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POLS ON THE STREET: Can Toomey Pull the Trigger on Gun Control?

BY JOE SHAHEELI In the wake of this week’s horrific pair of mass shootings, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) moved decisively to do what few Republican politicians ever do: urge gun controls. He has done it before, in 2013. His measures failed then to persuade a Democratic-controlled Senate. It may seem even less likely now […]

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POLS ON THE STREET:  Political Philly Talks of Crime and Punishment

BY JOE SHAHEELI Concern over crime – especially violent crime – tends to rise in the summer. Partly it is because people are out in public more, in the open; and crime in public spaces, or worries about it, inspire a different sort of fear than do home invasions or barroom brawls. In part, juveniles […]

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Boyle Cleans up on Frankford

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POLS ON THE STREET: GOP Plans a Counter to Wolf’s ‘Restore PA’

BY JOE SHAHEELI The moment the dust settled on the municipal primary election this spring, all fulltime State-level politicians swung into fulltime planning for 2020, which will be their turn onstage. All legislative proposals for the remainder of the 2019 session will be understood, necessarily in part at least, as strategic positioning. Ever since he […]

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OPINION: Militaries Don’t Fix Problems

BY JOE SESTAK Tensions between Iran and the United States have recently reached dangerous new heights – which could result in spiraling reprisals devolving into war. Having served in the military, I know that militaries can stop a problem, but they can’t fix a problem. This is why I supported the Iran nuclear accord, and […]

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OPINION: Reefer Madness Revisited

BY JOHN DAME More than 40 years ago, I ran a rock radio station, Starview 92.7-FM in Central Pennsylvania. We were the first radio station to offer special midnight movies. These movies included a 1930s anti-drug movie called Reefer Madness, which warned of a descent into madness for those lured into trying marijuana. This propaganda […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly to Play Huge Role in Presidential Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI Even as the southern border was being besieged by asylum seekers, Philadelphia experienced a steady parade of Oval-Office seekers this week. Expect it to be a foretaste of months to come. Four of the 25 announced candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination participated in a forum on Saturday, the closing night […]

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Philadelphia Summer Guide 2019

Festivals of all kinds, neighborhood parties, beer gardens and a bevy of awesome outdoor events make Philadelphia the place to be this summer. Visitors and residents alike can look forward to relaxing on the waterfront at Spruce Street Harbor Park, sipping drinks at a Parks on Tap pop-up beer garden and enjoying carnival-style fun at […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Marge Tartaglione, Pioneering Woman Leader, Passes

BY JOE SHAHEELI Margaret Tartaglione, who chaired Philadelphia City Commission, serving on it for 36 years, died on July 9 aged 86. With her passed an era of tumultuous changes seasoned with fierce loyalties in the city’s grassroots political culture. More than anything else, Tartaglione was a consummate street politician. As a young housewife and […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Bipartisan Agreement in the ’Burg – Let’s Take off!

BY JOE SHAHEELI Buoyed by a vibrant economy, the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf passed a budget on time, for once. It was easy to do in 2019. Commonwealth revenues are up, making it easy for legislators to increase spending for popular causes while eschewing any tax hikes. The 2019-2020 budget amounts […]

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