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POLS ON THE STREET: ‘Reclaim’ Aims for New Philly Kills in 2020

POLS ON THE STREET: ‘Reclaim’ Aims for New Philly Kills in 2020

BY JOE SHAHEELI There’s a new party in town. It’s definitely not the Republicans. But it’s not the Democrats either, although they vote and organize Democratic most of the time. Chiefly, though, they keep counsel with each other. They’re the progressives. Progressive ideas have long been standard in Philadelphia’s Democratic politics. Rival teams compete over […]

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OPINION: Will Pa. Go Blue – and for Whom?

BY LARRY CEISLER We’re less than three months from the Iowa caucus and a year from the 2020 election. The Democratic field is – as expected – very much in flux. Here are some of my impressions. For a Democrat to win Pennsylvania in 2020, that candidate has got to be a moderate. He or […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Can Philly Woman Win Statewide Office?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Philadelphia will have one favorite daughter on the statewide Democratic Party ticket in 2020. Nina Ahmad, a former deputy mayor under Jim Kenney, has been ambitiously exploring elective office for several years. In 2018, she took a shot at the lieutenant governor nomination in a five-way primary race that included a fellow […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Krasner vs. FOP Could Heat up 2020

BY JOE SHAHEELI That the Fraternal Order of Police and District Attorney Larry Krasner do not always see eye to eye has been apparent since the day Krasner launched his run for office in 2016. Coming up now is 2020, time for him to launch his run for re-election. But the currents of conflict that […]

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Cherelle Parker: The Girl Who Found a Home in City Hall

BY TONY WEST Although she has risen far from humble beginnings, Councilmember Cherelle Parker would never describe herself as a “self-made woman.” No, “I am a product of the village,” she insists proudly. Parker’s “village” is the bluecollar Black community of Northwest Philadelphia where she was raised in the 1970s and 1980s. She recalls a […]

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Elephant Corner 11/14/2019

Last Tuesday was not a good day for Republicans in the Philadelphia region. In Chester County Democrats won all of the row offices on the ballot. In Delaware County, the county commission now has a Democrat majority. We only won one of the two Superior Court positions with MEGAN McCARTHY KING’S election. Luckily, incumbent COUNCILMAN […]

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Everyday People 11/14/2019

BY DENISE CLAY A whole lot is about to change in Philadelphia City Council. There are going to be two minority parties instead of one, thanks to Working Families Party candidate Kendra Brooks’s upset win over first-term Republican Al Taubenberger. With two Republicans – Councilmen Brian O’Neill and David Oh managed to find a place […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Brooks Win Sends Statewide Shock Waves

BY JOE SHAHEELI The victory of Working Families Party candidate Kendra Brooks in the at-Large City Council race will upend the traditional bipartisan organization of Philadelphia City Council – or at least make it irrelevant. Now that there are not one, but two minority parties, does that mean there will be two minority chairs? Will […]

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Philadelphia City Office of Veterans Affairs Reaches out to Serve

BY CARLO ARAGONCILLO The City of Philadelphia offers a wide range of services to residents who have served in their nation’s military. It is my privilege to share some insights we operate by, as director of the Office of Veterans Services. (1) Leadership Philosophy – When I came back home from Iraq in 2017, I […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Progressives Bump Republican off City Council

BY JOE SHAHEELI A city that within living memory was run by a Republican machine has just seen an at-large Republican expelled from City Council. How times have changed! Minority Republican Councilmember Al Taubenberger (at Large) was turfed out of office by the Working Families Party’s Kendra Brooks. As of yesterday morning, Brooks had won […]

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