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Philadelphia Election Boards Short-Staffed, Underpaid

Approximately 7,500 election-board workers staff the city’s 1,686 divisions twice a year, in the spring and fall. They run the polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Since they must show up earlier to set up and stay later to close down and see to it the votes get delivered, they put in a 14-hour […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: We Support David Oh’s Charter Proposal

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Former Gov. Ed Rendell broke the jinx which for two generations had branded any statewide candidate from “Philadelphia Co.” a loser. Since then we have been looking for State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) to break that jinx in his primary bid for Lieutenant Governor. Voters casting ballots for statewide candidates — judges, […]

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BY TONY WEST/ A freshman State Representative is usually happy to get along quietly in the new club, maybe picking up a few administrative chores for the elders. State Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Northeast) is hoping to make a difference in the lives of 250,000 children. His HB 198 proposes to fund pilot programs in three […]

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ANOTHER OPINION:Minimum Wage – It’s Time ForMore

In 1963, an hour of work at the minimum wage bought more than seven loaves of bread. Today it buys less than half that amount, and when you apply the same principle of inflation to other costs of living, many employees earning the minimum wage today work until the middle of next month to pay […]

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Update April 24th

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May 1-           State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Sr. Health Luncheon at Neumann Sr. Housing, 1601 E. Palmer St., 10 a.m.-12 m. May 1-           John O’Conner and Hon. Ron Donatucci host reception for State Sen. Mike Stack for Lt. Gov. Campaign at Racquet Club, 215 S. 16th St., 5:30 p.m. May 1-           Historical […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Cruz Brings Wolf Into His  Fold

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf made his first serious inroad into this town’s Democratic machinery  last Friday night, picking up the endorsement of 7th Ward Leader State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington). It’s a big one for Wolf and can be considered a coup for a couple of reasons. Cruz’ influence spreads out past […]

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What’s Behind Wolf’s Momentum?

BY NATHAN SHRADER/ Tom Wolf has been transformed from an unknown York businessman and dark horse gubernatorial candidate to the Democratic frontrunner faster than a Nolan Ryan fastball. Wolf’s rapid rise in the polls is due to a combination of effective advertising, a well-crafted message, and a willingness to spend resources in a strategically sound […]

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WITH THE UNIONS: Who Damaged Philly’s Schools?

“While it’s no surprise Gov. Tom Corbett’s Dept. of Education would publicly agree to any argument made by his School Reform Commission, the filing of the PDE’s amicus brief in support of the SRC’s Supreme Court petition is still outrageous,” charges PFT President Jerry Jordan. “One of the most-ridiculous assertions made by the PDE’s brief […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Paycheck Protection – Know The Facts

Pennsylvania law allows government-union bosses – and only government-union bosses – to negotiate the use of public resources to bundle union dues and political money and send it to union headquarters. In many cases, this dubious deal is made with politicians who receive contributions and campaign support funded by the same political money. Paycheck protection […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Wolf-Stack Ticket Looms On Horizon

STATE REP. ED NEILSON was the MC at the National College Democratic Convention held at Temple University. Most local politicians were not aware of Neilson’s connection to the youthful Democrats but he performed well and was liked by the audience. He introduced the former GOV. ED RENDELL, who is not as young as he used […]

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