Philadelphia City Commissioners vote to stay the course on new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners vote to stay the course on new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners voted to maintain their contracted purchase of new voting machines from Election Services and Software. They did so despite the protest of citizens and the city’s Controller, who is still investigating the transaction. 

The City Commissioners voted in February to order over 3,000 new machines to satisfy the state’s mandate for new machines by the 2020 elections. The proposal has been met with opposition and controversy, from the questionable history of the machines to possible bribery used to influence and win this contract.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Tweets of the Week - August 12, 2019

Tweets of the Week - August 12, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Mayor, legislators deliver united message on gun reform

Mayor, legislators deliver united message on gun reform

Governor Tom Wolf (D) joined Mayor Jim Kenney (D), members of the General Assembly, City Council, and Congress Thursday in applauding the efforts of Philadelphia Police in arresting an alleged drug dealer in North Philadelphia Wednesday night. He also joined them in calling for more legislation to prevent such assaults on police from happening again. 
 
“I will continue to move forward with efforts to reduce gun violence to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent a situation like this from occurring again,” he said. “This type of terror should never happen in our commonwealth.”
Thursday, August 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Talking criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence with Rep. Harris

Talking criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence with Rep. Harris

Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) didn’t have much activity at his district office on Tuesday afternoon when The PLS Reporter sat down to speak with him. Over the weekend, he had hosted a few thousand residents at a street festival in South Philly. 

Residents got to talk about services with him and some city offices. However, Harris claims he hosts his annual summer event as a way to help his constituents just enjoy a day with their families without spending all the money demanded at amusement parks.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Did seven Philly cops choose resignation over arbitration?

Did seven Philly cops choose resignation over arbitration?

Last month, Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Richard Ross announced 13 of the 72 officers suspended for vitriolic and hate-filled social media posts would be fired. Last week, the department announced seven would resign.
 
The terminations and suspensions stem from an outside researcher that found 330 of the department’s 6,500 officers have posted racist, misogynist, or xenophobic content on social media platforms. With the terminations, Ross announced the other 56, who have been on desk duty, would receive discipline of varying degrees.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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