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Voter Turnout Hinges On Neighborhoods

by Tony West The best way to improve voter turnout is see to it that voters are stable, middle-class citizens who own their own homes and don’t plan to move. That’s the chief takeaway from a look at Philadelphia’s voter turnout in the May 19 Democratic primary election. On an average, 29% of registered Democrats […]

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In Harrisburg – To Budget Or Beach?

The General Assembly has a handful of members from both sides of the aisle who have formed a committee to seriously evaluate the way districts are redrawn and, in some cases, outrageously gerrymandered. The lawmakers noted Pennsylvania’s many oddly shaped, gerrymandered districts have created politically impenetrable fiefdoms that pressure lawmakers to toe the party line […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Republican Presidential Candidates Coming Here

by Joe Shaheeli Want to see the potential 2016 Republican nominee for President without leaving the City of Brotherly Love? Soon you can! The 2015 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference will be taking place Jun. 18-20 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Considered the premier political event of the year, the Conference will feature a who’s […]

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Hey, Philly Voter! Supreme Court Control Is In Your Hands

by Joe Shaheeli If Philadelphia voters continue staying away from the polls on election days, it is strongly possible they’ll forever be chasing rainbows. One of those rainbows at the end of the coming November general election presents a bounty for voters and either the Democratic or Republican Party leadership, depending on which wins the […]

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Fishtowners Fight To Save Saint Laurentius Church

by Gregory Pacana In Philadelphia’s Fishtown section, a neighborhood that has seen a significant renaissance over the past decade, there is a war being waged to save a 133-year-old iconic church. St. Laurentius Church, founded in 1882 and located at the intersection of Berks & Memphis Streets, is the oldest Polish Catholic church in the […]

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Pols On The Street: Brady’s Team Does It Again!

by Joe Shaheeli No matter what was predicted by the main media, television pundits, especially self-proclaimed experts and political consultants, the Philadelphia Democratic Executive Committee, under the leadership of its longest-reigning chairman Congressman Bob Brady, wiped out most of the high-spending independent candidates who challenged its endorsed ticket. According to primary results the members of […]

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by Tony West The City Commissioners’ Democratic primary race this spring was a rare treat for political junkies. Historically this race goes to the two incumbents. The top dog is named chair of City Committee. Every once in a while, one challenger may bump off the bottom dog. 2011 was an odd year. All three […]

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Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust Golf Classic

Organized labor making a difference in the community at the 16th Annual Charity Golf Classic. Honoree Patrick B. Gillespie, Business Manager of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and founder Samuel Staten, Sr., Retired Business Manager of the Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity, came together at Spring […]

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Pacifico Scholarship Awards Reach $1.75 Million In 51st Year

The Kerry T. Pacifico Foundation this week presented $122,000 in college scholarships to 93 graduating seniors from 23 schools in the School District of Philadelphia, Chester Upland School District, Lower Merion School, Universal Audenried Charter HS and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It also donated $15,000 to Philadelphia elementary schools. This marks the 51st year in […]

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Pols On The Street: What A Well Oiled Machine!

 by Joe Shaheeli It was obvious as the returns rolled in Tuesday night, money talks, and it did so loudly drowning out the voices of those who thought they were in a campaign. Rolling in clover were Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney and Councilmen at Large-Elect Allan Domb, Derek Green, Bill Greenlee and Councilwomen at Large-Elect Blondell […]

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