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POLS ON THE STREET: Great Turnout, Problem-Free Election – Courtesy Of Philadelphia City Commissioners

POLS ON THE STREET: Great Turnout, Problem-Free Election – Courtesy Of Philadelphia City Commissioners

by Joe Shaheeli We respect former Councilwoman Marian Tasco and believe her when she says she had little to do as a City Commissioner, her statements leading to a full onslaught by the main media and so-called advocates of “clean government” to dump on the City Commissioners. We know the reason why her duties were […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Doc Met Two Waterloos In Philadelphia Primary!

by Joe Shaheeli John Dougherty met his Waterloo Election Day, not once, but twice. The day before, he threw in the towel on his ambition to pay back the politically powerful Western Pennsylvania Zappala family. They had supported his campaign to win for his brother, Kevin, a State Supreme Court seat. Early on it looked […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philadelphia’s Crowded Ballot Could Fatigue Voters

A look at the ballot by voters may send some of them scrambling out of the machine without voting for each office where a choice is needed. That means between presidential candidates and the convention delegates there will be a wide spread in the vote totals, since almost everyone will first push their choice for […]

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Morganelli Ahead Of The Curve As Far As Attorney Generals Go

by Joe Shaheeli Every County in Pennsylvania has its own District Attorney. Yet only one is a record setter, getting elected seven times by the critical voters of Northampton County. He was first elected District Attorney at the age of 35 in 1991. Since then he has been relected every four years. His county’s voters […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philadelphia State House District Races Upstage Bigger Contests!

by Joe Shaheeli No matter how you cut it, there is nothing as exciting as a hotly contested legislative-district race. That’s when our highly touted and well-televised presidential candidates fade into the background. Many voters in Philadelphia will be surprised when they go to the polls Apr. 26 to find more than the average one […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Dems Drop Cohen In 202nd State House Race

by Joe Shaheeli The cement blend of Democratic Party endorsements and 42 years of service as the state representative from the 202nd Legislative Dist. is now crumbling under State Rep. Mark Cohen’s (D-Northeast) seat. The bulk of the ward leaders in that district have endorsed his opponent. Jared Solomon, who is again challenging 42-year incumbent […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Progressive Group Backs Chaka Fattah

by Joe Shaheeli Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) has been digging through his district picking up support in some areas and losing some in others. In what would have been a win-win situation for him in the 36th Ward, he was told by a long-time committeewoman, “Where have you been for the past 20 years?” His […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Phila. High Schoolers Love Sanders, Trump

Consider it official! If young people come out in big numbers in the Apr. 26 primary election, the winners will be Bernie Sanders as Democratic presidential candidate and Donald Trump as the Republican candidate. That’s what the results of mock elections have been predicting since the City Commissioners, under the initiative of Commissioner Lisa Deeley, […]

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Surprise! Neighborhood Networks Endorses Fattah

Congressman Chaka Fattah has picked up another significant endorsement, this one from the Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, unquestionably the leading progressive organization in the city and around the state. Its mission is to promote and support the policies of progressive candidates. In a lengthy statement announcing its endorsement, PNN said, “Congressman Chaka Fattah has an outstanding […]

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2016 PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR: Darrell Clarke, Master Of The Policy Shop

by Tony West Darrell Clarke came of age in a neighborhood with problems, in a city with problems, in an age of problems. Born in 1952 in Strawberry Mansion, Clarke saw the ravages of racism, poverty, injustice and conflict in North Philadelphia. Politics was in the air and on the streets in the 1960s and […]

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