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Dueling Protests March in Center City

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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New Jobs Beckon in Philadelphia COVID-19 Contact Tracing

BY TONY WEST A new line of work is about to take root in Philadelphia: COVID-19 contact tracing. As Philadelphia moves into the yellow phase of lockdown, reopening restaurants and other businesses, public-health officials are preparing to deal with a potential surge in new infections with a tool they wish they had had in early […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: 3 State Reps Fall in Fierce Philadelphia Primaries

BY JOE SHAHEELI Six turbulent Democratic primaries amid the turbulence of the COVID lockdown rocked Philadelphia’s political spring. The result of the June 2 election, not known until June 12 owing to the delay in counting a flood of mail-in ballots, saw three incumbents unseated. State Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-S. Phila.) lost her 185th Legislative […]

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Shattered City

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Shattered City

Philadelphia begins to recover from days of looting and violent demonstrations that wreaked havoc on the city’s commerce and working life, even as they laid bare painful divisions within the community. Now begins the work of organizing public action to tackle the problems that shattered our civic discourse. Necessarily, eyes turn first to City Hall […]

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Campaign-Finance Tidbits – the Champions of Small Change

BY DAVID LYNN More is always better in the realm of political fundraising. However, not all fundraising is interchangeable. Today, we are going to talk briefly about small money. The number of small contributions a candidate receives during an odd-numbered year is usually a good indicator of the amount of “grassroots” support a candidate has […]

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