When Rob Gleason took over as chair of the Pennsylvania Republican party in 2006, Democrats claimed the majority of the state House and Pennsylvania hadn’t voted for a Republican president in nearly two decades. Now, Gleason’s on his way out — he decided months ago that he wouldn’t seek re-election — having left Pennsylvania redder than it’s been in years. Safe to say Gleason’s going out on top. We chatted with him last week for an exit interview of sorts. He told us about what he’s learned over the years, what went right in 2016 and what might be next for him.
In December, Philadelphia seemed prime to make it illegal for employers to ask for salary history. A bill barring this practice sailed through City Council in December and faced very little opposition, the legislation envisioned as a means to fight wage discrimination for women and minorities. But now that it’s sitting idle in City Hall awaiting the mayor’s signature, businesses — most notably, Comcast — want it to stop right there. Here's what the bill would do and why opponents are calling it anti-business.
Trump's latest appointee is local, Philly.com reports. The PEOTUS announced that he’d chosen David Shulkin, the current chief of the VA’s health system and an Obama appointee, yesterday. As explained in the New York Times, if the Senate approves Shulkin, he’ll be the first person to lead the VA who’s never served in the military. But, that doesn’t appear to be too controversial with veterans: “This is a very surprising pick, but he is the best out of all the candidates,” one veterans group leader told the Times.
|What||Spirit of Philadelphia is hosting Philadelphia themed First Friday dinner cruises. Enjoy a delicious buffet menu featuring a build your own cheesesteak station, a free Yards beer or glass of wine for each guest over 21, DJ entertainment, and of course, unbeatable views of the Philadelphia skyline. Cruises start April 7th and continue every First Friday of the year.|
|Where||Spirit of Philadelphia at 401 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106|
|When||April 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm|
|How much||From $66.90 per adult / $39.95 per child age 3-12|
|What||DJ Dame Luz, creator of the wildly successful Holy Trinity (Beyonce-Nicki-Rihanna) party, has a new jawn at the Dolphin. It's not just throwback hip hop from the earliest years in the genre; it's also the ’70s funk and disco beats that brewed hip hop into being. Plus, this party's f r e e.|
|Where||Dolphin Tavern at 1539 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147|
|When||January 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm to January 13, 2017 at 2:00 am|
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With eight teams left in the postseason there are just 10 former Eagles still left with a chance for a Super Bowl ring. That’s incredibly low, especially when figuring there are 416 players on the remaining rosters this weekend. Moreover, the talent of these players isn’t exactly All-Pro caliber. So who will be playing this weekend exactly? Here's our rundown.
You may have heard reports about the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which arguably bans Trump from receiving payments from foreign governments without approval from Congress. This clause traces back to a 232-year-old controversy spurred by who? Our own Benjamin Franklin. Here’s what Franklin did, and why he might be Philadelphia’s first corrupt pol.