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  • Democratic Mayor Touts Soda Tax Success After Sales Plummet 50 Percent

    02/25/2017 2:56:29 PM PST · by lowbridge · 43 replies
    Daily caller ^ | February 25, 2017 | Steve Birr
    The Democratic mayor of Philadelphia is touting the success of the city’s beverage tax and lashing out at the “greed” of retailers as sales crater by as much as 50 percent. City officials say the unpopular soda tax is already exceeding expectations, raking in $5.7 million in revenue in January. The revenue is more than double what officials estimated, which goes towards early childhood education programs in the city. Despite the supposed success of the policy, sales among retailers are getting crushed. Stores are reporting beverage sales down 30 to 50 percent and are planning layoffs to cope with the...
  • Industry: Philadelphia soda tax killing sales, layoffs loom

    02/22/2017 3:15:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2017 11:00 AM EST
    Some Philadelphia supermarkets and beverage distributors say they’re gearing up for layoffs because the city’s new soda tax has cut beverage sales by 30 percent to 50 percent, worse than the city predicted. An owner of six supermarkets tells The Philadelphia Inquirer he expects to cut 300 jobs, and a soft drink distributor predicts a 20 percent workforce reduction. City officials expect business to rebound once customers get over sticker shock. …
  • Philadelphia Soda Tax Leads To 30-50% Plunge In Sales, Mass Layoffs

    02/22/2017 10:50:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/22/2017
    When Philadelphia became the first US city to pass a soda tax last summer, city officials were eagerly looking forward to the surplus-tax funded windfall to plug gaping budget deficits (and, since this is Philadelphia, the occasional embezzlement scheme). Then, one month ago, after the tax went into effect on January 1st we showed the tax applied in practice: a receipt for a 10 pack of flavored water carried a 51% beverage tax. And since  PA has a sales tax of 6% and Philly already charges another 2%, the total sales tax was 8%. In other words, a purchase...
  • Hundreds expected to walk off work in Philly on ‘day without immigrants’

    02/15/2017 8:29:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Metro ^ | February 15, 2017 | Sam Newhouse
    President Donald Trump’s rise to the White House has been accompanied by increasingly harsh rhetoric about immigration. In response, local immigrant rights activists have decided to give Philly a taste of what the world would be like if proponents of mass deportations had their way. They've planned a “Day without Immigrants” (Un Dia Sin Immigrante) protest on Thursday. “What if a good chunk of Philadelphia society was gone in one day? This is what we’re talking about,” said Miguel Andrade, an organizer with Juntos, an immigrants' activist group that is coordinating the protest. Immigrants will be “closing shops, not sending...
  • Sources: Feds identify Philly woman in probe of secret recordings at GOP retreat

    02/04/2017 7:01:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/04/2017 | Jeremy Roebuck & Jonathan Tamari
    Federal authorities have identified a Philadelphia journalist as the woman who infiltrated and might have secretly recorded a closed-door discussion of congressional Republicans at their Center City retreat last week, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the matter. After a probe involving multiple agencies, they said Emily Guendelsberger is unlikely to face federal charges in Philadelphia, despite getting past security and into a room in the Loews hotel where Vice President Pence met privately with senators and representatives.
  • IBEW on board with Trump (Electrician's union)

    02/02/2017 1:35:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 1, 2017 | Dom Giordano
    WHEN I COVERED the protests of President Trump and the Republicans on retreat in Philadelphia last week, I was struck by the sheer number of signs that were carried by protesters. Many were straightforward about stopping the repeal of Obamacare. Many beat to death the meme of Trump as Hitler. Some were very crude, and others were really clever. Signs like "We want a leader not a creepy tweeter" were interesting. As a Sixers fan, I think "Trust the protest" was probably my favorite. They mostly reflected anger and desperation. However, I noticed two signs hanging from a construction site...
  • Woman impersonated lawmaker’s wife, snuck into GOP retreat

    01/29/2017 2:22:10 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 28, 2017 | By Erica Werner | AP
    WASHINGTON — A woman impersonated the wife of a GOP lawmaker and snuck into the congressional Republican retreat in Philadelphia Thursday, the same day President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appeared, retreat organizers told lawmakers late Saturday. The revelation came as the nonprofit Congressional Institute that organizes the retreat investigates how audio of the gathering leaked. In an email to GOP lawmakers, institute president Mark Strand did not directly say that the impersonator was the same person who leaked the audio, but that was the implication. “The Congressional Institute is continuing to investigate this breach in order to...
  • LIVE STREAM: President Donald Trump Speech at GOP Retreat 2017 In Philadelphia, PA (1/26/2017)

    01/26/2017 10:32:06 AM PST · by RummyChick · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/26/17 | youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JObdqrq4o2s
  • Theresa May: America and Britain will 'lead together again' after Brexit and election of...

