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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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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Indies Catch Fire? Dems, GOP Steam

BY JOE SHAHEELI The first independent to make a serious, professionally planned run for City Council at Large was Andrew Stober in 2015. A “moderate progressive,” if there is such a thing, an experienced nonprofit manager, Stober raised in excess of $100,000 yet still fell well below the Republican at-large ticket. After his race, Stober […]

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‘Come From Away’ Inspires Togetherness!

BY BONNIE SQUIRES Thank you, Anne Ewers and Ed Cambron, for the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus and the Broadway Philadelphia series which just opened with the outstanding musical production, Come From Away. If your spirits need lifting – and whose don’t in these trying times? – then hurry to buy your tickets before the sold-out […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Wipe out School Property Tax? It Could Happen

BY JOE SHAHEELI How about this: A fundamental overhaul of Pennsylvania taxation that splits the state almost down the middle – while being completely bipartisan? You don’t pass this convoy on the turnpike very often. Eliminating the school property tax is that cause. This method of funding public education, dating to the 1830s, is decried […]

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