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Newly elected Pennsylvania Democratic Chair Jim Burn has appointed Jonathan A. Saidel, former Philadelphia City Controller, to head a transition team charged with evaluating all aspects of State Democratic Party operations, including staffing, fundraising, communications and more. “Jonathan Saidel has an undisputed reputation as an innovative manager with the ability to maximize an organization’s efficiency […]

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JIMMY DINTINO studies street lists in his modest 26th Ward HQ. An effective urban Republican force must stay in close touch with neighbors on the streets, he says. BY TONY WEST/ This evening, the problem that walks in the door is a vacant lot.                 A worried neighbor has come into the office to share […]

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BY STEVEN CORD/ Any state or city can do what the headline above suggests. They only need to tax land assessments more, and, as a result, what is produced (such as buildings) less. The studies listed here show when we replace economically harmful taxes with an economically beneficial one, what will happen: Most taxpayers will […]

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BY STATE REP. JOHN GALLOWAY/ In an interview with a Pittsburgh radio station last week, I was asked the following questions: “How did a Democrat, in only his second term, convince his leadership to address illegal immigration, arguably the most divisive policy issue in the last decade; go against the Governor, his administration, and the […]

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Yo! Here we go again with this question: Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another […]

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TO: all media FROM: Anthony West, Managing Editor 215-755-2000, 267-456-5687 THE PHILA. PUBLIC RECORD GOES DAILY… WHERE ELSE BUT ON THE WEB? The Philadelphia Public Record, the snappy weekly which covers thoroughly the political, union, and organized communities of this city, will go daily starting tomorrow, Friday, the 25th of June. According to managing editor […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Supporters of merit selection for Pennsylvania Judges are at it again. Gov. Ed Rendell was joined by former Govs. Mark Schweiker, Tom Ridge, and Dick Thornburgh recently to kick-start the taking away of voters’ right to choose Judges. Each decried judicial elections and the fundraising they require as unfair and corrupting. Each […]

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JUDGE PAMELA DEMBE instructs groom James Passarelli to place wedding ring on finger of his bride Patricia Kuch. They met in an unusual place: the 50-cent luncheon line set up for the over 1,000 members of the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center at Passyunk and Dickinson in South Philadelphia. She was  66, a widow of […]

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LLUSTRIOUS company appeared at Council Majority Leader Marian Tasco’s fundraiser at Penna. Academy Of Fine Arts. Among them were, from left, Dr. Constance Clayton, former Phila School Board Superintendent; State Sen. LeAnna Washington; Robert Archie, School Reform Commission chairman; Tasco; and Tarleton Williams, Phila. Gas Commissioner.    Send article as PDF   

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ The Mayor’s race has to have a lot of people thinking. Can Mayor Michael Nutter be beaten? If the scenario that has taken place since 1951, when the City Charter became the law of the local land, still holds true, he can’t be beaten by a Republican candidate, though on a couple […]

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