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Sharif Street ponders running for the U.S. Senate — and lessons learned from talking about manure

The state senator from Philly can speak authoritatively about the quality and importance of manure in rural Pennsylvania, where agriculture has long been one of the state’s leading economic drivers.

Philly Republican Al Schmidt won’t run for reelection — but he’s not ‘capitulating to the psychological terrorists’

Schmidt said relentless false claims about election fraud from Trump and his supporters did not motivate his decision.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is eyeing a run for Senate in 2022

Pennsylvania’s open-seat Senate race is already considered one of the most competitive in the country and will help determine which party controls the chamber after the midterm elections.

Larry Krasner is ready for his close-up, just in time for reelection

Just in time for the Democratic primary, a documentary series will premiere about District Attorney Larry Krasner's 2017 campaign and first term next month in the Sundance Film Festival.

Daphne Goggins, a Philly activist who urged Black voters to join the GOP, dies from COVID-19

Goggins, a 2019 mayoral candidate, was known for her gregarious and occasionally bombastic approach to politics, sometimes espousing controversial theories and sounding support for Donald Trump.

History shows canceling the New Year’s Day parade will not stop the Mummers from marching

Parade leaders are discouraging people from attending the unofficial Mummers "protest" being held on South Second Street.

Philadelphia can refuse to issue parade permits during a pandemic, a federal judge has ruled

A federal judge has denied a request from a Philadelphia veterans group to force the city to allow parades during the coronavirus pandemic.

Joe Biden has an administration to build. Will any local politicians join his White House team?

Presidential transitions are always rife with speculation about people and postings. Clout takes a look at who might, and might not, go to work for President-elect Joe Biden.

Philly was supposed to turn out huge for Biden. It didn’t. What happened?

It could be a warning sign for a party that relies on huge Philadelphia turnout in a state often decided by tiny margins — and where key races for governor and Senate loom in 2022.

Retired Philly cops looking to unseat Larry Krasner lose first battle with billionaire George Soros

Protect Our Police PAC said more than half of the 69 candidates it supported this year in 17 states won office. But its first face-off with a candidate backed by George Soros resulted in a loss.