Friday, August 29, 2014

29th Ward Leader Adam Lang in Today's Daily News

Link HERE

Water over the damn

STU BYKOFSKY, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 3:01 AM


WHEN ADAM Lang got a bill in July from the Water Revenue Bureau, it hit him like an ALS bucket of ice.
Part of the jolt was the amount - $760.60 due on a property he bought at a Philadelphia Housing Authority auction in April 2012. The bill jumped to $943.62 in August.
The biggest shock was the address. The bill was for water used at 2047 Master St., an empty lot. There is no building on it now and there was no building on it when he bought it.
A computer network engineer, Lang also bought a house at 2129 Master St. at the same time, both as investments. It was sealed when he bought it and it remains sealed to this day. He has lived at 2111 Master St., on the same block in the Sharswood neighborhood, for eight years.
The Water Revenue Bureau billed him $758.09 in July for the sealed house. That swelled to $940.54 in August.
The 36-year-old Lang received the first bills for each after owning the properties for more than two peaceful years, during which there was not even a drop from the Water Revenue Bureau. Then, came the flood.
When he got the bills, he was shocked. When he showed them to me, I was stunned. When I revealed them to Department of Revenue spokeswoman Vicki Riley, she was - well, she had to look into it, but was clearly surprised about a water bill flowing from a vacant lot. The Water Revenue Bureau is a division of Revenue.
When he received the July bill, Lang says, he put it aside, because, "I sort of figured it was a mistake so wasn't too concerned about it." Shrugging it off, he didn't notify the Water Revenue Bureau.
You know what's coming next.
In August, new bills - with late fees - came pouring in.
Lang got a new attitude.
He went to the Water Revenue Board in the Municipal Services Building and reported the issue. He was told an investigator would go out within the next 30 days to see what had happened.
While waiting, Lang contacted me.
I contacted Riley.
While we wait for Riley to dig up answers to some of my questions, let's reflect on other things that routinely go wrong in the age of technology.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Armond James Release: Corruption Plagues the Fattah Organization


For Immediate Release
August 28, 2014
For Contact: James Williams, Campaign Manager 215.868.2385
For more information visit us at www.armondforcongress.com

Corruption Plagues the Fattah Organization
Philadelphia, PA- For years there has been a cloud of corruption surrounding Congressman Chaka Fattah. In recent weeks, details of two separate cases have emerged which highlight the extent of this corruption. On Tuesday August 12, 2014, Congressman Fattah’s son, Chaka Fattah, Jr, was indicted on bank and wire fraud charges. The charges include stealing federal funds that were intended for schools and obtaining business loans fraudulently. Fattah, Jr, used the money for personal expenses which include gambling debts. Then, on Wednesday August 27, 2014 Congressman Fattah’s former Chief of Staff Gregory Naylor pled guilty to covering up the misuse of over $600,000 in campaign contributions 
and federal grants. In addition, Naylor directed over $22,000 in campaign donations to his own consulting firm.

“Corruption under any circumstances is troubling. However, it is especially troubling that while our schools are struggling, Congressman Fattah’s son and Chief of staff have been charged for using much needed funds for personal gain. They have been accused of stealing from our schools and from our children. The interests of the citizens of the Second Congressional District have been ignored in favor of personal financial gain, and our resources taken. Congressman Fattah has failed us all.” –Armond James

Now is the time to get rid of corruption and restore integrity to our district. We need a fresh start with fresh leadership. We do have a choice. Armond James is an educator for education reform. He believes that our children and schools take priority over personal gain. As an educator he has experienced firsthand the challenges our school face and is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential. Armond will bring that same dedication to Congress as he works to improve our schools, create jobs, and serve as an advocate for the middle class.

For more information visit us at www.armondforcongress.com
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Armond James Press Release - Congressman Fattah: An Educational Elitist?

