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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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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Judge Panepinto Be Supreme Court Spoiler?

Will Philadelphia Judge Paul Panepinto, a conservative former Republican now running as an independent, be a spoiler in the race for domination of the State Supreme Court?   That’s the question which won’t be answered until the final votes are cast by the electorate state wide for who will be sitting on the next high […]

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Pols On The Street: Democrats Sweep Phila. Special Elections As Expected

by Joe Shaheeli Councilman Ed Neilson is expected to resign shortly from his at-large council post to return to Harrisburg to serve the unfinished term of the 174th Legislative seat he had held before going to City Council. He easily trounced Republican candidate Tim Dailey with 95% of votes tallied, 2,301 to 1,383, taking almost […]

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Adam Lang Wants To Rebuild Phila. In 195th Race

by Tony West Adam Lang is a candidate with a cause that strikes home. His own home, in fact. Like many of his neighbors, the 10-year resident of the Sharswood neighborhood in North Philadelphia has seen his house, in which he had invested much time and money, condemned by the City in order to expand […]

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pols On The Street: Boyle Vs. Sabatina Will Be Battle For 5th Senate Dist.

by Joe Shaheeli Shades of Putin! Russia’s top man keeps chiseling away at Ukraine without declaring a war. Reminiscent of his successful efforts to date is the primary 2016 scenario for the 5th Senatorial Dist. seat. Though newly filled in a special election by former State Rep. John Sabatina, this senate seat comes up for […]

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