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The No-Bullshit Guide to the 2017 Philadelphia Primary

Do you loathe that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is doubling down on the War on Drugs? Are you glad he’s finally restoring law and order to the […]

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Internal Poll Shows City Controller Race Is Closer Than You Might Think

A poll conducted on behalf of Rebecca Rhynhart shows incumbent City Controller Alan Butkovitz ahead by three points. 

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Rendell Endorses Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has endorsed Rebecca Rhynhart in the race for Philadelphia City Controller. Rhynhart, 42, stepped down from her role as Mayor Jim […]

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City Controller: Staffing Shortage Could Cause Schools to Lose Funding

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz issued a warning on Wednesday that some Philly schools could lose funding because of staffing shortages. First, some background: many schools […]

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Philly Controller: Nutter, Others Owe Fund $240K

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz announced the result of his audit of the city-established, nonprofit Mayor’s Fund on Wednesday – and if he’s right, it doesn’t […]


The Best Zingers From Former City Rep.’s Lawsuit Against Controller Alan Butkovitz

Former City Representative Desiree Peterkin Bell sued City Controller Alan Butkovitz yesterday, claiming he defamed her earlier this month by saying she used a city-established nonprofit “as […]

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Morning Headlines: Underground Transformer Fire Knocked Out Power in Center City

Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know: An underground transformer fire plunged parts of Rittenhouse into darkness. What city officials called an underground transformer explosion […]


Audit: Philly’s Brownout Policy Didn’t Save Money — It Cost the City Millions

The Philadelphia Fire Department’s now-defunct “brownout” policy failed to deliver on one big promise: that it would save the city money on overtime costs. That’s one […]

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Audit: Philly Firefighters Often Late to the Fire

Updated with comment from Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer. City Controller Alan Butkovitz’s farewell present to outgoing Mayor Michael Nutter? A reminder of the ugly early […]


Alan Butkovitz’s Damning Study of the Pope’s Visit Is Misleading

Business was godawful in Philadelphia during the papal visit, according to a new “economic impact study” by City Controller Alan Butkovitz. Butkovitz found that 85 percent of the hotels, restaurants […]


Yet Another Person Thinks L&I’s Commissioner Should Quit

After repeatedly bashing the Licenses & Inspection department over the past few months, Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz upped the ante Wednesday by calling for the head of the agency […]


Businesses Say Mayor Nutter Is Ignoring Their Papal Visit Pleas

Philadelphia businesses think Mayor Michael Nutter is doing a terrible job at communicating critical details about the upcoming papal visit, according to a survey of […]

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Philly Students Audited Their Own School Lunches

Scarfing down a fattening, stomach-churning lunch every day used to be seen as a normal part of going to public school in America, as much as riding the bus […]

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Alan Butkovitz: Philly Schools Owe Past Employees Millions of Dollars

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz released an audit Wednesday that makes the school district look a little frazzled. He says his team found that the district […]


Port Plan: 8,100 New Jobs are Possible

What should we do with Southport? The 239-acre parcel at the east end of the Philadelphia Navy Yard has been the topic of much debate over the […]