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OUR OPINION: Awaiting A State Budget!

In the meantime … in-between time … backed up for a second year are State budgets. Because of this failure by the General Assembly and the Administration to bring Budget One to fruition (and it could happen again with deliberations for Budget Two), there are problems. For instance, School Districts are cash-strapped. This was brought […]

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Can Pa. Constitutional Amendment Bring Jobs Back To Philly?

by Tony West A broad-based coalition announced Friday it will push legislation in Harrisburg to give Philadelphia the power to tax commercial real estate more heavily than homeowners’ real estate. If it succeeds, it will change the Pennsylvania Constitution and make history. The legislation would modify the Commonwealth’s uniformity clause to enable Philadelphia to enact […]

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2nd Dist. City Democrats Endorse Fattah For Congress

Last week the Philadelphia Democratic Ward Leaders of the 2nd Congressional Dist. endorsed incumbent Congressman Chaka Fattah for renomination in the April primary. The vote was 16 for Fattah, 11 for State Rep. Dwight Evans (D-N. Phila.) and 1 for 9th Ward Leader Dan Muroff. Lower Merion Township Commissioner, the fourth candidate in this primary […]

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INSIDE SCOOP ON THE OSCARS: A Philadelphian Ex-Hollywood Insider’s Perspective

by Nathan Lerner Were you able to score tickets to Los Angeles’ Dolby Center for the 88th annual Academy Awards festivities? If not, don’t despair. There is an appealing alternative, which is considerably closer to home. The Philadelphia Film Society will mark the occasion with a gala evening on Oscar night. Held at the Prince […]

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Pols On The Street: Chaka Vows To Run

by Joe Shaheeli “I’m running, period. No possibility of any other decision. I’m all in,” stated 2nd Dist. Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) in his response to our Philadelphia Public Record article last week stating he could be considering withdrawing from Democratic Apr. 26 primary. He also pointed out his campaign had filed 3,219 signatures and […]

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EXIT STRATEGY: Right Off the Front Pages

by Bonnie Squires Gov. Tom Wolf would do well to pack all the recalcitrant members of the state legislature into a bus and have them transported from Harrisburg to the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Broad Street in Philadelphia and make them watch Exit Strategy, the East Coast premiere of The Philadelphia Theatre Co.’s new production. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Chaka Opt Out Of 2nd District Race?

by Joe Shaheeli Ward endorsements are key to every race, with the 2nd Congressional Dist. entering that arena. That is because long-time incumbent Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) is defending himself, not only on the political front, but against criminal charges posted against him by the Feds. Growing chronicles of this additional headache have been covered […]

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Petitions Reveal Some District Fights – And Surprises – In Philadelphia

Without primary opposition are two city Congressmen: the 1st Dist.’s Bob Brady, who is also chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Committee and the 13th Dist.’s Brendan Boyle. 2nd Dist. Congressman Chaka Fattah, on the other hand, faces stiff challenges from State Rep. Dwight Evans and 9th Ward Leader Daniel Muroff. In the 1st State Senate […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Fattah Facing Strong Foes

by Joe Shaheeli To those in the know, politics remains local – maybe not so much to the average voter who gets his political knowledge from television tidbits, but to the rank and file and leadership of both parties in this city and state. That’s why now elbowing the political machinations of the national presidential […]

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Chaka Fattah, Challengers Have First Faceoff In University City

Incumbent Congressman Chaka Fattah (D. Phila.) presented his case to 50 voters, alongside two of his challengers in the Apr. 26 primary: 9th Ward Leader Dan Muroff of Mt. Airy and State Rep. Brian Sims of Center City. The strong turnout indicated interest in this unusual and closely watched contest. Normally Fattah, who has served […]

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