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POLS ON THE STREET: Deeley to Head City Commission

POLS ON THE STREET: Deeley to Head City Commission

BY JOE SHAHEELI There’s a new chair at Philadelphia City Commission. Democrat Lisa Deeley, who was elected to that body in 2015, was nominated as chairwoman by Republican Al Schmidt at City Commission’s monthly board meeting on Dec. 13. Schmidt had always previously supported Democrat Anthony Clark for that post. Chairman Clark had earlier announced […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: PPA Local Control a No-Go

BYJOE SHAHEELI Everybody who is a Democrat, from Gov. Tom Wolf on down, is calling for the Philadelphia Parking Authority to revert to City government. But it won’t happen. This odd State agency was set up in 2001 under the aegis of powerful Republican State Rep. John Perzel, who argued that it could generate more […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER on the Pa. Society

The 119th annual Pennsylvania Society Dinner was held last weekend at the New York Hilton in New York City. For decades, this event was held at the Waldorf Astoria; however, that hotel is undergoing extensive renovations. The event sold out despite its $500-per-person sticker price. Since the dinner’s new venue is smaller than the Waldorf, […]

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE on the Pa. Society

BY DENISE CLAY Over the weekend, the Pennsylvania Society, meeting a week earlier than usual so it wouldn’t conflict with this weekend’s Army/Navy Game, gathered in New York to hold its annual gathering in New York. Despite the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s remodel moving the party to somewhere smaller and most of the usual suspects choosing to […]

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WALKING THE BEAT on the Pa. Society

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA NOT TOO LONG ago, you heard loud screaming from the GOP about the OBAMA DEFICIT (really a “Dubya” Bush deficit) and how terrible it was. GOP presidents in the past created deficits – but nothing was said of that. Now the “tax-cut” legislation will create TRILLIONS IN DEFICIT. Republican deficit. The […]

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CITY HALL SAM on the Pa. Society

There seemed to be fewer Philadelphia people at the Pennsylvania Society than usual. The venue changed from the elegant Waldorf Astoria to the downtown Hilton. The Waldorf is under construction and is being turned into condominiums, so many traditionalists chose to forgo New York. LT. GOV. MIKE STACK was in high gear and everywhere. He […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Three’s Too Many in the First

BY JOE SHAHEELI Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District, which takes in most of the River Wards and South Philadelphia along with a good chunk of Delaware County, is preparing for an unaccustomed tussle in the Philadelphia Democratic primary next year. Deputy Mayor of Public Engagement Dr. Nina Ahmad quit her City position to announce a run […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Guv’s Race Fuels the Sticks with Safe Talk

BY JOE SHAHEELI Key battles for the Pennsylvania governorship are being waged midstate in small, quiet cities and rural counties. State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), who was first out of the gate in the Republican primary, has unleashed a hard pitch for the Pennsylvania “T’s” Trump voters with a full-throated evocation of the president’s attacks […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: The Stack Attack Is Back

BY JOE SHAHEELI Lt. Gov. Mike Stack announced he will seek re-election at City Hall yesterday, surrounded by a legion of Philadelphia political leaders. A Northeast Democratic ward leader of long standing and former state senator, Stack is Philadelphia’s highest-ranked statewide elected official. As the lieutenant governor presides over the State Senate, his position gives […]

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The Multifaceted Life of Jimmy Tayoun

BY TONY WEST My acquaintance with Jimmy Tayoun began in 1983. I was editing the Observer, a biweekly trade newspaper with a line of insider political coverage for Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Tayoun was a two-term incumbent city councilman for the 1st District, engaged with a challenger in a fierce Democratic primary race. (South Philadelphia politics […]

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