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

BREAKING: Election Reform Advocates File Suit to Ensure Accountability in May Primary

(Philadelphia City Commissioners | Photo: Emma Lee / WHYY) Philadelphia 3.0, along with the Committee of Seventy and three independent petitioners, filed a lawsuit in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday to ensure that the May 2017 primary election complies with Pennsylvania election law. We’re working with the Public Interest Law Center on this matter. Read the story in today's Inquirer. Continue reading

Take the Poll: Rank Your Choices in Philly's District Attorney Race

Vote in our Ranked Choice poll of the Democratic primary for District Attorney! Fill in your information in the form below, and you'll soon receive an email with an individualized link to the poll. We are using a ranked choice polling app called OpaVote, and the email will be sent via their website to prevent anyone from voting multiple times.The poll runs until Tuesday, April 11th, and we'll announce the results that day.https://goo.gl/forms/3KWsZJV3AVstNMLB2

Untangle Local Politics and Elections at Code for Philly's Civic Engagement Launchpad

  (Registered Community Organization map | Philadelphia City Planning Commission) With so many hundreds of minor seats in play, Philly's off-year local elections can be hard to follow from a citywide viewpoint. In fact, it's fairly cumbersome even to figure out which seats might be open in your neighborhood.  Continue reading