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POLS ON THE STREET: The Stack Attack Is Back

POLS ON THE STREET: The Stack Attack Is Back

BY JOE SHAHEELI Lt. Gov. Mike Stack announced he will seek re-election at City Hall yesterday, surrounded by a legion of Philadelphia political leaders. A Northeast Democratic ward leader of long standing and former state senator, Stack is Philadelphia’s highest-ranked statewide elected official. As the lieutenant governor presides over the State Senate, his position gives […]

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PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR: Ryan N. Boyer, Conscience of the Labor Movement

BY TONY WEST Born at 11th & North Streets in North Philadelphia, not half a mile from his corner office today overlooking Broad Street, Ryan N. Boyer has literally seen the building of our city all his life. In fact, he built the building his office now occupies – along with much else around it […]

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James Tayoun Passes away

BY GREG SALISBURY James “Jimmy” Tayoun, a larger-than-life figure in Philadelphia for decades thanks to incarnations as a city councilman, state rep, restaurateur and newspaper publisher, died Wednesday morning. According to his daughter, Nora, Tayoun, who founded and was executive editor of the Public Record, collapsed as he was getting into a car outside his […]

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The Multifaceted Life of Jimmy Tayoun

BY TONY WEST My acquaintance with Jimmy Tayoun began in 1983. I was editing the Observer, a biweekly trade newspaper with a line of insider political coverage for Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Tayoun was a two-term incumbent city councilman for the 1st District, engaged with a challenger in a fierce Democratic primary race. (South Philadelphia politics […]

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Krasner Cruises; Locals Do Well Statewide

BY JOE SHAHEELI A united Philadelphia Democratic Party brought home its municipal candidates for district attorney and city controller, Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart. With 98.1% of the vote tallied, Krasner had 147,666 to Republican Beth Grossman’s 50,107. That was actually a good result for Republicans – 25% of the vote – since registered Republicans […]

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What’s ‘Fair’ for Pa. Natural Gas?

BY DENISE FUREY Pennsylvania House Finance Committee sent a bill to the floor that would levy a severance tax at on the extraction of natural gas. The tax would apply to unconventional (shale) gas wells that are already subject to the state’s impact fee. The excise rate would start at 2 cents per thousand cubic […]

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Council President Clarke Remembers Jimmy Tayoun

City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) issued the following statement on former Council member and Pennsylvania House Representative James “Jimmy” Tayoun, Sr.:  “A long, lively chapter in Philadelphia politics has come to a close. Jimmy Tayoun was sharp, occasionally bruising, definitely flawed, and never boring. He certainly had a heart full of love […]

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Editor’s Note: The Passing of Jimmy Tayoun

This morning, we received word that our founder, executive editor, friend and mentor, James Tayoun, Sr., passed away at the age of 87. We will provide full coverage of his life and accomplishments in next week’s paper. Our deepest condolences to the Tayoun family and to everyone whose life was positively impacted by Jimmy. In […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Krasner’s Race to Lose – and It’s Losable

BY JOE SHAHEELI All Democrats are walk-homes in Philadelphia in 2017. So goes the conventional wisdom. So that means Democratic DA candidate Larry Krasner should walk home. But the present era is nothing if not full of surprises. Krasner’s primary victory over many vetted prosecutorial pros was a surprise, considering he has never prosecuted a […]

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Krasner Reveals Himself as Grossman No-Shows

BY ELIZABETH CRAWLEY Democratic DA candidate Larry Krasner fielded questions from voters at the Arch Street United Methodist Church on Saturday. “A Conversation with Krasner,” a Facebook event hosted by Philadelphia United for Progress (Philly Up), was supposed to be a forum for voters to query Krasner and GOP DA candidate Beth Grossman. After Grossman […]

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