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HEARD ON THE HILL / IN CITY HALL: Budgeteers Face Dwindling Returns

State and City revenue collections have been less than anticipated this year. Reviewing each line in the budget, House budgeteers are looking at expenditures which can be reduced and changes to tax credits which may no longer be affordable, as well as considering responsible revenue sources, such as fully privatizing the adult beverage industry. The […]

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CITY HALL SAM:  Cheers For Borinqueneers; Butkovitz Revs Up; Whither Schwartz Now?

The 65th Brigade was honored at a ceremony in Valley Forge Park. The brigade was known as the Borinqueneers or Puerto Rican brigade and fought in Korea and Vietnam with tremendous distinction. Although much of their heroic action has gone unnoticed, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA will sign a bill recognizing them with the Congressional Gold Medal […]

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OUT & ABOUT: In Again, Out Again, In Again At The Inquirer

BY DENISE CLAY/ You wanna know who’s probably blasting Pharrell’s world-wide hit “Happy” as he dances around his office right about now? William Marimow, editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Marimow is the happiest man in the Philadelphia Media Universe right now because H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest and Lewis Katz were the winners of the private auction […]

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BROUHAHA AT CITY COMMISSION! Singer’s Camera Keeps Rolling; Cops Called

Long-simmering disputes on Philadelphia City Commission boiled over last week when Commission Chair Anthony Clark and Vice Chair Al Schmidt voted that a camerawoman purportedly brought by the third Commissioner, Stephanie Singer, should not be allowed to videotape testimony by witnesses at a public hearing. Singer has pushed to videotape these meetings as part of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Look For A Summer Full Of Gubernatorial Ads

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Distinguishing this summer from Memorial Day through to Labor Day will be the presence of the Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign on television and online media. That activity will go unnoticed by the rank and file of both political parties, save for the hardcore activists who show up at Brady Beach Party and the […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Take A Hard Look At P.G.W. Sale

BY COUNCILWOMAN MARIAN TASCO/ After taking more than four years to arrive at a decision to sell PGW, the Nutter administration is now pushing for a rush to judgment by City Council regarding one of the most-significant decisions this City will ever make. People are coming out of the woodwork to support the Mayor’s position. […]

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FUMO’S BACK! Columbus School Honors Its Founders

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WITH THE UNIONS: Teachers’ Union Leaders Demand Full School Funding

AFT President Randi Weingarten, PFT President Jerry Jordan and AFT-PA President Ted Kirsch are asking Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett for full school funding following report of a 7-year-old, whose death might have been prevented had a nurse been on hand. “Dear Governor Corbett: “Since you took office in 2011, you slashed school funding by $1 […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Exciting Election Day Saw Dramatic Wins And Losses

The Famous 4th Street Deli was packed on election day with famous Phillies. Among the stars were COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE and his trusty right-hand man, attorney CHARLES GIBBS. STATE REP. MARIA DONATUCCI was escorted by her son. City Councilman at-Large-to-be ED NEILSON was escorted by KENNY ADAMS. Former Municipal Court JUDGE FELICE STACK enjoyed […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: They Backed Wolfe’s Idea … But Not The Man

The citizens in Philadelphia showed their disregard for their right to vote. Of the roughly 800,000 registered Democrats in the City of Philadelphia, 161,890 voted in the primary for Governor. Given the hue and cry in Philadelphia about the “evil policies” of GOV. TOM CORBETT, one would think a few more might show up to […]

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