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Presidential Campaigns Groom In-State Voices

Both Republican and Democrat national campaign teams are developing articulate Pennsylvania political leaders as spokespersons for day-to-day press events, in what will be a key swing state in the November 2012 presidential election. Last Friday, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Phila.) was tapped for an Obama for America press conference call to discuss Mitt Romney’s economic philosophy, […]

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City’s GOP Goes To (Civil) War

BY JOE SHAHEELI/  Activists in the Republican Party in Philadelphia refuse to understand the reason for their existence. Rather than provide city leadership, attract voters, pick winnable candidates, raise election-day money and get their candidates elected, they are instead engaged in a civil war. Don’t blame the rank and file of the existing Republican City […]

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NO HIDDEN HIKE! Coalition Forms To Block mayor’s Quick AVI Hike

BY TONY WEST/ An unprecedented coalition of elected officials has formed a phalanx, sworn to halt Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposal to work a hefty hike in property-tax revenues by changing the method of assessment, even before its new property-value calculations are known. State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) was joined at his office last week […]

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Complete Photo Coverage of Barnes Foundation Museum Opening – by Bonnie Squires

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BARNES COLLECTION: What’s Missing That Shouldn’t Be Missing?

BY RON TAYLOR/ Have you ever had the idea that you didn’t want to go somewhere – and then, when you got there, regretted showing up? Despite my press credentials, I decided not to go to the press event opening the new Barnes Art Exhibit in Philadelphia, even though I am a graduate of the Barnes […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: 2 Italian Stallions In 1st Senatorial Dist.

They are both lawyers, with basically the same platforms, education, safety, and crime awareness. But what makes them interestingly competitive is the fact both are of Italian extraction and vying for a district where Italian American voters still bear some clout. Incumbent State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) is the favorite based on his two […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Sen. Kitchen Stakes Her Claim

State Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen (D-N. Phila.), who easily won her fifth term to the 3rd Dist. State Senate seat she has held since winning her first term in November of 1996, has made it obvious to all Democrats everywhere  she “has a mind of her own.” To prove that, she hosted a party last […]

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STOPPING A.V.I.: ‘Collect Back Taxes First,’ Say N.E. Solons

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STOPPING A.V.I.: ‘Collect Back Taxes First,’ Say N.E. Solons

BY TONY WEST/ Beleaguered Philadelphia homeowners staring at a back-door tax increase may find rescue in an unlikely place: Harrisburg. Concerns over Mayor Michael Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative have prompted two state lawmakers to scrutinize the plan more closely. State Sen. Mike Stack and State Rep. Mike McGeehan (both D-Northeast) are offering alternative solutions that would […]

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Gone, But Not Forgotten: City Pays Homage To Fallen Police & Fire Officers At Living Flame Memorial Service

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Gone, But Not Forgotten: City Pays Homage To Fallen Police & Fire Officers At Living Flame Memorial Service

By RORY McGLASSON It’s been 23 days since the city lost two firefighters in a Kensington blaze, so this year’s tribute to fallen police and fire officials was more somber than usual. Two Philadelphia Fire Department firefighters – Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney –died in the line of duty, following a five-alarm fire […]

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Primary Lessons: Upset In The 182nd

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Primary Lessons: Upset In The 182nd

By JOHN KROMER and DAVID LYNN Three of the incumbent State Representatives who ran for reelection in the 2012 primary were not particularly dynamic or accomplished. Their challengers were well-spoken, attractive, and well-financed. The results: One challenger won, another came close and is well positioned for a 2014 rematch, and a third lost badly. Let’s […]

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