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ELEPHANT CORNER: Call The Roller Of Big Cigars…

Tuesday night, Republican City Committee held a cigar fundraiser at the United Republican Club. The event was very well attended despite the icy snow and rain. Each attendee received a pack of cigars and had the opportunity to pair the cigars with tastings of scotch and bourbon. Two cases of wine from Moldova were also […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Building Or Burning Bridges?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez has cut a niche for herself in City Council and seems to have captured the support of most Latino Democrats in this town, and particularly so in her 7th Dist. But she continues to fly her flag of independence, despite the fact she had the endorsement of the […]

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OUR OPINION: What Do They Do?

It’s understandable that State Representatives attract harsh attention when their missteps become public. What disturbs us more, though, is that about the only time journalists take note of these grassroots politicians is when one of them gets in trouble. Set aside for a moment the constituent service Philadelphia’s 26 State Reps provide for the humble […]

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Heard On The Hill/In City Hall

SENATORS WILL TACKLE MINIMUM-WAGE HIKES Three area Senators are planning new legislation in Harrisburg to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage in different ways. State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) will replace her proposal to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $9 an hour with a new bill that would increase it to $10.10 by 2016. Minimum-wage increases […]

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Firefighters Battle Effort To Cut Paramedics

  Firefighters Union Local 22 staged a press conference on Wednesday and appeared at a civil service hearing this morning to voice their concerns over an administration plan to remove one paramedic from every medic unit in the city and replace them with less-qualified EMTs. Joe Schulle, president of the union, explained to the Civil […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Kane’s Investigations Should Unsettle Black Politicos

BY DENISE CLAY/ On Sunday, the Philadelphia Inquirer had a fairly large story on its front page regarding Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to shut down an investigation that had managed to ensnare a bunch of high-profile members of Pennsylvania’s Legislative Black Caucus. The Attorney General’s Office had centered its sting around a man named […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Republicans Show Their Irish; Wolfe’s On The Prowl

Tuesday evening the Commonwealth Club sponsored a reception at the Irish Pub at 12th and Walnut Streets with special guests CONGRESSMEN PATRICK MEEHAN (R-PA7) and MIKE KELLY (R-PA3). Meehan’s district skirts around the City of Philadelphia and includes parts of Montgomery and Delaware Cos. Kelly was a little farther from home. Kelly’s district starts just […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Is Clarke Catching Labor’s Eye?

Let the jockeying for the mayoral position continue. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER has announced he wants to sell PGW, the much-maligned gas company, and finally has a buyer. But COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE has already stood up and said he opposes the sale and he supports his labor. A substantial number of gas workers who might […]

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Dems Face Busy Primary Challenges

BY TONY WEST/ If their petitions hold up, a host of firefights will liven up two State Senate primary races in Philadelphia as well as most State House races. It’s the year of the challenger, that’s for sure. Spiking ambitions in the 2014 Democratic primary is this is the first election in which redistricting from […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Should Kane Sue Inquirer?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Our congratulations to Attorney General Kathleen Kane for showing the mettle it takes to make tough decisions. She closed out an Abscam-type investigation that began three Attorneys General before her. The investigation was a farce. It was set up by a wire-wearer who was slated for a big-time sentence and armed with […]

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