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BY RYAN BRIGGS A Democratic Party rule designed to encourage women to participate in State Committee elections has backfired for some female candidates running in the 2018 Pennsylvania primary. Some now say it’s time for the rule – which also inadvertently excludes transgender candidates – to be reexamined. The rule reserves about half of all […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Is the Hill Getting Religion on Redistricting?

BY JOE SHAHEELI One of the more-surprising outcomes of the 2018 primary is a sudden interest in rethinking the way the 2022 elections will be planned – on the part of an unlikely lot of reformers: the General Assembly. Gerrymandering, a perennial tongue-clucker for good-government types, has seldom troubled the actual gerrymanderers of both parties. […]

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Sheriff’s Office Brings Home $61.3 M to City

In Philadelphia City Council’s 2018 budget hearings, Sheriff Jewell Williams laid out the case for a row office that makes money for the City. Williams testified at Philadelphia Budget Hearings, telling council members that the Sheriff’s Office collected and returned $61.3 million in delinquent taxes and fees to the City general fund for the School […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: May 15 – New Faces, Narrow Escapes

BY JOE SHAHEELI In Philadelphia, three newly redrawn congressional districts were star attractions in the May 15 primary election. There were lively Democratic contests in all. In the 2nd District, which takes in most of Philadelphia from N. Broad Street and Center City through the Northeast, Brendan Boyle had to cover a lot of new […]

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Effort to Change School Name Gaining Traction

By Eldon Graham The Andrew Jackson School is one of the top-rated schools in South Philadelphia, but some believe the school’s moniker is a blemish upon it and the city. Brian Kall, operations and & management director at Drexel University College of Medicine, started the petition to change the name of the Jackson school. Kall, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: More Candidates, Fewer Views on May 15

BY JOE SHAHEELI The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s upending of congressional districts has sparked a volcanic explosion of congressional contestants in both major parties’ primaries. Associated Press reports more candidates – 84 in all – are questing for primary nominations for the state’s congressional districts than at any time since 1984. But back then, the State […]

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Southwark: a South Philly Community School Shows How to Make Progress

BY TONY WEST Southwark Elementary School, one of the pioneers in the Community Schools program that was a trademark initiative of Mayor Jim Kenney’s first year in office, was commended earlier this year for its academic progress in the 2016-17 school year, as measured by the district-wide School Progress Report. It stood out among neighborhood […]

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For Linda Fields, State Senate Run the Stuff of Dreams

In addition to all of her other accomplishments during a life dedicated to service, Linda Fields, the Democratic candidate for the state’s 24th Senatorial District, wants you to know one thing: She invented the smiley face. She relays this tongue-in-cheek nugget in her trademark soft-spoken lilt, eyes and body language fully engaged with her audience […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Lt. Guv Air War; State Rep. Bouts Galore

BY JOE SHAHEELI Contested lieutenant gubernatorial primaries are nothing new. But television ad campaigns have rarely been seen, due to the cost of pummeling the Keystone State’s numerous TV markets – coupled with the relative lack of clout that this office has, which is not an enticement to major donors. That is changing this year, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Soda Tax Stir 2019 Races?… Flurry of Primary Picks

BY JOE SHAHEELI Philadelphia’s controversial Sweetened Drinks Tax already bids to be a leading issue in the 2019 mayoral race. Despite the addition of new pre-K seats and community schools across the city, only Center City residents approve of the measure, according to a poll paid for by the American Beverage Association. David Binder Research […]

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