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POLS ON THE STREET: More Candidates, Fewer Views on May 15

BY JOE SHAHEELI The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s upending of congressional districts has sparked a volcanic explosion of congressional contestants in both major parties’ primaries. Associated Press reports more candidates – 84 in all – are questing for primary nominations for the state’s congressional districts than at any time since 1984. But back then, the State […]

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Southwark: a South Philly Community School Shows How to Make Progress

BY TONY WEST Southwark Elementary School, one of the pioneers in the Community Schools program that was a trademark initiative of Mayor Jim Kenney’s first year in office, was commended earlier this year for its academic progress in the 2016-17 school year, as measured by the district-wide School Progress Report. It stood out among neighborhood […]

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For Linda Fields, State Senate Run the Stuff of Dreams

In addition to all of her other accomplishments during a life dedicated to service, Linda Fields, the Democratic candidate for the state’s 24th Senatorial District, wants you to know one thing: She invented the smiley face. She relays this tongue-in-cheek nugget in her trademark soft-spoken lilt, eyes and body language fully engaged with her audience […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Lt. Guv Air War; State Rep. Bouts Galore

BY JOE SHAHEELI Contested lieutenant gubernatorial primaries are nothing new. But television ad campaigns have rarely been seen, due to the cost of pummeling the Keystone State’s numerous TV markets – coupled with the relative lack of clout that this office has, which is not an enticement to major donors. That is changing this year, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Soda Tax Stir 2019 Races?… Flurry of Primary Picks

BY JOE SHAHEELI Philadelphia’s controversial Sweetened Drinks Tax already bids to be a leading issue in the 2019 mayoral race. Despite the addition of new pre-K seats and community schools across the city, only Center City residents approve of the measure, according to a poll paid for by the American Beverage Association. David Binder Research […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: State Poll Spells GOP Trouble; City Primary Races Steam up

BY JOE SHAHEELI The latest poll casts a grim light on Republican prospects in the Keystone State in the November general election. According to an Allentown Morning Call/Muhlenberg College report released this week, which closed Apr. 12, Democrats lead comfortably in all statewide and national offices six months out. Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf is lapping […]

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Top Philly DA Staffers Exit under Krasner

BY RYAN BRIGGS & MAX MARIN A full quarter of the prosecutors and other senior staff at the Philadelphia District Attorney have departed since Larry Krasner took office with a plan for sweeping reforms. An analysis of city payroll records shows that out of 335 prosecutorial staff, investigators and senior administrators employed at the end […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Welcome Aboard, School Board! Check Lifejackets

BY JOE SHAHEELI Philadelphia crossed a historic milestone when it recovered its own Board of Education, freed from State management as of July 1, 2018. Few are mourning this change, on either side of City Line Avenue. With important exceptions, the City doesn’t trust the State to deliver and the State doesn’t trust the City […]

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PUBLIC SERVANTS AT WORK, Apr. 5, 2018

Sabatina Taps April for Autism Awareness State Sen. John Sabatina (D-Northeast) won a resolution to designate April 2018 as Autism Awareness Month. “It is incredibly important to recognize all those who are on the autism spectrum, as well as their families and caregivers. We need to work to make sure that autism is not a […]

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What Is a ‘Committee Person’?

BY CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY I would like to clarify many misconceptions of what a committee person’s duties are and how valuable they truly are. First, it is a 365-day-a-year, 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week responsibility. They are the eyes and ears in their community. They are the grassroots, boots on the ground of the political parties. They are […]

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