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POLS ON THE STREET:  Mary Gay Scanlon Makes a New First

BY JOE SHAHEELI MARY GAY SCANLON has become the first woman in Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation since 2014. Congresswoman Scanlon (D-S. Phila.) was sworn in last week to an open congressional seat in Southeastern Pennsylvania left vacant after Republican Pat Meehan resigned in April. Scanlon last week won a special election to fill the remaining seven […]

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PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR 2018: Sen. Christine Tartaglione, Working-Class Champion

BY TONY WEST To understand State Sen. Christine (“Tina”) Tartaglione, you have to understand the Tartagliones. Her father Eugene and mother Marge started out on Frankford Avenue, in a rowhouse community where nobody had a fancy title or a lot of money. But loyalty mattered and family mattered. In 1965 they moved to Oxford Circle. […]

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Fiedler Changes Face of 184th District

By Eldon Graham Elizabeth Fiedler emerged triumphantly as the winner of the 184th Legislative District after running a well-crafted and strenuous campaign. After announcing her candidacy over a year ago, Fiedler’s long journey from the newsroom to hitting the campaign trail was finally realized on an historic election day in Philadelphia when she was announced […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: For Wolf, Casey, It Was All About Moneyball

BY JOE SHAHEELI But First, Who Won? It was a good night for Pennsylvania Democrats. In Pennsylvania and across the nation, it helped candidates in Tuesday’s election to be Democrats. They held onto their incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf without breaking a sweat. With 99.32% of the vote reported as […]

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By the Numbers: Where Pa. Ds and Rs Have Gained Voters

BY NICK FIELD As recently as last summer, Pennsylvania Democrats were struggling to pull themselves off the mat. After six straight presidential victories, the Keystone State suddenly turned red and played a pivotal role in Donald Trump’s 2016 Electoral College victory. On top of that, the gains Republicans were making in voter registration throughout 2016 […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Ready or Not, Here We Vote!

BY JOE SHAHEELI A high turnin of absentee ballots bodes a high overall turnout in Pennsylvania’s 2018 midterm election. Absentee-ballot requests were closed on Oct. 30. But as of Friday, Oct. 26, the Pennsylvania Department of State had received almost 200,000 requests. And 96,000 had already clocked their votes. That is days ahead of the […]

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Public Servant of the Year 2018 Christine Tartaglione: Book Now!

State Sen. Christine Tartaglione will receive the 2018 “Public Servant of the Year” award on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Galdo’s in South Philadelphia. Tickets are going fast! Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Tables of 10 are $450. To buy tickets online: https://tinyurl.com/pprpublicservant2018 To place a congratulatory ad, call Melissa Barrett […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Surprise! Old Voters Vote for Health

BY JOE SHAHEELI Pennsylvania voters are some of the oldest voters in the United States. Old voters are preoccupied by social security and health-care bills. But when they are not in their doctors’ waiting rooms, old voters have lots of free time to vote, which they do in large numbers. Welcome to the Pennsylvania electorate, […]

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Pa. Secretary of State: Request Absentee Ballots Now

Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres encourages Pennsylvanians to submit requests for absentee ballots before the Oct. 30 deadline. Under the state election code, applications for absentee ballots must be submitted no later than one week before Election Day. For this year’s November 6 midterm election, the deadline falls on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Absentee voters […]

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