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POLS ON THE STREET: Write-ins Made the Difference in the Wild 197th Dist. Race

POLS ON THE STREET: Write-ins Made the Difference in the Wild 197th Dist. Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams may have reminded voters in the Pennsylvania’s 197th House Dist. his office’s Election Fraud Task Force would be another agency checking out problems during Tuesday’s special elections. What made his unit so effective was the fact the Task Force’s hotline was staffed by Spanish-speaking detectives, as […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Why the 197th Outcome Is Easy to Figure

BY JOE SHAHEELI We’re not sticking our neck out in suggesting Democratic 43rd Ward Leader Emilio Vázquez will be the winner of next Tuesday’s special election in the 197th Legislative Dist. We do understand a bit of the enthusiasm felt for the first time by Republican Party Chairman Joe DeFelice that GOP standard-bearer Lucinda Little […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Budget-Busters, Budget-Trusters

BY JOE SHAHEELI The first half of every year is governmental budget season. Both City Hall and Harrisburg have to get their act together between now and June, if they want to run a government. And both local bodies are held to budget-balancing in ways that don’t reflect federal politics; they have to get it […]

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Joe Khan Wants to Come Back – as DA

BY GREG SALISBURY In an increasingly crowded field of Democratic candidates to become Philadelphia’s next district attorney – the field grew by one with the Tuesday addition of former prosecutor Jack O’Neill – it can be a challenge to stand out from the pack. There are only so many positions to stake out and reforms […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Election Board Jobs – Power Positions Under the Radar

BY JOE SHAHEELI The strength of a political party is made manifest by the number of judges of elections it gets elected every four years. The reason: the judge of elections is the single most-important decision-maker at each polling place on Election Day. A judge of elections’ decision is without appeal, deciding who can’t vote, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Welcome to the DA Circus

BY JOE SHAHEELI DA Seth Williams will soon feel the error of his ways; and we are not talking about how badly he handled his personal life, his office and his financial misfilings. He will suffer in silence forever, or maybe not, for caving in when the going got tough. With all the worst publicity […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: State GOP Feels the Trump Card

BY JOE SHAHEELI Even though Philly’s Democratic Party, under the leadership of DCC Chairman Congressman Bob Brady, delivered a record-setting vote of over half million to Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York) believes there are still rich pickings in the Commonwealth’s other counties that delivered record turnouts and majorities to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Honkala’s Smart Move

BY JOE SHAHEELI Almost everywhere protests on behalf of poor people’s rights make the news, odds are the renowned, Minnesota-born co-founder of Kensington Welfare Rights Union and national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, Cheri Honkala, can be found. She’s either pictured yelling through a bullhorn, or sitting in the middle of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: City Congressional Caucus Will Skip Trump Inauguration

by Joe Shaheeli Tomorrow’s inauguration ceremonies in D.C. won’t have many Philly Democrats in attendance. Especially noticeable will be the absence of Congressmen Bob Brady, Brendan Boyle and Dwight Evans. Led by Philadelphia Democratic Party Chairman Brady, the three worked hard and long to successfully deliver to Hillary Clinton a record-setting over-half-million votes. This was […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Governor’s Race Chatter Already!

Republicans believe Gov. Tom Wolf is vulnerable, and as expected, their efforts to generate support for one or more of their candidates is already reaching the ears of both party leaderships, if not the average voter. Making an early, and hopefully strong enough, presence to chase away others with the same inclination, is State Sen. […]

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