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District 1199C Issues Pandemic Relief from Its Pension Fund

District 1199C Issues Pandemic Relief from Its Pension Fund

BY TONY WEST For one Philadelphia-area labor union’s members, the future may have to be now. The past year has been a nightmare for workers as for nursing-home employers as well as for their workers. Many are small operators compared with the scale of major hospital groups and many staffers are modestly paid. As the […]

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Running for Judge in a Time of Pandemic

BY TONY WEST Electing judges has entered a new era in Philadelphia. This classic spring sweepstakes takes place in odd-numbered years. It summons small-time campaigners to a citywide race for openings in Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, seeking voters who have seldom heard of them to pick the winners out of a pack when they […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Pa.’s Walking Purchase Today

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA WILLIAM PENN at age 376. I read an editorial which stated that our Pennsylvania GOP-controlled legislature is doing more to suppress the right to vote than any other State legislative body. I have traveled our 67 counties and realize that many rural districts out there will never have a Democrat lawmaker. […]

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Casino Launch Lights up Johnson’s S. Philly

BY TONY WEST The largest in-person development complex in Philadelphia’s pandemic history is now live. Or should we say Live! On Feb. 11, the Cordish Cos. staged a ribbon-cutting for Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia on Packer Avenue in the Stadium District of South Philadelphia. This long-awaited second casino for Philadelphia underwent countless adventures, involving […]

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Dems Cheer Guv’s Budget Speech

A HOST of Democratic legislators turned out to hear Gov. Tom Wolf’s ambitious budget address. Among them were Philly State Reps. Danilo Burgos, L, Mary Isaacson, 3rd from L, and Joe Hohenstein, 4th from L. Photo from Isaacson’s Facebook page    Send article as PDF   

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Walking the Beat, 1/24/2021

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA ALL THE SIGNS ARE THERE. President BIDEN has the potential to be another Lyndon JOHNSON (minus Vietnam). His long-time working relationship with GOP lawmakers and middle-of-the-road positions make compromise possible to accomplish much. Many attackers of our Capitol were fed that they were in a revolution. In 1776, Hessian Lt. Johann […]

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Biden Helps in Philly on MLK Day

PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden visited the massive Philabundance donation drive, which was unswayed by pandemic on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. He was joined by State Sen. Sharif Street, L, and Philadelphia democratic Committee Chairman Bob Brady, R. It was Biden’s last trip to Philadelphia, where his campaign was headquartered, before his inauguration. Photo […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly, Pa. Display Starring Roles in 2021 Races

BY JOE SHAHEELI For one not-so-brief, shining moment, the Philadelphia City Commission was a national spectacle in the struggle to reframe national leadership. Philadelphia County was the main target of Republican efforts, led by President Donald Trump, to undo Trump’s defeat in Pennsylvania in November 2020. Allegations ranging from trivial to false disputed the validity […]

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Tartaglione Hails Guv’s Small-Business Plan

State Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Kensington) applauded the announcement by workers compensation attorney in wilkes-barre in their intent to transfer $145 million from the State’s Workers’ Compensation Security Fund into the General Fund so that they may be reallocated for pandemic-related small business relief. Tartaglione also urged her General Assembly colleagues to grant the legislative authorization […]

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Deeley: Running a Clean Election – with a Better System

Philadelphia City Commissioners’ Chairwoman, Lisa Deeley, released the following statement regarding the Dec. 4, 2020 letter that Republican lawmakers sent to the commonwealth’s congressional delegation, requesting that the delegation object to Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes. “In this country, when an election is held, regardless of the results, there is a transition of power. This transition […]

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