It's Official: Joe Khan Will Primary Seth Williams for District Attorney

Chris Brennan breaks the news that Joe Khan, a former federal prosecutor who recently left the U.S. Attorney's office, will challenge Seth Williams in the Democratic primary for District Attorney in 2017. Continue reading

Don't Be Fooled By the Judicial Retirement Age Ballot Question

This November, when you go into the voting booth you'll likely see a ballot question asking if you support an amendment to the state Constitution requiring state judges retire at 75. It's going to sound like you're being asked to impose a retirement age for the first time, but don't be fooled! The current retirement age is 70, so if you vote "Yes," you'll actually be supporting a five-year increase in the retirement age.  Continue reading

Bob Brady and Tom Wolf Call on Rep. Leslie Acosta to Resign; She Won't

Rep. Leslie Acosta of the 197th District is rebuffing calls from two of her party's highest-ranking elected officials to resign, in the wake of an Inquirer report that she quietly plead guilty to a federal felony charge last winter.Congressman Bob Brady, head of the Democratic City Committee, and Governor Tom Wolf issued statements publicly calling on Acosta to resign this week, but this afternoon she said she plans to press on with her reelection campaign.  Continue reading

ZBA Draft! Let's Pick Philly's Next Zoning Chair

Earlier this week, Dave Davies broke the news that Jim Moylan, chair the powerful Zoning Board of Adjustment, had announced his resignation.This followed on the news, initially reported in the Inquirer, that Moylan--who is Johnny Doc's chiropractor--was being investigated by the FBI as part of their probe of Doc and IBEW Local 98.   Continue reading

Map: The KOZ Properties Proposed for Each City Council District

  WHYY's Tom MacDonald confirms that the Keystone Opportunity Zone bill we wrote about is indeed on a fast-track in City Council, and the need for speed is stemming from a state deadline. Continue reading

Expanded Keystone Opportunity Zone Bill on the Fast Track in City Council

A new bill designating over 500 parcels as Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZ) is moving quickly through City Council this week. Continue reading

Jannie Blackwell's Parking Mandate Bill Would Mean Higher Rents

3rd District Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell introduced a bill in City Council on Friday that would double mandatory minimum parking requirements for apartment buildings--a regressive policy change that would hike rents on low-income and middle-class renters across the city. Continue reading

Unscientific Survey: Joe Khan Leading the Pack for Philly District Attorney Primary

Ordinarily the results of a totally unscientific online poll wouldn't be that interesting, but the PoliticsPA Reader Survey on next year's Philadelphia District Attorney primary were fascinating for a few reasons. Continue reading

City Council is the Reason Philly Doesn't Have Taco Trucks on Every Corner

Last Thursday, Latinos for Trump co-founder Marco Gutierrez delighted the Internet when he warned darkly that if Donald Trump loses the election, there'll be a taco truck on every corner."My culture is a very dominant culture,” Gutierrez told MSNBC, "It is imposing and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”Those of us with human taste buds thought that sounded downright utopian, and by mid-morning Friday, social media was abuzz with memes cheering on the ubiquitous taco trucks that would proliferate under a hypothetical Clinton administration. Continue reading

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