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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly Sheds Light on Voting by Aliens

BY JOE SHAHEELI City Commissioner Al Schmidt has made a prominent contribution to a hotly debated national controversy over how many aliens vote in U.S. elections. A study conducted by Schmidt’s office found 220 non-citizens “who were registered to vote in Philadelphia at some point between 2006 and 2017,” reported City Commission’s lone Republican member. […]

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Hero Thrill Show Thrills for 63rd Year

By Eldon Graham The 63rd annual Hero Thrill Show fundraiser was a destination of excitement and remembrance at the Wells Fargo Center parking lot in South Philadelphia. Kids and the young at heart got the opportunity to be unofficial firefighters and police officers for a day, while enjoying the sights and sounds of carnival games, […]

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Fiedler Tests S. Philly’s Hunger for Change

BY TONY WEST Elizabeth Fiedler is running for office with a three-month-old baby at her side. “Walking” might be a better way to put it. But it’s not a bad way to meet people. Parents of newborns spend lots of time walking; and meeting lots of people is the key to a successful challenge in […]

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LABOR DAY: For Strong Wages, Strong Unions Needed

  BY VENSON BARBER As a fast-food worker, I work for a multi-billion-dollar corporation, yet I don’t earn enough to move out of my parents’ home at age 27. I’ve worked at McDonald’s for the past six years and I make $7.25 an hour. Each check varies between $100 and $200, nowhere near enough to […]

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LABOR DAY: Time to Put Workers First

BY RICK BLOOMINGDALE, President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Labor Day is a time to remember and honor the achievements of working people across America. For our country and our Commonwealth, it’s been a long year. Today, we see more opposition from corporate special interests than ever before. Our economy remains skewed in favor of corporations who ship […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Clam Bake Bolsters Philly GOP

The annual Billy Meehan Clam Bake was held on Sunday, Aug. 27 at Cannstatter on Academy Road. The event started at 4 p.m. and ran until 7 p.m. Keynote speaker was BOB PADUCHIK, Republican National Committee Co-Chair. Republican City Committee CHAIRMAN MIKE MEEHAN was the master of ceremonies for the event named for his father, […]

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Delinquent Developers Game The System

BY RYAN BRIGGS Thomas Citro is so good at navigating Philadelphia’s infamous bureaucracy, he’s made a living off of it. He bills himself as an “expediter,” a classically Philly profession that helps developers cut through red tape for building permits and zoning – for a fee, of course. When it comes to his own properties, […]

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Labor Unions Team Up for Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

The Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council in partnership with the AFL-CIO Philadelphia Council is organizing a major Hurricane Harvey Relief effort, beginning Labor Day, Monday, September 4th. The two labor groups will set up a large tractor-trailer on the parade route near the intersection of Columbus Boulevard and Reed Street. John J. Dougherty, Business […]

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LABOR DAY: The Spirit of Union in Difficult Times

BY PAT EIDING, President of the Philadelphia Council, AFL-CIO The labor movement is used to having to do things the hard way. Working people in the United States of America, and around the world, in fact, have never been handed anything on a silver platter. During the Gilded Age boom of American industry, American workers […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: GOP Upswing In Philly

BY JOE SHAHEELI While national attention has focused on the Democratic Party’s weakness in declining rural areas, urban Philadelphia is showing clear signs of decay in the Dems’ brand as well. Philadelphia Republicans shaved 31,728 off their voter-registration deficit against their Democratic competitors in the past year. That’s one-third of the total statewide decline of […]

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