You know those invisible electronic fences designed to shock a pet that tries to stray from the yard? Eventually, you can unplug the system, because the pooch knows where not to go.
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The day after it emerged (in this blog) that Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green had accepted $30,000 from a single donor in 2012, City Councilman Jim Kenney said he'll offer legislation to c... More »
There I was looking over City Councilman Bill Green's campaign finance report for 2012, and it practically jumped off the page at me: a $25,000 contribution from bottling company owner Harold Hon... More »
Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has admitted using thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal purposes and failing to disclose income in required statements. At the sam... More »
Does it make sense to bill the Philadelphia bike race hundreds of thousands of dollars for city services whilepaying other sports franchises millions of dollars for the just privilege of having them i... More »
It's been fascinating to watch Gov. Tom Corbett tout his 20-year deal with a British firm to run and expand the state lottery, and to hear him complain that legislators have the effrontery to que... More »
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.
The women of ancient Athens are feeling repressed. They have equal rights, they even have the vote, but now the all-male Senate is trying to control their bodies with a "no womb left behind" act. More »