Controller Alan Butkovitz Endorses His Primary Challenger Rebecca Rhynhart For Congress

At the end of Claudia Vargas's piece on Ed Rendell's endorsement of Rebecca Rhynhart for Controller, incumbent Controller Alan Butkovitz previewed a devastating new line of attack on his primary challenger: she's too good for this! Continue reading

Jim Kenney: Release the Block Captain List!

(Philadelphia Less Beautiful Than It Could Be Without Discoverable Block Captains | Photo: AxisPhilly) Imagine if Philly held thousands of elections for hyper-local seats like committeepeople or board of elections, but then refused to let anybody know who won. Continue reading

Bob Brady Hates Ed Rendell's Ward Reform Ideas, But They're the Shot in the Arm Local Politics Needs

(Congressman Bob Brady | Photo: Philadelphia Inquirer) This week former Governor Ed Rendell gave Democratic City Committee chairman Bob Brady some unsolicited advice about cleaning up the city's party organization via an article at City & State--advice that didn't go over so well.  Continue reading

Larry Krasner Wins Our Ranked Choice Poll of the District Attorney Primary

The results of our 'ranked choice' poll of Philly's Democratic primary for District Attorney are in, and Larry Krasner won decisively, garnering 53% of the first-choice votes in a 7-way contest. Continue reading

Council Report Card: Week of April 11

In which Derek Green proposes giving the Human Relations Commission the ability to shut down repeat civil rights offenders; Mark Squilla and David Oh propose capping their electric vehicle charging station moratorium at 2 years; and Councilmembers Cherelle Parker, Maria Quinones-Sanchez, and Blondell Reynolds-Brown introduce a bill requiring developers to provide more project information (or ammunition, depending how you look at it) to Registered Community Organizations when they seek zoning variances. Continue reading

Worlds Collide as Greens and GOP team up on a federal lawsuit over 197th District shenanigans

(The 197th House District) As everyone knows by now, the special election to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of felon Leslie Acosta (who filled the seat left vacant by the resignation of felon JP Miranda) was less than kosher.  Continue reading

How Badly is OPA Going to F*ck Up Commercial Property Assessments?

(Philadelphia Central Business District | Photo: Jon Geeting) If you liked last year's big land reassessment drama, get ready because the sequel--commercial property reassessment--is going to be even more action-packed.  Continue reading

To Keep Philly Affordable, Legalize More Small Apartment Buildings

(The Claridge | Photo: Al Shapiro) In Philadelphia, discussions about affordable housing tend to assume a binary world with "affordable housing" on one side, and "market rate" housing on the other. "Affordable housing," as the term is commonly used, assumes some form of public subsidy is going to be required, while "market rate" housing is assumed to be too expensive for the average person to afford, just by definition. Continue reading

Council Report Card: Week of April 3

In which Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Bill Greenlee (for Darrell Clarke) introduce some changes to American Street, including new bike lanes; Bill Greenlee (on behalf of Darrell Clarke) proposes allowing a digital accessory sign on 1900 Market along with some planters; Bobby Henon (for Clarke) proposes allowing the City to make Capital Expenditures on buildings it doesn't own; Brian O'Neill makes a populist point about the City's poor track record of shoveling the sidewalks around public properties after snowstorms; and David Oh and Mark Squilla propose still more regulations for installing electric vehicle charging stations, including Art Commission approval. Continue reading

What Happens After Election Reform Advocates Win the City Commissioners Lawsuit?

(Anthony Clark, Lisa Deeley, and Al Schmidt. Photo credit: Emma Lee / WHYY) As you've probably read by now, Philadelphia 3.0, along with the Committee of Seventy and the Public Interest Law Center, filed a suit in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This suit asks the court to compel the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas to appoint temporary election overseers to run Philadelphia's May 2017 primaries in the place of the City Commissioners. Continue reading