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POLS ON THE STREET: To Tax Or Not To Tax? Philly’s Sugary-Drinks Conudrum

POLS ON THE STREET: To Tax Or Not To Tax? Philly’s Sugary-Drinks Conudrum

by Joe Shaheeli Mayor Jim Kenney’s $300 million bond initiative to rebuild parks, recreation centers and libraries, and fund pre-K education is the main drama on Philadelphia’s political stage today. It is facing fierce opposition because it would fund these essential institutions (which no one opposes) by taxing sugary drinks. Sweetened beverages are a large […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Does Your Vote Count If Electoral College Decides Presidency?

Mike Reed, long-time political activist and gang fighter, poses the question and then answers it with his dissertation on why the Electoral College should be eliminated in favor of majority vote for President. He states both Democratic presidential candidates have weighed in on Mayor Jim Kenney’s sugary-drink tax. Clinton supports Kenney and Bernie Sanders has […]

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DNC Observes Jewish American Heritage Month At National Museum Of American Jewish History

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Floyd Was Key To Shapiro’s Philly Victory

by Tony West To win the Democratic nomination for State Attorney General, Montco Commissioner Josh Shapiro had to sell his Philadelphia neighbors. And he did – despite the opposition of Philadelphia Democratic City Committee, whose favorite was Steve Zappala of Allegheny County. Veteran political consultant Maurice Floyd was a major reason why. He coordinated Shapiro’s […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Seek To Indict Sen. Larry Farnese

Attorney Gregory Harvey, known for his ability to thread his clients through political mazes, broke the news 1st Dist. State Sen. Larry Farnese was to be indicted by the US Dept. of Justice. We wish him well, but it reminds us that an elected seat starting with “First” is a jinx seat at best. The […]

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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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