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POLS ON THE STREET: Stack, Boyle Win – Two Boosts For Wolf

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ We hope our interpretations here will lend some insight into the political future of this city as we review the winners and losers of the May 20 primary election. State Sen. Mike Stack’s (D-Northeast) grueling journey throughout the state over the last year and a half helped him reach his goal of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Special Election Will Test New Philadelphia GOP Team

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Since this coming Tuesday is election day, we need to turn your attention to the fact a Council seat is up for grabs. Vacated by Bill Green, Jr., now the School Reform Commission chairman, the winner takes his vacant at-Large Council seat for the remainder of the term. Three parties are in […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Mudslinging May Backfire In Democrat Primary

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ At every forum to which invited Democratic gubernatorial candidates have attended, cameramen are present, capturing every smile, frown, and gesture of each, along with their comments and their facial responses to statements made by their contemporaries. Somewhere in the campaign headquarters of Gov. Tom Corbett there is a room dedicated to the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Unions Split In Hard-Fought 173rd House Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Moving into the center arena among Philadelphia’s legislative primary battles is the 173rd. The reason is the “almost at the last minute” entry of Dennis Kilderry, who is disputing that seat with Democratic Party-endorsed nominee Michael Driscoll. His entry has caused a split among major unions, which almost always follow the rule […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: We Support David Oh’s Charter Proposal

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Former Gov. Ed Rendell broke the jinx which for two generations had branded any statewide candidate from “Philadelphia Co.” a loser. Since then we have been looking for State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) to break that jinx in his primary bid for Lieutenant Governor. Voters casting ballots for statewide candidates — judges, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Cruz Brings Wolf Into His  Fold

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf made his first serious inroad into this town’s Democratic machinery  last Friday night, picking up the endorsement of 7th Ward Leader State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington). It’s a big one for Wolf and can be considered a coup for a couple of reasons. Cruz’ influence spreads out past […]

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Pols On The Street: First Raise For Election Board Workers

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ The minimum 14-hour stint facing election board members will feel a bit easier with the news City Commissioners have approved a modest pay increase for election-board training. This will be the first pay increase for election-board workers in more than 15 years. Commissioners Anthony Clark and Al Schmidt proposed the increase (which […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Legislative Dists. Face Fierce Petition Challenges

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Eleven Legislative Districts in Philadelphia were rocked with petition challenges, more than normal in a General Assembly primary. Some were decided Apr. 1, but most are strung out through the month of April. Many will be heard in Courtrooms 1 or 2 in the Widener Building, 1339 Chestnut Street. Commonwealth Court challenges […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Building Or Burning Bridges?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez has cut a niche for herself in City Council and seems to have captured the support of most Latino Democrats in this town, and particularly so in her 7th Dist. But she continues to fly her flag of independence, despite the fact she had the endorsement of the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Should Kane Sue Inquirer?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Our congratulations to Attorney General Kathleen Kane for showing the mettle it takes to make tough decisions. She closed out an Abscam-type investigation that began three Attorneys General before her. The investigation was a farce. It was set up by a wire-wearer who was slated for a big-time sentence and armed with […]

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