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CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ has a prime-time TV spot at the convention. She is “ready for her closeup, Mr. DeMille.” Although her detractors have called her too ambitious and camera-hungry, Schwartz has worked her district tirelessly as a moderate voice. At one time she was the darling of the far left, but now she stands poised […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: All Eyes On Tampa

The herd is focused on Tampa even if they are still here in Philadelphia. On Tuesday a crowd watched the convention on TV at the state party’s office on S. 4th Street. Today there will be a convention-watching party at the United Republican Club. Philadelphia’s Delegates to the convention include LEWIS HARRIS, DR. SETH KAUFER, […]

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WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE: S. Philly Laborites Prepare For Big Weekend

BY MARIA MERLINO/ With a stage filled with some of the most-powerful labor leaders and elected officials, the ground floor of IBEW Local 98’s 17th &Spring Garden Streets office was chock-a-block with a capacity union crowd. The best of the best, everyone who represented the working class people of Philadelphia was there. “The Labor Movement […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Freed Pumps A Main Line Crowd

DAVID FREED, candidate for Pennsylvania Attorney General, was in the Philadelphia area to hold a press conference with the “Women for Freed”. The press conference was at A Children’s Place in Devon, a pre-school owned by Republican DONNA PARISI. Freed was introduced by RISA FERMAN, the District Attorney of Montgomery Co. Other officials in attendance […]

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BY DENISE CLAY/ A stimulating intellectual entertainment took place last week. It showed that Todd Bernstein, the president of Global Citizen, the body that put together the Martin Luther King Day of Service, is a brave man. And he has a lot more confidence in Philadelphians than I do. You have to, in order to put together […]

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CITY COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA was recently recognized by a fan at the Phillies game. The fan actually mistook Squilla for actor TERRY O’QUINN. Squilla was disturbed to find out O’Quinn portrayed a murderous stepdad in the Stepfather movies. The actor also appeared on the hit TV series “Lost”. However, Squilla was encouraged to learn that […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Just Back From The Brady Bash

The Brady Bash at the shore was once again a big smash. The big shots and power brokers of the Philadelphia power organization convened at Keenan’s Pub in North Wildwood, N.J. Among the well-wishers to the Chairman were Ward Leader and power broker JOHN DOUGHERTY and his dad “MR. DOC”, STATE REP. ED NEILSON, SHERIFF […]

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Yo! Here we go again with some stories of the older crowd. A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office. “Is it true,” she wanted to know, “that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?” “Yes, I’m afraid so,” the doctor told her. There was a moment of […]

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WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE: Lanci’s Bakery Back, Fresher Than Ever

BY MARIA MERLINO/ When I was freshman at Temple University, I made pocket money with a part-time job at Cilione’s, a genuine Italian market at 17th & Jackson Streets that sold fresh eggs, butter, cheese and imported delicacies. It’s now defunct, but I have fond memories of the patriarch Dominick Cilione inspecting each egg through a […]

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BY DENISE CLAY/ If you look at the history of any movement designed to get or maintain the right to vote for various groups in America, that historical timeline most likely includes a bus trip. So it was probably not a surprise to anyone in Harrisburg that a whole bunch of buses filled with people […]

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