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(City commissioner Stephanie Singer, in red dress, listens to testimony in a fourth-floor courtroom in Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

City Election Official Hears Complaints of Dirty Tricks on Recent Primary Day

The hearing was hosted by city commissioner Stephanie Singer without approval of the City Commissioners’ office, the body responsible for conducting elections in the City of Philadelphia.

06/05/2014

(The Capitol Building in Harrisburg.   Credit: Mladen Antonov/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Watchdog Group Says Ethics Probe Is Not Enough For Corrupt Politicians

A Harrisburg area activist says he’s filed ethics complaints against Philadelphia Democrats caught on tape accepting illegal payments.

03/20/2014

(Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Watchdog Group Calls For Independent Probe of Pa. Legislative Sting Controversy

Ellen Kaplan of the Committee of 70 says the matter of the quashed sting needs to be investigated, and a public accounting needs to be made.

03/18/2014

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Rejects Request For Hearing On Council’s Own Budget

Despite a plea from a political watchdog group, City Council has no intention of holding public hearings on its own budget.

03/15/2014

(Shane Creamer of the city's Board of Ethics, left.  Ellen Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of 70, right.
 Images from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers OK $99 Limit On Gifts To City Workers — With Exceptions

Shane Creamer (left), of the city’s Board of Ethics, backed the limit. Ellen Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of 70 (right), thinks it should be lower.

02/24/2014

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

Phila. Ethics Board Moves Closer To Specific Bans on Gifts For City Employees

Not only is the city’s 50-year-old law currently covering such gifts quite vague, but it fails to set specific limits on the value of gifts that city workers can accept.

01/29/2014

(The empty ballroom at Bellevue, where Chris Christie was scheduled to speak Thursday morning. Credit: Paul Kurtz.)

Gov. Christie Cancels Thursday Appearance In Philadelphia

More than 600 people were expected to show up at the Bellevue to hear Chris Christie speak. But early Wednesday evening, the Committee of 70’s president and CEO Zack Stallberg got a call from Christie’s office that the Governor was sick and had to cancel.

11/14/2013

Voting booths (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Deadline To Register For Pa. Primary Fast Approaching

April 22nd may seem far away, but it gives voters just 20 days to get those applications in.

04/02/2013

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, far right, huddles with fellow councilmembers in City Council chambers.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Worker Fired As Councilwoman Sidesteps Questions About Ethics Probe

On Tuesday, Mayor Nutter fired a city worker implicated in a probe by the city’s Board of Ethics of City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

01/29/2013

(A sign outside a Penndot office advertises the availability of voter ID cards which the law, later delayed, would have required on Election Day.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Watchdog Group Releases Results Of Election Day Survey On Voter ID Law

The voting rights watchdog, Committee of Seventy, released the results of its Election Day survey on Voter ID.

01/27/2013

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Watchdog Group: Phila. Provisional Ballot Voters Email Committee Of 70

The Committee of 70 wants Philadelphians who resorted to using ‘provisional’ ballots in the presidential election to raise their concerns and e-mail the election watchdog group.

11/11/2012

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Polling Issues Impact Voting In Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s election watchdog group says voting in the city is being hampered by a registration issues, a claim disputed by the city officials who run the polling places.

11/06/2012

(Voting machines at a warehouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Officials Say City Will Be Ready For Tuesday’s Elections

Philadelphia elections officials insist they’ll be ready to go for the presidential election come Tuesday, despite the two days lost to Hurricane Sandy.

11/01/2012

(Philadelphia city commissioner Stephanie Singer.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

City Election Official’s Partisan Message Not Appropriate, Says Watchdog Group

Stephanie Singer, chairperson of the three-member board of city commissioners, which runs Philadelphia elections, sent an e-mail urging support for Pres. Obama.

10/25/2012

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Watchdog Group Says 20,000+ Phila. Voter Registrations Still Not Processed

City officials say not to worry, they’ll get it done in time.

10/12/2012

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