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City Council Independent Candidate Targets Republicans

Kristin Combs is a schoolteacher on a mission. That mission crystallized when, in 2013, a public school at which she was teaching was closed. Vaux HS, 23rd & Master, was the target of the School Reform Commission which labeled it as “failing”. “We had actually turned around the school climate, but unfortunately we bit the […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Pennsylvania Budget –  The Easy Way Or The Right Way?

by State Rep.-Elect Donna Bullock As I prepare to take the oath of office, and without resolution to the current budget stalemate, I’m reminded that those who have the privilege to serve must often choose a hard right over the easy wrong. We can do what is easy – which has been the prevailing approach […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Judge Panepinto Be Supreme Court Spoiler?

Will Philadelphia Judge Paul Panepinto, a conservative former Republican now running as an independent, be a spoiler in the race for domination of the State Supreme Court?   That’s the question which won’t be answered until the final votes are cast by the electorate state wide for who will be sitting on the next high […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL/IN CITY HALL: Sen. Williams Asks Lincoln University To Discipline Rogue Professor

Sen Williams Asks Lincoln Univ. To Discipline Rogue Professor State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D-W. Phila.) has called on the administration of Lincoln University to discipline a rogue professor whose anti-gay, victim-shaming, and terrorist-defending social media posts have drawn international scorn to the university.   In a letter to Lincoln Interim President Dr. Richard Green, […]

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OUR OPINION: Why Stalemates Happen In Harrisburg

In the ensuring weeks, as summer wanes, louder will be the cries of nonprofits, schools and other institutions relying on state grants, to end the budget stalemate. But the problem is not so much to tax or not to tax shale oil, or to change pension benefits, or to increase funding to the educational institutions […]

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Pols On The Street: Democrats Sweep Phila. Special Elections As Expected

by Joe Shaheeli Councilman Ed Neilson is expected to resign shortly from his at-large council post to return to Harrisburg to serve the unfinished term of the 174th Legislative seat he had held before going to City Council. He easily trounced Republican candidate Tim Dailey with 95% of votes tallied, 2,301 to 1,383, taking almost […]

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Mastery Schools See ‘Renaissance’; Others Less So

by Tony West If you are seeking a high-performing neighborhood charter school that is rated as on track to turn around a failed public school, Mastery Charter Schools has a product for you. At this time, Universal Companies does not; nor do any of the five other providers that run “Renaissance Schools” for the School […]

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Kasich’s, Fiorina’s Debate Performances Impressed Philly GOP Social Media

by Tony West  To hear Philadelphia-area Republicans speak their minds, Ohio Gov. John Kasich won the first official Republican presidential primary debate. In bars and living-rooms around the region, they gathered to watch the top 10 hopefuls, measured by polling, handle questions and go at each other – or rather, after the Democrats for the […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Enjoying National Night Out

by Maria Merlino The kickoff rally celebration in Marconi Park for the 8th annual Philadelphia National Night Out is an opportunity for police, the community and businesses to come together and renew their relationship, and their efforts, to make all of Philadelphia neighborhoods safe. Monday, Aug. 3, was the official kickoff rally celebration in Marconi […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL: Hughes Slams Republicans’ Tying Ed Funds To LCB

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.) released the following statement in response to Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai’s recent comments on state budget negotiations: “I am disappointed by recent comments made by Turzai, who once again tried to link the issue of education funding to the privatization of our highly profitable state liquor-store system. “Republicans refuse […]

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