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POLS ON THE STREET: Sabatina Sworn In For 5th Senate Seat

POLS ON THE STREET: Sabatina Sworn In For 5th Senate Seat

State Sen. John P. Sabatina, Jr. (D-Northeast) dropped the “elect” after his title when he was sworn into the 5th Dist. Senate Seat Tuesday in a ceremony on the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate. Sabatina was elected to lead the 5th Senatorial Dist. in a May 19 special election. “It’s been an honor to represent […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Republican Presidential Candidates Coming Here

by Joe Shaheeli Want to see the potential 2016 Republican nominee for President without leaving the City of Brotherly Love? Soon you can! The 2015 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference will be taking place Jun. 18-20 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Considered the premier political event of the year, the Conference will feature a who’s […]

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Pols On The Street: Brady’s Team Does It Again!

by Joe Shaheeli No matter what was predicted by the main media, television pundits, especially self-proclaimed experts and political consultants, the Philadelphia Democratic Executive Committee, under the leadership of its longest-reigning chairman Congressman Bob Brady, wiped out most of the high-spending independent candidates who challenged its endorsed ticket. According to primary results the members of […]

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Pols On The Street: What A Well Oiled Machine!

 by Joe Shaheeli It was obvious as the returns rolled in Tuesday night, money talks, and it did so loudly drowning out the voices of those who thought they were in a campaign. Rolling in clover were Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney and Councilmen at Large-Elect Allan Domb, Derek Green, Bill Greenlee and Councilwomen at Large-Elect Blondell […]

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Pols On The Street: Will Polling, TV Ads Beat Ground Game In Philadelphia Primary Races?

by Joe Shaheeli Old friend John Zogby, a master conductor of international and national polls, reporting on races and trends, informed us the British Polling Council has convened an all-out investigation on how and why the polls failed so miserably to predict the actual outcome of their 2015 election. He reminds us, “Election polling has […]

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Pols On The Street: Voters Making Up Minds in Philly

by Joe Shaheeli The race for Mayor of this City, no matter the polls, is in a dead heat, the winner being who can deliver the best “get out the vote” organization on primary day May 19. A poll commissioned by the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees supports our contention this is […]

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Pols Of The Street: Black Clergy Backs Williams For Mayor

by Joe Shaheeli The tide was rolling along for the last couple weeks Jim Kenney’s way with a well-orchestrated effort by his campaign team, bringing out endorsements from various groups for their candidate.  But today, what was considered a must-have endorsement for the Kenney, campaign to give him greater impetus, did not come his way. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Endorsements Make 2 Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Frontrunners

by Joe Shaheeli Almost every organization or individual with some political clout has endorsed a candidate for Mayor. Add them up and it’s nip and tuck between Anthony Williams and Jim Kenney as to who has the stronger support. With labor split almost evenly and with Black and white leaders split as well, and Democratic […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Voters Follow Their Leaders?

by Joe Shaheeli The political muscle of ward leaders and union leaders will be truly tested, for the first time in recent memory. At the end of this mayoral campaign, their efforts will be watched to see how well they did in getting their rank and file to follow their endorsements on May 19. By […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Petition Challenges Thin The Field

by Joe Shaheeli After ballot positions are drawn for municipal elections, but before the actual voting, all candidates must pass the most-ruthless scrutiny of all: that of their rivals. To get on the ballot, candidates must submit petitions containing valid signatures of voters – 1,000 for citywide offices and 750 for district council races. But […]

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