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POLS ON THE STREET: Want To Be A Democratic Convention Delegate?

by Joe Shaheeli Interested in becoming a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this July? If so, State Party Chairman Marcel L. Groen has made it a possibility. Potential delegates need be registered Democrats, pledge their support to a specific candidate, and complete a form. For information, contact Corey Pellington at delegate2016@padems.com or […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: His Plate Overfloweth

Johnny (“Doc”) Dougherty, Jr., has informed Party Chairman Congressman Bob Brady he is resigning as leader of the 1st Ward Democrats and is endorsing Tommy Rumbaugh, his ward chairman, for the leadership, doing so at a dinner for close associates and members of the ward. The move comes as a surprise among some of his […]

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Pols On The Street:  Fattah Wins Early Key Endorsements

by Joe Shaheeli It might be because State Rep. Dwight Evans (D-N. Phila.) has announced he will run for the 2nd Dist. Congressional seat, or because of the coverage of his upcoming trial, that had Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) chatting on the phone with ward leaders for support even before the general-election dust settled. As […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: An Indication Trump Could Win Pa.

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason has been beating the drum announcing Donald Trump will headline the Pennsylvania GOP’s Annual Commonwealth Club luncheon on Friday, Dec. 11. That’s the first night of the annual Pennsylvania Society Weekend. It’s that time of the year when all ambitious, top-seeded political and labor leaders show up at […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Pa. House Races Start Brewing In Philly; McGinty, Fetterman Press Senate Campaigns

by Joe Shaheeli Center City’s 182nd Legislative Dist. is now the center of an intriguing upheaval in a State House seat that turned over dramatically three years ago, when Brian Sims knocked off 28-year veteran State Rep. Babette Josephs as he ran to become the first openly gay legislator in Pennsylvania history. This week, two […]

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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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