Your City Defined: Pay-to-Play

There’s stuff that’s illegal ... and then there’s everything else

By J.P. Romney

Who Will Return Johnny Doc’s Money?

The convicted labor leader’s union has spent $40 million on Pennsylvania politicians since 2010. A writer for Broad + Liberty wonders if they will finally distance themselves from his influence.

By Gina Diorio

The Fix: You Can’t Change a Culture of Corruption…

…when just about everyone in it is complicit. State Rep. Jared Solomon and Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez have spoken out. But, in the aftermath of the Dougherty conviction, where are the others?

By Larry Platt

The Fix: A Post-Dougherty Anti-Corruption Crusade?

In a special Citizen Zoom series, former mayoral candidate Sam Katz, State Rep. Jared Solomon and City Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez weigh in on how we got here and how we move forward

By Larry Platt

The Fix: How To Reform The City Charter

Our Drexel class on rewriting Philly’s constitution last year produced dozens of ideas. Here are some of the best for changing the relationship between government and the governed.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Your City Defined: Sheriff’s Office

Here’s a breakdown—and a little history—about the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office

By J.P. Romney

The Fix: Is Now The Time to Go Softer On Public Corruption?

A ballot question amends the charter’s ban on political activity. Is there evidence that, left to their own devices, our political players will make good government choices?

By Larry Platt

The Fix: It’s Always Groundhog Day

In another black mark on public integrity, former Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, now an employee of the Register of Wills, applied for the controversial DROP program. Will Tracey Gordon step in?

By Larry Platt