For Immediate Release
August 21, 2014
For Contact: James Williams, Campaign Manager 215.868.2385
Congressman Fattah: An Educational Elitist?
GEAR UP may appear on the surface to be a step in the right direction; it is an example of the inherent elitism in Congressman Fattah’s policies.
Philadelphia, PA- Congressman Chaka Fattah is the architect of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program). GEAR Up is a federally funded program that is presented as a means to address the disparities in the educational system by increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared for college. Six-year grants are awarded to states and partnerships to provide services at middle and high schools serving low-income students. Funds are also provided for scholarships. However, while GEAR UP may appear on the surface to be a step in the right direction, it is an example of the inherent elitism in Congressman Fattah’s policies.
How is GEAR UP an example of elitism? First, the program is discretionary. Grants are awarded to schools and students at the discretion of Pennsylvania State GEAR UP. Bureaucrats under the direction of out-of-touch politicians are deciding who and who does not have access to the resources our communities need. One of the key components of elitist ideology is that the few at the top should dictate who has access to resources and opportunities. Opportunity is limited to those fortunate enough to fall under the good graces of bureaucrats. Second and most importantly, GEAR UP fails to address the widespread problem of disparity in our educational system. No one would argue against grants and scholarship opportunities for low-income students; however, for every student that receives a grant, there are thousands who are forced to remain in under-performing schools with few options for receiving a better education. The program fails to address the large-scale systemic problems that persist. There are currently only four schools in the School District of Philadelphia participating in GEAR UP. If we continue with the status-quo leadership and policies of Congressman Fattah, there will continue to be very few viable options.
As an educator, Armond James has witnessed firsthand the challenges students and parents face in the current educational system. His experience has given him direct insight which has allowed him to grasp a comprehensive plan that is currently in place in Arizona, to address these challenges.
Read More HERE

Chairman Taylor Steps Up Efforts to Decriminalize Import of Wine and Liquor

By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — In a sign that they aren’t giving up on liquor privatization, state House Republicans plan to push a bill that would decriminalize purchasing wine and liquor in other states and transporting it to Pennsylvania.
The bill is to be introduced by Philadelphia Republican John Taylor, who cites recent news stories about law enforcement action against a man who purchased premium wines out of state and brought them home to Pennsylvania. Decriminalization language was contained in a broader bill passed by the state House last year to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania — a bill that has languished in the state Senate since. 
Read More HERE

Inquirer: Plea from former aide raises tough questions for Fattah (with Response from Philly GOP)


Elected Official A has some explaining to do.
That was the consensus in Philadelphia political circles Wednesday as people absorbed the news that a longtime aide and confidante to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) had pleaded guilty to concealing the misuse of $622,000 in campaign contributions and federal grants.
Fattah has been able to brush aside past reports of federal investigations into his and his family's finances, but the detailed conspiracy outlined by Gregory Naylor will require a response, said Democratic strategist Ken Smukler.
"He has been very strident in his defense and has never wavered, but it's a damning document," Smukler said. "The next 24 hours is going to say a lot about Chaka's future."
The plea memo released by federal prosecutors identifies Naylor's boss only as "Elected Official A," but the descriptions of the politician involved make it clear they are referring to Fattah. Much of the case centers around Fattah's failed 2007 bid for mayor.
"It's only a matter of time before another shoe drops - and that's frustrating," said one Democrat, who asked not to be identified because he has worked with Fattah's political organization.
Fattah and Naylor were silent Wednesday, and most of the city's political players were unwilling to discuss on the record the 10-term congressman's situation.
Considering that the memo said Naylor would cooperate with prosecutors and would testify at trial, it was safe to say that Fattah is facing a potentially grave threat to his career.
Republicans seized on that Wednesday.
"It's just more of the same of what we've come to expect from Philadelphia Democrats," said Joe DeFelice, executive director of the Philadelphia GOP.
"Frankly, I think it's the arrogance of incumbency," he said. DeFelice noted that Fattah has a Republican challenger this fall, Armond James, 33, a West Philadelphia schoolteacher, and said he hoped that the allegations involving Fattah would boost James' campaign.

