Thursday, November 26, 2015

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.

POSTED: Monday, August 31, 2015, 12:41 PM
Phila. City Councilman David Oh (left), and challengers Terry Tracy (center) and Al Taubenberger.

After a lackluster summer, the busy fall political season is officially underway, and Philly’s At-Large City Council race is suddenly heating up – the GOP portion, that is.

With the fall election of the five Democratic primary winners a foregone conclusion by most pundits, the real race for the two remaining at-large seats will go on between the five Republican candidates --  incumbents David Oh and Dennis O’Brien, along with challengers Al Taubenberger, Dan Tinney and Terry Tracy.

Also running at-large are former-Democrat-turned-Independent Andrew Stober as well as Green Party candidate Kristin Combs. It’s unlikely that either will have much of an impact on the race.

As was the case four years ago at this time, widely-acknowledged Republican frontrunner David Oh is the one making the news. Back in August 2011, when he was a challenger, it was over an alleged Green Beret scandal. This time around, it involves a settlement the incumbent first termer just made with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics over an illegal campaign contribution.

When contacted by U-Turn, Oh’s texted comment was short and concise: “This matter was resolved. The over-contribution was returned back in April. I cooperated fully and I'm paying the fine."

POSTED: Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 11:48 AM
Candidates for mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Melissa Murray Bailey (R) on the day after the primary. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

Jim Kenney isn’t mayor.

Not yet.

Nor is he mayor-elect.

POSTED: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6:43 PM
Mayor Nutter on location of a train derailment Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Bryan Woolston / For the Inquirer)

I love how everyone's an expert all of a sudden.

Take Michael Nutter, the Philly mayor whose performance during the initial aftermath of the Amtrak crash had been lauded.

In particular, during the dreadful morning after the disaster, Nutter urged for the media and public not to rush to conclusions.

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