    01/25/2017 3:06:13 PM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 1/25/17 | Peter Dominiczak
    Theresa May will say that Britain and America can “rediscover our confidence” and “lead together again” in the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. The Prime Minister will address the annual congressional Republican Retreat in Philadelphia and say that the UK and USA will “renew the Special Relationship” now that President Trump is in the White House. Her address will come just hours before she becomes the first foreign leader to meet Mr Trump on Friday. Mrs May will present Mr Trump with an engraved Quaich - an ancient Scottish artefact – and give his wife, Melania,...
  • Philadelphia erects another barrier to employers being able to hire workers

    01/25/2017 12:38:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/25/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Philadelphia may be turning into the new San Francisco under Mayor Jim Kenny, complete with all of the bizarre laws we’re used to seeing crop up on the west coast. Just last night we were talking about his plans for certain bars in the “Gayborhood” and the sketchy legal grounds for those proposals. Now there’s another new initiative rolling out which is going to put the screws to every employer in the city. The City of Brotherly love will now bar employers from asking job applicants about their salary history during the hiring process. Despite a threat from cable...
  • Gayborhood Racism Is Long-Standing, Philadelphia Report Says

    01/23/2017 3:09:00 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    AP via NBC news ^ | 01/23/2017 | staff
    Women, minorities and transgender people have felt unwelcome and unsafe in Philadelphia's gay neighborhood for decades, according to a city report issued Monday. To address the issue, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations recommended that Gayborhood bars and nonprofits undergo training for racial bias and hire more diverse staff. The agency has issued an action plan for the next three months and said organizations that do not cooperate could be punished or face legal action.
  • College Offers ‘Is God A White Supremacist?’ Religion Class [Swarthmore, Philly]

    01/19/2017 10:44:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | January 19, 2017 4:19 PM
    A Philadelphia-area college is offering a religion class to its students titled “Is God a White Supremacist?” According to Swarthmore College’s course catalog, the course “will focus on representations of race in religious discourses and social practice.” […] Tariq al-Jamil, the head of the school’s religion department, will be teaching the course. …
  • Philadelphia mayor blames retailers, not new tax, for increased soda prices

    01/13/2017 6:46:36 PM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 43 replies
    The Extract ^ | 1.13.17 | Editor
    Despite backing what became one of the nation’s first successful soda taxes, Mayor Jim Kenney is now blaming businesses for the resulting spike in the cost of sugary beverages. “They’re gouging their own customers,” he said of retailers who have been passing along some of the costs associated with the new tax.
  • Mayor Passes Massive Soda Tax, Blames Business For Rising Prices

    01/12/2017 4:26:57 AM PST · by kevcol · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | January 11, 2017 | Steve Birr
    Mayor Jim Kenney, who lead the charge for the passage of his city’s “soda tax,” is lashing out at the business community over higher prices, even accusing retailers of attempting to stir up resentment for the tax in the community . . . The 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks is implemented at the distribution level, meaning that retailers must choose how much of the cost to pass onto consumers at the shelves. . . . “From Jan. 1, it’s been completely dead,” Mohammad Alqtaishat, owner at Roxborough’s M&M Market, told Billy Penn. “I’m not making money at...
  • She was angry she always lost. So this woman threatened to kill lottery officials, police say.

    01/06/2017 4:14:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Nation ^ | January 6, 2017 | Lindsey Bever
    A Pennsylvania lottery player who kept buying losing scratch-off tickets called her string of losses a conspiracy and threatened to kill employees at state lottery headquarters, authorities said. Towanda A. Shields is wanted on 53 charges, including harassment, stalking and terroristic threats, for phone calls and voice-mail messages that police said started as a “nuisance” last year and escalated into a “relentless” stream of hostile, sexually explicit and threatening statements to Pennsylvania Lottery officials in Lower Swatara Township. Police there issued a warrant for her arrest Tuesday and are working with authorities in Philadelphia, where Shields lives, to bring her...
  • Family: Soldier attacked after Mummers Parade (Philadelphia, Pa.)

