IRONY: Ballot-access opposing Pa guv candidate fails to access ballot

IRONY: Ballot-access opposing Pa guv candidate fails to access ballot

Image via JoEllenLitz.com And then there were six. Yesterday was the filing deadline for statewide candidates to get on the Pennsylvania ballot, and six of the seven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination were able to file petitions, meeting the 2,000 signature (with at least 100 signatures from ten different counties) threshold. The only candidate who...

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Philly bike trails unaffected by Supreme Court decision

Philly bike trails unaffected by Supreme Court decision

The Internet freaked out earlier this week when USA Today wrote of a Supreme Court ruling that could eliminate the “Rails-to-Trails” program, which is responsible for thousands of miles of bike trails throughout the United States, including projects in the Philadelphia area. The court ruled 8-1 with regard to a land dispute in Wyoming that government easements...

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Weirdest thing about the PPA-Germantown Cab shutdown

Weirdest thing about the PPA-Germantown Cab shutdown

As was reported on Monday, the Germantown Cab Company was shut down by the Philadelphia Parking Authority for allegedly failing to turn over proper documentation related to its drivers’ background checks. The 150 cabs the company uses are now out of service. “We want every member of the riding public to be able to enter a cab and feel confident that they...

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Mumia blames ‘Broad Street Bullies’ for Adegbile’s rejection in Senate

Mumia blames ‘Broad Street Bullies’ for Adegbile’s rejection in Senate

After the U.S. Senate rejected former NAACP Legal Defense Fund Head Deb Adegbile for the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division on Wednesday, pundits and writers everywhere began explaining the peculiar vote. After all, Adegbile was clearly qualified. Problem is, he had some degrees of separation with Philadelphia cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal, and that...

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Pot takes another step toward decriminalization in Philly

Pot takes another step toward decriminalization in Philly

Temple student Aaron Fleming was on campus in September 2012 when, he testified before City Council Monday morning, a police officer who’d been hiding in the bushes caught him smoking marijuana. After a lengthy process in which the arresting officer called for backup and spoke with colleagues about whether it was even worth arresting Fleming, the student was...

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Does Pa’s ballot access system help exclude independents from debates?

Does Pa’s ballot access system help exclude independents from debates?

Paul Glover got an email on January 23 telling him he still wasn’t registered for the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit — and to, you know, get on that. The summit, which took place February 28-March 1 in Harrisburg, promised numerous left-leaning speakers from all over Pennsylvania, and the country; as well as a gubernatorial primary debate and a Lt. governor’s...

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Q&A: Socialist Alternative member on fight for $15 minimum wage

Q&A: Socialist Alternative member on fight for $15 minimum wage

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and to mark the occasion, members of the local Socialist Alternative group, along with the SEIU and Fight For 15, will descend upon 10th and Market Streets with a message: Philly’s workers deserve a working wage. Why? Because a large proportion of Philadelphia’s population don’t just work for the embarrassingly...

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Corbett eases ‘job search requirement’ in Medicaid plan

Perhaps to appease the far-right of his base, when Gov. Tom Corbett introduced his Medicaid expansion alternative plan last fall, he added one weird trick: A job search requirement. On Thursday, he backed off that part of his so-called Healthy PA plan, giving the alt-health care program a better chance of federal approval. The Medicaid expansion program is a...

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Port Richmond grocery store applies for beer license—yes, they can do that

Port Richmond grocery store applies for beer license—yes, they can do that

Image: Fishtown.us An orange Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board application sign appeared Wednesday on the window of the Thriftway in Port Richmond. It was then almost immediately noticed on the forum board of Fishtown.us, the users of which expressed both wonder and excitement. The short is this: The Thriftway grocery market in the “Port Richmond Village”...

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Senate REJECTS Mumia lawyer for Civil Rights position

Senate REJECTS Mumia lawyer for Civil Rights position

The U.S. Senate rejected former NAACP Legal Defense Fund Head Debo Adegbile for the U.S. Justice Department this morning. Adegbile is the controversial civil rights lawyer President Obama nominated to head that federal agency’s Civil Rights Division. His name has been the source of controversy as of late, being that he headed the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund...

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