Amid low turnout, Kenney holds off primary challenge, Republicans hold 3 seats in Harrisburg

Amid low turnout, Kenney holds off primary challenge, Republicans hold 3 seats in Harrisburg

Incumbent Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney beat back a primary challenge from Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) Tuesday, clearing the way for a second term. Meanwhile, Republicans retained control of two Senate seats and a spot in the state House, bringing their drought in 2019 special elections to an end.

Doug Mastriano and Joe Pittman won races to replace retiring Senators Don White (R-Indiana) and Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) respectively, while Marci Mustello defeated Democrat Sam Doctor to fill the seat vacated by embattled former Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler). Those victories come after Democrats regained control of two House seats and flipped a state Senate seat in special elections earlier this year.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 5: Harrisburg with a soupcon of Philly

Right 2 Know Episode 5: Harrisburg with a soupcon of Philly

Andrew and Justin talk tax revenue, regulatory reform and abortion (with a smidgen of French language content mixed in). Meanwhile, Philadelphia correspondent Marco Cerino sits down with Philly mayor candidate and Sen. Anthony Williams about his campaign and the city's relationship with Harrisburg. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play
Monday, May 6, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Sen. Williams offers revisions to budget process during Philadelphia public comment session

Sen. Williams offers revisions to budget process during Philadelphia public comment session

Citizens gathered Monday afternoon in the City Council chambers of Philadelphia’s City Hall to address councilmembers as they sort out next year’s budget. While many advocated for specific plans and remediations, one offered critique and solutions for the overall process.

Sen. Anthony Williams (D) spoke at length to open the public comment session and challenged the current budget system of hearings and releases. Williams is opposing incumbent Mayor Jim Kenney (D) in May’s primary election.

Thursday, April 18, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Candidates draw for ballot positions in Philadelphia’s May primary

Candidates draw for ballot positions in Philadelphia’s May primary


Certain traditions in Philadelphia are hard to properly explain to outsiders. Grown men dressing in skirts, carrying parasols, and dancing around on New Year’s Day. Parking in the flat median of the city’s busiest thoroughfare. Anyone ordering or buying scrapple.

Wednesday saw another bizarre but beloved practice play out in City Hall. Dozens of citizens from all walks of life came out to draw for ballot position for this year’s May primary. Pulling numbered ping pong balls from an old Horn and Hardart coffee can, a tradition that goes back decades, candidates learned their fate for one of the largest ballots in memory.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: News and Views
With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

Legislators have made clear their intentions to continue efforts to trim Pennsylvania’s prison population, pointing to cost savings and the need to make the state’s criminal justice system more equitable.

But despite several major criminal justice reform measures already being introduced, the General Assembly is still in the early stages of charting its course forward on the matter. While none of the bills have gotten hearings as of yet, lawmakers have their sights set on altering the state’s probation system, moving away from cash bail and updating a major criminal justice law already on the books.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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