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POLS ON THE STREET: Kenney’s Farewell Was Classy; Williams, Abraham Lead In Mayoral $$

by Joe Shaheeli Councilman at Large Jim Kenney scored two big hits in the general media, print, radio, and television as he announced he was entering the May 19 Democratic primary for Mayor. It’s the kind of press every candidate wants – but usually finds, after his announcement, he’d have to raise money to get […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Kenney Leaps Into Philadelphia Mayor’s Race

Council President Darrell Clarke’s decision not to run for Mayor, followed by former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo’s surprise decision to withdraw as well, was followed by Councilman at Large Jim Kenney’s expressing interest in the mayoral race.  He made it official Tuesday he is  now in and today in City Council made his last speech […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Labor Leaders, Brady To Host Fattah Breakfast

by Joe Shaheeli Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.), ranking member, Committee on House Administration and Committee on Armed Services, together with major labor leaders, will host a Breakfast Reception & Labor Policy conversation with special guest Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) at Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard at Reed Street, on Thursday,  Jan.  29. The breakfast fundraiser […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Council President Clarke Nixes Mayoral Race

by Joe Shaheeli City Council President Darrell Clarke’s announcement, “It is my intention to seek the Democratic nomination to serve a fifth term as representative of Philadelphia’s 5th Councilmanic District in the May primary election,” has opened the door to a host of speculation as to who will be the next Mayor of Philadelphia. His […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Council Duo Eases Santa’s Workload

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Councilmen Mark Squilla and Jim Kenney started off late last Thursday at 4:30 p.m., helping Santa Claus carry his work load, and finishing up at 10 p.m. by checking with Santa’s constituents of all ages, first at Franklin Square and then at 2nd & Ritner Recreation Center. Kenney held Santa’s record book […]

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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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