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Maj Toure exits the Libertarian Party in controversy after a failed bid for City Council

Toure, the Philadelphia founder of Black Guns Matter, was seen as a rising star in the national Libertarian Party. Then he got into some social media beefs while running for a City Council at-large seat.

Did Gov. Wolf just endorse Josh Shapiro for governor in 2022? ‘That’s my guy.’

Clout asks politicians three questions every Election Day. Usually we get a bunch of dodges. Sometimes someone makes news, like Gov. Tom Wolf tacitly endorsing Attorney General Josh Shapiro for the 2022 Democratic primary for governor.

Did Gov. Wolf just endorse Josh Shapiro for governor in 2022? ‘That’s my guy.’

Clout asks politicians three questions every Election Day. Usually we get a bunch of dodges. Sometimes someone makes news, like Gov. Tom Wolf tacitly endorsing Attorney General Josh Shapiro for the 2022 Democratic primary for governor.

Philly’s Democratic City Committee mulling expulsions for party officials who bucked bylaws | Clout

The bylaws say party officials can be tossed from their posts if they back non-Democrats in a general election. Several party members, including Councilwoman Helen Gym, are doing just that.

Philly’s Democratic City Committee mulling expulsions for party officials who bucked bylaws | Clout

The bylaws say party officials can be tossed from their posts if they back non-Democrats in a general election. Several party members, including Councilwoman Helen Gym, are doing just that.

She flew from England to Philadelphia for business. Then Willie Singletary took her for a ride. | Clout

Singletary, the former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge who served a prison term for lying to the FBI and was blocked from running for City Council this year, is driving a limousine at the airport.

She flew from England to Philadelphia for business. Then Willie Singletary took her for a ride. | Clout

Singletary, the former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge who served a prison term for lying to the FBI and was blocked from running for City Council this year, is driving a limousine at the airport.
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Joe Biden helped Jim Kenney with a high school paper 45 years ago. Kenney’s endorsed Elizabeth Warren anyway. | Clout

It was 1974. Future Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney needed to talk to a politician for a high school paper. Then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden was happy to help. Kenney never forgot it. But that didn't stop him from endorsing U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president instead of Biden.

Did City Hall or a spoofer curse out GOP mayoral nominee Billy Ciancaglini in phone call? | Clout

Ciangalini is outgunned against Mayor Jim Kenney, but apparently someone with a City Hall number rang him up and called him a phrase we can't repeat here.

Building Trades leaders asked to pony up $15K apiece for Local 98’s indicted boss ‘Johnny Doc’ Dougherty | Clout

The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council is launching a legal defense fund for Dougherty, who is fighting a federal indictment.

She lost her parking ticket, so the Phila. Parking Authority sent her some porn | Clout

Also, Sherrie Cohen is back on the general election ballot for City Council at-large, thanks to a court ruling.

Pa. attorney general probing street money in West Philly special election | Clout

Agents from the AG's office have been visiting ward leaders in the 190th District of the state House, asking about campaign checks issued in the special election won by State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell.

Philly’s next sheriff is throwing a party for a former sheriff before he goes to prison | Clout

Rochelle Bilal, the lone candidate for sheriff in Philadelphia, is throwing a going-to-prison fundraiser Saturday for former Sheriff John Green, who reports to federal prison Monday to serve a five-year term for corruption while in office. But Green won't be there.

Opinion

Ed Rendell says ‘Bernie bots are happy’ about his attack on Elizabeth Warren in support of Joe Biden | Clout

Rendell went after Warren, in defense of Biden and his fundraising, in a Washington Post opinion article. Meanwhile, the AFL-CIO in Philadelphia is still waiting to hear whether Biden will show up for its presidential forum Tuesday.

Opinion

Donald Trump Jr. claims elite Pottstown boarding school gave him ‘blue-collar’ insight | Clout

The president’s son described decamping from Manhattan at age 12 — where he lived in a tower topped with the family name — to learn the ways of the working class in the borough in Montgomery County’s northwest corner.

Opinion

Controversy brewing for Tracey Gordon, even before she takes over as Philly’s register of wills | Clout

Remember Rasheen Crews? The controversial political consultant, accused of forging signatures on petitions for judicial candidates in the primary that forced several to drop out, is back and telling people about his next big job.

Opinion

George Soros’ team is jumping back into Pa. politics with the billionaire’s cash | Clout

A team connected to Soros has created a political action committee to spend money in statewide and local races.

Opinion

On violent crime, U.S. Attorney William McSwain and DA Larry Krasner are ready to fight ... each other | Clout

Tucker Carlson sent a crew from his Fox News show to Philly this week to interview U.S. Attorney William McSwain about Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. McSwain has trash-talked Krasner on Carlson's show before and plans to do so when the television host returns from vacation.

Gar Joseph, 71, legendary Daily News editor

He created the popular political column Clout, edited the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of police corruption, and shepherded the careers of countless journalists.

Opinion

Philly DA Larry Krasner clashes with Pa. AG Josh Shapiro — again — over alleged power grab | Clout

Also, Krasner says his staff calls “war criminals” those assistant prosecutors who left rather than work under a progressive boss, and slams former Vice President Joe Biden.

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