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CITY HALL SAM: Wolf-Stack Ticket Looms On Horizon

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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ELEPHANT CORNER: Schwartz Joins The Air War

The herd was wondering when ALLYSON SCHWARTZ was going to take to the airways. She lagged well behind businessman TOM WOLF and even STATE TREASURER ROB McCORD, who more recently found television. Her initial commercial emphasizes her role in the passage of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. She has long contended our CHIP was the […]

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THE WAFFLEMAN: What’s Wrong With Margarine

Yo! Here we go again with this request – pass the butter, please. This is interesting. Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with […]

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Who is the mysterious challenger of STATE REP. BRENDAN BOYLE’S nominating petitions? Boyle, who is unchallenged for reelection to his seat in the state legislature, received a challenge to his nominating petitions for that office but the person who did so is not well-known in political circles. Nonetheless, Boyle was able to defeat the challenge […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Bad Witnesses Make Bad Cases

It has been called a sting. Others say ALI-GATE. After a week of blasting the State Attorney General, media rarely mentioned Ali in depth. After that hell week finally came an in-depth feature on the man. WOW! How a deal was struck with a fellow charged with 2,088 counts, including misuse of your taxpayer money, […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Ed Turzanski Sheds Light On Ukraine

Last Thursday the Philadelphia Republican Party hosted its monthly breakfast series, “A Red State of Mind” at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. March’s guest speaker was EDWARD TURZANSKI. Turzanski, a regular on Channel 6ABC’s Sunday-morning political talk show “Inside Story”, spoke on the crisis in Ukraine. He also addressed other foreign policy issues, including the […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Black Ward Leaders Carry A Big Stick

One of the key organizations in the Philadelphia political machine is the group known as the Black Ward Leaders. The group consists of African American ward leaders, many of whom are elected officials. The group is currently chaired by STATE SEN. ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS. Among its members are City COUNCILWOMAN JANNIE BLACKWELL, SHERIFF JEWELL WILLIAMS, […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Kane’s Investigations Should Unsettle Black Politicos

BY DENISE CLAY/ On Sunday, the Philadelphia Inquirer had a fairly large story on its front page regarding Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to shut down an investigation that had managed to ensnare a bunch of high-profile members of Pennsylvania’s Legislative Black Caucus. The Attorney General’s Office had centered its sting around a man named […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Republicans Show Their Irish; Wolfe’s On The Prowl

Tuesday evening the Commonwealth Club sponsored a reception at the Irish Pub at 12th and Walnut Streets with special guests CONGRESSMEN PATRICK MEEHAN (R-PA7) and MIKE KELLY (R-PA3). Meehan’s district skirts around the City of Philadelphia and includes parts of Montgomery and Delaware Cos. Kelly was a little farther from home. Kelly’s district starts just […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Is Clarke Catching Labor’s Eye?

Let the jockeying for the mayoral position continue. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER has announced he wants to sell PGW, the much-maligned gas company, and finally has a buyer. But COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE has already stood up and said he opposes the sale and he supports his labor. A substantial number of gas workers who might […]

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