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BY BRETT MANDEL/ Philadelphia is more than a year from its next mayoral election, but discussions about the city’s next Mayor and the legacy of the current Mayor are already well underway. With a little perspective, it is clear Philadelphia will little note nor long remember the struggle for power that will consume our civic […]

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As we went to press and began delivering this paper all across the city, the State Senate was deliberating the final passage of a transportation bill that took three votes in the State House to pass, and then with an amendment. Hence, the need for the state’s Senators to deliberate its future, which we understand, […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Corrections Secretary Busted – By An Inmate

 TO: Mr. Secretary John Wetzel, Penna. Secretary of Correction FROM: Inmate Dante Overby, SCI Rockview I saw your testimony about reducing the federal prison population on C-SPAN 2 and it appeared to me you were out of touch with reality. You testified Pennsylvania has “closed two prisons.” Reality is, those prisons were closed for repairs; […]

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Only In America!

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Only In America In China, the Communist government puts its highest officials in jail when accused of wrongdoing. In Russia, allegedly wrongdoing capitalists have found themselves behind bars in Siberia. In the United States, firms caught finagling billions from consumers get fined millions of dollars by the federal government. But no one is found responsible […]

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 Philadelphia voters remain the key to whether or not statewide races go to the Republicans or Democrats. A big turnout here usually guarantees a statewide office goes to a Democrat. And vice versa, a low turnout almost guarantees a Republican vote. Gov. Tom Corbett noted with satisfaction the Superior Court win by Republican Victor Stabile, […]

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Many are the public servants who have devoted their lives to making Philadelphia a better and safer city, and doing so without fanfare. They rise to the occasion and truly take on the yoke asked of them, move through problems and restore order. They don’t yell. They listen a lot, and in the listening take […]

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There is much more to politics than partisanship. Geography, for starters. On countless issues large and small, an elected official from another party who represents your home will serve you better than an official from your own party who represents someone else’s home. Gov. Tom Corbett is from metropolitan Pittsburgh. Although Southwestern Pennsylvania is little […]

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Despite the fact Mayor Michael A. Nutter has a low approval rating from voters according to the latest Pew public-opinion survey, we have to congratulate him for doing what no other Mayor has done – pursue the original vision of our city’s founder William Penn for an eco-friendly “Greene Countrie Towne” by planting legions of […]

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BY ADAM LANG/ It was recently reported that a City employee pled guilty to stealing $1.3 million in printer toner and UPS shipping costs from the Philadelphia Water Dept. In response to this case, Mayor Michael Nutter and Inspector General Amy Kurland had used it as an example of how the IG’s office saves Philadelphia […]

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TO: William H. Ryan, Jr., Chairman and Commissioners Gregory C. Fajt, Annmarie Kaiser, Keith R. McCall, John J. McNally, III, Anthony C. Moscato, David W. Woods, and Staff of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board FROM: The Philadelphia Public Record We had the pleasure of taking your photo as a group Tuesday when you visited Philadelphia […]

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