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Fattah, Challengers Have First Faceoff In University City

Fattah, Challengers Have First Faceoff In University City

Incumbent Congressman Chaka Fattah (D. Phila.) presented his case to 50 voters, alongside two of his challengers in the Apr. 26 primary: 9th Ward Leader Dan Muroff of Mt. Airy and State Rep. Brian Sims of Center City. The strong turnout indicated interest in this unusual and closely watched contest. Normally Fattah, who has served […]

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DARRELL CLARKE: Public Servant Of The Year 2016

In weighing our choices for the Philadelphia Public Record’s 2016 Public Servant of the Year, our editorial team had to ask ourselves: Who was the linchpin of City government in 2015 and will remain the linchpin of City government in 2016, despite a mayoral turnover? Who has grappled with all the major issues of Philadelphia […]

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Pols on the Street: Voters Sour On Pa. Government

by Joe Shaheeli If Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf were pitted against the Republican-controlled General Assembly in a two-way race right now, Wolf would win by a landslide. So says a Franklin & Marshall College Poll conducted Jan. 18-23. “The January Poll shows more registered voters continue to hold the State legislature (52%) than the Governor […]

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Positive Force Offers Free Self-Defense Classes For Women

By Maria Merlino Who trained with Chuck Norris? 6th Degree Master Joe Pennisi did. 6th Degree Master Hugo Armando said the class teaches women how to identify and prevent dangerous situations. Women will also learn hands-on defense training in the two-month weekly course. The course has foundations in education and awareness that also includes lecture, […]

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Philly Free School Offers Public, Private School Alternative

by Cassie Hepler The Philly Free School, located at 2001 Christian Street, was founded in 2011 by a group of parents, educators and community members. It is a democratic free school, modeled after the Sudbury Valley School (1968) in Massachusetts, and Summerhill (1921) in England. PFS’s founders wanted to create a school where students would […]

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OUR OPINION: Voters, Please Sign Nominating Petitions

Nominating petitions are being circulated by political campaigners to get their candidates on the primary ballot for the Republican and Democratic Parties this spring. They have 19 days left to meet their quota and turn in their petitions to Harrisburg. They need voters to help. Voters who are registered in the party their candidate is […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Petition Season Brings Politicians To The People

by Joe Shaheeli Pennsylvania’s political footsoldiers threw themselves into the tough entry-level task facing those who would run for state or national office in the Apr. 26 primary election: circulating nominating petitions to get their candidates on the ballot. This is tedious and often chilly work as well – doubly so this season, as much […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Party, Labor Unity Seen For Street

by Joe Shaheeli It could have been a mini-Democratic Convention, a sight probably never seen before at the venerable Berean Institute Building, 19th & Girard. The occasion was the passage of power, much as was seen when former Councilwoman Marian Tasco announced her retirement and bequeathed her 9th Dist. seat to then-Representative, now Councilwoman Cherelle […]

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Sen. Shirley Kitchen To Retire; Backs Sharif Street

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Courts Fail Many, Losing Their Properties; Council To Move To Eliminate Loopholes

by Joe Shaheeli Councilman Curtis Jones’ Public Safety Committee will introduce a series of recommendations to City Council which should end loopholes that have created an epidemic of mortgage fraud in this city. When approved by the full Council and signed by the Mayor, it will close a history of families suffering mortgage foreclosures who […]

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