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POLS ON THE STREET: Tax Abatements Pop as an Issue in Philly Primary Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI The 2019 municipal primary campaign has been a sea of candidates searching for an island of issues. Everybody wants to run for every office. The question is: What would anyone do differently if elected? A debate over the fate of Philadelphia’s two-decades-old tax abatements for real-estate development or improvement seems to be […]

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2019 Philadelphia Spring Guide

Content Courtesy of Visit Philadelphia Philly hums and buzzes with an exciting new energy every spring. The longer days and warmer weather welcome outdoor dining, lively street festivals and the return of seasonal public spaces throughout the city. For spring 2019, food (Flavors of Philly, Dining Out for Life), sports (Phillies baseball), culture (African American […]

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Philadelphia’s Historic Shift on Preservation

BY PAUL STEINKE April 2019 is a hopeful, and even historic, month for historic preservation in Philadelphia. Mayor Jim Kenney released the final report of his Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force, identifying a set of priorities and action steps to implement many of the report’s recommendations to encourage the preservation and re-use of older buildings […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: How to Win a Race without Running

BY JOE SHAHEELI The strategy at the top of the mayoral race toward the May 21 municipal primary is now clear: Mayor Jim Kenney believes he is so far ahead, both in polling and in dollars, that he doesn’t need to show up on what is technically called “the campaign trail.” Instead, he focuses all […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Show Us What’s in Your Kitty

BY JOE SHAHEELI Insiders look forward to this point in every campaign season: the filings for the Cycle 1 campaign-finance reports. Filing began Apr. 2 and must be completed by next Tuesday, Apr. 9. While the general public is sure to snooze through this deadline, campaign professionals and potential backers will pay close attention to […]

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1,000 Issues, 20 Years of Philadelphia History in the Public Record

BY TONY WEST The Philadelphia Public Record was founded in 1999 by James “Jimmy” Tayoun. In an age when newspapers of long standing have been disappearing, dwindling or merging, this newspaper has thrived on its unique fine-grained coverage of political and governmental life within the city – a world often closely interpenetrated by its active […]

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Ballot Positions for Philadelphia Judicial Elections

The following positions were selected in Harrisburg on Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019. The final ballot will change as a result of challenges to candidates’ petitions as well as withdrawals. Common Pleas Court Vote for 6 #1 (D) VINCE MELCHIORRE #2 (D) JENNIFER SCHULTZ #3 (D) JOSHUA ROBERTS #4 (D) CRAIG LEVIN #5 (D) JON MARSHALL […]

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Ballot Positions for Philadelphia Municipal Offices

This is a provisional list as of Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019. Expect the final ballot to differ as a result of legal challenges to caqndidates’ petitions. MAYOR Pos, Party, Candidate 1 Democratic, Jim Kenney 2 Democratic, Alan Butkovitz 3 Democratic, Anthony Hardy Williams 1 Republican, Billy Ciancaglini CITY COMMISSIONERS Pos, Party, Candidate 1 Democratic, Marwan […]

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WOMEN: Our Time to Make History

BY COUNCILWOMAN CHERELLE PARKER March is Women’s History Month, and the theme for 2019 is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” The theme honors “women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.” With this theme in mind, as I reflect on the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: City GOP Ticket Takes Two Hits

BY JOE SHAHEELI While the big money is being spent in the Democratic primary race, its Republican counterpart has undergone some eye-catching twists. Republican City Committee’s endorsed candidate for mayor, North Philadelphia’s 16th Ward Leader Daphne Goggins, dropped out of the race in the last week before the filing deadline. She had drawn unwelcome attention […]

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