Monday, May 18, 2015

Guide to the May, 2015 primaries

Mayor and City Council, plus a heap of judges from Supreme Court (a historical number of openings) to Municipal Court. I've been meaning to do a full write-up here, but it just got bumped by a bunch of other brushfires over the last week or two, so I will direct you to the carefully annotated recommendations that are spelled out at the website of this Center City division -- your local District Council race might differ, but the rest of the positions discussed are city-wide, and these represent my choices for all of those races. Judges were really a challenge, given all the contenders, and we even changed our recommendations between sending our official letter and today (because of some late-released Bar recommendations that allowed us to endorse a couple of candidates who impressed us in person), but this captures our best efforts. Don't forget to vote tomorrow!

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Mayoral info

Readers of this blog probably realize that the mayoral race in Philadelphia takes place mostly in the Democratic primary on May 19. There are six contenders in this race, and several sources have attempted to make information about them and their views available. For those tuning in just now, having missed the deluge of mayoral forums and debates, these might be helpful in making up your mind:
  1. Brief write-ups of question-and-answer sessions held earlier this year by Plan Philly, which help illuminate how the candidates think about the city's future (these are their headlines):

    • Tony Williams on gentrification, consensus-building, transportation infrastructure, and more
    • Jim Kenney on public transportation, pedestrian safety, and South Philly's organized chaos
    • Lynn Abraham on L&I, councilmanic prerogative, protected bike lanes and more
    • Nelson Diaz on affordable housing, attracting new business, and expanding SEPTA
    • Doug Oliver on the 10-year tax abatement, Vision Zero, and Philly's waterfront
    • Update: Milton Street on Michael Nutter, community planning, tax abatements, aging

  2. Longer radio interviews (45 minutes or so) with individual candidates on Radio Times, all held the last week of April; probably the best source of insight, if you can put in the time:

I'll be putting up a full list of endorsements (especially since there are an ungodly number of judicial candidates again!) this weekend, but wanted to post these separately as a resource, since I think most people like to get a good look themselves at the choices at the top of the ticket. But one of the frontrunners stood pretty far ahead of the others when I saw them in person at recent Ward meetings, so I think it will be an easy choice for anybody with progressive leanings (and interest in continuing Nutter's legacy of good government and city greening).

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Republicans hate Pennsylvanians

At least, they're writing off anybody who can't get a Voter ID as not worth the effort:
As Mitt Romney said, 47% of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that.
Maybe the voters can fix this attitude by kicking some jerks out of office! Meantime, check whether you have the ID necessary to cast your vote at this website, which will tell you what you need to do if your current forms of ID are insufficient.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Latest on Tracey Gordon

... and attempts to hold the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee accountable: Too much to hope that people would welcome all sorts of reformers into the democratic process?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Don't forget to vote today

I imagine many will, but at minimum, Dems should want some say on Attorney General and State Rep. races, and Republicans should want to get to help pick their US Senate candidate. Turnout so far indicates slim interest in general, but all the more reason for you to speak up.
reminder to vote!
Also, take this opportunity to be sure that you have valid identification. You will be asked for it today, but not turned away if you have no photo ID; however, in the fall (the big Presidential election, remember?), such ID will be required, so if your current form is insufficient, you can get moving on getting it updated. Anybody who currently lacks sufficient ID can ask poll workers for information on the process for getting a free drivers license stand-in or other forms (or see the Committee of Seventy summary) -- you may need an official copy of your birth certificate to get a new ID, so don't wait to check it out!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

In case you wondered whose interests they protect

Bob Brady makes clear where his priorities lie -- personal survival over party, state, city... Doesn't make you that excited to have him pulling the regional strings, does it?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Let the gasses run wild!

More bad news on the frakking front: municipalities to be denied any say over how gas is extracted, companies to be granted emininent domain, little people to be screwed in every possible way.