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POLS ON THE STREET: Stein Discrediting Both Major Parties

POLS ON THE STREET: Stein Discrediting Both Major Parties

by Joe Shaheeli Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s attempts to recount votes in three states in an effort to derail the election of Donald Trump has become a burden on both the Commonwealth’s major parties as well as those in the other two states in which she issued challenges. Party regulars know the score […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: The Permanent Interests of Black Americans

by Bob Johnson “We have no permanent enemies, no permanent friends, just permanent interests.” Former Congressman William L. Clay, Sr. (D-Mo.) enunciated this strategy at the founding of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971. How should Black American voters respond to the tectonic political shift and the stress of a permanently divided nation that the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Some Voters Undecided Until They Enter the Booth

by Joe Shaheeli The Zogby Analytics Newswire, highly respected, confirmed what we have been saying off and on that “4%” of the voters don’t know for whom they will be voting until they enter the election booth. Zogby’s post-election poll results show several key factors drove Trump win; a plurality of voters not positive about […]

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Feibush Wins Mixed Victory over Ward Leader Nesmith

by Ryan Briggs Philadelphia developer and former City Council candidate Ori Feibush won $45,000 in a suit against 2nd Ward Leader Ed Nesmith and an associated PAC for allegedly defrauding him out of $106,000 in campaign funds last year. The lawsuit revolved around Nesmith’s apparent failure to deliver get-out-the-vote services for Feibush, who ran a […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: City’s Political Leaders Blast Hate Groups

by Joe Shaheeli Mayor Jim Kenney made it obvious this week Philadelphia will not tolerate hate groups. His statement is on P. 14 of this issue. Republican City Committee Chair Joseph DeFelice did the same. His statement, in part, follows: DeFelice stated, “In our city Republican party we have ward leaders who are members of […]

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OUR OPINION: Dems’ Downballot Heroes

Democrats who are looking for good news in the wake of the General Election may need to resort to a telescope. Hillary Clinton’s victory in the popular vote did little to advance their party’s fortunes at either the national or state levels. One problem that has plagued the Democratic Party in recent years is a […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Clinton Strategy Worked in Philly, But Not Pa.

by Joe Shaheeli It’s more obvious than ever, Philadelphia and its neighboring counties do not relate to Pennsylvania, other than finding some kin in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Scranton and Allentown, where there are strong Democratic political operations with hefty registration numbers. Wisely, Hillary Clinton doubled down on Philadelphia with rally after rally, ending election eve with […]

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OUR OPINION: No Kumbaya in Sight

Aside from general relief that the two-year-long presidential race is over, expect no coming together of the American people, either in Harrisburg or Washington. While Democrats maintain their grip on Pennsylvania’s executive offices, Republicans still hold the General Assembly beyond dispute. Two years of gridlock have failed to budge many of the Commonwealth’s pressing problems […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Record Millions Heaped on Pa. Elections

by Joe Shaheeli It’s scandalous and outrageous and downright stupid and it only turns off voters when they find out how expensive has become the Pennsylvania’s US Senate race has become. The flood of spending from candidates and outside groups has set a record in the contest between Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Judges of Election Caught up In Court Tangles

by Joe Shaheeli Left without a voice in their own business are Democratic elected judges of election. And there are more than 1,000 of them. For years they’ve had to hold curbside elections prior to opening their polling places on election morning. Needed to be filled were the election board posts of minority inspector and […]

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