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OUR OPINION: We Too Are Thankful

We at the Philadelphia Public Record are marking our 15th year as a publication dedicated to reporting the news seldom given its due by the other members of the print media, news concerning the activities of this city’s political, organized labor, schools, and community interests. We leave covering crime to the general media. For the […]

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A Wrong Way To Reduce CO2 Emissions

BY DENISE FUREY/ The media are highlighting the Obama administration’s executive actions affecting immigration and ObamaCare. Another attempt to do an end-run around Congress, which is receiving less press, is the Environmental Protection’s proposed “Clean Power Plan”. Not only is this rule skirting the legislative process, but it will potentially hinder companies investing in their […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Fattah’s Fate Is Key To Other Seats

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ City Controller Alan Butkovitz has eyed the Mayor’s seat as an ultimate goal in his long career as an elected official. Through the years, he represented his legislative district well, understood the moves necessary to insure successful elections, and then easily took the seat as City Controller when odds seemed to be […]

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Live! Hotel & Casino Charged With Racial Baggage, Facing Neighbors’ Pushback

Live! Hotel & Casino would bring a lot of baggage to its projected home at 9th & Packer Streets. Not only would it face a welcoming committee of irate neighbors and leaders in a community already heavily impacted by tourism at the sports stadiums, but it would need to explain away to the satisfaction of […]

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OUR OPINION: The Winners Of 2014 – Let’s All Wish ’Em Luck

Republican and Democratic leaderships were elected to both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly last week. We cannot list them all here. But since they all get their own copy of this newspaper weekly, we do wish them luck and trust they understand a few things. 1. We need money for Philadelphia schools. 2. We […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: McGinty Is Good Choice For Tom Wolf’s Chief Of Staff

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ One thing everyone notices about Katie McGinty, just named Chief of Staff by Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf, is her smile. It is contagious. We wish her well in her new post, because we see it as a sign Gov. Wolf will be using her as a shield from the Democratic Party leaders around […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Labor Was Key To High Philadelphia Turnout For Wolf

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Glad we were not alone in predicting a low turnout. We predicted 18%, which was half of the 36.43% of registered voters who came out to vote. We were not alone, though that doesn’t offer us any consolation. We believe the efforts put into the Wolf campaign to make it victorious came […]

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THE WAFFLEMAN: When You Need A Photo ID … Aside From Voting

BY JOE SBARAGLIA/ Yo! Here we go again with these thoughts on things that require showing a valid ID. They normalize the concept of having and using photo identification in almost every phase of life – do you agree? Having a valid driver’s license while driving a car; boarding an airplane; showing your passport in […]

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For the next few days, those of us who rely on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA as it’s commonly known, are going to be looking toward Ohio. Not literally. Metaphorically. That’s because the only way to keep Transport Workers Union Local 234 from actually participating in the strike that its members authorized with […]

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CITY HALL SAM: City Council Burns Nutter On Gas Sale

No. A simple two-letter word, but a word that frustrates many elected officials and policymakers. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER is used to dealing with the word no, as City Council, led by COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE, continues to say no to many of his initiatives. City Council delivered a big, blistering no to Mayor Nutter on […]

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