Report: Tom Wolf Is Nation’s Most Liberal Governor


Tom Wolf has been ranked as the nation’s most liberal governor by InsideGov, a website that tracks and analyzes government data.

Wolf, Pennsylvania’s governor, achieved the ranking after being compared to peers based on “public statements, press releases, campaign platforms and voting records to score each governor’s view on important issues.” Butch Otter of Idaho was ranked most conservative.

With Wolf, though, it seems, the ranking is a bit premature. Yes, he’s been through a campaign — and barely tested, either in the primary or general elections. But halfway through his first year in office, at least, he doesn’t have much in the way of accomplishments, liberal or conservative, to factor in. Read more »

Victims Identified in Horrific Bustleton Car Crash

Sandmeyer Lane near Red Lion Road, the reported area of the crash. Photo | Google Street View

Sandmeyer Lane near Red Lion Road, the reported area of the crash. Photo | Google Street View

Police say they have identified the three victims — two teenage girls and one man — who were killed by the impact of a car crash on Wednesday night in Bustleton.

In a statement this morning, Philadelphia Police named the two girls — Yvette Gonzalez, 17, of Rhawn Street, and Sabrina Rhoads, 17, of Newberry Street — and the man, 20-year-old Felip Hernandez of Medford N.J., who were pronounced dead on the scene late Wednesday evening when the car they were traveling in reportedly clipped a curb, lost control, smacked into a tree and split in half. Read more »

The Philadelphia Rebound: Philly Politicians Don’t Stay Down Long

Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo leaves the James A. Byrne US Courthouse in Philadelphia, secure in the knowledge that he’ll rise again. (AP | Matt Rourke)

In May 1903, as part of a series about American cities, muckraking New York reporter Lincoln Steffans wrote in McClure’s that Philadelphia was regarded as the most corrupt city at that time. Other corrupt cities eagerly pointed the finger at Philadelphia, he noted, “as worse — ‘the worst-governed city in the country.'” Steffans himself acknowledged Philadelphia’s corruption, but felt what distinguished it was that it took place in a city that had access to and experience with reform. Other cities were just as corrupt, but their citizens might not know any better, while Philadelphians seemed to be making a choice. He wrote:

“The people” seem to prefer to be ruled by a known thief than an ambitious reformer. They will make you convict their Tweeds, Mc-Maneses, Butlers, and Shepherds, and even then they may forgive them and talk of monuments to their precious memory…

Some traditions die hard. Read more »

Mother Killed in Port Richmond With 2-Year-Old Daughter in the House

Stephanie Dzikowski | Facebook

Stephanie Dzikowski | Facebook

22-year-old mother Stephanie Dzikowski was killed overnight in Port Richmond, police say. Her 2-year-old daughter was home but uninjured.

“Neighbors here in the 3000 block of Aramingo Avenue say they heard a single shot around 11 p.m., and found 22-year-old Stephanie Dzikowski shot dead in her upstairs bedroom,” KYW reports. “Her 2 year-old daughter was in the house but uninjured.” Read more »

Police: Girl, 5, Abducted From Home Was Sexually Assaulted

Philadelphia police now say the 5-year-old girl abducted from a North Philadelphia home by an intruder was also sexually assaulted.

The incident happened Tuesday morning in the Hartranft section of the city. Cops say a man entered a home on N. Hutchinson Street through a window and took the girl. The victim told police the man took her by the hand, led her outside and began kicking and punching her in the home’s backyard. Read more »

Will Philly’s Bike Share Shut Down During the Pope’s Visit?

Photo via Indego

Photo via Indego

There are a lot of unanswered questions about Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia on September 26th and 27th: Where will the so-called “security perimeter” be located? Will the Ben Franklin Bridge shut down? Will I-95 be closed?!?

We have another query to add to the list (sorry, Mayor Nutter): Will the city’s Indego bike share program be open for business the World Meeting of Families or not? Read more »

Jon Stewart on Donald Trump: “A Rich, Crazy, Egotistical Monster”

It is a sad time for all of us in the media game: We are just one week away from the end of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Whose bits will we aggregate now? (Okay, John Oliver, but he’s only once a week.)

It’s actually kind of sad. Stewart is leaving just as the 2016 presidential race is heating up. And this year’s primary has already been hilarious thanks to the antics of one Donald Trump. Fortunately, Stewart — who has had some great Philadelphia jokes over the years — last night weighed in on Atlantic City’s most famous casino mogul. Read more »

Airport Braces for Pope’s Visit

Some good news in all those panic-inducing stories about preparations for the pope’s visit: USA Today reports the Philadelphia International Airport seems to be on pace in its readiness for the influx of travelers it expects that weekend.

“We are talking with airlines that service PHL about their anticipated passenger loads. As of now we expect an estimated 20 percent to 25 percent more passengers than usual,” said airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery. “This would be comparable to a very busy Thanksgiving.” Read more »

One Philly College Makes Forbes’ Top 10 List

Photo credit: Fritz Ward via Flickr.

Photo credit: Fritz Ward via Flickr.

Well, Forbes has published its 2015 list of the Top Colleges in the U.S., and it’s bound to cause some consternation among status-conscious grads hereabouts, given what New York Times columnist Frank Bruni has called these rankings’ “quasi-biblical power.” Alas, the only local school to crack the Top 10 was Swarthmore, weighing in at number seven. (True, Princeton stands in fourth place, but we can never quite decide whether it’s “local” or not.)

For the curious, here are the Top 10 in order: 1) Pomona College; 2) Williams College; 3) Stanford; 4) Princeton; 5) Yale; 6) Harvard; 7) Swarthmore; 8) Brown; 9) Amherst; and 10) MIT. In case you’re wondering, these are Forbes’s all-around rankings, based, it says, in this “new age of return-on-investment education,” on “outcomes.” Factors taken into account include low student debt, student satisfaction, and four-year graduation rate.

Other local schools in the top 100: Read more »

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