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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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OUT & ABOUT: Stevie Wonder Vs. The Pope

by Denise Clay If you were around City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza on Monday, you probably saw a whole lot more people there than usual. That’s because Stevie Wonder was stopping by. Wonder, whose “Songs In The Key Of Life” tour returns to the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 7, surprised Philadelphians with a free concert […]

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OUR OPINION: Why Stalemates Happen In Harrisburg

In the ensuring weeks, as summer wanes, louder will be the cries of nonprofits, schools and other institutions relying on state grants, to end the budget stalemate. But the problem is not so much to tax or not to tax shale oil, or to change pension benefits, or to increase funding to the educational institutions […]

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OUR OPINION: It’s Wolf Vs. GOP

One has to feel sorry for leadership in both chambers on the Hill in Harrisburg.   That’s because freshly minted first-termers have a tendency to demand a lot and produce little. They’d hold up any agreement reached by the leadership of both parties to show folks back home they can bring back some bacon.   […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: This Week Is Deadline For Legislative Refills

by Joe Shaheeli If you want to be one of those hankering to be the candidate to fill one of three vacant seats to be contested in a special election Aug. 11, then pay attention to what we write here. You already know House Speaker Mike Turzai called for special elections to be held on […]

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City Hall Sam: Was Vincent Hughes Taking Sides?

After his defeat for Mayor, what will STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS do? In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer interview, he eviscerated his colleague and Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman VINCENT HUGHES. Hughes had conducted his own poll of the Mayor’s race and came to the conclusion JIM KENNEY was going to win. This in Hughes’ mind, warranted […]

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Out & About: State Sen. Hardy Williams Attempts Flying Solo

by Denise Clay I’d like to start this column out with a question that you would think I wouldn’t have to ask in 2015 about anyone who is running a campaign for any office in a major American city. That question: How in the heck to do you run a political campaign without a political […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Kathleen Kane Has Long Record Of Missteps

GOV. TOM WOLF has said he did not believe ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE should resign. Specifically he stated, “We have procedures in place for adjudicating the rights and wrongs.” Technically he is right. However, doubts about Kane’s ability to do her job are not limited to the Montgomery County grand-jury indictment. In the past two […]

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