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STOPPING A.V.I.: ‘Collect Back Taxes First,’ Say N.E. Solons

BY TONY WEST/ Beleaguered Philadelphia homeowners staring at a back-door tax increase may find rescue in an unlikely place: Harrisburg. Concerns over Mayor Michael Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative have prompted two state lawmakers to scrutinize the plan more closely. State Sen. Mike Stack and State Rep. Mike McGeehan (both D-Northeast) are offering alternative solutions that would […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ What made State Rep. John Taylor’s annual Historical Site Cigar & Wine Tasting at Colonial Dames headquarter on Latimer Street so exceptional this time? It wasn’t the cigars, or the various wines, or the VIP crowd of regular supporters who appreciate Taylor’s solid performances in the State General Assembly as the 177th Dist.’s […]

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BY JOHN KROMER & DAVID LYNN/ Three of the incumbent State Representatives who ran for re-election in the 2012 primary were not particularly dynamic. Their challengers were well-spoken, attractive, and well-financed. The results: one challenger won, another came close and is well positioned for a 2014 rematch, and a third lost badly. Here’s how it happened. […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Clover Club Gets Festive

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Among the State Rep candidates and incumbents who won were EDDIE NEILSON, JORDAN HARRIS, KEVIN BOYLE and JIM ROEBUCK. Long-time incumbent STATE REP. BABETTE JOSEPHS lost by a narrow margin. She had always been able to fend off young challengers in the past and the smart money was on her this time. Regardless, her 28 […]

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Gone, But Not Forgotten: City Pays Homage To Fallen Police & Fire Officers At Living Flame Memorial Service

By RORY McGLASSON It’s been 23 days since the city lost two firefighters in a Kensington blaze, so this year’s tribute to fallen police and fire officials was more somber than usual. Two Philadelphia Fire Department firefighters – Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney –died in the line of duty, following a five-alarm fire […]

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Primary Lessons: Upset In The 182nd

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Primary Lessons: Upset In The 182nd

By JOHN KROMER and DAVID LYNN Three of the incumbent State Representatives who ran for reelection in the 2012 primary were not particularly dynamic or accomplished. Their challengers were well-spoken, attractive, and well-financed. The results: One challenger won, another came close and is well positioned for a 2014 rematch, and a third lost badly. Let’s […]

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Biggest win of this primary season went to attorney Brian Sims, who toppled veteran State Rep. Babette Josephs in the 182nd Dist. in the Democrat primary election. This district, which takes in portions of Center City and South Philadelphia, is the center of the gay community has enough strength to favor Sims becoming the first […]

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Can You Live On $5 A Day?

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Can You Live On $5 A Day?

Congressman Bob Brady headed a contingent of elected officials, as they joined the Jewish Federation and the Coalition Against Hunger to kick off a week-long Greater Philadelphia Food Stamp Challenge. Brady and other participants, including Mayor Michael Nutter, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, and State Reps. Vanessa Brown, Cherelle Parker, Brendan Boyle, Gene DiGirolamo and Tony […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ The one City agency that listens to no one, except possibly the Mayor, is the Water Dept. That’s because its Commissioner is empowered by the City Charter to set rates to insure we have enough revenue for that Department to insure we drink safe, sanitary water and we don’t drown in our […]

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BY MARIA MERLINO/ Patrick Murphy held the heart of South Philadelphia Tuesday night. Murphy, a candidate for attorney general got 63.4% of the vote in Philadelphia. However, with a light voter turnout, his opponent, Kathleen Kane took the majority in upstate Pennsylvania. Fueled by a $1.75 million loan to her own campaign, Kane held a […]

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