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POLS ON THE STREET: Vice President Polling Draws GOP Comments

BY JOE SHAHEELI/  Though the voter photo-ID controversy is on the front line for local political figures in this city, it is obvious voters are beginning to get more involved in the presidential election. Case in point was the news this week conservative and Republican voters have indicated they would like to see GOP Presidential […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Why The Fuss Over Voter IDs?

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Whom can you trust to have the correct set of statics as to how many voters could possibly be turned away at the polls this November because of the state’s new voter-ID law? The opposition? The press? PennDOT? Or how about Carol Aichele, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, who is in charge of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Brian Sims Promotes A Midstate LGBT Leader

BY JOE SHAHEELI/  Brian Sims, who wrested the 177th Legislative Dist. seat from State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-S. Phila.) in the primary, is seen as the sure bet to win the seat in November, especially since the District is heavily liberal and Democrat. The openly gay candidate is already acting as if he were a […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Will David Beat Goliath In 177th?

Democrat State Representative nominee William F. Dunbar will host an Open House in the 177th Dist. at the corner of Tulip Street & E. Allegheny Avenue this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. This will mark the beginning of what could be the most-important legislative district race in the City. If Dunbar succeeds, he will […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: 2nd Redistricting Plan Stirs Up Problems In N.E. Philly

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ No matter how the Supreme Court rules on the new redistricting map submitted to it by the Reapportionment Commission, there is no doubt a lot of contention will pit Democrat against Democrat in the 2014 primary for at least one of those House seats in the city’s far Northeast. The latest and, hopefully, […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Ethics Board Refutes A Jealous Critic

BY JOE SHAHEELI/  Saying one is a politician often raises cynical eyebrows and with it envy or distrust. Claiming you are a political consultant with a proven track record raises more eyebrows. In the case of Working Families PAC, founded and run by Marion Wimbush, formerly of Mayor John Street’s inner staff, his is one […]

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The Philadelphia Republican Happy Hours once a month First Tuesday gatherings at Paddy Whacks, 2nd & South, and sponsored by 5th Ward GOP Leader Mike Cibik, have given the State GOP’s version of Republican City Committee a most-welcome opportunity to compare notes, plan strategy, and to communicate. Growing in significance as more than a happy […]

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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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POLS ON THE STREET: Sen. Kitchen Stakes Her Claim

State Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen (D-N. Phila.), who easily won her fifth term to the 3rd Dist. State Senate seat she has held since winning her first term in November of 1996, has made it obvious to all Democrats everywhere  she “has a mind of her own.” To prove that, she hosted a party last […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: City Republicans Look To Taylor As Healer

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BY JOE SHAHEELI/ What made State Rep. John Taylor’s annual Historical Site Cigar & Wine Tasting at Colonial Dames headquarter on Latimer Street so exceptional this time? It wasn’t the cigars, or the various wines, or the VIP crowd of regular supporters who appreciate Taylor’s solid performances in the State General Assembly as the 177th Dist.’s […]

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