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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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POLS ON THE STREET: We Support David Oh’s Charter Proposal

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Former Gov. Ed Rendell broke the jinx which for two generations had branded any statewide candidate from “Philadelphia Co.” a loser. Since then we have been looking for State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) to break that jinx in his primary bid for Lieutenant Governor. Voters casting ballots for statewide candidates — judges, […]

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New Rep May Score Rare Win For Dyslexia

BY TONY WEST/ A freshman State Representative is usually happy to get along quietly in the new club, maybe picking up a few administrative chores for the elders. State Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Northeast) is hoping to make a difference in the lives of 250,000 children. His HB 198 proposes to fund pilot programs in three […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Minimum Wage – It’s Time For `More

BY STATE REP. STEPHEN KINSEY/ It is my duty as a lawmaker to work to raise the minimum wage. In 1963, an hour of work at the minimum wage bought more than seven loaves of bread. Today it buys less than half that amount, and when you apply the same principle of inflation to other costs […]

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Update April 24th

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May 1-           State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Sr. Health Luncheon at Neumann Sr. Housing, 1601 E. Palmer St., 10 a.m.-12 m. May 1-           John O’Conner and Hon. Ron Donatucci host reception for State Sen. Mike Stack for Lt. Gov. Campaign at Racquet Club, 215 S. 16th St., 5:30 p.m. May 1-           Historical […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Cruz Brings Wolf Into His  Fold

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf made his first serious inroad into this town’s Democratic machinery  last Friday night, picking up the endorsement of 7th Ward Leader State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington). It’s a big one for Wolf and can be considered a coup for a couple of reasons. Cruz’ influence spreads out past […]

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What’s Behind Wolf’s Momentum?

BY NATHAN SHRADER/ Tom Wolf has been transformed from an unknown York businessman and dark horse gubernatorial candidate to the Democratic frontrunner faster than a Nolan Ryan fastball. Wolf’s rapid rise in the polls is due to a combination of effective advertising, a well-crafted message, and a willingness to spend resources in a strategically sound […]

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