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As a candidate, you know deep down your campaign is going nowhere fast when donations to your campaign come in slow and in small amounts. As a political party, the leadership knows when its support hits rock bottom and its ability to fuel its field operations is almost nil. That’s what happens when the majority […]

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One wonders what difficulties of conscience Rev. William H. Gray, III faced wearing the robe of a Christian minister while carrying the mace of a Congressman. There had to be times when his religious convictions were challenged by legislation on which his vote was needed by his Democratic Party. Those who knew him best, studied […]

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BY MIKE STURLA/ June was a month of historic court decisions – and not just in Washington. Overshadowed by the annual Harrisburg ritual of approving a state budget, another of the Governor’s landmark policies was determined by the Commonwealth Court to violate the state Constitution. This time it was the Human Services Block Grant program. […]

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The key to the survival of Philadelphia as a meaningful city is the quality of education available to its children. That’s why we share, support, and join hands with PFT President Jerry Jordan who summed up the school crisis best with these remarks: “Like every other move made by the School District recently, the latest […]

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BY J. MATTHEW WOLFE/ Once again it’s budget time and Philadelphia is asking the state legislature for a fish. It’s about time the legislature teaches them how to fish. This year, the problem is the schools.  The problem is real.  The current School District budget would be catastrophic for the city and, most importantly, the […]

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BY RYAN N. BOYER, Business Mgr., Laborers’ District Council of Metropolitan ​​​​​​Area of Philadelphia & Vicinity/ Here we go again: another non-union contractor with unskilled labor causing carnage, death and mayhem in our city. It goes without saying that our prayers are with the families of the deceased and the injured. Demolition is a skilled […]

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Just a little over 7% came out to vote primary day. Those were some of the supervoters who usually don’t miss a primary, committee people and their families, and maybe a few others who just stumbled into the polls on their way to God knows where. It was enough to consign the banner “Democracy In […]

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Our General Assembly needs to realize it has duties which it continues to neglect. A major one of these duties is funding the state’s infrastructure. A corollary is they must fund the public-transit systems on which their voters depend. In a post above is a graph showing how little money SEPTA gets, compared to sister […]

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Gov. Tom Corbett continues to step on his own toes. He may not be building a voter base for himself with his comments about Pennsylvania employers being unable to find employees who can pass a drug test. There will be people who see his statement as being truly reflective of our culture and the growing […]

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BY STATE REP. RONALD G. WATERS, Democratixc Caucus Secretary/ Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is most readily associated with the various symptoms suffered by war veterans when they return from combat. Prolonged exposures to “hostile” environments, coupled with exper­iencing, witnessing and perpetrating violent acts, are often the causes of the traumas that lead to PTSD — but […]

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