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West Vs. North: Who Will Rule The City Now?

West Vs. North: Who Will Rule The City Now?

by Tony West In the Philadelphia Democratic mayoral primary, North Philadelphia beat West Philadelphia and City Hall beat Capitol Hill. Jim Kenney, who quit City Council in January after 22 years of service at large, used an extensive network of citywide connections to put together a resounding win over the initial frontrunner, State Sen. Tony […]

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Famous Deli, Relish Philadelphia Host Election-Day Luncheons

Philadelphia tradition says all elected officials must attend brunch at either one of these popular restaurants the day of the primary. Politicians, paparazzi  and people who wanted to be part of the action all gathered at Famous Deli and Relish Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 19 primary election day.      Send article as PDF   

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Lobel Helps Marijuana Program Roll Out

By Cassie Hepler There may be more of a familiar smell in the air in Philadelphia this Spring and we have former District Attorney Jodi Lobel to thank. “I created two reforms, one was the small amount marijuana (SAM) program,” she said. “Marijuana offen ses were expensive and lengthy, regardless of your past record. Now […]

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Fixing An Eyesore

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Fixing An Eyesore

Multi-Million Dollar Improvement Plan Launched For 25th Street Viaduct Rail Bridge by Cassie Hepler Long-awaited repairs to South Philly’s aging, crumbling railroad viaduct are soon to begin. “Following extensive discussions and coordination between my office, the City of Philadelphia and CSX Transportation, I am pleased to announce CSX will make a multi-million dollar investment to improve […]

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Forsaken World War II Vet Gets His Funeral Wish — And Family Reunion After Death

Scott Brown, director of the Veterans Advisory Commission of City Council, said a forsaken Philadelphia veteran of World War II “made a request we had to honor”. His name: Thomas Oberkehr. “He walked into our office in City Hall, looking for help in late January. Disheveled and seemingly confused, Thomas asked us to help him […]

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Democratic Women Of Philadelphia Includes All Races

by Maria Merlino Twenty years ago, when Judge Amanda Cooperman was first elected to the bench, one of her first functions was to swear in the board members of the Democratic Women of Philadelphia. “This is a wonderful group,” she said. “It’s a tradition now that I be here for the opening day.” Judge Cooperman […]

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HARRISBURG BREAKTHROUGH? State Rep. John Taylor Says Maybe

by Tony West A political whirlwind unleashed by the weird general election of November 2014 may just lay the groundwork for a transformative year in Pennsylvania, starting right now. “2015 could be one of the most-interesting years in the last 20 on Capitol Hill” – that’s the insight of State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast), who […]

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Philadelphia PILOTS Steam Ahead … To An Uncertain Port

by Tony West An effort to recover revenues from large nonprofit institutions in Philadelphia sailed through City Council yesterday. With a 15-1 vote it passed a resolution written by Councilman at Large Wilson Goode, Jr. “calling on the Nutter Administration to pursue PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes) or voluntary contributions from large nonprofit institutions […]

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Cindy Bass Rides To Rescue Of Germantown YWCA

by Joe Shaheeli The Germantown YWCA, a wreck and a half, stands alongside Vernon Park in Germantown, testimony to the fact millions of dollars invested in it by the City and various nonprofits have gone everywhere else but to this historical relic. Because of years of neglect, while the money was misspent, it became the […]

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New Congressman Brendan Boyle Plunges Into World Affairs

by Tony West It’s a long way from the IHOP on Roosevelt Boulevard to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in Washington, D.C. But freshman Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Phila.) has made that trip now. And what a ride it’s been! The chaos engulfing the Middle East, the fighting in Ukraine, the turmoil in Venezuela, the […]

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