In his first in-court attack on his federal indictment, labor leader John J. “Johnny Doc” Dougherty has urged a judge to dismiss charges that he bought Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon’s vote on key issues with a union salary, calling the allegations a “feeble attempt at criminalizing the legislative process.” Prosecutors may claim to have […]

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez talks to Solomon Jones on Praise 107.9 about her resolution to study the effects of Philadelphia’s controversial soda tax and her bill that could phase out the tax in the city. Click the link below to hear the interview with Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez Click here to read more […]

A week after pleading not guilty to federal corruption charges, City Councilman Bobby Henon returned to Council chambers Thursday, saying he won’t surrender his post as majority leader and plans to run for reelection this year as he defends himself in court. “I have done nothing wrong and I continue to serve this caucus as […]

Philadelphia’s tax on soda and other sweetened drinks was upheld on Wednesday when the state’s highest court rejected a challenge by merchants and the beverage industry. The Supreme Court ruled the 1.5-cent-per-ounce levy is aimed at distributors and dealers and does not illegally duplicate another tax. The four-justice majority said the state taxes sales at […]

The “Soda Tax” proposed by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has ignited a war of words in the city both pro and con. Mayor Kenney came to Philly’s Inspiration Station, Praise 103.9 on Tuesday, June 14th to set the record straight about what it is and what it’s supposed to do. He talked with Jerry Wells […]

The Philadelphia City Council is considering a budget that includes a proposed soda tax. Philadelphia's mayor wants to fund early childhood education with the revenue. But there's serious opposition.