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N.E. Philly Leaders May Be Swinging To Boyle In State Senate Race

by Joe Shaheeli A caucus endorsement, so vital in organization politics, is a decision, once made, was considered poured in cement. That was true in the recent annals of the Democratic Party – until last Thursday. It is now in flux in the battle of the 5th Senatorial Dist. The nine ward leaders making up […]

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OUR OPINION: Soda Tax Promises Food Fight In Phila. City Council

Community leaders, small-business owners, labor leaders and citizens have banded together to fight a 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages like soda, teas and juice drinks. They charge a 12-pack of soda’s cost would nearly double – to more than $8 – due to the tax; $2.04 tax on a 2-liter bottle would be more than […]

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Democratic National Convention Is Starting Volunteer Registration

The Democratic National Convention Host Committee has launched its official volunteer-registration system, which can still be accessed through the Host Committee’s now-revamped volunteer webpage here. The portal is supported by myTRS (The Registration System), a woman- and veteran-owned business that offers comprehensive online volunteer, conference, and ticketing software to coordinate events, conferences and tours. The […]

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From Bok To Bark: Old School Sprouts New Dog Park

by Maria Merlino Passyunk Crossing has a new dog park, compliments of Scout Ltd., a collective of young, enthusiastic urban designers and strategy makers who like to think about design at a city scale. The park, located at 9th & Dudley Streets, is an iron-gated outdoor space outside of the former Bok HS. This outdoor […]

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Chaka Fattah, Challengers Have First Faceoff In University City

Incumbent Congressman Chaka Fattah (D. Phila.) presented his case to 50 voters, alongside two of his challengers in the Apr. 26 primary: 9th Ward Leader Dan Muroff of Mt. Airy and State Rep. Brian Sims of Center City. The strong turnout indicated interest in this unusual and closely watched contest. Normally Fattah, who has served […]

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Meeting Bares Soul Of 60th St. After ‘ISIS’ Attack On Philadelphia Cop

by Tony West Bryant Elementary School lies three blocks from where Police Officer Gary Hartnett was shot by Edward Archer last week – shot, Archer said on his arrest, in the name of the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS. Tonight its auditorium filled with more than 200 people from the Cobbs Creek neighborhood of Philadelphia to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Mayor-Council Relationship Could Be Boon In Kenney Administration

by Joe Shaheeli Of the many Mayors this city has had, it can be said Mayor Jim Kenney is the one closest to fitting the adage “the round peg for the round hole”. Of all those who preceded him, the closest to fit that description in the past 60 years would have been John Street. […]

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Updated Jan. 8

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Jan. 8- Malik Boyd & Rodney Little host Fundraiser for Congressman Chaka Fattah at Pyramid Cl., Franklin Rm., 1735 Market St., 52nd fl., 6-8 p.m. Champions $1,000, Supporters $500, Friends $250. Checks payable to “Fattah for Congress”. Jan 9- State Rep. Vanessa Brown hosts Youth Trip to State Farm Show, leaves from 1435 W. 52nd […]

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Philadelphia Unemployment Rate Drops, Mayor Nutter Announces In Swan Song

Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger announced today Philadelphia’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.9%, the lowest in Philadelphia since April 2008 before the recession and a full percentage point lower than when Mayor Nutter took office in January 2008. In addition, there are more Philadelphians employed than at […]

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Rep. Taylor’s Bill Would Legalize Liquor Runs Out Of State

Legislation sponsored by State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) to decriminalize the purchase of out-of-state wine and liquor has passed the House. “For decades people have driven into New Jersey and Delaware to purchase wines and spirits not available in Pennsylvania, which is illegal, though rarely enforced. When it is enforced, the consequences can be great […]

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