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POLS ON THE STREET: Pa. Society Big Buck Raiser

POLS ON THE STREET: Pa. Society Big Buck Raiser

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ State Treasurer Bob McCord won’t have open purse strings ready for him to dip into as when he ran for governor in the Democratic primary, which is why he has look over his shoulder almost daily at the fundraising ability of his announced challenger Joe Torsella, who made it known at the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: GOP Dignitaries Pitch In For Al Schmidt

GOP Dignitaries Honor Schmidt Public Record columnist Maria Merlino covered GOP 5th Ward Leader Mike Cibik’s hosting of City Commissioner Al Schmidt’s fundraiser and reports, “Many good things were communicated about the young politician with his good work ethic. ‘His wonderful parents raised him well,’ confided wife of nine years, Erin. Chairman of the Republican City […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Singer Faces Toughest Fight

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ City Commissioner Stephanie Singer is deep into her reelection campaign, using her office to gain entry into a host of political events which have little to do with the responsibilities of her office. MAYOR Michael Nutter made good on his promise to Blackhawks Athletics Club who won Pop Warner Championship by bringing […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Polls Show Lynne Abraham Well Known To Voters

BY MARIA MERLINO/ After her rousing speech announcing her candidacy for Mayor of Philadelphia on Wednesday at the Franklin Institute, Lynne Abraham had her first official breakfast fundraiser, the next day at The Famous Deli on 4th & Bainbridge, compliments of Marty Samschick and owner Russ Cowan. It was a high-octane crowd and I’m told […]

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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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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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POLS ON THE STREET: Tom Wolf Should Be Wary Of Hunkering Down

by Joe Shaheeli A defensive mode in any scenario is a worrisome one, be it when the Eagles try to kill time which sometimes backfires on the field – or in politics, when a poll leader like Tom Wolf decides to hunker down. This last week has seen Wolf’s defensive mode cause a dip in […]

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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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