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POLS ON THE STREET: Street Scores a Hit on Gun Bill

BY JOE SHAHEELI Entering the General Assembly as a freshman, in the minority party, is a humbling experience. Ask any veteran lawmaker how much influence he had during the first six months of his career. It’s obvious the freshman’s main job is to keep his nose down and his ears open. Rarely does he get […]

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Aug. 18-         State Rep. Emilio Vázquez hosts Pop-Up Constituent Service Office at Norris Sq. Pk., 2100 N. Howard St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Auto registrations & licenses, birth & death certificates, unemployment compensation & senior services. For info: (215) 457-5281. Aug. 18-         State Sen. Art Haywood hosts “SEPTA Day” at 7106 Germantown Ave., 10 […]

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City Launches ‘Smart War’ on Gun Violence

BY TONY WEST After 50 years of excessive gun violence in its poor neighborhoods, Philadelphia has decided to study the problem. That’s good. Council President Darrell L. Clarke appointed Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd), Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Darrell G. O’Connor, a career FTI expert, the co-chairs of the Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: State Rep Rumbles Are Underway

BY JOE SHAHEELI As if there wasn’t enough happening in the turbulent political waters of 2017, a few of its local mariners already have an eye on the distant beacon of the 2018 primary election. State representative races are the easiest opportunities for newcomers to try to make an entry into elected officialdom. Two adjoining […]

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Waterworks Restaurateur Lands State Dept. Gig

BY RYAN BRIGGS The State Department has appointed Gladwyne-based political consultant and former Waterworks restaurant owner Michael Karloutsos to a high-profile administrative position. The appointment, first reported in the Greco-American news outlet National Herald, took effect on July 23. Karloutsos will serve as acting deputy chief of protocol after receiving a personal recommendation from then-White […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI No one knows what the final outcome of the Pennsylvania budget saga will be. The House of Representatives has not agreed to the Senate’s latest funding proposal – or indeed on any proposal of its own. But something tends to beat nothing. In the end, we predict the House will find a […]

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PUBLIC SERVANTS AT WORK, Aug. 3, 2017

Boyle Seeks to Kill Delays As Pennsylvania deals with yet another frustrating budget impasse, State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Northeast) is looking forward, seeking ways to prevent the Commonwealth from finding itself in a similar situation in the very near future. Boyle plans to re-introduce a proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, requiring the General Assembly […]

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Stop-&-Go Bill Advances

BY JASON GOTTESMAN Major legislation in the General Assembly is often the product of compromise and deal-making. The Senate’s latest revenue package was no exception. However, while various interest groups and stakeholders are scoffing at individual portions of the five budget-related implementation bills that will cumulatively provide for nearly $2.1 billion in funding for the […]

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OUR OPINION: A Bitter Harvest of Food Insecurity in Philadelphia

There is no better time of the year than the first week of August for people who love fresh produce. Peaches and nectarines are in fragrant abundance; blueberries are still blushing in their clamshells; tomatoes, cukes, peppers, corn – oh, that corn – and the rest of farmland’s summer cornucopia are on vivid display at […]

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Aug. 3-            State Sen. Sharif Street hosts Diverse & Minority Business Forum at Temple Univ., Ritter Ha., 13th & C.B. Moore Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn to do business with the city and state. Must preregister online at www.senatorsharifstreet.com/register. For info: sstreet@pasenate.com. Aug. 3-            State Sen. Tina Tartaglione hosts Community Picniic at Norris […]

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