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

Incumbent City Commissioner Comes Up 4 Signatures Short, Will Not Have The Chance To Defend Her Seat

Commonwealth Court has rejected her appeal. Her name will not be on the May 19th Democratic Primary ballot in Philadelphia.

04/24/2015

(Defense attorney Larry Krasner.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Defense Attorney Outraged at Trial Postponement For 10 Charged in Philadelphia Police Protest

“I’m very skeptical of the motivation of the district attorney’s office for trying to continue (postpone) this case today and for trying to do it at the very last minute,” attorney Larry Krasner said.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/23/2015

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

Incumbent City Commissioner Loses Court Fight To Be On May Primary Ballot, But Will Appeal

Now officially removed from the May 19th Democratic Primary ballot, incumbent City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, whose office runs elections, will appeal to Commonwealth Court.

04/07/2015

(This sign, at the corner of 20th and Winter Streets, would be replaced with a digital version under the Franklin Institute's plan.  File photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Franklin Institute Defends Its Plan For Electronic Signage on Logan Circle

“It’s only six by ten,” the museum’s attorney says. “It’s an accessory sign — it’s not outdoor advertising.” Opponents say it could engender more digital signs along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

Erik Arneson at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. (Credit: Tony Romeo/KYW)

Gov. Wolf’s Firing Of Open Records Director To Be Argued In Commonwealth Court

Senate Republicans and the former director of the Office of Open Records are seeking an injunction against Democrat Wolf’s decision to fire the director.

02/04/2015

File photo: Shale gas burns at the Consol Energy Horizontal Gas Drilling Rig. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

A Blow To PA Conservationists On Public Land Drilling

The Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation (PEDF) sued to halt any additional leases in state parks and forests, and to make sure proceeds from current leases were put into mitigating the impacts of drilling.

01/08/2015

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Commonwealth Court Reviews Legality Of Philadelphia School District’s Termination Of Teachers’ Contract

Attorneys for the Philadelphia School District have asked a Commonwealth Court panel to affirm the District’s authority to cancel its teachers contract.

12/11/2014

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

SCOPA Hears Arguments On Legality Of Widely Used Electronic Voting Machines

The machines are called direct recording electronic, or DRE, and with a press of a button or turn of a wheel voters can choose the next governor or congressman, with choice recorded directly into the machine’s memory. Advocates says there’s a problem.

09/10/2014

The Walter D. Palmer Charter School, in Northern Liberties.   (File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. High Court Says Phila. School District Off the Hook For Overenrolled Charter

It’s a victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for the School District of Philadelphia in its dispute with the Walter D. Palmer Charter School.

05/28/2014

(Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to reporters in Harrisburg.  File Photo by Tony Romeo)

Corbett Wants Commonwealth Judge To Reconsider Voter ID Knockdown

Corbett says he has several additional options regarding the ruling by a Commonwealth Court judge that the voter ID requirement is unconstitutional: he can ask for a hearing before the entire Commonwealth Court, or he can appeal to the state Supreme Court.

01/22/2014

(Firefighters' Local 22 president Joe Schulle speaks to reporters outside Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Firefighters’ Union Official Irate Over Rescinded Promotions

At issue is whether the fire commissioner is required to fill budgeted vacancies with firefighters who pass the promotion exam, as the union contends, or whether he can pick and choose.

09/24/2013

(credit: CBS3)

Judge Halts Issuance of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses in Montco

A Pennsylvania judge is stopping a suburban Philadelphia court clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying it was a clear violation of his legal authority.

09/12/2013

(credit: CBS 3)

Commonwealth Court Sets Limits On Arguments In Montgomery County Same Sex Marriage Case

The Corbett administration is seeking to stop Montgomery County’s Register of Wills / Clerk of Orphans Court, D. Bruce Haines, from issuing marriage licenses in defiance of state law.

08/23/2013

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law To Go To Trial In July

A legal challenge to the Pennsylvania law mandating photo identification for voters is tentatively scheduled for trial beginning July 15 in Harrisburg.

01/22/2013

(Notices posted in English and Spanish by the Committee of 70 alerted voters that they did not need to show ID cards for last November's election.)

Challenge to Pa. Voter ID Law Likely To Drag Beyond May 2013 Primary

ACLU legal director Vic Walczak says the judge will likely schedule a hearing between now and May to determine whether to block the law for the primary.

12/13/2012

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