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POLS ON THE STREET: Petition Challenges Thin The Field

by Joe Shaheeli After ballot positions are drawn for municipal elections, but before the actual voting, all candidates must pass the most-ruthless scrutiny of all: that of their rivals. To get on the ballot, candidates must submit petitions containing valid signatures of voters – 1,000 for citywide offices and 750 for district council races. But […]

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HARRISBURG BREAKTHROUGH? State Rep. John Taylor Says Maybe

by Tony West A political whirlwind unleashed by the weird general election of November 2014 may just lay the groundwork for a transformative year in Pennsylvania, starting right now. “2015 could be one of the most-interesting years in the last 20 on Capitol Hill” – that’s the insight of State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast), who […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Williams Cleaning Up In Mayor’s Race

STATE SEN. ANTHONY WILLIAMS leads the mayoral fundraising race in the early reports. All the pundits snickered the amount of money raised by the candidates was a pittance compared to previous elections. But it looks like Williams will once again be funded by his close allies in the education-reform movement, including JOEL GREENBERG. He raised $5.6 […]

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Philadelphia PILOTS Steam Ahead … To An Uncertain Port

by Tony West An effort to recover revenues from large nonprofit institutions in Philadelphia sailed through City Council yesterday. With a 15-1 vote it passed a resolution written by Councilman at Large Wilson Goode, Jr. “calling on the Nutter Administration to pursue PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes) or voluntary contributions from large nonprofit institutions […]

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Bringing The Mummers Back To South Philly?

Do Any Of You South Philadelphians And Former Devotees Really Care? This is something that I wanted to put out there for everyone to take a look at. It’s my suggestion, but I think this is something worth considering for the 2016 Mummers Day Parade. Let’s try this for the march back up Broad Street […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Republican Martina White Is Victor In 170th District

by Joe Shaheeli In the campaign fiercely waged by both Democrat Sarah Del Ricci and Republican Martina White to take possession of the 170th General Assembly seat and fill the unexpired term of former State Representative Brendon Boyle, veteran political activist attorney Harold Rosenthal, a voter in the district, likened it to a political blitzkrieg. […]

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Cindy Bass Rides To Rescue Of Germantown YWCA

by Joe Shaheeli The Germantown YWCA, a wreck and a half, stands alongside Vernon Park in Germantown, testimony to the fact millions of dollars invested in it by the City and various nonprofits have gone everywhere else but to this historical relic. Because of years of neglect, while the money was misspent, it became the […]

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Skepticism Surrounds Pa. Convention Center Claim It Cut Labor Costs

While the Pennsylvania Convention Center released a report claiming lower labor costs at this year’s Auto Show compared to last year’s, a contractor who worked both shows says, “That’s just not true.” The contractor, who asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisal from management, said, “this year’s Auto Show was much […]

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OUT & ABOUT: In Philadelphia’s 7th Council Dist. – It’s Manny Morales Vs. Social Media

by Denise Clay The National Association of Black Journalists, an organization that got its start here in Philadelphia and counts among its founders such local journalistic luminaries as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Acel Moore and late 900AM WURD host Reggie Bryant, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.   As part of NABJ’s 40th anniversary convention in […]

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Going Underground With U-Bahn

by Cassie Hepler If you think U-Bahn, 1320 Chestnut Street, is just another new restaurant and craft-beer joint, you’ve got it all wrong. By day, the musicians’ stage flips into three flat-screen TVs; perfect for Skyping business meetings from around the world and, of course, 18 craft beers on tap with amazing snacks (including a […]

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