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Chaka Fattah, Challengers Have First Faceoff In University City

Chaka Fattah, Challengers Have First Faceoff In University City

Incumbent Congressman Chaka Fattah (D. Phila.) presented his case to 50 voters, alongside two of his challengers in the Apr. 26 primary: 9th Ward Leader Dan Muroff of Mt. Airy and State Rep. Brian Sims of Center City. The strong turnout indicated interest in this unusual and closely watched contest. Normally Fattah, who has served […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Voters Sour On Pa. Government

by Joe Shaheeli If Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf were pitted against the Republican-controlled General Assembly in a two-way race right now, Wolf would win by a landslide. So says a Franklin & Marshall College Poll conducted Jan. 18-23. “The January Poll shows more registered voters continue to hold the State legislature (52%) than the Governor […]

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OUR OPINION: Voters, Please Sign Nominating Petitions

Nominating petitions are being circulated by political campaigners to get their candidates on the primary ballot for the Republican and Democratic Parties this spring. They have 19 days left to meet their quota and turn in their petitions to Harrisburg. They need voters to help. Voters who are registered in the party their candidate is […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Petition Season Brings Politicians To The People

by Joe Shaheeli Pennsylvania’s political footsoldiers threw themselves into the tough entry-level task facing those who would run for state or national office in the Apr. 26 primary election: circulating nominating petitions to get their candidates on the ballot. This is tedious and often chilly work as well – doubly so this season, as much […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Party, Labor Unity Seen For Street

by Joe Shaheeli It could have been a mini-Democratic Convention, a sight probably never seen before at the venerable Berean Institute Building, 19th & Girard. The occasion was the passage of power, much as was seen when former Councilwoman Marian Tasco announced her retirement and bequeathed her 9th Dist. seat to then-Representative, now Councilwoman Cherelle […]

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Sen. Shirley Kitchen To Retire; Backs Sharif Street

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POLS ON THE STREET: Savage Endorsed To Replace Bishop In W. Philly House Seat

by Joe Shaheeli With two special elections slated for Mar 15, the 192nd and 200th, look for reelection announcements and those from challengers in several others. Lynwood Savage, who for 38 years has served as a committeeman in the 34th Ward, was endorsed last weekend as the Democratic candidate to replace State Rep. Louise Williams […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Mayor-Council Relationship Could Be Boon In Kenney Administration

by Joe Shaheeli Of the many Mayors this city has had, it can be said Mayor Jim Kenney is the one closest to fitting the adage “the round peg for the round hole”. Of all those who preceded him, the closest to fit that description in the past 60 years would have been John Street. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Special Election Expected For 192nd, 200th Dists.

by Joe Shaheeli Mar. 15 is remembered by most of us who attended high school as the “Ides of March”, when Julius Caesar was warned to beware of events on that day. Sure enough, Brutus and fellow senators did him in. So those aspiring to what could be a special election called for the 192nd […]

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Helen Gym Goes To The Head Of The Freshman Class

by Tony West Many people find careers in educational leadership. But in Philadelphia, where school achievement has been in short supply for decades, educational leadership has more often been a stumbling block than a stepping stone to high public office. Helen Gym has carved out an unusual career as a leader against the educational establishment, […]

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