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POLS ON THE STREET: Feds Are Worrying Philadelphia Jurists Needlessly

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Feds keep losing, but still keep trying, with unlimited funds drawn from taxpayers, to do in Philadelphia’s political family – and in particular to disgrace its court system. We can only believe sparking and nagging them on are the countless groups unhappy over the fact justices and judges of the Pennsylvania judiciary […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ If you consider yourself a pro at handicapping future elections, you should easily come up with the answer to the question headlining this column. Working and praying and hoping and knocking at doors to make sure Lieutenant Governor candidate State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) gets elected along with gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf […]

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Pols On The Street: If Trujillo Announces, Who Bounces?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Last week we reported the possibility of two Latinos showing an interest in running for Mayor, only to remember we forgot a third, who has long been considered a serious contender. That was Nelson Diaz, who has long been under consideration. He joins Richard Negrin and Ken Trujillo. All are well known […]

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Pols On The Street: Time To Acquit Philadelphia Traffic Court Jurists!

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ From some witnesses and the few faithful attendees who go to watch the Feds’ efforts to make their charges against five Traffic Court judges seem valid to a jury of sensible people, we have learned much; and now urge the defense attorneys to request the presiding judge to rule an end to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Rendell Said ‘No’ To Lewis; Now Mourns His Loss

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Former Gov. Ed Rendell told an audience in South Philadelphia he could have been on the plane that crashed and killed his friend, Philanthropist Lewis Katz and six others on Saturday night. Rendell, speaking at the historic Philadelphia Little Shul, 2015 S. 4th Street on Sunday, broke down in tears after telling […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Look For A Summer Full Of Gubernatorial Ads

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Distinguishing this summer from Memorial Day through to Labor Day will be the presence of the Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign on television and online media. That activity will go unnoticed by the rank and file of both political parties, save for the hardcore activists who show up at Brady Beach Party and the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Stack, Boyle Win – Two Boosts For Wolf

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ We hope our interpretations here will lend some insight into the political future of this city as we review the winners and losers of the May 20 primary election. State Sen. Mike Stack’s (D-Northeast) grueling journey throughout the state over the last year and a half helped him reach his goal of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Special Election Will Test New Philadelphia GOP Team

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Since this coming Tuesday is election day, we need to turn your attention to the fact a Council seat is up for grabs. Vacated by Bill Green, Jr., now the School Reform Commission chairman, the winner takes his vacant at-Large Council seat for the remainder of the term. Three parties are in […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Mudslinging May Backfire In Democrat Primary

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ At every forum to which invited Democratic gubernatorial candidates have attended, cameramen are present, capturing every smile, frown, and gesture of each, along with their comments and their facial responses to statements made by their contemporaries. Somewhere in the campaign headquarters of Gov. Tom Corbett there is a room dedicated to the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Unions Split In Hard-Fought 173rd House Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Moving into the center arena among Philadelphia’s legislative primary battles is the 173rd. The reason is the “almost at the last minute” entry of Dennis Kilderry, who is disputing that seat with Democratic Party-endorsed nominee Michael Driscoll. His entry has caused a split among major unions, which almost always follow the rule […]

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