I first met Brendan Boyle in 2004, when he was knocking on door after door in Northeast Philadelphia, trying to unseat a 20-year incumbent State Representative, Republican George Kenney.
Boyle looked... More »
When Chris Christie took the stage to claim his re-election victory Tuesday night, he had a rare opportunity for an early presidential candidate -- a chance to command the attention of the nation'... More »
When it became clear that the problems with the Obamacare exchange website weren't just the early glitches of an opening day rush, I felt a deep sense of dread.
One of the first front-page newsp... More »
Tomorrow will be a sleepy Election Day in Philadelphia.
But it occurred to me that this is the first election since Philadelphia's Republican Party settled a bitter internal fight and elected a ... More »
It still leaves you speechless.
One of the most disastrous police operations in American history unfolded in West Philadelphia in May, 1985, when the city tried to evict members of the radical group ... More »
The battle over the future of the Philadelphia Inquirer has taken an interesting turn, with co-owner George Norcross and his allies publicly offering to buy out adversaries Lewis Katz and H.F. "G... More »
Pennsylvania voters face a decision next Tuesday: Do they return Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille to the court for another 10-year term, even though he'll only serve a year?
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Dave Davies has covered local politics and government in Philadelphia for more than 25 years. He loves the speed, reach and versatility of the net but believes journalists should still check their facts, give folks in the hot seat their say, and think before they hit Send. He’ll write about local and national topics. Dave is currently senior reporter for WHYY, and a contributor and fill-in host for Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He was reporter and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News for 19 years, and before that was city hall bureau chief for KYW News Radio and city hall correspondent for WHYY. He’s a Texas native who’s spent his working life in Philadelphia. Before getting into journalism, he worked as a teacher, cab driver and welder.