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If You Think Helen Gym Is “Philly’s AOC,” You’d Better Look Up “Progressive” Again

It didn’t take much for me to swear at my computer on Tuesday morning when I read the Philadelphia Inquirer feature story that frames City […]

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Philly Politics Is a Mess. Here’s Why That’s Encouraging.

Of all the takeaways from May’s primary election, perhaps the biggest trend to emerge … is that no trends emerged. Recent elections have had obvious […]

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If You Have a Brilliant Idea to Combat Gerrymandering, Please Go to This Meeting

When something controversial comes up in state politics, Gov. Tom Wolf seems to like convening a statewide listening tour on the subject. Lt. Gov John Fetterman just finished crisscrossing […]

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Thomas and Gilmore Richardson Win in Council Primary, Heralding Arrival of Next Generation

With strong performances in Tuesday’s City Council at-large primary, community advocate Isaiah Thomas, 34, and former chief of staff Katherine Gilmore Richardson, 35, are poised […]

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Tracey Gordon Defeats Longtime Incumbent Ron Donatucci for Register of Wills

After nearly 40 years, the office of the Register of Wills will have a new leader. On Tuesday night, community advocate Tracey Gordon made history […]

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Jamie Gauthier Defeats 27-Year Incumbent Jannie Blackwell in City Council Race

On Tuesday night, Jamie Gauthier, the former executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, won a highly contested Democratic primary for City Council’s District 3 […]

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For Philly City Council, Incumbency Doesn’t Mean What It Used To

Earlier this year, City Councilman Allan Domb proposed a bill to stamp a 12-year cap on his and his colleagues’ time in office. Term limits […]

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What I Learned at the Mayoral Debate From Philly’s “Super Voters”: Older Black Women

If you ask any political strategist to identify the most sought-after voting bloc within Democratic party at large right now, they will tell you older Black women […]

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At Candidates Forum, Jannie Blackwell Accused Challenger, BBWC Activists of “Dirty Activities”

As the May 21st primary election nears, tensions continue to escalate in the contested race for City Council’s District 3 seat between longtime incumbent Jannie […]

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Philly, We’re Officially Living in an Apartheid State

Since moving to Philadelphia nearly a decade ago, I’ve never understood why people have embraced the term “majority-minority” as a way of describing the city. […]

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Is This Rich Middle-Aged White Guy From Texas the Most Revolutionary Thinker in Philly?

Richard Vague said he wanted to do the focus groups himself. Yes, yes, he told his seasoned — and worried — political advisers; he knew […]

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Isaiah Thomas on Why He’s a “Stronger Candidate” in Third City Council Run

Community advocate Isaiah Thomas is running for a City Council at-large seat for the third time since 2011. We chat with the Northwest public servant about being this […]

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Meet the Philly Candidate Who Has Run for Four Different Seats

Longtime community advocate Tracey Gordon is a Democrat running in the contested primary for register of wills. We talk to the former candidate for City […]

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Undemocratic Democracy: The Trouble With Voter Recalls

When Northeast Philly state Rep. Jared Solomon announced a proposal last week to amend the state constitution to allow for voter-led recalls of elected officials, […]

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Philly White-Collar Union Declines to Endorse Its Own VP for City Council

Amid public accusations of racial and personal bias, AFSCME District Council 47, the union that represents primarily white-collar city employees and supervisors, declined on Thursday […]