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Packer Ave. Terminal Is Ready for Big Business at Philadelphia’s Port

With nary a scratch nor splash, two giant 32-story gantry cranes arrived from a globe-crossing trek into South Philadelphia this past March. The cranes completed a 90-plus-day journey from Shanghai, China, to arrive at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and mark the beginning of a new era of prosperity for the city and surrounding region. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Don’t Tax You, Don’t Tax Me; Tax That Man Behind That Tree

BY JOE SHAHEELI Just by looking at the calendar, it’s obvious that all proposed tax hikes face an uphill battle both on Capitol Hill and in City Hall this year. That’s because the all-important political races of the next 12 months – in the statewide November general election and in the 2019 municipal primary – […]

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Ahmad Makes Statewide Waves in Lt. Guv Race

BY TONY WEST A newcomer to Philadelphia electoral politics, former Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad, caught the eye of many voters outside the city in her last-minute race for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary. Ahmad had started out the campaign season with her own eye on the old 1st Congressional District seat. After that evaporated […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Many Dem Wards Elect New Leaders in Philadelphia

BY JOE SHAHEELI It’s more a generational change than a partisan conflict. After all is said and done, few Democratic ward leaders were overthrown by rebels in the June 4 committee elections. But there will be many new faces in Democratic City Committee for the next four years, largely because many old-timers burned out and […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Both City Parties Will Be Reborn Next Week

BY JOE SHAHEELI This coming Monday, June 4, the people who will actually decide the grassroots presence of the Philadelphia Democratic and Republican Parties will meet and be elected. Parties, by definition, are not clusters of ideas or policies; they are not their candidates; they are not their voters. Parties are organizations – and organizations […]

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BY RYAN BRIGGS A Democratic Party rule designed to encourage women to participate in State Committee elections has backfired for some female candidates running in the 2018 Pennsylvania primary. Some now say it’s time for the rule – which also inadvertently excludes transgender candidates – to be reexamined. The rule reserves about half of all […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Is the Hill Getting Religion on Redistricting?

BY JOE SHAHEELI One of the more-surprising outcomes of the 2018 primary is a sudden interest in rethinking the way the 2022 elections will be planned – on the part of an unlikely lot of reformers: the General Assembly. Gerrymandering, a perennial tongue-clucker for good-government types, has seldom troubled the actual gerrymanderers of both parties. […]

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Sheriff’s Office Brings Home $61.3 M to City

In Philadelphia City Council’s 2018 budget hearings, Sheriff Jewell Williams laid out the case for a row office that makes money for the City. Williams testified at Philadelphia Budget Hearings, telling council members that the Sheriff’s Office collected and returned $61.3 million in delinquent taxes and fees to the City general fund for the School […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: May 15 – New Faces, Narrow Escapes

BY JOE SHAHEELI In Philadelphia, three newly redrawn congressional districts were star attractions in the May 15 primary election. There were lively Democratic contests in all. In the 2nd District, which takes in most of Philadelphia from N. Broad Street and Center City through the Northeast, Brendan Boyle had to cover a lot of new […]

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Effort to Change School Name Gaining Traction

By Eldon Graham The Andrew Jackson School is one of the top-rated schools in South Philadelphia, but some believe the school’s moniker is a blemish upon it and the city. Brian Kall, operations and & management director at Drexel University College of Medicine, started the petition to change the name of the Jackson school. Kall, […]

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