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GOP Unity or Trump-imposed deal? It’s a buffet of rumors, a smorgasbord of conjecture and basically anybody’s guess on how the deal was struck for Pennsylvania GOP State Committee chair this past Saturday. The two candidates, VICE CHAIR BERNADETTE “BERNIE” COMFORT and LAWRENCE TABAS, were running against each other for the coveted top seat but […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Philly to Play Huge Role in Presidential Race

BY JOE SHAHEELI Even as the southern border was being besieged by asylum seekers, Philadelphia experienced a steady parade of Oval-Office seekers this week. Expect it to be a foretaste of months to come. Four of the 25 announced candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination participated in a forum on Saturday, the closing night […]

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Jul. 23- Councilwoman Cindy Bass hosts “Jazz, Funk & Soul with DJ Gary O” at Morris Estate, 1610 W. Chelten Ave., 6 p.m. For info: (215) 686-3424. Jul. 24- Councilwoman Cindy Bass hosts “Oldies in the Park” at Vernon Pk., 5800 Germantown Ave., 5:30 p.m. Family activities &outdoor dance party with DJ Gary O. For […]

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Understanding Bankruptcy – Jul. 4, 2019

BY MICHAEL A. CIBIK, ESQ. AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY BOARD CERTIFIED Question: Should I be worried about going to my meeting of creditors? Answer: After you file a bankruptcy case, you are required to attend a Meeting of Creditors. This is scheduled for about a month after your petition is filed and is usually the only appearance […]

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Wolf Vetoes Senate Bill, Saves Straight-Ticket Voting

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed SB 48. “Pennsylvania must secure its elections and provide real reform that makes it easier to vote,” said Wolf. “SB 48 makes changes to our elections that I do not believe strike the right balance to improve access to voters or security. The bill weakens the ability of the commonwealth […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Bipartisan Agreement in the ’Burg – Let’s Take off!

BY JOE SHAHEELI Buoyed by a vibrant economy, the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf passed a budget on time, for once. It was easy to do in 2019. Commonwealth revenues are up, making it easy for legislators to increase spending for popular causes while eschewing any tax hikes. The 2019-2020 budget amounts […]

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Pols on The Street: State Budget Lacks Minimum Wage Bump, Ed $

As the state budget continues on a remarkable glide path toward timely passage in Harrisburg – legislators in both chambers have agreed to the outline and Gov. Tom Wolf has issued a statement that he would sign the package in its current iteration – from Philadelphia’s vantage point, the monies glass is decidedly half full. […]

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July 7- Carpenters’ Union hosts Shore Party at Keenan’s, 113 Olde New Jersey Ave., N. Wildwood, N.J., 3-7 p.m. July 13 – The New 42nd Ward Flapjack Fundraiser will take place at Applebee’s on 2525 Castor Avenue. $10 per person, $5 for kids! 8-10a.m. Hosted by Sharon Vaughn, Ward Leader. July 14- Whitman Council hosts […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Peace on Earth as City Budget Bears Fruit

BY JOE SHAHEELI Elected officials are in a mellow mood when there is money to spare, even a little to throw around. Philadelphia is looking at its first $5-billion budget in history. Ten years ago, $4 billion was the norm. Ten years ago, a proposal to increase the budget by a big “B” would have […]

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S.E. Republicans Back Wolf’s ‘Restore Pennsylvania’

Guided by local feedback on the infrastructure needs of Pennsylvania’s communities, the Restore Pennsylvania legislation was introduced with strong bipartisan support. HB 1585, sponsored by State Reps. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) and Thomas Murt (R-Northeast), has 98 cosponsors and SB 725, sponsored by State Sens. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) and Tom Killion (R-Delaware) has 25 cosponsors. “We […]

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