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Nash Launches Crusade for N. Philly’s 181st Dist.

BY TONY WEST Rev. Lewis Nash, Sr., pastor of Faith & Deliverance Outreach Ministry in North Central Philadelphia, formally announced his candidacy for the 181st Legislative District seat in the Democratic spring primary. That seat’s current occupant, State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, Jr., has made no public announcement of his intentions. But several sources have […]

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OPEN SEASON: Party Committee Elections Can Transform Philly

BY TONY WEST Philadelphia’s tiniest political contests are on the line this spring. Thousands of them; in fact, no one can tell at this time precisely how many will wind up happening. Collectively, though, they are vital to the workings of partisan democracy and offer key entries to power in government. These are the elections […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: State Rep Race of the Century? Could Be

BY JOE SHAHEELI More people are eyeing the 177th Legislative District race than were watching in the stands by the fourth quarter of the last Eagles game. It is unprecedented for a state rep race to draw so much attention so far in advance of the May 15 primary. But this is no ordinary seat. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Warring Republicans Strengthen Wolf’s Hand

BY JOE SHAHEELI Over the winter holiday weekend, most political maneuvering grinds to a halt. In Philadelphia, at least. But in the hinterlands of Pennsylvania, there is no peace on the Wyoming Valley, the Dutch Country or Southwestern Pennsylvania. There, the war for the Republican nomination to oppose Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in the spring […]

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Running for Judge in Philly – Who Gets Paid?

BY DAVID LYNN Every two years, Philadelphia voters go to the polls in small numbers, and cast ballots for individuals they barely know anything about. These individuals become 1st Judicial District judges serving in Philadelphia County courts, with great power over peoples’ lives. Although the city of Philadelphia has a two-party system in theory, the […]

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WAFFLEMAN: The Feast of the Seven Fishes

BY JOE SBARAGLIA Yo! Here we go again with this explanation of the feast of seven fish. I do not claim to know the “official” explanation (if there is one) to the feast. This is what we remember about it. Grandpop Achille would say, “That was the way it has always been done and that […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Deeley to Head City Commission

BY JOE SHAHEELI There’s a new chair at Philadelphia City Commission. Democrat Lisa Deeley, who was elected to that body in 2015, was nominated as chairwoman by Republican Al Schmidt at City Commission’s monthly board meeting on Dec. 13. Schmidt had always previously supported Democrat Anthony Clark for that post. Chairman Clark had earlier announced […]

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Holiday Reading by Charles Santore

BY ELDON GRAHAM Charles Santore, the renowned Philadelphia author, stopped by at the Free Library’s Charles Santore Library, located at 7th & Carpenter Streets, last Saturday to share ideas and inspiring personal stories about his life and his work – and to raise money for the library in a book sale. He signed copies of […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER on the Pa. Society

The 119th annual Pennsylvania Society Dinner was held last weekend at the New York Hilton in New York City. For decades, this event was held at the Waldorf Astoria; however, that hotel is undergoing extensive renovations. The event sold out despite its $500-per-person sticker price. Since the dinner’s new venue is smaller than the Waldorf, […]

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE on the Pa. Society

BY DENISE CLAY Over the weekend, the Pennsylvania Society, meeting a week earlier than usual so it wouldn’t conflict with this weekend’s Army/Navy Game, gathered in New York to hold its annual gathering in New York. Despite the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s remodel moving the party to somewhere smaller and most of the usual suspects choosing to […]

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