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Campaign Financing Tidbits

BY DAVID LYNN The ability to raise money is one of the unmistakable hallmarks of a successful politician. We analyzed the fundraising totals from 2018 and 2019 for current incumbents in the Pennsylvania House. We will be presenting complete datasets for the entire Commonwealth at WinningCampaigns.vote. As a special to the Philadelphia Public Record, we […]

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Campaigning in the Time of Coronavirus

BY TONY WEST The COVID-19 pandemic has filled the spring of 2020 with baffling challenges for Philadelphians’ paths of everyday life. Keenly feeling this pinch are political campaigners in the June 2 primary, which features several locals in competitive races: Theirs is not work that can be put on hold until June. So much of […]

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE: Philadelphia Mayor Kenney’s Post-COVID Budget

BY DENISE CLAY Last week, Mayor Jim Kenney unveiled the Budget That the ‘Rona Built. And no one, including him, has been very thrilled with it. Some of the cuts in this proposed budget have taken center stage. The Office for the Arts & the Creative Economy? Gone! Wanna go swimming in a City pool […]

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Hope for the Future?

The Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Blue Thunderbirds made a soaring dash across Philadelphia yesterday. It was a gesture of gratitude to the nation’s other warriors — health-care workers fighting COVID-19 — in a region hard hit by the pandemic. Current signs are that their efforts are paying off. As the curve of new […]

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Philadelphia City Commission Radically Rethinks Upcoming Election

BY TONY WEST The June 2 primary election will be run in a way that is radically different from every other voting process that has gone before. This is the word from Philadelphia City Commission Chair Lisa Deeley. In an interview today, she explained how that body, which oversees elections in the city, is moving […]

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A Peek into Darrell Clarke’s Bucks

BY DAVID LYNN I’ve assisted a number of people in both reading campaign-finance reports and forming political committees. There seems to be a mystique around the whole process. I think that more people could (and should) read these reports; they tell us a great deal about our political process and who is funding it. Often, […]

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Walking the Beat Apr. 16, 2020

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA CORONA: We are all weary of sad headlines each day, so the “curve” flattening is some solace. We really cannot know where we are until more WIDESPREAD TESTING is undertaken. The arranging of a treatment facility in the Liacouras Center and securing use of Domino Lane Warehouse shows a PROACTIVE City […]

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Campaign Math: How Helen Gym Brings It in

BY DAVID LYNN In 2019, Helen Gym’s campaign committee, Friends of Helen Gym, was a fundraising machine. Gym started 2019 with $276,179.01 in the bank, and during the year raised an additional $524,785.57 for a total of $800,964.58. Of this, her committee spent $749,626.65. According to campaign finance data available from the Philadelphia City Board […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: To Be in Business, or Not to Be?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Sweet harmony didn’t last long on Capitol Hill in Harrisburg. Republicans have begun to push back on Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order for all businesses deemed “non-life-sustaining” to shut down. Senate GOP leaders sent a letter to Wolf calling for revisions to his list of companies that may stay open. Topping their […]

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Penn Students Seething after Loss of Housing, Jobs

BY CLAY S. MIRANDA CONTEE On Mar. 19, the unofficial grad student union at Penn, Graduate Employees Together at the University of Pennsylvania (GET-UP) posted a petition demanding better treatment for students after the University evicted all residents of campus dormitories in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The issues raised in the petition are nationwide […]

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