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POLS ON THE STREET: Seasoned DA Veterans Join Seth Challenge

by Joe Shaheeli Veteran Senior Deputy Attorney General and Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Michael Untermeyer has been persistent in his goal to attain the office of District Attorney. He’s made it official: He’s now in the race for that office’s Democratic nomination. He said, “It is time for the top law-enforcement official in Philadelphia to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Businessman Wolf Is Now Politician Wolf

by Joe Shaheeli Gov. Tom Wolf is getting to look more like a politician than the good businessman he touted himself as in his successful campaign to win that office. Now, as he enters the last half of his four-year term, he is getting to look more like a political leader seeking re-election to a […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: DA’s Primary May See More Challengers

by Joe Shaheeli District Attorney Seth Williams, based on his past primaries, has a lock on about 42% of the Democrats who normally vote in that municipal election. Those are the African American voters, who tend to support candidates from their own community, given a choice. Since all of his announced challengers to date are […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Stein Discrediting Both Major Parties

by Joe Shaheeli Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s attempts to recount votes in three states in an effort to derail the election of Donald Trump has become a burden on both the Commonwealth’s major parties as well as those in the other two states in which she issued challenges. Party regulars know the score […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Some Voters Undecided Until They Enter the Booth

by Joe Shaheeli The Zogby Analytics Newswire, highly respected, confirmed what we have been saying off and on that “4%” of the voters don’t know for whom they will be voting until they enter the election booth. Zogby’s post-election poll results show several key factors drove Trump win; a plurality of voters not positive about […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: City’s Political Leaders Blast Hate Groups

by Joe Shaheeli Mayor Jim Kenney made it obvious this week Philadelphia will not tolerate hate groups. His statement is on P. 14 of this issue. Republican City Committee Chair Joseph DeFelice did the same. His statement, in part, follows: DeFelice stated, “In our city Republican party we have ward leaders who are members of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Clinton Strategy Worked in Philly, But Not Pa.

by Joe Shaheeli It’s more obvious than ever, Philadelphia and its neighboring counties do not relate to Pennsylvania, other than finding some kin in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Scranton and Allentown, where there are strong Democratic political operations with hefty registration numbers. Wisely, Hillary Clinton doubled down on Philadelphia with rally after rally, ending election eve with […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Record Millions Heaped on Pa. Elections

by Joe Shaheeli It’s scandalous and outrageous and downright stupid and it only turns off voters when they find out how expensive has become the Pennsylvania’s US Senate race has become. The flood of spending from candidates and outside groups has set a record in the contest between Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Judges of Election Caught up In Court Tangles

by Joe Shaheeli Left without a voice in their own business are Democratic elected judges of election. And there are more than 1,000 of them. For years they’ve had to hold curbside elections prior to opening their polling places on election morning. Needed to be filled were the election board posts of minority inspector and […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Labor Understands Value of Philly Voter Turnout

by Joe Shaheeli Pennsylvania labor leaders know there may be a problem getting out all the Democrats necessary to tilt this state into Hillary Clinton’s win column. They made their concern known with massive workers’ rallies around the state last weekend, especially in this city. Knocking at doors around the city were well-known Philadelphia labor […]

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