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POLS ON THE STREETS: Ds, Rs – Who’s Recruiting in Pennsylvania?

  BY JOE SHAHEELI Where are today’s Pennsylvania voters? And are we getting them? That’s what both parties want to know as they head into a crucial statewide election, with a U.S. senator, 18 Congress members, a governor, half the State Senate and all the State House on the line. Initial reports are that Keystone […]

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Clarke: Bring Back Traffic Cops

City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) last week proposed an amendment to the Home Rule Charter that would establish a new class of City employees, called Public Safety Enforcement Officers, to ensure Philadelphia’s streets are safe for all. “No matter how you get around – whether by motor, wheel, or foot – you […]

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Philadelphia Elections Won’t Be Hacked

BY TONY WEST Recent revelations of election interference by Russian and other foreign agents have raised widespread concern about the vulnerability of the November general election to such attacks. Nationwide, 64% of registered voters say election security should be a top priority, according to a Marist Poll released this week; that number rises to 70% […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Legal Drugs Become Potent Campaign Talk

BY JOE SHAHEELI There’s a shift in the public mood when it comes to the pharmaceutical industry. It used to be that all legal drug sellers were good and all illegal drug sellers were bad, during election season. Increasingly, however, politicians on both left and right are eyeing Big Pharma with suspicion. Republican gubernatorial candidate […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: POLS ON THE STREET: Dueling Millionaires – Who’s Open, Who’s Nice?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Two York County big businessmen turned state political leaders. Two guys who pay a lot of taxes. Two different responses. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made his full 2017 tax returns available for review earlier this month. He reported about $414,000 in adjusted gross income in 2017—down quite a bit from previous years […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Born to Run? Try Your Luck in Philadelphia’s 2019 Primary

BY JOE SHAHEELI Political insiders are fascinated by the potential impact of the Philadelphia vote of two important statewide races, for the governorship, currently held by Democrat Tom Wolf and for the U.S. Senate seat of Robert Casey (D-Pa.). But no one doubts the outcome of either race in thoroughly Democratic Philadelphia – the only […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Can Schools Sue Their Way to Funding?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Elections have consequences. And few elections in recent Pennsylvania history have proved to be more consequential than the 2016 Democratic takeover of the State Supreme Court. That swiftly led to the historic gerrymandering decision that threw most state congressional seats up for grabs this fall. Now comes a new lawsuit, argued in […]

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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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