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: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Mayor Kenney sets vision of future with budget address

Mayor Kenney sets vision of future with budget address

If Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) wins re-election this fall, Fiscal Year 2024 will be the last he oversees while in office. In his budget address before City Council Thursday, he outlined a city making great strides in those five years. 

Joined by city officials and other luminaries, Kenney delivered his FY 2020 budget, totaling just under $5 billion. The city has projected about $4.9 billion in revenue, with no proposed new taxes.
Thursday, March 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Philly Delegation rolls out ambitious plan for 2019-20 legislative session

Philly Delegation rolls out ambitious plan for 2019-20 legislative session

Members of the state House’s Philadelphia Delegation stood united at a Capitol press conference Wednesday to unveil a new legislative platform for the next two years. 

The chorus from the 16 attending members of the 23-strong group was reducing the city of Philadelphia’s poverty rate.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019/Author: Stephany Dugan
Categories: Philadelphia
Meeting Philadelphia’s four new House reps

Meeting Philadelphia’s four new House reps

The 2019-20 session of the Pennsylvania legislature brings new names across the state. In Philadelphia’s delegation, four new Democratic representatives were sworn in on New Year’s Day.

The outgoing reps combined for about a century of service in Harrisburg. Yet, as the commonwealth and her biggest city change, so do the faces representing those citizens.

Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia releases new guidelines for post-op prescriptions, signs green energy deal

Philadelphia releases new guidelines for post-op prescriptions, signs green energy deal

The Philadelphia Health Department and Mayor Jim Kenney (D) announced Wednesday new guidelines for doctors in prescribing pain medications following operations.

Created with doctors from the city’s major hospitals and health systems, they recommend significantly less doses of opioid painkillers to manage patients recovering from surgery.

Also, Kenney signed a 20-year purchase agreement with the Adams Solar project slated to open in 2020 to provide Philadelphia with renewable energy.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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