Candidates draw for ballot positions in Philadelphia’s May primary

Candidates draw for ballot positions in Philadelphia’s May primary


Certain traditions in Philadelphia are hard to properly explain to outsiders. Grown men dressing in skirts, carrying parasols, and dancing around on New Year’s Day. Parking in the flat median of the city’s busiest thoroughfare. Anyone ordering or buying scrapple.

Wednesday saw another bizarre but beloved practice play out in City Hall. Dozens of citizens from all walks of life came out to draw for ballot position for this year’s May primary. Pulling numbered ping pong balls from an old Horn and Hardart coffee can, a tradition that goes back decades, candidates learned their fate for one of the largest ballots in memory.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

Legislators have made clear their intentions to continue efforts to trim Pennsylvania’s prison population, pointing to cost savings and the need to make the state’s criminal justice system more equitable.

But despite several major criminal justice reform measures already being introduced, the General Assembly is still in the early stages of charting its course forward on the matter. While none of the bills have gotten hearings as of yet, lawmakers have their sights set on altering the state’s probation system, moving away from cash bail and updating a major criminal justice law already on the books.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Sen. Williams launches mayoral race with promises of action and advocacy

Sen. Williams launches mayoral race with promises of action and advocacy

Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D-Philadelphia) officially launched his mayoral campaign Monday night in a crowded art gallery in West Philadelphia.

Williams filed his nominating petition before last week’s deadline. This creates a re-match of the 2015 Democratic primary, where Williams lost handily to now-Mayor Jim Kenney.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Officials, challengers file for Philadelphia’s May primary elections

Officials, challengers file for Philadelphia’s May primary elections

Dozens of Philadelphia citizens filed their nomination petitions Tuesday for the 2019 primary elections. Now comes the fun part: the campaign.

Voters will elect nominees for mayor, sheriff, judges, the 17 seats in City Council, and two of three City Commissioners on May 21st. Tuesday was the deadline to file petitions with enough signatures to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Williams, Stack considering running for Philadelphia offices

Williams, Stack considering running for Philadelphia offices

Two big names in Harrisburg with ties to Philadelphia have added their names to growing fields of candidates in the 2019 elections.

Former Lt. Gov. Mike Stack announced his candidacy for City Council last week at a major fundraiser. Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams might enter the Democratic primary for mayor. Both have filed petitions with the Board of Elections, which opened the nomination and petition-signing period last Tuesday.

While he hasn’t formally announced yet, Williams described his decision as “imminent” on Monday afternoon. He cites Philadelphia’s struggle to make progress on major quality of life issues like crime, homicide rates, and small business growth in his decision to consider running.

Monday, February 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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