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POLS ON THE STREET: We Support David Oh’s Charter Proposal

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Former Gov. Ed Rendell broke the jinx which for two generations had branded any statewide candidate from “Philadelphia Co.” a loser. Since then we have been looking for State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Northeast) to break that jinx in his primary bid for Lieutenant Governor. Voters casting ballots for statewide candidates — judges, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Cruz Brings Wolf Into His  Fold

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf made his first serious inroad into this town’s Democratic machinery  last Friday night, picking up the endorsement of 7th Ward Leader State Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Kensington). It’s a big one for Wolf and can be considered a coup for a couple of reasons. Cruz’ influence spreads out past […]

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Pols On The Street: First Raise For Election Board Workers

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ The minimum 14-hour stint facing election board members will feel a bit easier with the news City Commissioners have approved a modest pay increase for election-board training. This will be the first pay increase for election-board workers in more than 15 years. Commissioners Anthony Clark and Al Schmidt proposed the increase (which […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Legislative Dists. Face Fierce Petition Challenges

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Eleven Legislative Districts in Philadelphia were rocked with petition challenges, more than normal in a General Assembly primary. Some were decided Apr. 1, but most are strung out through the month of April. Many will be heard in Courtrooms 1 or 2 in the Widener Building, 1339 Chestnut Street. Commonwealth Court challenges […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Building Or Burning Bridges?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez has cut a niche for herself in City Council and seems to have captured the support of most Latino Democrats in this town, and particularly so in her 7th Dist. But she continues to fly her flag of independence, despite the fact she had the endorsement of the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Should Kane Sue Inquirer?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Our congratulations to Attorney General Kathleen Kane for showing the mettle it takes to make tough decisions. She closed out an Abscam-type investigation that began three Attorneys General before her. The investigation was a farce. It was set up by a wire-wearer who was slated for a big-time sentence and armed with […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Labor United Behind Tartaglione

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) launched her campaign for reelection last week with a rally featuring top political, civic, labor and religious leaders from across the 2nd Dist. and the city of Philadelphia. Speakers at the campaign kickoff included Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.), State Sens. Vincent J. Hughes and Anthony Hardy Williams (both D-W. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: President Clarke Calls For Special Election

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ In time to make it an interesting race, Council President Darrell Clark has issued a writ of election to fill the seat vacated by Councilman at Large, Bill Green whose appointment by Gov. Tom Corbett to head the School Reform Commission has been confirmed by the Senate. The contested seat will appear […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: 2 Legislative Races May Spring Surprises

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Jared Solomon is challenging State Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Northeast) for the 202nd Legislative seat, scoring plugs for his stances in the major media. Normally such statements are ignored after a report is made of an initial announcement. But Solomon is scoring voter interest as he issues charges, banging away at the incumbent. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Black Caucuses Do Well For City

  BY JOE SHAHEELI/ With this issue, the Philadelphia Public Record newspapers mark their annual observance of Black History Month, and point with pride to the fact the 28 African American members holding elected office in the three levels of government, local, state, and federal, from this city have amassed over 300 years of service. […]

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