Politics & Government

By Avi Wolfman-Arent | WHYY.org The School District of Philadelphia is delaying its plan to return some students to classrooms due to ongoing mediation with the teachers union — postponing from Feb. 22 to March 1. The decision comes amid a dispute with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which opposes returning members to buildings until all [...]
Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com In homes that are even the least bit conscious about America’s long history of racial bias, one of many lessons Black parents teach their children is this one: You have to be twice as good to get half as much. That key verse from what I like to call “The Big [...]
Reality Check host, Charles Ellison, will spearhead the Inauguration coverage by providing brief  updates at the top of each show starting with Wake Up With WURD and continuing throughout the day. From 10am -11:30am Charles Ellison will do a Special Inauguration Edition of Reality Check w/ some of our prominent contributors, a few inside D.C., [...]
Solomon Jones | WHYY.org The scene was unlike anything we’d ever witnessed. An angry mob descended on Capitol Hill after attending a rally where President Donald Trump erroneously claimed the election was stolen and directed his followers to confront members of Congress. “We’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you,” Trump [...]
Solomon Jones | solomonjones.com What must we do to get justice? That’s what I’m asking after the Kenosha Wisconsin D.A. failed to charge a white cop for shooting a Black man in the back. The victim, Jacob Blake, had been trying to break up an argument between two women, and as he walked back to [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat More than 10,000 voters cast their ballots in Philadelphia’s 9th Ward, marking the city’s highest registered-voter turnout, at 80%, during the 2020 general election. By comparison, citywide turnout was  66% and statewide turnout a little over 70%. Karen Bojar has lived in the 9th Ward for 40 years and was [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Even as voters in Philadelphia turned out in record numbers this election, two wards with the lowest turnout in the city show why some were still left behind in this democratic exercise. One of these is the 27th Ward in west and southwest Philadelphia, which includes University City with all [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat This story originally appeared on Poynter.org With vote counting and certification for the 2020 presidential election behind us, national and local news outlets have largely framed public understanding of what the electorate looked like this year.  Media organizations kept track of key facts like the proportion of votes cast by [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat State Representative Joanna McClinton made history this year when she was elected House minority leader by her colleagues in the Pennsylvania legislature on November 12, 2020. The 38-year-old became the first Black woman to ever hold a party leadership position in Harrisburg. A Southwest Philadelphia native, McClinton spent seven years [...]

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