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POLS ON THE STREET: Stop-and-Go Bill on the Move

BY JOE SHAHEELI It’s not often the minority party in Harrisburg gets what it wants in the General Assembly. But the Philadelphia delegation in the State House of Representatives may be on the verge of scoring a rare win. The cause at hand is State Rep. Jordan Harris’ (D-S. Phila.) HB 1547, which aims to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: More Gaming a Loser, City Pols Say

BY JOE SHAHEELI As Pennsylvania’s government slides closer to the traditional (although often breached) annual budget deadline of July 1, a crucial piece of sausage-making is starting to smell even before it emerges from the grinder. That’s the preliminary report on a measure put forth by the Republican General Assembly caucuses to paper over part […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Pension Deal Is Sweet for Wolf

BY JOE SHAHEELI Coming to grips with an important piece of Pennsylvania’s looming pension-funding overhang was a bipartisan coup that should make most incumbents look competent and responsible. By our take, though, it is obvious Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is the prime winner. That’s because most Republicans in the General Assembly hold safe seats. Barring […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: ‘Hot Summer’ Could Fire Nov. Race in Philadelphia

BY JOE SHAHEELI Just when it seemed – as the Democratic municipal primary election unfolded – that “tough on crime” was no longer a winning campaign slogan, there are increasing signs that street violence may re-emerge as a major political concern. When Councilman David Oh (at Large) was stabbed in an attempted carjacking in front […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Wolf Running Hard in Pennsylvania’s ‘Tee’

BY JOE SHAHEELI In the first week of “holiday summer,” when the average voter could care less who will be elected governor of Pennsylvania in November 2018, political insiders here are thinking about little else but. There had been speculation first-term Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf was losing interest in re-election after his first two years […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Court Upholds City Commission

BY JOE SHAHEELI In Philadelphia, all eyes (at least all that aren’t closed in sleep to the burning issues of the city they live in) were focused on the outcome of Tuesday’s election. Sadly, most voters did remain asleep. Doubtless they will wake up again when the time comes for them to complain about a […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Still Too Close to Call

BY JOE SHAHEELI Longtime District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who could have held that office until today had she not resigned to run for mayor, tells us her pick for Democratic district attorney would be Joe Khan. She added her concern for the office should Larry Krasner be elected. One must remember she was the “tough […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: In DA’s Race, the Biggest Slice Will Win

BY JOE SHAHEELI The DA’s race will be sliced up by seven candidates. Whose slice will deliver the most votes on Election Day? With a turnout of 16% of the Democratic vote predicted by many politicos, that doesn’t call for a lot of votes for one to become the plurality winner. What goes into the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Meehan Back to Lead GOP

BY JOE SHAHEELI In an old-fashioned donnybrook and shouting match, Republican Ward Leaders managed to fill the vacant post of Party Chairman held by Joe DeFelice, Esq. at their Cottman Avenue headquarters Monday night. Elected in what began as a tussle between 5th Ward Leader Mike Cibik and Northeast activist Joe McColgan was Republican Party […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: DA’s Race Still Too Early to Call, but….

BY JOE SHAHEELI Though the seven Democratic candidates for DA are doing their best to win the endorsement of any group that could mean money and ground troops, we’ve learned we need to see which of this city’s major unions step into the arena with endorsements, guaranteeing big campaign contributions and a field army of […]

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