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City Dems Must Muscle up Their Vote

City Dems Must Muscle up Their Vote

The outcome of the Nov. 3 election gave Philadelphia Democrats one thing to cheer about: their lopsided voter advantage swept Joe Biden to victory in the state, making Pennsylvania the first to affirm he won a majority in the Electoral College. They should pause their cheers now and survey instead the gaps in their lineup […]

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Solomon Salutes Vets with Seniors

PHILADELPHIA Protestant Home hosted State Rep. Jared Solomon in Lawndale on Veterans Day to share commemoration of its solemn holiday with residents who belong to the Greatest Generation. Photo from Solomon’s Facebook page    Send article as PDF   

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Philadelphia Vote Shows Winners, Losers as Monster Vote Count Nears End

BY TONY WEST Philadelphia inched up its election turnout this November, delivering a predictable majority for Democratic candidates. That will be enough to carry presidential candidate Joe Biden past the victory line in Pennsylvania in all probability – providing him with a major boost to his win in the Electoral College. More striking, however, was […]

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FOP Lodge 5 Reaches out to Pols with Dollars

BY DAVID LYNN FOP Lodge 5, presided over by John McNesby, is a big player in Philadelphia-area politics. Their PAC, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, raised $180,954.42 in 2019, and had expenditures of $131,355.16. For the first five cycles of 2020 that have been reported to date, the PAC raised $172,572.21, and had expenses […]

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Unions Decry Wallace Slaying

NUMEROUS LABOR unions have joined the chorus of protest over the shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr., a mentally ill resident of Cobbs Creek in West Philadelphia. Hundreds gathered Saturday at 60th & Locust Sts., near where the slaying took place, in a rally organized by SEIU Locals 32BJ and 668, NUHHCE Local 1199C and PASNAP, […]

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Johnson Presses Ballot Question for Crime Victims

City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (2nd District) and members of crime victims advocate organizations gathered outside City hall on Oct. 19 to urge voters to approve Philadelphia Ballot Question #2 in the Nov. 3 general election. The legislation was sponsored by Johnson. If it is approved by voters, it will create a brand new Office of […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: GOP Wants Pollwatchers in Satellite Offices

On Sept. 29, the City Commissioners of Philadelphia set up seven satellite offices. The same day, the Trump campaign requested that pollwatchers be permitted in the offices to view but not interfere in with City Commission employees. The commissioners refused the Trump campaign and the campaign asked the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court for relief from […]

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Philadelphia City Commission Tackles Voting Year from Hell

BY TONY WEST All three of Philadelphia’s City commissioners ran in 2019 for their office, whose mission is to manage the largest elections in Pennsylvania. By 2020, they may have wished at times that they had sought another line of work. While organizing an election is challenging in some regards, most of its piece tend […]

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City Dems Scramble to Replace Straight-Ticket Votes

BY TONY WEST A package of voting reforms enacted last year faces the Pennsylvania Democratic Party with one major challenge in addition to a basket of opportunities. In this election season, party activists are fighting to overcome that challenge – nowhere more than in Philadelphia, their largest source of hardcore supporters. Act 77, which eased […]

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Tartaglione on D&A Award: It’s Personal

The Drug & Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania has named State Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Kensington) as the recipient of its Appreciation Award during the organization’s annual Celebration of Recovery. Tartaglione also delivered a stirring keynote address during the event, which was held via video conferencing in compliance with COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. The senator detailed […]

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