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POLS ON THE STREET: DA Candidates Need to Learn a Lesson

BY JOE SHAHEELI District Attorney candidate Joe Khan boasts his campaign has raised over $500,000, attributing this to almost 900 donors and a median contribution of $200. Khan’s campaign has more than doubled its contribution total since the last reporting period ended only three months ago. But he needs to use it wisely. An important […]

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City’s Judicial District Must Now Defend Its Forfeiture Practices

BY JOE SHAHEELI The 1st Judicial Dist., long criticized for the way it handles civil forfeiture proceedings, finally has to answer charges filed by the Institute for Justice on behalf of four Philadelphia residents. Federal Judge Eduardo C. Robreno has the 1st Dist.’s motion to dismiss the class action challenging its administration of civil forfeiture […]

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Untermeyer Hopes 2nd Time’s the Charm

BY GREG SALISBURY Michael Untermeyer doesn’t need this. He doesn’t need the scrutiny, the rebuilding of trust and morale, the litany of small and big stuff to be sweated … in short, he doesn’t need the job. And yet, the 65-year-old is running – again – to become Philadelphia’s next district attorney. After decades spent […]

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WHERE IT ALL COMES TOGETHER: Ports are a vivid lesson in various ways to move

BY TONY WEST It’s easy to think of a port as nothing more than a place where ships disembark and embark, loading and unloading their goods. But that’s not the half of it. A port is more like a symphony in which different ways of travel must move together in smooth, mutually supportive exchanges. At […]

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Broad St. Line to Navy Yard Needs Traction

BY ELDON GRAHAM Public transit in Philadelphia is generally strong, save for the temporary SEPTA strike the week before 2016 election, but when you look more deeply under the microscope you’ll notice some important parts of the city are not as accessible as others. The Broad Street Orange Line reaches a wide range of Philadelphia: […]

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Choose Your Judges

In Pennsylvania, citizens are expected to choose the men and women who sit on the bench by electing them. Some like this fact, others don’t. But it is a duty every voter should accept. Judicial candidates cannot take positions on points of law. But there are many other ways to judge them. It is possible […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Write-ins Made the Difference in the Wild 197th Dist. Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams may have reminded voters in the Pennsylvania’s 197th House Dist. his office’s Election Fraud Task Force would be another agency checking out problems during Tuesday’s special elections. What made his unit so effective was the fact the Task Force’s hotline was staffed by Spanish-speaking detectives, as […]

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How Linda Kerns Cleared the Ballot in the 197th

BY TONY WEST It may have been the fact Freddy Ramírez couldn’t explain if he was 59 or 69 years old that won Linda Kerns’ case for her. The endorsed Democratic candidate for the 197th Legislative Dist. had submitted reams of official documents – tax returns, bank statements, security clearances, magazine subscriptions, driver’s licenses – […]

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Krasner Tilts the DA’s Race Progressive

BY GREG SALISBURY In a district attorney’s race that is notable for the striking number of similarities between the candidates looking to succeed Seth Williams as Philadelphia’s top elected law-enforcement official, Larry Krasner stands out if for no other reason than that he is the only candidate to compare himself to former Democratic presidential candidate […]

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Judicial Ballot Positions Drawn; They’re Off and Running!

The Pennsylvania Dept. of State drew ballot positions for Philadelphia County Common Pleas and Municipal Court candidates this morning. There are 10 vacancies in Common Pleas Court. The ballot order among Democrats is: 1 Judge Stella Tsai 2 Vikki Kristiansson 3 Deborah Cianfrani 4 John Macoretta 5 Rania Major 6 Henry McGregor Sias 7 Lawrence […]

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