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Evans: Federal Spending Bill Benefits Philadelphia

Congressman Dwight Evans (D-Phila.) said the new, bipartisan spending bill he voted for last week will have several benefits for Philadelphia. “Under divided government, we won’t get a perfect spending bill. However, in addition to preventing another government shutdown, there’s a lot of good news for Philadelphia in the new federal budget bill,” Evans said. […]

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POLS ONTHE STREET: And They’re Off! Candidates Seize Clipboards

Starting Tuesday, the street fighting of the 2019 municipal primary season began in earnest. Step one for anyone wishing to be a mayor, City Council member, City commissioner, register of wills, sheriff or judge is to get enough valid signatures of registered voters on their nominating petitions to get on the ballot. Step two is […]

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Black History Month Experiences to Enjoy

Ongoing National Constitution Ctr. 525 Arch Street Throughout February, the National Constitution Center will host a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Visitors can explore the museum’s The Story of We the People exhibit to discover key milestones in African American history and then test their knowledge at the Center’s giant […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Doc Shock – Indictments Roil Philadelphia Primary

BY JOE SHAHEELI The multi-count federal indictments against International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 leader John Dougherty and several key associates will rock the Philadelphia political world for months to come – right in the middle of Philadelphia’s most-important election cycle, the 2019 municipal primary in which the mayor, City commissioners and City Council […]

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Leaders Turn out for Academy Concert, Ball

Philadelphia best and brightest turned out for the

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will Third Time Be the Charm in the 190th?

BY JOE SHAHEELI Maybe they’ve got it right at last. The 190th Legislative District, which is facing a Mar. 12 special election to replace State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, now has a full slate – in fact, a four-way race. And miraculously, it seems, one of these four (in a district that registers seven-eighths Democratic) […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: White’s All Right; Dem Senators Take Chairs

BY JOE SHAHEELI With Philadelphia’s longstanding defender in the Harrisburg House of Representatives, State Rep. John Taylor, gone, State Rep. Martina White (R-Northeast) is the city’s sole vote in a majority caucus. White has been rewarded by her colleagues for her survival in last year’s election with a plum assignment: the House Appropriations Committee. Most […]

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Public Record’s Citywide Petition Party

The Philadelphia Public Record will host a major “Meet the Candidates” Event with an open bar, free for all ordinary registered voters, on Feb. 28.    Send article as PDF   

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POLS ON THE STREET: Look out, Incumbents! Here They Come

An amazing number of candidates is testing the waters for a district City Council race this season. It would be an uphill climb, since no district incumbent seems inclined to quit, leaving an open seat for newcomers; and the power of incumbency is strong. But political activism is in the air in 2019. Interest that […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philadelphians Rise in Harrisburg Ranks

BY JOE SHAHEELI The dust from the 2018 general election having settled, we now know where the Philadelphia delegation stands in the current General Assembly leadership. After the loss of retired State Rep. John Taylor, Philadelphians still have one member of the majority party with a hand on the levers of power. That’s State Rep. […]

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