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Governor’s Message: Pa. Stands Behind Philadelphia’s Port

BY GOV. TOM WOLF My administration is working to improve the transportation infrastructure of Pennsylvania, and the Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) is no exception. More than $300 million in infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment investments are underway at PhilaPort through my Capital Investment Program and port development plan. The arrival of two super post-Panamax cranes last […]

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OUR OPINION: Spilling Tea, Reading Leaves

There was so much to unpack in last Tuesday’s primary results that vats of ink and billions of pixels could continue to be spilled for weeks to come – and indeed, some of the finest analysis anywhere can be found in these pages. But as America’s least favorite coach, Bill Belichick would say, “On to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Progressive Votes Were Not Writ at Large

BY JOE SHAHEELI A cluster of youngish newcomers to the electoral fray created a stir in the crowded at-large councilmanic race. Loosely styled “progressives,” their numbers included, in part, Eryn Santamoor, Justin DiBerardinis and Erika Almirón as well as a host of lesser-known entrants such as Adrián Rivera-Reyes, Beth Finn and Asa Khalif. They tend […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: New Council Faces, Row-Office Upsets in Philadelphia

BY JOE SHAHEELI Jim Kenney will remain mayor of Philadelphia for another four years, God willing. Democratic primary voters said so Tuesday and not enough disaffected citizens will turn to his Republican challenger, Billy Ciancaglini, in the fall to unseat him then. Perhaps if his two challengers, State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.) and former […]

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Incumbents on Review: City Commissioner Lisa Deeley

As Lisa Deeley sees it, she must be doing something right. Philadelphia City Commission, which she chairs, is charged with administering the machinery of elections, two a year, and with facilitating and encouraging citizens to vote. “And voter turnout has increased in every election since I was elected in 2015,” she stressed. The daughter of […]

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Incumbents on Review: Councilman at Large Allan Domb

In four years on City Council, developer Allan Domb has made a name for himself as having a keen eye for the intricacies of municipal finance. “I’m the one who raised their hand and identified $33 million unaccounted in the City budget, identified seven financial accounts that had not been balanced, going back seven years,” […]

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Incumbents on Review: Derek Green

Despite having incumbent status and all the attendant benefits – visibility, extant platforms, media coverage – City Councilman Derek Green says that this year’s race is harder in a way than his 2015 campaign. “It’s more challenging just from the perspective of my day job” at City Hall, he explains. “I represent not just one […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Street Sues Kenney to Pep up Philadelphia Mayor’s Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI Former Mayor John Street is doing his wily best to stir up a storm over real-estate tax increases. At this late stage of the mayoral race, it may be his best chance to unseat Mayor Jim Kenney in next week’s Democratic primary. Last week, Street filed a class-action lawsuit Friday to bar […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Time for the Last Word on Money

BY JOE SHAHEELI Tomorrow will be the day for Cycle 2 campaign-finance reports to be filed. Expert all political insiders to start rooting through Board of Elections data from then through Monday, trying to scope out the relative and absolute strength of front-runners. It’s held that any citywide race should cost at least $100,000. District […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Bullet Voting – Whom Do You Love, Really?

BY JOE SHAHEELI An important political tactic comes into play in primary races where there are multiple seats in a given office which are being contested by more candidates than there are seats. Example: Democrats get to nominate two seats on City Commission – but there are 13 candidates for those seats on their primary […]

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