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POLS ON THE STREET: Singer Faces Toughest Fight

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ City Commissioner Stephanie Singer is deep into her reelection campaign, using her office to gain entry into a host of political events which have little to do with the responsibilities of her office. MAYOR Michael Nutter made good on his promise to Blackhawks Athletics Club who won Pop Warner Championship by bringing […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: The Evil Good Men Do

Another case of, See! What had happened was! I was afraid for my life! Now, where have we heard that one before? Oh yeah! Wasn’t that the Zimmerman guy in the Trayvon Martin case … or was it Michael Dunn in the Jordan Davis case? As we listened to Wilson’s reasons for killing Michael Brown, […]

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Philadelphia Asian Activists Practise Get-Out-The-Vote Skills

BY TONY WEST/ Philadelphia’s fast-growing Asian ethnic communities are learning how to flex their muscle at the polls. SEAMAAC, a social-service agency founded 30 years ago to address the needs of South Philadelphia’s Vietnamese and Cambodian immigrants, has seen an explosion of other Asian newcomers since – from China and Korea, from the Philippines and […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Kathleen Kane’s Downward Spiral

KATHLEEN KANE – not ready for prime time. I am going to turn over the quill to a female in the herd for this discussion. When Kathleen Kane ran for Attorney General against Cumberland Co. DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID FREED, I did not want her to win – not just because she is a Democrat, but […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Ed Rendell, Hurting The Ones Who Love Him … Again

What does former Pennsylvania GOV. ED RENDELL have up his sleeve? Rendell hosted a fundraiser to benefit the candidacy of KEN TRUJILLO, who is running for mayor of Philadelphia. Trujillo is perceived as a long long shot in the race. But Rendell continues to mystify in that he always chooses to thumb his nose at […]

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OUR OPINION: We Too Are Thankful

We at the Philadelphia Public Record are marking our 15th year as a publication dedicated to reporting the news seldom given its due by the other members of the print media, news concerning the activities of this city’s political, organized labor, schools, and community interests. We leave covering crime to the general media. For the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Polls Show Lynne Abraham Well Known To Voters

BY MARIA MERLINO/ After her rousing speech announcing her candidacy for Mayor of Philadelphia on Wednesday at the Franklin Institute, Lynne Abraham had her first official breakfast fundraiser, the next day at The Famous Deli on 4th & Bainbridge, compliments of Marty Samschick and owner Russ Cowan. It was a high-octane crowd and I’m told […]

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A Wrong Way To Reduce CO2 Emissions

BY DENISE FUREY/ The media are highlighting the Obama administration’s executive actions affecting immigration and ObamaCare. Another attempt to do an end-run around Congress, which is receiving less press, is the Environmental Protection’s proposed “Clean Power Plan”. Not only is this rule skirting the legislative process, but it will potentially hinder companies investing in their […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Developer Sues Councilman Johnson For Favoring A Business Rival In Pt. Breeze

I now know why Council – at least COUNCILMAN KENYATTA JOHNSON – did not like the idea of selling the Philadelphia Gas Works to UIL Corp.: because it was to be done honestly and transparently. Johnson apparently has steered the sale of city-owned properties to political insiders. In a lawsuit filed by developer MICHAEL POLLACK, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Butkovitz Out Of The Race; Bon Jovi In On Race Relations

CITY CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ surprised everyone by announcing he will not run for Mayor of Philadelphia in the upcoming Democratic primary. Butkovitz for months had been planning such a run. In fact, word on the street was that he would announce this week that he was an official candidate and resign as City Controller. But […]

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