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CITY HALL SAM: Harrisburg Is Steaming Over Budget This July

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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WALKING THE BEAT:  Philadelphia Traffic Court Trial Ends With A Snore

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA/ THE TRAFFIC COURT trial is so BORING, that it can’t make headlines. No revelations. No shocks. No sensationalism to be made. So far just a weekly summary in the media. It is almost unfair to the prosecutors who were assigned…. After the trial ends, we need to ask the State Chief […]

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THE WAFFLEMAN: Tales From The Tech Support Desk

Yo! Here we go again with this sent to me by a reader. CUSTOMER: I’m trying to connect to the internet with your CD, but it just doesn’t work. What am I doing wrong? TECH SUPPORT: You’ve got the CD in the CD drive, right? CUSTOMER: Yeah…. TECH SUPPORT: And what sort of computer are […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL: Budgeteers Face Dwindling Returns

State and City revenue collections have been less than anticipated this year. Reviewing each line in the budget, House budgeteers are looking at expenditures which can be reduced and changes to tax credits which may no longer be affordable, as well as considering responsible revenue sources, such as fully privatizing the adult beverage industry. The […]

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CITY HALL SAM:  Cheers For Borinqueneers; Butkovitz Revs Up; Whither Schwartz Now?

The 65th Brigade was honored at a ceremony in Valley Forge Park. The brigade was known as the Borinqueneers or Puerto Rican brigade and fought in Korea and Vietnam with tremendous distinction. Although much of their heroic action has gone unnoticed, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA will sign a bill recognizing them with the Congressional Gold Medal […]

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OUT & ABOUT: In Again, Out Again, In Again At The Inquirer

BY DENISE CLAY/ You wanna know who’s probably blasting Pharrell’s world-wide hit “Happy” as he dances around his office right about now? William Marimow, editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Marimow is the happiest man in the Philadelphia Media Universe right now because H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest and Lewis Katz were the winners of the private auction […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Exciting Election Day Saw Dramatic Wins And Losses

The Famous 4th Street Deli was packed on election day with famous Phillies. Among the stars were COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE and his trusty right-hand man, attorney CHARLES GIBBS. STATE REP. MARIA DONATUCCI was escorted by her son. City Councilman at-Large-to-be ED NEILSON was escorted by KENNY ADAMS. Former Municipal Court JUDGE FELICE STACK enjoyed […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: They Backed Wolfe’s Idea … But Not The Man

The citizens in Philadelphia showed their disregard for their right to vote. Of the roughly 800,000 registered Democrats in the City of Philadelphia, 161,890 voted in the primary for Governor. Given the hue and cry in Philadelphia about the “evil policies” of GOV. TOM CORBETT, one would think a few more might show up to […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Now It Begins … The Battle Of The Toms

BY DENISE CLAY/ Well, Pennsylvania Primary Election Night 2014 has come and gone. And in the aftermath, the November Elections could be entitled “The Battle for ‘Tom’ Supremacy”. Tom Wolf, the York-based businessman who was Finance Secretary under Gov. Ed Rendell bested his fellow Democratic challengers – Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, current State Treasurer Rob McCord, […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Dem Guv Hopefuls Duck Convention-Ctr. Fracas

TOM WOLF continues to sit atop the polls. But nobody’s asking the really tough questions of the gubernatorial candidates. Where do they stand on the workroom changes at the Pennsylvania Convention Center? This week Local 98 leader JOHN DOUGHERTY crossed a picket line consisting of Teamsters and Carpenters at the Convention Center. Each gubernatorial candidate […]

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