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POLS ON THE STREET: Fattah’s Fate Is Key To Other Seats

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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POLS ON THE STREET: Anna Verna Ends An Era

BY JIM TAYOUN/ She was a classy lady, an act hard to follow, an enunciator of the King’s English par excellence, a dedicated 2nd Dist. Councilwoman, Philadelphia City Council’s first woman president, 36th Ward Leader for well more than three decades, an outstanding American proud of her Italian heritage and the engine, along with her […]

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Pols On The Street: Early Mayoral Bids Miss The Point

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Democratic Party regulars are labeling the first announced candidates for Mayor, so anxious to replace Michael Nutter, as “loose cannonballs,” showing “no respect for the party.” The party pros see them as individuals who do not fully understand what it takes to become the primary winner in the Democratic race for Mayor.None […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Are Low Registrations A Sign Of Low Vote?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Walk-in registrations to the Registration Commission offices at Delaware & Spring Garden, plus registrations from PennDOT, are at the normal low for an election reportedly drawing little interest. Checking in with Greg Irving, administrator of Voter Registration Division won a report about 10,500 new registrations have been logged in.Voter-registration forms have been […]

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OUR OPINION: Time For Heads To Roll

With innumerable nonprofits operating in Philadelphia under a wide range of goals and missions, it’s becoming routine to learn how scores of them are coming under federal scrutiny for mismanaging or failing to properly use the funds they get – which in some cases are misappropriated by one or more of their officers.   Unfortunately, […]

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