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[POLS ON THE STREET: S.W. Pa. Squeaker Outcome Ripples Across USA

BY JOE SHAHEELI One thing we learned from Tuesday’s special election in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District is that we don’t yet know for sure who won. Absentee ballots remained to be counted as we went to press yesterday. But the final margin of victory, a few hundreds of votes, guarantees a call for a […]

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Dignitaries Bloom at Philadelphia Flower Show Opening Gala

Friday night, Mar. 2 was the patrons’ Preview Gala at the Convention Center, featuring the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Wonders of Water,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. You know you have an important event when Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney and many other dignitaries are spotted gazing at the rain forest display and […]

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Rich Lazer, Whitman Native, Seeks Congressional Seat

BY TONY WEST It was very much a hometown crowd that awaited Rich Lazer at Burke Playground in the portside community of Whitman in South Philadelphia. It was chilly as the sun set behind the jungle gym. Many of the more than 100 people who turned out were bundled up in hoodies – union hoodies […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Whitman Native Seeks Congressional Seat

BY JOE SHAHEELI Everybody in this year’s throbbing primary political engagement was in Harrisburg on Tuesday, turning in nominating petitions. Anyone who did not meet the requisite number of valid signatures on these petitions will be disqualified from the May primary. The same fate awaits all candidates whose petitions contain too many bad signatures or, […]

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Philadelphia Parking-Ticket Amnesty Goes into Effect

City Council came to grips with a long-standing dilemma on Tuesday with the unveiling of an amnesty for old parking tickets. The measure was a response to a campaign by the Finance Department to collect up to $580 million in unpaid parking tickets, some of them going back decades. While there was widespread applause for […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Redistricting War on Two Fronts

BY JOE SHAHEELI The initial panic into which statewide politics was flung by the State Supreme Court’s imposition of new congressional districts has settled into the odd reality that, for the next week at least, everyone who wishes to run for major offices must have a two-front strategy. They must have a plan to run […]

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LIVING HISTORY: Marian Tasco Honored by Sen. Casey

BY TONY WEST Former Councilwoman Marian Tasco has been invited to Washington, D.C. later this month as the honoree of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) at his annual Black History Month celebration. After moving here from North Carolina in 1968, she has witnessed the momentous history of the civil-rights movement in Philadelphia for the […]

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BLACK HISTORY TODAY: Philadelphia Leaders and Their Legacies

The Philadelphia Public Record features profiles of Philadelphia civil-rights leaders by their descendants. Lucien Blackwell Lucien E. Blackwell was a labor leader, state representative, city councilman and U.S. congressman. His reputation included fighting against gang war in the 1970s, when his slogan was: “Help stop gang wars. Give youth something to do, something to love […]

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Kozlowski Dares All in River Wards Race

BY TONY WEST In an audacious move, Republicans are mounting a serious effort to hold onto the last inner-city state legislative seat in Pennsylvania – and one of few in the nation – held by a Republican. This despite many signs of an impending Democratic wave in 2018. And they are doing it with a […]

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Vázquez Sandbagged in Barrio Power Struggle

BY MAX MARIN Less than a year ago, they helped elect him. But now, Democratic politicos in North Philadelphia have abruptly withdrawn support for rookie State Rep. Emilio Vázquez (D-Kensington), just weeks before the filing deadline for candidates to enter the race. In a meeting last week, ward leaders in the predominantly Latino and African […]

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