Brendan Calling

Cut and run

Unfortunately, the mayor seems to have drawn the wrong lesson: there aren’t going to be any forums like last year. The public is decidedly not invited to weigh in, and that has caught the attention, and undoubtedly the ire, of the Coalition for Essential Services. (In the interest of full disclosure, I was a member of this group until mid-summer 2009).

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Questions About Renaissance Schools

Am I the only one who smells something stinky about the School District’s “Renaissance Plan,” which marks poorly-performing public schools for takeover by for-profit and non-profit educational management organizations?

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Are PA Democrats Blowing It?

There are lessons for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in the Massachusetts election of Scott Brown, if only state leaders would open their eyes. The way I see it, Keystone State Democrats are heading for a whopper of a defeat.

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Ed Rendell’s Giant Sucking Sound

Ed Rendell’s cozy relationship with a Foxwoods lawyer is no surprise, but if you think sweetheart deals suck now, wait til you see what happens now that the Supreme Court has struck down laws banning corporate spending on elections.

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Ante Up on the S.S. United States?

Brendan Skwire says we can solve two problems at once: Before Foxwoods spends money on another ugly-ass building, why not buy the S.S. United States and turn it into a casino? Sure, the metaphor is great. But there might be real benefits.

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Time to Plan Your Urban Garden

Frankly, if I had my way, every single vacant lot in the city would be transformed into a community garden, providing food for families, adding some color and beauty to blighted blocks, and giving people all over Philly a sense of neighborhood pride.

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Is Arlen Specter Even Trying?

Joe Sestak’s got his problems, but at least he’s focusing on the issues. Brendan Skwire says Arlen Specter is focusing on tearing down his primary opponent — and inadvertently revealing his own shortcomings.

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Arlen Specter’s Phony Justice

The Philly justice system is broken. Arlen Specter is calling for hearings. Sound familiar? It should. Specter has been loudly announcing investigations for more than 40 years now — and just as quietly getting little to no results.

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