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Fenerty Still a Player in Philly GOP Circles

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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POLS ON THE STREET: Striking Outcomes in Contested Philly Races

BY JOE SHAHEELI The results are in – sort of. The June 2 primary election appears to have delivered knockout blows to several incumbent State lawmakers in Philadelphia. The key word in the preceding sentence is “appears.” As of Wednesday afternoon, only machine vote tallies have been posted by the beleaguered City Commission’s Board of […]

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Who’s in Whose Corner in Philly Primary Races

BY TONY WEST Tomorrow’s primary features several contested races for the General Assembly among Philadelphia Democrats. Some of them hold strong interest for political fortune-tellers because they may shed light on big trends in city politics. A couple have even drawn nationwide attention. Let us look at the base of support of all candidates in […]

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Quit Complaining About the Vote – Just Show up and Pitch in

BY PAT PARKINSON I’ve been a Democratic ward leader since 2009 and each election, both primary and general, I would work with the Republican ward leader (3 during my time) and we would fill the election boards with inside workers. The Republican ward leader resigned last year and there hasn’t been an appointment yet (well […]

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