A Philly Guy Got 22 Votes for President in New Hampshire

Ed O'Donnell for president

Photo | Dan McQuade

Last month, Philadelphia magazine talked with Ed O’Donnell, a Philadelphia man who was running for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was only on the ballot in New Hampshire – and he really considered himself not affiliated with any party — but he was going for it, visiting the state late in 2015 to stump for votes.

Last night, Bernie Sanders got 60 percent of the vote. Hillary Clinton got 38 percent. And part of that missing 2 percent went to O’Donnell: He received 22 votes for the Democratic presidential nomination. Read more »

Pa. Senate Vote to Remove Kathleen Kane From Office Fails

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Pennsylvania state Sen. John Gordner speaks, during a historic floor debate, in favor of a resolution on whether to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Harrisburg, Pa. Some senators had challenged Kane’s ability to do her job after the state Supreme Court suspended her law license while she fights criminal charges. Kane had said the Senate’s removal process is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

After several hours of debate, the Senate failed to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office today. The vote, held under an obscure statute of the Pennsylvania constitution last used in 1891, was 29-19 in favor of removal. A two-thirds majority was needed.

The vote was mostly along party lines, though two senators broke ranks. Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, a Republican from the Philadelphia suburbs, voted against removal. Sen. Rob Teplitz, a Democrat, voted in favor of it. “The position is not attorney and/or general,” Teplitz said during the debate. “It is attorney general.”

Debate before the vote was often heated and again broke down among party lines. “We have an attorney general who can’t legally do any of the legal provisions of the Commonwealth Attorneys Act,” Sen. John Gordner said. “The removal of an elected official needs more than just speculation and maybes,” Sen. Sean Wiley said. “I believe her election was a landmark, not an immunity card,” Sen. Lisa Baker said. “My conclusion is that she is impaired beyond redemption.”

Sen. Art Haywood, who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, spoke passionately against Kane’s removal. “It is the Supreme Court that provided the temporary suspension, so it is the Supreme Court that would make the decision that the temporary suspension is being violated or not,” he said. “It is not for the Supreme Senate to decide, it is for the courts.” Read more »

It’s Official: Chris Christie Drops Out of Presidential Race

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Chris Christie will be back in New Jersey a lot more often.

The N.J. governor, who finished 10th in Iowa and sixth in New Hampshire, is dropping out of the presidential race. His campaign confirmed the news to the Associated Press this afternoon.

Christie’s final act in the race was essentially a takedown of Marco Rubio — who had finished third in Iowa — in Saturday night’s Republican debate. Christie accused Rubio of giving a “memorized 25-second speech that is exactly what his advisers gave him.” Rubio responded by saying the same “memorized 25-second speech” as before, incredibly. But while that debate exchange hurt Rubio — he finished fifth — it did not help Christie. Read more »

It’s Now Legal to Skateboard at LOVE Park (For a Few Days)

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LOVE Park is slated for a a major redesign, and today is the groundbreaking.

And today, Mayor Jim Kenney made a major announcement: At the LOVE Park “spaceship” building, Kenney said the ban on skateboarding at the park was being lifted … until February 15th, when it’s closed for renovation. “Come back for one more spin,” Kenney said. The idea came from Jesse Rendell, the son of former mayor and Gov. Ed Rendell. Read more »

WATCH: Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Announce Hall & Oates’ 2016 Tour

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Photo by Gary Harris, used under a Creative Commons license

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader play Gene and Clark in the fictional soft rock band The Blue Jean Committee. The duo got together today to help announce Hall & Oates’ 2016 tour.

The Philadelphia duo is playing Camden’s BB&T Pavilion1 on July 10th. The tour opens up on May 13th in Dallas, and ends at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 23rd. Read more »

Temple Is Playing at Penn State on September 17th This Year

Students in the Temple Owls student section cheer during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 5, 2015. Temple defeated Penn State 27-10. Photo | Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Students in the Temple Owls student section cheer during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 5, 2015. Temple defeated Penn State 27-10. Photo | Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, Temple beat Penn State for the first time since 1941. That’s 74 years! Next season, they’ll travel to Happy Valley to try to make it two in a row. Temple announced that that game will be on September 17th when the team announced its 2016 football schedule.

Temple rallied from a 10-point deficit and ended up beating the Nittany Lions going away, 27-10, at the Linc last season. But winning on the road is a tougher matter altogether: The Owls lost 30-13 the last time they played in State College, and Penn State was 6-1 at home last season. Read more »

Gov. Tom Wolf to Lawmakers on Budget: “The Time for Games Is Over”

Gov. Tom Wolf talked doom and gloom at today’s annual budget address.

“Pennsylvania now faces a $2 billion budget deficit,” Wolf told a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate today in Harrisburg. “This deficit isn’t just a cloud hanging over Pennsylvania’s long-term future. It is a time bomb, ticking away, right now, even as I speak. If it explodes – if the people in this chamber allow it to explode – then Pennsylvania will experience a fiscal catastrophe the likes of which we have never seen.”

Budget problems have been exacerbated this year because the state is currently operating on a partial budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. A full budget is more than 200 days late. Wolf focused more on chiding the legislature than on his plans for the new budget, though he did release a 900-page budget at the same time as his speech.

“The time for games is over,” Wolf said. “And now it’s time to finish the job we should have finished last year. … I can’t accept – Pennsylvania can’t afford – another irresponsible budget that ignores the fact of this fiscal crisis and pretends our problems don’t exist.” Read more »

Man Abducted From Center City, Forced to Try to Withdraw Money from West Philly Bank

A man was abducted while leaving his Center City work site, driven to a bank in West Philadelphia by two men where they attempted to force him to withdraw money from the teller.

The incident happened last Thursday. Police say the victim left his work site at 1919 Market Street — where this building is going up — where he was met by a man he only knows by the nickname “P.” That man, who said he was armed with a handgun, forced him into a black four-door Audi driven by a male accomplice. They drove to the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union at 54th and Cedar streets, where the suspect attempted to have the victim withdraw cash.

The victim was able to communicate to the teller that he was being robbed, and police were called. Nothing was taken in the incident. Read more »

Market East: Gallery Rehab Won’t Be Finished Until at Least 2018

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The Gallery under renovation earlier this year. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The Gallery won’t re-open as the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia anytime soon.

Macerich and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, who are co-developing the transformation of the mall, say the project won’t be finished until 2018 or 2019 now. The news was first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer; Macerich VP Robert Perlmutter revealed the news in a conference call with analysts last week.

The Gallery, originally hailed as generator of urban rebirth, had lost its anchor tenants in recent years, and storefronts on upper floors were generally vacant. Though the mall still had a lot of foot traffic and generated respectable sales per square foot, its reputation, quite frankly, stunk.

The eastern half of the mall is closed; the western half (Gallery II) is slowly clearing out for redevelopment. When that’s done, PREIT and Macerich will rehab it into the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia at Market East. Read more »

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