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POLS ON THE STREET: State Rep Rumbles Are Underway

BY JOE SHAHEELI As if there wasn’t enough happening in the turbulent political waters of 2017, a few of its local mariners already have an eye on the distant beacon of the 2018 primary election. State representative races are the easiest opportunities for newcomers to try to make an entry into elected officialdom. Two adjoining […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Gerrymander Fix May Help GOP

BY JOE SHAHEELI If gerrymandering reform comes to Pennsylvania, it may come at the hands of the same Republicans who now appear to have gained from it. That’s because what goes around comes around – and they can even tell the date: 2021. Legislation promoted by the anti-gerrymandering lobbying group Fair Districts PA – SB […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Prelude to Parking Wars Redux

BY JOE SHAHEELI The last City Council meeting before the summer recess is rarely one to circle on the calendar. Like end-of-session meetings everywhere, this was expected to be heavy on legislative tidying up, light on flashpoint issues. Sure, Rebuild is still in the process of being streamlined and the soda tax fight is still […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Entering the Final Stretch to Find an Interim DA

BY JOE SHAHEELI With tomorrow’s deadline for applicants who crave a high-profile temporary position with a risk-reward ratio that would give Vegas pause, the search for an interim district attorney to bridge the roughly six months until the winner of November’s election takes up residence on the 16th floor of the District Attorney’s Office enters […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Pa. Budget Done (the Easy Part, at Least)

BY JOE SHAHEELI Just in time for the 4th of July break, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a $31.99-billion spending budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18. It reflected a willingness on the part of both the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf’s Democratic administration to avoid painful cuts to core constituencies’ favored programs. State Sen. Vincent […]

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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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