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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Primary Contests Help Dems Or Hurt Them?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Monday, Jan. 6, will witness the swearing-in of City Controller, DA and various judges elected in November officially into office at the Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Streets, at 10 a.m. It also marks the official involvement of Philadelphia Democrats and Republicans in the statewide races for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. […]

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      BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Despite the cold and inclement weather some Pennsylvanians have gone through, and the fact Christmas and New Year are just around the corner, the clamor from candidates vying for Governor and Lieutenant Governor grows louder. We must face the fact May 20, the D-Day for the Pennsylvania primary, is […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Being a Governor has advantages not afforded to challengers! One is prime time, most of the time. Where the Governor goes, so go the media. Another is the money game. No matter how poor a Governor’s standing may be in the polls, the money still flows in to augment the campaign war-chest. […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Five gubernatorial hopefuls hoping to win the Democratic endorsement and take on a beleaguered Republican Governor low in the polls, have begun the process that, in the end, may see themselves losing more voters than it gains them. Though the five candidates identified themselves as simpatico to the liberal audience that packed […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Ori Feibush, a businessman who says he’s helped breathe new life into South Street West and Point Breeze Avenue commercial corridors, has announced he intends to challenge 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson in the Democratic primary two years hence. He indicated he’s doing so because, he says, “Whether the economy is up […]

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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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