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POLS ON THE STREET: Mudslinging May Backfire In Democrat Primary

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ At every forum to which invited Democratic gubernatorial candidates have attended, cameramen are present, capturing every smile, frown, and gesture of each, along with their comments and their facial responses to statements made by their contemporaries. Somewhere in the campaign headquarters of Gov. Tom Corbett there is a room dedicated to the […]

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Carpenters’ Apprentices Demonstrate Skills At Annual Contest And Open House

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Moving into the center arena among Philadelphia’s legislative primary battles is the 173rd. The reason is the “almost at the last minute” entry of Dennis Kilderry, who is disputing that seat with Democratic Party-endorsed nominee Michael Driscoll. His entry has caused a split among major unions, which almost always follow the rule […]

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Philadelphia Election Boards Short-Staffed, Underpaid

BY TONY WEST/ The most-important job in our democracy pays less than minimum wage in Philadelphia. And the customers aren’t even allowed to tip the workers. Approximately 7,500 election-board workers staff the city’s 1,686 divisions twice a year, in the spring and fall. They run the polls from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Since they […]

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New Rep May Score Rare Win For Dyslexia

BY TONY WEST/ A freshman State Representative is usually happy to get along quietly in the new club, maybe picking up a few administrative chores for the elders. State Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Northeast) is hoping to make a difference in the lives of 250,000 children. His HB 198 proposes to fund pilot programs in three […]

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Pt. Breeze Dashes Out For Charity Run

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BY TONY WEST/ Midway through the most-intense struggles for control of Democratic wards in recent memory, some skirmishes have been settled while the outlines of the major battles are clearer. Ward leaderships are chosen by the majority of committee people, who are elected every four years. On May 20, all are running. Up to two […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Legislative Dists. Face Fierce Petition Challenges

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Eleven Legislative Districts in Philadelphia were rocked with petition challenges, more than normal in a General Assembly primary. Some were decided Apr. 1, but most are strung out through the month of April. Many will be heard in Courtrooms 1 or 2 in the Widener Building, 1339 Chestnut Street. Commonwealth Court challenges […]

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Tropical Salts – And ‘Salts’ – Kept Our Streets Safe This Winter

BY MARK STAPLES/ You probably heard the late-winter news reports. After a dozen storms accompanied by the harsh temperatures of late 2013 and early 2014, supplies of rock salt used to treat Delaware and South Jersey roads during icy conditions were beginning to run out in many places. One television news report featured a municipal […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Call The Roller Of Big Cigars…

Tuesday night, Republican City Committee held a cigar fundraiser at the United Republican Club. The event was very well attended despite the icy snow and rain. Each attendee received a pack of cigars and had the opportunity to pair the cigars with tastings of scotch and bourbon. Two cases of wine from Moldova were also […]

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