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POLS ON THE STREET: Misguided Legislators Fall For Judicial Merit Selection

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ State Reps. Brian Sims (D-S. Phila.), Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Pamela DeLissio (D-Northwest) are hell-bent on denying voters their right to vote for judges in the Commonwealth. They want to establish a merit-based system for naming statewide judges. They did so with great fanfare Tuesday joined, of course, by Lynn Marks, executive […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Tuesday’s general election came to an expected conclusion as the entire Democratic slate swept to victory over their Republican challengers, due to the preponderance of registered Democrats who voted the party line and also to one of the smallest turnouts recorded in recent general election history. Back for another four years were […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ We hope we’re wrong, but all the signs point to the fact almost 90% of you voters will not be casting your ballot next Tuesday, Nov. 5. Don’t tell me I’m full of whatever, but based on the signs of voter interest evidenced by applications for absentee ballots, we could see a record […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ It should not have come as a surprise to those who have studied over the years the pronouncements coming from the state’s most-influential vote-getter, Congressman and Philadelphia Democratic Committee Chairman Bob Brady. This decision by Bob to endorse Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Northeast) in a crowded field of hopefuls seeking the gubernatorial endorsement […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Name-dropping is the name of the game at this stage of the Democratic contention for a challenger to Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the upcoming May 20 primary. Ten candidates either have formally announced for the Governor’s race or are closely considering it. As the incumbent Corbett has been leaking blood in […]

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(Reprinted from Aspen, Col. Aspen Times) A group of Aspen Country Day School students visiting Washington, D.C., were locked down with a Pennsylvania Congressman after a woman tried to ram her car through a White House barricade. Aspen students, who had been in Washington all week, already had adjusted their itinerary because of the federal […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Don’t ask the Retention Judges! You’ll get 23 different answers from each of the 23 whose names will be on the ballot for a “yes” or “no” vote as they seek retention and another 10-year term, or until they reach 70. Some of them will agree time flew, with others worried over […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Steam Rises Early In Battle For 174th Dist.

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Even King Solomon would have a problem solving this dilemma: how to avoid a civil war in the battle for the 174th Legislative Dist. in the upper reaches of the Northeast. But a war, though officially undeclared, is what is taking place in early skirmishes already surfacing because two State Representatives were […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Pity the poor members of the Philadelphia judiciary. No matter how hard they work, how valuable their decisions and how many of them lead to legal reforms, they seem to be unwitting targets of investigations. Scuttlebutt the FBI has subpoenaed financial election records of five of our outstanding jurists is they may […]

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Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski stood before Philadelphia City Hall Monday evening to announce his candidacy for Governor in 2014. “This is not a decision that was easily made,” said Pawlowski, who is finishing his second, four-year term as Allentown’s chief executive. “But as Mayor of the third-largest city in the state and president of the […]

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