Same-sex Philly couple wants state to recognize their marriage

Same-sex Philly couple wants state to recognize their marriage

There’s another case stemming from Philadelphia that could change marriage equality laws as we know them. Filed by Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker and coordinated by Equality Forum, the case essentially argues that Pennsylvania should recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages—and once it does, the 32 states without marriage equality would likely have...

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Medical marijuana bill introduced with bipartisan support

Medical marijuana bill introduced with bipartisan support

However improbable it is that it’ll pass, Pennsylvania took another step this week toward medical marijuana. State Senators Daylin Leach’s (D-MontCo) and Mike Folmer’s (R-Lebanon) Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill, which we first wrote about in November, would legalize cannabidol, a non-psychoactive...

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One Gov candidate vows fracking moratorium at sustainability debate

One Gov candidate vows fracking moratorium at sustainability debate

All eight Democratic gubernatorial candidates showed up at the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Sustainability Forum on Monday evening with the same apparent goal in mind: To prove s/he’s the “greenest” of them all. Debated issues at the debate sponsored by five environmental nonprofits ranged from fracking to state park funding. And while every candidate...

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Why did an ex-con file an ethics complaint with Temple?

Why did an ex-con file an ethics complaint with Temple?

When Alex Friedmann, the editor of Prison Legal News, read Temple University’s Center for Competitive Government’s press release last spring touting a new study regarding the benefits of private prisons, he was a bit surprised. The study found that private, contracted prisons have a “long-run savings of 12 percent to 58 percent when comparing private...

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Should Philadelphia Brewing Company really accept Bitcoins as payment?

Should Philadelphia Brewing Company really accept Bitcoins as payment?

Philadelphia Brewing Company announced earlier this week that they’d begin accepting Bitcoins, an online payment network and currency, as payment for their delicious, delicious beer. “Philadelphia Brewing Company will be the first brewery in the United States to accept the crypto-currency Bitcoin as payment for both retail and wholesale purchases effective...

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Gov. Corbett endorses weed? No, but here’s how he could

Gov. Corbett endorses weed? No, but here’s how he could

Have you heard? Tom Corbett (kind of, almost, vaguely, but not really) endorsed weed! Yep. The guy who once called marijuana the “most addictive gateway drug” apparently now believed—according to his spokesman—that if the Food and Drug Administration said there were appropriate uses for medical pot, he’d be open to take that “into consideration.” “If...

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WATCH: Hip Hop Fundamentals’ TED Talk

WATCH: Hip Hop Fundamentals’ TED Talk

Local dance/hip hop education troupe Hip Hop Fundamentals had quite a 2013, and their new year is off to an epic start, too. After gracing the cover of Philadelphia Weekly in June, the group went on to give a TED Talk in Bermuda, about their philosophy of teaching academic content and youth empowerment through breakdancing and other hip hop forms. Check out that...

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Former City Commissioner Joe Duda dies

Former City Commissioner Joe Duda dies

Image: Philly.com Former City Commissioner Joe Duda died yesterday. He served the office from 1996-2012 and was a Republican party leader during that time, as well. According to a source, he had apparently been battling cancer. “We regret to inform you of the passing of former City Commissioner, longtime Executive Director and leader of the 66th Ward Joe Duda,”...

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PA government panel links Medicaid expansion to gun violence prevention

PA government panel links Medicaid expansion to gun violence prevention

An advisory committee created thorough a 2013 state Senate resolution has found that Pennsylvania is inadequate at dealing with gun violence and should look at changes to both existing gun laws and mental health laws. The committee, created via a resolution sponsored by State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Bucks), actually has 44 recommendations for government, law...

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Philly GOP get to work on 2014 races. Step 1: Find candidates

Philly GOP get to work on 2014 races. Step 1: Find candidates

Amongst all the talk about the governor’s race this year, you should probably know that every Pennsylvania House seat and lots of Senate seats will be decided in November, too. With that in mind, the Philly Republican Party has begun their search for candidates. By mass email. In an BCC message sent out by Republican City Committee executive director Joseph...

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