Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks with members of the media after her arrangement before a district judge, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Collegeville, Pa. Prosecutors added a new perjury count and other criminal charges Thursday against Kane, saying they found a signed document that contradicts her claims she never agreed to maintain secrecy of a grand jury investigation in 2009, before she took office. The Montgomery County district attorney charged her with felony perjury and two misdemeanors — false swearing and obstruction — based on a signed secrecy oath she signed shortly after taking office in early 2013. AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Good morning Philadelphia, and happy National American Beer Day. Here’s what you need to know today.
The Pennsylvania Senate has appointed a panel to consider booting troubled A.G. Kathleen Kane from office.
Kane’s law license was suspended last week while she faces criminal charges on accusations she leaked secret grand jury information for political gain. The new Senate panel “ will be tightly focused on whether that change in Kane’s status significantly impairs her ability to carry out her personal duties or the function of the Attorney General’s office,” PennLive reports. A preliminary report is due within 30 days.
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A state representative wants Pennsylvanians to be able to play daily fantasy sports. But he wants the state to get its cut, too.
Rep. George Dunbar, a Republican from Westmoreland County, has submitted an amended version of H.B. 1197, a bill that would change the state’s gambling law to allow and regular fantasy sports tournaments.
The bill was first submitted in May, but was aimed at allowing casinos to host daily fantasy sports tournaments. It originally left daily fantasy sites alone. Dunbar told ABC 27 in Harrisburg his new bill would require outside vendors, like DraftKings and FanDuel, “partner” with currently licensed casinos in the state. Per Fox 43, Dunbar’s bill would ban daily fantasy sports unless specifically licensed by one of the state’s 12 casinos. Read more »
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the media Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa.
A year ago today, as Tom Wolf’s never-in-doubt campaign to unseat Gov. Tom Corbett wound down to its final weeks, I asked a simple question about what would happen after the election: Could Wolf actually govern the state of Pennsylvania?
It wasn’t a mean-spirited question, just a problem of math: Even with overwhelming support getting into office, Wolf — a Democrat, remember — was likely to face an overwhelmingly Republican legislature. Governing is hard. Governing when your rivals control one of the other branches of government? Not impossible, exactly, but excruciatingly difficult.
A year later, we seem to have an answer to the question: No, Tom Wolf is not a very good governor. At least, not yet. Read more »
Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today.
Parts of Philadelphia could drown if the world doesn’t finally reduce carbon emissions.
Glub glub. A new report from Climate Central in Princeton finds that “some 156,000 people, or about 10 percent of the city’s population … are living in areas that would be below the high-tide mark at some point in the next century if carbon emissions remain at about current levels.”
“Philadelphia has a really big problem under the worst-case scenario but a very small problem under the best case scenario,” Ben Strauss, vice president for sea level and climate impacts at Climate Central, told StateImpact Pennsylvania. “That’s why the stakes for Philadelphia are higher than almost any other American city in the difference between what happens if we cut carbon emissions and we don’t.” Read more »
(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.)
During the past few years, I’ve noticed a recurring theme in the months following municipal elections. There are two conversations that occur constantly among plugged-in Philadelphians, which creates two distinct political groups. The first is what I like to refer to as the “Inspired Camp.”
The Inspired Camp observes X, Y or Z Candidate run an upstart campaign against the odds and beat the machine/establishment/tradition. That, in turn, inspires them to do the same. Since the primary election took place in May, I’ve heard dozens of aspiring candidates say they were excited by the election process and have since thought to themselves, “Hey, why not me? Why not now?” Call it the Barack Obama effect. From the outside, it looks easy: A candidate puts together a magical campaign, everything comes together, and victory is earned.
There’s a bench of young, civic-minded leaders that are being built in Philly right now. They want change, and they see themselves as the best chance to make that change happen. Some are doing the work on their own. Some are part of traditional political camps. But make no mistake about it: There will be a solid next generation of leaders.
Sheila Armstrong is on the ballot in November as an Independent candidate for City Council. Omar Woodard is pursuing the State Senate in the 3rd District. Kellan White has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the House of Representatives in the 200th. The same has been said about Abu Edwards in the 198th, Darren Lipscomb in the 192nd, and Francis Nelms in the 179th. Read more »
[Updated 10/7/15] Philadelphia state Rep. Brian Sims has finally made it official: He announced Tuesday morning he is campaigning for Congress against incumbent U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in the 2016 primary election.
Already, some people are reportedly thinking about running for Sims’ seat in the state House, which is also up for grabs next year.
Rumored potential candidates for the 182nd legislative House district include attorney Adam Beck, journalist/civic activist Jon Geeting, former state Rep. Babette Josephs, real estate investment analyst Dan Kessler, small business owner Marisa Piccarreto and state senate staffer Ben Waxman. (After this article was published, Geeting said on Twitter that he has no plans to run.) Read more »
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Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s woes keep mounting: Today, prosecutors filed a perjury charge against her, adding to the criminal case stemming from allegations she leaked grand jury secrets to punish a political rival.
The newest charge stems from a search of Kane’s office conducted last month, officials said. Read more »
One of these things is not like the other.
Saturday was a good day to be a Philadelphian. A great day. Collectively, maybe one of the best days.
After a not-too-shabby introduction by Mayor Nutter calling for LGBT rights, Pope Francis took the podium at Independence Hall with a speech that the place was built to host. At times speaking in Spanish – and drawing cheers from the crowd – the man of the hour seemed to hip-check Donald Trump. “I ask you not to forget that, like those who came here before you, you bring many gifts to your new nation,” he said. “You should never be ashamed of your traditions. Do not forget the lessons you learned from your elders, which are something you can bring to enrich the life of this American land.”
That’s right. A politician and a leader of the Catholic church got together and said a real thing. And this real thing felt good, maybe even holy. It was weird, it was wonderful, it was the essence of Saturday in Philadelphia.
And yet, it was within the same state that Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is promoting a bill to make English the “official” language of Pennsylvania. And within the same week that he cut the mic of Leslie Acosta – a bilingual immigrant as well as the General Assembly’s first/only Latina lawmaker – who was arguing that the bill is unconstitutional. Read more »
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane 0. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Her law license is being suspended, but nobody’s forcing Attorney General Kathleen Kane out of a job just yet.
Pa. Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor said Monday the court won’t try to push Kane out while she faces criminal charges that she leaked confidential grand jury information in order to embarrass a political rival. Saylor said such powers are held by the governor and legislature: “That’s not what we do,” he told the Pennsylvania Press Club, according to AP. Read more »
State Rep. Leslie Acosta | Photo courtesy of Acosta’s office
Two years after turning off an openly gay lawmaker’s microphone because allowing him to speak would have been an “open rebellion against Almighty God,” state Rep. Daryl “The Interruptor” Metcalfe stopped the General Assembly’s first and only Latina lawmaker from speaking about a proposal to make English the official language of Pennsylvania.
Metcalfe cut off his colleague Leslie Acosta, a Democrat from Philadelphia, as she was arguing that the proposal is unconstitutional at a hearing Monday.
Acosta began her remarks in Spanish. Read more »