Philly.com reports: “City Council’s committee on law and government favorably passed a bill that would end mandatory custodial arrests for the crime of possessing a small amount of marijuana. … Sponsored by Councilman Jim Kenney, the ordinance now goes before the full City Council Thursday for first reading.” Later this week, though, another council committee will consider sharply restricting the sale and use of e-cigarettes in Philadelphia.
CNN reports: “William Guarnere, a World War II veteran popularized by the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, has died. He was 90. During the war, Guarnere earned the nickname “Wild Bill.” He lost a leg trying to save a friend on the battlefield. The family is planning a funeral this week in Philadelphia, where Guarnere was born and lived most of his life, his son said.”
Let’s connect the dots today. Here’s Story A….
”Comcast execs led by executive vice president David Cohen pitched the Time Warner Cable deal to FCC commissioners last week in meetings over a couple of days,” Multichannel News reports.
Cohen offered three reasons why regulators should allow the merger:
The Daily News reports: “In November, Marissa Sargeant publicly accused Tullytown Borough police of “brutally” assaulting her son, Joey Williams, 14, after he was arrested on shoplifting charges at the Walmart on Route 13. She posted photos of his swollen face on Facebook. They went viral, with supporters comparing it to the Rodney King beating. Now, three months after the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office cleared the officers of wrongdoing, Sargeant is in prison on felony charges that she shoplifted from the same Walmart, police said.” Sergeant has been unable to post bail.
Even in a union-dominated town like Philly, it’s hard to generate a lot of enthusiasm or sympathy for Transport Workers Local 234.
The union — which may be striking soon — has a few things going against it. SEPTA workers aren’t (ahem) always highly thought of in Philly anyway. They’re fighting for benefits, paid by us, that few of us would get in our own private sector lives. And when push comes to shove, the union’s trump card is to make you and me — the commuting and driving public — feel as much pain as possible. That’s what the strike is designed to do, after all.
We’re the hostage in these negotiations. It’s bound to produce some antagonism.
The Star-Ledger reports that Chris Christie gathered just 8 percent of the vote—good for fourth place—in a presidential straw poll over the weekend at CPAC, the largest annual gathering of conservative activists. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson each placed ahead of Christie. (Though it may say something about the peculiar makeup of CPAC activists that Carson—whom you’ve probably never heard of) beat Christie. Rick Santorum was right behind with 7 percent of the vote.
It may not make much difference: While Mitt Romney has won the CPAC poll a number of times before his 2012 nomination, the only other candidate to win in recent years has been Ron Paul. CPAC’s activists are influential, but they don’t determine everything.
What a difference a few weeks can make in politics. It’s not been that long since businessman Tom Wolf was part of a pack of Democratic candidates seeking the party’s nomination to run against Gov. Tom Corbett in the fall. Then he poured part of his personal fortune into a blitz of TV ads and voila! He’s suddenly looking — well, maybe not inevitable at this point, but certainly much harder for the other candidates to catch.