    01/04/2017 12:19:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WTXF-TV ^ | January 2, 2017
    PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A soldier’s mom is speaking out after a brutal attack on her son. The serviceman became a target for a violent group after the Mummers parade. He is now in the hospital with a long recovery ahead of him. "He's such a good kid. He did not deserve this." Lori Freni was supposed to see her 19-year-old Army serviceman son Austin head back to base after the holidays....
  • Massive New Soda Tax In Philly Is Leaving Residents In Shock

    01/03/2017 6:59:43 PM PST · by kevcol · 76 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | January 3, 2016 | Steve Birr
    The contentious soda tax secured passage in June but consumers in Philadelphia are still flabbergasted by the price increases the tax is sparking. In some cases, shoppers found that they were paying more for the soda tax than the actual product they were purchasing. The 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks is implemented at the distribution level, meaning retailers must choose how much of the cost to pass onto consumers at the shelves. A 12-pack of Lipton Diet Green Tea at a Save-A-Lot in the city is now priced at $8.03, instead the $4.99 it costed in December,...
  • Attacked for serving his country: Soldier, 19, was beaten by '15 men who spotted his army jacket[tr]

    01/03/2017 7:21:32 AM PST · by kevcol · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 3, 2016 | James Wilkinson
    A soldier who was gifted with a plane ticket to see his widowed mother on Christmas saw his holiday turn to horror when he was left with severe facial injuries by a gang in Philadelphia, his family said. . . . Freni, his mom and girlfriend were strolling through Philadelphia after the parade when they the large group of young men walked by them and made 'derogatory' comments about Freni's jacket, she said. She says that one of those men then hit Freni, and the others leaped in to attack him as well.
  • CALL FOR JUSTICE IN SHOOTING DEATH OF 81-YEAR-OLD SOUTH PHILADELPHIA STORE OWNER

    12/27/2016 11:42:10 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 62 replies
    ABC News (WPVI Philly) ^ | 12/27/2016 | Dann Cuellar
    As homicide detectives continue their investigation, family, friends and neighbors are in a state of shock over the fatal shooting of a beloved 81-year-old South Philadelphia store owner. Relatives and friends cried and hugged Monday as they continue to grieve the horrific and inexplicable Christmas Eve murder of Marie Buck. "She was an unbelievably warm, loving person and the worst of people don't deserve to die like that, let alone the best," nephew Wayne Fantozzi said. Marie Buck operated her grocery store, simply called Marie's, at the corner of 6th and Titan. For 43 years, family members say, she never...
  • Former Rep. Chaka Fattah sentenced to 10 years in prison

    12/12/2016 11:52:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2016 | Cristina Marcos
    Former Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday on charges of money laundering, bribery and fraud. Fattah, 60, resigned from the House in June after being convicted on more than 20 counts of corruption. He'll have to report to prison by Jan. 25, 2017, to begin his sentence. Prosecutors had called for Fattah to receive 17 to 22 years in prison. Fattah had already lost the Democratic primary for the Philadelphia-area seat he represented for 22 years. His successor, Rep. Dwight Evans (D), was sworn in on Nov. 14 to finish the remaining weeks...
  • Examiner: Philadelphia had 35 drug overdoses in 5 days

    12/09/2016 7:43:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2016 4:23 PM EST | Errin Haines Whack
    The Philadelphia medical examiner’s office says as many as 35 fatal drug overdoses over a recent five-day period might be part of a bigger problem: the national opioid crisis. Philadelphia police and the medical examiner’s office are working to determine the cause of the overdoses and possible reasons for the spike in deaths. “There are overdoses that occur every day and people don’t die,” said police spokesman Lt. John Stanford. “What’s coming to the forefront is the fact that people are overdosing and dying.” A dozen people alone died from overdoses Dec. 1. Another four died the following day. That...
  • The Most Bourgeois Sight Imaginable': Philadelphia Attorney Is Caught Spray-Painting 'F*** Trump'...

