Holly Otterbein

Senior writer


How to Get Involved in the Age of Trump

Our nonpartisan guide to getting active in local politics and fighting for the issues you care about.


The Incredible Rise of the Philadelphia Independent Voter

The number of registered independents has nearly doubled here. Why?


Exit Interview: Pit Bull U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger

Philly Mag talks to the prosecutor who brought down Chaka Fattah, cleaned house at Traffic Court, and flexed his muscle against the ironworkers union.


Meet Trump’s Hype Man in Philly

The head of the city GOP about the media’s failure to predict a Trump victory, conflicts of interest and the Carrier deal.


In 2016, Jim Kenney Reminded Us What a Seasoned Politician Can Accomplish

Otterbein: Philly’s mayor had quite a first year. But there are risks ahead.


To Resist Trump, Fix Philly’s Elite, Boring, Anti-Competitive Democratic Party

Otterbein: The 2016 election should be a wake-up call for the local Democratic machine, too.


What Philly Republicans Think of Steve Bannon

To some, he’s a “disgrace.” Others are saying “wait and see.”


ThinkFest Recap: Jeff Yass on School Vouchers

The stock trader thinks he can make Philly’s schools better — while giving kids money for college.


Kenney Says Philly Turnout Was High Tuesday. It Wasn’t.

It was abysmally low. We must figure out why, and fix it.


Martina White Wins Reelection to the State House

She’s the lawmaker behind two recent controversial bills.


Philly D.A.: No “Founded” Complaints About Voter Fraud or Intimidation

Call 215-686-9641 if you witness anything funny at the polls.


Here’s Everything You Need to Know to Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election

Still don’t know who you’re voting for in local races? Need to find your polling place? We got you.


The No-B.S. Guide to the 2016 Philadelphia Presidential Election

Here’s everything you need to know for Tuesday.


The Philly Ballot Questions You’ll See on Election Day, In Plain English

One is kind of shady!


Fewer Philadelphians Asked for Absentee Ballots This Year Than in 2012 or 2008*

*But there’s a caveat.