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Blondell Reynolds Brown: A Legacy of Service

Blondell Reynolds Brown: A Legacy of Service

BY TONY WEST It could be said that Blondell Reynolds Brown danced her way into politics. The daughter of a schoolteacher in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, Reynolds Brown’s father, a construction worker, died when she was 16. She followed in her mother’s studious footsteps, attending Girls High School, acquiring a master’s in education […]

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Activities Galore Bring Meaning to MLK Weekend

Every year, Philadelphia honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of giving back and an extended weekend full of activities across the city. Residents and visitors looking for service opportunities can choose from 1,800 service projects throughout the region during the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day of […]

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Kenney Releases Agenda for New Term

Kenney Releases Agenda for New Term After he was sworn in for a second term on Monday, Mayor Kenney released a report outlining his Administration’s top priorities for the next four years. “Equity and Opportunity for All: Priorities for Mayor Kenney’s Second Term” lays out the Mayor’s plan to achieve the following goals. Creating a […]

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Clarke: Lift 100,000 out of Poverty

Newly sworn as president of City Council for a third term, Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) said it was imperative that every City agency, business, academic and nonprofit leader join a united effort to lift 100,000 Philadelphians out of poverty over the next four years. “I’m calling on everyone – the business community, our top […]

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Greenlee Bids Farewell to City Council Life

BY TONY WEST Councilman Bill Greenlee is stepping out of City Council this month after 40 years inside it, one way or another. The 66-year-old councilmember apprenticed in City government under the tutelage of one of Philadelphia’s most-colorful leaders, Councilman David Cohen. An old-school liberal with a keen sense of working-class concerns, Cohen started out […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Toomey Follows His Own Road

BY JOE SHAHEELI Long viewed as one of the more-independent conservatives in the U.S. Senate, Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has gone out on an unusual limb by opposing the new U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement, which is destined to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. USMCA is the first major piece of bipartisan legislation that has […]

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Letter from the Mayor of Philadelphia

Fellow Philadelphians, Being your mayor for the last four years has been the greatest honor of my life. In 2016, we embarked on an ambitious mission to bring equity and opportunity to all neighborhoods and to make the government more accessible and accountable to the people it serves. As I reflect on this term, I’m […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: ‘Reclaim’ Aims for New Philly Kills in 2020

BY JOE SHAHEELI There’s a new party in town. It’s definitely not the Republicans. But it’s not the Democrats either, although they vote and organize Democratic most of the time. Chiefly, though, they keep counsel with each other. They’re the progressives. Progressive ideas have long been standard in Philadelphia’s Democratic politics. Rival teams compete over […]

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OPINION: Will Pa. Go Blue – and for Whom?

BY LARRY CEISLER We’re less than three months from the Iowa caucus and a year from the 2020 election. The Democratic field is – as expected – very much in flux. Here are some of my impressions. For a Democrat to win Pennsylvania in 2020, that candidate has got to be a moderate. He or […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Can Philly Woman Win Statewide Office?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Philadelphia will have one favorite daughter on the statewide Democratic Party ticket in 2020. Nina Ahmad, a former deputy mayor under Jim Kenney, has been ambitiously exploring elective office for several years. In 2018, she took a shot at the lieutenant governor nomination in a five-way primary race that included a fellow […]

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