and requests for aid are soaring? No one. That's why I'm thankful that Michael Nutter is leading Philadelphia. His integrity and consistency in maintaining this city in a time of need is critical. With Philadelphia in such a precarious financial state, he is our best hope for resurrection because he has the courage to make difficult - and sometimes unpopular - decisions.
November 6, 1999 |
While Mayor-elect John Street and his family take a well-deserved rest in Miami, Philadelphia's radio audience can listen to a heartfelt thank-you from Tuesday's victor. "Over the next few weeks, I intend to visit neighborhoods across the city, gathering your input on issues important to Philadelphia's future," Street says in a a 60-second spot that began running on 11 radio stations yesterday. Street says his administration will improve schools and neigborhoods, as well as expand the city's economy.
November 5, 2012 |
With the New York City Marathon canceled less than 24 hours before its scheduled start Sunday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter reportedly had stepped in with an offer: all 40,000-plus runners could come to Philadelphia instead. George Hirsch, head of the New York Road Runners, which sponsors the run, said Nutter told him Philadelphia was ready to host the marathon Sunday if race participants could make it to the city, Runner's World reported Saturday. Hirsch replied that there wasn't enough time to do that.
July 30, 2013 |
IT WAS JANUARY 2009, and the stars seemed to have aligned over Philadelphia, signaling what should have been a Golden Age of government transparency in our erstwhile corrupt-and-contented city. Pennsylvania's new Right-to-Know Law - with its key clause that all government records are presumed to be public - had just gone into effect. No longer must citizens prove why records should be available to the public. Under the strengthened law, government agencies must prove why not . And Philly had elected as mayor a reform-minded councilman, Michael Nutter, who was wrapping up his first year in Room 215. Open government is his thing.
November 17, 2013 |
Ten days after inviting supporters to the start of his 2015 Philadelphia mayoral race, Tom Knox announced Friday that he had decided not to run after all. "Leading this great city as mayor has been a lifelong ambition, but it's simply not to be," he said in a statement distributed to reporters. "I put my family through one arduous mayoral campaign. I can't put them through another. " He said he decided after "much soul-searching and many difficult conversations with my wife, children and trusted advisers.
October 17, 2003
Not too many of Philadephia City Council's 17 members regularly rise above its parochial bedlam and mediocrity. One who does is Michael Nutter, a Democrat from the Fourth District. He's a district councilman who ably handles the nuts and bolts of constituent services and neighborhood needs, but goes well beyond that to provide solid ideas and timely leadership on the city's most vital issues. He easily earns The Inquirer's endorsement over his Republican opponent, Jay Feinschil of Roxborough.
May 16, 2007
UNOFFICIALLY, Michael Nutter has been working to get to this day for years. In 2004, he began what would be a ludicrously long fight in City Council - a Council that would continue to dig its heels in, even against a backdrop of convictions and indictments of public corruption around City Hall - to get his package of ethics bills passed. These bills, along with new campaign-finance limits, began a new chapter in the history of the city. That new chapter has grown into a full story of reform, with Nutter the key author.
November 10, 2007
AS I READ Fatimah Ali's recent op-ed on that state of the city ("Next Stop, City Hall"), I was forced to look back on the last eight years in this city's existence. I agree that Philadelphia gets a bad rap on most things. However, a lot of it is self-inflicted. Our reputation as murder city is well deserved. The current administration had no answers, reacted too slowly, and really were more baffled than the police. Mayor Street has been nonexistent. Nowhere to be found to answer any of the questions.
October 23, 2011
When Michael Nutter became mayor in 2008, he took over a city reeling from at least a murder a day, a government beholden to selfish business and political elites, a stressed tax base, and a troubled School District. Then the recession hit. But the pragmatic optimist has made progress on each of these fronts, albeit some more than others, and well deserves a second term. The Inquirer endorses MICHAEL NUTTER for mayor. Republicans again fielded a poor candidate. Karen Brown has pandered to police and firefighters, promising virtually anything for their support.