House Majority Leader Speaks on Liquor Sales

Memorial Day, 2011: That’s when Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, who suddenly has a-lot-of-freaking-power, hopes to have legislation authorizing selling Pennsylvania’s monopoly of the wine and liquor sales approved. Last night at the Pennsylvania Press Club, he said even if the legislation does go through, union members would be just fine,...

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City Council To Vote On Drilling Moratorium; Green Party Response

City Council To Vote On Drilling Moratorium; Green Party Response

On Thursday, Philadelphia City Council will vote on imposing a moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin. We know, we know, a lot of good that’s gonna do, right? Either way, the vote is happening and it’s meant to at least send a message to Harrisburg to hold off on drilling “until both the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) hydraulic...

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DAILY GRINDER: Hunting, Eating, Watching the SOTU – What To Plan For Tonight

NOTE: All blogs will return to their regular schedule tomorrow. The PhillyNow blogger you’re currently reading is dealing with other shit this week. He apologizes. Well, you can officially hunt deer in Fairmount Park now, but only in the dead of night, from 8pm-6am, when no one’s watching. What could possibly go wrong? [NBC] The TV show Bizarre Foods is coming...

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The Phlog: Picture Man

The Phlog: Picture Man

Alvin Smith, 40, blankets his face with a scarf for shelter and heat. “It gets like a deep-freezer out here, especially around one in the morning. You can’t breathe the air,” he says. He has been sleeping under the rotunda at Love Park since he lost his job six months ago and because he says someone stole some of his belongings at a...

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WATCH: PBS On Where Vick’s Dogs Are Now

This weekend, PBS’ Need To Know dedicated part of its show to the ongoing Michael Vick controversy and, specifically, where the dogs of his fighting ring are today. After Vick’s arrest, the show claims, the government received thousands of letters pleading to keep the dogs alive, though most were skeptical any of the animals could ever be safe for society...

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State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams To Introduce School Choice Bill

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams To Introduce School Choice Bill

Make no mistake: Senator Anthony Hardy Williams (D-Phila) is ready to co-sponsor a school choice bill with Senator Jeffrey Piccola (R-Susquehanna). For better or worse, the West Philly Senator is one of these guys who can stick to his guns (sorta like Rick Santorum) without choking on his foot (like Rick Santorum). And school choice has always been his game....

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Watchdog: Was Rendell Given a Media Pass in Philly Abortion Case?

Watchdog: Was Rendell Given a Media Pass in Philly Abortion Case?

Right-wing media watchdog Newsbusters thinks so. In a recent post, writer Tom Blumer decries the last Pennsylvania governor for lacking proper oversight, and the Associated Press for not asking why Kermit Gosnell’s Lancaster Avenue abortion clinic hadn’t been inspected since 1993. Specifically, they want to know why the AP takes Rendell on his word that he...

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Adorable: Senators Casey and Toomey To Sit Together At SOTU

Adorable: Senators Casey and Toomey To Sit Together At SOTU

You know how some members of Congress will show America their fake unity at this year’s State of the Union speech by sitting next to members of the other political party? Even though they call each other Nazis, tell the public the other side’s bill, if passed, will result in your murder and openly say, above all else, “our top political priority over the...

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Philly Is First City To Bring Back ‘Thrift Week’ Because, Why Not?

Philly Is First City To Bring Back ‘Thrift Week’ Because, Why Not?

There’s a national effort to bring back the coast-to-coast festivity known as “Thrift Week,” which once celebrated “American ideals like diligence, hard work, responsible consumerism, and smart saving. These concepts are the keys to long term prosperity, and if we collectively embrace them once more, we may be able to right our floundering economy.”...

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The Phlog: Coming

The Phlog: Coming

Local actor Erik Ransom, 25, does his own makeup before rehearsing his self-written musical, "Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions." The show makes its world premiere tomorrow at the Prince Music Theater (photo: Matt Petrillo).

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