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Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski stood before Philadelphia City Hall Monday evening to announce his candidacy for Governor in 2014. “This is not a decision that was easily made,” said Pawlowski, who is finishing his second, four-year term as Allentown’s chief executive. “But as Mayor of the third-largest city in the state and president of the […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ As expected, candidates were seen everywhere at the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade and Family Fund Festival along Columbus Boulevard. Some were under umbrellas, others were drenched, but all waited through the drenching rains to be introduced to the thousands of unionists and their families gathered. Not worried about the rain was […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ The burgeoning Northeast, often ignored by city programs, in part because it is so far from City Hall, has motivated its Democratic ward leaders to set up a caucus for the common purpose of increasing city and state services to this far-flung area. Chairing the organizational meeting was Lou Farinella, of Democratic […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ No prophet seems to be popular in his own camp nationally and this is true of maverick Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who does not motivate hardcore Republicans in a possible presidential primary. However, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, “Christie’s continuing popularity among independents and Democrats makes him one […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ None of the candidates in the 13th Congressional Dist. believes they have a lock on the Democratic nomination. So each is scrambling to find an edge in the eyes of Democratic leaders in Montco and the Philadelphia wards involved. One of the ways is to pick operatives with great credentials as campaigners. […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Wildwood is where the players from both of this city’s major parties meet to greet each other as well as their own supporters each summer. Drawing them there are the breezes, the sand, the surf and most notably the clubs in Anglesea and some of the homes of elected officials and ward […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Search as we can, there are no high-profile, newsworthy political events to report to give an indication to voters whether to to approve or disapprove the incumbencies of City Controller Alan Butkovitz and District Attorney Seth Williams in just four and a half months. It’s not the fault of Republican challengers Terry Tracy […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ When a reputable poll conducted by a Republican polling firm says to an incumbent Governor, “You’re in trouble,” the incumbent must listen. Gov. Tom Corbett has to figure out how to go up from Harper Polling’s results this week which found 24% of voters said Corbett deserves reelection, and 56% of voters […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Traffic Court is now the Philadelphia Municipal Court Traffic Division. Name change is as a result of state legislation signed by Gov. Tom Corbett last week transferring the authority of the Philadelphia Traffic Court to the Philadelphia Municipal Court. If you have a moving violation to contest, you need to know little […]

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Larry Farnese will have the support from Democrat City Committee if he is intent on seeking the post for Lieutenant Governor and unless other Philadelphians decide to join in the race for the state Democrat nomination in next primary. He’s been talking to Democrat County Chairmen across the state. I’m letting them know my interest, […]

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