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POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 7:50 AM
Democratic City Council at large candidate Blondell Reynolds Brown during the debate at WHYY, Thursday, May 12, 2011. (Steven M. Falk)

Since 1999, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has been a staunch advocate for Philadelphia’s children. She was one of the city’s leading forces in the much needed merger of the parks and recreation departments. A former dancer/company member of Philadanco, Reynolds Brown has been an important voice for the city’s arts and cultural communities, and, to this day, she remains active as an ex-officio member of Philadanco’s board. Her menu-labeling legislation, requiring chain restaurants to post nutritional and calorie information, has helped to disqualify Philadelphia as one of the fattest cities in America.

That is the Blondell Reynolds Brown that has been a champion to Philadelphians.

But there is another Blondell Reynolds Brown. That is the one who is expected and required to complete accurate and thorough campaign finance reports, where she abides by the law. That Reynolds Brown is not looking so good right now. Only days ago considered to be a front runner in 2015 to become Philadelphia’s first female mayor (and its first African-American female mayor), Reynolds Brown is now in the fight of her political life.

POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2013, 12:09 PM
The Pink Pistols is a gay gun rights organization whose motto is “armed gays don’t get bashed.”

Early this month, new columnist and colleague Mark Segal wrote a compelling piece advocating gun control in his publication, The Philadelphia Gay News (PGN). What gathered my attention wasn’t the controversial topic chosen by my progressive friend, but rather that the editorial was titled “My non-LGBT column,” and that not one mention was made of gays and lesbians.

That begged the question, “Shouldn’t gun rights actually be an LGBT issue?”

The brief answer is, “It should be.”

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