BY JOE SHAHEELI/ From some witnesses and the few faithful attendees who go to watch the Feds’ efforts to make their charges against five Traffic Court judges seem valid to a jury of sensible people, we have learned much; and now urge the defense attorneys to request the presiding judge to rule an end to this waste of taxpayer money.
They are now making their cases for acquittal. We believe they have a host of reasons to successfully rescue these jurists from what has become a farce.
Among the obvious are:
If these judges are found guilty in any way, then we warn all judges in this city to begin recusing themselves from cases where defendants are known to be even casual or social acquaintances of those judges.
More Latinos For Mayor?
There is no doubt a united Latino voting bloc could possibly tilt a Democratic mayoral primary in favor of one of their own for Mayor. We say this because we see a field of at least six contenders for Mayor. There is also no doubt if more than one were entered in the Democratic primary for Mayor, neither would have a chance.
Recently heralded as planning a possible run in 2015 is Ken Trujillo. He will have the backing of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP, his law firm. More importantly, he has an impeccable record of public service.
But now comes a rumor, from a Latino vote-getter, 43rd Ward Leader Emilio Vazquez, who posted on Facebook, “Richard Negrin makes our lives better.”
We see that as the beginning of a draft movement for Negrin, who has made a formidable presence of himself as managing director in the oft-criticized administration of Mayor Nutter.
One sign he may be readying himself is the fact he lost 65 pounds, has well-fitting suits and looks like a movie idol. Maybe being Cuban would alienate some of the Latino vote, and then maybe not.
IT City Censorship Now A Reality??
Truly a crusading fighting editor for causes in which he believes is Jim Foster, editor of the Independent Voice, a weekly based in Germantown.
He has been getting his emails to city officials returned. He thought it might be because of his critical comments about the administration. Censorship, he has learned now, didn’t come from the City Council or the Mayor. Instead, the Mayor’s Office of Innovation & Technology, under the direction of Adel Ebeid, has imposed a total embargo on all incoming email from the server Verizon, or so they have advised senior level elected officials and their staffs – but certainly not the general public. The reason given Foster is, “Verizon creates too much spam.”
Foster writes, “While I have experienced a number of situations over the last six months where emails of our news articles in the Independent Voice web newspaper cannot be delivered, and had any number of challenging discussions with the service provider for remedies, this rejection by all City Councilpersons I sent to had a different message and it was quite clear. It said, “Denied by Policy” – yes, there it was – not a generic rejection by the server or some kind of message that implies a filter of sorts, but the recipient telling us that we are restricted from sending them anything because of who we are – a recognized newspaper that delivers to a major section of the city and has done so for five years.
“When I dug into what I had experienced recently leading up to this event last week with the help of the office of Councilman David Oh, I learned that in fact there was such a restriction that supposedly refused anyone who used Verizon from access to any Phila.gov email address. In simple words, if you use Verizon you cannot connect to the City and that is the way they want it.
“Taking it a step further, the Office of Innovation & Technology states in writing that only if a recipient wants to grant an exception to the Verizon blacklist regulation that the recipient can request specific email addresses become “whitelisted senders” – and that is the language the City uses in their written document – WHITELISTED SENDERS – I am not making that up.”
The last word from Foster is when he tried to contact Ebeid, the office took the message and a return call said he needed to go through the Press Office. He asked that office for an explanation of the policy and was told, “We will look into it”. He’s not “expecting a prompt call back.”
Green Party Censures City Council On Recess
The membership of the Green Party of Philadelphia voted to censure City Council for going on summer vacation without adequately funding public education. This is the second consecutive year in which City Council has gone on vacation without providing sufficient funding for Philadelphia’s public schools, the Greens charged.
Green Party Chair Glenn Davis, 4th Ward (Hestonville), said, “City Council failed to fund our public schools, and City Council should go to summer school instead of vacation.” Davis is a candidate for State Representative in the 90th District.
Green Party’s low membership numbers won’t elicit a yawn, let alone a comment, from anyone in and outside of government. But it is our duty to cover and report from the full political spectrum.
In Case You’re Wondering….
Yes, it was Isaiah Thomas’ 30th birthday celebration yesterday and with State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Northeast), 13th Congressional Dist. Democratic nominee, in attendance. It was held at Duane Morris LLP in Center City … sure sign he’ll be among those filing for an at-Large Council seat in the coming spring primary.
An Example Of Dem Implosion
Looking at this gubernatorial election in November, with Tom Wolf 20 points ahead as of this writing over incumbent Tom Corbett, most frontrunners would be content to do what they did to win the primary.
However, Democrats have a tendency to screw up a one-car funeral when they find themselves in such a favorable position.
Case in point is Wolf creating a PAC named “Campaign for a Fresh Start”, ostensibly created to give Katie McGinty a chair position, pulling her out of Democratic state-leadership fight with Jim Burn. What it truly does is circumvent the abilities of the Democratic State Committee to raise funds.
The “Campaign for a Fresh Start” was launched after Wolf pulled out of a fight with Democratic state committee chairman Jim Burn. The Democratic nominee wanted former DEP Secretary, and ex-gubernatorial rival, Katie McGinty to take over while Burn refused to step aside.
The PAC, which Wolf said would be headed by McGinty, was a way to avoid a floor fight and Burn ended up being reelected unanimously. She also is touted as being an effective fundraiser.
The organization is a new phenomenon in Pennsylvania politics.
We think it will be doing more harm than good for the party, since its creation only smells of the beginning of a movement to reshape the image of the party in Wolf’s planned image. But it does mirror a process that has already transformed national campaigns, where formal party apparatus is increasingly shunted aside by the candidates’ own machines. It will be intriguing to see what role McGinty’s operation takes on in coming weeks and months.
Has “F” Word Prevalence Made Its Use Acceptable?
Mayor Michael Nutter has drawn heat from his inappropriate defense of the use of F-words by entertainers, bleeped out when heard on television, but heard by many of the half million making up the live audience at the Independence Day Celebration on the Parkway.
Included in that group is City GOP Dir. Joe DeFelice, who remarked acidly, “The City of Philadelphia is America’s birthplace and there should be an expectation of class on Independence Day where families, from all over the country, can come and celebrate our Nation’s founding. Unfortunately, the Mayor’s recent comments don’t sound very welcoming to the Welcome America crowd.”