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Other Cities Are Syncing Up Federal and Municipal Elections. Philly Should, Too.

Ask most political observers to name an upshot of the 2016 election, and you’ll likely get a version of this: The politically polarizing Trump Era […]

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Clintons Set Philly Stop, Hope People Care After Michelle Obama Tour

One might call it the Discount Democrats Tour. While face-value tickets for Michelle Obama’s Philadelphia stop in November top out at a whopping $2,000, you […]

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Anti-Trump Protests Have Become A Huge Joke

On Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of Philadelphians caused traffic, wore costumes, made lots of noise, and carried colorful signs across Center City. No, it wasn’t a […]

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“W. Wilson Goode, Sr. Way” Is Another Rizzo Statue in the Making

On Friday, locals will gather on the 2400 block of North 59th Street to celebrate its transformation into W. Wilson Goode Sr. Way, a City Council–approved […]

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Jeb Bush to Teach in Special Role at Penn This Year

Don’t be surprised if you see Jeb Bush walking around Philadelphia this year. The former Florida governor, son of President George H. W. Bush, brother of President George […]

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From 1992 to 2018: The Year of the Woman, Redux

The similarities are uncanny. In 1992, the year after Anita Hill’s testimony about Clarence Thomas ignited a national debate on sexual harassment, a record 24 […]

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Why Isn’t Philly Ready to Elect a Radically Progressive Black Candidate?

For the last two primary election cycles, I’ve felt conflicted over the victories of progressive candidates. In one sense, I’ve become more optimistic about the future of […]

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Malcolm Kenyatta Makes History With State House Primary Victory

This election night, LGBTQ community leader and former Democratic National Convention delegate Malcolm Kenyatta made history as the first openly gay candidate of color to […]

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Wednesday: Jamelle Bouie and Stephen Metcalf

Looking back, there were some omens Donald Trump would win the election. The angry crowds. The fake news all over social media. The general feeling that, after […]

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Can You Run Pennsylvania the Way You Run a Garbage Company?

Scott Wagner is winning. It’s a Friday in August, and the York County businessman-turned-state-senator just sent out 600 paychecks to his employees. Penn Waste, his […]

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Harmon Leon and Ted Rall Invade Trump’s America

Hard to believe, but this Saturday is January 20, the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump being sworn in as president of the United States of […]

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Krasner Announces Rest of DA’s Office Leadership Hires in Internal Email

In an internal email obtained by Philadelphia magazine, District Attorney Larry Krasner officially announced the rest of his office’s new leadership team following a staff meeting […]

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City Hires Evan Thornburg as Deputy Director of the Office of LGBT Affairs

On Monday, the Office of LGBT Affairs officially announced the hiring of Evan Thornburg as its first-ever deputy director. Thornburg, a Philadelphia native, will assist, […]

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Vince Fumo Would Like to Be Vince Fumo Again

The host wore his tux, and the bar was open, but anyone with eyes could see the empire eroding. State Senator Vince Fumo stood there, […]

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Out Community Advocate Alex Deering Announces Historic Candidacy for State Rep

At 34 years old, community advocate Alex Deering wants to transform North Philadelphia and make history along the way. In an announcement released exclusively to Philadelphia magazine, […]