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Diaz says he'll run for mayor

articles.philly.com — "He just feels that's the answer," Curson said Friday. "He feels that a better-educated city, better education among all populations, it makes a city a more attractive place to be." Diaz's decision was first reported by WHYY 91FM. The declared candidates in next May's all-important Democratic primary are former District Attorney Lynne M.

Wolf's $30B budget: 'Bold' blueprint or dead on arrival?

articles.philly.com — Their message was unequivocal: The governor's $29.9 billion spending plan is a no-go. "This is the most massive tax-and-spend plan in recent history," said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson). "And if anyone doesn't believe those tax increases aren't coming out of the pocket of working, middle-class Pennsylvanians, they need to get a new pencil and calculator."

Safe Haven: Protecting pets - and people

philly.com — Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015, 7:52 AM The scene outside the Humane Society of Southern Mississippi one week after Hurricane Katrina obliterated the coastline was haunting: a bedraggled queue of people with their dogs on leashes and cats in carriers in search of help.

Another month, another spokesperson

philly.com — Another month, another spokesperson Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:12 PM The seventh time may be the charm for embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who this week hired yet another spokesman after losing a line of top press aides. Chuck Ardo, former spokesman to Gov.

Aramark to go "cage-free" by 2020

philly.com — Aramark to go "cage-free" by 2020 One of the nation's largest food service companies is going totally cage free. Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015, 8:12 AM One of the nation's largest food service companies is going totally cage free.

Court hears arguments on firing Open Records director

philly.com — Last updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 1:01 PM HARRISBURG - In a lively 90-minute session, a panel of judges on Wednesday considered the fate of the leader of Pennsylvania's open records office. But looming larger in this closely-watched, likely precedent-setting case is the issue of executive authority over independent agencies.

A $4B question: How big is Wolf's budget?

philly.com — Last updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:08 AM Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015, 1:52 PM HARRISBURG - The legislative battle over Gov. Wolf's budget proposal began in earnest Monday - starting with a dispute over just how much money is at stake. Wolf has described his proposal as a $29.8 billion spending plan.

Rare sales tax bump is key to Wolf's budget

philly.com — Last updated: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 1:09 AM HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf wants to do what no governor has done since President Lyndon B. Johnson was in the White House: Raise the Pennsylvania sales tax. Former Gov. Ed Rendell tried it twice. In 2010, he couldn't even get the state's Democratic-controlled House to go along.

Ringling Brothers to retire elephants

philly.com — Elephants soon will no longer star in "The Greatest Show on Earth." Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus, whose treatment of endagered Asian elephants has been the target of protests and investigations by animal welfare groups, said after 145 years it would phase out elephants by 2018 and focus on their conservation.

As hearings loom, Wolf pushes budget at Chesco school

philly.com — Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 1:50 PM Gov. Wolf came to the state's top-rated high school Wednesday morning to push his budget plan that would radically overhaul Pennsylvania's tax structure - and push back against Republican lawmakers who'd immediately labeled his proposal dead in the water.
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We need a "Bridge Over Troubled Water" but - sorry Paul - missing Art"s pitch. #DemsInPhilly


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