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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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THE WAFFLEMAN: When You Need A Photo ID … Aside From Voting

BY JOE SBARAGLIA/ Yo! Here we go again with these thoughts on things that require showing a valid ID. They normalize the concept of having and using photo identification in almost every phase of life – do you agree? Having a valid driver’s license while driving a car; boarding an airplane; showing your passport in […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Could Willie Brown Shut Election Down With SEPTA Strike?

For the next few days, those of us who rely on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA as it’s commonly known, are going to be looking toward Ohio. Not literally. Metaphorically. That’s because the only way to keep Transport Workers Union Local 234 from actually participating in the strike that its members authorized with […]

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