Politics

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City Life

Ed Rendell Still Has a Few Things to Say

I begin to get, more than anything, worried. I’ve been waiting outside Ed Rendell’s small stone Tudor in East Falls for him to answer the […]

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City Life

How Mike Bloomberg Ate Joe Biden’s Lunch in Philadelphia

This article started out as a fairly pro forma Gee Whiz Joe Biden Chose Philly For His National Campaign Headquarters What Do All The Local […]

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City Life

Want to Reduce Political Corruption in Philly? End Councilmanic Prerogative Now.

The rule of law is to presume those who are criminally indicted innocent until proven guilty. Such a presumption should absolutely be extended to City […]

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City Life

10 Bold Predictions for Philly Politics in 2020

This post has been updated to correct the list of charges on which union leader John Dougherty and City Councilmember Bobby Henon were indicted in […]

City Life

Exit Interview: City Council Veteran Blondell Reynolds Brown

The start of the new year was the end of an era for Blondell Reynolds Brown, who has stepped down from her City Council at-large […]

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City Life

Philadelphia is the Worst City for Politics

This piece is one part of our How Philly Stacks Up article. Read more ways Philly has been ranked as the best, the worst, and […]

City Life

Facing Charges, State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell Says She Will Resign

This story has been updated. After making history earlier this year as the first Muslim woman elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Movita Johnson-Harrell […]

City Life

What the Working Families Party’s Historic Win Means for Philly Politics

Tuesday’s election taught us one major thing: The major-party machine has been warned. For the first time in decades, there will be only one Republican […]

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City Life

Rhynhart vs. Kenney: Inside the Most Contentious Relationship in City Hall

Let’s start at the top: If age generally moves politicians to the right, Mayor Jim Kenney seems utterly determined to stand that notion on its […]

City Life

Working Families Party Candidates For City Council Deserve To Lose On Principle

We’re roughly one month away from the general election, and I can’t wait for it to be over. Not because I don’t value the democratic […]

City Life

When It Comes to City Contracts in Philly, White Privilege Wins

A report released on Wednesday by the City Controller’s office reveals that the Kenney administration has a double standard when it comes to penalizing government […]

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Of Course Penn Is Complicit in Amy Wax’s Racism. Of Course Penn Should Fire Her.

In 2017, University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax co-wrote a controversial op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer suggesting that America’s social and political problems are […]

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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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City Life

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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City Life

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 […]