Following news reports is essential to getting a grip on how local politics works.
There are two databases that cover local news.. The two largest local newspapers are the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. PressReader covers regional news sources. Billy Penn covers metro Philadelphia.
.Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative State of the City Annual Reports "research highlights the essential facts about Philadelphia, its residents, neighborhoods, and major issues. From demographics, to culture and government, to residents’ opinions, “State of the City” is a data-dashboard for the benefit of both the public and leaders who are driving the city’s future."
Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia - Government and Politics is a civic project based at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden,
The Committee of Seventy is an important local watchdog group focusing on elections and reform.