Philly Dems select new candidate for 190th special election

Philly Dems select new candidate for 190th special election

Democrats selected Movita Johnson-Harrell Sunday as their candidate for the 190th House district special election in March, according to sources familiar with the process.

 

The party leaders had to choose a new candidate after Darryl Thomas withdrew his name from nomination early Saturday morning. He was the second person linked to consideration torpedoed over residency concerns.

Monday, January 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia City Council returns to Session

Philadelphia City Council returns to Session

Philadelphia’s City Council met for the first time in 2019 Thursday, passing three bills and amending another.

2019 is an election year for the city so all 17 seats in the council, along with the mayor and other citywide positions, will be campaigning. It was also the first session since Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large) announced she wouldn’t seek a sixth term in November.

Friday, January 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
School funding scrutinized at Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia

School funding scrutinized at Policy Committee hearing in Philadelphia

Educators, superintendents, and community members joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Philadelphia Wednesday to discuss the state’s “fair funding” formula and the struggles it creates for some school districts.

Pennsylvania changed the funding formula for school districts in 2015 with the goal of resolving imbalanced support of education across the commonwealth. While new funds have been subject to this distribution model, stark differences remain, as some districts are millions behind their needs while others receive millions more based on per-student costs.

Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
State reps pursue solutions for lead testing in Philadelphia hearing

State reps pursue solutions for lead testing in Philadelphia hearing

The House Democratic Policy Committee discussed mandatory lead blood testing for Pennsylvania children Tuesday at a hearing in Philadelphia. Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia), who has introduced legislation requiring these tests at ages one and two, hosted at the National Constitution Center, which is in her district.

Philadelphia has become a focal point in efforts to eradicate lead poisoning. Isaacson has mentioned the lead dust brought up from dismantling old industrial buildings and creating new housing in the 175th district as one of her major concerns. At the hearing, she also noted how much this policy meant to her predecessor and former boss, Rep. Mike O’Brien.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Bipartisanship, involvement highlight state lawmakers' meeting with community

Bipartisanship, involvement highlight state lawmakers' meeting with community

How do neighbors rebuild community bonds and trust? The same ways politicians cross the aisle and get things done, apparently. Just start conversations.

 

Rep. Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) hosted Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) for a town hall meeting to address hateful rhetoric and violence Thursday evening in the Lawncrest section of Northeast Philadelphia. The event was a response to the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh last October.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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