    12/03/2016 9:45:56 AM PST · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 3, 2016
    The Most Bourgeois Sight Imaginable': Philadelphia Attorney Is Caught Spray-Painting 'F*** Trump' Graffiti While Wearing A Blazer, Chinos And Swilling A Glass Of Wine 3 December 2016 A lawyer from Philadelphia has been caught on camera daubing a wall with anti-Trump graffiti while dressed in smart blazer and holding a glass of wine. Duncan Lloyd, who is an assistant city solicitor has been identified in the surveillance footage that saw him and another man walking along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill on November 25. Lloyd, who is smartly dressed in the video, is seen filming or taking photos, while a...
  • Hillary Clinton lost Pennsylvania by just 46,000 votes, latest figures show

    12/01/2016 9:23:17 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 110 replies
    BillyPenn News ^ | December 1, 2016 | Anna Orso and Mark Dent
    Though Hillary Clinton lost Pennsylvania by a smaller margin than reported on election night, the race still isn’t close enough to trigger an automatic statewide recount of the votes, according to new figures. Nearly three weeks after the election, the City of Philadelphia has finished counting votes, including absentee and provisional ballots. Those totals significantly cut Clinton’s loss in Pennsylvania to President-elect Donald Trump, who amassed a mere 46,000 votes more than the Democratic nominee. More than five million people across the state voted in this election. That’s a difference of about 0.8 percent. In Pennsylvania, votes must be recounted...
  • Philadelphia City Attorney Identified In Connection With [bleep] Trump’ Graffiti [VIDEO]

    12/01/2016 1:59:16 PM PST · by kevcol · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 1, 2016 | Chuck Ross
    <p>A Philadelphia city attorney has been identified as one of two men involved in spraying anti-Donald Trump graffiti on a building in the City of Brotherly Love last week.</p> <p>According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, assistant city solicitor Duncan Lloyd was captured on video with another man who spraypainted “Fuck Trump” on a new grocery store.</p>
  • How the Pennsylvania recount is going so far in Philly (not good)

    11/28/2016 5:01:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Billy Penn ^ | November 28, 2016 | Anna Orso
    Updated 5:30 p.m. — As of close of business on Monday, the Philadelphia Board of Elections had received petitions from 74 (out of more than 1,600) divisions. Updated 3:45 p.m. — Jill Stein officially filed a lawsuit in a bid to force all of Pennsylvania’s votes to be recounted. Jill Stein’s effort to recount presidential votes in three swing states already appears to be sputtering in Philadelphia. While Stein, a former presidential candidate, has raised millions of dollars and filed for a recount in Wisconsin, the process in Pennsylvania is much more complicated. Candidates cannot file for a recount themselves....
  • Sanctuary City’ Philly Released Dominican Accused of Child Rape

    11/26/2016 8:55:48 AM PST · by detective · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Nov 2016 | John Binder
    An accused child rapist and Dominican national was released out of custody by Philadelphia police, ignoring federal immigration officials’ request to hand over the man. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a news release describing how 40-year-old Winston Enrique Perez Pilarte, also known as Josue Duran-Cortes, was released by Philadelphia officials back in 2015 after failing to “honor” their detainer on Pilarte. “After confirming his identity using biometric data, an ICE detainer was lodged against Perez Pilarte while he was detained at the Philadelphia Curran Fromhold Correctional Facility in July 2015,” ICE stated in the release. “On Nov. 25, 2015,...
  • Three men shot while stringing Christmas lights on Juniata home (Philadelphia)

    11/24/2016 6:22:49 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    WTXF Fox 29 Philadelphia ^ | November 24, 2016
    JUNIATA (WTXF) - Police are investigating a triple shooting that took place in Juniata Wednesday night. According to police, officers responded to a report of a shooting on the 4000 block of Howland Street at 10:46 p.m
  • Krauthammer on Dems Defying Trump Over Sanctuary Cities:

    11/17/2016 7:33:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 109 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    Democrats are “making a big bet and a mistaken one” by defying the federal government to protect their city’s “sanctuary” status, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” Wednesday. "Sanctuary cities were a scandal before Trump. It’s in defiance of federal authority,” Krauthammer said. President-elect Donald Trump pledged to withhold federal funds from cities that protect illegal immigrants from possible deportation—and Krauthammer said he’s well within his rights to do so. “The people who did this in the past were the racists in the south who defied federal authority on civil rights, so now it’s...
  • Pa. panic for Clinton, Obama on Philly radio, 1,500 GOTV callers needed (Donks soiling undies)

