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Boyle Pushes Through Air Force Contract for N.E. Philadelphia

Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Phila.) celebrated the U.S. Air Force’s announcement to award Boeing and Leonardo, the parent company of AgustaWestland in Northeast Philadelphia, the contract to build as many as 84 UH-1N replacement helicopters in Northeast Philadelphia. It would not have happened but for the Boyle Amendment, which allowed Boeing-Leonardo to compete openly for the […]

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In the 177th Legislative Dist., Hohenstein Means Service

BY TONY WEST A fifth-generation resident of Frankford, Joe Hohenstein was born into an ethic of moral mission. His parents were staunch progressives with deep union roots – his father a public-school teacher, his mother a shop steward for AFSCME DC 47. But they didn’t confine their activism to their home town. For years, they […]

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GET UP FOR FALL: A Citywide Guide to This Season’s Fun

After the hottest, wettest summer in recent memory, we would be ready for autumn’s arrival regardless of what activities awaited our participation in the Cradle of Liberty. But, continuing a trend that has helped cement Philadelphia’s status as one of the most livable, exciting cities in America, Fall 2018 will see more things to do […]

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POLS ON THE STREETS: Ds, Rs – Who’s Recruiting in Pennsylvania?

  BY JOE SHAHEELI Where are today’s Pennsylvania voters? And are we getting them? That’s what both parties want to know as they head into a crucial statewide election, with a U.S. senator, 18 Congress members, a governor, half the State Senate and all the State House on the line. Initial reports are that Keystone […]

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Clarke: Bring Back Traffic Cops

City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) last week proposed an amendment to the Home Rule Charter that would establish a new class of City employees, called Public Safety Enforcement Officers, to ensure Philadelphia’s streets are safe for all. “No matter how you get around – whether by motor, wheel, or foot – you […]

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Philadelphia Elections Won’t Be Hacked

BY TONY WEST Recent revelations of election interference by Russian and other foreign agents have raised widespread concern about the vulnerability of the November general election to such attacks. Nationwide, 64% of registered voters say election security should be a top priority, according to a Marist Poll released this week; that number rises to 70% […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Legal Drugs Become Potent Campaign Talk

BY JOE SHAHEELI There’s a shift in the public mood when it comes to the pharmaceutical industry. It used to be that all legal drug sellers were good and all illegal drug sellers were bad, during election season. Increasingly, however, politicians on both left and right are eyeing Big Pharma with suspicion. Republican gubernatorial candidate […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: POLS ON THE STREET: Dueling Millionaires – Who’s Open, Who’s Nice?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Two York County big businessmen turned state political leaders. Two guys who pay a lot of taxes. Two different responses. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made his full 2017 tax returns available for review earlier this month. He reported about $414,000 in adjusted gross income in 2017—down quite a bit from previous years […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Born to Run? Try Your Luck in Philadelphia’s 2019 Primary

BY JOE SHAHEELI Political insiders are fascinated by the potential impact of the Philadelphia vote of two important statewide races, for the governorship, currently held by Democrat Tom Wolf and for the U.S. Senate seat of Robert Casey (D-Pa.). But no one doubts the outcome of either race in thoroughly Democratic Philadelphia – the only […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Can Schools Sue Their Way to Funding?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Elections have consequences. And few elections in recent Pennsylvania history have proved to be more consequential than the 2016 Democratic takeover of the State Supreme Court. That swiftly led to the historic gerrymandering decision that threw most state congressional seats up for grabs this fall. Now comes a new lawsuit, argued in […]

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