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City Dems Must Muscle up Their Vote

City Dems Must Muscle up Their Vote

The outcome of the Nov. 3 election gave Philadelphia Democrats one thing to cheer about: their lopsided voter advantage swept Joe Biden to victory in the state, making Pennsylvania the first to affirm he won a majority in the Electoral College. They should pause their cheers now and survey instead the gaps in their lineup […]

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Philadelphia Vote Shows Winners, Losers as Monster Vote Count Nears End

BY TONY WEST Philadelphia inched up its election turnout this November, delivering a predictable majority for Democratic candidates. That will be enough to carry presidential candidate Joe Biden past the victory line in Pennsylvania in all probability – providing him with a major boost to his win in the Electoral College. More striking, however, was […]

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FOP Lodge 5 Reaches out to Pols with Dollars

BY DAVID LYNN FOP Lodge 5, presided over by John McNesby, is a big player in Philadelphia-area politics. Their PAC, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, raised $180,954.42 in 2019, and had expenditures of $131,355.16. For the first five cycles of 2020 that have been reported to date, the PAC raised $172,572.21, and had expenses […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: GOP Wants Pollwatchers in Satellite Offices

On Sept. 29, the City Commissioners of Philadelphia set up seven satellite offices. The same day, the Trump campaign requested that pollwatchers be permitted in the offices to view but not interfere in with City Commission employees. The commissioners refused the Trump campaign and the campaign asked the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court for relief from […]

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Philadelphia City Commission Tackles Voting Year from Hell

BY TONY WEST All three of Philadelphia’s City commissioners ran in 2019 for their office, whose mission is to manage the largest elections in Pennsylvania. By 2020, they may have wished at times that they had sought another line of work. While organizing an election is challenging in some regards, most of its piece tend […]

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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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