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ELEPHANT CORNER: Debate a Draw; Trump Milks Marcellus Shale; State Committee Meets

ELEPHANT CORNER: Debate a Draw; Trump Milks Marcellus Shale; State Committee Meets

The first presidential debate took place in Hempstead, N.Y., on Monday night. I feel the 90-minute match was a draw. Yes, HILLARY CLINTON was more organized and had more details. But those attributes are among her strongest assets. While she was good, she did not knock it out of the park. DONALD TRUMP remained Donald. […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Dangerous Donald or Haughty Hillary? Philly, Pa. Offer Peak Political Action in 2016

After a long and beautiful summer, the much-dreaded – I mean, anticipated – presidential campaign season is upon us. The polling shows the race between DONALD TRUMP and HILLARY CLINTON tightening up. This is a really horrifying thing, considering Trump is often entirely ill-informed and/or has dangerous views. Clinton has outraised Trump by over $100 […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Tom Marino Seeks Special Prosecutor for Hillary Clinton

Presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP had a roundtable discussion with African American leaders at the Greater Exodus Baptist Church on Broad Street at Fairmount last week. Republican City Committee CHAIRMAN JOE DeFELICE was there, as were GOP Congressional candidates DR. DEBORAH WILLIAMS (PA-1) and JAMES JONES (PA-2). Other local Republicans in attendance included WARD LEADERS CALVIN […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Thunder and Lightning, Nutter and Butkovitz

The usually relaxed atmosphere in City Hall during summertime is filled with dreams of heading to the shore, enjoying the surf sun and sand. But this summer, these dreams have been ripped apart by a political thunderstorm. The storm that ripped through City Hall featured a slow-moving, strength-gathering cold front which collided with a warm […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: An Insider’s View at the RNC

The Republican National Convention commenced on Sunday with an event at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Philadelphia delegates to the Convention include PAGOP GENERAL COUNSEL LAWRENCE TABAS and WARD LEADERS SETH KAUFER (2nd), CALVIN TUCKER (22nd) and CHRIS VOGLER (55th). Alternate Delegates include Republican City Committee Fundraising CHAIRMAN BILL PETTIGREW and COMMITTEEWOMAN […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: More Steam Than Light On Broad Street

by Joe Shay Stivala HAVE YOU SEEN those horrible light standards on N. Broad Street? UG-LEEEE! They look like Big Apple steampipes. And seem to narrow the street to make it a more of a raceway than it is. They cast little light. They seem to reach to the heavens, but need a crowning apex. […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: City GOP Presses Hard For Its Candidates

Volare! Tuesday night BOBBY RYDELL was the headliner at a fundraiser for City Council-At-Large candidate AL TAUBENBERGER. Rydell sang (of course) “Volare” to the wild applause of the crowd. Republican WARD LEADER GARY GRISAFI’S Blu Dogz band accompanied Rydell and played many of its own pieces.   The event was held at the FOP Lodge […]

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THE WAFFLEMAN: Rules For New Jersey Drivers

Yo! Here we go again with these instructions on how to drive in New Jersey. They were sent to me by Jerry M., a reader from New Jersey. Turn signals will give away your next move. A confident New Jersey driver avoids using them. Under no circumstance should you maintain a safe distance between you […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Police Chief Ramsey Leaves Big Shoes To Fill

Philadelphia has a number of tough crime and public=safety issues. But the steady and smart leadership from Police COMMISSIONER CHARLES RAMSEY have all Philadelphians confident that the tough issues could be handled. That is why CHS joins many Philadelphians in wishing Commissioner Ramsey best wishes on his retirement. Ramsey was an innovative leader who implemented […]

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Out & About: Know Your Papal Audience, Philadelphia

by Denise Clay One of the conversations that have been going on in the aftermath of the World Meeting of Families and the visit from Pope Francis is a conversation about how local businesses were impacted. Restaurateur Stephen Starr told the Philadelphia Inquirer the impact on his restaurants was worse than that of Superstorm Sandy. […]

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