Committee of 70
“Seventy percent of 18-24 year olds in Philadelphia have not voted in the last five elections,” says David Thornburgh of the Committee of Seventy.
Deputy city commissioner Fred Voigt estimated turnout as of 5pm in the 30-percent range.
Members of Philadelphia City Council today delivered a great big I-told-you-so to those who wanted the city to sell off the Philadelphia Gas Works.
Nutter, still fuming over City Council president Darrell Clarke’s decision to scuttle the PGW sale without a public hearing, is hoping that public pressure will force City Council to reverse course.
The head of the election watchdog group Committee of 70 reacts: “One would assume that the person who runs local elections would be the first in line to vote. … I think it sends a very poor message to city voters.”
The hearing was hosted by city commissioner Stephanie Singer without approval of the City Commissioners’ office, the body responsible for conducting elections in the City of Philadelphia.
A Harrisburg area activist says he’s filed ethics complaints against Philadelphia Democrats caught on tape accepting illegal payments.
Ellen Kaplan of the Committee of 70 says the matter of the quashed sting needs to be investigated, and a public accounting needs to be made.
Despite a plea from a political watchdog group, City Council has no intention of holding public hearings on its own budget.
Shane Creamer (left), of the city’s Board of Ethics, backed the limit. Ellen Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of 70 (right), thinks it should be lower.
Not only is the city’s 50-year-old law currently covering such gifts quite vague, but it fails to set specific limits on the value of gifts that city workers can accept.
More than 600 people were expected to show up at the Bellevue to hear Chris Christie speak. But early Wednesday evening, the Committee of 70’s president and CEO Zack Stallberg got a call from Christie’s office that the Governor was sick and had to cancel.
April 22nd may seem far away, but it gives voters just 20 days to get those applications in.
On Tuesday, Mayor Nutter fired a city worker implicated in a probe by the city’s Board of Ethics of City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.
The voting rights watchdog, Committee of Seventy, released the results of its Election Day survey on Voter ID.