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If You’re Not Voting in This Election, Yes, I’m Judging You

With less than a month before the general election, I have to admit that I’m getting pretty damn nervous. Each week, there’s a new diabolical […]

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Do Democrats Want to Be Right, Or Do They Want to Win?

This week, we’ll hit the less-than-30-days mark before Election Day 2020 — and it’s starting to feel like 2016 all over again. On October 7th, […]

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U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain Is Proof That, One Way or Another, Trumpism Will Live on Past the Election

On February 12th of this year, at the Union League’s annual Lincoln Day celebration in Philadelphia, Bill McSwain, the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania, gave […]

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Philly Is Seriously Lagging in Its Census Response — Which Could Be a Very Costly Problem

Remember the census? You could be forgiven for not keeping it top of mind. But the once-in-a-decade national population survey casts a very long shadow […]

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I Fear the Parkway Encampment Crisis Could End Up Like the MOVE Bombing

In some ways, 2020 is starting to feel like 1985. Right now, a group of vulnerable and displaced people is actively defying the city’s demand […]

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To Combat Philadelphia Gun Violence, We Must Dismantle the Office of Violence Prevention

At this point, to describe our city as a broken record in how it responds to gun violence would be an understatement. Here’s how it […]

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With Indoor Dining Faux Pas, It’s Official: Jim Kenney Can’t Read the Room

After a summer of strict (and necessary) COVID-19 regulations surrounding our city’s restaurant scene, Mayor Jim Kenney had to go screw it all up. When […]

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These Are the Worst Four Words You Can Tell Philly Voters Right Now

Last week, the Democrats made their case for why Americans should vote blue in the November 3rd presidential election. Republicans are now making the case […]

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White Democrats, It’s Time for You to Get Your People to Vote

As the Democratic National Convention finally takes off, Black voters are infighting more than ever. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s pick of California Senator Kamala […]

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Democratic Control of Harrisburg Would Have Huge Implications for Philly. Can It Really Happen?

The last time Democrats in Pennsylvania controlled both houses of the state legislature and the governorship, it was 1993. Bob Casey Sr. was governor. Ed […]

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I’m Tired of Black Leaders Being Brought in to Clean Up White People’s Messes

We all know how the story goes: White person gets job that a Black person would have been better suited for. White person screws up […]

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Political Scientist Daniel Q. Gillion on What Makes Protest Movements Effective

How does a protest movement translate demands into political action? This is a relevant question for the millions of Americans who have spent the past […]

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West Philly’s Rick Krajewski on Running for Office, Defunding the PPD and the National Leftist Uprising

West Philly’s Rick Krajewski has never been much for the status quo. Raised by a working-class single mother in the South Bronx, he’s used his […]

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What Do Mayor Kenney’s Past Supporters Think of Him Now?

One of the immediate consequences of the recent Black Lives Matter protests has been the mainstreaming of a once-obscure idea to defund the police. The […]

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Mayor Jim Kenney Should Resign After the City’s Gross Violation of Civil Rights

On a sunny Monday afternoon, a group of diverse, peaceful protesters is marching together, demanding justice for Black lives. They engage in collective chants, hold […]