Kevin Dougherty and the Email Scandal — Will There Be Political Fallout?

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty at the National Constitution Center. | Photo by Matt Rourke/AP

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty at the National Constitution Center. | Photo by Matt Rourke/AP

At this point, who in Pennsylvania doesn’t have the stench of the email scandal on them?

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday that Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty — whose brother is powerful labor leader John Dougherty — was one of the many, many officials who received offensive emails.

“Dougherty, who took office this month, received three such emails when he was the top judge in Philadelphia Family Court,” the Inky wrote. One of the emails criticized undocumented immigrants, saying they receive “welfare, food stamps … free education, free health care, a lobbyist in Washington,” and “billions of dollars worth of public documents.”

There are lots of important questions to ask about these specific emails as well as the whole steaming, discouraging, out-of-control mess that is the Harrisburg email scandal. But, since I’m writing for a political blog, I’m only going to focus on one of them right now: Will there be political fallout for Dougherty? Read more »

Johnny Doc: “I’m Getting Out of Politics a Little Bit”

John Dougherty | Photo by Jeff Fusco

John Dougherty, head of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

John Dougherty is such a big deal that he doesn’t need the Democratic City Committee anymore. The electricians union boss tells Citified he has stepped down as leader of the First Ward in South Philadelphia.

“I’m getting out of politics a little bit,” he said. Read more »

Can Kenney Help Make White-Dominated Building Trades More Diverse?

Photo by James Jennings

Photo by James Jennings

In an interview on 900AM-WURD Tuesday, Mayor Jim Kenney said he plans to ensure that at least 45 percent of workers on city-funded construction projects are African-American.

Kenney made the pledge in response to a pointed question by host Solomon Jones.

“Forty-five percent of the population of Philadelphia is African-American. Can we look to have 45 percent of the people who work on these taxpayer-funded projects be African-American?” Jones asked.

“That’s our goal,” Kenney said. “I am committed … to [ensuring] that every neighborhood in this city takes advantage of the wealth of this city, and I think that’s the most important thing.” Read more »

Union Protest, 3 Inflatable Rats Close Down Spruce Street

Photo | Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

A protest by scores of building trades union members closed down Spruce Street during the morning rush hour on Friday. The protesters were outside the old Parker Spruce Hotel, a 1920s-era hotel that was for decades a notorious flophouse. It’s currently being redeveloped into a “boutique” Fairfield Inn by the Wankawala Organization, which owns the hotel and managed it for four years before the purchase.

Neighbors complained in October about conditions of the worksite, with some residents of the nearby John C. Anderson apartment building saying dust was getting into air conditioning vents and making them sick. Unions have been protesting outside the building since last year; an inflatable union rat was blocking the bike lane on Spruce for several days in November. Union members moved Scabby the Rat after cyclists complained. Read more »

7 Big Shots on Jim Kenney’s Speech

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Brand-spanking-new Mayor Jim Kenney delivered a concise and warm inaugural speech on Monday, which praised police officers and the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as longtime Philadelphians and recent transplants, alike. (You can read our full story on Kenney’s inaugural address here, and check out photos of the ceremony here.) We asked seven boldface-name Philadelphians, from Kenney ally Johnny Doc to Kenney foe Bill Green, what they thought of his speech. Here’s what they said: Read more »

Dougherty, Dems Win Supreme Court Race

Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty, a Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court smile during a campaign rally on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty, a Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court smile during a campaign rally on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

With two-thirds of districts reporting Tuesday night, it appeared that the three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would each be captured by Democrats. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kevin Dougherty — brother to power broker John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty — was joined by Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue of Point Breeze and Superior Court Judge David Wecht of Indiana Township in capturing seats.

The Associated Press called the race just before 11 p.m.:


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WATCH: Koch-Connected Group Attacks Kevin Dougherty

Somebody really doesn’t want Kevin Dougherty to take a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court:

The above ad is sponsored by the Republican State Leadership Committee, an independent PAC that supports GOP candidates in state-level races. The Post-Gazette reports the group has apparently received $100,000 from the Koch Brothers, the Kansas millionaires who support right-wing and libertarian causes.

The Post-Gazette says the ad — titled “Factual” — omits some key details, however: Read more »

Mark Segal’s Book-Signing

John J. "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, Business Manager of Local 98, Chris Bartlett Executive Director of William Way, and David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. When Cohen took the podium to pay tribute to Segal, he stated that the only person who bought more books for his "workers' was Dougherty. His two biggest fans.

Wednesday night a room full of movers and shakers gathered at the Independence Visitor Center to pay tribute to a national LGBT trailblazer, Mark Segal, who was celebrating the publication of his long-awaited memoir, And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality. The night began for most of us crossing the NBC10 picket line of striking photographers; John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty was a few steps behind me, shaking hands with a few of the protestors — members of his union — and giving them his support. In comes David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast, NBC10’s parent company. No problem. Cohen and Dougherty exchanged a handshake, and the two talked for a long time, even posing for a photo for me. Both then joined the long line of other guests waiting their turn for the man of the hour Mark Segal to sign their books.

Photos after the jump »

Johnny Doc’s Union Asks Homeland Security to Investigate NBC10

A Local 98 protest outside of Comcast headquarters.

A Local 98 protest outside of Comcast headquarters.

In order to cover the World Meeting of Families events in Philadelphia last week, including the various appearances by Pope Francis himself, members of the media had to undergo background checks and be individually approved by the World Meeting of Families well in advance. So when NBC10’s camera crews went on strike just before the big weekend, some of us wondered how they would possibly get their fill-in staff credentialed in time. Well, John Dougherty‘s Local 98 union claims it may have the answer. Read more »

Local 98 Picketer Charged in Incident at NBC10 Studio

The scene outside NBC10's studio in Bala Cynwyd after a Local 98 picketer was allegedly struck by a car being driven by an NBC10 employee.

The scene outside NBC10’s studio in Bala Cynwyd after a Local 98 picketer was allegedly struck by a car being driven by an NBC10 employee.

Last week, Local 98 union head John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty told Philadelphia magazine that two union members were “assaulted” by cars on the picket line outside NBC 10’s studio along City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. And now the Lower Merion Police Department says that no charges have been filed against either of the accused drivers, but a picketer has been charged in one of the incidents. Read more »

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