Center City District annual report highlights Philadelphia’s economic recovery

BY: - April 26, 2023

The report, which examines the latest trends in both in Center City and in the broader Philadelphia economy, highlights the resilience of the city’s housing markets and the continued confidence of investors and developers in Philadelphia’s downtown despite some ongoing challenges.

Shapiro administration moves to schedule sedative for animals found in illicit drugs

BY: - April 18, 2023

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro noted that veterinarians in the commonwealth can still access xylazine for their work.

State Sen. Nikil Saval, D-Philadelphia, speaks during the Whole-Home Repairs Act Rally held on the Capitol steps on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Democrats propose overhauling Philly’s landlord-tenant officer system

BY: - April 3, 2023

Two Philadelphia-area lawmakers want to ensure that public offices — not private contractors — are responsible for handling court orders in landlord-tenant cases.

Philadelphia City Council OKs resolution urging Congress to pass George Floyd Act

BY: - February 10, 2023

On Feb. 24, 2021, the police reform bill named for Floyd was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, which it subsequently passed. But in the U.S. Senate, negotiations between Republicans and Democrats broke down in September of that year, which stalled the legislation.

Pa. Senate votes to postpone Krasner impeachment trial indefinitely

BY: - January 11, 2023

Only two officials in Pennsylvania have faced removal from office through the impeachment process. The most recent occurred in 1994.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

‘It all takes a toll’: Pa. Democrats examine secondary impacts of gun violence

BY: - August 24, 2022

Sen. Tim Kearney, D-Delaware, described the speakers’ remarks as “sobering,” as they outlined how the gun violence epidemic has affected communities, the physical and emotional toll of gun violence, and solutions to combat the crisis.

Philadelphia youth call for tighter firearms restrictions, increased funding to combat gun violence

BY: - August 8, 2022

Proms, not funerals. Essays, not eulogies. Books, not obituaries. Kids, not guns. Those were just one of the messages on a dozen of hand-drawn signs as a group of more than 30 Philadelphia kids and teens gathered in the Capitol on Monday afternoon, urging Pennsylvania lawmakers to take action against gun violence across the state.

In Philly, maternal mortality, health care inequities take center stage at abortion access hearing

BY: - July 26, 2022

The hearing, the second in a series of meetings about reproductive healthcare in Pennsylvania, focused on the impact abortion bans would have on Pennsylvania’s maternal mortality rate and the implications for OB-GYN physicians, as well as how advocates and providers are faring with an influx of out-of-state patients. 

House passes bill limiting Philly DA to two terms

BY: - April 26, 2022

The bill, which now goes to the Senate for a vote, would limit the top prosecutor in Pennsylvania’s largest city – and only in Philadelphia – to two four-year terms. The proposal  appears to take aim at Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a Democrat, who has been a target for GOP lawmakers.

Businesses react to return of Philadelphia’s mask mandate

BY: - April 19, 2022

But while some are supportive, several businesses and residents have filed suit in state court in Pennsylvania seeking to overturn Philadelphia’s renewed indoor mask mandate.

City Council members sound off on gun violence efforts in Philadelphia

BY: - March 26, 2022

Councilmember Curtis Jones said City Council as a governing body has the unique opportunity to review the city budget and see how productive past allocations to departments have been.

‘These are human beings.’ How Pa.’s Ukrainian community is responding to Russian invasion

BY: - February 24, 2022

Groups such as the Ukrainian League of Philadelphia and the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in neighboring Montgomery County have feared and advocated against a Russian invasion for months.