A Super PAC Just Dumped a Whole Lot of Money Into the Philly District Attorney Race

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Photo courtesy of Larry Krasner’s campaign

The rumor has been swirling around Philadelphia’s political circles for months: A super PAC will throw its weight behind Democratic District Attorney candidate Larry Krasner.

Well, the gossip finally came true.

A group called the “Philadelphia Justice & Public Safety PAC” is spending about $300,000 on pro-Krasner TV advertisements airing from April 26th to May 2nd, according to PAC officer Whitney Tymas. If the super PAC keeps up that level of spending, it will pour almost $1 million into the race by Election Day. Read more »

Bill O’Reilly’s Firing Wasn’t “Capitalism at Work”

Photo via Fox News

Photo via Fox News

Capitalism: An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market. — Merriam-Webster

Ellen Gray, who is an excellent TV critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote a commentary last week in which she said that Fox News’s recent dismissal of Bill O’Reilly was just “capitalism at work.”

“Make enough money for a company, and allowances get made,” she wrote. “Threaten the bottom line, and even the most understanding bosses get antsy.”

From a business owner’s perspective, I really don’t agree. O’Reilly’s firing had nothing to do with capitalism. Read more »

Help Us Find the Philadelphia Region’s Best Teacher

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Know a great teacher? We want to hear about it.

Philly Mag has launched our first-ever Best Teacher Award, dedicated to honoring an outstanding K-8 educator in the Philadelphia region. The winner will receive a $5,000 gift for their school, along with a book donation, both courtesy of Subaru. Read more »

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack Forced to Hitch Rides to Work

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. Photo: Jeff Fusco

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. Photo: Jeff Fusco

Late last week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf pulled the state police detail assigned to Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and scaled back staffing at the Northeast Philadelphia native’s taxpayer-funded residence just outside of the capital, the Inquirer reported.

As a result, State Police troopers will no longer chauffeur Wolf’s second-in-command in a black-and-white, and both housekeepers and state maintenance employees may report to the Fort Indiantown Gap residence only at prearranged times. Read more »

The NFL Draft Explained for the Sports-Indifferent Philadelphian

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

Just what is this NFL Draft thing that’s been blocking traffic around the Art Museum? Are they really going to be playing football in that tiny tent set up on the Rocky Steps?

If you’ve been feeling lost among the incessant chatter surrounding Thursday night’s draft – whatever it is – fear not: We’re here to help you make sense of all the hubbub. Read more »

OPINION: Trump’s First 100 Days Weren’t a Damn Comedy

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President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

This Saturday, Donald Trump will be celebrating his 100th day as the 45th president of the United States.

So far, there’s been no action on impeachment, Congress continues to operate per usual, and the country hasn’t exactly turned itself upside down. And while we still haven’t seen Trump’s tax returns, got to the bottom of his suspicious ties with Russia, or figured out his health-care plan, it appears as though he would have been our top pick regardless. Read more »

Penn Condemns Neo-Nazi Flyers Posted on Campus

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Officials at the University of Pennsylvania have denounced the messages of several neo-Nazi flyers seen littering the school’s campus.

Images of the posters, which read “How is a diploma going to help you in the race war?” and “Join your local Nazis,” spread on social media.

In an email sent to the Penn community yesterday, school officials said the flyers “appear to have been circulated by off-campus groups known to be bent on sowing fear and discord, and targeting campuses within our region and nationwide.”

According to the student-run Daily Pennsylvanian, a Twitter user who regularly posts alt-right and racist propaganda has claimed responsibility for the flyers.

Here’s the full statement from Penn officials:

“This past weekend, some neo-Nazi flyers were found posted at several locations in the vicinity of campus. These appear to have been circulated by off-campus groups known to be bent on sowing fear and discord, and targeting campuses within our region and nationwide.

Although the flyers in question are no longer posted, we think it important to take this opportunity to remind the community of our shared conviction that hatred and fear-mongering have no place at Penn.

Our University strives to be a place that is safe and welcoming for all students, faculty and staff. Expressing hate or animus for any group of individuals is vile and reprehensible. We underscore our commitment to a supportive, respectful, diverse and open campus, and we encourage the exercise of free expression rights to counter misguided hate with stronger words of truth and mutual respect. We also encourage anyone who is troubled or in need of support to reach out for help. Please know that Penn stands with you, and any of the offices below can provide you with assistance and guidance.”

In November, Penn officials responded similarly when, shortly after the election, three students at the University of Oklahoma sent disturbing online messages to black freshman at the university.

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Kenney: Pennsylvania Should Just Legalize Weed Already

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On Saturday, Philadelphia police arrested 22 people at a pot party held by marijuana activist NA Poe – proving that the war on drugs is alive and well in Philly.

This morning, Mayor Jim Kenney stopped just short of criticizing the bust when he called it “overkill” and said that the “real solution to this is legalizing [marijuana] in the state of Pennsylvania as they did in Colorado,” according to Philly.com.

At Poe’s Northeast Philly warehouse party on Saturday, Police arrested 19 men and three women, confiscated 50 pounds of marijuana, about $50,000 in cash, several handguns and about 100 pounds of cannabis edibles. About 200 people were detained.

The event functioned as a sort of pop-up market where people could buy and sell various marijuana products. Poe, whose real name is Richard Tamaccio, told Philadelphia magazine’s Victor Fiorillo that he and his girlfriend, Rachael Friedman, sold about 300 tickets to the party, which cost attendees $50 each. They’ve both been charged with seven counts, including possession with intent to deliver; possession of a controlled substance; possession of an instrument of crime; use or possession of drug paraphernalia; conspiracy; causing or risking catastrophe; and recklessly endangering another person. Poe is being held on $250,000 bail.

Marijuana has been decriminalized in Philly since 2014. Kenney worked with Poe and Chris Goldstein (a fellow weed activist who was detained on Saturday) to draft the legislation, which largely applies to those who are caught with less than 30 grams of marijuana.

Following a press conference this morning, Kenney said that while “clearly, it’s illegal to sell [larger] quantities … there was probably another way” to crack down on the pot party “as opposed to the amount of resources that were put into this, especially considering our ongoing relationship with that community,” according to PhillyVoice.

Kenney reportedly said he doesn’t “micromanage the police department” and that he wasn’t aware of plans to raid the party. He noted that the event was also deemed a fire and safety hazard for several reasons – officials with the Department of Licenses and Inspections were also present at the bust.

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