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Western Pa. Unions Split Over Corbett Joining Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade

Western Pa. Unions Split Over Corbett Joining Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Gov. Tom Corbett did well with scattered organized labor support the first time he ran for governor. But this time around he finds some of that support unravelling. The Governor got a taste of the disaffection Labor has for him when union leaders decided against allowing the Governor to join them in […]

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by Joe Shaheeli It’s time for non-committal members of the PA General Assembly to show  their support and put in their appearances at the weekly Friday informational protests outside the Convention Center. They also need to pressure the Convention Center management demanding an end to an unfair lock out. Calling in their dues for the […]

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by Joe Shaheeli Once in a while we join the prognosticators in how races will end up. We stopped hesitating a couple weeks ago after watching some of the bell-weather stats coming from both gubernatorial camps. We think we have Gov. Tom Corbett’s strategy down pat, but haven’t yet figured out Tom Wolf’s direction. We […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Wolf Wins Big Bucks From Philadelphia Unions, Progressives

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ “Only the powers of incumbency and the Keystone State’s tradition of consistently giving the incumbent party eight years of control before shifting parties is keeping first-term Gov. Tom Corbett (R) at a ‘Leans Democratic’ rating,” claims Larry Sabato and his cohorts from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, which usually scores […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Are Worrying Philadelphia Jurists Needlessly

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Feds keep losing, but still keep trying, with unlimited funds drawn from taxpayers, to do in Philadelphia’s political family – and in particular to disgrace its court system. We can only believe sparking and nagging them on are the countless groups unhappy over the fact justices and judges of the Pennsylvania judiciary […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ If you consider yourself a pro at handicapping future elections, you should easily come up with the answer to the question headlining this column. Working and praying and hoping and knocking at doors to make sure Lieutenant Governor candidate State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) gets elected along with gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf […]

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Pols On The Street: If Trujillo Announces, Who Bounces?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Last week we reported the possibility of two Latinos showing an interest in running for Mayor, only to remember we forgot a third, who has long been considered a serious contender. That was Nelson Diaz, who has long been under consideration. He joins Richard Negrin and Ken Trujillo. All are well known […]

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Pols On The Street: Time To Acquit Philadelphia Traffic Court Jurists!

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ From some witnesses and the few faithful attendees who go to watch the Feds’ efforts to make their charges against five Traffic Court judges seem valid to a jury of sensible people, we have learned much; and now urge the defense attorneys to request the presiding judge to rule an end to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Rendell Said ‘No’ To Lewis; Now Mourns His Loss

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Former Gov. Ed Rendell told an audience in South Philadelphia he could have been on the plane that crashed and killed his friend, Philanthropist Lewis Katz and six others on Saturday night. Rendell, speaking at the historic Philadelphia Little Shul, 2015 S. 4th Street on Sunday, broke down in tears after telling […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Look For A Summer Full Of Gubernatorial Ads

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Distinguishing this summer from Memorial Day through to Labor Day will be the presence of the Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign on television and online media. That activity will go unnoticed by the rank and file of both political parties, save for the hardcore activists who show up at Brady Beach Party and the […]

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