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The campaigning went on as Hurricane Sandy approached, stirred up a mess and roared on. STATE SEN. LARRY FARNESE’S fundraiser drew former DA LYNNE ABRAHAM. She is a member of Archer Greiner, which hosted the highly successful event. Also attending the Archer Greiner fundraiser was casino magnate hopeful BART BLATSTEIN. Blatstein formally announced this week […]

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Last Friday, US Senate candidates Republican businessman TOM SMITH and incumbent Democrat SEN. BOB CASEY participated in their one and only debate. Many pundits claimed Casey won. This elephant believes Smith won, merely because he forced Casey to take him seriously enough to debate him. Even if Casey had won, it probably would not have […]

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Blatstein Casino Approval Would Bring 3,500 Jobs

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POLS ON THE STREET: ’70’ Off Course With Registration Attacks

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Once again, Committee of 70’s Executive Dir. Zachary Stalberg, well-meaning though his efforts are, continues to spread statistics and facts that reflect adversely on the efforts of the City Commissioners’ Registration Division. His most-recent criticism of the Registration Division, as reported in the Pennsylvania Independent internet blog by Eric Boehm, is, “The City […]

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LEGISLATIVE WRAP: Heard On The Hill

STACK CALLS CITY TAXES ‘NATIONAL JOKE’ Calling the City of Philadelphia “a national joke” on property-tax collection, State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) has again called on Mayor Michael Nutter to focus on collecting delinquent property-taxes rather than continue to pursue the Mayor’s Actual Value Initiative property-tax overhaul plan. Stack sent a letter to the Mayor […]

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You do and we do and all Philadelphians do! No matter how slow or how busy the play, we will all share in a reduction of property taxes which are sure to rise dramatically by this time next year. That’s why State Rep. Rosita Youngblood fought hard to retrieve the ball from others and throw […]

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Johnson Refutes ‘Land Grab’ In Pt. Breeze — Will Meet Developers

BY RORY McGLASSON/ Councilman Kenyatta Johnson wants to sit down with developers  who are concerned about the City’s plan to acquire property through eminent domain in Point Breeze. Johnson has come under-fire from some local developers after introducing a bill – on behalf of the Mayor and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority – to acquire dozens of properties […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Send Jobs, Please, Gov. Corbett

SAM STATEN, JR.’S Laborers’ Union held its annual awards dinner at the Sheraton City Center. The hotel is one of the only unionized hotels left in the city. The main honoree was WALT HIGGINS, Laborers’ Local 57 business manager. Higgins has worked tirelessly to compel the state and federal governments to invest in infrastructure. Infrastructure […]

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One conversation that’s been going on much more than usual during this campaign season is whether or not folks in pulpits should have any say in our politics. Because churches are nonprofit organizations, they’re given a special look when it comes to taking a stand on just about anything. Even if it’s something like “Which […]

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Yo! Here we go again with this article sent to me by Rita H., a reader. She says that you are to read it slowly and quietly, think about each item and then then pass it on to someone whom you care for. To realize the value of a sister/brother, ask someone who doesn’t have […]

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