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Blondell Reynolds Brown leaving Philadelphia City Council after two decades

Just seven weeks ago, Brown had said she was planning to seek reelection. Why she changed her mind wasn’t immediately clear, but Brown planned a Friday afternoon news conference to discuss her decision.

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Replacing a sullied West Philly state representative sparks Dem infighting | Philly Clout

Water usage and accusations of bribery: Inside the intra-Democratic fight to replace former state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown in West Philly.
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Replacing a sullied West Philly state representative sparks Dem infighting | Philly Clout

Water usage and accusations of bribery: Inside the intra-Democratic fight to replace former state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown in West Philly.

AG Josh Shapiro’s legal fight vs Navient, for-profit colleges heats up in Pa. | Debt Valley

Pa. is ground zero for student loan debt, and Attorney General Josh Shapiro is suing Navient Corp. one of the largest loan servicers, alleging that debtors were mislead and defrauded.

AG Josh Shapiro’s legal fight vs Navient, for-profit colleges heats up in Pa. | Debt Valley

Pa. is ground zero for student loan debt, and Attorney General Josh Shapiro is suing Navient Corp. one of the largest loan servicers, alleging that debtors were mislead and defrauded.

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Quiñones-Sánchez and Cruz, after years of fighting, face off in the 7th District | Philly Clout

City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and state Rep. Angel Cruz appear to be headed toward a face-off in the May 21 Democratic primary election as Quiñones-Sánchez seeks a fourth term.
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Quiñones-Sánchez and Cruz, after years of fighting, face off in the 7th District | Philly Clout

City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and state Rep. Angel Cruz appear to be headed toward a face-off in the May 21 Democratic primary election as Quiñones-Sánchez seeks a fourth term.
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Mummers meet to discuss controversial Jay-Z New Year’s Day parade skit

A Mummers Parade skit portraying Mayor Jim Kenney and music mogul Jay-Z set off a controversy. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams on Thursday called a meeting with Mummers representatives to talk about how to avoid similar situations in future parades.

Philly to scale back assessment plans as it improves practices, mayor’s office announces

Property owners who may be paying more than their fair share in property taxes could have to wait years for relief while the city attempts to improve its assessment practices and implements a long-delayed computer system.

Opportunity Zones: Rules finally come out, and yup, they’re complex (but manageable)

Locally, there are already opportunity Zone funds seeking investors, including the Virtua Opportunity Zone Fund and the PNC Bank fund.

Philly property assessments are flawed, audit finds

An auditor found that issues in the city’s methods lead to inequities in assessments, which result many property owners paying more or less than their fair share in property taxes.

Special election set for West Philly seat of convicted state lawmaker

The special election will be held on March 12 to fill the vacant seat of former state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D., Philadelphia), who was convicted of bribery and other crimes.

Philly City Council president inaccurately accuses Mummers troupe of wearing blackface

City Council President Darrell Clarke on Wednesday accused a Mummers comic club of using "racist" blackface in a skit during Tuesday's parade by Mayor Kenney's administration said the mummer in question was black and the city had preapproved the performance.

Philly City Council members promote private company’s water- and sewer-line warranty

Council members have signed letters to residents promoting a water and sewer line warranty from American Water Resources. The letters bear the city’s official seal and City Hall address.

More Democrats, more women — but the GOP still rules in Pa. legislature

Republicans still hold firm majorities in both chambers — and their ranks will be more conservative, since the "blue wave" in this past November's election wiped out the more moderate GOP lawmakers from the Philadelphia suburbs.

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Local 98 re-emerges with new tactics for a new year, as a federal probe lingers

Local 98 is back with its performance theater protests of non-union job sites, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R) goes for the committee chairmanship with jurisdiction over gun control.

Tourists turned away at Liberty Bell, Independence Hall amid government shutdown

Tourists expressed disappointment as they were turned away from Liberty Bell and Independence Hall during partial government shutdown that impacted National Park Service.

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Philly Dems support net neutrality — but not a petition for, you know, net neutrality | Philly Clout

Philly reps in Congress tap dance on net neutrality, a mayoral candidate makes a fake statement and Democratic political consultants battle in court.

Despite recent cleanups, Philadelphia schools still expose kids and teachers to asbestos

The Philadelphia school district spent the summer cleaning up seven schools where the Inquirer's "Toxic City: Sick Schools" investigation found the highest numbers of cancer-causing asbestos fibers. Then, new problems surfaced.

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