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POLS ON THE STREET: Butkovitz Out Of The Race; Bon Jovi In On Race Relations

POLS ON THE STREET: Butkovitz Out Of The Race; Bon Jovi In On Race Relations

CITY CONTROLLER ALAN BUTKOVITZ surprised everyone by announcing he will not run for Mayor of Philadelphia in the upcoming Democratic primary. Butkovitz for months had been planning such a run. In fact, word on the street was that he would announce this week that he was an official candidate and resign as City Controller. But […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Fattah’s Fate Is Key To Other Seats

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ City Controller Alan Butkovitz has eyed the Mayor’s seat as an ultimate goal in his long career as an elected official. Through the years, he represented his legislative district well, understood the moves necessary to insure successful elections, and then easily took the seat as City Controller when odds seemed to be […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: McGinty Is Good Choice For Tom Wolf’s Chief Of Staff

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ One thing everyone notices about Katie McGinty, just named Chief of Staff by Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf, is her smile. It is contagious. We wish her well in her new post, because we see it as a sign Gov. Wolf will be using her as a shield from the Democratic Party leaders around […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Labor Was Key To High Philadelphia Turnout For Wolf

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Glad we were not alone in predicting a low turnout. We predicted 18%, which was half of the 36.43% of registered voters who came out to vote. We were not alone, though that doesn’t offer us any consolation. We believe the efforts put into the Wolf campaign to make it victorious came […]

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Election-Day Lunch At Famous Deli And Relish

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OUT & ABOUT: Could Willie Brown Shut Election Down With SEPTA Strike?

For the next few days, those of us who rely on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA as it’s commonly known, are going to be looking toward Ohio. Not literally. Metaphorically. That’s because the only way to keep Transport Workers Union Local 234 from actually participating in the strike that its members authorized with […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Corbett Still Confident In Governor’s Race; McCaffery Wise To Step Down

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Gov. Tom Corbett says he’s feeling good. He doesn’t believe the public polls. “If I were down by the published poll spreads, why would they let Bill Clinton campaign in Pittsburgh and Barack Obama in Philadelphia for Tom Wolf ?” he noted acidly. Corbett continued, “We’re very comfortable with where we are […]

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Cawley Revs Up GOP Members At Pre-Election Gathering

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POLS ON THE STREET: SRC Blows Guv’s Race Off Stage

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green’s decision suddenly to cancel the contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has disrupted both the worlds of education and politics in this city. It has blindsided school union leaders, parent organizations, and other groups associated with pushing to improve the quality of education in city […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Doc Gives Tom Wolf A Six-Figure Kiss

Many Philly big shots showed up at a JOHN DOUGHERTY fundraising event for TOM WOLF recently. At the event the Local 98 Leader handed the gubernatorial frontrunner a $100,000 check. On stage with Wolf was City Democratic Chairman CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY. Also attending the fundraiser to support the ticket were COUNCILMEN JIM KENNEY, MARK SQUILLA […]

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