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HARVEY RICE, a long-time Deputy Commissioner of Elections to JUDGE EUGENE MAIER when the Judge was City Commissioner, has departed this life after a long illness. On his retirement from the city he moved to North Wildwood and was elected to the North Wildwood City Council. He was the first Democrat to be elected to […]

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We hope everyone gets a turkey dinner, from the poorest to the richest. But some of our leaders may have to take a bicarbonate or some such remedy to cure the rumbling stomach caused by the aches waiting them. Take President Anna C. Verna, for example. She presides over the oldest legislative body in America, […]

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House Speaker Keith McCall (D-Carbon) has announced a special election to fill the seat of the late Robert C. Donatucci will be held Feb. 1. Donatucci, who represented the 185th Dist., which includes portions of South and Southwest Philadelphia, passed away suddenly on Nov. 9. “The loss of this fine legislator was a shock to […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ It has become more and more obvious the Committee of 70 is no longer the watchdog of Philadelphia elections that it once was, and still claims to be. Its ability to draw over $1 million in grants and donations, under the guise of being a good-government nonprofit , continues to amaze those […]

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STATE SEN. Anthony Hardy Williams is flanked by volunteers and local families who will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, thanks to Williams’ turkey drive in area. More than 500 families received turkeys in time for Thanksgiving holiday. Williams was only one of many city politicians who organized turkey drives in every quarter neighborhood.    Send […]

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BY GWEN KAMINSKI/ There would be no Thanksgiving if not for Sarah Josepha Hale. When we think of Thanksgiving, the traditional story of Plymouth’s Pilgrims and Native Americans coming together to give thanks for a bountiful harvest most often comes to mind. This celebration occurred in 1621, while the United States was still a colony […]

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The Urban Affairs Coalition breakfast was the place to be last Friday! Recognized and saluted was our very own newly minted chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee for the Democrats, STATE SEN. VINCENT  HUGHES. Also in attendance was our always gracious former Chair of Appropriations STATE REP. DWIGHT EVANS, who got much love from […]

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The latest report on how the City’s Dept. of Human Services handles its hundreds of millions of dollars points to that Department as a place where Mayor Michael Nutter can go to find needed dollars to take care of his police and firefighters budget problems. That report was released by City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who […]

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Philadelphia has lost its clout in the Pennsylvania General Assembly – so much so, it may well be treated like Cinderella for at least the next two years. Philadelphians missing from leadership roles are outgoing Gov. Ed Rendell, House Appropriations Chair Dwight Evans, and House Democrat Caucus Chair Mark Cohen.  Gov.-Elect Tom Corbett’s team will […]

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Long-time employees of City government were saddened with the news of the demise of STATE REP. ROBERT DONATUCCI. and MORTON KRAUS. Bob was a veteran representative and did an extremely capable job of representing his people in Harrisburg. He is the brother of REGISTER OF WILLS RON DONATUCCI, who is also the Democratic Ward Leader […]

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