    11/08/2016 12:57:54 PM PST · by MountainWalker · 142 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/8/2016 - 2:29PM | Paul Bedard
    In a desperate 11th hour move to keep Pennsylvania from choosing Donald Trump for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton's team has sent out an urgent call for 1,500 supporters to make get out the vote calls into the state, and had President Obama give three Philadelphia radio interviews. "We need 1,500 people to call into Pennsylvania right now. Can you help?" said a Clinton email to supporters a day after ending her campaign in Philadelphia with Bill Clinton, Obama and Bruce Springsteen.
  • Philadelphia transit strike ends, avoiding election impact (election impact??)

    11/07/2016 3:04:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2016 5:42 PM EST | Megan Trimble
    The city’s crippling weeklong transit strike ended early Monday, ensuring that all buses, trolleys and subways will be up and running by Election Day. […] Democratic city leaders had feared the strike could weaken turnout at the polls on Tuesday and hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who needs a big haul of votes in the city if she is to win the battleground state instead of Republican Donald Trump. The big concern was people were spending so much time getting to and from work that some wouldn't have time to go to the polls. …
  • HILLARY ABUSES THE PULPIT

    11/07/2016 10:59:11 AM PST · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Catholic League ^ | November 7, 2016 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on Hillary Clinton’s speech at an African American church in Philadelphia yesterday: Hillary Clinton took her campaign to Mount Airy Church of God in Christ yesterday afternoon. According to one report, “she urged parishioners of a black church in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood to choose ‘hope over fear’ and vote to send her to the White House.” Another story described how she stood “at a wooden lectern in the center of a purple-carpeted altar,” making her pitch to the faithful. There has been no complaint from the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State,...
  • SEPTA: Deal reached to end transit strike

    11/07/2016 9:43:35 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    philly.com ^ | 11/7/16 | philly.com
    The week-long work stoppage that sidelined subways, trolleys, and buses and threatened to complicate a closely contested presidential election ended in the predawn hours Monday as SEPTA and leadership for the Transportation Workers Union Local 234 reached a tentative five-year contract for 4,738 transit personnel. While the agreement needs to be formally approved by SEPTA's board and union members, it means workers will return to their jobs during the day. The city's mass transit system gradually returned to service Monday morning, with full service promised before Tuesday morning's commuters begin their treks to work — just in time for Election...
  • Philadelphia transit strike ends; tentative agreement reached

    11/07/2016 5:01:21 AM PST · by workerbee · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 11/7/16
    Philadelphia transit strike ended Monday as the Transport Workers Union and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority reached a contract agreement. SEPTA and TWU Local 234 announced a tentative five year contract, ending the strike and phasing back in workers. Full service is expected to be restored on Tuesday morning. SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale Deon said the contract is a fair deal that provides "wage increases, pension improvements, and maintains health care coverage levels while addressing rising costs." The deal is still subject to ratification by union members and must be approved by the SEPTA board.
  • Hillary Clinton in Michigan: GVSU rally announced (Trump is running her ragged!)

    11/07/2016 3:03:12 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 53 replies
    WZZM 13 (ABC Michigan) ^ | November 6 | Andrew Krietz
    ALLENDALE, MICH. - Hillary Clinton is slated to spend some of the remaining hours before Election Day on the campus of Grand Valley State University.
  • Philly Freepers: Have Hillary's team drive you to the polls

    11/06/2016 7:43:10 PM PST · by MountainWalker · 24 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11/6/2016 | Sarah Bender
    Sarah Bender ‏@sarahmlbender 2h2 hours ago Sarah Bender Retweeted Sarah Bender Free rides in Philadelphia on Election Day on Lyft, Uber, or by calling the Clinton campaign at 878-777-3861 #proudtobepa #GOTV
  • Hillary Clinton to hold Election Eve rally in Philadelphia with the Obamas

    11/03/2016 1:47:41 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 45 replies
    Philly.com (Inky, Daily News) ^ | 11/3/2016 | Emily Babay
    Hillary Clinton will hold an Election Eve rally in Philadelphia with her family, as well as the president and first lady. The Democratic presidential nominee is scheduled to campaign in Philadelphia on Monday evening, her campaign announced Thursday. The event will be Clinton's final rally before voters head to the polls on Tuesday. The rally's time and location have not yet been announced.
  • In blow to Trump, U.S. court denies Republican poll monitor request (In Philly)

