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ANOTHER OPINION: Philadelphia Owes More To Heroes’ Survivors

BY COUNCILMAN AL TAUBENBERGER My son, Matt, is a Pennsylvania State Trooper. It’s incredibly dangerous work. One need only glance at the current news headlines regarding Eric Frein, who was just convicted of killing one State Trooper and severely wounding another in an unprovoked sniper attack on a State Police barracks. Although I am extraordinarily […]

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All political parties can make poor choices when they endorse candidates. But political parties that are big enough to have a leadership as well as footsoldiers and simple adherents typically endorse a slate of candidates in primary elections. That’s a good thing. Most people who identify as Democrats or Republicans don’t have the time or […]

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BY BRETT MANDEL The recent revelation that reform-oriented Mayor Michael Nutter and his top Finance and Integrity officials conspired to look the other way and tolerate fraudulent misspending by a key agency head is just another reminder of how hard it is for our governmental umpires to call a consistent strike zone for a full […]

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OPINION: A State Retirement Savings Plan for Working People

BY STATE REPS. MIKE HANNA & MIKE DRISCOLL Working men and women and the middle class are the engines that drive our economy. But a secure retirement has become unattainable for many. The decline in retirement security is the result of many causes. The decimation of private-sector pensions, the stagnation of real wages and corporate […]

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OUR OPINION: Activists, Come Home to Philadelphia

Those who are going to Washington to show our next president their disapproval or to indicate their support for his new “revolution” will find Saturday morning you will again all be united by shared concerns our great and beloved city is going through a series of changes, some for the better, and others for the […]

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Mayor Kenney Speaks out on Recent Hate Crimes and Flash Mob

Mayor Jim Kenney made this address at the City’s first Philadelphia International Unity Cup game: “I know right now that many Philadelphians are feeling anxious, angry, afraid, and even hopeless. Others feel emboldened by hateful rhetoric to act out in destructive ways. “And for many of you, those feelings of disenfranchisement predated this election. In […]

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Top 20 Zingers from the Presidential Race

Ad budgets and fundraising goals aren’t the only aspects of this election season to have dramatically increased over 2012 – the number of quotable sound bites uttered by the major party candidates has exploded as well. Here are some of our favorites, compiled by staff reporter Eldon Graham, and presented in no particular order: HILLARY […]

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OUR OPINION: Philadelphia’s Italian Bedrock

As the illustration at right so ably captures, what Christopher Columbus began 524 years ago, Italian Americans continue to this day. Just as the seafaring explorer set out for the undiscovered country in a quest for knowledge, commerce and the promise of a better future for those he represented on his quest, so, too, do […]

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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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