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Only 24% of Eligible Philadelphians Voted for Mayor — Which Is Not That Bad, Comparatively

A new report found that only 24 percent of eligible Philadelphians voted for mayor in the most recent election. This sounds depressing, until you compare […]

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Philadelphia Voter Turnout Was Bad, But It Could Have Been Worse

We all know voter turnout in Philadelphia has been bad — like historically bad. The 27 percent of voters who turned out in a competitive […]

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Jim Kenney: I’ll Keep Riding the Subway As Mayor

Jim Kenney, a South Philadelphia native who vowed to expand pre-K on the campaign trail, held his first press conference as mayor-elect in a public elementary school at […]

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The GOP City Council At-Large Race Is Too Close To Call

The most fascinating race in Philadelphia’s municipal election is too close to call. With almost 98 percent of voting precincts posting their results, Republican Councilman David Oh and GOP challenger Al […]

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A Bad Night for Dennis O’Brien at No-Holds Barred Debate

So that’s why incumbents and heavy favorites prefer debates with lots of rules and regulations. Tuesday evening, the Philadelphia Citizen and the Committee of 70 hosted an […]

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The Challengers: Terry Tracy Wants Repurposed Food Trucks To Bring City Hall Services To You

This week, Citified is featuring Q&As with leading at-large City Council candidates running for the two slots reserved for minority parties and independents. Terry Tracy might be […]

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Does “Bullet Voting” Really Work?

If you want to shake up City Council, many political insiders will tell you to vote for one at-large candidate and one at-large candidate only. This […]

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The Brief: Supreme Court Candidate Gave Homophobe-Baiting Defense

1. LGBT advocates say Adams County President Judge Michael George, who is running in the state Supreme Court race as a Republican, gave a “repulsive” defense in […]

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Is Ed Rendell Trolling Philly’s Democratic Machine?

Former Gov. Ed Rendell is up to something. He’s one of the most popular Democrats in the city, and yet he keeps throwing his weight behind candidates […]

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Independent Council Candidate Andrew Stober Endorsed by Nutter and Rendell

Independent at-large City Council candidate Andrew Stober’s unprecedented campaign got a big — if expected – boost today, in the form of endorsements from Mayor Michael […]

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The One Race to Watch in November’s Philly Election

Most of the municipal races this year are like the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons: fun to watch, but we all know how they’re […]

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5 Takeaways From Monday’s Mayoral Debate

It’s hard to tell most days, but Philadelphia’s mayoral election is just around the corner. On Monday night, Democrat Jim Kenney and Republican Melissa Murray Bailey duked […]

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Insider: Tired of Philly Politics As Usual? Quit Complaining and Run For Office

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.)  During the past few years, I’ve noticed a recurring theme in the months following municipal […]

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The GOP Mayoral Nominee Didn’t Vote in Three of the Last Six Elections

Sometimes, we’re not sure whether to laugh or cry at the state of Philadelphia politics. Only 29 percent of registered Democrats in Philly voted in the May […]

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Seth Williams’ Month Just Got Even Worse

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is having a heck of a bad month. Just over a week ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a federal grand jury is looking into […]