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MIKE STACK: Philadelphia Finally Has Its Own Lt. Governor

“What truly distinguishes Mike Stack is his progressive leadership and unparalleled 13-year voting record in the Pennsylvania Senate championing universal access to affordable health care, common sense gun reforms, marriage equality, reproductive choice, a greener Pennsylvania, workers’ rights and a fairer economy that lifts everyone.” –Jay Costa, Senate Democratic Leader When State Sen. Mike Stack’s […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Council President Clarke Nixes Mayoral Race

by Joe Shaheeli City Council President Darrell Clarke’s announcement, “It is my intention to seek the Democratic nomination to serve a fifth term as representative of Philadelphia’s 5th Councilmanic District in the May primary election,” has opened the door to a host of speculation as to who will be the next Mayor of Philadelphia. His […]

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Darrell Clarke Out Of Mayor’s Race, Will Stay In City Council

The decision has been made. Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke just released a statement taking himself out of the 2015 mayoral race: “It is my intention to seek the Democratic nomination to serve a fifth term as representative of Philadelphia’s 5th Councilmanic Dist. in the May primary election. “I have been honored and inspired […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Philadelphia Family Court’s ‘Lost Art’ Wasn’t Lost

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA/ To read a banner headline that FAMILY COURT was stripped of antiques was a wasted effort.  On closer reading, it appears the City did not communicate that these items were not to be taken to the DRAB new courthouse – as long portrayed in the press. JUDGES and COURT WORKERS should NOT be blamed! A […]

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THE WAFFLEMAN: New Year’s Eve The Way It Used To Be

Yo! Here we go again with these thoughts about New Year’s Eve. When I was growing up, we celebrated New Year’s Eve at home with our family and friends. It was also a celebration of having survived one year and looking forward to a better one to come. We would have tons of food to […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Piecing Together The Dream Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ticket

The great thing about politics is there’s usually another big race coming up. This next election cycle features the availability of three state Supreme Court seats. There was already going to be two vacancies due to the mandatory retirement JUSTICE RON CASTILLE and resignation of JANE ORIE MELVIN, but the unforeseen retirement of JUSTICE SEAMUS […]

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Philadelphia’s New Housing Boom – How Far Will It Go?

BY TONY WEST/ For the first time in a lifetime, Philadelphia is growing. And the pace of growth is picking up. 2014 promises to notch construction of more new residential units than in any year for decades. How far can the boom spread? How hot can it get? Experts say the city is riding a […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: New York’s Gift To Pennsylvania

“Merry Christmas Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from your good neighbor the State of New York”, signed “Yours Truly, ANDREW CUOMO, GOVERNOR.” Last week New York decided to extend its ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing of shale rock in order to develop its extensive shale-gas reserves. This was a gift to Pennsylvania. Additional sources of […]

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OUR OPINION: Peace To The Grinches

By now, even the denser among us must realize there continues to be a concerted effort to intensify efforts to wedge us further apart. Social-media followers, like lemmings, continue to follow blindly in this fashion, taking an advantage of a form of communication that gathers adherents who see themselves as fighters for the cause, whatever […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Council Duo Eases Santa’s Workload

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Councilmen Mark Squilla and Jim Kenney started off late last Thursday at 4:30 p.m., helping Santa Claus carry his work load, and finishing up at 10 p.m. by checking with Santa’s constituents of all ages, first at Franklin Square and then at 2nd & Ritner Recreation Center. Kenney held Santa’s record book […]

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