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Schmidt Investigation Alleges Illegal Voting In Primary

City Commissioner Al Schmidt believes running an investigation of voting irregularities after each election will eventually eliminate many of the sources creating those reports. Schmidt released a report on Tuesday afternoon, completing an investigation of primary reports of irregularities. “We identified hundreds of cases of voting irregularities that warrant further investigation,” Schmidt said. As our […]

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TORCHED: ‘Act Of Evil’ Destroys Kids’ Playground

BY RORY McGLASSON/ A kids’ play set at FDR Park will rise from the ashes, but that will not hide the disappointment of kids left devastated by an act of cowardice that destroyed their home away from home last weekend. The smell of soot and ash still lingers in the air at the Lakes, with police […]

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Black GOP Block Party Rocks N. Philly Wards

BY ANNIE HAVEY/ Yes, Virginia, there is a Republican Party and it is alive and well in North Philadelphia! Philadelphia Republicans of Color, or PhillyROC, chaired by Lewis Harris, Jr., in a joint effort with Joe DeFelice of the Republican Party of Philadelphia, held a very successful voter-registration drive in the 47th Ward last Saturday. The […]

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BY DAVID LYNN/ Black Clergy PAC does not seem to be filing campaign-finance reports with the Commonwealth or the City of Philadelphia. According to the Commonwealth Dept. of State Registered Committee List, the Black Clergy PAC is registered as Filer ID# 2009331. Their registered address is 1608 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19146. This would seem […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: 2 Italian Stallions In 1st Senatorial Dist.

They are both lawyers, with basically the same platforms, education, safety, and crime awareness. But what makes them interestingly competitive is the fact both are of Italian extraction and vying for a district where Italian American voters still bear some clout. Incumbent State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-S. Phila.) is the favorite based on his two […]

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What Ticked Right And Wrong In 3 House Races

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BY JOHN KROMER & DAVID LYNN/ Three of the incumbent State Representatives who ran for re-election in the 2012 primary were not particularly dynamic. Their challengers were well-spoken, attractive, and well-financed. The results: one challenger won, another came close and is well positioned for a 2014 rematch, and a third lost badly. Here’s how it happened. […]

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Philly Pols Working Hard For Votes On Election Eve

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BY RORY McGLASSON Political candidates in Philadelphia were knocking on doors, greeting commuters and shoppers on election eve as the clock ticked down to Tuesday’s election. In Northeast Philadelphia, Democrat Ed Neilson, a candidate in the 169th district and Attorney General candidate Patrick Murphy teamed up to canvass for votes at the Academy shopping center. […]

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REAPPORTIONMENT: Latest Map Bodes Squabbles, Suits

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BY TONY WEST/ The Reapportionment Com­mission released its preliminary map, Take 2, last week. This unprecedented upheaval in Keystone State politics stems from a sudden decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Jan. 25, 2012 which pitched out Take 1, saying lawmakers couldn’t cut too many curlicues into the districts they carve out for themselves […]

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Pat Murphy Returns To S. Philly Roots

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BY MARIA MERLINO/ I’m sipping a cup of tea at the Penrose Diner when in strides Patrick Murphy, Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Pennsylvania. Usually when I interview political types, they are surrounded by an entourage, but not Murphy; he’s brave enough to face me alone. Tall, handsome, clean-cut, with blue eyes that can […]

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Big Money Is Funneled Into School Choice

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BY DAVID LYNN/ Students First PAC has become a big voice for school choice since it began reporting contributions and expenditures in 2010. The committee listed $6,371,300 from a small pool of contributors in 2010 (43 contributions total) and $354,000 in 2011 (7 contributions total.) Given the size of the contributions and the occupations of […]

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