Ads, ethics and endorsements: NinetyNine’s mayoral campaign-coverage week in review

 The mayoral candidates are increasingly meeting up at a variety of forums throughout the city. (Stephanie Aaronson/via The Next Mayor partnership)

The mayoral candidates are increasingly meeting up at a variety of forums throughout the city. (Stephanie Aaronson/via The Next Mayor partnership)

At high noon each Friday during Philadelphia’s mayoral-primary season, NinetyNine will post a roundup of noteworthy stories from the previous week. Miss a couple days of coverage, or just want to catch up over the weekend? We’ve got you covered.

From NinetyNine and NewsWorks:

The updated Philadelphia Mayoral-Race Endorsement Tracker: What groups have lent their endorsement support to which candidates? Check it here.

Tony Williams campaign launches its on-air offensive: WHYY’s Dave Davies sent NinetyNine word that mayoral candidate Tony Williams’ campaign has produced its first ad of the campaign.

Kenney releases ‘ethical, accessible and transparent government’ policy paper: Flanked by members of his campaign’s policy team in a 15th-floor conference room overlooking City Hall’s southwestern side, mayoral candidate Jim Kenney released a government-ethics policy paper on Monday afternoon.

Diaz scores coveted ‘desperate housewives’ endorsement, releases first campaign video: Mayoral candidate Nelson Diaz’s campaign announced Tuesday that he received an endorsement from the Latino Victory Fund (LVF), “a national non-partisan organization dedicated to electing progressive Latino candidates.”

Mayoral candidate Oliver outlines his plans for business: Philadelphia mayoral candidate Doug Oliver says the way to create jobs and improve education is by making it easy for technology start-up companies to grow in the city. 

Abraham campaign: Poll shows Lynne leads foes by a lot, undecideds by a little: Polling data released by the Lynne Abraham campaign on Thursday held that the former district attorney drew 30 percent support from likely primary voters, a figure that more than doubles former City Councilman Jim Kenney and state Sen. Anthony Williams’ draw.

Patsy’s back and now she’s nagging Dave Davies for super-PAC deets: In the third of a we-don’t-even-know-how-many-parts “Philly Politics 101” video series, “South Philly stoop lady” Patsy had WHYY’s senior political reporter Dave Davies explain how super PACs support candidates without their knowledge.

Milton Street fends off residency, registration and marital-status challenges: WHYY’s Aaron Moselle was over at the County Board of Elections office for Wednesday’s hearing when Milton Street learned he survived legal challenges to his candidacy.

Q&A: ‘Philly Political Media Watch’ highlights gap between campaign ads, coverage: Are you learning more about political candidates from television-news stories or the biased campaign ads that you don’t skip courtesy of your DVR’s fast-forward button? While candidates running for mayor of Philadelphia haven’t gone up with TV ads in any big way — yet — researchers sought to answer that question during the 2014 election season through the “Philly Political Media Watch” project.

NinetyNine’s Mayoral-Race Quotes-of-the-Day Quiz Vol. 3: Test your knowledge of things that were said through the course of the campaign week.

From elsewhere:

The kid from Harlem who wants to be mayor (Daily News/The Next Mayor): Nelson Diaz’s red cheeks flank a mustache, under twinkling brown eyes. His body is no longer svelte as when he played baseball, which helped rescue him from darkness.

Williams on public safety, political ads in radio interview (The Next Mayor/900-AM WURD): Mayoral candidate and former Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams discussed public safety, political campaign ads, and once again tackled the charter school debate in a recent interview on 900AM-WURD.

Tony Williams Is Finally Starting to Own School Choice (Citified): For years, mayoral candidate and state Sen. Anthony Williams has been Pennsylvania’s highest-profile Democratic champion of charter schools and vouchers. But not on the mayoral campaign trail.

Carpenters not alone in excessive campaign gifts (Inquirer/The Next Mayor): It turns out that the carpenters weren’t the only ones who blew through Philadelphia’s strict limits when they donated money to State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ mayoral run. An Inquirer review of Williams’ campaign finance reports for 2014 identified five people who gave more than the city’s $2,900 individual limit. Their donations above that cap totaled $10,450.

Mayoral candidates make their pitch to LGBT community (Inquirer/The Next Mayor): The Williams Way LGBT Community Center was abuzz Wednesday night with mayoral and judicial candidates giving their best elevator pitch to an audience of mostly members and supporters of the LGBT community.

Adwatch: New Kenney ‘classic roots’ ad (The Next Mayor): Tom Ferrick breaks down a pro-Kenney ad courtesy of Forward Philadelphia, a new SuperPAC that will likely end up getting most of its money from the teachers union, which has endorsed for former Councilman.

Adwatch: Williams’ first TV political ad ‘whopper-free’ (The Next Mayor): Ferrick also took a look at the spot which marked Tony Williams as the first mayoral candidate to go up on TV with ads paid for by his own campaign committee.

Ties between Williams’ campaigns and charter school proponents run deep (Philly Voice): A review of years’ worth of campaign finance filings, lobbying disclosure reports and other public documents by PhillyVoice suggests the ties between Williams’ political campaigns — particularly the Susquehanna International Group and the organizations it has founded to push pro-voucher legislation — run deeper than a few donations, however large.

— Enough with the voice-over: Latinos, the media and mayoral politics (Al Dia): Nelson Diaz gets a little singed by it, but mostly it is us — the Philly Latino voters — whose skins are blistered. Are we uniquely terrible at voter turnout? Nope, says Latino community leader Israel Colón. All of Philadelphia pretty much sucks at it. But don’t tell that to Tom Ferrick Jr., who wrote the oracular piece for The Next Mayor vertical of the Philly.com website with the certainty of an authority. Except if you actually read through the article you will notice something: Not only is Ferrick not Latino, he doesn’t interview, or speak to, quote or ask any Latinos anything in his musing about the paltry number of us he says will show up to vote for the primaries.

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