Seventy has announced the selection of five inaugural Buchholz Fellows, promising young Philadelphians who will spend a year as Board members of the century-old good government group. Read More...

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Meet Amanda Holt, the Joan of Arc of Pennsylvania politics, and hear about her stubborn, inspiring and victorious (well, partially) quest to stop her state's politicians from gerrymandering. Then hear Ben Geffen of the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia make the case for the center's lawsuit against the state's notorious congressional map. If you care about making democracy work again, take a moment listen to two people who are leading the way. Read More...

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In this episode, we test the hypothesis that Philadelphia's Democratic organization may be tottering on the brink of collapse with two savvy reporters, Jim Saksa of PlanPhilly/NewsWorks and Claudia Vargas of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Read More...

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A new report released by Keystone Votes, a nonpartisan coalition of 39 organizations, has found evidence of widespread problems in the processing of voter registration (VR) applications across the Commonwealth in 2016 and especially in Philadelphia County. Read More...

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With polls opening Tuesday, May 16, the Committee of Seventy is urging voters who reliably turnout in off-year elections to lean on their friends, family and co-workers to vote tomorrow. A new Ballot Tool, powered by BallotReady’s CivicEngine, is the newest addition to Seventy’s longstanding and nonpartisan Election Program. Read More...

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On May 9, the Democratic candidates for the job of Philadelphia's fiscal watchdog met at a Center City co-working space to talk policy, talk finances and talk tough with each other. Here's the audio from that debate. Read More...

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What could put Philadelphia on a new path of growth? For the region, the Economy League’s World Class agenda has identified key priority strategies to boost growth over the long haul — supporting entrepreneurship, stoking our innovation economy, and selling our goods and services to the world. For Philadelphia, these strategies are also critical. But the city has one policy option supported by stacks and stacks of research that could put its economy on a different trajectory — lowering the wage tax. Read More...
The Committee of Seventy today announced its support of the May 16 ballot question that, if approved, would amend the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to allow certain city contracts to be awarded through a “best value” process instead of to the “lowest responsible bidder.”  Read More...

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​ “BallotReady is proud to be partnering with Committee of Seventy with a new tool, CivicEngine to help inform and mobilize voters to vote - and vote informed - on their entire ballot,” Niemczewski said. Read More...

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PhillyWardLeaders.com was created in 2015 as part of Code for Philly’s Apps for Democracy hackathon and is the best online resource on ward politics in the city. The app features ward leader profiles, committeeperson lists, voter turnout data and a 101 on how partisan wards work. Read More...
In this episode, we take a look at how tech concepts such as data-mining, crowd-funding and network effects are disrupting the settled arrangements of politics (which, Lord knows, could do with some disrupting). T.J Hurst of Jefferson's List explains how he hopes to disrupt the world of political consulting, and an underdog who used crowdfunding to upset a candidate anointed by the Philadelphia machine recounts how he did it. Read More...

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Philadelphia 3.0, the Committee of Seventy and several candidates for elected office today filed a lawsuit asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to direct the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas to replace Philadelphia’s City Commissioners with interim election officials for the May 2017 primary. Read More...

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In the latest episode of 20 by Seventy, hear from Bekah Gable, the dynamic new head of Young Involved Philadelphia, on what her group is up to. And hear from cynical old Inquirer head Chris Brennan, as the political columnist explains why there's at least a chance of slaying the gerrymander in Pennsylvania. Read More...

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The newest episode of 20 by Seventy takes a rollicking tour through the wit and wisdom of Bill Murray, the South Park underpants gnomes, something called "logic models," a new play about John Lewis and the Selma bridge, the Women's Marches and Indivisible.  Read More...

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Seventy welcomes thoughts, questions and concerns from the city’s business, civic and elected leaders on a proposal for the city to shift to "best value" procurement. The feedback will help determine Seventy’s position the ballot question facing voters on May 16, 2017. Read More...
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