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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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Updated Apr. 10th

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Apr. 11- Joe DeFelice holds Benefit for Annie Havey at United Republican Cl., 3156 Frankford Ave., 7-10 p.m. Tickets $40. Beer, wine, soda & food. State Rep. John Taylor bartends. For info (215) 561-0650 or (215) 416-8366. Apr. 12- Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell presents Community Wellness Day at 4508 Chestnut St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free live […]

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Apr. 3- Councilman Kenyatta Johnson receives Farnese Humanitarian Award at Galdo’s Catering, 1933 W. Moyamensing Ave., 5:30 p.m. Apr. 4- State Rep. Brian Sims hosts annual Job Fair at Peirce Coll., 1420 Pine St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For RSVP and info (215) 426-1501. Apr. 4- Gov. Tom Corbett receives Spirit of Port Award at Sheet […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Building Or Burning Bridges?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez has cut a niche for herself in City Council and seems to have captured the support of most Latino Democrats in this town, and particularly so in her 7th Dist. But she continues to fly her flag of independence, despite the fact she had the endorsement of the […]

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OUR OPINION: What Do They Do?

It’s understandable that State Representatives attract harsh attention when their missteps become public. What disturbs us more, though, is that about the only time journalists take note of these grassroots politicians is when one of them gets in trouble. Set aside for a moment the constituent service Philadelphia’s 26 State Reps provide for the humble […]

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Heard On The Hill/In City Hall

SENATORS WILL TACKLE MINIMUM-WAGE HIKES Three area Senators are planning new legislation in Harrisburg to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage in different ways. State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) will replace her proposal to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $9 an hour with a new bill that would increase it to $10.10 by 2016. Minimum-wage increases […]

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