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POLS ON THE STREET: Philadelphia’s Crowded Ballot Could Fatigue Voters

A look at the ballot by voters may send some of them scrambling out of the machine without voting for each office where a choice is needed. That means between presidential candidates and the convention delegates there will be a wide spread in the vote totals, since almost everyone will first push their choice for […]

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OUR OPINION: Just Vote NO! To Ballot Question 2

There is a movement to disenfranchise Philadelphia and its visitors. Sometimes it is weak and fails. This time it is strong and very doable. This one is on the ballot. And voters always in the majority vote “yes” regardless of the Question. Ballot Question two will disenfranchise again. It greatly aggravates us who cover the […]

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Morganelli Ahead Of The Curve As Far As Attorney Generals Go

by Joe Shaheeli Every County in Pennsylvania has its own District Attorney. Yet only one is a record setter, getting elected seven times by the critical voters of Northampton County. He was first elected District Attorney at the age of 35 in 1991. Since then he has been relected every four years. His county’s voters […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philadelphia State House District Races Upstage Bigger Contests!

by Joe Shaheeli No matter how you cut it, there is nothing as exciting as a hotly contested legislative-district race. That’s when our highly touted and well-televised presidential candidates fade into the background. Many voters in Philadelphia will be surprised when they go to the polls Apr. 26 to find more than the average one […]

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Jaden’s Voice Helps Families With Autism Face Their Challenges

by Tony West Jaden Woodall lost his voice when he was two and a half years old. After a sudden fever, a child who had been developing normally became nonverbal overnight. He showed rigid, fixated behaviors; avoided social contacts; and could not interact smoothly with his peers in the ordinary engagements of childhood. Jaden had […]

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OUR OPINION: Kenney’s Odd Game On Sugary-Drinks Tax

One wonders why Mayor Jim Kenney, who as a Councilman voted no on similar proposals from Mayor Michael Nutter, would press hard for a sugary-drink tax. He made it clear in his welcoming speech to the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention delegates in Philadelphia Tuesday morning. The city’s plight is a poor population whose children have limited […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Dems Drop Cohen In 202nd State House Race

by Joe Shaheeli The cement blend of Democratic Party endorsements and 42 years of service as the state representative from the 202nd Legislative Dist. is now crumbling under State Rep. Mark Cohen’s (D-Northeast) seat. The bulk of the ward leaders in that district have endorsed his opponent. Jared Solomon, who is again challenging 42-year incumbent […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Progressive Group Backs Chaka Fattah

by Joe Shaheeli Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) has been digging through his district picking up support in some areas and losing some in others. In what would have been a win-win situation for him in the 36th Ward, he was told by a long-time committeewoman, “Where have you been for the past 20 years?” His […]

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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL

Metcalfe Again Seeks Pa. E-Verify Legislation Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Majority Chairman, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), has reintroduced his legislation to require all employers and government entities in the Commonwealth to enroll in the federal government’s free E-Verify program to confirm the validity of Social Security numbers for prospective employees. Modeled after the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Phila. High Schoolers Love Sanders, Trump

Consider it official! If young people come out in big numbers in the Apr. 26 primary election, the winners will be Bernie Sanders as Democratic presidential candidate and Donald Trump as the Republican candidate. That’s what the results of mock elections have been predicting since the City Commissioners, under the initiative of Commissioner Lisa Deeley, […]

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