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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Some Northeast ward leaders defected last week from State Rep. Brendan Boyle’s (D-Northeast) to Marjorie Margolies in the race for the Democratic nomination for the 13th Congressional Dist. But last night at Morton’s Steakhouse on Walnut Street, over 20 union leaders and at least 10 of the ward leaders in that district […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ As we have been predicting, hopefuls seeking the Democratic nomination in the May 20 primary will find themselves quite similar when voters begin to check their platforms. With poll positions rather frozen – Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and State Treasurer Rob McCord, both from Montgomery Co., holding one and two in popularity – […]

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by Joe Shaheeli In an inauguration address marking the beginning of his third term, City Controller Alan Butkovitz put out the kind of ideas one would expect from a potential mayoral candidate … getting our local educational institutions to spend some of their budgets with city businesses. He told the crowd attending the inauguration of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Maiale Retiring, After 22 Years As Retirement Czar

Long-time State Employees’ Retirement System Chairman, former State Rep. Nick Maiale, has decided to tender his resignation as chairman at the Jan. 22 board meeting in Harrisburg. Maiale, a Democrat, has chaired the politically appointed SERS board under Republican Gov. Corbett and four previous governors, both Republicans and Democrats, ending 22 years of illustrious service. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: McGeehan, NE Leader, Will Not Seek Reelection In 2014

State Rep. Michael McGeehan (D-Northeast), the longest-serving State Representative of the 173rd Legislative Dist., is delivering a Christmas Gift to potential aspirants – his legislative seat. He will not seek a 13th term next year. McGeehan, Democratic chairman of the House Transportation Committee, was first elected to the House in 1990. He spent 18 years […]

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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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