Chris Brennan writes about people, power and politics. He was previously the political editor for the Daily News. Since 1999, Brennan has covered elections for president, the U.S. Senate and House, governor of Pennsylvania, mayor of Philadelphia and other public offices.

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Blondell Reynolds Brown leaving Philadelphia City Council after two decades

Just seven weeks ago, Brown had said she was planning to seek reelection. Why she changed her mind wasn’t immediately clear, but Brown planned a Friday afternoon news conference to discuss her decision.

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Replacing a sullied West Philly state representative sparks Dem infighting | Philly Clout

Water usage and accusations of bribery: Inside the intra-Democratic fight to replace former state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown in West Philly.

A Philly investor wants to help the 2020 Democratic nominee for president — or run himself

He’s the 2020 Democratic contender few voters have heard of.

Given the Mummers’ history, will they ever manage to not offend?

Some are calling for the city to fully "divest" from the parade following the latest flap.

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Quiñones-Sánchez and Cruz, after years of fighting, face off in the 7th District | Philly Clout

City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and state Rep. Angel Cruz appear to be headed toward a face-off in the May 21 Democratic primary election as Quiñones-Sánchez seeks a fourth term.

Mummers meet to discuss controversial Jay-Z New Year’s Day parade skit

A Mummers Parade skit portraying Mayor Jim Kenney and music mogul Jay-Z set off a controversy. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams on Thursday called a meeting with Mummers representatives to talk about how to avoid similar situations in future parades.

Philly City Council president inaccurately accuses Mummers troupe of wearing blackface

City Council President Darrell Clarke on Wednesday accused a Mummers comic club of using "racist" blackface in a skit during Tuesday's parade by Mayor Kenney's administration said the mummer in question was black and the city had preapproved the performance.

Year’s biggest political developments in Pa., N.J.: maps, clergy scandal, feuding Dems

Big political developments of 2018 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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Local 98 re-emerges with new tactics for a new year, as a federal probe lingers

Local 98 is back with its performance theater protests of non-union job sites, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R) goes for the committee chairmanship with jurisdiction over gun control.