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POLS ON THE STREET: Cruz Brings Wolf Into His  Fold

POLS ON THE STREET: Cruz Brings Wolf Into His Fold

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf made his first serious inroad into this town’s Democratic machinery  last Friday night, picking up the endorsement of 7th Ward Leader State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington). It’s a big one for Wolf and can be considered a coup for a couple of reasons. Cruz’ influence spreads out past […]

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What’s Behind Wolf’s Momentum?

BY NATHAN SHRADER/ Tom Wolf has been transformed from an unknown York businessman and dark horse gubernatorial candidate to the Democratic frontrunner faster than a Nolan Ryan fastball. Wolf’s rapid rise in the polls is due to a combination of effective advertising, a well-crafted message, and a willingness to spend resources in a strategically sound […]

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WITH THE UNIONS: Who Damaged Philly’s Schools?

“While it’s no surprise Gov. Tom Corbett’s Dept. of Education would publicly agree to any argument made by his School Reform Commission, the filing of the PDE’s amicus brief in support of the SRC’s Supreme Court petition is still outrageous,” charges PFT President Jerry Jordan. “One of the most-ridiculous assertions made by the PDE’s brief […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Paycheck Protection – Know The Facts

Pennsylvania law allows government-union bosses – and only government-union bosses – to negotiate the use of public resources to bundle union dues and political money and send it to union headquarters. In many cases, this dubious deal is made with politicians who receive contributions and campaign support funded by the same political money. Paycheck protection […]

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Pt. Breeze Dashes Out For Charity Run

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update April 17th

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Apr. 24-        State Sen. Larry Farnese’s SB 1095 anti-SLAPP legislation faces hearing at Phila. Bar Ass’n, 1101 Market St., 9:30 a.m. “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” are used against civic organizations, individuals and various groups to deter them from speaking out on a public issue. Apr. 24-        State Sen. Shirley Kitchen hosts Higher […]

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6 Serious Ward Fights Enliven City Primary

BY TONY WEST/ Midway through the most-intense struggles for control of Democratic wards in recent memory, some skirmishes have been settled while the outlines of the major battles are clearer. Ward leaderships are chosen by the majority of committee people, who are elected every four years. On May 20, all are running. Up to two […]

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Pols On The Street: First Raise For Election Board Workers

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ The minimum 14-hour stint facing election board members will feel a bit easier with the news City Commissioners have approved a modest pay increase for election-board training. This will be the first pay increase for election-board workers in more than 15 years. Commissioners Anthony Clark and Al Schmidt proposed the increase (which […]

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CORYELL NAILS IT! Carpenters Expand To 5 States; $150M Paid Pensioners Yearly

One of Philadelphia’s major trade unions went through a name change Jan. 6 of this year. As a result, the Metropolitan Regional Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity had to drop “Philadelphia & Vicinity” from its title. It didn’t get smaller, nor did it leave the city; instead it added the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL

BOYLE’S PRISONER TRANSPORT VEHICLE BILL PASSES HOUSE Legislation written by State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Northeast) has passed the State House. It gives emergency-vehicle designation to Philadelphia Prison System prisoner-transport units. “This bill is important because it grants prisoner transport vehicles emergency vehicle designation which will allow them to operate using flashing lights,” Boyle said. “There […]

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