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

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 Gov. Tom Wolf of his 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 required to […]

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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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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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