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Banning “Shiesty” Ski Masks on SEPTA Won’t Reduce Crime

Things have gotten so desperate around here that people and organizations have reached the “Do something, do anything” phase of the Philly gun-violence crisis. The […]

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The Narrative About Philly’s Progressive Setback Is Wrong. Isaiah Thomas Is Proof.

When it comes to the state of the progressive movement in Philly, two things can be true at the same time: Voters didn’t want a […]

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Progressive Backlash, and the Establishment Strikes Back: Four Major Takeaways From Tuesday’s Mayoral Primary

On Tuesday, movements collided, diversity thrived, and a new political queen-maker officially arrived. The results of the 2023 primary in Philadelphia were pretty damn historical, […]

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FBI Questioned Us About Philly Sheriff Rochelle Bilal, Staffers Say

With just days to go before a Democratic primary in which first-term Philadelphia Sheriff Rochelle Bilal faces two challengers, three longtime staff members of the […]

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On 76ers Arena, We Shouldn’t Rush “the Process”

Full disclosure: I’m not a fan of the proposed 76ers arena in Center City. There’s a deeply reported history of such venues negatively impacting diverse […]

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Here Are the Burning Questions Each Viable Philly Mayoral Candidate Needs to Answer

It’s officially less than a month before the May 16th Democratic primary, and things are finally heating up. From candidates exposing their opponents taking private […]

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Why Are 42 Percent of Black Voters Still Undecided on Philly’s Next Mayor?

With just a month to go until the city’s Democratic primary, there’s still a sense of uncertainty surrounding who will become Philly’s next mayor. In previous […]

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The Problem With Jeff Brown’s Racial Code-Switching

The most disappointing aspect of high-profile election cycles is that they reveal troublesome qualities of people you didn’t previously take major issue with. I’ve never […]

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Ya Fav Trashman Opens Up About the Spectacular Collapse of His Campaign

This past September, it seemed like former sanitation worker Terrill Haigler, best known as Ya Fav Trashman, had everything, everywhere, all at once. The 33-year-old Germantown […]

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The Ultimate Voter’s Guide to the 2023 Philadelphia Mayoral Race

Well, fellow citizens, it’s election season in the birthplace of democracy, and here’s where we stand: Crime is up, spirits are down (way down), and […]

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It’s Time for the Gloves to Finally Come Off in Philly’s Mayoral Race

Last week, petition day for the upcoming municipal primaries came and went — and nobody blinked. Everyone who’s anyone is still in the running for […]

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Candidates, Don’t Be Afraid to Criticize Philly’s Sheriff Just Because She’s a Black Woman

Picture this: You’re a Philly mayoral candidate, and one of the city’s top law enforcement officials has spent over $6,600 in taxpayer money for a […]

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Here’s How Much Money the Philly Mayoral Candidates Have Raised and What It Means

Finally, fund-raising front-runners are starting to emerge in Philly’s crowded mayoral race. What we’re seeing is that seven (of the 10-plus) mayoral candidates most certainly […]

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Helen Gym’s Hypocritical Return to the Union League Isn’t Her First Misstep

If there’s one thing this crowded mayoral primary is revealing to us, it’s that some candidates are learning the difference between running for City Council […]

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Jeff Brown’s Latest Ad Isn’t What We Should Hope for From a Mayoral Candidate

“People of color, especially Black people, have been my life’s work.” That was the response ShopRite proprietor turned mayoral candidate Jeff Brown gave during a […]