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POLS ON THE STREET: Wolf Running Hard in Pennsylvania’s ‘Tee’

BY JOE SHAHEELI In the first week of “holiday summer,” when the average voter could care less who will be elected governor of Pennsylvania in November 2018, political insiders here are thinking about little else but. There had been speculation first-term Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf was losing interest in re-election after his first two years […]

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Stack Pursues Drive for Pardons

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd) and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, chairman of the Board of Pardons, hosted the latest of a series of information sessions on Pathways to Pardons at Myers Recreation Center in Kingsessing last week. The pardons process is designed to give people with limited criminal records a second chance, subject to certain limitations. […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Court Upholds City Commission

BY JOE SHAHEELI In Philadelphia, all eyes (at least all that aren’t closed in sleep to the burning issues of the city they live in) were focused on the outcome of Tuesday’s election. Sadly, most voters did remain asleep. Doubtless they will wake up again when the time comes for them to complain about a […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Philadelphia Owes More To Heroes’ Survivors

BY COUNCILMAN AL TAUBENBERGER My son, Matt, is a Pennsylvania State Trooper. It’s incredibly dangerous work. One need only glance at the current news headlines regarding Eric Frein, who was just convicted of killing one State Trooper and severely wounding another in an unprovoked sniper attack on a State Police barracks. Although I am extraordinarily […]

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BY BRETT MANDEL The recent revelation that reform-oriented Mayor Michael Nutter and his top Finance and Integrity officials conspired to look the other way and tolerate fraudulent misspending by a key agency head is just another reminder of how hard it is for our governmental umpires to call a consistent strike zone for a full […]

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City’s Judicial District Must Now Defend Its Forfeiture Practices

BY JOE SHAHEELI The 1st Judicial Dist., long criticized for the way it handles civil forfeiture proceedings, finally has to answer charges filed by the Institute for Justice on behalf of four Philadelphia residents. Federal Judge Eduardo C. Robreno has the 1st Dist.’s motion to dismiss the class action challenging its administration of civil forfeiture […]

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WHERE IT ALL COMES TOGETHER: Ports are a vivid lesson in various ways to move

BY TONY WEST It’s easy to think of a port as nothing more than a place where ships disembark and embark, loading and unloading their goods. But that’s not the half of it. A port is more like a symphony in which different ways of travel must move together in smooth, mutually supportive exchanges. At […]

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Broad St. Line to Navy Yard Needs Traction

BY ELDON GRAHAM Public transit in Philadelphia is generally strong, save for the temporary SEPTA strike the week before 2016 election, but when you look more deeply under the microscope you’ll notice some important parts of the city are not as accessible as others. The Broad Street Orange Line reaches a wide range of Philadelphia: […]

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OPINION: A State Retirement Savings Plan for Working People

BY STATE REPS. MIKE HANNA & MIKE DRISCOLL Working men and women and the middle class are the engines that drive our economy. But a secure retirement has become unattainable for many. The decline in retirement security is the result of many causes. The decimation of private-sector pensions, the stagnation of real wages and corporate […]

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What Lies Beneath Philadelphia’s Pothole Epidemic

by Cassie Hepler Pothole season is upon us as winter’s fury sinks its teeth into our roads. But potholes have been getting worse in recent winters. And the problem is not caused by fiercer weather but by human neglect. In the end, it’s the motorists who pay the price when their tax dollars are not […]

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