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The vacancy created recently with the resignation of STATE SEN. ROBERT MELLOW as minority chairman of the Appropriations Committee has renewed interest in that office in the eastern part of the state. STATEW SEN. MIKE STACK is currently a member of the Committee and his duties there include any legislation having to do with Philadelphia […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ If a nonprofit, dependent on heavy contributors, believes it can remain independent of the influence of those benefactors, then its officers are living in la-la land. They’d soon be out of business if they failed to consider the business needs of their chief supporters. The Committee of 70 knows which side its […]

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BY TONY WEST/ The 194th State House Dist. saw the biggest political donnybrook in the May Primary: a five-way slugfest among Democrats to replace retiring State Rep. Kathy Manderino, who had held the seat for 18 years. The fights, and the fun, aren’t over, as the General Election will feature an unusual three-way race, thanks to […]

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Avoiding a tough primary challenge allowed US Senate candidate Pat Toomey to collect campaign donations all year and then sit back and patiently wait his turn. Now that his turn has come, Toomey, a Republican from Zionsville, can spare large sums on a massive television ad buy four months before the November General Election. Like […]

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BY RORY McGLASSON/ Odunde celebrated its 35th annual festival with a special Diplomat VIP Reception at City Hall recently. The organizers of the Odunde African and African-American Festival, as part of its 35th anniversary celebration, hosted an African diplomat VIP reception, honoring His Imperial Majesty, Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, The Ooni of Ife […]

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BY LUCKY GLENWOOD/ say it ain’t so, DWIGHT EVANS! The Jazz Fest only had a few thousand people and cost over $1 million…? The bottom line is our favorite State Representative has to get ahold of overspending at OARC. More than $1 million on a failed jazz festival, another mil on that North By Northwest […]

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State Sen. Vincent Hughes has announced Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. will receive a $2 million low-interest State loan to build a Hilton Homewood Suites extended-stay hotel. Hughes added the project is expected to generate local jobs and boost revenue in the University City section of Philadelphia. “The 40th & Walnut Street area has been the […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ The Committee of 70 is among the better-funded nonprofits in this city. Once a good-government workhorse devoted only to helping keep elections clean, it has since grown to become the propaganda force for those who stand to gain from reorganizing City government. Now it is focused on ending the existence of the […]

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LONG-AWAITED restoration of Robin Hood Dell was inaugurated Tuesday night by Mayor Michael Nutter and a host of dignitaries. Among civic leaders who helped pull together $5 million rehab of Dell Music Center were labor leader Sam Staten, Jr., Councilmen Bill Green and Curtis Jones, Jr., and State Rep. Ron Waters. Other Council Members Jannie Blackwell […]

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State Rep. Ronald G. Waters is backing a bill that would allow nonviolent offenders and offenders with short minimum sentences to serve their time in community corrections centers rather than State correctional facilities. Waters, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said SB 1161 would not pose a public safety risk. “Many times those who […]

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