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Are You Smarter Than A State Legislator?

Do you have strong opinions about conditions in your community and wish you could do something about them?  Do you have an idea that you are certain could be the solution to a problem, but don’t think anyone values your opinion? Do you feel that Harrisburg isn’t listening to you?  Well, State Sen. Anthony Williams […]

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State Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis has informed State Rep. Michael McGeehan (D-Northeast) he will investigate reports brought to his attention by McGeehan questioning the validity of test results from within the Philadelphia School District. The School District conducted an internal investigation and claimed last week the reports of cheating at two schools were unfounded. In […]

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BY DAVID LYNN/ Candidates have been known to finance their election campaigns through debt financing, but the 1st Dist.’s State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) has made it an art form. In 2008 cycle 2, he received a loan of $25,000 from Neighbors for Christian DiCicco for a campaign loan. In 2008 cycle 3, he […]

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Philadelphia’s Board of Ethics recently reminded all candidates who participated in the May 2011 primary, that many of them had failed to file required to file 24-hour reports. Continued failure could result in fines up to $2,000 per violation. Many candidates were guilty of this by failing to file multiple reports. By not enforcing the […]

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If State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington), the city’s only Latino State Representative, gets his wishes, the legislative redistricting map now being drawn up in Harrisburg will result in the creation of an additional fully Latino district and another with a “sizeable and influential Latino population which will be able to influence outcomes.” Cruz has been […]

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JUSTICE SEAMUS McCAFFERY … a possible gubernatorial run? STATE SEN. SHIRLEY KITCHEN hosted her annual Police Awards Ceremony in the Burholme Section of her District. Kitchen represents several Northeast divisions in the 63rd Ward. Her ward leader, BERNICE HILL, raves about what a pleasure it is to have the Senator represent her. The men and […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Voters enjoying carefree summer days may be unaware their District City Council members are probably nursing ulcers at the same time. For 10 elected officials, their jobs are, literally, on the line. September is the deadline for redistricting City Council to reflect the findings of the 2010 US Census. While Philadelphia as […]

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BY DAVID LYNN/ It’s no secret John Dougherty, business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, and Bobby Henon, Democratic City Council candidate for Dist. 6, are close.   Just how close is borne out by the substantial amount of money Local 98 IBEW Committee on Political Education, the political committee controlled by […]

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State Rep. Ron Waters (D-W. Phila.) has called on Gov. Tom Corbett and the General Assembly to create a task force on gun violence and trafficking in the Commonwealth. Waters was joined by members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, including State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (D-Chester), who called on the Governor to form an expanded […]

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BY DAVID LYNN/ Sure to be elected a City Commissioner in this November’s election, Dr. Stephanie Singer faces a problem when it comes to leading by example. Her campaign filings are in disarray, creating a headache for her campaign team, herself and those responsible for insuring campaign filings are updated and complete. Dr. Singer’s website […]

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