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Insider: Like Wall Street Bankers, Philly Pols Get a Golden Parachute

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.)  How many Sherlock Holmes mysteries have we read where, at the end, our sophisticated […]


Does “Bullet Voting” Really Work?

If you want to shake up City Council, many political insiders will tell you to vote for one at-large candidate and one at-large candidate only. This […]

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Wilson Goode Jr. Keeps Fighting

Let’s give Wilson Goode Jr. some credit. He may have lost the election, but he’s still fighting the good fight. Here’s what happened: Last week […]


The Brief: Jim Kenney and the Rebirth of Big City Liberalism

1. Kenney’s victory is latest in series of liberal City Hall wins. The gist: The big east coast cities of New York, Boston and Philadelphia […]


Insider: 5 Election Day Lessons for Progressives

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.)  1. Bullet Balloting Works. Last week I argued that folks should vote only for […]


Philly Council OKs Massive 3-D Billboards in Center City

Philadelphia City Council passed legislation Thursday to allow large-size digital billboards in a part of Center City near the Reading Terminal Market and Convention Center. Critics […]


Does Michael Nutter’s Property Tax Stand a Chance?

It’s never easy for a mayor to sell a tax hike. So the fact that Mayor Michael Nutter is asking City Council to raise property taxes by 9 […]


How the Fight for Gay Rights Could Decide the City Council Race

Philadelphia is one of the most-gay friendly cities in the United States. It has strong LGBT advocacy groups, a strong LGBT tourism scene, and strong laws […]


Half of City Council Just Got Cybersquatted

Go to MarkSquilla.com, and you won’t find a word about the South Philadelphia Councilman bearing its name. JannieBlackwell.com, too, has nary a sentence about the longtime Councilwoman representing parts of West Philadelphia. […]


How to Improve City Council

Philadelphia’s City Council is about as popular as I was in high school. The legislative body’s approval rating stands at a sad 30 percent, according […]