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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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Campaign Financing Tidbits

BY DAVID LYNN The ability to raise money is one of the unmistakable hallmarks of a successful politician. We analyzed the fundraising totals from 2018 and 2019 for current incumbents in the Pennsylvania House. We will be presenting complete datasets for the entire Commonwealth at WinningCampaigns.vote. As a special to the Philadelphia Public Record, we […]

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Campaigning in the Time of Coronavirus

BY TONY WEST The COVID-19 pandemic has filled the spring of 2020 with baffling challenges for Philadelphians’ paths of everyday life. Keenly feeling this pinch are political campaigners in the June 2 primary, which features several locals in competitive races: Theirs is not work that can be put on hold until June. So much of […]

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE: Philadelphia Mayor Kenney’s Post-COVID Budget

BY DENISE CLAY Last week, Mayor Jim Kenney unveiled the Budget That the ‘Rona Built. And no one, including him, has been very thrilled with it. Some of the cuts in this proposed budget have taken center stage. The Office for the Arts & the Creative Economy? Gone! Wanna go swimming in a City pool […]

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