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WALKING THE BEAT: Mayor Nutter, Jim Kenney Get In Schoolyard Brawl

ETHICS – BLEAHTHICS.  I am so tired of reading about how ethics will define the upcoming Mayor’s race. It is NOT a key issue in this race – except if you want to write about it.  And an EDITORIAL about how successful the campaign finance laws are! They are a DISASTER. And who wants to read quotes from former […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Farnese’s Father Passes; Lynne Abraham’s Hidden Trump

The beloved father of STATE SEN. LARRY FARNESE, LAWRENCE FARNESE, was laid to rest at the Baldi funeral home in South Philadelphia. Many well-wishers from the Philadelphia political community paid their respects to the Senator and his lovely mother MADELINE. Among them were former City Councilman and mayoral hopeful JIM KENNEY, STATE SEN. and mayoral […]

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OUR OPINION: To Drill Or Not To Drill

Our state’s new Marcellus Shale natural-gas play has not lit up our economic scoreboard since it began to be developed in 2007. Natural gas has been a valuable new industry, but drilling by itself has made few land-owners and few municipalities rich, and has not created many local jobs. Much of the money flows out […]

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OUR OPINION: Back To School On Capitol Hill

Will General Assembly leaders from both chambers do all of us a favor this term without wasting time as to who gets or does not get the credit by taking care of funding shortfalls for education? You honorable men and women know what’s wrong. Half of you, by now, have already declared you are aware […]

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OUR OPINION: The Right Way To Fund Philadelphia’s Schools

  Philadelphia’s major challenge is in public education. Fixing our underfunded, resource-starved schools is a huge and complex task that must be pursued on many fronts. We hope our city’s leaders will start to work on them now, quietly, during the holiday season, so that they can hit the ground running on New Year’s Day. […]

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OUR OPINION: Call It Christmas!

Our beloved cartoonist, Ron Taylor, better known to you as RT, is on a mission to restore Christmas back to this holiday season, which for a bunch of stupid reasons is now labeled the holiday season. In years past, we have moaned and groaned over the growing encroachment of the holiday season in place of […]

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OUR OPINION: We Too Are Thankful

We at the Philadelphia Public Record are marking our 15th year as a publication dedicated to reporting the news seldom given its due by the other members of the print media, news concerning the activities of this city’s political, organized labor, schools, and community interests. We leave covering crime to the general media. For the […]

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OUR OPINION: The Winners Of 2014 – Let’s All Wish ’Em Luck

Republican and Democratic leaderships were elected to both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly last week. We cannot list them all here. But since they all get their own copy of this newspaper weekly, we do wish them luck and trust they understand a few things. 1. We need money for Philadelphia schools. 2. We […]

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OUR OPINION: High Court Smells To High Heaven

Score one for Chief Justice Ronald Castille with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court moving to relieve Justice McCaffery “on an interim basis of any and all judicial and administrative responsibilities as a Justice.” In 30 days, the Judicial Conduct Board said the decision “shall make a determination, on an emergency basis, whether there is or is […]

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OUR OPINION: Beyond Gubernatorial Debates

Democrat Tom Wolf looked soft, Gov. Corbett looked tough and sure. But it was only actively engaged partisans who made the effort to locate PCN on their televisions to watch them in their first debate. The partisans did what partisans do. Republicans were pleased by Corbett’s performance; Democrats were pleased by Wolf’s demeanor. But it […]

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