Philadelphia's 2022 Turnout Was Lower Than the Suburbs'

(Chart: Lara Putnam) Pennsylvania Democratic voters turned out in surprising numbers for a midterm election last week, as we recapped in our last article, but the situation in Philadelphia was a lot more mixed. Jonathan Tannen at the Sixty-Six Wards blog published a preliminary review of the turnout situation in Philadelphia, noting that while Pennsylvania as a whole turned out at a higher rate than in 2018, Philadelphia’s turnout fell short of matching 2018, though it was higher than in 2014. Continue reading

Who Will Control the PA General Assembly?

(Image: Senator-elect John Fetterman, Credit: Gisele Barreto Fetterman) The 2022 general election in Pennsylvania was full of surprises, most significantly the better-than-expected showing by Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, who bested Republican nominee Mehmet Oz, and the possible change in partisan control of the PA General Assembly. Continue reading

How City Council's Popular Density Bonus is Boosting the Basic Systems Repair Program

(4040-50 Walnut St) The newly-released annual report from PHDC, the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, offers an updated look at where Philadelphia is spending its Basic Systems Repair Program (BSRP) funds, and who the beneficiaries of that spending are. Continue reading

Is Lisa Deeley Going to Get Primaried Over Committee Person Write-Ins?

(Source: A few paragraphs into this week’s Inquirer piece on City Commissioner Lisa Deeley covering for Council President Clarke on the mail-ballot delays related to his last-minute At-Large City Council special election decision, there’s a little bit of 2023 election drama that shouldn’t be missed.  Continue reading

Philly Voters Should Be Allowed to See City Council's Voting Record

With most of next year’s 2023 Philadelphia Mayoral field made up of legislators from City Council, a reasonable thing that voters might be curious about is how all those members voted on the various bills that have come up during their terms in office. Continue reading

SEPTA Key Advantage is Off to a Strong Start and Expanding to More Organizations

As SEPTA’s institutional pass pilot with three local employers—Drexel, Penn Medicine, and Wawa—nears the end-date of its 6-month trial period, the early results are looking like a rousing success. Continue reading

Philly's Democratic Ward Leaders Nominate Sharon Vaughn and Jimmy Harrity for At-Large Council Special Elections

(Photo: Jon Geeting) Last week we told you about Philly Democratic City Committee’s pending selection of the special election nominees for At-Large Council seats, after Council President Darrell Clarke did an about-face on the question of whether to hold the At-Large election. Continue reading

How City Council's Zoning 'Overlay Mania' Could Put Statewide Democrats at Risk

With four members of City Council now having resigned to run for Mayor, there have been several fascinating new developments this past week that could be consequential for the politics of the 2023 election, the legislative math for passing bills in the lame duck City Council, and even the 2022 statewide elections. Continue reading

Pew's Property Tax Report and the Politics of Tax Reform

(Image: Pew) The City’s Office of Property Assessment has started mailing out official property assessments to property owners last week, after releasing initial estimates of the changes on Atlas a few months ago.  Continue reading

Dispatches from the City Hall Rumor Mill | Part Two: The Emerging Field for Mayor

(Photo credit: Jon Geeting) Next May, voters will head to the polls to elect a new Mayor, with all of seventeen City Council seats also up for grabs. So for the next few weeks, in partnership with Lauren Vidas of the Broad and Market newsletter, we’ll be previewing those likely candidates for the 2023 Municipal Election. Continue reading