Read more HERE

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Butkovitz: "Display Art?" Philly GOP: "How about Selling It?"

Philadelphia Republican Party

www.phillygop.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)
Email:              josephjdefelice@phillygop.com


Would Be Mayoral Candidate Butkovitz’s Limited Focus
Display Art?  How About Selling It?

Philadelphia, PA, August 27, 2014:  Today Mayoral wannabe Alan Butkovitz issued a press release where he “called on the School District of Philadelphia to display the more than 200 pieces of artwork that have been concealed in a storage facility for the last decade…The concealed historical collection has a replacement value of almost $4 million and contains pieces of art ranging in value from $100 to as high as $385,000.” [i]  While the display of art in our schools is certainly important, the education of our students should be paramount.  We are thankful that Controller Butkovitz has found this hidden treasure, however wouldn’t it be in the best interest of the School District of Philadelphia to lease these pieces or even, gasp, sell them?  “We agree with Controller Butkovitz, in his letter to Superintendent Hite, that we could ‘partner …with the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Atwater Kent Museum’ especially if those partnerships result in a leasing option but why don’t we take it a step further and see what the resale value of these art pieces are?”  said Philly GOP Executive Director Joe DeFelice.  “The thought there is potentially $4 Million Dollars of untapped assets sitting in garages and storage facilities, while the District is begging for resources, is disappointing.” 






[i] http://www.philadelphiacontroller.org/page.asp?id=1011

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Super Saturday


The Philadelphia Republican Party

Presents
 Super Saturday
Friday September 5th, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH, and Sunday September 7th, 2014.
Dear Fellow Republicans,
            The November General Election is right around the corner and we have a ton of work to do to shape the future of our City and our Commonwealth.  Last week we officially launched our Precinct Captain Program and knocked over 2,000 doors in a day; while that was a good start, there is so much more work that needs to be done.  Therefore, if you are a Republican Committeeperson, are already signed up for our Precinct Captain Program or want to volunteer in our efforts, please contact our office so we can assign you a Walkbook, sync you with our app and get you out knocking on doors.  We can be reached via email at anniehavey@phillygop.com, by phone at 215-561-0650, or message us via Facebook by visiting Facebook.com/PhillyGOP.
            Please let us know ASAP if you can help out.  Thank you!!!!

State Rep. John Taylor,
Chairman, Philadelphia Republican Party


Philly GOP Upcoming Events

Check out our list of upcoming events:


Wed Aug 27, 2014
5:30pm - 8pm
COMMONWEALTH CLUB RECRUITMENT SOCIAL WITH PAGOP CHAIRMAN GLEASON
Where: 334 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Fri Sep 5, 2014
All day Super Saturday
Where: Citywide

Sat Sep 6, 2014
All day Super Saturday
Where: Citywide

Sun Sep 7, 2014
All day Super Saturday
Where: Citywide

Wed Sep 10, 2014
6pm - 9pm GOP Happy Hour
Where: Paddy Whacks 150 South Street

Thu Sep 11, 2014
5:30pm - 10pm Philly GOP Night at the Ballpark (Phillies Game)
Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA

Mon Sep 15, 2014
7:30pm - 9:30pm Gary Cobb for Congress Fundraiser
Where: Field House, 1150 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA

Wed Sep 17, 2014
7pm - 8pm Republican City Committee
Where: United Republican Club, Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Thu Sep 18, 2014
7:30am - 10am Red State of Mind Breakfast with Kelvin A. Jeremiah, CEO of the
Philadelphia Housing Authority
Where: The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA

6pm - 9pm Annual Kildare's fundraiser for "Friends of Bill Pounds"
Where: Kildare's Irish Pub 4417 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

Thu Sep 25, 2014
6pm - 9pm Megan Rath Fundraiser
Where: Waterfall Room, 2015 S Water St, Philadelphia, PA

