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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ He’s been out of the political circuit, but an active audience participant for over two decades. He couldn’t be active in politics, but there was nothing to stop him from applauding for those he supported. But now, look for Philadelphia Arraignment Court Magistrate Timothy P. O’Brien finally to become an active participant in […]

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Bill Gault, President, IAFF Local 22, has lauded another court action favoring their contract efforts. He writes: “Philadelphia’s 4,000 active and retired firefighters appreciate Common Pleas Court Judge Idee Fox’s recently issued Opinion in support of her Nov. 19, 2012 Order denying the Nutter administration’s petition to vacate our most recent Act 111 award. “Judge […]

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Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan has blasted the School District for its move to outsource Head Start services. He said, “More disturbing than the School District laying off hundreds of early-childhood education workers in favor of outsourcing Head Start services is the increasing acceptance of drastic reductions in the services we provide our […]

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The Mayor’s launching of his Actual Value Initiative onto the properties of this city will put a serious hurt on the economy if it lands unchanged. No matter what is said, AVI, as it now stands, will take more money from those who cannot afford it, to pay for more public “Initiatives”. Haven’t we yet […]

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Taxpayers in Philadelphia should have a City government that is efficient, effective and delivers the most value to citizens. That’s the goal of two bills introduced by Councilman Bill Green and unanimously passed by City Council mandating program-based budgeting for how the City spends its operating funds and a cost-benefit analysis for every project proposed […]

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SEPTA’s impact on the region and the state, as well as the transit system’s critical and unfunded needs, were the subject of discussion during a Pennsylvania House of Appropriations Committee meeting last week. SEPTA General Mgr. Joseph M. Casey offered testimony and answered a wide-range of questions from state representatives. Casey said his purpose was […]

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BY DENISE CLAY/ If you’re not busy today, and you’re a fight fan, you might want to head down to 440 N. Broad Street, otherwise known as the School District of Philadelphia building. I say this because if you like a good fight, you’ll get front-row seats for a real donnybrook today. You see, the […]

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The privatization of the Liquor Control Board has become a priority of the Corbett Administration. Many believe that successful privatization of the Commonwealth’s liquor business is important to improving the Governor’s weak approval ratings. According to a recent poll, roughly 70% of the people in the Philadelphia-area five counties want the cheaper prices and expansive […]

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The personal grudge match between Supreme Court JUSTICES RON CASTILLE and SEAMUS McCAFFERY has gone to a new level. A front-page Philadelphia Inquirer article discussed the referral fees Justice McCaffery’s wife LISA RAPAPORT apparently received while working as the chief judicial aide for Justice McCaffery. There appeared to be no ethical violations or any wrongdoing. […]

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