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By Defending Bloomberg on Stop-and-Frisk, Nutter Tarnishes His Legacy and Betrays Philly

There’s an oft-quoted line from the Batman film The Dark Knight that goes: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see […]

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Don’t Expect Philly’s New Police Commissioner to Magically Fix the City for Us

After more than a month of anticipation, newly appointed Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw began her first day on the job early Monday morning. After […]

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Want to Reduce Political Corruption in Philly? End Councilmanic Prerogative Now.

The rule of law is to presume those who are criminally indicted innocent until proven guilty. Such a presumption should absolutely be extended to City […]

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It’s Totally Human to Mourn Complicated Figures Like Kobe Bryant

Sunday didn’t feel the same after news broke that a hometown hero was here no more. NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a tragic […]

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Black People Have Spent Centuries in “Service.” They Should Take Off on MLK Day.

Next Monday will mark the 25th anniversary of the hijacking of the hard-won federal holiday commemorating the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King […]

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Stop Telling Black People the Mummers Parade Is Racist. Do Something About It.

Conversations surrounding blackface and the Mummers should feel like déjà vu to everyone by now. Last year, there was much outrage after the Mayor’s Office […]

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Can Somebody Just Open a Frank Rizzo Museum Already and Stick the Statue There?

Over the weekend, the controversial Frank Rizzo statue in Center City was vandalized. Again. Yes, somebody wrote the word “fascist” on the bronze effigy, which […]

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Philly Dems Should Take Note of the GOP’s Bold Choice for Party Leader

If you overheard the following remarks, you’d probably assume you were at a progressive political gathering: “We’re bringing in the kind of leadership we need […]

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Win or Lose, Comcast Is on the Wrong Side of History in Supreme Court Case

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a $20 billion lawsuit filed against Comcast by Byron Allen, a Black former comedian turned entertainment […]

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What the Working Families Party’s Historic Win Means for Philly Politics

Tuesday’s election taught us one major thing: The major-party machine has been warned. For the first time in decades, there will be only one Republican […]

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I’m a Democratic Ward Leader. Here’s Why I’m Voting for Kendra Brooks and Nicolas O’Rourke.

I have served as the elected Democratic leader of the 2nd Ward, in South Philadelphia, since June 2018. I got involved in local politics because […]

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By Endorsing Third-Party Candidates, Philly Democrats Have Lit a Fuse Under Their Own House

Next Tuesday’s general election in Philly is shaping up to be an epic showdown between Democrats and … Democrats. They say a house divided cannot […]

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The Best Thing This Week: Finally, a Fresh Reason to Oppose Gun Violence!

We continue to be astonished at this country’s slavish adoration of the ethically (and soon, pray God, actually) bankrupt NRA and firepower in general. No other nation […]

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No Matter How Many Games It Wins, Temple Shouldn’t Build a Football Stadium

Last year, Philadelphia magazine asked: “Has Temple University Lost Its Way?” As a faculty member and a union official at the university, I worry the […]

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Temple Students, Let That HBCU Comparison Die

There’s been an ongoing claim among some Black students at Temple University that their campus life mirrors that at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). […]