In addition to candidates for mayor, Philadelphia voters today are also choosing their party’s nominees for all 17 seats on City Council.
Under the Republican-backed update to the current law, now nearly two decades old, charter schools would get their funding directly from the state, rather than having money pass through local school districts.
“I’ve decided that I will not seek re-election this year for City Council, for the 9th District,” Tasco told KYW Newsradio this morning.
State budget secretary Charles Zogby, in a statement, said concessions from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers must be negotiated before that cash is released.
Several pieces of legislation were passed in the last session to enable Mayor Nutter’s property tax overhaul known as “AVI,” for Actual Value Initiative. Now, lawmakers plan to introduce more legislation to enhance the changeover process.
The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has asked Judge Charles Hayden to step aside from the case because he and the accused — a state lawmaker — are “friends” on Facebook.
Last week, Philadelphia municipal court judge Charles Hayden dismissed some key evidence in a drunk driving case against Pennsylvania state house member Cherelle Parker. The state attorney general is mulling an appeal. Some questions have been raised over a Facebook “friendship” the judge shares with the defendant.
Police allege an officer observed her driving the wrong way along the 5800 block of Baynton Street, which is a one way thoroughfare in Germantown.
A bill headed to Governor Rendell’s desk would expand the right to use lethal force in self-defense in Pennsylvania. The measure would also strengthen the state’s Megan’s Law.