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The Darker The Money The Sweeter Its Use?

Something tremendous happened in Philadelphia politics last night.  First-time office seekers won the Democratic nominations for District Attorney and City Controller, riding a wave of progressive engagement to victory in what had, traditionally, been an election dominated by the city's political machine.  While the below-twenty-percent turnout was lackluster by any objective standard, it was much higher than previous DA/Controller elections, which meant that a good number of additional voters who made up their own minds made it to the polls, easily cancelling out the hacks and follow-the-party-lead voters who have traditionally participated in the election when turnout hovered around ten percent.

While there is still a General Election this November, future District Attorney Lawrence Krasner and future City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart represent something that doesn't happen all that often in Philadelphia -- positive change.  After watching District Attorney Seth Williams tarnish his office and frustrate so many who believed he would represent progress, Krasner's wholistic perspective on delivering justice for Philadelphia is a welcome change.  After seeing City Contriller Alan Butkovitz pull his punches and protect his political friends, Rhynhart's commitment to shine auditing light throughout city government is sorely needed.