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Pols On The Street: Voters Making Up Minds in Philly

by Joe Shaheeli The race for Mayor of this City, no matter the polls, is in a dead heat, the winner being who can deliver the best “get out the vote” organization on primary day May 19. A poll commissioned by the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees supports our contention this is […]

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Pols Of The Street: Black Clergy Backs Williams For Mayor

by Joe Shaheeli The tide was rolling along for the last couple weeks Jim Kenney’s way with a well-orchestrated effort by his campaign team, bringing out endorsements from various groups for their candidate.  But today, what was considered a must-have endorsement for the Kenney, campaign to give him greater impetus, did not come his way. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Endorsements Make 2 Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Frontrunners

by Joe Shaheeli Almost every organization or individual with some political clout has endorsed a candidate for Mayor. Add them up and it’s nip and tuck between Anthony Williams and Jim Kenney as to who has the stronger support. With labor split almost evenly and with Black and white leaders split as well, and Democratic […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Voters Follow Their Leaders?

by Joe Shaheeli The political muscle of ward leaders and union leaders will be truly tested, for the first time in recent memory. At the end of this mayoral campaign, their efforts will be watched to see how well they did in getting their rank and file to follow their endorsements on May 19. By […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Petition Challenges Thin The Field

by Joe Shaheeli After ballot positions are drawn for municipal elections, but before the actual voting, all candidates must pass the most-ruthless scrutiny of all: that of their rivals. To get on the ballot, candidates must submit petitions containing valid signatures of voters – 1,000 for citywide offices and 750 for district council races. But […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Republican Martina White Is Victor In 170th District

by Joe Shaheeli In the campaign fiercely waged by both Democrat Sarah Del Ricci and Republican Martina White to take possession of the 170th General Assembly seat and fill the unexpired term of former State Representative Brendon Boyle, veteran political activist attorney Harold Rosenthal, a voter in the district, likened it to a political blitzkrieg. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Labor Splits Over Candidates In Philly Mayor’s Race

by Joe Shaheeli Labor unions have been busy making endorsements, and with them contributions to those they are supporting. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO selected its judicial candidates in a united front. The state’s largest labor organization representing over 800,000 union workers, the state AFL-CIO has endorsed Judges Kevin Dougherty, David Wecht, and Christine Donohue in the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Teamsters’ DC 107 Fuels Tony Williams’ Campaign For Mayor

by Joe Shaheeli Making it official, the state and city’s Teamsters Unions endorsed State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ mayoral bid at the huge imported new-car lot located at Front & Oregon early Monday morning. Standing on the back end of a huge Teamsters Union trailer surrounded by scores of Teamsters Union members, Teamsters Joint Council […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Battle For Key Labor Endorsements

by Joe Shaheeli This is a labor town! So political analysts use endorsements from organized labor as one of their ways of calculating the chances of candidates vying for the Democratic mayoral nomination on May 19. So far, the big banner across the headquarters of Ed Coryell’s Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, among the biggest […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Politico Mag Credits Brady With Landing Democratic Convention

by Joe Shaheeli Only one of 435 Congressmen in Washington but this city’s chief mover, shaker, and compromiser, Bob Brady was highlighted by Politico magazine after the furor died down over the Democratic National Convention Committee’s announcement it would be coming to Philly for its presidential convention. Published daily on the web and bimonthly in […]

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