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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Make Philly Politicians Easy Pickings

by Joe Shaheeli When Ed Rendell decided to run for District Attorney against Democratic incumbent F. Emmett Fitzpatrick in 1978, he was a neophyte in every sense of the word. What he had going for him was the image of a “change for the better” – helped by the incumbent, who nurtured the image of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Odds Favor Tax on All Sweet Drinks

by Joe Shaheeli Odds markets have moved from “no way” to “probable” Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposal to raise additional revenues for his pre-K program, which he strongly believes will reduce the number of students who may drop out of school in their later years. He’s worked hard at putting together a pro-Pre-K bloc, which now […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Bernie Should Feel At Home In Platform Committee

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Platform Drafting Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) have announced a series of Democratic Platform hearings across the country designed to welcome every voice in the Party. The drafting committee is now soliciting input from policy experts as well as Democrats from all walks of life. To […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: To Tax Or Not To Tax? Philly’s Sugary-Drinks Conundrum

by Joe Shaheeli Mayor Jim Kenney’s $300 million bond initiative to rebuild parks, recreation centers and libraries, and fund pre-K education is the main drama on Philadelphia’s political stage today. It is facing fierce opposition because it would fund these essential institutions (which no one opposes) by taxing sugary drinks. Sweetened beverages are a large […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Does Your Vote Count If Electoral College Decides Presidency?

Mike Reed, long-time political activist and gang fighter, poses the question and then answers it with his dissertation on why the Electoral College should be eliminated in favor of majority vote for President. He states both Democratic presidential candidates have weighed in on Mayor Jim Kenney’s sugary-drink tax. Clinton supports Kenney and Bernie Sanders has […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Seek To Indict Sen. Larry Farnese

Attorney Gregory Harvey, known for his ability to thread his clients through political mazes, broke the news 1st Dist. State Sen. Larry Farnese was to be indicted by the US Dept. of Justice. We wish him well, but it reminds us that an elected seat starting with “First” is a jinx seat at best. The […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Great Turnout, Problem-Free Election – Courtesy Of Philadelphia City Commissioners

by Joe Shaheeli We respect former Councilwoman Marian Tasco and believe her when she says she had little to do as a City Commissioner, her statements leading to a full onslaught by the main media and so-called advocates of “clean government” to dump on the City Commissioners. We know the reason why her duties were […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Doc Met Two Waterloos In Philadelphia Primary!

by Joe Shaheeli John Dougherty met his Waterloo Election Day, not once, but twice. The day before, he threw in the towel on his ambition to pay back the politically powerful Western Pennsylvania Zappala family. They had supported his campaign to win for his brother, Kevin, a State Supreme Court seat. Early on it looked […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philadelphia’s Crowded Ballot Could Fatigue Voters

A look at the ballot by voters may send some of them scrambling out of the machine without voting for each office where a choice is needed. That means between presidential candidates and the convention delegates there will be a wide spread in the vote totals, since almost everyone will first push their choice for […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philadelphia State House District Races Upstage Bigger Contests!

by Joe Shaheeli No matter how you cut it, there is nothing as exciting as a hotly contested legislative-district race. That’s when our highly touted and well-televised presidential candidates fade into the background. Many voters in Philadelphia will be surprised when they go to the polls Apr. 26 to find more than the average one […]

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