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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Write-Ins Win the Day for Honkala?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Not only does longtime welfare activist Cheri Honkala face an uphill battle in her write-in campaign to win the special election for the 197th Dist. vacated by State Rep. Leslie Acosta, she now has had that effort turned into a slippery slope as well. Though she no longer holds the title, Acosta […]

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Deni All in on DA Candidacy

BY GREG SALISBURY How much does Teresa Carr Deni want to be Philadelphia’s next district attorney? Enough that she gave up a 21-year career as a municipal court judge that – thanks to the nature of retention elections, which provide voters not with a choice of opponents but with a simple yes-or-no vote on keeping […]

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Maria McLaughlin Scores Backing for Statewide Run

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POLS ON THE STREET: Welcome to the DA Circus

BY JOE SHAHEELI DA Seth Williams will soon feel the error of his ways; and we are not talking about how badly he handled his personal life, his office and his financial misfilings. He will suffer in silence forever, or maybe not, for caving in when the going got tough. With all the worst publicity […]

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Octavius Catto Lives on in Memory

BY ELDON GRAHAM The name “Octavius V. Catto” might not be famous nationwide today among the roster of historical African American figures. But he is definitely deserving of recognition and worth being mentioned alongside names such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and W.E.B. DuBois. In addition, his story unfolded right here in […]

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Black History Was Beautiful – for Kids

BY TONY WEST It was history writ small; history up close and personal; and most importantly, history passed down. African American history was marked by Southwest Philadelphia District Services at Kingsessing Recreation Center. Kingsessing is a largely Black, blue-collar community of two-story rowhomes. It lies far off the city’s museum trail and its modest residents […]

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Negrín: I Have the Skills to Run a Clean DA’s Office

BY GREG SALISBURY Everything you need to know about why Rich Negrín is so driven to return to the political whirlwind, little more than a year after resigning his post as Philadelphia’s managing director to join the politically connected law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, can be found on your phone. Or, more […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: State GOP Feels the Trump Card

BY JOE SHAHEELI Even though Philly’s Democratic Party, under the leadership of DCC Chairman Congressman Bob Brady, delivered a record-setting vote of over half million to Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) believes there are still rich pickings in the Commonwealth’s other counties that delivered record turnouts and majorities to […]

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New Name, Same Values in East Point Breeze

  By Eldon Graham Civic organizations in South Philadelphia often go unnoticed for the good deeds they strive to do. But when one group changes its name, it catches the eye. By any name, East Point Breeze Neighbors, formerly known as Newbold Neighbors, is about getting things done. On the last Wednesday of every month, […]

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Trump Should Heed How Philadelphia Controls Vote Fraud

By City Commissioner Lisa Deeley President Donald Trump, as a candidate and as president of the United States, has made a number of unsubstantiated claims regarding “voter fraud” surrounding the 2016 presidential election. The President contends votes of as many as 3 million people were illegitimate. If this were true, it would be the largest […]

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