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CITY HALL SAM: Black Ward Leaders Carry A Big Stick

One of the key organizations in the Philadelphia political machine is the group known as the Black Ward Leaders. The group consists of African American ward leaders, many of whom are elected officials. The group is currently chaired by STATE SEN. ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS. Among its members are City COUNCILWOMAN JANNIE BLACKWELL, SHERIFF JEWELL WILLIAMS, […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Cawley Wins … Washington Will Too

Last week was the 8th anniversary of the loss of Sergeant “Gunny” LE CLAIRE, Jr. who was killed while delivering a warrant. City Police Lt. Heather Bernard has been keeping his memory alive with an annual golf tourney. It is coming and will be announced. Please consider attending…. It was happy news to learn that […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Call The Roller Of Big Cigars…

Tuesday night, Republican City Committee held a cigar fundraiser at the United Republican Club. The event was very well attended despite the icy snow and rain. Each attendee received a pack of cigars and had the opportunity to pair the cigars with tastings of scotch and bourbon. Two cases of wine from Moldova were also […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Kane’s Investigations Should Unsettle Black Politicos

BY DENISE CLAY/ On Sunday, the Philadelphia Inquirer had a fairly large story on its front page regarding Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to shut down an investigation that had managed to ensnare a bunch of high-profile members of Pennsylvania’s Legislative Black Caucus. The Attorney General’s Office had centered its sting around a man named […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Republicans Show Their Irish; Wolfe’s On The Prowl

Tuesday evening the Commonwealth Club sponsored a reception at the Irish Pub at 12th and Walnut Streets with special guests CONGRESSMEN PATRICK MEEHAN (R-PA7) and MIKE KELLY (R-PA3). Meehan’s district skirts around the City of Philadelphia and includes parts of Montgomery and Delaware Cos. Kelly was a little farther from home. Kelly’s district starts just […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Is Clarke Catching Labor’s Eye?

Let the jockeying for the mayoral position continue. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER has announced he wants to sell PGW, the much-maligned gas company, and finally has a buyer. But COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE has already stood up and said he opposes the sale and he supports his labor. A substantial number of gas workers who might […]

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Red Cross Raises Over $300,000 At Red Ball

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Broad Coalition Mobilizes To Stop PGW Sale

A diverse set of Philadelphia-based organizations have begun a wide-ranging campaign to defeat Mayor Nutter’s  plan to privatize Philadelphia Gas Works, the city’s publicly owned gas utility. The broad coalition includes unions, consumer groups, neighborhood associations, and environmental groups. The announcement follows on the heels of Mayor Michael Nutter’s selection of UIL Holdings Corp. as […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Clarke Is Wrong – Selling PGW Is Right

This week City COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE did two things I expected him to do. He announced a special election will be held at the May primary for the recently vacated City Council-at-Large seat of BILL GREEN, who left to become the Chairman of the School Reform Commission. He also threw water on the deal […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Might PGW Sale Lead To More Fires?

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA/ POTHOLES: I heard on the radio the City was moving all over town to fix potholes. Have you seen ONE pothole repair vehicle??? Rumor says the City won’t repair potholes until after the last snowfall (?). So get out your checkbook to repair or replace wheels, bearings, tires, alignment and balance…. […]

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