Redistricting Round-Up: 8 Day Countdown

(Joe Scarnati | Image: State Impact Pennsylvania) In the wake of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision striking down PA's most-gerrymandered-in-the-nation Congressional maps, the redistricting news is flying fast and furious, so we've been rounding up a weekly digest of the top stories for those trying to drink from this firehose. Follow us below the fold for this week's news: Continue reading

End of an Era as Bob Brady Announces He Won't Run for Reelection

(Photo credit: Congressman Bob Brady) In a meeting with Democratic City Committee on Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Bob Brady confirmed the rumor that had been swirling in local political circles for months: he won't be running for reelection.  Continue reading

Philly Added More Jobs in the Last 10 Years than Amazon Has Projected for HQ2

(Amazon HQ1 | Photo: Jon Geeting) Philly has tended to lag many of our peer cities in job growth since the Great Recession, but this week we got some good news from real estate research firm JLL about the city's jobs picture that shows we've at least made some big improvements on our own past performance. Continue reading

Redistricting Round-up: 15 Day Countdown

(One possible non-partisan Congressional map, courtesy of Daily Kos Elections) In a major last-minute shake-up for Pennsylvania's 2018 elections, the state Supreme Court ruled this week that our current Congressional map is unconstitutional under the state constitution, and gave the legislature a short window to draw a new one. Here's what we know so far. Continue reading

Five things you need to know about the Amazon short-ish list

Yesterday, Amazon announced its 20 city HQ2 shortlist. There's a lot to read into the cities and "cities" that made the list. Here are the top-five things you need to know about who's still in the running, who isn't, and what it means for Philadelphia.    Continue reading

Is Our Politicians Learning? Affordable Housing Edition

One of the big problems with Philly's current approach to affordable housing policy is the scale issue. The ways that we're spending public money now don't come anywhere close to helping the number of residents who need housing assistance, and still wouldn't come close even if elected officials dedicated millions more to the existing programs. Continue reading

Redistricting Round-up: Justices Seem Open to Overturning Maps, 'Stack Map' Stack Moment

The PA Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in the League of Women Voters case we wrote about recently, and Liz Navratil reports that things are not looking great for Pennsylvania's current Congressional map, which is generally acknowledged to be one of the most extreme cases of partisan gerrymandering in the country.  Continue reading

Philly Voters Deserve Open and Competitive Elections for Congress and Democratic Party Chair in 2018

(We are all this boy, in Bob Brady's Democratic Party | Image: WHYY) Over the past year, there's been an amazing small-d democratic resurgence building in Philly politics. Our usually sleepy District Attorney and Controller election cycle saw huge voter turnout due to two exciting primaries, and grassroots groups are on the march to revive the local Democratic Party's creaky get-out-the-vote apparatus. But not everybody is getting in the democratic spirit. Continue reading

What Happens If the PA Supreme Court Strikes Down PA's Gerrymandered Maps This Month?

(IMAGE: The Washington Post) Pennsylvania's Congressional maps are arguably the most extreme recent example of partisan gerrymandering in the country, so it's not surprising that there are now three different lawsuits targeting them, one state and two federal. One of the federal lawsuits had a setback in federal court yesterday, but that's not the last word on the issue, as there seem to be decent odds that the state Supreme Court will throw out PA's maps in a few weeks. Continue reading

City Council Can't Be Trusted to Do Land Sales

(Thank Mark Squilla for this glowing used-car vending tower | Image: Carvana) Land deals are constantly getting City Councilmembers into trouble—sometimes of the criminal variety—and two recent news stories help underscore the need to cut Council out of the business of selling city-controlled land.  Continue reading