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POLS ON THE STREET: The Guns of August – Political Bullets Now Flying

POLS ON THE STREET: The Guns of August – Political Bullets Now Flying

BY JOE SHAHEELI A brazen attack on police officers, wounding six, by an AR-15-wielding criminal who probably shouldn’t have been on the streets was not in itself a political act. All Philadelphians set aside partisan views and cringed in horror as one. But the political implications are many. Indeed, they are too tangled to straighten […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Independents Will Test Strength in Council Races

BY JOE SHAHEELI This is the week that independent and third-party candidates for municipal office will find out if they will actually be allowed to run in the November general election. It looks like many of them will. By no later than tomorrow, all challenges to petitions filed by 10 councilmanic hopefuls will have been […]

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Philadelphia Leaders Tout Energy Makeover for High Schools

Mayor Jim Kenney, Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District), Superintendent William R. Hite and the Philadelphia Energy Authority kicked off Philadelphia Solar Week by announcing the Year 2 outcomes of the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, and spotlighting the “energy makeover” of Northeast High School. In just two years, the Energy Authority’s Philadelphia Energy Campaign has […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Can Toomey Pull the Trigger on Gun Control?

BY JOE SHAHEELI In the wake of this week’s horrific pair of mass shootings, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) moved decisively to do what few Republican politicians ever do: urge gun controls. He has done it before, in 2013. His measures failed then to persuade a Democratic-controlled Senate. It may seem even less likely now […]

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POLS ON THE STREET:  Political Philly Talks of Crime and Punishment

BY JOE SHAHEELI Concern over crime – especially violent crime – tends to rise in the summer. Partly it is because people are out in public more, in the open; and crime in public spaces, or worries about it, inspire a different sort of fear than do home invasions or barroom brawls. In part, juveniles […]

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Boyle Cleans up on Frankford

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POLS ON THE STREET: GOP Plans a Counter to Wolf’s ‘Restore PA’

BY JOE SHAHEELI The moment the dust settled on the municipal primary election this spring, all fulltime State-level politicians swung into fulltime planning for 2020, which will be their turn onstage. All legislative proposals for the remainder of the 2019 session will be understood, necessarily in part at least, as strategic positioning. Ever since he […]

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OPINION: Militaries Don’t Fix Problems

BY JOE SESTAK Tensions between Iran and the United States have recently reached dangerous new heights – which could result in spiraling reprisals devolving into war. Having served in the military, I know that militaries can stop a problem, but they can’t fix a problem. This is why I supported the Iran nuclear accord, and […]

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OPINION: Reefer Madness Revisited

BY JOHN DAME More than 40 years ago, I ran a rock radio station, Starview 92.7-FM in Central Pennsylvania. We were the first radio station to offer special midnight movies. These movies included a 1930s anti-drug movie called Reefer Madness, which warned of a descent into madness for those lured into trying marijuana. This propaganda […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly to Play Huge Role in Presidential Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI Even as the southern border was being besieged by asylum seekers, Philadelphia experienced a steady parade of Oval-Office seekers this week. Expect it to be a foretaste of months to come. Four of the 25 announced candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination participated in a forum on Saturday, the closing night […]

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