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Walking the Beat, 1/24/2021

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA ALL THE SIGNS ARE THERE. President BIDEN has the potential to be another Lyndon JOHNSON (minus Vietnam). His long-time working relationship with GOP lawmakers and middle-of-the-road positions make compromise possible to accomplish much. Many attackers of our Capitol were fed that they were in a revolution. In 1776, Hessian Lt. Johann […]

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Biden Helps in Philly on MLK Day

PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden visited the massive Philabundance donation drive, which was unswayed by pandemic on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. He was joined by State Sen. Sharif Street, L, and Philadelphia democratic Committee Chairman Bob Brady, R. It was Biden’s last trip to Philadelphia, where his campaign was headquartered, before his inauguration. Photo […]

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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 workers compensation attorney in wilkes-barre in their 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 […]

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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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