May 10, 2015 |
If dollars were votes, State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams would be a sure bet to win the Democratic primary for mayor. Williams and former City Councilman James F. Kenney each raised more than $1.3 million from Jan. 1 to Monday to run for mayor, according to campaign-finance reports filed Friday. But this is the season of the independent expenditure (IE) group, political action committees operating as financial free radicals, raising and spending funds unhindered by the city's campaign-finance limits.
May 4, 2015 |
THE BOY SCOUTS, Bart Simpson, angry protesters and random kids in the woods with a stick and rubber band have used them for decades. In New Jersey, though, possession or transport of a slingshot is a felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison, and there are a few residents, a gun-rights attorney and a state assemblyman trying to change the law. "There was no crime wave of slingshots that ever resulted in them becoming illegal," said gun-rights...
April 28, 2015 |
A school-choice advocacy group in Philadelphia will roll out on Monday the first of a planned series of television advertisements to promote its cause as voters consider whom to support in the mayor's race. Mike Wang, executive director of Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners, said his organization intended to spend more than $1 million on television ads in the coming months, much of it after the May 19 primary. "This is about getting every child access to a great school," Wang said, adding that the group would spend "whatever it will take to do that.
April 24, 2015 |
Thirty-three environmental groups, neighborhood organizations, and other activists on Wednesday called on Philadelphia City Council to snub an energy hub. In an Earth Day letter to Council organized by Food and Water Watch, the activists urged Council to pass resolutions against efforts to build industries linked to the expanding Marcellus Shale natural gas development. "Such a plan would pose public-safety risks on several fronts, deteriorate our community's public health, and elbow out plans to build our community and economy in a safe and sustainable way," the groups wrote.
April 24, 2015 |
Using Earth Day as a backdrop, four environmental groups endorsed former City Councilman James F. Kenney in the Philadelphia mayor's race. The Sierra Club, Clean Water Action Pennsylvania, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and Penn Environment said Wednesday in a joint news release that Kenney's record on Council and his environmental policy proposals "offer a unique opportunity to protect the health of millions of Philadelphians and their environment....
April 22, 2015 |
At a January campaign kickoff, a group of Latino Democratic ward leaders enthusiastically endorsed Nelson A. Diaz, seeking to become Philadelphia's first Latino mayor. On Monday, with 30 days until the May 19 Democratic primary, many of those same individuals recanted and instead endorsed former City Councilman James F. Kenney. One even took to name-calling - "charlatan" and "disgrace" - and said Diaz should pull out of the race. Diaz says it's all because he refused to support a City Council candidate, Manny Morales, who has faced controversy over racist and antigay remarks that turned up on his Facebook page.
April 21, 2015 |
It already may be out of their hands. With the May 19 Democratic primary a month away, the six mayoral candidates are increasingly being reduced to spectators by the volume of television ads produced by organizations officially unconnected to their campaigns. While they continue to debate, produce policy papers, and skewer one another's positions, none so far appear to have the resources to match the level of ads created by three independent groups in the race at the moment. One of those groups, American Cities, has thus far spent in excess of $1.9 million to promote State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, according to a political consultant who is unconnected to the campaign but who is tracking ad buys.
April 19, 2015 |
Rubberbandance Group's Empirical Quotient is a blend of ballet and hip-hop, but it's a quieter piece than one might expect. In just over an hour, six dancers dressed in subtle grays, navy blue, and dark reds perform a series of dances loosely centered on the push and pull of human interactions, set to vocals and electronica by DJ and composer Jasper Gahunia. The evening begins as the audience arrives, with the dancers warming up on stage. As the lights go down, they huddle, forming a single unit that moves across the stage.
April 13, 2015 |
Did you borrow for college and end up the victim of a sky-high-interest student loan? A new group, Debt Collective, says it's time to go on a "debt strike. " That is, stop paying. An outgrowth of Occupy Wall Street, Debt Collective is a year-old activist organization rallying financially strapped students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. The strikers are mostly young adults, including some single parents, who borrowed from Corinthian's lending arm at up to 14 percent annually.
April 9, 2015 |
MEMBERS OF Philadelphia's arts community were singing, dancing and even playing the violin at City Hall yesterday - but they weren't celebrating. Instead, they were trying to bring attention to the fact that Mayor Nutter's budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning July 1 contains a 40 percent reduction to the budget of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. The fund, a nonprofit corporation established by the city in 1991 to award city-funded grants to art organizations, is in line to receive $1.84 million for fiscal year 2016, or $1.3 million less than it received in the current-year budget of $3.14 million.