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POLS ON THE STREET: 192nd Is Hotter Of Two March Special Elections In Philly

by Joe Shaheeli Two special elections will take place to fill legislative vacancies in Philadelphia this coming Tuesday, Mar. 15. One is the 192nd in the Overbrook and Wynnefield sections of West Philly and the 200th in the Chestnut Hill and Oak Lane sections of Northwest Philly. Three wards contribute to the 192nd: the 4th, […]

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From Bok To Bark: Old School Sprouts New Dog Park

by Maria Merlino Passyunk Crossing has a new dog park, compliments of Scout Ltd., a collective of young, enthusiastic urban designers and strategy makers who like to think about design at a city scale. The park, located at 9th & Dudley Streets, is an iron-gated outdoor space outside of the former Bok HS. This outdoor […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Caucus Vote Favors Fattah, LDC Endorses Evans

by Joe Shaheeli Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) is confident of two things: Beating back challengers to his 2nd Congressional Dist. seat; and winning acquittal from charges lodged by the US Attorney’s district office against him. Last Friday, he felt confident about holding on to his congressional seat when the caucus of ward leaders in his […]

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OUR OPINION: Awaiting A State Budget!

In the meantime … in-between time … backed up for a second year are State budgets. Because of this failure by the General Assembly and the Administration to bring Budget One to fruition (and it could happen again with deliberations for Budget Two), there are problems. For instance, School Districts are cash-strapped. This was brought […]

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Can Pa. Constitutional Amendment Bring Jobs Back To Philly?

by Tony West A broad-based coalition announced Friday it will push legislation in Harrisburg to give Philadelphia the power to tax commercial real estate more heavily than homeowners’ real estate. If it succeeds, it will change the Pennsylvania Constitution and make history. The legislation would modify the Commonwealth’s uniformity clause to enable Philadelphia to enact […]

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2nd Dist. City Democrats Endorse Fattah For Congress

Last week the Philadelphia Democratic Ward Leaders of the 2nd Congressional Dist. endorsed incumbent Congressman Chaka Fattah for renomination in the April primary. The vote was 16 for Fattah, 11 for State Rep. Dwight Evans (D-N. Phila.) and 1 for 9th Ward Leader Dan Muroff. Lower Merion Township Commissioner, the fourth candidate in this primary […]

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INSIDE SCOOP ON THE OSCARS: A Philadelphian Ex-Hollywood Insider’s Perspective

by Nathan Lerner Were you able to score tickets to Los Angeles’ Dolby Center for the 88th annual Academy Awards festivities? If not, don’t despair. There is an appealing alternative, which is considerably closer to home. The Philadelphia Film Society will mark the occasion with a gala evening on Oscar night. Held at the Prince […]

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Pols On The Street: Chaka Vows To Run

by Joe Shaheeli “I’m running, period. No possibility of any other decision. I’m all in,” stated 2nd Dist. Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) in his response to our Philadelphia Public Record article last week stating he could be considering withdrawing from Democratic Apr. 26 primary. He also pointed out his campaign had filed 3,219 signatures and […]

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EXIT STRATEGY: Right Off the Front Pages

by Bonnie Squires Gov. Tom Wolf would do well to pack all the recalcitrant members of the state legislature into a bus and have them transported from Harrisburg to the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Broad Street in Philadelphia and make them watch Exit Strategy, the East Coast premiere of The Philadelphia Theatre Co.’s new production. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Chaka Opt Out Of 2nd District Race?

by Joe Shaheeli Ward endorsements are key to every race, with the 2nd Congressional Dist. entering that arena. That is because long-time incumbent Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) is defending himself, not only on the political front, but against criminal charges posted against him by the Feds. Growing chronicles of this additional headache have been covered […]

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