Home » Archives by category » Layout Categories » Featured News (Page 7)
POLS ON THE STREET: Redistricting War on Two Fronts

BY JOE SHAHEELI The initial panic into which statewide politics was flung by the State Supreme Court’s imposition of new congressional districts has settled into the odd reality that, for the next week at least, everyone who wishes to run for major offices must have a two-front strategy. They must have a plan to run […]

Share
Continue reading …
LIVING HISTORY: Marian Tasco Honored by Sen. Casey

BY TONY WEST Former Councilwoman Marian Tasco has been invited to Washington, D.C. later this month as the honoree of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) at his annual Black History Month celebration. After moving here from North Carolina in 1968, she has witnessed the momentous history of the civil-rights movement in Philadelphia for the […]

Share
Continue reading …
BLACK HISTORY TODAY: Philadelphia Leaders and Their Legacies

The Philadelphia Public Record features profiles of Philadelphia civil-rights leaders by their descendants. Lucien Blackwell Lucien E. Blackwell was a labor leader, state representative, city councilman and U.S. congressman. His reputation included fighting against gang war in the 1970s, when his slogan was: “Help stop gang wars. Give youth something to do, something to love […]

Share
Continue reading …
Kozlowski Dares All in River Wards Race

BY TONY WEST In an audacious move, Republicans are mounting a serious effort to hold onto the last inner-city state legislative seat in Pennsylvania – and one of few in the nation – held by a Republican. This despite many signs of an impending Democratic wave in 2018. And they are doing it with a […]

Share
Continue reading …
Vázquez Sandbagged in Barrio Power Struggle

BY MAX MARIN Less than a year ago, they helped elect him. But now, Democratic politicos in North Philadelphia have abruptly withdrawn support for rookie State Rep. Emilio Vázquez (D-Kensington), just weeks before the filing deadline for candidates to enter the race. In a meeting last week, ward leaders in the predominantly Latino and African […]

Share
Continue reading …
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 […]

Share
Continue reading …
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 […]

Share
Continue reading …
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. […]

Share
Continue reading …
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 […]

Share
Continue reading …
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 […]

Share
Continue reading …