POLS ON THE STREET: 191st Dist. Will Have 3-Way Fight

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by Joe Shaheeli
Knowing 600 signatures on her nominating petitions as an independent seeking to be placed on the ballot on the 191st Legislative Dist. had been challenged, Tracey Gordon quickly realized she was playing in the major leagues.

She was handicapped with no backup legal support. Neither the endorsed Democratic candidate Donna McClinton nor Republican candidate Charles Wilkins appreciated her possible appearance on the Special Mar. 11 election ballot.

3rd Annual Ramadan Iftar end-of-fast celebration drew over 400 to this religious event in City Hall sponsored by, from left, Council Majority Leader Curtis Jones, Jr.; Ryan N. Boyer, business manager of Laborers’ District Council of Phila. & Vicinity; and guest speaker Imam Abdul Malik.

3rd Annual Ramadan Iftar end-of-fast celebration drew over 400 to this religious event in City Hall sponsored by, from left, Council Majority Leader Curtis Jones, Jr.; Ryan N. Boyer, business manager of Laborers’ District Council of Phila. & Vicinity; and guest speaker Imam Abdul Malik.

She knew she had only one day to prepare a defense for those challenged signatures. She spent that day tracking down the signatures in the Spring Garden Street & Delaware Avenue offices of the Registration Commission.

On challenge day, before a judge and with a smart election lawyer going against her, she produced evidence showing the first 20 signatures challenged were legit and in the binders. By the time they reached the 32nd signature, she had validated each and it meant she had 10 more than she needed. The challenge was withdrawn.

She’ll be listed under her name on the ballot. That gives her an edge — two Tracey Gordons.

She could lose that edge in divisions in which she is not known to Democratic or Republican voters who will automatically vote for their party’s nominee.

We suggest party nominees go out soliciting votes in the 191st. It’s obvious Tracey is a busy bee.

Republican Council Candidates Pushing
The at large Republican City Council race is getting to be one to watch. The goal here is to ensure one gets enough votes in the general election to finish one and two over their peers. The City Charter insures minority party representation in the seven at-large Council seats. The top two Republican vote-getters get those slots.

DONNA BULLOCK announced her candidacy for the 195th Dist. Jul. 1 at Incubator Business Center, 33rd & Jefferson Streets. Bullock, who is endorsed by Democratic Party, is joined on podium by Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell and Council President Darrell Clarke to her left and political/business consultant Tommie St. Hill.

DONNA BULLOCK announced her candidacy for the 195th Dist. Jul. 1 at Incubator Business Center, 33rd & Jefferson Streets. Bullock, who is endorsed by Democratic Party, is joined on podium by Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell and Council President Darrell Clarke to her left and political/business consultant Tommie St. Hill.

Making waves early is Terry Tracy, who has called for an audit of the School District since 2013, when he ran for Philadelphia City Controller. During his 2013 campaign, Tracy argued the City Charter calls for the Controller’s office to not only perform an annual audit of the School district but to make copies of the report available to the public. Tracing the trail of spending has continued to be a tenet of his platform in this cycle’s City Council race and was included as a main section of his policy agenda, “”Path to Prosperity”, released in March 2015.

Councilman David Oh, who topped the Republican ticket in the primary is widely visible at many a veterans event through to the July 4 holiday ceremonies. Al Taubenberger had his signs on display through the Lawncrest parade.

Kenney Machine Keeps Momentum
The Kenney campaign hasn’t taken time to sit on its laurels and gloat. It continues to push for voters and money.

In one of its releases, Kenney states, “These next few months are our chance to fight for the bold solutions we need to get ahead. Will you help make it happen? I can’t tell you how awesome it is that you’ve gotten us this far. My finance director, Vaughn, says we’re so close to reaching our monthly fundraising goal, and it’s all thanks to your grassroots support. Together, I know we can make it the rest of the way there. Thanks for keeping up the fight.”

