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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly Dems Take State Party Posts

POLS ON THE STREET: Philly Dems Take State Party Posts

BY JOE SHAHEELI How powerful is Philadelphia? In the halls of Pennsylvania government, not much. The Republican supermajority in the General Assembly rules out decisive leadership from this city because there aren’t enough Republicans in the Philadelphia caucus. And our leading voice in their caucus, State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) is stepping down at the […]

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History and Section 232: The Numbers Don’t Lie

Amid growing tensions, the process of implementing the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports is now moving forward. Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 directs the Secretary of Commerce to submit a report to the president advising whether any article “is being imported to the United States in such quantities […]

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New Canal, New Channel: Port of Philadelphia Enters a New Era

Interview with Jeff Theobald BY TONY WEST 2018 is the year that Philadelphia’s historic port officially entered the post-Panamax world, when the world’s largest cargo ships are able to sail directly from China and East Asia to the Northeastern United States via the Panama Canal – and the Delaware River is ready to receive them, […]

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Packer Ave. Terminal Is Ready for Big Business at Philadelphia’s Port

With nary a scratch nor splash, two giant 32-story gantry cranes arrived from a globe-crossing trek into South Philadelphia this past March. The cranes completed a 90-plus-day journey from Shanghai, China, to arrive at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and mark the beginning of a new era of prosperity for the city and surrounding region. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Don’t Tax You, Don’t Tax Me; Tax That Man Behind That Tree

BY JOE SHAHEELI Just by looking at the calendar, it’s obvious that all proposed tax hikes face an uphill battle both on Capitol Hill and in City Hall this year. That’s because the all-important political races of the next 12 months – in the statewide November general election and in the 2019 municipal primary – […]

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Ahmad Makes Statewide Waves in Lt. Guv Race

BY TONY WEST A newcomer to Philadelphia electoral politics, former Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad, caught the eye of many voters outside the city in her last-minute race for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary. Ahmad had started out the campaign season with her own eye on the old 1st Congressional District seat. After that evaporated […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Many Dem Wards Elect New Leaders in Philadelphia

BY JOE SHAHEELI It’s more a generational change than a partisan conflict. After all is said and done, few Democratic ward leaders were overthrown by rebels in the June 4 committee elections. But there will be many new faces in Democratic City Committee for the next four years, largely because many old-timers burned out and […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Both City Parties Will Be Reborn Next Week

BY JOE SHAHEELI This coming Monday, June 4, the people who will actually decide the grassroots presence of the Philadelphia Democratic and Republican Parties will meet and be elected. Parties, by definition, are not clusters of ideas or policies; they are not their candidates; they are not their voters. Parties are organizations – and organizations […]

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BY RYAN BRIGGS A Democratic Party rule designed to encourage women to participate in State Committee elections has backfired for some female candidates running in the 2018 Pennsylvania primary. Some now say it’s time for the rule – which also inadvertently excludes transgender candidates – to be reexamined. The rule reserves about half of all […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Is the Hill Getting Religion on Redistricting?

BY JOE SHAHEELI One of the more-surprising outcomes of the 2018 primary is a sudden interest in rethinking the way the 2022 elections will be planned – on the part of an unlikely lot of reformers: the General Assembly. Gerrymandering, a perennial tongue-clucker for good-government types, has seldom troubled the actual gerrymanderers of both parties. […]

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