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April 17, 2011 | By Marcia Gelbart, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Mayor Nutter, opponent T. Milton Street Sr. may be an itch that won't go away - but he is still by any measure the very distant second in next month's Democratic primary for mayor. That has freed Nutter to concentrate on how to make the most of a second term, and at the moment that means getting some allies elected to City Council, where for three-plus years he has lacked a reliable majority of votes. An official "Nutter slate" of candidates may not coalesce, but the mayor does intend to actively back Council aspirants in some competitive races for open seats.
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April 18, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday signed an executive order that drastically limits the city's cooperation with requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to hold people accused of minor crimes for possible deportation proceedings. The city will now require ICE to provide a judicial warrant - signed by a judge or magistrate and stating that the person is suspected of a first- or second-degree felony - when requesting that local authorities detain someone longer than they otherwise would, a practice known as "ICE holds.
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May 22, 1991 | By Fredric N. Tulsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ann J. Land, 58, was locked in a close race early today with investment broker Michael A. Nutter, 33, in her effort to retain the Fourth District Council seat she has held since 1981. The results in the race were straggling in, and showed the race neck-and- neck early this morning with about 40 percent of the votes counted. But Nutter said shortly after 1:30 a.m. today that Land's campaign manager had called him and conceded the outcome. Four years ago, Land had retained her seat by holding off a challenge by Nutter.
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April 17, 2007 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If Michael Nutter's mayoral campaign doesn't work out, maybe he has a future in retail. Buried in the former councilman's detailed budget policy paper - which will be formally released today - is an interesting notion: a "Philly Gear" apparel line, to be sold online and at city-operated gift stores. Modeled on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's ambitious New York City Store, Nutter's plan predicts that Philly-branded products could earn the cash-strapped city up to $1 million in annual revenue.
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November 9, 2008 | By Patrick Kerkstra and Marcia Gelbart, Inquirer Staff Writers
When Mayor Nutter took office in January, the expectations for his administration could not have been higher. Ten months and a $1 billion budget crisis later, should Philadelphians temper their hopes? Yes and no, Nutter said in a Friday interview. "I think yesterday was part of the expectation-adjustment process," Nutter said, referring to his Thursday announcement of painful spending cuts and a freeze on planned tax reductions. But Nutter did not back off his most ambitious goals, such as halving the high school dropout rate within seven years, and doubling the city's four-year college-degree attainment rate within 10 years.
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March 24, 2004 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Though he's still working on last-minute Council business and has yet to pack his bags, City Councilman Michael A. Nutter is leaving for Cape Town in South Africa tomorrow for a fellowship program on leadership and public-service values. Called the Emerging Leaders Program, the fellowship is administered by the United States/Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values, a partnership between Duke University and the University of Cape Town. Nutter said yesterday he was nominated as a fellow in the fall by a friend who had completed the program.
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April 17, 2006 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Union leader John J. Dougherty has an ultimatum for City Councilman Michael A. Nutter, a potential rival in the race for mayor of Philadelphia: Resign, or take yourself out of next year's Democratic primary. According to Dougherty, Nutter effectively declared himself a mayoral candidate last week by filing a lawsuit demanding that four other potential candidates return money raised in violation of the city's new campaign-contribution limits. Under the City Charter, officeholders explicitly running for a job other than the one they have must resign their current post.
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September 6, 2012 | BY CATHERINE LUCEY, Daily News Staff Writer
WOULD Mayor Nutter like to trade in his office at City Hall for one at the White House? Political circles have been buzzing for months with speculation that Nutter might cut short his second term for a job in Washington if President Obama is re-elected. And Nutter's speaking appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night will only fan those flames. Just how seriously should this chatter be taken? Insiders say that if Nutter wants a job, he would likely be a strong contender.
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June 8, 2005 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city's on-again, off-again romance with banning smoking in all workplaces is, for the moment, showing signs of working out. Though time is running out for City Council to vote on the measure before it breaks for the summer, one roadblock has been cleared: Mayor Street is at least on speaking terms with Councilman Michael A. Nutter, the sponsor of the bill. Last Thursday, the mayor had complained that Nutter, who appeared one vote shy of getting the bill passed, was trying to ram the legislation through Council no matter what the cost.
NEWS
January 27, 2011
With Mayor Nutter about to face city voters again, he's making a smart political move - as well as one that's in the interests of good government - by expanding the rules for most city workers on accepting gifts, safeguards on sexual harassment limits on outside employment, and by imposing a needed ban on nepotism. Nutter's 2007 election campaign on a reform platform included a memorable "throw out the bums" TV ad showing the top of City Hall being ripped off. So the ethics rules the mayor issued as executive orders Tuesday were a welcome reminder of why Philadelphians rallied behind him. The mayor, of course, would argue that he's kept his reform fervor well-stoked all along.
