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Reclaimers in 175th Dist. Still Sore at Party Rules

BY RYAN BRIGGS Democratic 5th Ward Leader Mike Boyle found himself at the center of a rare controversy in his Center City Philadelphia district. A vocal minority of committee people, many of them insurgent reformers, said Boyle had colluded with 175th District State Rep. Mike O’Brien to appoint O’Brien’s chief of staff Mary Isaacson as […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Team Trump Brings Its Tune to Philly

BY JOE SHAHEELI The national Republican team came to Philadelphia on Monday. Republicans cheered and donated; Democrats booed and protested. What is not clear is if anything changed as a result. But it is evident that the Republican Party is trying to move the needle in Southeastern Pennsylvania. For the second time since President Donald […]

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Brady Bunch a Success

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POLS ON THE STREET: City Dems Show up on the Same Page

BY JOE SHAHEELI  The ruling Democratic Party of Philadelphia emerged from is quadrennial housecleaning in the May primary in good shape.  All signs are that the May primary, which turfed up young winning candidates in several state rep races and yielded new Democratic City Committee ward leaders in 20% of its wards, has refreshed the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly Dems Take State Party Posts

BY JOE SHAHEELI How powerful is Philadelphia? In the halls of Pennsylvania government, not much. The Republican supermajority in the General Assembly rules out decisive leadership from this city because there aren’t enough Republicans in the Philadelphia caucus. And our leading voice in their caucus, State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast) is stepping down at the […]

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History and Section 232: The Numbers Don’t Lie

Amid growing tensions, the process of implementing the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports is now moving forward. Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 directs the Secretary of Commerce to submit a report to the president advising whether any article “is being imported to the United States in such quantities […]

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New Canal, New Channel: Port of Philadelphia Enters a New Era

Interview with Jeff Theobald BY TONY WEST 2018 is the year that Philadelphia’s historic port officially entered the post-Panamax world, when the world’s largest cargo ships are able to sail directly from China and East Asia to the Northeastern United States via the Panama Canal – and the Delaware River is ready to receive them, […]

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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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