Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Which side are you on?

An article in today's Inquirer looks at alliances within Philadelphia's City Council and concludes that it's a lot harder to tell the teams than it once was.
It used to be there were only two ways to swing on City Council - you were either with the mayor or you weren't.

But as Council breaks for the summer after nine months of debate on issues such as government ethics, the once-established boundaries of political alliances have blurred - and the Council that has emerged is one where anything goes.
The reality of the need to get things done sometimes demands an end to grandstanding, but recent end-of-term shenanigans (ahem) leave room for new tensions between Council and mayor . . .

(This article is a good recap of recent bills and players, for those just starting to pay attention.)


Blogger Rep. Mark B. Cohen said...

This post is good news. Factionalization can prevent thought and cooperation to advance common interests. The overwhelming Democratic Council majority can best represent the overwhelmingly Democratic city by trying to maximize worthwhile actions and trying to minimize factional fighting.

4:16 AM  
Blogger ACM said...

I agree. Imagine what a breath of fresh air it would be if people made up their minds on the merits of the issues and bills at hand, rather than on who raised them and/or whom they owe a favor. One can only hope...

9:39 AM  

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