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Clarke: Lift 100,000 out of Poverty

Newly sworn as president of City Council for a third term, Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) said it was imperative that every City agency, business, academic and nonprofit leader join a united effort to lift 100,000 Philadelphians out of poverty over the next four years. “I’m calling on everyone – the business community, our top […]

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Greenlee Bids Farewell to City Council Life

BY TONY WEST Councilman Bill Greenlee is stepping out of City Council this month after 40 years inside it, one way or another. The 66-year-old councilmember apprenticed in City government under the tutelage of one of Philadelphia’s most-colorful leaders, Councilman David Cohen. An old-school liberal with a keen sense of working-class concerns, Cohen started out […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Toomey Follows His Own Road

BY JOE SHAHEELI Long viewed as one of the more-independent conservatives in the U.S. Senate, Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has gone out on an unusual limb by opposing the new U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement, which is destined to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. USMCA is the first major piece of bipartisan legislation that has […]

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Letter from the Mayor of Philadelphia

Fellow Philadelphians, Being your mayor for the last four years has been the greatest honor of my life. In 2016, we embarked on an ambitious mission to bring equity and opportunity to all neighborhoods and to make the government more accessible and accountable to the people it serves. As I reflect on this term, I’m […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: ‘Reclaim’ Aims for New Philly Kills in 2020

BY JOE SHAHEELI There’s a new party in town. It’s definitely not the Republicans. But it’s not the Democrats either, although they vote and organize Democratic most of the time. Chiefly, though, they keep counsel with each other. They’re the progressives. Progressive ideas have long been standard in Philadelphia’s Democratic politics. Rival teams compete over […]

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OPINION: Will Pa. Go Blue – and for Whom?

BY LARRY CEISLER We’re less than three months from the Iowa caucus and a year from the 2020 election. The Democratic field is – as expected – very much in flux. Here are some of my impressions. For a Democrat to win Pennsylvania in 2020, that candidate has got to be a moderate. He or […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Can Philly Woman Win Statewide Office?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Philadelphia will have one favorite daughter on the statewide Democratic Party ticket in 2020. Nina Ahmad, a former deputy mayor under Jim Kenney, has been ambitiously exploring elective office for several years. In 2018, she took a shot at the lieutenant governor nomination in a five-way primary race that included a fellow […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Krasner vs. FOP Could Heat up 2020

BY JOE SHAHEELI That the Fraternal Order of Police and District Attorney Larry Krasner do not always see eye to eye has been apparent since the day Krasner launched his run for office in 2016. Coming up now is 2020, time for him to launch his run for re-election. But the currents of conflict that […]

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Cherelle Parker: The Girl Who Found a Home in City Hall

BY TONY WEST Although she has risen far from humble beginnings, Councilmember Cherelle Parker would never describe herself as a “self-made woman.” No, “I am a product of the village,” she insists proudly. Parker’s “village” is the bluecollar Black community of Northwest Philadelphia where she was raised in the 1970s and 1980s. She recalls a […]

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Elephant Corner 11/14/2019

Last Tuesday was not a good day for Republicans in the Philadelphia region. In Chester County Democrats won all of the row offices on the ballot. In Delaware County, the county commission now has a Democrat majority. We only won one of the two Superior Court positions with MEGAN McCARTHY KING’S election. Luckily, incumbent COUNCILMAN […]

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