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POLS ON THE STREET: Progressive Group Backs Chaka Fattah

by Joe Shaheeli Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) has been digging through his district picking up support in some areas and losing some in others. In what would have been a win-win situation for him in the 36th Ward, he was told by a long-time committeewoman, “Where have you been for the past 20 years?” His […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL

Metcalfe Again Seeks Pa. E-Verify Legislation Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), has reintroduced his legislation to require all employers and government entities in the Commonwealth to enroll in the federal government’s free E-Verify program to confirm the validity of Social Security numbers for prospective employees. Modeled after the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Phila. High Schoolers Love Sanders, Trump

Consider it official! If young people come out in big numbers in the Apr. 26 primary election, the winners will be Bernie Sanders as Democratic presidential candidate and Donald Trump as the Republican candidate. That’s what the results of mock elections have been predicting since the City Commissioners, under the initiative of Commissioner Lisa Deeley, […]

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Surprise! Neighborhood Networks Endorses Fattah

Congressman Chaka Fattah has picked up another significant endorsement, this one from the Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, unquestionably the leading progressive organization in the city and around the state. Its mission is to promote and support the policies of progressive candidates. In a lengthy statement announcing its endorsement, PNN said, “Congressman Chaka Fattah has an outstanding […]

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2016 PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR: Darrell Clarke, Master Of The Policy Shop

by Tony West Darrell Clarke came of age in a neighborhood with problems, in a city with problems, in an age of problems. Born in 1952 in Strawberry Mansion, Clarke saw the ravages of racism, poverty, injustice and conflict in North Philadelphia. Politics was in the air and on the streets in the 1960s and […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: N.E. Philadelphia Leaders Switch To Boyle For State Senate

by Joe Shaheeli Would you believe a caucus endorsement, so vital in organization politics, when once made was considered poured in cement? That was true in the annals of the Democratic Party until last Thursday. It is now in flux in the battle of the 5th Senatorial Dist. The nine ward leaders, making up that […]

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In Our Back Yard Under I-95 Thrives A Lucrative Nonprofit

by Eldon Graham Tens of thousands of people drive alongside ILMAC’s work every day — or even park on it – without really noticing it. Some Philadelphia-based organizations do more business behind the scenes than many people realize. Among them is Interstate Land Management Corp., a nonprofit joint venture between the City and State located […]

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N.E. Philly Leaders May Be Swinging To Boyle In State Senate Race

by Joe Shaheeli A caucus endorsement, so vital in organization politics, is a decision, once made, was considered poured in cement. That was true in the recent annals of the Democratic Party – until last Thursday. It is now in flux in the battle of the 5th Senatorial Dist. The nine ward leaders making up […]

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OUR OPINION: Soda Tax Promises Food Fight In Phila. City Council

Community leaders, small-business owners, labor leaders and citizens have banded together to fight a 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages like soda, teas and juice drinks. They charge a 12-pack of soda’s cost would nearly double – to more than $8 – due to the tax; $2.04 tax on a 2-liter bottle would be more than […]

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Democratic National Convention Is Starting Volunteer Registration

The Democratic National Convention Host Committee has launched its official volunteer-registration system, which can still be accessed through the Host Committee’s now-revamped volunteer webpage here. The portal is supported by myTRS (The Registration System), a woman- and veteran-owned business that offers comprehensive online volunteer, conference, and ticketing software to coordinate events, conferences and tours. The […]

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