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Groundbreaking Philadelphia Columnist Chuck Stone Dead at 89

Stone was the first black columnist at the Philadelphia Daily News and was founding president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

04/07/2014

(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

(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

(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

Even After Judge’s Ruling, Pa. Voter ID Opponents Not Slowing Down

There was applause but not quite jubilation when the Pa. Voter ID Coalition got the news that photo ID cards would not be necessary for next month’s election.

10/02/2012

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Committee Of 70 Concerned About Plan To Give City Council Control Over Money

A Philadelphia city councilman’s plan to give council direct and final control over hundreds of millions of dollars isn’t sitting too well with a local political watchdog group.

09/30/2012

(The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard the Voter ID appeal in its Philadelphia courtroom, in a proceeding that was televised -- a rare occurrence for the state's high court.  File photo)

Pa. Supreme Court Sends Voter ID Ruling Back To Lower Court For Review

Opponents of Pennsylvania’s recently enacted voter ID law have notched a preliminary victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

09/18/2012

(Pa. woman holds her new voter ID. Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Voter ID Law A ‘Solution In Search Of A Problem’? Watchdogs Find Little Evidence Of Fraud

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law has been at the center of controversy in past weeks, since many opponents say the law is a solution in search of a problem.

07/16/2012

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Political Watchdog Wants New Superintendent Contract Details Made Public

“The problem, of course, is that Arlene Ackerman, the last Superintendent, got a big salary and a lot of bonuses and a lot of side deals,” Committee Of Seventy CEO Zack Stalberg said. “And we’re trying to avoid that.”

06/28/2012

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Pennsylvania’s New Voter ID Card Law – What You Need To Know

Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law requires that, beginning in November of this year, all voters present a photo ID every time they vote. But you need to plan ahead.

04/19/2012

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Mayor Nutter Says It’s Time To Move On From Ackerman

Mayor Nutter says it’s time to look ahead, now that the Arlene Ackerman buyout drama is over.

09/09/2011

(Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, in file photo.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Ackerman ‘Surprised’ By Talk Of Fundraising To Buy Out Her Contract

Meanwhile, a political watchdog group in Philadelphia says that private donations for a public sector bailout would be wrong.

08/18/2011

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Philadelphia City Council Votes To Keep DROP, With Modifications

Philadelphia City Council has voted to tweak the controversial lump-sum pension perk known as “DROP,” turning its back on the mayor’s call to abolish the program.

06/08/2011

(Poll workers wait for voters at an Old City Philadelphia polling place just before noon.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

Rain, Lack of Interest Make For Low Turnout In Philadelphia Primaries

The election watchdog group Committee of Seventy expects only 13 to 14 percent of voters to turnout for Tuesday’s primaries in the City of Philadelphia.

05/17/2011

(Zack Stalberg, Committee of Seventy executive director; Seth Williams, Philadelphia DA; and Peter Berson, assistant DA, are seen in a video monitor at the DA's office today.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Pollwatchers, Official and Unofficial, Prepare For Pennsylvania Primary In Philadelphia

Low turnout is expected in Tuesday’s primary election in Philadelphia, but both official and unofficial watchdogs will be out to make sure things go smoothly.

05/16/2011

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