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New Book Delves into SPHS History

By Eldon Graham South Philadelphia High School is diving deep into its past, in literary form. The book, by Dr. Tony Evangelisto, is simply known as “South Philadelphia High School.” It chronicles the humble beginnings of the school and all the teachers, principals and students that came through and shaped the school’s legacy into what […]

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‘Janus’ Stirs Philly Labor to Rally for Casey

BY TONY WEST U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) made an important pit stop in Philadelphia last week, visiting with a coalition of representatives from unions that represent public-sector employees. They were reeling from the June 27 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME, which held that government workers are not required to […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Campaigns Gear up for Fall Semester

BY JOE SHAHEELI One of the biggest dilemmas facing elected officials as they head into the fall general-election season is that, aside from a relatively small number of politically savvy types, nobody much cares about them in August. In the dog days, the ordinary voter’s heart and mind is set on wringing the last bit […]

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Reclaimers in 175th Dist. Still Sore at Party Rules

BY RYAN BRIGGS Democratic 5th Ward Leader Mike Boyle found himself at the center of a rare controversy in his Center City Philadelphia district. A vocal minority of committee people, many of them insurgent reformers, said Boyle had colluded with 175th District State Rep. Mike O’Brien to appoint O’Brien’s chief of staff Mary Isaacson as […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Team Trump Brings Its Tune to Philly

BY JOE SHAHEELI The national Republican team came to Philadelphia on Monday. Republicans cheered and donated; Democrats booed and protested. What is not clear is if anything changed as a result. But it is evident that the Republican Party is trying to move the needle in Southeastern Pennsylvania. For the second time since President Donald […]

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Brady Bunch a Success

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POLS ON THE STREET: City Dems Show up on the Same Page

BY JOE SHAHEELI  The ruling Democratic Party of Philadelphia emerged from is quadrennial housecleaning in the May primary in good shape.  All signs are that the May primary, which turfed up young winning candidates in several state rep races and yielded new Democratic City Committee ward leaders in 20% of its wards, has refreshed the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly Dems Take State Party Posts

BY JOE SHAHEELI How powerful is Philadelphia? In the halls of Pennsylvania government, not much. The Republican supermajority in the General Assembly rules out decisive leadership from this city because there aren’t enough Republicans in the Philadelphia caucus. And our leading voice in their caucus, State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) is stepping down at the […]

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History and Section 232: The Numbers Don’t Lie

Amid growing tensions, the process of implementing the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports is now moving forward. Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 directs the Secretary of Commerce to submit a report to the president advising whether any article “is being imported to the United States in such quantities […]

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New Canal, New Channel: Port of Philadelphia Enters a New Era

Interview with Jeff Theobald BY TONY WEST 2018 is the year that Philadelphia’s historic port officially entered the post-Panamax world, when the world’s largest cargo ships are able to sail directly from China and East Asia to the Northeastern United States via the Panama Canal – and the Delaware River is ready to receive them, […]

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