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Democrat Roni Green wins special election to Pa. House from West Philly

Democrat Roni Green, a business agent for SEIU Local 668, won Tuesday's special election for the 190th District of the state House, a seat vacant since former state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell resigned before pleading guilty to criminal charges.

Philly City Councilmember Helen Gym has endorsed Bernie Sanders

Gym is the first prominent elected Democrat in Philadelphia to back Sanders’ campaign as he emerges as the party’s early 2020 front-runner. Much of Pennsylvania’s Democratic establishment is backing Joe Biden.

Philly City Councilmember Helen Gym has endorsed Bernie Sanders

Gym is the first prominent elected Democrat in Philadelphia to back Sanders’ campaign as he emerges as the party’s early 2020 front-runner. Much of Pennsylvania’s Democratic establishment is backing Joe Biden.

Bloomberg’s network of influence stretches far and wide

Bloomberg's spending has created a sprawling network of powerful people and groups who have used his money to win elections, fund advocacy campaigns, pay for signature municipal and education programs and conduct important research, an Associated Press review has found.

Bloomberg’s network of influence stretches far and wide

Bloomberg's spending has created a sprawling network of powerful people and groups who have used his money to win elections, fund advocacy campaigns, pay for signature municipal and education programs and conduct important research, an Associated Press review has found.

West Philly is voting today in yet another special election after yet another Democrat was convicted

Voters in West Philadelphia’s 190th District of the state House will cast ballots Tuesday in the second special election for that seat in less than a year.

West Philly is voting today in yet another special election after yet another Democrat was convicted

Voters in West Philadelphia’s 190th District of the state House will cast ballots Tuesday in the second special election for that seat in less than a year.
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Blondell Reynolds Brown said she wouldn’t enroll in DROP. Now she’s trying to do just that.

DROP allows employees to pick a retirement date up to four years in the future, then immediately start accumulating pension payments in an interest-bearing account while still earning a salary.

A new grocery store replaced a closed ShopRite in West Philly. But concern about the soda tax continues.

Overbrook residents say they are happy to have a grocery store in their neighborhood again, but some still plan to leave the city to shop for sweetened beverages.

Philly's Democratic Party had $164,000 in debt on its books, until someone caught the error

There were concerns the party was in deep, deep debt. Here’s what actually happened.

Get ready to move your cars, Philly: Street sweeping will include parking restrictions this year

Residents in some Philadelphia neighborhoods will have to start moving their cars for street sweeping this summer.

Philly sold thousands of properties for $1 each. Buyers flipped them for $54 million.

Of the 2,314 properties the city has sold for $1 since 2000, according to an Inquirer analysis, about 800 have been since resold for $54 million.

Philly’s soda tax was supposed to help rebuild 200 parks and rec centers. Four years later, little work has been done.

Mayor Jim Kenney promised $500 million to fix up Philadelphia parks, recreation centers, and libraries. But the project’s budget and scope have shrunk, and City Councilmembers are frustrated by its slow pace.

Rick Santorum helped a campaign donor win a full Trump pardon

Rick Santorum helped secure a pardon for a member of his national finance committee from his 2016 presidential campaign. Paul Pogue and his family contributed $11,000 to Santorum’s campaign.

Lindy Li says ‘Bernie Bro’ bullying contributed to her resignation from Pa. Young Democrats

Li, a former congressional candidate now running to be a delegate for Joe Biden’s presidential bid, has emerged as a virulent social media critic of Sanders and socialism. She says that cost her the position as treasurer for the Pennsylvania Young Democrats.

Vote now for Philly’s new ‘I Voted’ sticker design

Voting is now open to help Philadelphia elections officials select the new “I Voted” stickers.

Michael Bloomberg apologized for ‘stop and frisk.’ Don’t expect his surrogate Michael Nutter to do the same.

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, now Bloomberg’s campaign chairperson, helped craft the speech in which Bloomberg apologized for stop-and-frisk. But you won’t hear that kind of apology from Nutter about the use of the tactic in Philly during his eight years as mayor.

The U.S. Attorney in Philly compared Jim Kenney and Larry Krasner to slaveholders

U.S. Attorney William McSwain evoked the memory of President Abraham Lincoln to compare Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and District Attorney Larry Krasner to slaveholders who sparked the Civil War and southern segregationists who opposed civil rights.

‘We’re supposed to be Democrats’: Black Philly voters on why they support Trump

For Trump, achieving even a marginal increase in black support in 2020 has become a mission. But it won’t be easy.

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