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Pa. House Dems Cite 11 Gun-Safety Moves Stalled in Committee

Pennsylvania House Democrats and members of the PA SAFE Caucus are calling attention to the scores of gun-safety reform bills that have received little to no attention under Republican leadership this session and in previous sessions. “Even before the tragedies at Parkland, Las Vegas, Orlando, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, many House Democrats have been […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy 2/15/18

 BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Have reports of death of refund-anticipation loans been greatly exaggerated!? Tax Refund Anticipation Loans are short-term loans that are made by lenders, through tax preparers, which are secured by a taxpayer’s tax refund. With interest and fees associated with RALs, the effective annual percentage rate for these […]

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Mayor, Council Dustup over School Board

* A showdown is brewing between Philadelphia City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney over who has ultimate authority to remove members of the upcoming board overseeing the city’s school district.    Send article as PDF   

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Johnson Rips Racial Disparities in Home Loans

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responded this morning, after the release of a major report on nationwide racial disparities in home loans, and subsequent local reporting. “Yesterday, I was disturbed to learn that Philadelphia’s home-loan market has some of the worst racial disparities in the nation, reminiscent of old redlining practices. “The data, compiled and analyzed by […]

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Wolf Proposes $$ for Drug Courts to Fight Opioids

As part of his 2018-19 proposed budget, Gov. Tom Wolf is recommending $2 million for new drug courts and the expansion and enhancement of existing courts through an appropriation to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency. “Drug courts are a key component in the fight against the opioid epidemic,” PCCD Chairman Charles Ramsey said. […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED QUESTION: Does your bankruptcy trustee surf social media too? Or, how to pay twice for your luxury vacation. A well-dressed young couple was sworn in at their bankruptcy meeting of cred-itors (341 hearing). The trust-ee asked the usual questions. “Your plan proposes to pay your attorney, the filing […]

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Today, the United State Supreme Court denied the request in League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania vs Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a stay of an order by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, that the legislature redraw congressional district lines because they violated the state constitution. The Public Interest Law Center litigated the case and Common Cause […]

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Da Vinci Art Alliance Gets New Look

By Eldon Graham The Da Vinci Art Alliance has gone through extensive renovations and is ready to show South Philadelphia and the rest of the city what it has been up to. Located at Seventh and Catherine streets, DVAA has been a community staple for decades. It has showcased some of the most talented artists […]

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Brady to Step down from Congress

Congressman Bob Brady announced at Democratic City Committee that he will not run for re-election in the spring 2018 primary. Twenty years in Washington, D.C. is enough, he said. The congressman, who is 72, he wanted to spend more time with his grandchildren. He also said he could make a more-effective chair of DCC if […]

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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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