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Incumbents on Review: City Commissioner Lisa Deeley

As Lisa Deeley sees it, she must be doing something right. Philadelphia City Commission, which she chairs, is charged with administering the machinery of elections, two a year, and with facilitating and encouraging citizens to vote. “And voter turnout has increased in every election since I was elected in 2015,” she stressed. The daughter of […]

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Incumbents on Review: Councilman at Large Allan Domb

In four years on City Council, developer Allan Domb has made a name for himself as having a keen eye for the intricacies of municipal finance. “I’m the one who raised their hand and identified $33 million unaccounted in the City budget, identified seven financial accounts that had not been balanced, going back seven years,” […]

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Incumbents on Review: Derek Green

Despite having incumbent status and all the attendant benefits – visibility, extant platforms, media coverage – City Councilman Derek Green says that this year’s race is harder in a way than his 2015 campaign. “It’s more challenging just from the perspective of my day job” at City Hall, he explains. “I represent not just one […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Street Sues Kenney to Pep up Philadelphia Mayor’s Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI Former Mayor John Street is doing his wily best to stir up a storm over real-estate tax increases. At this late stage of the mayoral race, it may be his best chance to unseat Mayor Jim Kenney in next week’s Democratic primary. Last week, Street filed a class-action lawsuit Friday to bar […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Time for the Last Word on Money

BY JOE SHAHEELI Tomorrow will be the day for Cycle 2 campaign-finance reports to be filed. Expert all political insiders to start rooting through Board of Elections data from then through Monday, trying to scope out the relative and absolute strength of front-runners. It’s held that any citywide race should cost at least $100,000. District […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Bullet Voting – Whom Do You Love, Really?

BY JOE SHAHEELI An important political tactic comes into play in primary races where there are multiple seats in a given office which are being contested by more candidates than there are seats. Example: Democrats get to nominate two seats on City Commission – but there are 13 candidates for those seats on their primary […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Tax Abatements Pop as an Issue in Philly Primary Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI The 2019 municipal primary campaign has been a sea of candidates searching for an island of issues. Everybody wants to run for every office. The question is: What would anyone do differently if elected? A debate over the fate of Philadelphia’s two-decades-old tax abatements for real-estate development or improvement seems to be […]

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2019 Philadelphia Spring Guide

Content Courtesy of Visit Philadelphia Philly hums and buzzes with an exciting new energy every spring. The longer days and warmer weather welcome outdoor dining, lively street festivals and the return of seasonal public spaces throughout the city. For spring 2019, food (Flavors of Philly, Dining Out for Life), sports (Phillies baseball), culture (African American […]

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Philadelphia’s Historic Shift on Preservation

BY PAUL STEINKE April 2019 is a hopeful, and even historic, month for historic preservation in Philadelphia. Mayor Jim Kenney released the final report of his Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force, identifying a set of priorities and action steps to implement many of the report’s recommendations to encourage the preservation and re-use of older buildings […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: How to Win a Race without Running

BY JOE SHAHEELI The strategy at the top of the mayoral race toward the May 21 municipal primary is now clear: Mayor Jim Kenney believes he is so far ahead, both in polling and in dollars, that he doesn’t need to show up on what is technically called “the campaign trail.” Instead, he focuses all […]

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