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CITY HALL SAM: Pa. Dems May Get New Chairman

The word on the street is that state committee for the Democrats will have a new chairman in the near future. JIM BURN, who withstood GOV. TOM WOLF’S efforts to install KATIE McGINTY, may now step aside. The name of Montgomery county chair MARCEL GROEN has been floated in the media. The only problem with […]

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The Waffleman: Flashbacks To South Philly’s Past

Yo! Here we go again. I awoke early one morning to the sound of silence. In this utter silence I thought I heard a sound from outside my window. It resembled the clip-clop of the milkman’s horse. This sound stirred up some very strong memories. It brought to mind the sound of the milk bottles […]

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City Hall Sam: Was Vincent Hughes Taking Sides?

After his defeat for Mayor, what will STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS do? In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer interview, he eviscerated his colleague and Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman VINCENT HUGHES. Hughes had conducted his own poll of the Mayor’s race and came to the conclusion JIM KENNEY was going to win. This in Hughes’ mind, warranted […]

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Out & About: State Sen. Hardy Williams Attempts Flying Solo

by Denise Clay I’d like to start this column out with a question that you would think I wouldn’t have to ask in 2015 about anyone who is running a campaign for any office in a major American city. That question: How in the heck to do you run a political campaign without a political […]

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Running Like Rocky For 24 Hours

Sadly, there is a common story in the world of boxing. Boxer fights many years, bringing home nice paydays; however, come retirement, that money can disappear very quickly. Boxers have no pension plan, and far too often, no formal education to prepare for their lives after boxing. The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Veteran Boxers Association […]

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Voter Turnout Hinges On Neighborhoods

by Tony West The best way to improve voter turnout is see to it that voters are stable, middle-class citizens who own their own homes and don’t plan to move. That’s the chief takeaway from a look at Philadelphia’s voter turnout in the May 19 Democratic primary election. On an average, 29% of registered Democrats […]

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In Harrisburg – To Budget Or Beach?

The General Assembly has a handful of members from both sides of the aisle who have formed a committee to seriously evaluate the way districts are redrawn and, in some cases, outrageously gerrymandered. The lawmakers noted Pennsylvania’s many oddly shaped, gerrymandered districts have created politically impenetrable fiefdoms that pressure lawmakers to toe the party line […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Republican Presidential Candidates Coming Here

by Joe Shaheeli Want to see the potential 2016 Republican nominee for President without leaving the City of Brotherly Love? Soon you can! The 2015 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference will be taking place Jun. 18-20 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Considered the premier political event of the year, the Conference will feature a who’s […]

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Hey, Philly Voter! Supreme Court Control Is In Your Hands

by Joe Shaheeli If Philadelphia voters continue staying away from the polls on election days, it is strongly possible they’ll forever be chasing rainbows. One of those rainbows at the end of the coming November general election presents a bounty for voters and either the Democratic or Republican Party leadership, depending on which wins the […]

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Fishtowners Fight To Save Saint Laurentius Church

by Gregory Pacana In Philadelphia’s Fishtown section, a neighborhood that has seen a significant renaissance over the past decade, there is a war being waged to save a 133-year-old iconic church. St. Laurentius Church, founded in 1882 and located at the intersection of Berks & Memphis Streets, is the oldest Polish Catholic church in the […]

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