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ELEPHANT CORNER on the Pa. Society

ELEPHANT CORNER on the Pa. Society

The 119th annual Pennsylvania Society Dinner was held last weekend at the New York Hilton in New York City. For decades, this event was held at the Waldorf Astoria; however, that hotel is undergoing extensive renovations. The event sold out despite its $500-per-person sticker price. Since the dinner’s new venue is smaller than the Waldorf, […]

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE on the Pa. Society

BY DENISE CLAY Over the weekend, the Pennsylvania Society, meeting a week earlier than usual so it wouldn’t conflict with this weekend’s Army/Navy Game, gathered in New York to hold its annual gathering in New York. Despite the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s remodel moving the party to somewhere smaller and most of the usual suspects choosing to […]

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WALKING THE BEAT on the Pa. Society

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA NOT TOO LONG ago, you heard loud screaming from the GOP about the OBAMA DEFICIT (really a “Dubya” Bush deficit) and how terrible it was. GOP presidents in the past created deficits – but nothing was said of that. Now the “tax-cut” legislation will create TRILLIONS IN DEFICIT. Republican deficit. The […]

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CITY HALL SAM on the Pa. Society

There seemed to be fewer Philadelphia people at the Pennsylvania Society than usual. The venue changed from the elegant Waldorf Astoria to the downtown Hilton. The Waldorf is under construction and is being turned into condominiums, so many traditionalists chose to forgo New York. LT. GOV. MIKE STACK was in high gear and everywhere. He […]

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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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