Reality Check: Welcome To Sin Tax City

WURD’s afternoon host says state legislation to expand gaming and privatize liquor sales would harm Phliadelphia—but help lawmakers' pocketbooks

By Charles D. Ellison

Ideas We Should Steal: Democracy Vouchers

In Seattle, residents get cash vouchers to support political candidates. It could even the playing field—and bring more people out to the polls

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Reality Check: SO NOW PHILLY HAS A VIOLENCE PROBLEM?

A WURD host notes the way media and politicians worry over violence—except when it’s in poor neighborhoods

By Charles D. Ellison

Idea We Should Steal: Top Two Elections

The best way to fix our fragile democracy might be a nonpartisan electoral system that rewards moderation and increases competition

By Larry Platt

The Problem With Spin

The casual dishonesty about Mayor Kenney’s Iceland trip should have you rolling your eyes

By Larry Platt

The Case for Reparations

Let’s reimagine the commuter wage tax as a way to make up for white flight in the past…and help reduce poverty today

By Richardson Dilworth

“My Service Makes Me Whole”

Recent headlines have had me searching for inspiration. Last week, it came in two surprising forms: From City Year and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

By Larry Platt

Reality Check: UNEXPECTED DRAMA IN THE PHILLY DA RACE?

A WURD host also wonders: What’s with the $50 million wasted on new Philly PD headquarters?

By Charles D. Ellison

Guest Commentary: Disrupt the Machine

A longtime committee person argues that our current system of ward fiefdoms must be overturned for the sake of local democracy

By Karen Bojar

What Change Feels Like

Watch out, establishment—something is in the air. Now let’s make sure our new faces also think anew

By Larry Platt