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Millennials Won — Mark Squilla’s “Promoters Bill” Is Dead

City Councilman Mark Squilla has decided to scrap his virally unpopular “Promoters Bill,” which came under fire last week from musicians, millennials and First Amendment advocates. The proposal would have required music venues […]

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6 Times City Council Tried to Screw with Our Fun

There’s nothing like a group of municipal lawmakers to ruin a good time, and Philadelphia’s City Council seems to be especially well versed in the […]

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What Comes After the SRC If It’s Abolished?

When education advocates envision a possible replacement for the School Reform Commission, all kinds of ideas are on the table: How about an elected board? […]

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Lawmakers Fight for Muslim Holidays to Be Recognized in Philly

A group of activists erupted in applause at City Hall Thursday when lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution calling on the city and school district to recognize two Muslim holidays: Eid […]

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Insider: Like Wall Street Bankers, Philly Pols Get a Golden Parachute

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.)  How many Sherlock Holmes mysteries have we read where, at the end, our sophisticated […]

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Philadelphia Recognizes Columbus Day, But Not Any Muslim Holidays

If you’re a city employee who wants to celebrate the Muslim holidays, you currently have to decide whether to use a personal or vacation day to take off work. Unlike […]

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Darrell Clarke’s Power Is Now Growing Beyond City Limits

City Council President Darrell Clarke’s growing political muscle is now manifesting itself on a wider stage: state politics. Today, he became one of the first officials […]

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Is Jim Kenney Setting a Low Bar for Philly?

A few hours before a gunman laid an ambush on a 33-year-old policeman late Thursday night, aggressively thrusting Jim Kenney into his first major crisis, I […]

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Helen Gym Draws National Attention in New Role

Helen Gym, the longtime education activist, is drawing national attention this week: She joined City Council as an at-large member on Monday, the first Asian-American […]

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How To Win Elections Without the Democratic Machine

(Editor’s Note: This is an op-ed from Andrew Stober, an independent candidate in the 2015 general election.) This year, I ran for City Council at-large as […]

Business

City Council Unanimously Approves Comcast Franchise Deal

Philadelphia City Council has voted unanimously to approve a 15-year franchise agreement with Comcast. The tech and media giant will pay $250 million in franchise […]

Business

What You Need to Know About Comcast’s 15-Year Franchise Agreement That Just Advanced to City Council

Philadelphia City Council has taken a big step toward inking a new 15-year franchise agreement for Comcast. On Thursday its Public Property Committee passed an agreement that […]

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City Council Members: “Porngate” Prosecutors Should Resign

Nine members of Philadelphia City Council signed a resolution calling for the resignation of three city prosecutors involved in the Porngate email scandal. The resolution […]

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Op-Ed: A Once-in-a-Generation Chance to Strike a Great Deal with Comcast

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from guest writers Hannah Sassaman and Gretjen Clausing.) Thousands of Philadelphians live their lives online. Coordinating with coworkers. Connecting with […]

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Is Ed Rendell Trolling Philly’s Democratic Machine?

Former Gov. Ed Rendell is up to something. He’s one of the most popular Democrats in the city, and yet he keeps throwing his weight behind candidates […]