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BY JOHN MORGANELLI, D.A. Northampton Co., Past President Pa. District Attorneys Ass’n/ Judges are sworn to uphold the Constitution and protect our constitutional form of government. But what happens when judicial self-interest collides with the Constitution? Pennsylvania may be on the precipice of a constitutional crisis. In 1989 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld Pennsylvania’s Constitution […]

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BY MICHAEL MEEHAN, ESQ., Counsel To Republican City Committee/ Philadelphians have long felt the inequities of the real-estate assessment process. With the advent of the Internet, every resident can check on the assessment of their neighbor, their local politician and even their local newspaper. Why the difference between seemingly identical properties? One line of thinking […]

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MATT MYERS’ Spring Fling was a resounding success. The South Philadelphia Ward Leader from a famous political family continues to draw the best and brightest of the Philadelphia political community. Myers hosted a packed event to support Ward 39B. Among VIPs were mayoral hopeful STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS, City COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA, Common Pleas Court […]

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BY DENISE CLAY/ One thing I’ve figured out about Philadelphia in the 10-plus years I’ve been here is that most people don’t leave their neighborhoods. At all if they can help it…. In fact, there are folks who don’t even leave their particular block if they can help it. Among those folks are the kids […]

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Yo! Here we go again with these tool “truisms”. DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal-bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner   where nothing could […]

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Below are the ballot positions for and ballot numbers for all citywide candidates in both parties in the Philadelphia Co. primary election on May 21, 2013. Primary Ballot Numbers. May 21 001         VIC STABILE                                            SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE         (R) 002         ANNE MARIE COYLE                            JUDGE COMMON PLEAS           (R) 003         KENNETH J POWELL JR                       JUDGE COMMON PLEAS           (R) […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/  The endorsed slate of judges has something for every segment of the Democratic Party this primary. But the possibility not all of that ticket will reach the finish continues to grow. Irish eyes belonging to third-time-running candidate Anne Marie Coyle may continue to smile at the end of primary night. For two […]

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AVI continues to dominate the agenda as City Council’s Committee of the Whole took testimony on the Mayor’s budget, with a focus on the hottest issue in town. All city departments seeking funding authority are now required to transmit testimony to Council, but only heads of departments with current operating budgets greater than $5 million […]

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The Actual Value Initiative may produce a major windfall for the City – although the Nutter Administration denies this, saying the controversial mass property reevaluation is “revenue-neutral”. Other observers are less sure of that. But like every other effort resulting in fee or license or tax increases, the money will be spent almost before it […]

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BY MICHAEL P. BOYLE, ESQ./If you’ve paid attention to the ongoing debate about the federal budget deficit, you know many have warned of the dangers posed by the rising costs of Medicare. Some have advocated for raising the age of eligibility for Medicare to 67. There are, however, other, less-drastic steps the federal government can […]

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