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Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and challenger Ori Feibush faced off in a one-hour debate Thursday that touched on campaign finance, school funding and development.
City Council on Thursday approved a controversial bill that would allow two huge, animated, three-dimensional billboards in Center City. Councilman Mark Squilla's ordinance permitting the hybrid-movie screen/digital sculptures, dubbed "urban experiential displays," passed, 15-1. A companion bill authorizing locational of the boards and specifying the approval process passed 13-3.
The endorsements are significant given the crowded field of 21 candidates, including four incumbents trying to hold on to their seats despite low ballot positions.
Stephanie Singer's short and rocky career as a Philadelphia city commissioner hung on just a handful of signatures as a judge heard testimony late into Thursday night on a challenge aimed at removing her from the ballot.
The mayor announced the creation of an independent committee following a Justice Department report.
Candidate Street said rival Williams was behind trying to get him booted from ballot.
Democratic mayoral candidate Lynne M. Abraham may not be on the air yet, but she is in the lead. Or so says a recent poll conducted for her.
The Williams Way LGBT Community Center was abuzz Wednesday night with mayoral and judicial candidates giving their best elevator pitch to an audience of mostly members and supporters of the LGBT community.
It was the most effective - and clearly cynical - strategy employed in Philadelphia politics in decades. "Republicans did it," went the claim from Mayor John F. Street's 2003 reelection campaign, suggesting that an FBI listening device discovered in his City Hall office was a GOP political dirty trick.
City Council is slated to vote Thursday on a plan to bring two digital billboards to Center City. The bill, sponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla, allows for "urban experiential displays" near the Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market.
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and challenger Ori Feibush faced off in a one-hour debate Thursday that touched on campaign finance, school funding and development.
City Council on Thursday approved a controversial bill that would allow two huge, animated, three-dimensional billboards in Center City. Councilman Mark Squilla's ordinance permitting the hybrid-movie screen/digital sculptures, dubbed "urban experiential displays," passed, 15-1. A companion bill authorizing locational of the boards and specifying the approval process passed 13-3.
The endorsements are significant given the crowded field of 21 candidates, including four incumbents trying to hold on to their seats despite low ballot positions.
Stephanie Singer's short and rocky career as a Philadelphia city commissioner hung on just a handful of signatures as a judge heard testimony late into Thursday night on a challenge aimed at removing her from the ballot.
The mayor announced the creation of an independent committee following a Justice Department report.
Did City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson accuse his challenger in the 2nd District of being "the white man" having a "plantation mentality"?
Archye Leacock, founder of a North Philadelphia nonprofit lost a petition challenge and withdrew from the race Monday.
A group of inexperienced and uncertified inspectors for the Department of Licenses and Inspections conducted around 600 inspections of unsafe buildings in a single week last month, The Inquirer has learned.
Manny Morales is in for the fight. The City Council candidates accused of posting racist, antigay and anti-poor messages on his Facebook page, said at a Friday news conference that he is staying in the 7th Councilmanic District race.
A report released Thursday found that as the 2014 midterm elections wound down, political candidates and outside groups spent $14 million to run nearly...