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Black Like… Nobody Part II

All-White marijuana applicants outscore an African American operated group on diversity points

Last week, we railed against the Commonwealth’s failure to select an African American operated marijuana grow application sited in the African American city of Chester. This week we dive into the numbers to find the greatest irony of all: the Chester group failed because it didn’t have enough diversity points.

(Photo Left) We wonder what the PA Department of Health is smoking when they tally up their diversity points. Illustration by LCP staff.

Under the PA Medical Marijuana Act, goals were set for diversity. These goals were translated into the 1000-point scoring system that awarded 100 points out of the 1000 points available for diversity. However...

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Black Like… Nobody Part I

How Governor Wolf and the Department of Health failed African-Americans in medical marijuana licensing.

(Photo Left) Despite diversity policy, there doesn’t seem to be a pot o’gold in the spectrum for African-Americans.. Illustration by LCP staff.

Late last month...

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A Bird in the Hand

SRC and PFT come to an unfunded agreement

(Photo Left) The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the School Reform Commission aren’t quite meeting in the middle when it comes to balancing the city’s budget. Illustration by LCP staff.

Let’s suspend...

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Camille Cosby’s Truths

The Wife of America’s Dad speaks out

(Photo Left) Mrs. Cosby’s accusations against the system, while founded, don’t exonerate her husband. Montgomery Courthouse photo by Douglas Muth via Wikimedia Commons.

“How do I...

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Roundhouse Redux

Blame for $50M wasted on West Philly Police HQ properly placed at Nutter-Gillison doorstep

(Photo Left) Philly’s “Ivory Tower of Truth” to become one of justice. Photo by Salvatore Patrone.

When developer Bart Blatstein tried to sell...

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What Happens in Kensington…

Practice of Churning and Pimping Addicts Must Stop

As many loyal readers of the Point know, we do not shy away from taking issue with the papers of general circulation (our friends at Philadelphia Media Holdings) for focusing on red herrings rather than stories that matter. There are times, however, when this media outlet produces a profound piece of journalism that has the chance to change lives. This happened earlier this month with Inquirer staff writer Al...

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What Change Feels Like

Philadelphia Citizen’s Larry Platt gives us his take on the new wave sweeping through city politics. 

With the upset victory of Rebecca Rhynart over entrenched City Controller incumbent Alan Butkovitz and long-time civil rights attorney Larry Krancer trouncing a 7-person field for District Attorney, Larry Platt gives us his take on what it all means.  Larry’s thoughts can be read in full at thePhiladelphiaCitizen.org as they have been edited...

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Justice Almost Derailed

DA’s failure to charge Amtrak engineer rightly overturned by city judge

(Photo Left) Port Richmond site of the 2015 Amtrak derailment. Photo courtesy of NTSB.

Much has been written about the now-disgraced, soon-to-be former, District Attorney Seth Williams in the...

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Raising Hotel Tax Makes Good Dollars and Sense

But new fund’s board must be transparent

As a rule, for politicians, particularly those sitting on city council, raising taxes is never a no-brainer. Raising a tax to fund anything other than schools or reduce our pension debt is even dicier, one would think.

This maxim is true for almost every proposed tax except the one proposed by the Greater...

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Darrell Clarke and Transparency

Review of council’s budget requires structural change

(Picture Left) City Councilman Darrell Clarke is getting it from all side, and could possibly handle it better. Photo courtesy of phlcouncil.com.

Some weeks, you have to feel for City Council President...

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Developers File Latest Salvo in Tax Abatement Data War

New report should lead to close reading as a dose of skepticism

(Photo Left) BIA report debunks some misconceived misconceptions. Photo courtesy of Building Industry Association of Philadelphia.

As we have seen in recent weeks, the debate over the success or failure of...

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