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A 2014 federal audit of 20 government-subsidized child-care facilities in Pennsylvania found 17 of them had serious health and safety hazards, administrative violations, or performed incomplete background checks.
Start picking your key City Hall personnel now. Don't wait until November. Consider the requests of your political supporters, but learn right away to tell them no.
Can Philadelphia do a lot more than the Nutter administration did to collect taxes? The Revenue Department says it collected more than $100 million in delinquent real estate taxes last year, the most ever; boosted tax foreclosure filings to more than 1,000 a month in late 2014, up ninefold from a year before; raised more than $30 million
Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman Josh Shapiro has told national Democratic Party leaders that he will not run for the nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey next year.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - With six nominees vying for three open seats on the state Supreme Court and campaign dollars already flowing by the millions, change is inevitable.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.
Jim Kenney, the what-you-see-is-what-you-get candidate, said you are going to get even more if he is elected mayor of Philadelphia in November.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie said the U.S. Senate's failure to extend the Patriot Act could have dangerous consequences.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified "secret" at the request of the FBI, according to documents released Friday, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server.
Hillary Clinton said the “average American CEO” makes 300 times more than the typical worker, but she was referring to a study that looked at pay disparity between CEOs and average workers only at the top 350 companies — a fraction of the 246,240 chief executives in the U.S.
Moments before a triumphant Jim Kenney took the stage on election night Tuesday to give his victory speech in front of a throng of political supporters, the presumptive next mayor of Philadelphia took a very brief private meeting with arguably the most powerful man in New Jersey — political power broker George Norcross.
The defeat of two gay City Council candidates, including one endorsed by Democratic City Committee, was the product of renegade party members, including those in Mayor Nutter’s ward.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting a house of his own at the family compound on the coast of Maine where generations of Bushes have spent summers.
LE MARS, Iowa (AP) - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is working his way through small-town Iowa one handshake, bear hug and backslap at a time.
Jim Kenney will likely be a mayor without a first lady. Voters don’t care.