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OUR OPINION: It’s Wolf Vs. GOP

One has to feel sorry for leadership in both chambers on the Hill in Harrisburg.   That’s because freshly minted first-termers have a tendency to demand a lot and produce little. They’d hold up any agreement reached by the leadership of both parties to show folks back home they can bring back some bacon.   […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Mayor, Council Tidy Up The Budget

It will not be a long hot summer … at least in City Hall. At least not in council chambers. City Council, led by PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE, deftly passed a city budget last week. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER quickly signed it into law. It featured a significantly reduced property tax, an increase in the use-and-occupancy and […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: N.E. Republican Conference Was A Catwalk For Leaders

Last Thursday through Saturday, Northeastern Republicans congregated in Philadelphia to attend to the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference at the Sheraton. Republican Party of Pennsylvania hosted the conference. Attendees were treated to speeches from a number of presidential candidates (or potential ones), including New Jersey GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, Wisconsin GOV. SCOTT WALKER, corporate executive CARLY FIORINA, […]

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Unveiling The Impressionists And Their Discoverer At Phila. Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art just opened a blockbuster exhibition, “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting,” which features 98 paintings from collections and museums around the world which were purchased originally by Parisian gallery-owner Durand-Ruel in the 19th and early 20th century. The Women’s Committee spearheaded a patrons’ reception last Saturday night, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: This Week Is Deadline For Legislative Refills

by Joe Shaheeli If you want to be one of those hankering to be the candidate to fill one of three vacant seats to be contested in a special election Aug. 11, then pay attention to what we write here. You already know House Speaker Mike Turzai called for special elections to be held on […]

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OUR OPINION: Philadelphia’s Amazing Port!

Few Philadelphians, other than the thousands who make decent, family-sustaining living wages working there, know how beneficial to all of us is this Port of ours founded over three centuries ago by William Penn.   Because its terminals almost daily welcome ships bearing fruits in the dead of winter, we get first dibs through the […]

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PORT OF PHILADELPHIA: Controller Studies Southport’s Potential

In a report released earlier this year, City Controller Alan Butkovitz analyzed in detail the impact of developing Southport on jobs and revenue. Several different options were examined; all would have strong economic benefits for the city and region, he found. Excerpts are below. Controller Alan L. Butkovitz … analyzed the three most‐discussed uses for […]

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When Budget Is Settled – Look For Cuts, Cuts, Cuts, Especially In Health Services

The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf are battling each other as to who has the budget which would treat Philadelphia well. No matter which way this cookie crumbles, destined to suffer will be health-care services for people with disabilities and vulnerable children. As analysts have studied the budget proposal, submitted […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Sabatina Sworn In For 5th Senate Seat

State Sen. John P. Sabatina, Jr. (D-Northeast) dropped the “elect” after his title when he was sworn into the 5th Dist. Senate Seat Tuesday in a ceremony on the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate. Sabatina was elected to lead the 5th Senatorial Dist. in a May 19 special election. “It’s been an honor to represent […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Pa. Dems May Get New Chairman

The word on the street is that state committee for the Democrats will have a new chairman in the near future. JIM BURN, who withstood GOV. TOM WOLF’S efforts to install KATIE McGINTY, may now step aside. The name of Montgomery county chair MARCEL GROEN has been floated in the media. The only problem with […]

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