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Yo! Here we go again with this question – what is a paraprosdokian sentence? It is a sentence that consists of two parts, where the first is a figure of speech and the second an intriguing variation of the first. They are used typically for humorous or dramatic effect and I think they are good […]

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The winds of victory in the 1st Councilmanic Dist. shifted heavily to one of four challengers as forces loyal to four-term  Councilman Frank DiCicco moved to follow his lead in endorsing Mark Squilla, long-time loyal committeeman in Ward Leader Matt Myers’ 39B Ward. DiCicco made that endorsement earlier in the week when he explained his […]

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BY TONY WEST/ A host of civic leaders gathered in City Hall Tuesday morning to state that, as far as they are concerned, the Democratic Primary contest for the nomination for Sheriff is over. State Rep. Jewell Williams (D-N. Phila.) received the endorsement of racks of officials. Five City Council Members spoke out on his […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ When 7th Dist. Councilman Dan Savage (D) counted the returns election night four primaries ago, he understood the groundswell that had swept him from his seat and elected the first Latina woman to City Council. He had lost the support of some of his ward leaders and found himself facing the combined […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Endorsers for Marian Tasco showed up in overwhelming force at Mount Airy Church of God in Christ in Oak Lane as City Council’s Majority Leader announced she would run for reelection in the spring Primary as a Democrat. Five of the 9th Dist. Councilwoman’s colleagues – Jim Kenney, Bill Green, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, […]

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State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson (D-S. Phila.), who believes he has the edge in the race to replace retiring Council President Anna Verna, in the Democrat Primary for the 2nd Council Dist., has been given a jolt in his campaign strategy. Tracey Gordon, a well-known community activist, committeewoman and businesswoman from Southwest Philly, entered the 2nd […]

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 “Excuse me, can you tell me where Room 142 is?” A nice gentleman having a smoke break outside of City Hall directed me to the building’s Room 142, otherwise known as the Center of the Political Universe on Tuesday. I was visiting this manifestation of the Center of the Political Universe because Tuesday was the […]

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Move over, John Featherman! You may have competition in your run for Mayor on the Republican ticket this Primary. That’s because a score of ward leaders and committee people, disenchanted with the fact you are not their choice for the GOP primary run, will gather to endorse Karen Brown, a Democrat candidate […]

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The Committee of 70 has offered Mayor Michael Nutter some tips to use in his state-of-the-city speech before City Council. In doing so, it noted, “Philadelphia has the second-highest unemployment rate of the 10 largest cities in the nation, with 24% of its population below the poverty line, where more than half million working-age Philadelphians […]

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BY TONY WEST/ Some folks say Philadelphia’s City Council, with 17 Members, is too big. All right; so how would you like to have 163 of them instead? That’s what citizens of Paris deal with all the time. And they love Mayors so much, they have 21 of them. People from all over will be […]

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