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POLS ON THE STREET: Redistricting Rocks Pa. Politics

BY JOE SHAHEELI The State Supreme Court issued the new map for Pennsylvania’s congressional districts on Monday, and the entire political class has been in an uproar since. This map undoes the 2011 map rewritten by a monolithic Republican majority, which unquestionably carried partisan advantage to a mathematical extreme that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution and […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Redistricting Finishes, Petitions Begin

BY JOE SHAHEELI It’s official: The race is on. And sometimes, smaller races have bigger impacts. Petitions started in circulation on Tuesday for all state legislative races. In Philadelphia, among the most intriguing are three state-rep races: in Northeast Philly’s 177th, North Philly’s 181st and South Philly’s 184th. No state legislative boundaries are affected by […]

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RUNNING FOR COMMITTEE PERSON: Johnson Leads Ward Retreat

BY TONY WEST Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (2nd Dist.) convened a “ward retreat” in a Point Breeze church on Feb. 10. Rather than the usual ward party, its purpose was to delve into the larger role of a party committee person and how important that job can be. About 30 committee people turned out at St. […]

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IN MEMORIAM: Frank Louis Oliver, Statesman, April 15, 1922 – Feb. 1, 2018

Frank Louis Oliver – a leader in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania politics – made transition Feb. 1, 2018. Frank was born April 15, 1922, in Philadelphia to James and Lessie Oliver. The family resided in Kensington and later moved to Turner Street in the Brewerytown section of North Philadelphia. Frank and his siblings were educated in […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Brady Bows out, Districts Blow up

BY JOE SHAHEELI He’d had enough. Many factors went into Congressman Bob Brady’s (D-Phila.) decision not to run for office this year. But the deciding moment came as he sat alone in his Washington office Sunday night two weeks ago, far away from all he loved, watching the Eagles defeat the Minnesota Vikings. He was […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Soda Tax May Drive Mayoral Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal on Philadelphia’s Sweetened Drinks Tax on an expedited basis. The decision they reach may shape the fate of Mayor Jim Kenney, whose brainchild it is, and with it the upcoming mayoral election. All indications are MKenney’s controversial tax on sweetened beverages will […]

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Campaigns in Disarray After Supreme Ct. Redo Order

BY RYAN BRIGGS Siding with petitioners in a lawsuit over the constitutionality of the state’s 18 congressional districts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a sweeping revision of the redistricting process that could upend numerous races across the state. While the decision was viewed as a win for Democrats who have long felt marginalized by gerrymandering […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Goofy, Donald Duck Are Kicked out

BY JOE SHAHEELI Monday, the earth moved underneath every Pennsylvania congressman as well as all who would unseat them. On that day, the State Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania’s congressional redistricting plan, which was passed in 2011 when Republicans controlled the General Assembly and the Governor’s Mansion, violates the State Constitution. That document contains specific […]

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Philadelphians Press Hard to Overturn Gerrymanders

BY TONY WEST Two Philadelphian political leaders are playing prominent roles in legal challenges to Pennsylvania’s congressional redistricting plan, adopted in 2011 by a Republican-run General Assembly and signed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, which has resulted in one of the most-extreme example examples of gerrymandering in the nation. Both lawsuits are on a fast […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Pols Circle 1st District Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI Now we have not one, but two deputy mayors serving under Mayor Jim Kenney, either committed to, or avidly pursuing, a challenge to Congressman Bob Brady (D-Phila.). Understandably, some have been asking if Kenney wants to get rid of Brady. Jan. 18 is too early to answer that question. But at last […]

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