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CITY HALL SAM: Dems Carry Big Stick In Montco; Honoring Harris Wofford

CITY HALL SAM: Dems Carry Big Stick In Montco; Honoring Harris Wofford

The collar counties of Philadelphia continue to increase Democratic voter clout. Only a decade ago, Montgomery Co. was still essentially Republican. But over the last several election cycles it has become overwhelmingly Democratic. The Montgomery Co. Democratic Party has become more formidable. At a recent fundraiser at the Doubletree Hotel in Plymouth Meeting, a packed […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Will This Black Discussion Lead To Community Action?

BY DENISE CLAY/ The lobby of Universal Audenreid HS was crammed with activists and community leaders on Saturday for a meeting of the Philadelphia Community of Leaders. The Leaders, a group made up of mostly African American organizations, got together to come up with strategies to deal with a variety of issues ranging from economic […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Garry Cobb Plays Offense In New Jersey

Monday night Retired Air Force Colonel and Republican activist KEVIN KELLY hosted a fundraiser at the Field House at the Reading Terminal for congressional candidate GARRY COBB. A Monday Night Eagles game was the perfect backdrop for a Cobb event as he played in the NFL for 11 years, mostly as a linebacker for the […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Democratic Fundraising Peaks In Philadelphia

Well-known philanthropist and businessman HAROLD HONICKMAN along with his lovely wife hosted a plush fundraiser for City COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE at the Rittenhouse Hotel. The guest of honor was former GOV. ED RENDELL, who praised Clarke for his service. Rendell indicated Clarke would be a great Mayor of Philadelphia “if he chooses to run.” […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Honoring USA’s First Naval Hero; Democrats’ War On Women

Last week a historic marker honoring COMMODORE JOHN BARRY was placed on Delaware Avenue. The successful erection of the marker was in large part owing to the hard work of Republican Committeewoman CELESTE MORELLO. Morello, a local historian, has been instrumental in the siting of other historic markers in the area. JOHN ELLIOTT was the […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Fattah, A Study In Arrogance; Garry Cobb Enters Political Game

A study in arrogance –- the federal probe of CONGRESSMAN CHAKA FATTAH, a 20-year veteran of the US House of Representatives, shows what happens when politicians lose their perspective and see themselves as elite, entitled to live way beyond the means of those who put them in office. A large part of Fattah’s constituents are […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Who Might Replace Chaka Fattah?

The blood is apparently in the water for CONGRESSMAN CHAKA FATTAH. Recent publicity and rumors assert that federal criminal action may be pending. Whether that’s true or not, two names have emerged to potentially succeed Fattah in Congress. One is MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER, who will soon be looking for a new job. The other is […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Interview With Armond James, Fattah’s November Challenger

BY DENISE CLAY/ When Gregory Naylor, former Chief of Staff to Congressman Chaka Fattah, pled guilty to a series of complicated financial transactions connected to the Congressman’s 2007 mayoral campaign, speculation began in earnest about Fattah’s future. The game of “When will Chaka resign?” has been played in earnest, mostly by Republicans on Facebook (Yes, […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Taney Dragons Bring Joyous End To Philly’s Summer

The Boys of Summer on Broad Street may be struggling to reach .500, but the Boys and Girls of Summer known as the Taney Dragons riveted our city and our nation without outstanding baseball games. The Taney Dragons are the feel-good story of the summer and were honored at a ceremony in Love Park on […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: A Peaceful End To City Workers’ Long Struggle

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA/ The signed contract between District Council 33 and Michael NUTTER is LONG OVERDUE. The long night of waiting was so unnecessary, and leaves a bad taste to be discussed again and again in groups and classes. The Mayor will get a peaceful end of term; the public and DC 33’s Pete […]

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