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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Third Time Be the Charm in the 190th?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Maybe they’ve got it right at last. The 190th Legislative District, which is facing a Mar. 12 special election to replace State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, now has a full slate – in fact, a four-way race. And miraculously, it seems, one of these four (in a district that registers seven-eighths Democratic) […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: White’s All Right; Dem Senators Take Chairs

BY JOE SHAHEELI With Philadelphia’s longstanding defender in the Harrisburg House of Representatives, State Rep. John Taylor, gone, State Rep. Martina White (R-Northeast) is the city’s sole vote in a majority caucus. White has been rewarded by her colleagues for her survival in last year’s election with a plum assignment: the House Appropriations Committee. Most […]

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Public Record’s Citywide Petition Party

The Philadelphia Public Record will host a major “Meet the Candidates” Event with an open bar, free for all ordinary registered voters, on Feb. 28.    Send article as PDF   

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POLS ON THE STREET: Look out, Incumbents! Here They Come

An amazing number of candidates is testing the waters for a district City Council race this season. It would be an uphill climb, since no district incumbent seems inclined to quit, leaving an open seat for newcomers; and the power of incumbency is strong. But political activism is in the air in 2019. Interest that […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philadelphians Rise in Harrisburg Ranks

BY JOE SHAHEELI The dust from the 2018 general election having settled, we now know where the Philadelphia delegation stands in the current General Assembly leadership. After the loss of retired State Rep. John Taylor, Philadelphians still have one member of the majority party with a hand on the levers of power. That’s State Rep. […]

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Kenney, Blackwell Spar Over Iconic W. Philly Building

A rare personal criticism of a City Council member by Mayor Jim Kenney drew attention to a long-stewing neighborhood redevelopment project with citywide implications. The spectacular Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building at 46th & Market Streets was vacated by that company in 1983. Since then, numerous attempts to repurpose it have been made, none of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philadelphia Sheriff’s Race Promises a Complicated Contest

BY JOE SHAHEELI 2018 – we got all that behind us. Now it is time for the main event in a true city politico’s heart: the May municipal primary elections. This campaign season already looks to be filled with unprecedented races rich with wild cards. One of the top row offices at stake is that […]

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POLS ON THE STREET:  The Shape of Elections to Come

BY JOE SHAHEELI What will be the driving issues in the 2019 Philadelphia Democratic primary? Let’s talk practical for a moment. Elections must by held on schedule and contestants must campaign about something. So what are the issues that will surface and steer the primary? One that has long been hanging out there is the […]

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A  Novel  Idea:  Books  on  Passyunk

By Eldon Graham East Passyunk, the vibrant South Philadelphia community, just got another new store that will surely have people flocking to it. It’s called A Novel Idea, a bookstore owned and operated by husband and wife Alexander Schneider and Christina Rosso-Schneider, that had its soft opening early this month. The idea to open a […]

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Reynolds Brown Brings ‘Warmth’ and More

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