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City Dems Scramble to Replace Straight-Ticket Votes

City Dems Scramble to Replace Straight-Ticket Votes

BY TONY WEST A package of voting reforms enacted last year faces the Pennsylvania Democratic Party with one major challenge in addition to a basket of opportunities. In this election season, party activists are fighting to overcome that challenge – nowhere more than in Philadelphia, their largest source of hardcore supporters. Act 77, which eased […]

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OPINION: A Note to Voters – Stop Using the Mail, Vote in Person

BY ERIC MESSINGER Mailing in an absentee ballot is a credible, convenient, and Covid-safe way to vote. But with one week left before Election Day, the time has come for anyone supporting Joe Biden who hasn’t voted yet — and especially voters in swing states like Pennsylvania — to stop using the mail. Instead, they […]

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE: Someone to Look Up to

BY DENISE CLAY Former President Barack Obama’s campaign stop for his former Vice President and his running mate on Wednesday reminded many in the audience of what the White House used to represent. For some of the people gathered at Citizens Bank Park last Wednesday, the drive-in rally with former President Barack Obama was a […]

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WALKING THE BEAT: Whose Boats Are These, Really?

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA The Trump WEEKEND BOAT PARADES on the Delaware River seem to convey to those of us on the shore a message of arrogance: We are better than you – and rich. Actually, they are not huge cabin cruisers, but the boats of the NEW RICH. Many OF NEW WEALTH work hard […]

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Dueling Protests March in Center City

CENTER CITY was busy with political protestors on Saturday, Sept. 26. The morning warmed up at 11:00 a.m. with a group of around 50 leftwing activists, mostly young, who pooled to speak out alongside tourists at Thomas Paine Plaza to “End Rape Culture.” They later marched down market Street past City Hall, winding up at […]

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Philly Pro’s Book Dishes on Our Political Battles

BY DAVID LYNN Philadelphia Battlefields (Temple University Press, 294 pages) John Kromer’s book, Philadelphia Battlefields, is a must read for anyone who enjoys the history of Philadelphia politics, and/or wants to understand why some campaigns win, and some do not. The book is a very fast read, and has something for everyone. Data junkies will […]

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Fumo Blasts Kenney over Law and Order

Former State Sen. Vincent Fumo has escalated his online criticism of Mayor Jim Kenney. Since the one-time political superstar was released from prison in 2013, Fumo has led a fairly low-key life, going out socially while shunning controversy. But the eruption of civil disorder surrounding the first protests against the killing of George Floyd, which […]

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Fenerty Still a Player in Philly GOP Circles

BY DAVID LYNN Vince Fenerty may no longer be at the Philadelphia Parking Authority, but his influence is still felt in Republican Circles in Philadelphia. He has full or partial control over several well-funded PACs, and he quietly started a political consulting company in 2017 that may have allowed him to run campaigns for candidates […]

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‘Igniting the Flame’ in Wharton Square

A peaceful demonstration for Black lives at Wharton Square in Point Breeze united the community. The program featured the legendary anti-violence boy hiphop group South Philly Young Flames. The event was organized by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and State Rep. Jordan Harris.. It drew numerous political, civic and police leaders such as State Sen. Anthony Williams, […]

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The Robin Hood Tax: Can Comcast, Penn, & the PPD Save Philadelphia from Austerity?

BY CLAY MIRANDA-CONTEE June 25 will mark the last session of City Council before break, by which time they will have voted on Mayor Jim Kenney’s unpopular austerity budget, which proposed large funding cuts for education, the arts, and essential services to cope with a projected deficit now in the range of $750 million. This […]

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