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(City Council president Darrell Clarke, in Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

New Bill Would Expand Disclosure Requirements on ‘Dark Money’ Ads in Philadelphia Races

City Council president Darrell Clarke has introduced a measure aimed at tackling the problem of unrestricted expenditures in support of candidates, paid for by independent PACs and not subject to the city’s limits on political contributions.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/23/2015

(Nutter administration budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, left, and Council president Darrell Clarke, at Wednesday's budget hearing.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

City Council, Administration Spar Over Condition of Philadelphia Police and Fire Houses

Council president Darrell Clarke singled out the police station in North Philadelphia where an officer had been stationed when he was slain last month.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/01/2015

(Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow, deputy mayor Everett Gillison, and budget director Rebecca Rhynhart, at the opening session of City Council's budget hearings.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Wrangling Begins Over Next Philadelphia Budget: How Will Schools Get Funded?

The school district wants more than $100 million above the city’s current contribution. The Nutter administration proposes raising $105 million with a 9.3-percent hike in property taxes. Councilmembers are already discussing alternate means.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/31/2015

File photo of Philadelphia City Council chambers. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

As City Council Launches Budget Hearings, Nutter’s Tax Hike Plan For School Funding Appears On Life Support

As the budget hearings open, issue #1 is the School District’s request for an additional $103 million in city funding.

03/31/2015

(Nearby surveillance video captured the Feltonville food truck explosion on July 1, 2014.  File image from CBS3)

Phila. City Council Postpones Action on Food Truck Propane Tank Inspections

Last July, two people working on a food truck were killed when its propane tank exploded. Now, the question is whether the city even has the right to inspect them.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/30/2015

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Questions Arise After Company That Wanted To Buy PGW Gets Sold

The company that wanted to buy PGW last year has itself been bought. Was this deal in the works as the PGW deal was being debated?

02/26/2015

(Philadelphia City Council has been meeting temporarily in a sixth-floor courtroom of City Hall after City Council chambers, on the fourth floor, was flooded by a burst water pipe.  Cleanup of Council chambers continues.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council OKs Four More Exemptions to Citywide Indoor Smoking Ban

Lawmakers next month will consider a bill that revises the smoking ban to rule out any future waivers.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Downplaying Political Risk of Hiring Separate Harrisburg Lobbyist

In addition to keeping City Council up to speed, Clarke says, the firm will lobby on positions in which Council and the mayor disagree.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, at the PGW hearing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Council President Pitches “Super” Idea To Get Universities To Offer More Support To Cash-Strapped Schools

Council President Darrell Clarke is pitching what he thinks is a super idea, getting local universities to offer more support to cash-starved public schools. Clarke, in fact, has named the program “SUPER.”

01/25/2015

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Clarke Says Council Will Continue To Cooperate With Mayor Nutter

City Council President Darrell Clarke says council has every intention of working with Mayor Nutter this year.

01/23/2015

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, far right, faces the news media in City Council chambers.  Photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Councilman Kenney Still Weighing Mayoral Run as Council President Reaffirms He’s Out

“Bunch of e-mails, bunch of phone calls, wanting to know if I was announcing that I was getting back in the race,” he began.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/22/2015

City Hall (credit: CBS3)

Several Issues On Minds Of Lawmakers As City Council Opens 2015 Calendar

The issues include sick leave and the mayor’s final budget, but it may be the coming May primary that dominates the next few months.

01/22/2015

(City controller Alan Butkovitz.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

City Controller To Revisit Entering Mayoral Race After Council President Decides Not To Run

The playing field is a bit clearer now that Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke, with just four months remaining before the May primary, has decided against running for Mayor. But could there be a late entrant?

01/13/2015

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Darrell Clarke Running Again For City Council, Ending Speculation on Mayoral Run

By law, Clarke would have had to resign his seat to run for mayor.

01/12/2015

Center City Building Collapse File Photo (Credit: Tim Jimenez)

New Panel Keeping Watch On Philadelphia Department Of L&I

Philadelphia’s beleaguered Department of Licenses and Inspections has a new watchdog — a result of changes made in the wake of the 2013 cMarket Street building collapse.

01/12/2015

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