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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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Ducky Birts Foundation Honors Medallion Awardees

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May 1-           State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Sr. Health Luncheon at Neumann Sr. Housing, 1601 E. Palmer St., 10 a.m.-12 m. May 1-           State Sen. LeAnna Washington hosts High Tea Luncheon at Ctr. In the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fancy hats, fellowship and info for older adults. For info (717) […]

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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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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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