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
Mayor Kenney sets vision of future with budget address

Mayor Kenney sets vision of future with budget address

If Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) wins re-election this fall, Fiscal Year 2024 will be the last he oversees while in office. In his budget address before City Council Thursday, he outlined a city making great strides in those five years. 

Joined by city officials and other luminaries, Kenney delivered his FY 2020 budget, totaling just under $5 billion. The city has projected about $4.9 billion in revenue, with no proposed new taxes.
Thursday, March 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Minimum wage increase referendum question clears committee

Minimum wage increase referendum question clears committee

Philadelphia City Council’s Law and Government Committee passed a bill and resolution Monday that would ask voters in May to weigh in on the minimum wage debate.

Introduced by Councilmember Cherelle Parker (D-District 9), the non-binding resolution would be a referendum question calling on the General Assembly to provide a decent, living wage. If not passed at the state level, the question would also ask citizens if they think the city should attempt to act independently.

Monday, March 4, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Representative Solomon calls on Councilman Henon to resign

Representative Solomon calls on Councilman Henon to resign

Rep. Jared Solomon (D) came to City Hall Thursday to deliver a message: the residents of the 6th Councilmanic District deserve better than Bobby Henon (D). However, he wouldn’t suggest he should replace the embattled Majority Leader.

Solomon, who represents portions of Henon’s constituency in Harrisburg, called for Henon to resign following his January indictment on corruption and other charges that suggested he was the agent for co-defendant John Dougherty, one of Philadelphia’s most powerful union figures.
Friday, March 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia, state considering electric scooters

Philadelphia, state considering electric scooters

Philadelphia Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (D-District 2) drops off his two young children at daycare before going to work. He sees fellow parents using different forms of transportation to unload their kids.

“Probably half the parents I see bringing their children to school are just on those little children’s scooters,” he said while chairing a joint committee on Wednesday. “They’re also setting up the mind frame of using those scooters as a mode of transportation, whether it’s now or later.”

Wednesday, February 27, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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