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Vol. I No. 80

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

October 15, 2010

Philadelphia

Daily Record

Fighting Blight

BLIGHT AND ABANDONMENT in rowhouse neighborhoods was topic of State House Urban Affairs Committee hearing at Church of the Redeemer in Point Breeze. Major new legislation passed Senate yesterday which will give authorities new teeth to crack down on owners of dilapidated properties. Chaired by State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson (DS. Phila.), he was joined by colleagues Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-W. Phila.) and John Taylor (RKensington) as well as Council President Anna Verna and Councilman Darrell Clarke. Private- and public-sector witnesses testified on blight – a sore spot with struggling homeowners.


Fattah College Credit Helped 335,000 Pa. Families ongressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) announced an estimated 335,000 Pennsylvania families have taken advantage of the improved American Opportunity Tax Credit for college in 2009, reducing their taxes by an average of $2,059, according to a recently released Treasury Dept. analysis.

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In terms of a total dollar figure, the AOTC tax incentives for higher education nearly doubled in 2009 with 12.5 million students and their families having received a tax in-

centive for higher education. More than two-thirds of those students received a larger tax benefit and 4.5 million low-income students and their families received the full tax benefit of this higher education tax credit that was previously unavailable. Fattah is the architect of the AOTC legislation, which expanded and strengthened what was formerly known as the Hope Scholarship tax credit. The AOTC was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, increasing

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the tax credit from $1,800 to $2,500. “Sending our children to college is crucial to rebuilding the American economy and fulfilling the American Dream,” said the Congressman. “The improvement in the tax cut for college is one of the many significant steps this Congress is taking to make college affordable for middleincome families. Congress has also lowered interest rates on federal student loans, doubled Pell Grants for college, invested in community colleges and made it easier to apply for federal student aid. “These efforts are critical at a time when most of the new jobs being created will require some higher education, when the unemployment rate for people who’ve never gone to college is almost double what it is for those who have gone to college, and when countries that outeducate us today will out-compete us tomorrow,” said Fattah.

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Former Corporate Executive Becomes Dean Of Philadelphia Cathedral he Very Rev. Judith Anne Sul-

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livan, a former corporate marketing executive who later

directed non-profit organizations that promoted access to higher education for underprivileged youth, will be installed as the fourth dean of the Philadelphia Cathedral. Before her ordination, Rev. Sullivan directed the Sponsor-A-Scholar Pro-

Joe Sestak Rallies Support in Philadelphia emocratic Senatorial candidate Joe Sestak will be blitzing the city tomorrow to rally support at multiple events.

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gram, which was recognized by President Bill Clinton with a Point of Light Award. Her experiences working with these youth and their families were instrumental in her decision to enter the ministry. A graduate of Wellesley College, Rev. Sullivan succeeds the Very Rev.

At 11:30 a.m., Sestak will speak at a Get Out the Vote Rally at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 1601 N. 12th Street. From there, he will proceed to Oktoberfest at the 60th St West Market Business Association at S. 60th & Chancellor Streets, at 12:25 p.m.

Richard Giles as Dean of the Cathedral. The Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Pennsylvania. The dean is the chief resident cleric of a cathedral in the Episcopalian Church. Rev. Sullivan will be installed by The Rt. Rev. Charles Bennison, Bishop of Pennsylvania at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Philadelphia Cathedral, 38th Street between Chestnut & Market Streets. 15 OCTOBER, 2010

The candidate will head to South Philadelphia at 1:15 p.m., speaking at the Consecration of Bishop David Cardwell at the True Gospel Pentecostal Church, 1605 Mifflin Street. From there, it’s off to North Philadelphia, where he will attend a Latino Rally at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Church and St. Ambrose, 3554 N. 6th Street. THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

Eagles, Casey Rev Up Students Senator Bob Casey

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(D-Pa.) will be joined by US Health

& Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Philadelphia School Superintendent Dr. Arlene Ackerman, Sarah Martinez-Helfman of Eagles Youth Partnership and Furness HS Principal Timothy McKenna on Monday for a pep rally to connect more of Philadelphia’s children and youth to health insurance. Speakers will unveil new initiatives underway to connect kids to coverage in Philadelphia through a focus on health coverage as a key to success in school, athletics and beyond. The rally will kick off at 2:30 pm at Furness, which is located at 1900 S. 3rd Street. |

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Town Hall Meeting To Examine Parking Authority Misdeeds ommunity activist Lawrence Clark and the People’s Choice Movement Coalition are holding a meeting about the Philadelphia Parking Authority at the Berean Institute tomorrow.

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People who feel they have been treated unfairly will have a chance to air their grievances through testimony that will be used to document the authority’s alleged misdeeds. Each person will get three minutes to testify and must provide testimony in writing. Legal counsel will be on hand to discuss Act 22, the law that turned control of the agency over to the THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

State. A representative from PPA has also been invited to participate. Clark and the group expressed their extreme displeasure with PPA policies at a protest in front of the agency’s Filbert Street office in March. They are calling for a 60day moratorium that would allow individuals to establish financial hardship, halt the auction of vehicles and impose a freeze on hiring and on awarding contracts. They are also calling for an independent review board to study PPA. Berean Institute is at 19th Street & Girard Avenue. The meeting will go from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 15 OCTOBER, 2010


Zogby Poll Shows GOP Now Leads he latest Zogby Interactive survey found Republicans again taking the lead on the question of which party’s candidate likely voters plan to vote for on Nov. 2, and also showed a small drop in President Barack Obama’s job-approval rating.

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The survey of 1,963 likely voters conducted from Oct. 12-14 has Republicans leading the Congressional generic ballot preference over Democrats, 49%-40%. A previous Zogby Interactive poll concluded on Oct. 11 showed the two parties tied at 45%-45%. The percentage of voters approving of the President’s job performance is now 44%, down from 49% in the previous poll. 15 OCTOBER, 2010

Washington Criticizes Senate Failure To Close Florida Gun Loophole tate Sen. LeAnna M. Washington (D-Northwest) criticized the Senate’s failure yesterday to pass an amendment that would have closed the socalled “Florida loophole” that allows individuals who were denied a gun permit in Pennsylvania to go online and obtain a mail order gun permit from Florida that they can then legally use in Pennsylvania.

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“This legislation would have been a significant step towards gun control in Pennsylvania. By closing the Florida loophole, we could have prevented more guns from hitting the streets in our communities,” Washington said. Ranging from road rage incidents to vigilante actions, she said the remaining “Castle Doctrine” expansion bill would do little more than result in more death and carnage. “In the past, I have pushed for stricter gun control in Pennsylvania THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

through my efforts to institute a one gun-per-month law,” Washington said. “Regrettably, majority Republicans refused to consider my proposal and other reasoned gun control ideas. Without stricter gun controls, it is like we are playing three-card monte. No one ever wins.” She added passing bills aimed at allowing communities to keep dangerous weapons out of dangerous hands is long overdue. “Too many individuals are dying due to “street justice,” Washington said. “We must seriously consider further gun control legislation. Closing the Florida loophole would have been a step in the right direction. It is my hope that when the Senate reconvenes that the legislature will find the political courage to open up a serious and comprehensive dialogue on ways to help communities curb gun violence.” |

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