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by Joe Shaheeli Once in a while we join the prognosticators in how races will end up. We stopped hesitating a couple weeks ago after watching some of the bell-weather stats coming from both gubernatorial camps. We think we have Gov. Tom Corbett’s strategy down pat, but haven’t yet figured out Tom Wolf’s direction. We […]

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Commute Aging Lifers Whatever the reason those in their teens and twenties are sentenced to life in prison, it is obvious over the years, they change dramatically, with their brains growing wiser and their bodies succumbing to the problems associated with aging. Case after case, especially in our state prisons, “old heads” have proven true […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Political Partying Lights Up The Jersey Shore

CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY’S annual Brady Bash at the shore was once again a big smash. The Democratic City Chairman hosted a packed house at Westy’s in N. Wildwood over the weekend. Among the VIPs and ward leaders were former gubernatorial candidate KATIE MCGINTY, WARD LEADERS PAT PARKINSON, MIKE MCALEER, LORI & MARTY BEDNAREK, STATE SEN. […]

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PA. 4TH SENATE DIST.: Contender Art Haywood

BY TONY WEST/ Art Haywood knows his way around housing in this city. If he succeeds in replacing State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest) in the 4th Senatorial Dist., he will soon be keeping a watchful eye on the real estate of 250,000 people in Northwest Philadelphia and Cheltenham, Abington and Springfield in Montgomery Co.   […]

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PA. 4TH SENATE DIST.: Contender Robin Gilchrist

Robin Gilchrist may be living up to his namesake, the red robin that bravely appears on a cold wintry day as a symbol of a spring bringing relief. This Robin Gilchrist, who until State Sen. LeAnna Washington lost her seat in the primary past, could only chirp away with few listeners. Today, he has hopes […]

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Pols On The Street: Time To Acquit Philadelphia Traffic Court Jurists!

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ From some witnesses and the few faithful attendees who go to watch the Feds’ efforts to make their charges against five Traffic Court judges seem valid to a jury of sensible people, we have learned much; and now urge the defense attorneys to request the presiding judge to rule an end to […]

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PLAYING EARLY HANDS: 2 Mayoral Contenders, Williams and Butkovitz, Show Their Strengths

WILLIAMS CAMPAIGN DELIVERS MESSAGE WITH MEETING BY TONY WEST/It’s too early for formal announcements for the 2015 mayoral race. But vigorous testing of the waters has begun. An important step toward the Mayor’s office was taken last week when State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.) convened a cross-section of city leaders from different walks of […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Philly Wants Dem Convention For The Money, Honey

Pennsylvania statewide elections usually pit regions of the state against each other. It’s a classic East vs. West match up. It’s Philadelphia City Hall vs. Pittsburgh’s City County Building. So the cities will square off once again along with 13 other cities that are competing to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Former GOV. ED […]

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What’s Behind Wolf’s Momentum?

BY NATHAN SHRADER/ Tom Wolf has been transformed from an unknown York businessman and dark horse gubernatorial candidate to the Democratic frontrunner faster than a Nolan Ryan fastball. Wolf’s rapid rise in the polls is due to a combination of effective advertising, a well-crafted message, and a willingness to spend resources in a strategically sound […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Call The Roller Of Big Cigars…

Tuesday night, Republican City Committee held a cigar fundraiser at the United Republican Club. The event was very well attended despite the icy snow and rain. Each attendee received a pack of cigars and had the opportunity to pair the cigars with tastings of scotch and bourbon. Two cases of wine from Moldova were also […]

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