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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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POLS ON THE STREET: Stop Beating up on Williams

BY JOE SHAHEELI Hats off to WHYY’s Bobby Allyn, new to the public service radio station, who revealed to the world the Feds had installed a secret video camera in front of the Overbrook home of our beleaguered DA Seth Williams to spy on him before they indicted him. He found that nugget when the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: DA Candidates Need to Learn a Lesson

BY JOE SHAHEELI District Attorney candidate Joe Khan boasts his campaign has raised over $500,000, attributing this to almost 900 donors and a median contribution of $200. Khan’s campaign has more than doubled its contribution total since the last reporting period ended only three months ago. But he needs to use it wisely. An important […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Write-ins Made the Difference in the Wild 197th Dist. Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams may have reminded voters in the Pennsylvania’s 197th House Dist. his office’s Election Fraud Task Force would be another agency checking out problems during Tuesday’s special elections. What made his unit so effective was the fact the Task Force’s hotline was staffed by Spanish-speaking detectives, as […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Why the 197th Outcome Is Easy to Figure

BY JOE SHAHEELI We’re not sticking our neck out in suggesting Democratic 43rd Ward Leader Emilio Vázquez will be the winner of next Tuesday’s special election in the 197th Legislative Dist. We do understand a bit of the enthusiasm felt for the first time by Republican Party Chairman Joe DeFelice that GOP standard-bearer Lucinda Little […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Budget-Busters, Budget-Trusters

BY JOE SHAHEELI The first half of every year is governmental budget season. Both City Hall and Harrisburg have to get their act together between now and June, if they want to run a government. And both local bodies are held to budget-balancing in ways that don’t reflect federal politics; they have to get it […]

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Joe Khan Wants to Come Back – as DA

BY GREG SALISBURY In an increasingly crowded field of Democratic candidates to become Philadelphia’s next district attorney – the field grew by one with the Tuesday addition of former prosecutor Jack O’Neill – it can be a challenge to stand out from the pack. There are only so many positions to stake out and reforms […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Election Board Jobs – Power Positions Under the Radar

BY JOE SHAHEELI The strength of a political party is made manifest by the number of judges of elections it gets elected every four years. The reason: the judge of elections is the single most-important decision-maker at each polling place on Election Day. A judge of elections’ decision is without appeal, deciding who can’t vote, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Welcome to the DA Circus

BY JOE SHAHEELI DA Seth Williams will soon feel the error of his ways; and we are not talking about how badly he handled his personal life, his office and his financial misfilings. He will suffer in silence forever, or maybe not, for caving in when the going got tough. With all the worst publicity […]

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