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OUR OPINION: End Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania

OUR OPINION: End Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania

A bipartisan duo, State Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe) and State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh), have taken up the cause of combatting rampant gerrymandering, an ill that infects most national and state elections and is crippling American governance at many levels. They have introduced companion bills, HB 1835 and SB 484, to remove the legislative redistricting […]

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Now that KATHLEEN KANE has been convicted of perjury in state court, she has chosen to resign. The Senate Republican majority attempted to remove her through a constitutional procedure last fall but was unsuccessful. The House started the impeachment proceedings; but now those proceedings are moot. A more-interesting question now is if her resignation is in […]

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OUR OPINION: Amazing Skyline, Seething Streets

Having been born and bred in a rowhome office since its inception, the editors of the Philadelphia and South Philadelphia Public Records now gaze out a wall of windows which gives the staff a view, as Tony West told Jim Tayoun, “to die for”. Well, we didn’t die. But we still have to keep our […]

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Our Opinion: DNC, City Did Their Best!

God bless the patience of the City’s Police Bicycle Corps. Their quiet presence sent a calming message to some of the thousands of protestors looking to create a ruckus and earn some television time. It was obvious Commissioner Richard Ross’ blue line knew what to do, how to do it, and were prepared for anything […]

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OUR OPINION: Kenney’s Odd Game On Sugary-Drinks Tax

One wonders why Mayor Jim Kenney, who as a Councilman voted no on similar proposals from Mayor Michael Nutter, would press hard for a sugary-drink tax. He made it clear in his welcoming speech to the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention delegates in Philadelphia Tuesday morning. The city’s plight is a poor population whose children have limited […]

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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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OUR OPINION: Awaiting A State Budget!

In the meantime … in-between time … backed up for a second year are State budgets. Because of this failure by the General Assembly and the Administration to bring Budget One to fruition (and it could happen again with deliberations for Budget Two), there are problems. For instance, School Districts are cash-strapped. This was brought […]

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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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