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OUR OPINION: We Too Are Thankful

OUR OPINION: We Too Are Thankful

We at the Philadelphia Public Record are marking our 15th year as a publication dedicated to reporting the news seldom given its due by the other members of the print media, news concerning the activities of this city’s political, organized labor, schools, and community interests. We leave covering crime to the general media. For the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Polls Show Lynne Abraham Well Known To Voters

BY MARIA MERLINO/ After her rousing speech announcing her candidacy for Mayor of Philadelphia on Wednesday at the Franklin Institute, Lynne Abraham had her first official breakfast fundraiser, the next day at The Famous Deli on 4th & Bainbridge, compliments of Marty Samschick and owner Russ Cowan. It was a high-octane crowd and I’m told […]

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A Wrong Way To Reduce CO2 Emissions

BY DENISE FUREY/ The media are highlighting the Obama administration’s executive actions affecting immigration and ObamaCare. Another attempt to do an end-run around Congress, which is receiving less press, is the Environmental Protection’s proposed “Clean Power Plan”. Not only is this rule skirting the legislative process, but it will potentially hinder companies investing in their […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Developer Sues Councilman Johnson For Favoring A Business Rival In Pt. Breeze

I now know why Council – at least COUNCILMAN KENYATTA JOHNSON – did not like the idea of selling the Philadelphia Gas Works to UIL Corp.: because it was to be done honestly and transparently. Johnson apparently has steered the sale of city-owned properties to political insiders. In a lawsuit filed by developer MICHAEL POLLACK, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Butkovitz Out Of The Race; Bon Jovi In On Race Relations

CITY CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ surprised everyone by announcing he will not run for Mayor of Philadelphia in the upcoming Democratic primary. Butkovitz for months had been planning such a run. In fact, word on the street was that he would announce this week that he was an official candidate and resign as City Controller. But […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Fattah’s Fate Is Key To Other Seats

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ City Controller Alan Butkovitz has eyed the Mayor’s seat as an ultimate goal in his long career as an elected official. Through the years, he represented his legislative district well, understood the moves necessary to insure successful elections, and then easily took the seat as City Controller when odds seemed to be […]

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Clarke Launches Mobile Crime-Fighting Office

City Council President Darrell Clarke cut the ribbon to launch a 33-foot Winnebago on its way as a mobile office to help stop violent crime on the streets of North Philadelphia. The mobile office belongs to Philadelphia CeaseFire, a public health violence intervention program. The new Winnebago — wrapped in the message “Stop. Shooting. People.” […]

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Live! Hotel & Casino Charged With Racial Baggage, Facing Neighbors’ Pushback

Live! Hotel & Casino would bring a lot of baggage to its projected home at 9th & Packer Streets. Not only would it face a welcoming committee of irate neighbors and leaders in a community already heavily impacted by tourism at the sports stadiums, but it would need to explain away to the satisfaction of […]

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THE WAFFLEMAN: A Marvelous ‘Time Machine’ In Philadelphia Parking Lots

Yo! Here we go again as I say, “Eureka!” I have encountered a “time machine” that creates time and therefore money! To appreciate a minute – ask the person that who had to pay for an additional ½-hour fee at a parking lot because they went one minute into the next ½-hour rate. No big […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Philly Voters Want Charter Schools – Then Vote For Their Foes

Monday night, STATE REP. and Republican City Committee CHAIRMAN JOHN TAYLOR held an Eagles game-watching fundraiser at Romano’s. The event was very well attended. The Eagles made the event even better by winning. Taylor remains the only Republican elected official from Philadelphia in Harrisburg except for STATE REP. TOM MURT, whose predominantly suburban district has […]

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