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PLAYING EARLY HANDS: 2 Mayoral Contenders, Williams and Butkovitz, Show Their Strengths

WILLIAMS CAMPAIGN DELIVERS MESSAGE WITH MEETING BY TONY WEST/It’s too early for formal announcements for the 2015 mayoral race. But vigorous testing of the waters has begun. An important step toward the Mayor’s office was taken last week when State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.) convened a cross-section of city leaders from different walks of […]

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FUMO’S BACK! Columbus School Honors Its Founders

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ We hope our interpretations here will lend some insight into the political future of this city as we review the winners and losers of the May 20 primary election. State Sen. Mike Stack’s (D-Northeast) grueling journey throughout the state over the last year and a half helped him reach his goal of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Special Election Will Test New Philadelphia GOP Team

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Since this coming Tuesday is election day, we need to turn your attention to the fact a Council seat is up for grabs. Vacated by Bill Green, Jr., now the School Reform Commission chairman, the winner takes his vacant at-Large Council seat for the remainder of the term. Three parties are in […]

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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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