November 9, 2011 |
Mayor Nutter swept to a second term Tuesday, easily besting Republican Karen Brown by a 3-1 ratio. With more than 96 percent of the precincts counted, Nutter had trumped his GOP rival and independent candidate Wali "Diop" Rahman. Introduced by his teenage daughter, Olivia, to a crowd at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, Nutter said: "It is with great pride and humility that I say thank you. Tonight is not a night for satisfaction but for impatience. . . . We have in fact begun the renaissance of this great city, but we're not done yet. " When asked about capturing 24 percent of the vote, Brown said, "It says Michael Nutter should start listening to the little guy. We ran this race with no support, no money - not even from our own party - and we pulled this off. " Rahman, who won about 3 percent of the vote, called his campaign "a victory for the people," especially "the historically oppressed black and Latino communities.
November 8, 2011
Endorsements Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D.) City Commissioner Stephanie Singer (D.), Al Schmidt (R.) City Council (Contested races only.) District 10 Brian O'Neill (R.) District 2 Kenyatta Johnson (D.) District 8 Cindy Bass (D.) District 6 Bobby Henon (D.) District 3 Jannie Blackwell (D.) At Large Dennis O'Brien (R.)
November 6, 2011 |
Four years ago, Michael Nutter was a former maverick City Councilman who had bested the political establishment to become the surprise winner of the mayoral race. He promised to make Philadelphia safer, smarter, more prosperous, and less corrupt - goals he says he has achieved, to one degree or another. "We did those four things and a bunch more," Nutter said recently. "We never lost focus from the things we talked about in the campaign. " No doubt crime is down and school test scores have risen.
November 3, 2011 |
Ellen Cronan Rose, 73, of Center City, an editor, writer, and retired professor of women's studies, died of cancer Monday, Oct. 10, at home. Since 2002, Dr. Rose had been a coeditor of Temple University's Journal of Modern Literature. The quarterly publishes scholarly analysis of literature written in the 20th century and beyond and is known for its annual review of the year's academic writings on modern literature. Dr. Rose was the author of books, papers, and articles on Margaret Drabble, Doris Lessing, and feminist literature.
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.
October 23, 2011 |
There are plenty of reasons to criticize the Republican Party of Philadelphia, but today it deserves credit for a strong field of candidates in the at-large City Council race. Too often, with the GOP down 6-1 in voter registration, it's tough to even find a Republican willing to put in the time and effort for a sacrificial-lamb campaign. Hence the recruiting of former Democrat Karen Brown to challenge Michael Nutter for mayor this year. But with a pair of at-large seats reserved for a minority party, and with the Green party not quite ready for prime time in terms of numbers, Philadelphians are pretty much required by law to have at least two Republicans on Council.
October 7, 2011
Nutter wrong on Germantown project Residents in Germantown were recently dismayed by Mayor Nutter's support for the proposed Chelten Plaza retail development. In 14 years here, I have never witnessed such universal civic opposition to a development project, nor such grassroots community organizing. What happened to the Michael Nutter with whom I shook hands when he was representing true neighborhood interests as a councilman? People in this historic neighborhood are committed to living in a mixed-income, multicultural community where all deserve respect.
September 28, 2011 |
Every so often, in the thick fog of local politics, sunlight appears, offering clarity. Like the Fumo trial featuring Other People's Money, other people being you . And the recent report on the Dwight Evans-Robert Archie verbal working over of an Atlanta charter-school operator, now known as the Godfather meeting. The investigation revealed power brokers delivering a brash civics primer. "Things are different here" and "Philadelphia does not operate by the usual rules," they counseled in attempting to secure a $50 million contract for a rival local operator, everything here being local.
August 23, 2011
The Convention Center next month will host a conference called Shale Gas Insight 2011, bringing some of the biggest names in the energy industry - and their political patrons - to Philadelphia. It also will attract some of the biggest names in the environmental opposition movement - and their political patrons - for a demonstration and counter conference, Shale Gas Outrage 2011. The dueling events are scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8. On one side will be the chief executives of Consol Energy, Chesapeake Energy, and Range Resources, along with Gov. Corbett and former Gov. Tom Ridge.