The Pennsylvania Legislature returns to session next week. While the main attractions will be liquor privatization, transportation funding and other statewide concerns, some folks around here are look... More »
I found myself last week talking with Ed Rendell, former Pennsylvania governor and former Philadelphia mayor, about Hillary Clinton and how politicians of a certain age evaluate their prospects.
Many people still think of Philadelphia as corrupt and contented, and, sure, it re-earns that reputation from time to time.
But it's easy to overlook the fact that after we suffered the stain of... More »
I needed that.
Spend enough time reading about the Philadelphia schools crisis, and without even realizing it, you can begin to view the city's public schools as nothing but a sea of misery and ... More »
So what happens if Philadelphia's public schools are supposed to open Monday, and the bitter contract dispute betwen the school district and its teachers union is unresolved?
State law gives the... More »
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz came out swinging yesterday in her gubernatorial campaign, calling for a five percent tax on natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania.It's an idea that makes perfect sens... More »
Thanks so much to the readers who offered great advice on what to do in my family trip to Pittsburgh.
Have to say I loved what I saw of the city. We sampled just a few of its cultural offerings, incl... 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.