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
Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates square off at CCP

Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates square off at CCP

Mayor Jim Kenney (D) met his two primary challengers Monday evening at a forum hosted by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists at the Community College of Philadelphia’s Center City campus. This was the first public face-off of the trio.

Journalists from print and broadcast outlets asked questions of Kenney, former city controller Alan Butkovitz, and state Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) one month before the May primary election.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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
Philadelphia launches municipal IDs, joining other big cities

Philadelphia launches municipal IDs, joining other big cities

Philadelphia residents can now obtain a city-issued photo ID, as the city announced Thursday they’re now accepting and processing applications.

City Council passed legislation last year to create the municipal ID, modeled after those available in other big cities like New York and Chicago. This is the first city-issued identification in the state of Pennsylvania.
Thursday, April 4, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: News and Views
City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions

Philadelphia City Council began weeks of budget hearings Monday by looking at the city’s five-year plan. 

Council started their work on the budget presented by Mayor Jim Kenney (D) earlier this month. The five-year plan goes into fiscal year 2024, when Kenney would be finishing his second term should he win re-election. 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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