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POLS ON THE STREET: Voter Photo ID Will Be Summer’s Topic

The voter photo-ID controversy won’t go away. Look for it to dominate political news at least till midsummer. That’s because Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson won’t be taking testimony as to its legality until July. He’ll make news in the spring if he decides to extend an injunction so its requirements are not needed in […]

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McGEEHAN KEEPS TRANSPORTATION CHAIR State Rep. Michael P. McGeehan (D-Northeast), the first Philadelphian to serve as Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee, has been appointed to a second consecutive term in that role. Embarking on his 12th consecutive term, McGeehan is the longest-serving State Representative in 173rd Legislative Dist. history. McGeehan’s goals for the […]

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The “fiscal cliff” and the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn. have been first and foremost in the news and deservedly so. While these issues have kept the closing of 37 public schools off the front page of many periodicals, they have not reduced the tone of the controversy. Earlier this month, the new Philadelphia Public […]

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Yo! Here we go again with these thoughts about New Year’s Eve. In the good old days, we always celebrated New Year’s Eve at home with our family and friends. It was also a celebration of having survived one year and looking forward to a better one to come. We would have tons of food […]

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The friends and family of two Philadelphia political titans closed out the holiday party season last week. Former STATE SEN. BOB ROVNER hosted another outstanding holiday party at Colleen’s in Palmyra, N.J. Philadelphia DA SETH WILLIAMS threw down on the dance floor with his lovely date STACY. Also dancing the night away was accountant extraordinaire […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: It’s Shopping Time For Endorsements

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Enjoy the Christmas and New Year holidays to the fullest, is the best advice we can give many of our readers in the political game. Because come Feb. 19, nominating petitions will be available for those seeking to run for the offices of Superior, Common Pleas, Municipal and Traffic Courts as well as […]

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Philadelphians who have had their electric service terminated should check into their eligibility for a state program that provides utility grants in crisis situations, advises State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington). As part of Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Dept. of Public Welfare has implemented the LIHEAP Crisis Exception Program. This program […]

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Don’t look for any breaks for Christmas or New Year’s, but the City of Philadelphia launched a new website that allows individuals to appeal parking tickets online, including the ability to upload documents in support of their appeal, as well as provides a user-friendly guide to the rules of the parking-ticket appeals process. The new […]

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BY STATE SEN. LeANNA WASHINGTON & SEN.-ELECT SEAN WILEY/ The Senate Democratic Policy Committee met in Erie to conduct a roundtable discussion about the Dept. of Public Welfare’s delivery of human services. At the meeting, we joined Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, as well as Democratic Policy Committee Chair State Sen. Lisa Boscola to hear […]

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BY PHILIP BROWNDEIS & LEE QUILLEN/ Earlier this month, the Rules Committee of City Council approved Bill 120920, which will permit a digital wall wrap sign on the Electric Factory building at 7th & Callowhill Streets. Our issue is not so much that we will clearly see the proposed digital sign from our windows; it […]

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