Glad-handing in Iowa yesterday for some dude you’ve never heard of, Chris Christie continued to use the cover of his Republican Governors Association chairmanship to pretend he’s not going to run for president. From NJ.com:
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After a dismal start to 2014 and mirroring a national upward trend, the Philadelphia region’s manufacturing sector has seen five consecutive months of growth and is operating at its highest output since March 2011, according to the latest Business Outlook Survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Looking ahead to the 2015 mayoral campaign, the Board of Ethics met yesterday to hash out a series of proposed changes to the city’s campaign-finance regulations.
According to the Inky’s Heard in the Hall blog, the board is seeking to clarify what counts as a campaign contribution in light of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which paved the way for unlimited corporate, nonprofit, and union donations in support of — but not directly to or in concert with — candidates.
What does every self-respecting “global energy hub” need? Why, an energy policy think tank, of course.
Scott Kleinman, a 41-year-old Penn alum and lead partner for private equity at Apollo Global Management, has donated $10 million to the university to get the Kleinmann Center for Energy Policy up and running this fall.
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Just ahead of the end of the FCC’s comment period on net neutrality on Friday, Comcast executive VP David L. Cohen and AT&T chief strategy officer John Stankey are scheduled to appear before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee this afternoon to talk up their companies’ respective $45.2 billion (Time Warner Cable) and $48.5 billion (DirecTV) merger offers.
— Comcast (@comcast) July 15, 2014
That recording of a frothing, relentless Comcast “customer retention” specialist we told you was a “sure-to-mushroom PR disaster”? Well, it sure mushroomed.
First, the emergency board appointed by President Obama to deal with the mini-SEPTA strike we had last month announced its findings. The upshot, says the Inquirer, is that members of the engineers and electrical workers unions should get the deal that SEPTA management has been offering for years:
UPDATE, 7/15, 8 p.m.: The rep has been placed on administrative leave while the company investigates the incident.
ORIGINAL: If you’ve been thinking about changing or canceling your Comcast service, now may be the time — because the company is going to have to be extra nice to everyone to quell a sure-to-mushroom PR disaster resulting from the release of audio of one of its “customer retention” specialists scorching a San Francisco couple for attempting to disconnect their Internet account.