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Why Our Delegation Supported Pa. Budget Philadelphia State Sens. Christine Tartaglione (D-Kensington) and Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.) and State Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-S. Phila.) reflected the thoughts of many of the Philadelphia delegations who also supported the Senate version of the new State budget because it showed increased investments in basic and higher education. The […]

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Obama Official Addresses City Hall Iftar Dinner

Raheemah Abdulaleem, a born-and-bred Philadelphian and senior associate general counsel in the executive office of President Barack Obama, keynoted the Iftar Dinner at City Hall last Thursday evening. Hosted by Laborers’ District Counsel Business Mgr. Ryan Boyer and City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., the dinner in the Mayor’s meeting room marked the end of Ramadan […]

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Pols On The Street: DNC Must Weather Protests

by Joe Shaheeli Seems every time this city winds up in the center of a national event, someone comes in to rain on our parade. With the Democratic National Convention slated to attract worldwide attention during the last week in July, there is worry unscheduled, unpermitted protest parades will keep City safety forces on overtime, […]

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Philadelphia Budget Shows Skilled Hands at Work

by Tony West How often does the City of Philadelphia draw international attention for the swift and daring completion of its annual budget? Welcome to 2016. Mayor Jim Kenney’s Sugary Drinks Tax initiative (which wound up as a Sugary/Sweetened Drinks Tax) caught the eye of the world. But the rest of the budget process – […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Philly Ever Learn How to Handle Protests??

by Joe Shaheeli Why in the world would anyone want to not give Cheri Honkala a permit to protest? She’s the lady who for years has staged demonstrations, set up tent cities, and staged blockades in her constant efforts to draw attention to the fact we have homeless, the poor get poorer, and human rights […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Make Philly Politicians Easy Pickings

by Joe Shaheeli When Ed Rendell decided to run for District Attorney against Democratic incumbent F. Emmett Fitzpatrick in 1978, he was a neophyte in every sense of the word. What he had going for him was the image of a “change for the better” – helped by the incumbent, who nurtured the image of […]

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Latino Heads Major Union Local

Engraved in this union leader’s mind is the picture of a forlorn, skinny little boy in tattered clothes who would come every morning to the gate of the military compound in Bosnia where he was stationed and say, “Pepsi.” To Estebán Vera, Jr., now Laborer’s District Council’s Local 57 business manager, and the other US […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Odds Favor Tax on All Sweet Drinks

by Joe Shaheeli Odds markets have moved from “no way” to “probable” Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposal to raise additional revenues for his pre-K program, which he strongly believes will reduce the number of students who may drop out of school in their later years. He’s worked hard at putting together a pro-Pre-K bloc, which now […]

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Hometown Delegates Will Have Short Commute to DNC

by Tony West Thirty-four delegates to the Democratic National Convention won’t be coming to Philadelphia in July. That’s because they’re already here. Most delegates were elected in the April primary, with numbers allotted by congressional district. Three Districts – the 1st, 2nd and 13th – include parts of Philadelphia as well of Delaware and Montgomery […]

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Men, Keep Healthy – Keep Your Home

by Sheriff Jewell Williams June is Men’s Health Month, a time recognized by Congress to not only raise awareness of men’s health issues, but also inform and encourage them to get a checkup, take advantage of free screenings, and commit to eating healthier and exercising. Good health also means fewer medical expenses, which translates into […]

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