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

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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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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