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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Are Worrying Philadelphia Jurists Needlessly

POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Are Worrying Philadelphia Jurists Needlessly

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Feds keep losing, but still keep trying, with unlimited funds drawn from taxpayers, to do in Philadelphia’s political family – and in particular to disgrace its court system. We can only believe sparking and nagging them on are the countless groups unhappy over the fact justices and judges of the Pennsylvania judiciary […]

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BY STATE REP. MIKE STURLA/ I’ve been following with interest recent pronouncements from Gov. Tom Corbett claiming billions of dollars in “savings” if the Corbett/Tobash pension “reform”, based on questionable 30-year assumptions, becomes law. When pressed by reporters if there are any savings in the near term, the Governor replied, “No, but this is the […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL Jul. 31

KENNEY URGES MAYOR TO EASE UP ON POT Councilman at Large James F. Kenney delivered a letter to Mayor Michael Nutter urging him to swiftly sign and implement City Council Bill 140377, which creates a civil penalty for possession of a small amount of marijuana, defined as 30 grams or less. “Just this week, it […]

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Last week, a great Philadelphian and stalwart Republican passed from this world. FRANK A. “HANK” SALVATORE, at the age of 92, left us. Salvatore represented Northeast Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (170th Dist.) from 1973 to 1985. He went on to be a Pennsylvania State Senator (5th Dist.) from 1985 to 2000. He […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Political Partying Lights Up The Jersey Shore

CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY’S annual Brady Bash at the shore was once again a big smash. The Democratic City Chairman hosted a packed house at Westy’s in N. Wildwood over the weekend. Among the VIPs and ward leaders were former gubernatorial candidate KATIE MCGINTY, WARD LEADERS PAT PARKINSON, MIKE MCALEER, LORI & MARTY BEDNAREK, STATE SEN. […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Exposing Academic Corruption In College Sports

BY DENISE CLAY/ While I am a proud graduate of Temple University, I didn’t start my academic career there. I started college in September 1982 at The Ohio State University, one of those places where football is king and everything else is kinda inconsequential. I used to type papers for members of the football team […]

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Are Pennsylvania Population Changes Working Against Corbett?

BY TONY WEST/ Time is not kind to Gov. Tom Corbett’s reelection hopes. The Pennsylvania that harbors his political base is not growing. His opposition’s stronghold, on the other hand, is growing. Yikes! Although the Governor rightfully boasts he is the first Governor of Pennsylvania who was born in Philadelphia, he built his career as […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ If you consider yourself a pro at handicapping future elections, you should easily come up with the answer to the question headlining this column. Working and praying and hoping and knocking at doors to make sure Lieutenant Governor candidate State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) gets elected along with gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Covering Up Unemployment In Pennsylvania

BY FRANK A. SIRIANNI/ Lately we have all been reading that Gov. Tom Corbett is taking credit for the alleged “relatively low” unemployment rate here in Pennsylvania. As he runs for reelection, he says it is one of the lowest unemployment rates in the USA! The percentage of unemployed Pennsylvania workers, according to the Pennsylvania […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Harrisburg Is Steaming Over Budget This July

Summer is hot in Philadelphia but nowhere is hotter than Harrisburg. Last week GOV. TOM CORBETT vetoed funding for the legislature and some funding he termed WAMs (walking-around monies), which he accused the legislature of doling out to favorite projects. The Governor was quickly denounced for his veto by House MAJORITY LEADER MIKE TURZAI and […]

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