Politics

Taylor Allen
Oct 26, 2021 - Politics

Little improvement in Philly mayoral departments' diversity, report finds

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Philadelphia saw minimal improvements in the representation of people of color in mayoral departments this fiscal year.

Why it matters: More than 65% of Philadelphia's population identifies as a race other than white, per the office. But people of color only make up around 54% of the employees in mayoral departments with exempt status.

  • Exempt employees are paid a salary, non-union, and do executive work. These people are usually staffers, but not elected officials.
Mike D'Onofrio
Oct 25, 2021 - Politics

Philly watchdog group calls for transparency in redistricting process

A view of Philadelphia City Hall taken from S Broad Street.
Philadelphia City Hall on Dec. 30, 2015. Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

An independent government watchdog group is pushing for Philadelphia legislators to make the redistricting process more transparent.

Driving the news: The Committee of Seventy is submitting a six-step roadmap Monday for Philadelphia lawmakers to follow as they prepare to redraw the city's 10 political districts.

Why it matters: Philly doesn't have any regulations around how political lines are drawn, such as mandated public hearings, Patrick Christmas, the nonprofit's policy director, told Axios.

  • The process, which occurs every 10 years, is typically done behind closed doors.
Taylor Allen
Updated Oct 13, 2021 - Politics

Report reveals Pennsylvania lawmakers' private legal spending

A $100 bill with tape over Ben Franklin's mouth.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Pennsylvania Legislature spent nearly $10 million on private lawyers over the last two years, per an investigation from Spotlight PA and The Caucus.

  • Cases ranged from public records disputes to attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, the review found.

Why it matters: Both Republicans and Democrats have frequently concealed the reasons behind needing representation, shielding which lawmakers and staff asked for it.

  • Doing so defies case law that requires them to make such details public, Spotlight PA and The Caucus report.
Mike D'Onofrio
Oct 13, 2021 - Politics

Josh Shapiro to announce bid for Pennsylvania governor

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks at a press conference.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks at a press conference in April. Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Josh Shapiro, the state's top prosecutor, will launch his bid for governor on Wednesday morning in Pittsburgh, according to his campaign.

Why it matters: Shapiro, 48, is the first Democrat in the state to seek his party's nomination for the 2022 primary.

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