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The Multifaceted Life of Jimmy Tayoun

BY TONY WEST My acquaintance with Jimmy Tayoun began in 1983. I was editing the Observer, a biweekly trade newspaper with a line of insider political coverage for Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Tayoun was a two-term incumbent city councilman for the 1st District, engaged with a challenger in a fierce Democratic primary race. (South Philadelphia politics […]

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Krasner Cruises; Locals Do Well Statewide

BY JOE SHAHEELI A united Philadelphia Democratic Party brought home its municipal candidates for district attorney and city controller, Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart. With 98.1% of the vote tallied, Krasner had 147,666 to Republican Beth Grossman’s 50,107. That was actually a good result for Republicans – 25% of the vote – since registered Republicans […]

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What’s ‘Fair’ for Pa. Natural Gas?

BY DENISE FUREY Pennsylvania House Finance Committee sent a bill to the floor that would levy a severance tax at on the extraction of natural gas. The tax would apply to unconventional (shale) gas wells that are already subject to the state’s impact fee. The excise rate would start at 2 cents per thousand cubic […]

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Council President Clarke Remembers Jimmy Tayoun

City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) issued the following statement on former Council member and Pennsylvania House Representative James “Jimmy” Tayoun, Sr.:  “A long, lively chapter in Philadelphia politics has come to a close. Jimmy Tayoun was sharp, occasionally bruising, definitely flawed, and never boring. He certainly had a heart full of love […]

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Editor’s Note: The Passing of Jimmy Tayoun

This morning, we received word that our founder, executive editor, friend and mentor, James Tayoun, Sr., passed away at the age of 87. We will provide full coverage of his life and accomplishments in next week’s paper. Our deepest condolences to the Tayoun family and to everyone whose life was positively impacted by Jimmy. In […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Krasner’s Race to Lose – and It’s Losable

BY JOE SHAHEELI All Democrats are walk-homes in Philadelphia in 2017. So goes the conventional wisdom. So that means Democratic DA candidate Larry Krasner should walk home. But the present era is nothing if not full of surprises. Krasner’s primary victory over many vetted prosecutorial pros was a surprise, considering he has never prosecuted a […]

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Krasner Reveals Himself as Grossman No-Shows

BY ELIZABETH CRAWLEY Democratic DA candidate Larry Krasner fielded questions from voters at the Arch Street United Methodist Church on Saturday. “A Conversation with Krasner,” a Facebook event hosted by Philadelphia United for Progress (Philly Up), was supposed to be a forum for voters to query Krasner and GOP DA candidate Beth Grossman. After Grossman […]

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Pa. Is Ill Prepared for Next Recession

BY STATE REP. JAKE WHEATLEY Economics is called the dismal science; Pennsylvania politicians seem intent on making it an even gloomier discipline. The current budget debacle is bad enough: more than three months late, $2.2 billion in the red – and still raiding already committed funding while pursuing more borrowing, despite the commonwealth’s sinking credit […]

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Opening in the 181st?

BY RYAN BRIGGS Sources have stated longtime State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D-N. Phila.) may retire and back community organizer Malcolm Kenyatta as his successor in North Philadelphia’s 181st House District in next year’s election. Kenyatta, who served as a delegate for former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, recently formed a political action […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Busy Lt. Guv Field Favors Stack

BY JOE SHAHEELI The Democratic primary race is seeing an unusual cluster of early candidates. That sounds like bad news for incumbent Lt. Gov. Mike Stack – but could prove to be good news. Usually, incumbents are walked on base by their party’s voters. But Stack ran into a patch of bad news earlier this […]

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