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Clarke Calls 3-Cent Soda Tax “Divisive,” Says It Won’t Pass

Some City Council members argue that a 15-cent tax on beverage containers is more fair than a three-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks because it would […]

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Clarke Wants $100 Million to Fund Housing Repairs

Council President Darrell Clarke will introduce legislation on Thursday to expand a variety of city programs aimed at housing repair and preservation. This would be paid for […]

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Where Does Darrell Clarke Stand on the Soda Tax? And Does it Matter?

Before City Council’s weekly meeting last Thursday, Council President Darrell Clarke apparently told Newsworks that he thought a three-cents-per-ounce tax on soda — which Mayor […]

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The No-Bullshit Guide: 2016 Election’s Biggest Winners and Losers

Oftentimes, elections feel like they’ve been decided by the powers that be before they’re even over. The 2016 primary was different: It was full of genuine nail-biters. At […]

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Clarke: Lack of Diversity in Some City Departments Is “Problematic”

Mayor Jim Kenney was elected last year with a very broad, diverse coalition. Once in office, he promised to make his staff just as diverse. At a budget hearing […]

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Why Mayor Kenney’s Endorsement of Steve Zappala Matters

This news had political insiders buzzing on Friday: Mayor Jim Kenney announced that he is backing Allegheny County District Attorney Steve Zappala in the Attorney General’s race. “Steve’s […]

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10 Things to Know About Kenney’s Ambitious, Expensive Budget Proposal

What a difference a couple months makes. When Mayor Jim Kenney delivered his Inauguration Day speech in January, he announced few new or detailed plans. When he gives his first […]

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Wait, Were Officials Trying to Limit Public Access to Kenney’s Budget Address?

Was there a plan afoot to make Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget address a VIP-only event? On Tuesday, an aide for City Council President Darrell Clarke […]

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Kenney: Soda Tax Could Raise $400 Million for Pre-K, Parks, Jobs

Mayor Jim Kenney says his proposed soda tax could bring in $400 million over five years — money that would be used to fund universal […]

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5 Takeaways From Kenney’s Chamber of Commerce Speech

In his first few weeks as mayor, Jim Kenney didn’t announce many new or surprising initiatives. On Inauguration Day, City Council Darrell Clarke unveiled more ambitious plans than Kenney did; just […]

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5 Things to Know about Darrell Clarke’s Massive Jobs Plan

On Inauguration Day, City Council President Darrell Clarke announced in a semi-mayoral speech that he would soon unveil an energy savings program that would create more than 10,000 […]

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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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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 […]