7pm - 8pm Robin Gilchrist Fundraiser 10th, 22nd and 50th Wards

Fri Sep 26, 2014
6pm - 9pm PAGOP Fall Dinner with Gov. Chris Christie
Where: Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA

7pm - 11pm Kevin Pasquay 30th Anniversary as Ward Leader $50
Where: United Republican Club, 3156 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Sun Sep 28, 2014
All day Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot
Mon Oct 6, 2014
All day Last day to Register before the November General Election

5:30pm - 7:30pm Fundraiser for Gary Cobb and Armond James
Where: The Residences at Dockside, 717 S Christopher Columbus Blvd,Philadelphia, PA

Sat Oct 11, 2014
7pm - 11pm Shrimp Night at the URC
Where: United Republican Club, 3156 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Wed Oct 15, 2014
7pm - 8pm Republican City Committee
Where: United Republican Club, Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Fri Oct 31, 2014
All day
Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots

Sat Nov 1, 2014
9am - 3pm Election Board Training Seminar Make up Date
Where: philadelphia voter registration office Delaward and Spring Garden

9am - 3pm Election Board Training Seminar Make up Date All Wards Event
Where: Aspira Inc, 6301 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA

Sun Nov 2, 2014
9am - 3pm Election Board Training Seminar Make up Date
Where: South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Tue Nov 4, 2014
7am - 8pm Election Day Vote Republican

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Haywood’s “Campaign of Questions” says Gilchrist

Contact: Robin Gilchrist
Friends of Robin Gilchrist
Phone 267-981-9590
rgillmanrn@aol.com
P.O. Box 54
Cheltenham, PA 19012
Friends of Robin Gilchrist
Press Release

Haywood’s “Campaign of Questions” says Gilchrist

Will Democrats vote for more of the same?

Cheltenham, PA, August 21, 2014:   Once again, Haywood’s “Campaign of Questions” is drawing attention from Conservative and Liberal voters alike due to some of Art Haywood‘s top allies being linked to investigations. Gilchrist said, “Art Haywood has displayed a serious lack of judgment when it comes to who he allows in his inner circle from ex-con, Chester Fulton, to the State Representative Dwight Evans.”  Evans, who founded OARC and claims he is no longer involved with the “Non-Profit” is credited with using his position as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee to direct more than $29 million in state aid to the nonprofit. However last year’s state investigation uncovered approximately $12 million was misspent which apparently has triggered an ongoing FBI investigation into OARC in past weeks. According to Haywood’s “Campaign for Compassion” finance reports, Evans is his biggest supporter committing well over $50,000 in loans and contributions thus far. Haywood who also drinks from the cup of Non-profits has credited himself as having worked with OARC.
Chester Fulton, who has received $27,068 in consulting work for the Haywood campaign, pled guilty in June 2010 to filing a false tax return as part of a plea deal. Following an FBI investigation that revealed after earning over $500,000 in political consulting fees from 2001 to 2007 Fulton reported an average $10,000 in net yearly income. Prosecutors also said that Fulton received a contract from the City of Philadelphia in 2005 to operate a homeless shelter for men recently released from prison.
 Fulton, then embezzled $145,000 from the shelter and used the money to pay personal expenses, prosecutors said. Court papers said Fulton valued his home at $800,000 at the time, leased several Mercedes and paid more than $20,000 a year to send his son to an "exclusive" private school. Gilchrist asked, “Were Philadelphia Public Schools not good enough?  If there is such a thing as a crystal ball I think we have just seen it,” according to Gilchrist, a 43 year old Registered Nurse.  “Are Democrats gearing up to vote for more of the same or are they ready to choose another direction to reach the goals of better education and a true economic recovery?” Gilchrist asked.  “Voters I have encountered while canvassing have grown tired of voting the same way and expecting a different result. That’s why I am running. Come November 4th they will have an opportunity to choose the right person who has the best intentions for the District,” stated Gilchrist.


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