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POLS ON THE STREET: 197th Why State Rep. Leslie Acosta Need Not Resign

by Joe Shaheeli Despite the fact Democratic Party Chairman and Congressman Bob Brady asked State Rep. Leslie Acosta (D-N. Phila.) to resign her 197th Legislative Dist. seat, and the headlines have indicated she pled guilty to federal felony charges this year, the besieged legislator need not resign. Her term ends this December; that’s when she […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: In Politics, Never Make a Claim You Can’t Back Up!

by Joe Shaheeli Long-surviving elected office-holders know: Never make a claim you can’t back up. That’s truer even today when those running for office make the mistake of doing so in their television ads. That seems to have happened to Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania 8th Dist. congressional seat. State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) has […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Why Is Trump Spending Time in Philadelphia?

by Joe Shaheeli Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump must know Philadelphia has been a wasteland for GOP presidential candidates for over 60 years now. More so, especially since Congressman Bob Brady took over the reins as chairman of the city’s Democratic Party. Party registrations favor Democrats a bit over 7 to 1. So why is […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Is McGinty’s Ad Doing Her In?

by Joe Shaheeli An axiom in Politics is not to, never to, ever consider mentioning your opponent on radio commercials, in newspaper ads and, worst of all, in television commercials. Breaking the rule on a regular basis is Democratic “break the glass ceiling for women” US Senate candidate Katie McGinty. Watch her ad blasting US […]

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Pols On The Street:   Another Trump Card!?

by Joe Shaheeli Does it matter if Donald Trump blames cheating on Election Day if he loses Pennsylvania? For those of us who know how it all works, it shows he personally doesn’t understand the political system, how elections work, who is responsible for monitoring and placing before the electorate the thousands of polls that […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Back to Obama’s Playbook in Philly

by Joe Shaheeli To win Pennsylvania in the Presidential election this Nov. 8, the campaign team of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has been renewing contacts with the Democratic leaders of this city who can bring out the numbers their candidate needs to take Pennsylvania. There is little doubt that as Philly goes, so goes Pennsy. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Time for Philly Election Workers to Change Any Foolish Ways

by Joe Shaheeli It’s obvious the political pool fed by this City and State, especially the City of Philadelphia, has drawn fishhooks from the feds, who have proven they can’t fish nearly so well in waters where drugs flow freely. Pennsylvania is now inundated with heroin, for instance. But in Philly, constantly changing ethical rules […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Battle for Pennsylvania Will Be Fought Here

by Joe Shaheeli Hillary Clinton stops in Harrisburg following her first in Philly at Temple University, the day after the DNC crowned her, were followed by an appearance by Donald Trump in Mechanicsburg. These campaign moves are an early sign both understand Pennsylvania is now rated by pollsters as a swing state. The Clinton campaign […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: D.N.C. Disregards a Key Campaign Rule

by Joe Shaheeli We all had to be impressed by what we have seen of the Democratic National Convention this week, with the best to come tonight. But we need to remind those of us in the trenches – knocking at doors, making telephone calls and leafleting everywhere – not to make the mistakes made […]

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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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