Thursday, February 11, 2016

POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7:38 PM
Reaction to Philadelphia City Commissioner Anthony Clark's work habits have ranged from "this is a public embarrassment" to "there must be a way to remove him." (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)

Stop blaming Anthony Clark.

Yeah, I know. The “rarely seen” guy rarely votes, also. Heck, for someone who takes pride that he’s “the first African American to certify the election of the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama, in Philadelphia,” it’s simultaneously comical and disturbing that he couldn’t even vote for Obama in 2012.

That’s because according to voting records discovered by the now defunct City Paper, Clark didn’t even vote in 2012.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 11:29 AM
Mayor Nutter. (TRACIE VAN AUKEN / For The Inquirer)

Quietly and without fanfare, “Ban the Box 2.0” was signed into law yesterday. The original legislation, which banned Philly-based employers from inquiring about criminal convictions on job applications or during initial interviews, has been amended and places significantly more restrictions on employers.

Under the revised law, introduced by City Councilman Curtis Jones, employers will no longer be permitted to inquire about criminal history after the initial interview. They will only be able to ask about convictions after a conditional offer of employment has been made. In addition, employers will no longer be allowed to ask or research an applicant’s criminal history beyond the last seven years, excluding any time spend in jail.

This law has been heralded as an “anti-poverty bill,” with the verkakte logic that it will help former criminals gets work.

POSTED: Monday, December 7, 2015, 7:01 PM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition's Presidential Forum in Washington December 3, 2015. (Reuters)

It’s time to reject Donald Trump’s xenophobic fascism.

In one fell swoop Monday, the leading Republican presidential candidate called for a religious test for admission into the land of the allegedly free.

He might as well rip up the Bill of Rights. He’s clearly forgotten that this country was based upon freedom of religion – and not just Christianity and Judaism, but many other religions, including Islam.

POSTED: Monday, November 16, 2015, 6:19 PM
Sean Stevens

East Falls lawyer Sean Stevens has filed paperwork with Harrisburg to run for state representative in Pennsylvania’s 194thdistrict, saying that he’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and work hard for the people in the 194th.

“I’m there, I want to be able to listen, and I want to be able to work for them,” he said in an exclusive video interview with U-Turn.

Stevens, 49, is married with two children and hails from Kensington. He’s a Temple University product having achieved four degrees from the school, including a BA, MBA, JD and LLM.  A trial attorney with substantial government experience, he’s done stints as an assistant district attorney as well as an assistant city solicitor.

POSTED: Monday, November 9, 2015, 6:45 PM
Marisa Piccarreto

Marisa Piccarreto, a 37-year-old Democratic Center City small business owner, is running for the 182nd State House seat currently held by Brian Sims because “the district needs someone that’s connected to the community and understands the needs of the community.”

Piccarreto, who runs My Fabulous Mama, is a postpartum doula. Her business focuses on helping prepare new and expectant parents for their baby. Her experience as a doula is one of the guiding forces behind her decision to run for the seat.

“Running a business has taught me what works and what doesn’t work. Adapting and changing is how you run an organization, and it’s how we need to run things in Harrisburg,” Piccarreto told U-Turn in an exclusive interview on Rittenhouse Square today.

POSTED: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 5:42 PM
Outgoing Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at City Hall on Aug. 13, 2015. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)

This is the last time I will be writing about Michael Nutter.


And that’s not easy.

POSTED: Thursday, October 8, 2015, 5:46 PM
Jim Kenney speaks at the United Way Debate at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (STEPHANIE AARONSON/Staff Photographer)


Once again, Jim Kenney has become elevated to the status of Philadelphia’s mayor – this time courtesy of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and 13 mayors.

Kenney, who remains the Democratic nominee for mayor of Philadelphia despite the wishes of some journalists out there, was referred to as one of 14 mayors in a letter crafted by the CWA along with 13 East Coast mayors.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:32 PM

From politics, we’ve learned that the apology can often make things much worse than the regretted act.

It’s not much different in journalism.

And that’s why Philadelphia Magazine’s apology over its October 2015 cover actually makes matters worse.

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