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OPINION: Trade War Unfair to Italy

BY LOU BARLETTA What does an international quarrel between the world’s two largest aircraft makers have to do with Italian pasta and coffee? Besides Americans smuggling back some stuffed shells in their luggage on the flight back from a trip to Rome, absolutely nothing. That’s why you might be surprised to find out that Italy […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Ahmad, Butkovitz Eye Pa. Auditor’s Office in 2020

BY JOE SHAHEELI Two Philadelphians were among four working the Democratic State Committee get-together, looking to run for State Auditor General in 2020. That post’s current occupant, Eugene DePasquale, is term-limited and running for Congress. Former City Controller Alan Butkovitz and former Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad have been giving the race serious attention. Also pumping […]

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POLS ON THE STREET:  Pa. Lawmakers Are Gunning for Approval

BY JOE SHAHEELI To call it “bipartisan” may be a bit of a stretch. But there are unusual signs that both parties in Harrisburg want to do something about gun violence before year’s end. Just not the same things, perhaps. In the State House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, for example, 12 bills were introduced for […]

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ACT TWO FOR JOHN TAYLOR: A Long-Serving Lawmaker Looks Back on His Career

BY TONY WEST From his office in a Center City law firm, former State Rep. John Taylor can see Harrisburg with the observant eye of someone who served for 34 years in the General Assembly. Taylor’s legislative career was storied. He served as chair first of the Liquor Control Committee and ultimately of the powerful […]

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LABOR DAY: Message from Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

BY PRESIDENT RICHARD W. BLOOMINGDALE In 1893, Samuel Gompers, the first president of the American Federation of Labor, was asked, “What does labor want?” Today, our union movement finds ourselves faced with that same question, albeit more than 125 years later, as eyes across the country turn to see what union members have to say […]

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LABOR DAY: “Philadelphia? That’s a Good Union Town.”

BY PAT EIDING I grew up in Kensington and been a union member all my adult life (with a few years serving Uncle Sam the only exception). As a member of Insulators Local 14, I worked on construction sites as far away as Atlantic City, Pittsburgh, and upstate New York. I’ve been lucky enough to […]

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LABOR DAY: Labor Is on the March Again

BY ARTHUR STEINBERG This Labor Day, we celebrate the working people of not just Pennsylvania or the United States, but of the world. In an age of an always-connected society, it is easier to see now more than ever how much of the world rests upon workers’ shoulders. Our fears are amplified through social media, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: The Guns of August – Political Bullets Now Flying

BY JOE SHAHEELI A brazen attack on police officers, wounding six, by an AR-15-wielding criminal who probably shouldn’t have been on the streets was not in itself a political act. All Philadelphians set aside partisan views and cringed in horror as one. But the political implications are many. Indeed, they are too tangled to straighten […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Independents Will Test Strength in Council Races

BY JOE SHAHEELI This is the week that independent and third-party candidates for municipal office will find out if they will actually be allowed to run in the November general election. It looks like many of them will. By no later than tomorrow, all challenges to petitions filed by 10 councilmanic hopefuls will have been […]

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Philadelphia Leaders Tout Energy Makeover for High Schools

Mayor Jim Kenney, Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District), Superintendent William R. Hite and the Philadelphia Energy Authority kicked off Philadelphia Solar Week by announcing the Year 2 outcomes of the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, and spotlighting the “energy makeover” of Northeast High School. In just two years, the Energy Authority’s Philadelphia Energy Campaign has […]

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