5 Pennsylvania Politics stories to watch in 2014

5 Pennsylvania Politics stories to watch in 2014

You’ve probably read several “Best of 2013” lists over the last few days. I hear Philadelphia Weekly even put out one of its own! But personally, I’m totally done with 2013. So, I’ve put together a list of Pennsylvania politics stories that I think we’re all going to be hearing a lot about over the next year—in part, because of how they developed...

Continue Reading
The trick marijuana activists used to avoid arrests this weekend

The trick marijuana activists used to avoid arrests this weekend

This weekend marked the 12th Smokedown Prohibition protest at Independence Mall, and the last of 2013. A gathering meant to bring attention to marijuana laws in Pennsylvania and the nation, the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and activist troupe Panic Hour-hosted events have been going on monthly, for an entire...

Continue Reading
Catholic group calls overturned Lynn conviction “win for justice”—but is it?

Catholic group calls overturned Lynn conviction “win for justice”—but is it?

After serving 18 months in prison stemming from 2012 child endangerment charges, Philadelphia Msgr. William Lynn’s conviction was overturned last week. The conviction stemmed from his covering up other priests’ sexual abuse and supervising priest Edward Avery as Avery was sexually abusing an altar boy in the 90s. But the Pennsylvania Superior Court panel...

Continue Reading
Cheri Honkala’s computer reportedly confiscated by Customs

Cheri Honkala’s computer reportedly confiscated by Customs

According to the Green Party of Pennsylvania, Philly activist and former vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala had her laptop confiscated by customs agents and doesn’t expect to see it again. “I attended my son’s wedding and went through customs and my computer was ripped off in customs, I don’t have time to cry about it,” the Kensington...

Continue Reading
Is Corbett serious about fighting for LGBT discrimination bill? (Probably not.)

Is Corbett serious about fighting for LGBT discrimination bill? (Probably not.)

Something weird happened last week. Seemingly out of nowhere, Gov. Tom Corbett told the Inquirer he was “coming out in support” of state legislation which would end discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity. That legislation—House Bill 300 and Senate Bill 300—was introduced to large fanfare back in May 2013, with both Democratic and Republican...

Continue Reading
Terrell Owens’ Carl’s Jr./Philly fans commercial is accurate

Terrell Owens’ Carl’s Jr./Philly fans commercial is accurate

There’s a new ad starring former Eagle Terrell Owens, in which the one-time NFL wide receiver flacks for Carl’s Jr.’s new “Philly Cheesesteak Burger”: a cheeseburger with two cheeses and topped with steak meat. Yum. Owens, known as “T.O.” during his career with six professional teams, tells the viewer that during the two seasons in Philly,...

Continue Reading
If local sick leave denial passes, PA Republicans are no longer ‘small government’ party

If local sick leave denial passes, PA Republicans are no longer ‘small government’ party

Republicans in the state House could make moves this week to set a precedent that would echo throughout all municipalities in Pennsylvania, especially amongst their working classes, many of whom lack health care and sick days. Because via the Leave Policy Act, introduced by State Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) and already passed through committee on partisan lines,...

Continue Reading
Meet potential Green Party gov candidate Paul Glover

Meet potential Green Party gov candidate Paul Glover

Image: Facebook Pennsylvania’s next governor could ban fracking all together. That governor could enact a more progressive income tax and shift funds from prisons to education; expand solar tax credits and attempt to enact local, community currencies. That governor could be a person who once walked from the United States’ east coast to its west coast...

Continue Reading
Bill would create ‘Buffer zone’ so women can access abortion services around protesters

Bill would create ‘Buffer zone’ so women can access abortion services around protesters

Democrats in Harrisburg began fighting back against the series’ of anti-women’s health care legislation last week, offering numerous bills designed to give women more freedom in a state where they’ve been losing it over the last few years. The bills include pregnancy accommodations in the workplace, wage security, a bill which would “the physician-patient...

Continue Reading
86,900 to lose unemployment benefits in PA

86,900 to lose unemployment benefits in PA

Congress has until Dec. 28th to pass an extension to unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed—and things are not looking up. Maybe you heard about the grand bargain budget deal that’s being pushed through Congress right now. That proposal, which the White House favors, would soften the sequester cuts to federal agencies by allowing them to spend...

Continue Reading

Follow PW

Got a news tip?

If you see something interesting, odd, funny or, of course, illegal, let us know by emailing tips@philadelphiaweekly.com