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Opening in the 181st?

Opening in the 181st?

BY RYAN BRIGGS Sources have stated longtime State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D-N. Phila.) may retire and back community organizer Malcolm Kenyatta as his successor in North Philadelphia’s 181st House District in next year’s election. Kenyatta, who served as a delegate for former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, recently formed a political action […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Busy Lt. Guv Field Favors Stack

BY JOE SHAHEELI The Democratic primary race is seeing an unusual cluster of early candidates. That sounds like bad news for incumbent Lt. Gov. Mike Stack – but could prove to be good news. Usually, incumbents are walked on base by their party’s voters. But Stack ran into a patch of bad news earlier this […]

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(Pols ) POLS ON THE STREET: Fresh from Vegas, Ciancaglini Eyes S. Philly Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI The 184th Legislative District seems to have a magnetic allure for political newcomers this year. This seat, representing the South Philadelphia neighborhoods of Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Pennsport and Whitman, has been served since 1993 by State Rep. Bill Keller. A longshoreman by trade, Keller has quietly tended his largely blue-collar constituency […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly Sheds Light on Voting by Aliens

BY JOE SHAHEELI City Commissioner Al Schmidt has made a prominent contribution to a hotly debated national controversy over how many aliens vote in U.S. elections. A study conducted by Schmidt’s office found 220 non-citizens “who were registered to vote in Philadelphia at some point between 2006 and 2017,” reported City Commission’s lone Republican member. […]

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Fiedler Tests S. Philly’s Hunger for Change

BY TONY WEST Elizabeth Fiedler is running for office with a three-month-old baby at her side. “Walking” might be a better way to put it. But it’s not a bad way to meet people. Parents of newborns spend lots of time walking; and meeting lots of people is the key to a successful challenge in […]

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LABOR DAY: Time to Put Workers First

BY RICK BLOOMINGDALE, President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Labor Day is a time to remember and honor the achievements of working people across America. For our country and our Commonwealth, it’s been a long year. Today, we see more opposition from corporate special interests than ever before. Our economy remains skewed in favor of corporations who ship […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Clam Bake Bolsters Philly GOP

The annual Billy Meehan Clam Bake was held on Sunday, Aug. 27 at Cannstatter on Academy Road. The event started at 4 p.m. and ran until 7 p.m. Keynote speaker was BOB PADUCHIK, Republican National Committee Co-Chair. Republican City Committee CHAIRMAN MIKE MEEHAN was the master of ceremonies for the event named for his father, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: GOP Upswing In Philly

BY JOE SHAHEELI While national attention has focused on the Democratic Party’s weakness in declining rural areas, urban Philadelphia is showing clear signs of decay in the Dems’ brand as well. Philadelphia Republicans shaved 31,728 off their voter-registration deficit against their Democratic competitors in the past year. That’s one-third of the total statewide decline of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Street Scores a Hit on Gun Bill

BY JOE SHAHEELI Entering the General Assembly as a freshman, in the minority party, is a humbling experience. Ask any veteran lawmaker how much influence he had during the first six months of his career. It’s obvious the freshman’s main job is to keep his nose down and his ears open. Rarely does he get […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: State Rep Rumbles Are Underway

BY JOE SHAHEELI As if there wasn’t enough happening in the turbulent political waters of 2017, a few of its local mariners already have an eye on the distant beacon of the 2018 primary election. State representative races are the easiest opportunities for newcomers to try to make an entry into elected officialdom. Two adjoining […]

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