In Clout today: The 2015 race for mayor spiraled into a series of smackdowns this week between Lynne Abraham, a declared candidate, and City Council President Darrell Clarke's campaign for . . . he won't say what.  Also, Tom Knox endorses state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams for mayor.  And Joe Torsella has nearly $1 million banked for a 2016 run for state treasurer.

Speaking of Abraham, Will Bunch takes a look at her high-profile, short-lived probe of the controversial Second Mile charity founded by Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach sent to prison for the sexual abuse of children.

And City Council finished off its final session of the year with grand overtures of jingle-bell ringing, flag waving, back slapping and a litany of bill passing before members broke for the holidays.