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BY TONY WEST/ Leading negotiators for Mayor Michael Nutter’s turbulent city-worker contracts say they’re willing to return to the table with the unions at any time – but not at any cost. Three key sticking points in negotiations with the Philadelphia Firefighters & Paramedics’ Union Local 22 and with District Council 33, which represents the […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Not stated – but plain as day – is the fact this city’s Democratic leaders have, in effect, deposed the Mayor from any citywide leadership role in his own party. That change occurred Tuesday when a broad-based coalition of Philadelphia’s political and labor leaders formally launched a drive to change the City […]

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BY ERIC BOEHM,  PA Independent/ On a sunny afternoon in early July, Fredrick Anton was finishing his lunch at a popular Harrisburg café. As Anton, the CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and a long-time prominent voice in conservative circles of Pennsylvania politics, headed for the door, he nearly bumped into Rick Bloomingdale, president of the […]

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BY BONNIE SQUIRES/ When Hillary Clinton spoke Tuesday at Bryn Mawr College, the site of the second annual The Women in Public Service Project two-week summer session, I did not expect her to announce her decision to run again for President. It’s too early. But she did make a joke about getting into trouble whenever […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Despite the gloomy economic skies raining depression on the city’s public-school system, the School District can point to a silver lining full of student pluses. It’s called City Year, a corps of 255 young men and women who spent the past year working hand in glove with teachers and one on one […]

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Why did the cash-hungry Philadelphia Inquirer turn down $58,000 for an ad that was to contain the message below from the Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights? That’s what appears to have happened. League President Bill Donohue wanted to comment on the sentencing of the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s Father Charles Engelhardt and lay teacher Bernard […]

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Pat Gillespie, business manager of the Philadelphia Building Trades Council, has offered the knowhow of all the unions whose members are engaged in construction and demolition work to the City Administration. If the City seeks to come up with sensible and pragmatic regulations, it could value the insights offered by Gillespie. City Council moved this […]

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Two “informational” union rallies were staged last week during the Conference of Mayors held at the Westin Hotel. They were designed to bring to light the unfair dealings Conference host President Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has had through his two terms in office. As a result, other mayors saw signs seen in the cover picture […]

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Rep. John Taylor, Joe DeFelice To Lead Unified City GOP by Joe Shaheeli   Almost two years to the week on a dismally rainy day in early June, the City’s Republican Committee found itself at the beginning of a two-year civil war as the result of a decision to “weight” the vote of each ward […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Democratic City Committee Chairman and Congressman Bob Brady and his leadership team forged a ballot that met with the overwhelming approval of the majority of ward leaders and subsequently their dedicated voters. Democratic voters they brought to the polls accounted for less than 10% of the eligible Democratic registered voters. Together with the […]

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