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CITY HALL SAM: Wolf Is Working Philadelphia

  Gubernatorial frontrunner TOM WOLF has now been making the rounds of the Philadelphia wards. He recently attended the 21st Ward, which is headed by highly regarded LOU AGRE. Wolf gave a decent speech, but went on substantially longer than most committee people like. Essentially he elaborates on his business background and emphasizes the points […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Will Grapes Of Rath Rise Up Against Brady?

City Council candidate MATT WOLFE and congressional candidate MEGAN RATH attended the Super Talk Debate between conservative pundits DOM GIORDANO, CHRIS STIGAL, GARY R’NEL, RICH ZEOLI and DICK MORRIS at Xfinity Live near the ball parks. Wolfe is running for City Council at large in May to fill the seat vacated by BILL GREEN. Rath […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Unions Split In Hard-Fought 173rd House Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Moving into the center arena among Philadelphia’s legislative primary battles is the 173rd. The reason is the “almost at the last minute” entry of Dennis Kilderry, who is disputing that seat with Democratic Party-endorsed nominee Michael Driscoll. His entry has caused a split among major unions, which almost always follow the rule […]

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RESTORING AN URBAN WATERSHED: A River Runs Through It … Again

BY TONY WEST/ History was made in Overbrook this year when a stream that had lain buried, polluted with sewage, for 86 years was brought back to daylight – and life. One-third of a mile of the West Branch of Indian Creek running through Morris Park has been restored after a yearlong effort by the […]

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Senate Hearing Supports Farnese’s Anti-SLAPP Legislation

People and organizations that have been quieted by ongoing, frivolous lawsuits and mounting legal expenses today urged a state Senate panel to adopt State Sen. Larry Farnese’s (D-S. Phila.) proposal to curtail the unfair practice. Farnese’s SB 1095 would expand Pennsylvania’s limited regulations and give civic organizations, individuals and various groups the power to more […]

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BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ., American Bankruptcy Board Certified/ Question: Can I raise MY debt ceiling? Should I? Answer: While Congress and the White House debate raising the debt ceiling of the nation, many of us just plain citizens wonder if we too should borrow more money to get through our hard times. The questions […]

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City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has promised to help homeowners in Southwest Philadelphia with their battle against their sinking homes. Tyrone Beverly, president of the Towne Homes Civic Association, led a group of 20 residents to City Hall on Tuesday. Among them was Cheryl Bush-Weaver, who lives on the 6300 block of Grosbeak Place, with her […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Philly Wants Dem Convention For The Money, Honey

Pennsylvania statewide elections usually pit regions of the state against each other. It’s a classic East vs. West match up. It’s Philadelphia City Hall vs. Pittsburgh’s City County Building. So the cities will square off once again along with 13 other cities that are competing to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Former GOV. ED […]

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BY JOE SHAY STIVALA/ TWO CURIOUS mayoral events were quietly reported: ONE said Mayor NUTTER joined with former Big Apple Mayor Bloomberg in a $50 million drive to end gun violence. Then Nutter issued a memo saying Philly will no longer participate in immigrant holds for deportation. Could this mean that he is preparing a […]

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Philadelphia Election Boards Short-Staffed, Underpaid

BY TONY WEST/ The most-important job in our democracy pays less than minimum wage in Philadelphia. And the customers aren’t even allowed to tip the workers. Approximately 7,500 election-board workers staff the city’s 1,686 divisions twice a year, in the spring and fall. They run the polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Since they […]

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