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update April 17th

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Apr. 24-        State Sen. Larry Farnese’s SB 1095 anti-SLAPP legislation faces hearing at Phila. Bar Ass’n, 1101 Market St., 9:30 a.m. “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” are used against civic organizations, individuals and various groups to deter them from speaking out on a public issue. Apr. 24-        State Sen. Shirley Kitchen hosts Higher […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Midway through the most-intense struggles for control of Democratic wards in recent memory, some skirmishes have been settled while the outlines of the major battles are clearer. Ward leaderships are chosen by the majority of committee people, who are elected every four years. On May 20, all are running. Up to two […]

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Updated Apr. 10th

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Apr. 11- Joe DeFelice holds Benefit for Annie Havey at United Republican Cl., 3156 Frankford Ave., 7-10 p.m. Tickets $40. Beer, wine, soda & food. State Rep. John Taylor bartends. For info (215) 561-0650 or (215) 416-8366. Apr. 12- Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell presents Community Wellness Day at 4508 Chestnut St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free live […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Legislative Dists. Face Fierce Petition Challenges

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Eleven Legislative Districts in Philadelphia were rocked with petition challenges, more than normal in a General Assembly primary. Some were decided Apr. 1, but most are strung out through the month of April. Many will be heard in Courtrooms 1 or 2 in the Widener Building, 1339 Chestnut Street. Commonwealth Court challenges […]

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Tropical Salts – And ‘Salts’ – Kept Our Streets Safe This Winter

BY MARK STAPLES/ You probably heard the late-winter news reports. After a dozen storms accompanied by the harsh temperatures of late 2013 and early 2014, supplies of rock salt used to treat Delaware and South Jersey roads during icy conditions were beginning to run out in many places. One television news report featured a municipal […]

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Apr. 3- Councilman Kenyatta Johnson receives Farnese Humanitarian Award at Galdo’s Catering, 1933 W. Moyamensing Ave., 5:30 p.m. Apr. 4- State Rep. Brian Sims hosts annual Job Fair at Peirce Coll., 1420 Pine St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For RSVP and info (215) 426-1501. Apr. 4- Gov. Tom Corbett receives Spirit of Port Award at Sheet […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Call The Roller Of Big Cigars…

Tuesday night, Republican City Committee held a cigar fundraiser at the United Republican Club. The event was very well attended despite the icy snow and rain. Each attendee received a pack of cigars and had the opportunity to pair the cigars with tastings of scotch and bourbon. Two cases of wine from Moldova were also […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Building Or Burning Bridges?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez has cut a niche for herself in City Council and seems to have captured the support of most Latino Democrats in this town, and particularly so in her 7th Dist. But she continues to fly her flag of independence, despite the fact she had the endorsement of the […]

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Update March 27th

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Mar. 27-        Friends of Blondell Reynolds Brown host Women United for Progress at Independence Visitors Ctr., Liberty Ballrm., 599 Market St., 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info RSVP Lindsey (267) 275-2120. Mar. 27-        State Rep. Mark Cohen holds Business Owners Interest Mtg. at Tio Pepe Restaurant, 6618 Castor Ave., 6-7 p.m. Host of city officials […]

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Dems Face Busy Primary Challenges

BY TONY WEST/ If their petitions hold up, a host of firefights will liven up two State Senate primary races in Philadelphia as well as most State House races. It’s the year of the challenger, that’s for sure. Spiking ambitions in the 2014 Democratic primary is this is the first election in which redistricting from […]

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