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POLS ON THE STREET: DA’s Race Still Too Early to Call, but….

POLS ON THE STREET: DA’s Race Still Too Early to Call, but….

BY JOE SHAHEELI Though the seven Democratic candidates for DA are doing their best to win the endorsement of any group that could mean money and ground troops, we’ve learned we need to see which of this city’s major unions step into the arena with endorsements, guaranteeing big campaign contributions and a field army of […]

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BRADY VS. RENDELL: Should Ward Leaders Be Weakened?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Former District Attorney, Mayor, Governor and head of the Democratic National Party Ed Rendell has come back to his roots as a reformer, claiming the number of this City’s elected leaders who wind up in trouble with the law can be laid at the feet of the Democratic Party’s ward leaders and […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Stop Beating up on Williams

BY JOE SHAHEELI Hats off to WHYY’s Bobby Allyn, new to the public service radio station, who revealed to the world the Feds had installed a secret video camera in front of the Overbrook home of our beleaguered DA Seth Williams to spy on him before they indicted him. He found that nugget when the […]

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Dwight Evans Goes Public in First Town Hall Mtg.

BY TONY WEST “This is my first town-hall meeting, but it won’t be my last.” Congressman Dwight Evans (D-Phila.) ended his first community meeting, at Drexel University, on this “see you later” note. Throughout a two-hour engagement largely devoted to fielding citizens’ questions, the new 2nd Dist. representative kept stressing that his mission is to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: DA Candidates Need to Learn a Lesson

BY JOE SHAHEELI District Attorney candidate Joe Khan boasts his campaign has raised over $500,000, attributing this to almost 900 donors and a median contribution of $200. Khan’s campaign has more than doubled its contribution total since the last reporting period ended only three months ago. But he needs to use it wisely. An important […]

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Untermeyer Hopes 2nd Time’s the Charm

BY GREG SALISBURY Michael Untermeyer doesn’t need this. He doesn’t need the scrutiny, the rebuilding of trust and morale, the litany of small and big stuff to be sweated … in short, he doesn’t need the job. And yet, the 65-year-old is running – again – to become Philadelphia’s next district attorney. After decades spent […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Write-ins Made the Difference in the Wild 197th Dist. Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams may have reminded voters in the Pennsylvania’s 197th House Dist. his office’s Election Fraud Task Force would be another agency checking out problems during Tuesday’s special elections. What made his unit so effective was the fact the Task Force’s hotline was staffed by Spanish-speaking detectives, as […]

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How Linda Kerns Cleared the Ballot in the 197th

BY TONY WEST It may have been the fact Freddy Ramírez couldn’t explain if he was 59 or 69 years old that won Linda Kerns’ case for her. The endorsed Democratic candidate for the 197th Legislative Dist. had submitted reams of official documents – tax returns, bank statements, security clearances, magazine subscriptions, driver’s licenses – […]

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Krasner Tilts the DA’s Race Progressive

BY GREG SALISBURY In a district attorney’s race that is notable for the striking number of similarities between the candidates looking to succeed Seth Williams as Philadelphia’s top elected law-enforcement official, Larry Krasner stands out if for no other reason than that he is the only candidate to compare himself to former Democratic presidential candidate […]

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Judicial Ballot Positions Drawn; They’re Off and Running!

The Pennsylvania Dept. of State drew ballot positions for Philadelphia County Common Pleas and Municipal Court candidates this morning. There are 10 vacancies in Common Pleas Court. The ballot order among Democrats is: 1 Judge Stella Tsai 2 Vikki Kristiansson 3 Deborah Cianfrani 4 John Macoretta 5 Rania Major 6 Henry McGregor Sias 7 Lawrence […]

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