Mastriano versus The Free Press

Okay. You hate journalists. But the war Doug Mastriano is waging against the news media is not normal, and is a harbinger of autocracy

By Larry Platt

Listen: Ali Velshi on Why U.S. Democracy Could End in PA

MSNBC's Al Velshi and Josh Shapiro speak about how many Pennsylvania voters plan to back democracy on November 8

By Ali Velshi

City Council’s Big Risk — The Upcoming Special Elections

Council President Clarke’s call for special elections is delaying mail-in ballots and changing mayoral powers: This could signal trouble for Dems in November, says Philly 3.0’s engagement director

By Jon Geeting

The price of City Council’s national politics

Councilmembers’ attempts to legislate national politics distract them from the local issues only they can solve. They should do better.

By Jemille Q. Duncan

Frank Rizzo v. the Free Press

An excerpt from a longtime Philly journalist’s memoir sees in a famous Philly libel trial the path from Rizzo to Trump

By Dan Rottenberg

What Happens in City Hall When Council Resigns?

Four City Councilmembers have already resigned to run for Mayor — with the possibility of two more leaving before the new session begins. A former Council staffer explains what that means

By Jemille Q. Duncan

John Fetterman and the Politics of Hypocrisy

Progressives who dismiss the lingering speech issues from the candidate’s stroke run the risk of embodying what they decry

By Larry Platt

Who Is Cherelle Parker?

The two-term city councilmember from Northwest Philly who champions “middle neighborhoods” is running for mayor of Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know about her so you can make an informed vote in May.

By The Philadelphia Citizen Staff