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POLS ON THE STREET: POLS ON THE STREET: Dueling Millionaires – Who’s Open, Who’s Nice?

POLS ON THE STREET: POLS ON THE STREET: Dueling Millionaires – Who’s Open, Who’s Nice?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Two York County big businessmen turned state political leaders. Two guys who pay a lot of taxes. Two different responses. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made his full 2017 tax returns available for review earlier this month. He reported about $414,000 in adjusted gross income in 2017—down quite a bit from previous years […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Born to Run? Try Your Luck in Philadelphia’s 2019 Primary

BY JOE SHAHEELI Political insiders are fascinated by the potential impact of the Philadelphia vote of two important statewide races, for the governorship, currently held by Democrat Tom Wolf and for the U.S. Senate seat of Robert Casey (D-Pa.). But no one doubts the outcome of either race in thoroughly Democratic Philadelphia – the only […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Can Schools Sue Their Way to Funding?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Elections have consequences. And few elections in recent Pennsylvania history have proved to be more consequential than the 2016 Democratic takeover of the State Supreme Court. That swiftly led to the historic gerrymandering decision that threw most state congressional seats up for grabs this fall. Now comes a new lawsuit, argued in […]

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New Book Delves into SPHS History

By Eldon Graham South Philadelphia High School is diving deep into its past, in literary form. The book, by Dr. Tony Evangelisto, is simply known as “South Philadelphia High School.” It chronicles the humble beginnings of the school and all the teachers, principals and students that came through and shaped the school’s legacy into what […]

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‘Janus’ Stirs Philly Labor to Rally for Casey

BY TONY WEST U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) made an important pit stop in Philadelphia last week, visiting with a coalition of representatives from unions that represent public-sector employees. They were reeling from the June 27 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME, which held that government workers are not required to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Campaigns Gear up for Fall Semester

BY JOE SHAHEELI One of the biggest dilemmas facing elected officials as they head into the fall general-election season is that, aside from a relatively small number of politically savvy types, nobody much cares about them in August. In the dog days, the ordinary voter’s heart and mind is set on wringing the last bit […]

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Reclaimers in 175th Dist. Still Sore at Party Rules

BY RYAN BRIGGS Democratic 5th Ward Leader Mike Boyle found himself at the center of a rare controversy in his Center City Philadelphia district. A vocal minority of committee people, many of them insurgent reformers, said Boyle had colluded with 175th District State Rep. Mike O’Brien to appoint O’Brien’s chief of staff Mary Isaacson as […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Team Trump Brings Its Tune to Philly

BY JOE SHAHEELI The national Republican team came to Philadelphia on Monday. Republicans cheered and donated; Democrats booed and protested. What is not clear is if anything changed as a result. But it is evident that the Republican Party is trying to move the needle in Southeastern Pennsylvania. For the second time since President Donald […]

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Brady Bunch a Success

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POLS ON THE STREET: City Dems Show up on the Same Page

BY JOE SHAHEELI  The ruling Democratic Party of Philadelphia emerged from is quadrennial housecleaning in the May primary in good shape.  All signs are that the May primary, which turfed up young winning candidates in several state rep races and yielded new Democratic City Committee ward leaders in 20% of its wards, has refreshed the […]

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