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Dems Seize Pa. Statewide Prize; New Faces On Phila. City Council

by Joe Shaheeli As expected, Judge Kevin Dougherty led the Democratic sweep in this city when polls closed Tuesday, taking along with him David Wecht and Christine Donohue to the State Supreme Court, giving the Democrats a long-elusive majority on that powerful body. When it became obvious Justice-Elect Dougherty had cleared the western part of […]

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Pols On The Street: Turnout Worries

by Joe Shaheeli Except for the flood of last-minute television commercials promoting Supreme Court candidates, voters already know for whom they will vote – that is, if they decide to vote. Pollsters, election stats and political leaders see signs of another poor turnout in Philadelphia and its bedroom counties. That’s not the case in the […]

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Pols On The Street: Republican Council Battle Is Boon To Dougherty’s Hopes

by Joe Shaheeli The strategists behind the effort to ensure Judge Kevin Dougherty wins one of the State’s three contested Supreme Court seats know Philadelphia turnout is key. What’s needed is voter turnout around 300,000. Based on past turnouts, voter participation in this general election can sink well below that, especially since most of this […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Mayoral Debates Continue Under Tight Wraps

by Joe Shaheeli The second mayoral debate was held on Monday evening at WHYY, continuing a program that appears designed to keep public exposure of the two major-party candidates to a minimum.   The debate unfolded at 6:30 p.m. before a live audience of 200 but it was livestreamed, not broadcast, with poor sound that […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Jim Kenney Plays It Smart On Debate Rules

by Joe Shaheeli Though considered the odds-on favorite to win the general election and become the city’s next Mayor, Jim Kenney keeps adhering to the axiom not to give too much debate time to opponents. In this particular period, his campaign team is telling television moderators the exclusion of the three independents is necessary from […]

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Pols on The Street: Did 1st Debate Energize Voters?

The first of the mayoral debates took place Tuesday. Sponsored by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, “The Future of Philadelphia: A Mayoral Town Hall Debate” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 237 S. Broad Street. The event was free and open to the public, but registration was required. On Oct. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: School Funding Drives Politics In Budget Gridlock

by Joe Shaheeli The shoving and blocking at the line of scrimmage in Harrisburg today is partly designed to set up big plays downfield, in the 2016 elections. Currently the scrimmage line is the Pennsylvania budget, where Republicans, who control the General Assembly, remain deadlocked with Democrats, who control the Governor’s mansion. Since the two […]

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Pols On The Street: Can Kathleen Kane Weather Democratic Primary?

by Joe Shaheeli The more the merrier should be the signals going out from the campaign staff of Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office lately has been able to churn out indictments which indicate she is doing the work for which she was elected. But will it be enough and generate enough positive headlines around […]

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Pols On The Street: Online Registration Won’t Change Voters Habits

by Joe Shaheeli Poll after poll has indicated voters across the country are disenchanted with their federal and state governments. How will that translate into the way Philadelphians will vote in November? We think voter dissatisfaction will continue to reflect itself in poor turnouts … unless, of course, you get dramatically controversial candidates on the […]

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Pols On The Street: Coming Soon! A Jammed November Ballot!

by Joe Shaheeli Since many of our readers are vested with the responsibility of getting out the vote, or maintaining the polls on election day, they should be aware the lines will be long at each polling place come the Nov. 3 election. If it were because of a major turnout of voters, no one […]

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