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POLS ON THE STREET: GOP Plans a Counter to Wolf’s ‘Restore PA’

BY JOE SHAHEELI The moment the dust settled on the municipal primary election this spring, all fulltime State-level politicians swung into fulltime planning for 2020, which will be their turn onstage. All legislative proposals for the remainder of the 2019 session will be understood, necessarily in part at least, as strategic positioning. Ever since he […]

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OPINION: Militaries Don’t Fix Problems

BY JOE SESTAK Tensions between Iran and the United States have recently reached dangerous new heights – which could result in spiraling reprisals devolving into war. Having served in the military, I know that militaries can stop a problem, but they can’t fix a problem. This is why I supported the Iran nuclear accord, and […]

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OPINION: Reefer Madness Revisited

BY JOHN DAME More than 40 years ago, I ran a rock radio station, Starview 92.7-FM in Central Pennsylvania. We were the first radio station to offer special midnight movies. These movies included a 1930s anti-drug movie called Reefer Madness, which warned of a descent into madness for those lured into trying marijuana. This propaganda […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly to Play Huge Role in Presidential Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI Even as the southern border was being besieged by asylum seekers, Philadelphia experienced a steady parade of Oval-Office seekers this week. Expect it to be a foretaste of months to come. Four of the 25 announced candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination participated in a forum on Saturday, the closing night […]

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Philadelphia Summer Guide 2019

Festivals of all kinds, neighborhood parties, beer gardens and a bevy of awesome outdoor events make Philadelphia the place to be this summer. Visitors and residents alike can look forward to relaxing on the waterfront at Spruce Street Harbor Park, sipping drinks at a Parks on Tap pop-up beer garden and enjoying carnival-style fun at […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Marge Tartaglione, Pioneering Woman Leader, Passes

BY JOE SHAHEELI Margaret Tartaglione, who chaired Philadelphia City Commission, serving on it for 36 years, died on July 9 aged 86. With her passed an era of tumultuous changes seasoned with fierce loyalties in the city’s grassroots political culture. More than anything else, Tartaglione was a consummate street politician. As a young housewife and […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Bipartisan Agreement in the ’Burg – Let’s Take off!

BY JOE SHAHEELI Buoyed by a vibrant economy, the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf passed a budget on time, for once. It was easy to do in 2019. Commonwealth revenues are up, making it easy for legislators to increase spending for popular causes while eschewing any tax hikes. The 2019-2020 budget amounts […]

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Hahnemann’s Bankruptcy Spurs Fierce Reactions

The bankruptcy declared by Hahnemann University Hospital’s owner sent shock waves through Philadelphia’s economic and political communities. The news was not unexpected. That the hospital, which has been a Philadelphia landmark since 1848, was in serious difficulties, having run deeply in the red for some time, was well known. And experts acknowledge that the elderly […]

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Leaders React in Shock to Refinery Closure

First came the physical crisis: the explosion and fire that devastated Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ iconic refinery at the mouth of the Schuylkill River. It was followed last week by an economic shock: the company’s announcement that it would close permanently within the next month. Now comes the political shock, as public officials scramble to mitigate […]

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Pols on The Street: State Budget Lacks Minimum Wage Bump, Ed $

As the state budget continues on a remarkable glide path toward timely passage in Harrisburg – legislators in both chambers have agreed to the outline and Gov. Tom Wolf has issued a statement that he would sign the package in its current iteration – from Philadelphia’s vantage point, the monies glass is decidedly half full. […]

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