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City, Police Dept. Weigh New HQ Options

by Eldon Graham Round and round we go, and where it stops, only Mayor Jim Kenney, for now, knows where it will go. It is in the hands of the mayor since his administration is tasked with finding a solution to the perilous working conditions of the Philadelphia Police Dept. Headquarters, better known as the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Special Election for 2nd Congressional Seat Is Same as General, Nov. 8

by Joe Shaheeli Gov. Tom Wolf saved the Commonwealth well over $1 million by setting the special election to fill the 2nd Congressional District seat on the same day as the Nov. 8 general election. It was a win- win decision, supported by leadership of both parties. In the minority among registered voters, Republicans see […]

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Heard On The Hill/In City Hall

Why Our Delegation Supported Pa. Budget Philadelphia State Sens. Christine Tartaglione (D-Kensington) and Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.) and State Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-S. Phila.) reflected the thoughts of many of the Philadelphia delegations who also supported the Senate version of the new State budget because it showed increased investments in basic and higher education. The […]

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Obama Official Addresses City Hall Iftar Dinner

Raheemah Abdulaleem, a born-and-bred Philadelphian and senior associate general counsel in the executive office of President Barack Obama, keynoted the Iftar Dinner at City Hall last Thursday evening. Hosted by Laborers’ District Counsel Business Mgr. Ryan Boyer and City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., the dinner in the Mayor’s meeting room marked the end of Ramadan […]

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Pols On The Street: DNC Must Weather Protests

by Joe Shaheeli Seems every time this city winds up in the center of a national event, someone comes in to rain on our parade. With the Democratic National Convention slated to attract worldwide attention during the last week in July, there is worry unscheduled, unpermitted protest parades will keep City safety forces on overtime, […]

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Philadelphia Budget Shows Skilled Hands at Work

by Tony West How often does the City of Philadelphia draw international attention for the swift and daring completion of its annual budget? Welcome to 2016. Mayor Jim Kenney’s Sugary Drinks Tax initiative (which wound up as a Sugary/Sweetened Drinks Tax) caught the eye of the world. But the rest of the budget process – […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Philly Ever Learn How to Handle Protests??

by Joe Shaheeli Why in the world would anyone want to not give Cheri Honkala a permit to protest? She’s the lady who for years has staged demonstrations, set up tent cities, and staged blockades in her constant efforts to draw attention to the fact we have homeless, the poor get poorer, and human rights […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Make Philly Politicians Easy Pickings

by Joe Shaheeli When Ed Rendell decided to run for District Attorney against Democratic incumbent F. Emmett Fitzpatrick in 1978, he was a neophyte in every sense of the word. What he had going for him was the image of a “change for the better” – helped by the incumbent, who nurtured the image of […]

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Latino Heads Major Union Local

Engraved in this union leader’s mind is the picture of a forlorn, skinny little boy in tattered clothes who would come every morning to the gate of the military compound in Bosnia where he was stationed and say, “Pepsi.” To Estebán Vera, Jr., now Laborer’s District Council’s Local 57 business manager, and the other US […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Odds Favor Tax on All Sweet Drinks

by Joe Shaheeli Odds markets have moved from “no way” to “probable” Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposal to raise additional revenues for his pre-K program, which he strongly believes will reduce the number of students who may drop out of school in their later years. He’s worked hard at putting together a pro-Pre-K bloc, which now […]

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