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Vol. II No. 47 (207)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

April 20, 2011

Philadelphia Daily Record

Dell E. Booked

THIS SEASON’S lineup at renovated Dell East has been announced. See page 5


Murphy’s Attorney General Bid In The Works

Given four options: 46 % like Obama as a person and like most of his policies; 29% like him as a person but dislike his policies; 2% dislike him as a person, but like his policies; 20% dislike him and his policies.

PoliticsPA has learned Former Congressman Patrick Murphy will announce his plan to run for State Attorney General. He already has a number of early endorsements including Dan Onorato, Chaka Fattah, Tim Holden, and several labor groups. The move isn’t a shock, but Murphy’s list of supporters might give pause to other prospective candidates.

Christie does not do as well: 38% like Christie as a person and like most of his policies; 15% like him as a person but dislike his policies; 8% dislike him as a person, but like his policies; 34% dislike him and his policies.

Redistricting Games Begin The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has named the fifth and final member of the panel charged with the nittygritty work of drawing new legislative Districts. Stephen McEwen, a former judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court, was selected after several weeks of no consensus between the four caucus leaders on the panel. With McEwen, the commission might show a Republican tilt.

Christie: Men Love Him, Women Hate Him New Jersey voters do not believe Gov. Christopher Christie’s claim he would beat President Barack Obama in a 2012 White House run. Instead, they back the President over the Governor 52-39%, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. President Obama also tops Gov. Christie in job approval and likeability. Christie’s split 47-46% job approval compares to a 52-40% job approval in a Feb. 9 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University. In today’s survey, men approve of Christie 56-38% as women disapprove 53-38%. Christie gets an 80-16% approval from Republicans and a 55-36% approval from independent voters. Democrats disapprove 7517%. Obama gets a 51- 45% job approval. Garden State voters like Obama more than they like his policies. 2|

“Forget the White House for now, Gov. Christopher Christie says, and New Jerseyans pretty much agree with him as they back President Barack Obama by a hefty margin,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Voters don’t believe Gov. Christie 60-33% when he says he can beat President Obama. They do believe Christie 53-41% when he says he’s not running,” Carroll added. “How about at home in Trenton? Christie’s job approval numbers are only narrowly positive. And there’s a real gender split over this ‘Jersey guy’ Governor: Men like him a lot; women don’t,” Carroll added.

Evans Sponsors Career Day Events State Rep. Dwight Evans (D-N. Phila.) has scheduled a series of annual career-day events at elementary schools in his legislative district. The events run through May 26. “We have used various themes in prior years,” Evans said. “This year we are focusing on the broad topic of workforce opportunity. We want the students to understand all their options as they move through school.” Hundreds of students and teachers participate in the Career Day events over a seven-week period at eight elementary schools located in the 203rd Legislative Dist. It is open to 4th- and 5th-graders at each school.

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This marks the 28th year for the program.

Inspector Gen. Reports On

“It is never too soon to begin thinking about a life direction,” Evans said. “Students need to know they have choices ahead of them, that there are opportunities available, no matter what education and career choices they make, and the quality of the life they have is tied to the paths they choose.” Each career day includes speakers on various choices students may face after high school, whether it is a traditional college, a trade school, or potential public service such as law enforcement or firefighting. “Some of this year’s presenters were once students at these programs,” Evans said. The remaining schedule: Apr. 28 at Rowen ES, May 12 at West Oak Lane Charter School, May 13 at Benjamin Franklin ES, May 18 at Kinsey ES, May 20 at Ellwood ES and May 26 at Finletter ES.

Josephs Bill Bans Gifts To Officials State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-S. Phila.) has introduced legislation that would impose a gift ban for public officials. The measure (HB 1299) would ban any gift for a public official or a candidate for public office valued more than $25. It also would prohibit any form of hospitality, including transportation and lodging, whose fair market value or combined value exceeds $500 a year. “Under current law, special interests have few limitations on the type and amount of gifts they can lavish on elected officials in Pennsylvania,” Josephs said. “This creates the perception special interests can curry favor with elected officials while the voices of average citizens are not heard. A gift ban would eliminate the perception elected officials are being swayed by special interests as they shape public policy.”

Placing Prisoners’ Children Inspector General Amy L. Kurland released a report regarding the Philadelphia Prison System’s policies and procedures for placing the children of incarcerated women with the Mennonite Caregivers Group. Prior to the Office of Inspector General’s investigation, the prison system lacked formal policies for placing inmates’ children with authorized caregivers. For more than a decade, agencies operating in the prison system made informal custody arrangements with the Mennonites on the behalf of inmates, leaving children at risk of potential harm, according to the report. The OIG found the lack of a formal policy allowed those agencies to place inmates’ children with unlicensed caregivers who had not been vetted by the City’s child welfare system. The OIG recommended that the Philadelphia Prison System adopt policies to ensure that children born to incarcerated mothers are placed with licensed caregivers. “Every child deserves a safe place to live,” Kurland said. “To make that a reality, the City must hold every caregiver accountable.” During the investigation, Philadelphia Prison System Commissioner Louis Giorla implemented a written policy, Procedural Directive 10-07, for prison social workers to follow when seeking to place inmates’ children with caregivers. Kurland applauded the prison system for putting the safeguards in place. The OIG investigated the matter at the request of Commissioner Giorla and Department of Human Services Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose.

Josephs’ legislation also would require public officials and candidates to file a statement of financial interest that includes the source of any gift of goods or hospitality that’s valued at more than $250 a year.

