It turns out that Pennsylvania has some of the most lax campaign finance laws in the country. And some of the state’s lawmakers are taking advantage of that to hide the specifics of what they might be spending campaign funds on.
Also, an exhibition coming to Philly will bring a star-studded lineup of black artists to the Barnes Foundation.
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Politicians in Pennsylvania operate under some of the country’s weakest campaign finance laws. It’s the only state without contribution limits and without an explicit ban on spending campaign cash for personal use, according to a nationwide survey. And there’s little enforcement of the rules that do exist.
Campaigns are supposed to keep vouchers of their spending for the previous three years. But there’s no requirement that they have to be itemized, and there’s no penalty if the candidates don’t keep them on file as required. A year-long investigation by the Caucus and Spotlight PA found that lawmakers across the state are shielding sometimes-lavish campaign spending by not reporting the details to the public.
A 2-year-old girl, Nikolette Rivera, was killed when bullets flew into her Kensington home. And in Hunting Park, an 11-month-old boy was shot four times when someone fired at the car he was in.
City officials held a somber news conference Monday, expressing sorrow regarding the incidents and asking the public to help police bring the offenders to justice. “You feel like you’re making progress in the city, and then this weekend happens,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “You feel like you’re just losing ground.”
Opening Sunday at the Barnes, “30 Americans” is a traveling exhibition of artists drawn from the vast Rubell Family Collection in Miami. It first hit the road in 2008. “Only a decade ago, in a land far, far away,” culture reporter Stephan Salisbury writes.
But “30 Americans” comes at a time when the power of its artists — all of whom are African American — is as apparent as ever. They are some of contemporary art’s strongest voices. And they’re making the historically white world of galleries and museums pay serious attention.
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“It amazes me time and again that, despite this post-#MeToo moment, when gender equality is increasingly championed, Halloween remains a holiday when commercial costume makers emphasize traditional gender roles for children and the sexualization of women.” — Stuart Charmé, a religion professor and director of the graduate program in liberal studies at Rutgers-Camden, about how a “Sexy Mr. Rogers” costume reflects Halloween’s worst tendencies.