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Councilman Oh Announces Contest To Boost Local Artists

Councilman David Oh held a press conference in City Hall to announce the grand prize and category prizes for PHL LIVE Center Stage, his exciting new music initiative that provides local musicians with a real opportunity to gain recognition and success. First Deputy Commissioner Susan Slawson, Dept. of Parks & Recreation, announced the grand prize […]

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On The Hill / In City Hall: SENATE LEADERS DEMAND MTG. WITH TOBACCO MOGULS

Two members of the Philadelphia State Senate Caucus have reached out to cigarette-industry leaders to ask them to meet with regards to their vigorous lobbying against the cigarette-tax bill that is needed to fund Philadelphia schools. State Sens. Shirley M. Kitchen (D-N. Phila.) and Democratic Whip Anthony H. Williams (D-W. Phila.), wrote the following letter […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Fattah, A Study In Arrogance; Garry Cobb Enters Political Game

A study in arrogance –- the federal probe of CONGRESSMAN CHAKA FATTAH, a 20-year veteran of the US House of Representatives, shows what happens when politicians lose their perspective and see themselves as elite, entitled to live way beyond the means of those who put them in office. A large part of Fattah’s constituents are […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Who Might Replace Chaka Fattah?

The blood is apparently in the water for CONGRESSMAN CHAKA FATTAH. Recent publicity and rumors assert that federal criminal action may be pending. Whether that’s true or not, two names have emerged to potentially succeed Fattah in Congress. One is MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER, who will soon be looking for a new job. The other is […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Interview With Armond James, Fattah’s November Challenger

BY DENISE CLAY/ When Gregory Naylor, former Chief of Staff to Congressman Chaka Fattah, pled guilty to a series of complicated financial transactions connected to the Congressman’s 2007 mayoral campaign, speculation began in earnest about Fattah’s future. The game of “When will Chaka resign?” has been played in earnest, mostly by Republicans on Facebook (Yes, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Assessing The Fallout From Fattah’s Woes

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ It’s been a cruel summer for Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.). The Congressman’s son was indicted earlier this month for defrauding the IRS and stealing from Philadelphia schools. Now, his former Chief of Staff Gregory Naylor has pleaded guilty to several counts of campaign-finance fraud. Based on news reports following Naylor’s guilty plea, […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: State Regulators Aren’t Protecting Workers

BY STATE SEN. MIKE STACK (D-PHILA.)/ It has become increasingly clear over the past two years that the ongoing and painstaking recovery from the Great Recession is resulting in an ever-widening disparity between Wall Street and Main Street. While corporate profits and the Dow Jones have reached record highs, wages and security for workers are […]

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LETTER FROM JIM BURN: State Democrats Plan Big Dinner In Philadelphia

BY JIM BURN, State Democratic Committee/ Dear Friend of the Democratic Party, Please know the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee is looking forward to holding its fall meeting in the great City of Philadelphia on Friday, Sep. 12 and Saturday, Sep. 13 at the Sheraton Hotel, Downtown. Our Jefferson Jackson Dinner this year is also going to […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Taney Dragons Bring Joyous End To Philly’s Summer

The Boys of Summer on Broad Street may be struggling to reach .500, but the Boys and Girls of Summer known as the Taney Dragons riveted our city and our nation without outstanding baseball games. The Taney Dragons are the feel-good story of the summer and were honored at a ceremony in Love Park on […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: A Peaceful End To City Workers’ Long Struggle

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA/ The signed contract between District Council 33 and Michael NUTTER is LONG OVERDUE. The long night of waiting was so unnecessary, and leaves a bad taste to be discussed again and again in groups and classes. The Mayor will get a peaceful end of term; the public and DC 33’s Pete […]

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