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Philadelphia School District Spending Delivers Well With Few $$

Philadelphia School District Spending Delivers Well With Few $$

Whatever one thinks of the Philadelphia School District’s spending habits and educational results, there is evidence it produces unusually good bang per buck. School spending in Philadelphia is the ninth most-efficient of major cities in the United States, WalletHub, an online financial-information medium, reported today. WalletHub Communications Mgr. Raz Daraban explained, “WalletHub divided each city’s […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Statewide Republicans Line Up For Shot At Pa. Supreme Court Seats

This year there will be five statewide appellate-court justice positions on the ballot. Three of those openings are on the Commonwealth’s Supreme Court. There have not been so many vacant Pennsylvania Supreme Court seats since the 1700s. The openings are the result of the retirement of CHIEF JUSTICE RON CASTILLE, who reached the mandatory retirement […]

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HAVING A BALL AT ACADEMY OF MUSIC WITH BONNIE SQUIRES: A One-Stop Intro To Philadelphia’s High Society

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FLASH! Sabatina Gets Senate Nod, DelRicci The State House

Philadelphia Democratic Ward Leaders caucused this evening to endorse candidates for the Pennsylvania 5th Senatorial Dist. and the 170th House Dist. The senate seat opened up when incumbent Mike Stack was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor Tuesday; the house seat was vacated when incumbent Brendan Boyle became a US Congressman. In a surprise move, Sarah […]

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DRED SCOTT: The Man Who Lived Free

His Quest for Justice Pushed Slavery to the Snapping Point Reprinted from the Philadelphia New Observer by Tony West A humble, yet famous 19th-century American led an unusual life – or does it only seem unusual today? He was an illiterate Black man named Dred Scott, who was born and lived most of his life a […]

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Inauguration Events For Wolf, Stack Will Showcase Their Informal Style

Shortly after Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf met with those entrusted to handle the inauguration ceremonies involving himself and Lt. Gov.-Elect Michael Stack, he said that aside from the official swearing-in ceremonies dedicated by tradition, in which he will be sworn in as the Commonwealth’s 47th Governor, the celebration would need to be a reflection of what […]

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Meet Pa.’s New Governor: Tom Wolf

Thomas Westerman “Tom” Wolf is an American businessman and politician who next Tuesday will become Pennsylvania’s 47th Governor. He did so by defeating Republican incumbent Tom Corbett in the 2014 gubernatorial election. This was his return to government responsibility after serving as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Revenue from April 2007 until November 2008. […]

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MIKE STACK: Philadelphia Finally Has Its Own Lt. Governor

“What truly distinguishes Mike Stack is his progressive leadership and unparalleled 13-year voting record in the Pennsylvania Senate championing universal access to affordable health care, common sense gun reforms, marriage equality, reproductive choice, a greener Pennsylvania, workers’ rights and a fairer economy that lifts everyone.” –Jay Costa, Senate Democratic Leader When State Sen. Mike Stack’s […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Council President Clarke Nixes Mayoral Race

by Joe Shaheeli City Council President Darrell Clarke’s announcement, “It is my intention to seek the Democratic nomination to serve a fifth term as representative of Philadelphia’s 5th Councilmanic District in the May primary election,” has opened the door to a host of speculation as to who will be the next Mayor of Philadelphia. His […]

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Darrell Clarke Out Of Mayor’s Race, Will Stay In City Council

The decision has been made. Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke just released a statement taking himself out of the 2015 mayoral race: “It is my intention to seek the Democratic nomination to serve a fifth term as representative of Philadelphia’s 5th Councilmanic Dist. in the May primary election. “I have been honored and inspired […]

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