City Council: People Say Down With The Blinking Sign

City Council: People Say Down With The Blinking Sign

Week two of public comments at City Council meetings went off without much difficulty. Before the legislative body voted on a plethora of minor bills, the citizens of Philadelphia had their say. Most of the people wanted to sound off against a zoning change that would allow a hotel to be built at 4th and Race. Rather than opposing the hotel itself, folks were...

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Casey Dives In: Deepening The Delaware

Casey Dives In: Deepening The Delaware

Senator Bob Casey seems to be taking a stand and—surprise!—that stand is happening in Your Delaware River, to begin a project in your city, employing the Army Corps of Engineers and local workers, during his election year. On Monday, Casey[‘s staff] penned a sorta-strongly-worded letter to Jacob Lew, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, asking...

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DAILY GRINDER: Dwight Evans Ain’t Happy

DAILY GRINDER: Dwight Evans Ain’t Happy

The state of the union is sad. The economy is sad. It’s sad how states have no money (and aren’t getting any, any time soon). But mostly, State Rep. Dwight Evans is so, so sad. And not just because he’s been demoted in Harrisburg. “The problem with the budget is that the people want (what) they’re not willing to pay for. It’s as simple...

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Near Brawl Erupts In City Commissioner’s Office

Marge Tartaglione threatened to punch me out. All for a simple question. Tartaglione, chair of the city commissioners, led an hour-long meeting in her office this morning, in which the commissioners and staff members discussed topics like accessibility to polling stations and provisions for special elections. But I wanted to know why no one was addressing the...

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Got New Hats And Mitts To Donate? Councilwoman Collecting For Cold Children

Got New Hats And Mitts To Donate? Councilwoman Collecting For Cold Children

Damn, it’s getting cold out. Now imagine you gotta trek to school through the snow and don’t have any warm clothes. Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown remembers seeing shivering children waiting for the bus when she was running for Council for the first time a decade ago. “I’d see mothers with their kids’ arms and heads not covered,”...

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DAILY GRINDER: Member of the Philly Chamber of Commerce? It’s OK

DAILY GRINDER: Member of the Philly Chamber of Commerce? It’s OK

Can we get a hell yeah? The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has ended its affiliation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the national group’s unofficial (see also: official) role as an arm of the national Republican Party. It’s all thanks to the disgusting ads the supposedly non-partisan group aired throughout the fall, which were made with the...

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What You Elected: Corbett and Toomey Gather Their Squads

What You Elected: Corbett and Toomey Gather Their Squads

The Associated Press is reporting citizen advocates are “criticizing” Corbett’s 400-person transition team, which features a who’s who of lobbyists, bank executives, large insurance reps, gas drilling reps and all around dirt. Here’s just an example of what we’re in store for: For example, a registered lobbyist on the energy and environment committee...

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Philly Gays Tell Youth “It Gets Better” [VIDEO]

Philly Gays Tell Youth “It Gets Better” [VIDEO]

The media moment for “It Gets Better” may have passed, but that doesn’t mean that gay teen suicides are any less real or less heartbreaking. Hoping to keep up the momentum of positive messages for queer youth, some local producers have come up with Philly’s very own “It Gets Better” video to encourage teens to look forward...

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DAILY GRINDER: The Black Panther Report Is Here

DAILY GRINDER: The Black Panther Report Is Here

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights basically says the Justice Department screwed the pooch when it came to the new Black Panthers case in Philly. They claim evidence puts Holder’s Department of Justice’s story in “serious doubt.” While it sounds bad, the article notes that the report was adopted by a 5-2 vote and there are two Democrats on the commission...

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Council Holds Hearing on Suburb/City Disparity in Retail Medical Clinics

Councilman Curtis Jones was driving down a suburban leg of Rt. 611 when he came across an intriguing sight. People were going into a pharmacy, but not for prescription drugs, candy or shampoo, but for vaccinations, ear infections and head colds. “What is this wonderful thing?” he thought to himself.  As it turned out, this pharmacy housed what is...

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