FBI Spooks Pawloski Out Of US Senate Race

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski suspended his campaign for US Senate less than a week after federal agents raided his Allentown City Hall office. Pawlowski said he wants to focus on “assisting in the federal investigation of Allentown contracting practices both prior to his being elected and since,” according to the Allentown Morning Call. Pawlowski’s political consultant, Mike Fleck, shuttered his firm the same day the feds raided Allentown City Hall last week. Pawlowski was one of two Democrats – the other being former Congressman Joe Sestak officially running to challenge U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

PORT TERMINAL operator Leo Holt explained to US Sen. Pat Toomey and US Dept. of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker what takes place at Packer Avenue, as Senator escorted Secretary around Phila. port facilities.

PORT TERMINAL operator Leo Holt explained to US Sen. Pat Toomey and US Dept. of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker what takes place at Packer Avenue, as Senator escorted Secretary around Phila. port facilities.

Gov. Wolf’s chief of staff, Katie McGinty, has talked with national party leaders about the race, yet it’s unclear how serious she was about running. National Democrats have already tried to recruit Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, who has declined to run for Senate.

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PORT TERMINAL operator Leo Holt explained to US Sen. Pat Toomey and US Dept. of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker what takes place at Packer Avenue, as Senator escorted Secretary around Phila. port facilities.

In the meantime, US Sen. Pat Toomey continues to gain mileage with win-win conferences, bringing in US government officials to back up efforts he has made to sustain our port.

Municipal Pension Reform Ignored In Budget Fight

Lost in all of the budget activity on the Hill was the release of recommendations by a task force set up by Gov. Tom Wolf to address municipal pension issues.

There is a combined $7.7 billion unfunded pension liability for 562 municipal pension plans, of which around $6 billion is due to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh plans. The report suggests eliminating municipal-pension state aid for each year a municipality does not pay their full minimum municipal obligation.

LABOR LEADERS and Ward Leaders came together to support mayoral candidate Jim Kenney at Three Monkeys in Torresdale. Host 6th Dist. Councilman Bobby Henon was happy to oblige his former City Hall mate. Photo by Maria Merlino

LABOR LEADERS and Ward Leaders came together to support mayoral candidate Jim Kenney at Three Monkeys in Torresdale. Host 6th Dist. Councilman Bobby Henon was happy to oblige his former City Hall mate. Photo by Maria Merlino

In addition, it proposes ending the current practice of allowing state municipal-pension aid to be used for administrative expenditures; adopting standards to require municipalities to disclose pension liability and requiring the public posting of municipal pension costs; excluding municipal pensions from collective bargaining; requiring underfunded pension plans to adopt new investment and benefit standards including controlling management fees, capping overtime and excluding accumulated leave from pension calculations, eliminating lump-sum Deferred Retirement Option Program payments; adopting realistic rates of return on investments and limiting benefit enhancement; shifting management responsibility for underfunded plans to a shared investment manager; review potential borrowing opportunities for certain municipalities with underfunded pensions; and possibly creating a new statewide defined benefit structure for all new hires in underfunded plans.

It should come as little surprise that many of the recommendations of that task force, headed up by State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, are items urged by the Governor and DePasquale prior to the start of the task force’s efforts.

And In The Presidential Arena We Find….
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has gained ground on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Iowa Democratic Caucus and now trails the front-runner 52-33% among likely Democratic Caucus participants, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Vice President Joseph Biden has 7%.

IN FRONT LINE of Lawncrest’s 100th annual 4th of July parade were Mike Barkovich, Lynwood Holland, Councilwoman Marian Tasco, Councilman David Oh, Jared Solomon and Ward Leader Bill Dolbow. Photo by Bill Myers

IN FRONT LINE of Lawncrest’s 100th annual 4th of July parade were Mike Barkovich, Lynwood Holland, Councilwoman Marian Tasco, Councilman David Oh, Jared Solomon and Ward Leader Bill Dolbow. Photo by Bill Myers

This compares to a 60-15% Clinton lead over Sanders in a May 7 survey of likely Democratic caucus-goers.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has 3%, with 1% for former US Sen. James Webb of Virginia. Another 5% are undecided.

Among Democrats, 7% say they would definitely not support Biden, Webb or former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and 6% say they would not support Clinton.

“Secretary Hillary Clinton should not be biting her fingernails over her situation in the Iowa caucus, but her lead is slipping and Sen. Bernie Sanders is making progress against her. Her 52% score among likely caucus-goers is still OK, but this is the first time she has been below 60 percent in Quinnipiac University’s Iowa survey,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

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