Ethics Board Aims to Clamp Down on Campaign Spending Loopholes

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.

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Interstate General Media Spokesman Mark Block Has Resigned

Mark Block, the spokesman for Interstate General Media, publishers of the Inquirer and Daily News, has resigned. He is being replaced by Jonathan Tevis.

Block, whose career spanned a number of ownership groups at the papers and Philly.com, was often the face of the company during difficult times; big internal emails often went out under his name.

According to Linkedin, Tevis has been rising on the biz side of the newspapers since 2006. He’d taken a more public role since Gerry Lenfest’s acquisition of the papers, so this transition isn’t a huge surprise.

Block’s farewell email, below:

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Photos: Massive Flooding at Hersheypark

Storms last night completely flooded Hersheypark’s entrance area. Photos posted to social media sites show people wading through the water to exit the park. One woman tweeted it flooded the gift shop she was in.

The park opened today at 10 a.m. despite the flooding. No damage was done. “Everything is Hersheypark Happy!” the park said on Facebook. “We did receive heavy rain for short period of time yesterday, but everything quickly receded.”

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’Murrican as Apple Pie

You'll find about a million of these on the Internet. Internet, please shut up.

You’ll find about a million of these on the Internet. Internet, please shut up.

’Merica. ’Murrica. ’Mericuh.

Our most recent Independence Day weekend brought them out, in intentionally butchered droves — cheekily edited versions of our great country’s name, accompanied by photos of eagles, flags or domestic beer cans with eagles and flags on them. I’m not sure when, where or why lopping the lead “A” off “America” and mush-mouthing the rest began, but it’s very clear where this odd act of ass-backwards Insta-patriotism has taken up permanent residence:

The Internet.

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