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Metcalfe Again Seeks Pa. E-Verify Legislation Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), has reintroduced his legislation to require all employers and government entities in the Commonwealth to enroll in the federal government’s free E-Verify program to confirm the validity of Social Security numbers for prospective employees. Modeled after the […]

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2016 PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR: Darrell Clarke, Master Of The Policy Shop

by Tony West Darrell Clarke came of age in a neighborhood with problems, in a city with problems, in an age of problems. Born in 1952 in Strawberry Mansion, Clarke saw the ravages of racism, poverty, injustice and conflict in North Philadelphia. Politics was in the air and on the streets in the 1960s and […]

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OUR OPINION: Soda Tax Promises Food Fight In Phila. City Council

Community leaders, small-business owners, labor leaders and citizens have banded together to fight a 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages like soda, teas and juice drinks. They charge a 12-pack of soda’s cost would nearly double – to more than $8 – due to the tax; $2.04 tax on a 2-liter bottle would be more than […]

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Can Pa. Constitutional Amendment Bring Jobs Back To Philly?

by Tony West A broad-based coalition announced Friday it will push legislation in Harrisburg to give Philadelphia the power to tax commercial real estate more heavily than homeowners’ real estate. If it succeeds, it will change the Pennsylvania Constitution and make history. The legislation would modify the Commonwealth’s uniformity clause to enable Philadelphia to enact […]

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Meeting Bares Soul Of 60th St. After ‘ISIS’ Attack On Philadelphia Cop

by Tony West Bryant Elementary School lies three blocks from where Police Officer Gary Hartnett was shot by Edward Archer last week – shot, Archer said on his arrest, in the name of the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS. Tonight its auditorium filled with more than 200 people from the Cobbs Creek neighborhood of Philadelphia to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Mayor-Council Relationship Could Be Boon In Kenney Administration

by Joe Shaheeli Of the many Mayors this city has had, it can be said Mayor Jim Kenney is the one closest to fitting the adage “the round peg for the round hole”. Of all those who preceded him, the closest to fit that description in the past 60 years would have been John Street. […]

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Philadelphia Unemployment Rate Drops, Mayor Nutter Announces In Swan Song

Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger announced today Philadelphia’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.9%, the lowest in Philadelphia since April 2008 before the recession and a full percentage point lower than when Mayor Nutter took office in January 2008. In addition, there are more Philadelphians employed than at […]

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Helen Gym Goes To The Head Of The Freshman Class

by Tony West Many people find careers in educational leadership. But in Philadelphia, where school achievement has been in short supply for decades, educational leadership has more often been a stumbling block than a stepping stone to high public office. Helen Gym has carved out an unusual career as a leader against the educational establishment, […]

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Rep. Taylor’s Bill Would Legalize Liquor Runs Out Of State

Legislation sponsored by State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) to decriminalize the purchase of out-of-state wine and liquor has passed the House. “For decades people have driven into New Jersey and Delaware to purchase wines and spirits not available in Pennsylvania, which is illegal, though rarely enforced. When it is enforced, the consequences can be great […]

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Katie McGinty Scores Big Philly Endorsements

by Tony West An imposing rack of Philadelphia City elected officials gave their blessing to the US Senate campaign of Katie McGinty this morning. Mayor Michael Nutter emceed the press conference in the Mayor’s Reception Room of City Hall. Speaking as Democratic Leader of the 52nd Ward, he assured McGinty of “100% support” in his […]

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