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ELEPHANT CORNER: City GOP Presses Hard For Its Candidates

Volare! Tuesday night BOBBY RYDELL was the headliner at a fundraiser for City Council-At-Large candidate AL TAUBENBERGER. Rydell sang (of course) “Volare” to the wild applause of the crowd. Republican WARD LEADER GARY GRISAFI’S Blu Dogz band accompanied Rydell and played many of its own pieces.   The event was held at the FOP Lodge […]

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THE WAFFLEMAN: Rules For New Jersey Drivers

Yo! Here we go again with these instructions on how to drive in New Jersey. They were sent to me by Jerry M., a reader from New Jersey. Turn signals will give away your next move. A confident New Jersey driver avoids using them. Under no circumstance should you maintain a safe distance between you […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Police Chief Ramsey Leaves Big Shoes To Fill

Philadelphia has a number of tough crime and public=safety issues. But the steady and smart leadership from Police COMMISSIONER CHARLES RAMSEY have all Philadelphians confident that the tough issues could be handled. That is why CHS joins many Philadelphians in wishing Commissioner Ramsey best wishes on his retirement. Ramsey was an innovative leader who implemented […]

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Out & About: Know Your Papal Audience, Philadelphia

by Denise Clay One of the conversations that have been going on in the aftermath of the World Meeting of Families and the visit from Pope Francis is a conversation about how local businesses were impacted. Restaurateur Stephen Starr told the Philadelphia Inquirer the impact on his restaurants was worse than that of Superstorm Sandy. […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Stevie Wonder Vs. The Pope

by Denise Clay If you were around City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza on Monday, you probably saw a whole lot more people there than usual. That’s because Stevie Wonder was stopping by. Wonder, whose “Songs In The Key Of Life” tour returns to the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 7, surprised Philadelphians with a free concert […]

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The Waffleman: Flashbacks To South Philly’s Past

Yo! Here we go again. I awoke early one morning to the sound of silence. In this utter silence I thought I heard a sound from outside my window. It resembled the clip-clop of the milkman’s horse. This sound stirred up some very strong memories. It brought to mind the sound of the milk bottles […]

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City Hall Sam: Was Vincent Hughes Taking Sides?

After his defeat for Mayor, what will STATE SEN. TONY WILLIAMS do? In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer interview, he eviscerated his colleague and Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman VINCENT HUGHES. Hughes had conducted his own poll of the Mayor’s race and came to the conclusion JIM KENNEY was going to win. This in Hughes’ mind, warranted […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Kathleen Kane Has Long Record Of Missteps

GOV. TOM WOLF has said he did not believe ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE should resign. Specifically he stated, “We have procedures in place for adjudicating the rights and wrongs.” Technically he is right. However, doubts about Kane’s ability to do her job are not limited to the Montgomery County grand-jury indictment. In the past two […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Who’s Running For Attorney General?

Although the Phillies opener was expected to be underwhelming for a fan base accustomed to division championships, a number of notables did show up for the home opener. Famous trial lawyers TOM KLEIN and SHANIN SPECTER took their usual seats behind home plate. They were joined by political consultant LARRY CEISLER. Joining our military men […]

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OUT & ABOUT: Should Black Voters Support Black Candidates?

by Denise Clay Should Black voters support Black candidates? Now that I’ve written that sentence, I look at it and it seems like a question with an obvious answer for someone like me, seeing as I’m a Black woman and all. But it’s a question that woke me up bright and early on Tuesday morning […]

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