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CITY HALL SAM: Mayor, Council Tidy Up The Budget

CITY HALL SAM: Mayor, Council Tidy Up The Budget

It will not be a long hot summer … at least in City Hall. At least not in council chambers. City Council, led by PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE, deftly passed a city budget last week. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER quickly signed it into law. It featured a significantly reduced property tax, an increase in the use-and-occupancy and […]

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City Hall Sam: Was Vincent Hughes Taking Sides?

After his defeat for Mayor, what will STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS do? In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer interview, he eviscerated his colleague and Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman VINCENT HUGHES. Hughes had conducted his own poll of the Mayor’s race and came to the conclusion JIM KENNEY was going to win. This in Hughes’ mind, warranted […]

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Out & About: State Sen. Hardy Williams Attempts Flying Solo

by Denise Clay I’d like to start this column out with a question that you would think I wouldn’t have to ask in 2015 about anyone who is running a campaign for any office in a major American city. That question: How in the heck to do you run a political campaign without a political […]

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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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