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Apr. 20Fundraiser for Derrick Coker, candidate for MC Judge, at Soft Illusions Fine Art Gallery, 4203 Main St., 6-9 p.m. For information call Jocelyn Wims, 267-650-9374. Apr. 20State Rep. Angel Cruz opens campaign office at 3501 B St., 6-8 p.m. Apr. 20Republican candidates for Mayor and at-Large Council races debate at German Soc., 6th & Spring Garden Sts., 7-9:30 p.m. Apr. 20Row Office candidates invited to 2nd Democrat Ward meeting at Saigon Maxim Restaurant, 6th & Washington Ave., 7 p.m. Apr. 21State Sen. LeAnna Washington and State Rep. John Myers present Energy Conservation Summit Forum at Lonnie Young Rec Ctr., 1100 E. Chelten Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Apr. 21Phila. Independent Towers & Salvors Ass’n invites all candidates and interested parties to their 1st annual Candidates Night at Simeone Antique Car Museum, 6825 Norwich Dr. (behind Airport Auto Mall), 6-10 p.m. Tickets $50. Includes buffet, open bar and multimillion-dollar antique-car collection. Tickets at door or call José (267) 228-7231. Apr. 212nd Council Dist. Candidate Forum at Mt. Zion Pentecostal Ch., 1224 Pt. Breeze Ave., 6-7:30 p.m. No questions will be taken from floor. For info Maryum Lee (267) 3340251. Apr. 2163rd Ward Democrats with Bernice Hill, leader, meet at Pine Village THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY RECORD

Clubhouse, 8540 Veree Rd., 7 p.m. Apr. 21Fundraiser for Judicial Candidate Daine Grey, Jr. at 320 N. 18th St., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Levant, Martin, & Tauber, P.C. For info Marianne (215) 564-5959. Apr. 22State Rep. Rosita Youngblood and Germantown Earn Ctr. host housing and welfare-resource conference at Ctr., 2nd fl., 5538-B Wayne Ave., 2-5 p.m. For info (215) 8496426. Apr. 221st annual Spring Bash sponsored by 65th Ward Republican Committee at McCullough Hall, 6309 Torrsedale Ave., 7-11 p.m. For info (215) 298-2251. Apr. 23Fundraiser for Traffic Court candidate Fred Mari at Bonk’s Bar, Richmond & Tioga Sts., 4-7 p.m. $50. Open bar, hors d’oeuvres. For info Mark (215) 990-9352. Apr. 25Cocktail reception with open bar for judicial candidate Edward Wright at Union League, 140 S. Broad St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. Donation $100. For info (215) 569-4770 or ewlaw@att.net. Apr. 27Cocktail reception fundraiser for Bill Rubin, 10th Dist. Council, 5-8 p.m. at DC 33 Banquet Hall, 6th fl. $250 per person. Sponsorships sought. Mail checks to Friends of Bill Rubin, PO Box 52146, Phila., PA 19115 or via Pay Pal at billrubinforcouncilman.com. Apr. 27Fundraiser for 1st Dist. Council Democrat candidate Mark Squilla at Cuba Libre, 10 S. 2nd St., 6-8 p.m. Tickets $100. For info (267) 290-8836. 20 APRIL, 2011


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Teachers! Take Note,

Jul. 28: Ginuwine, Tank and Avant

It’s Certification Time

Aug. 4: Fred Hammond and Martha Munizzi On May 5, the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence will visit Philadelphia to host free, live information sessions about its online teacher-certification program. The information sessions will include a 45-minute to one-hour introduction to the program and offer an opportunity to have questions answered in-person by members of the ABCTE staff. Philadelphia’s session is scheduled for Thursday at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Wilson Student Center, 2nd floor, 600 S. 43rd Street. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. To register for an upcoming event or to view a list of all upcoming ABCTE events please go to: http://www.abcte.org/teach/events The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence is a non-profit organization that offers an innovative teacher preparation and certification program for highly knowledgeable individuals who want to change careers and become teachers. ABCTE is accepted as a route to teacher certification in Pennsylvania and ten other states and has certified over 3,000 new potential teachers through the program. Candidates for ABCTE certification must hold a bachelor’s degree in any subject area and pass a background check, an examination in teaching knowledge and an examination in the subject area they want to teach.

Mayor Announces Musical Lineup For Dell East Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the 2011 lineup of musical performances that will take place at the Dell Music Center. This year’s concert season, called the “Essence of Entertainment”, will run from Jul. 7-Aug. 25th. The series is as follows: Jul. 7: Angie Stone and Joe Jul. 14: Stephanie Mills and Keith Washington Jul. 21: The Delfonics; Jerry Butler; Jean Carne; The 20 APRIL, 2011

Aug. 11: Jeffrey Osborne and Marsha Ambrosius Aug. 18: Will Downing, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright Aug. 25: Rachelle Ferrell and Angela Winbush “The sounds that will fill the air at the Dell this summer will delight visitors who want to kick back, relax and enjoy Philadelphia’s summer season,” said Mayor Nutter. “We thank WAWA Welcome America for supporting this year’s Dell concert series and for hosting the nation’s best 4th of July celebration right here in Philadelphia, where it all started.” Before the start of the “Essence of Entertainment” concert series, the Dell Music Center and Wawa Welcome America will present a Jun. 23 “Evening of Elegance” performance by three-time Grammy award winning singer Nancy Wilson and jazz saxophonist Najee. This summer, the Dell will also serve as a host venue for: A Tribute to Gamble & Huff: 40 Years of International Records Additional Wawa Welcome America events A Disney Radio children’s show A Yesha Ministries gospel concert featuring nationally renowned performers A Domestic Violence Awareness Night, from which a portion of proceeds will go towards domestic violence support programs The Dell Music Center underwent $6 million in major capital improvements in 2008 and reopened in time for the start of 2010 summer concert season. Renovations include improvements to the stage complex, the installation of brand new seating and a new roof, and reconstruction of the parking lot. For additional show and ticket information please visit: www.MyDellEast.com or call (215) 685-3590.

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