    11/03/2016 2:41:16 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 75 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-3-2016 | Andy Sullivan
    In a blow to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a U.S. judge on Thursday upheld a Pennsylvania state law that could make it difficult for his supporters to monitor Election Day activity in Democratic-leaning areas. Trump has repeatedly said that the Nov. 8 presidential election may be rigged, and has urged supporters to keep an eye out for signs of voting fraud in Philadelphia and other heavily Democratic areas. Democrats worry that could encourage Trump supporters to harass Hispanics, African-Americans and other minority voters in a state that could determine whether Trump or his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, wins the...
  • Philly's toughest Congressional candidate? Female, black and Republican

    11/03/2016 7:56:11 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 6 replies
    PhillyVoice ^ | 11/02/2016 | JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO
    On Tuesday, 171 women across the United States and its territories are up for seats in the U.S. Congress. Of that group, 46 are running as Republicans. Just four are African-American. And one of those candidates is a Philadelphian. Deborah Williams, 47, a divorced mother of two, is a one-woman show, sans the political entourage, taking on the monolithic U.S. Rep Bob Brady, the nine-time representative of the 1st Congressional District and chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party. She’s aware of the reality.
  • SEPTA strike begins

    11/01/2016 3:59:20 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 22 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Nov 1 2016 | Jason Laughlin
    Despite last minute negotiations and a visit from Democratic heavy-hitter Congressman Bob Brady, 4,738 SEPTA workers walked off the job Monday night, beginning a strike that halted subways, trolleys and buses in Philadelphia. "We are not able to come to an agreement with SEPTA so as of 12:01 a.m. we're on strike," said Willie Brown, president of Transportation Workers Union Local 234, which represents almost 5,000 SEPTA workers who are hitting the picket lines Tuesday morning.
  • Philadelphia Transit Workers’ Strike Deadline Is Midnight Tuesday (tonight!)

    10/31/2016 6:18:54 AM PDT · by Dana1960 · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/31/16 | Ted Goodman
    Philadelphia transit employees will meet with city officials to negotiate a new contract as the Nov. 1 strike deadline looms, and the prospects of a full walk-out become a very real possibility. The contract between workers and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transport Authority (SEPTA) expires at midnight Oct. 31 (Halloween). The two sides have been in talks for months in order to work out the details of a deal. A major strike could effect voters on Election Day if the walkout runs past Nov. 8.
  • Philadelphia station finds some votes cast by dead people

    10/28/2016 9:06:02 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 28 Oct 2016
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia TV station has found at least three instances in which votes were cast in recent elections under the names of people who were long dead. WPVI-TV (http://6abc.cm/2fcXVS7 ) dug through a decade's worth of Philadelphia's election and death records. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has warned of fraud at Philadelphia polls. He's specifically raised concerns about votes made by dead people. Among the three individuals was a woman who died in 2006 but cast ballots in 2008, 2012, 2014 and the 2016 primary election. Republican City Commissioner Al Schmidt says human error, like poll workers...
  • SEPTA RELEASES CONTINGENCY PLAN IN CASE OF STRIKE (PHILLY MASSTRANSIT)

    10/27/2016 4:55:10 PM PDT · by reasoningMan · 14 replies
    6 ABC WPVI ^ | October 26, 2016 05:04PM | John Rawlins
    PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- SEPTA released a contingency plan on Wednesday in the event union workers go on strike. MORE INFORMATION: SEPTA contingency plan Members of the Transport Workers Union are set to walk off the job on Monday night bringing public transportation in the city to a halt unless an agreement can be reached. Talk continued on Wednesday, but negotiations have been very slow going, and issues like pensions remain to be resolved. That is why at this point people are starting to talk about strike contingency plans. "People are going to have to be creative. They're going to have...
  • Open Enrollment In Affordable Care Marketplace Will Bring Unpleasant Changes To Consumers

