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Kenney, Clarke Denounce Proposal to Replace Philly’s Soda Tax

With lawmakers in Harrisburg busy discussing options to eliminate Philadelphia’s tax on soda and other sugary beverages, Mayor Kenney and City Council President Darrell Clarke […]

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NJ Lawmakers Want Even Tougher Gun Laws

Just days after hundreds of thousands of students and supporters marched in protest of gun violence nationwide, the Democrat-led General Assembly of New Jersey passed […]

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Martina White Wins Reelection to the Pennsylvania House

Republican state Rep. Martina White won reelection in Northwest Philadelphia with 54 percent of the vote in the Northeast’s 170th District.

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The No-Bullshit Guide to the 2016 Philadelphia Presidential Election

Only two days left. The most unbelievable election of our lifetimes is, mercifully, coming to an end. The vast majority of you know whether you’re […]

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As Legislative Session Nears End, Three Bills With Philly Relevance Advance

Pennsylvania legislators advanced three controversial bills yesterday involving gun rights, sanctuary cities and police transparency.

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The No-Bullshit Guide to the 2016 Pennsylvania Budget Battle

It’s budget season once again in Harrisburg. Or more accurately, it’s still budget season. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican leaders in the state House and Senate […]

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Pa. Lawmakers Should Get Serious About Texting While Driving

Let us now mourn the turn signal. I couldn’t assign an exact date to its demise, but there’s no question it’s dead. Drive on I-95 […]

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Why Pa. Won’t Pass Stricter Gun Laws After the Orlando Massacre

We already know Congress probably won’t enact stricter gun laws in the wake of the worst mass shooting in United States history. It didn’t after Adam Lanza murdered 20 elementary schoolers in […]

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ACLU, Tea Party Join Forces to Challenge Forfeiture Law

It’s not every day that the American Civil Liberties Union and the Tea Party are on the same side. But the ACLU, FreedomWorks, Americans for Tax Reform, the Center […]

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PSA: Surprise! Today is Election Day!

It’s OK if you didn’t know it was Election Day until now. But it’s an important race: Voters from three sections of the city will choose new […]

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Why Philly’s Special Election Matters

In a special election on August 11th, a small sliver of voters will choose Philadelphia’s three newest representatives in the state House. The winners are virtually predetermined, […]

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Is Stripper Registry Bill a Trojan Horse Meant to Shut Down Nudie Bars?

I don’t like strip clubs. The first time I went to a nudie bar, I felt like I was watching pornography with a room full […]

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Lawmaker Who Wants a Stripper Registry Tells His Story

State Rep. Matt Baker, a Republican who represents the county home to the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania,” wants to do something that is awfully Big Government. […]

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The Brief: Philly’s Hotel Occupancy Rates Explode to a Modern High

1. Philadelphia’s hotels were more booked last month than during any other June since 1993. The gist: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Center City’s hotel occupancy rates “reached 89.4 percent in […]

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The Brief: Mayor Nutter Rapped With The Roots in an Epic Performance

1. Mayor Michael Nutter performed “Rapper’s Delight” with The Roots at the Philly 4th of July Jam this weekend. The gist: You remember when Mayor Nutter did it at […]