Friday, February 09, 2007

Friday roundup

  • Mayoral candidate bits

    • Taubenberger's official launch as the GOP candidate.

    • Apparently no amount of controversy is too much for Tom: Knox vows to spend his way to the top. Anytime you want to get back to issues...

    • Michael Nutter is unafraid of Knox and urges local politicians not to panic (and to keep the few reforms we've managed).

    • Dwight Evans was the only mayoral candidate invited to a big summit of black clergy, and he took the opportunity to talk about the role of the Police Commissioner (he has vowed to bring back Timmoney).

    • Chaka Fattah may have already broken a campaign promise, by using money from his "exploratory committee" (collected in excess of campaign finance limits) to fund his ongoing campaign. My, I *am* surprised...

  • Council noises

    • Philadelphia's City Council discussed campaign finance un-reform yesterday; might be another month before they decide (so don't stop whining!). [Also noted here is approval for the Zoning Reform Commission, and the ending of some budget battles with Street.] The Inquirer offers another editorial arguing against changing the rules now. I agree with Dan, who argues that the new Kenney bill is not a compromise but just a disaster of minutely smaller scale.

    • They also approved a ban on trans-fats at restaurants, starting September 1. (Baked goods will be covered a year later, although packaged snacks are exempted.)

  • Other news


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the same thing when I read the Inqy article about SEPTA's ticket machines. When the SEPTA spokesman said "new paper currency," he apparently meant the higher-value bills with off-center faces that first appeared in March 1996. I couldn't believe it back in 1999 when I first moved to the area that the transit vending machines couldn't take the new bills, but after seven years of living with SEPTA I'm not shocked by any incompetence.

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