    10/25/2016 7:39:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | October 24, 2016 9:50 PM | Pat Loeb
    When the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period begins next week, customers will see some changes, including fewer choices and higher prices. In Pennsylvania, the number of insurers in the marketplace has gone from 13 to eight. In Philadelphia, just two insurers are left and premiums are expected to rise 53 percent.Aviva Aron-Dine of Health and Human Services says the size of the hike reflects artificially low rates early on. Pennsylvania had among the lowest rates in the nation. …
  • Prince Albert buys Philadelphia home of mom Grace Kelly

    10/22/2016 11:12:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 22, 2016 3:01 PM ET
    The Philadelphia home where Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly grew up and accepted a marriage proposal from Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955 is now in the hands of the royal family. Her son, Prince Albert of Monaco, has confirmed to People Magazine that he was the recent purchaser of the six-bedroom, 2.5-story Colonial home in the city’s East Falls section. He said in an interview on the magazine’s website posted Friday that the house is “very special to our family.” He said he was happy to have saved it “from a near certain death or development.” […] The home...
  • Clinton, Kaine to appear at rally at Penn on Saturday (Gathering of Privileged Slack'TIVISTs )

    10/22/2016 1:01:59 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 39 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/22/2016 | staff
    Clinton and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, are to appear at a nighttime rally tonight at the University of Pennsylvania. The event at the Dunning-Cohen Championship Field at Penn Park is set to begin at 8: 45 p.m. and run until 10. The entrance for the rally is at Paley Bridge on South 33rd Street. Gates will open at 6:15 p.m. You can RSVP here.
  • Trio charged in beating of Delaware County mailman

    10/21/2016 1:42:49 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/21/2016 | Julie Shaw
    ---SNIP--- On Jan. 30, the AG's Office said, the mailman had parked his mail truck on Harding Avenue in Morton to deliver mail to homes in the area. That's when the driver of a Nissan vehicle pulled up and stopped directly in front of the mail truck. As the mailman got out of his vehicle, the Nissan driver complained that the mailman was blocking the road and yelled, "This is my hood," authorities said. Later, as the mailman tried to walk by, one of the occupants in the Nissan slapped a piece of mail from the carrier's hand, the AG's...
  • Donald Trump’s Call to Monitor Polls Raises Fears of Intimidation

    10/18/2016 10:52:28 PM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | Oct. 18, 2016 | TRIP GABRIEL
    Warning darkly of a stolen election, Donald J. Trump has called on supporters to turn out in droves on Election Day to monitor polling places, telling them they need to be vigilant against widespread voter fraud and a rigged outcome. “Voter fraud is all too common, and then they criticize us for saying that,” he said at a rally Tuesday in Colorado Springs. “But take a look at Philadelphia, what’s been going on, take a look at Chicago, take a look at St. Louis. Take a look at some of these cities, where you see things happening that are horrendous.”...
  • Controversial Republican Mike Roman to run Donald Trump's 'election protection'

    10/18/2016 1:30:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 18, 2016 | Ben Jacobs in Washington
    Donald Trump’s “election protection” effort will be run by Mike Roman, a Republican operative best known for promoting a video of apparent voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers outside a polling place in 2008. Roman is to oversee poll-watching efforts as Trump undertakes an unprecedented effort by a major party nominee by calling into question the legitimacy of the popular vote weeks before election day. The Republican nominee has insisted, without evidence, that dead people and undocumented immigrants are voting in the United States. Trump has long claimed that the 2016 election is rigged but has amplified his claims...
  • Some people of color in Philadelphia turn out for Trump

    10/16/2016 5:17:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 16, 2016 | Michaela Winberg
    Abdul Fattah, a Muslim man from Philadelphia, isn't offended by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's promise of a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States if he is elected. In fact, Fattah said, he actually is "grateful" for the proposed policy. "A lot of Americans have the misconception that Donald Trump is racist toward Muslims," said Fattah, 39, who attended a rally on Independence Mall Sunday as part of a small group under the banner Muslims for Trump. "That's not what [the policy] is about whatsoever. It's about the extreme vetting of Muslims coming into this country, and I...
  • Philly cheesesteak stand owner removes 'speak English' sign [Geno's]

    10/13/2016 7:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 13, 2016 6:23 PM EDT
    A landmark Philly cheesesteak stand has removed a sign posted a decade ago that told customers to order only in English. Geno’s Steaks in south Philadelphia made headlines in 2006 over a small sign posted at the shop stating, “This is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING ‘SPEAK ENGLISH.’” …