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DARRELL CLARKE: Public Servant Of The Year 2016

DARRELL CLARKE: Public Servant Of The Year 2016

In weighing our choices for the Philadelphia Public Record’s 2016 Public Servant of the Year, our editorial team had to ask ourselves: Who was the linchpin of City government in 2015 and will remain the linchpin of City government in 2016, despite a mayoral turnover? Who has grappled with all the major issues of Philadelphia […]

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OUR OPINION: Voters, Please Sign Nominating Petitions

Nominating petitions are being circulated by political campaigners to get their candidates on the primary ballot for the Republican and Democratic Parties this spring. They have 19 days left to meet their quota and turn in their petitions to Harrisburg. They need voters to help. Voters who are registered in the party their candidate is […]

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Mayor Michael Nutter’s Final Grades

by Brett Mandel It must be a heckuva thing to be the Mayor of Philadelphia. You get to bask in the city’s collective pride leading the Phillies World Series victory parade and welcoming the Vicar of Jesus Christ to Philadelphia.   But you must also hang your head bearing the full weight of civic shame […]

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OUR OPINION: Finally, Our Second Casino!

It was tough. The obstacles thrown up can be attributed to one word: “trash”. Sometimes one wonders what there is about Philadelphians who follow leadership with a different agenda than what they preach. But thanks to a City Council committee hearing, whose members wisely admonished and warned the applicants, then voted unanimously to approve the […]

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Our Opinion: Maybe Kathleen Kane Is Right!

A wounded fish is easy prey to any shark. Attorney General Kathleen Kane understands that too well. Members of a special Senate panel have been assembled and will have a Thanksgiving Eve deadline to issue a report examining whether the Attorney General can perform the duties of her office with an indefinitely suspended law license. […]

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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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ELEPHANT CORNER: City GOP Presses Hard For Its Candidates

Volare! Tuesday night BOBBY RYDELL was the headliner at a fundraiser for City Council-At-Large candidate AL TAUBENBERGER. Rydell sang (of course) “Volare” to the wild applause of the crowd. Republican WARD LEADER GARY GRISAFI’S Blu Dogz band accompanied Rydell and played many of its own pieces.   The event was held at the FOP Lodge […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: How Bullet Voting Works

by Michael Cibik, Esq. On Nov. 3, Philadelphia voters will elect seven at-large Members of City Council. The readers of this publication are no doubt familiar with the local process that allows us to vote for only five candidates, thereby ensuring that at least two winning candidates are not of the majority party.   In […]

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Out & About: Know Your Papal Audience, Philadelphia

by Denise Clay One of the conversations that have been going on in the aftermath of the World Meeting of Families and the visit from Pope Francis is a conversation about how local businesses were impacted. Restaurateur Stephen Starr told the Philadelphia Inquirer the impact on his restaurants was worse than that of Superstorm Sandy. […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: China: Center Of Our Strategic Gravity

by Joe Sestak Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the United States yesterday, welcomed by business leaders in Seattle before flying to Washington to discuss key challenges in Asia and around the world. Ceremonial pleasantries aside, President Obama must use this opportunity to tell Xi that the United States and our friends in Asia are […]

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