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POLS ON THE STREET: GOP Convention Watch Is Almost Over

by Joe Shaheeli Those watching television and not tuned into convention coverage cannot consider themselves civic-spirited citizenry. Those glued to anything else will learn they’ve missed political machinations at its best. Those wondering why we plan to stay glued to the television coverage have on their side the fact political conventions have not, since 1952, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Progressive Carpetbaggers Are City’s New Litterbugs

by Joe Shaheeli The DNC Action Committee (not to be confused with the Democratic National Convention) has the following posted on its homepage: “Let’s make history again.” Absent the online rhetoric, one thing is abundantly clear: The most significant thing this group is making right now is a mess. From the early actions of its […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Special Election for 2nd Congressional Seat Is Same as General, Nov. 8

by Joe Shaheeli Gov. Tom Wolf saved the Commonwealth well over $1 million by setting the special election to fill the 2nd Congressional District seat on the same day as the Nov. 8 general election. It was a win- win decision, supported by leadership of both parties. In the minority among registered voters, Republicans see […]

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Pols On The Street: DNC Must Weather Protests

by Joe Shaheeli Seems every time this city winds up in the center of a national event, someone comes in to rain on our parade. With the Democratic National Convention slated to attract worldwide attention during the last week in July, there is worry unscheduled, unpermitted protest parades will keep City safety forces on overtime, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Philly Ever Learn How to Handle Protests??

by Joe Shaheeli Why in the world would anyone want to not give Cheri Honkala a permit to protest? She’s the lady who for years has staged demonstrations, set up tent cities, and staged blockades in her constant efforts to draw attention to the fact we have homeless, the poor get poorer, and human rights […]

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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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