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POLS ON THE STREET: Wolf Running Hard in Pennsylvania’s ‘Tee’

BY JOE SHAHEELI In the first week of “holiday summer,” when the average voter could care less who will be elected governor of Pennsylvania in November 2018, political insiders here are thinking about little else but. There had been speculation first-term Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf was losing interest in re-election after his first two years […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Election over … the Campaign Begins

BY JOE SHAHEELI It pays to have enthusiastic supporters in politics. Running against six well-credentialed opponents in the Philadelphia district attorney’s Democratic primary, Larry Krasner, who has been a defender all his life, scooped up 38% of the vote to win commandingly on May 16. That’s because he had become a popular cause among some […]

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Election Shockers Rock City Democrats

Black Lives Matter mattered in this week’s Democratic primary. Insurgent civil-rights attorney Larry Krasner walked away with the prize in the seven-way race to succeed incumbent District Attorney Seth Williams. With more than 98% of the votes tallied by Wednesday morning, Krasner had won 38.2% of 152,316 overall votes – 58,165. Former US Attorney Joe […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Court Upholds City Commission

BY JOE SHAHEELI In Philadelphia, all eyes (at least all that aren’t closed in sleep to the burning issues of the city they live in) were focused on the outcome of Tuesday’s election. Sadly, most voters did remain asleep. Doubtless they will wake up again when the time comes for them to complain about a […]

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EDITORIAL: Two New Faces Win the Day

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. We weren’t unanimous in our endorsement of Rich Negrín in the Democratic primary for district attorney. Nor were we enthusiastic about endorsing Alan Butkovitz for another term as city controller. But those were the choices we made. And, as demonstrated by election results driven in no small part by an […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Still Too Close to Call

BY JOE SHAHEELI Longtime District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who could have held that office until today had she not resigned to run for mayor, tells us her pick for Democratic district attorney would be Joe Khan. She added her concern for the office should Larry Krasner be elected. One must remember she was the “tough […]

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OUR OPINION: Our Endorsements in the Philadelphia Primary

If nothing else, this year’s political activity has proven that in a post-2016 electoral landscape, there is no such thing as an “off year.” Nowhere has that been more aptly demonstrated than in the two marquee primaries in Philadelphia’s May 16 primary: the Democratic races for city controller and district attorney. Challenger Rebecca Rhynhart’s résumé […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: In DA’s Race, the Biggest Slice Will Win

BY JOE SHAHEELI The DA’s race will be sliced up by seven candidates. Whose slice will deliver the most votes on Election Day? With a turnout of 16% of the Democratic vote predicted by many politicos, that doesn’t call for a lot of votes for one to become the plurality winner. What goes into the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Meehan Back to Lead GOP

BY JOE SHAHEELI In an old-fashioned donnybrook and shouting match, Republican Ward Leaders managed to fill the vacant post of Party Chairman held by Joe DeFelice, Esq. at their Cottman Avenue headquarters Monday night. Elected in what began as a tussle between 5th Ward Leader Mike Cibik and Northeast activist Joe McColgan was Republican Party […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: DA’s Race Still Too Early to Call, but….

BY JOE SHAHEELI Though the seven Democratic candidates for DA are doing their best to win the endorsement of any group that could mean money and ground troops, we’ve learned we need to see which of this city’s major unions step into the arena with endorsements, guaranteeing big campaign contributions and a field army of […]

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