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April 18, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday signed an executive order that drastically limits the city's cooperation with requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to hold people accused of minor crimes for possible deportation proceedings. The city will now require ICE to provide a judicial warrant - signed by a judge or magistrate and stating that the person is suspected of a first- or second-degree felony - when requesting that local authorities detain someone longer than they otherwise would, a practice known as "ICE holds.
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April 14, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
A WHOLE LOTTA fuss over nothing - that's what Mayor Nutter is calling reaction to a memo sent by City Council President Darrell Clarke to all Council members Wednesday, which prompted Council to stall a bill advancing the sale of PGW. Nutter wants to get the ball rolling, but Clarke's memo raised questions about whether the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's review process of the proposed sale of PGW to UIL Holdings Corp. would give Council enough time to have its say. Nutter said that even a favorable decision from the commission would be meaningless without Council's approval of the sale ordinance.
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April 12, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration sent legislation to City Council on Thursday to approve the $1.9 billion sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works to a Connecticut energy company. No Council member introduced the legislation. Although Council President Darrell L. Clarke and other members have expressed misgivings about the sale, administration officials said they were not concerned that the lack of a Council sponsor was an attempt to impede the sale of the 176-year-old utility. The deal faces a long approval process before Council and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Mayor Nutter took out his pen Wednesday to sign two bills that crack down on "vaping," or puffing on electronic cigarettes, Gregory Conley broke the silence in the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall. "Congratulations on hurting public health and deceiving smokers into believing that e-cigarettes are harmful," Conley shouted at the mayor while holding an e-cigarette. As a member of Nutter's security team stood in front of Conley, an e-cigarette lobbyist, the mayor fired back: "That device might be harmful, but he's harmless.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
CORRECTION: A story Monday about Mayor Nutter's travels should have noted that he paid his own way to Democratic conventions in 2008 and 2012 even as the city paid for the rest of his entourage. Also, his office said it erred in totaling the city's costs for the 2008 event at $10,014, saying the correct figure was $7,296 — making it the second costliest of the trips described in the article and a chart. • Mayor Nutter's recent trip to Rome, where he posed with tourists, spoke with the pope, and slept in a five-star hotel, has renewed questions at home about his frequent travels.
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April 5, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
If any City Council or row office employees accepted cash or pricey gifts in the last couple of days, they could be in big trouble. The new ethics code gifts regulation - which bans cash as gifts and limits the value of gifts to city officers or workers at $99 - was quietly signed into law by Mayor Nutter on Monday. It went into effect immediately. The new law amends the city code's provision that prohibited gifts of "substantial economic value. " The old standard was vague, and a precise limit, advocates of the bill have said, will make the law easier to enforce.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA How much did Mayor Nutter's trip to Rome cost, and who picked up the tab? Taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief. The trip - complete with a stay at a five-star hotel overlooking the Pantheon - was financed by the nonprofit that's organizing the Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families, to be held here next year. That's the event Nutter and his entourage hope the pope will attend. But what the trip last week cost and who ultimately is underwriting it is a bit of a mystery.
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April 3, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
TRICKSTERS within Mayor Nutter's office of communications teamed up to prank his press secretary for April Fools' yesterday, with members of the City Hall press corps in on it. "Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City officials outlined an action plan to address the dramatic increase in feral turtles along the Schuylkill River," the "official" news release read. Before its issuance at midday, Nutter's staff tipped off the media to the spoof. Some reporters played along in the second-floor hallway outside the mayor's office to "cover" Nutter's comments and watch him "demand an explanation" from press secretary Mark McDonald as to why the feral turtles were an issue.
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March 31, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
MAYOR NUTTER returned from Rome more optimistic about a papal visit to the City of Brotherly Love than he was before he left - indicating Philadelphia may very well see a visit from Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. The mayor met with members of the press yesterday afternoon at City Hall to discuss his visit, saying he felt assured he and the Philadelphia delegation had been well-received during their nearly weeklong trip to Vatican City. The local delegation included Nutter's chief of staff Everett Gillison, Gov. Corbett and Archbishop Charles Chaput.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROME - The hopes of Mayor Nutter, Gov. Corbett, and about 16 civic leaders to meet in a private audience with Pope Francis appear to have been dashed late Tuesday. The local delegation had expected an extended private meeting Wednesday at which they would have urged Francis to visit the city when the Philadelphia Archdiocese hosts the Eighth World Meeting of Families, a Vatican-sponsored gathering expected to draw hundreds of thousands to the city in 2015. But Meg Kane, communications coordinator for the much-ballyhooed trip to Rome, sent word out at about 11:30 p.m. Rome time that the delegation would not be meeting with Francis at his residence, as had been long planned.
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