Holly Otterbein

Senior writer

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The No-B.S. Guide to Trump’s Impact on Philadelphia

America’s president-elect floated so many policy proposals that would impact cities like ours. Here are seven to watch closely.

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Trump: The View From York County

The president-elect had great support in rural parts of the state and country. We asked a York County Republican to talk about why.

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Johnny Doc Says Democratic Elites Need to “Wake Up”

Otterbein: He appears to have forgotten that he’s a Democratic elite, too.

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Philly’s Biggest Winners of 2016

No, seriously. This year wasn’t a dumpster fire for everyone!

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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.

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The Incredible Rise of the Philadelphia Independent Voter

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What Philly Republicans Think of Steve Bannon

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

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ThinkFest Recap: Jeff Yass on School Vouchers

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

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

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

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Martina White Wins Reelection to the State House

She’s the lawmaker behind two recent controversial bills.

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

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