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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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Krasner Cruises; Locals Do Well Statewide

BY JOE SHAHEELI A united Philadelphia Democratic Party brought home its municipal candidates for district attorney and city controller, Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart. With 98.1% of the vote tallied, Krasner had 147,666 to Republican Beth Grossman’s 50,107. That was actually a good result for Republicans – 25% of the vote – since registered Republicans […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Krasner’s Race to Lose – and It’s Losable

BY JOE SHAHEELI All Democrats are walk-homes in Philadelphia in 2017. So goes the conventional wisdom. So that means Democratic DA candidate Larry Krasner should walk home. But the present era is nothing if not full of surprises. Krasner’s primary victory over many vetted prosecutorial pros was a surprise, considering he has never prosecuted a […]

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Krasner Reveals Himself as Grossman No-Shows

BY ELIZABETH CRAWLEY Democratic DA candidate Larry Krasner fielded questions from voters at the Arch Street United Methodist Church on Saturday. “A Conversation with Krasner,” a Facebook event hosted by Philadelphia United for Progress (Philly Up), was supposed to be a forum for voters to query Krasner and GOP DA candidate Beth Grossman. After Grossman […]

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Opening in the 181st?

BY RYAN BRIGGS Sources have stated longtime State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D-N. Phila.) may retire and back community organizer Malcolm Kenyatta as his successor in North Philadelphia’s 181st House District in next year’s election. Kenyatta, who served as a delegate for former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, recently formed a political action […]

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