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Second Salute to Veterans event set for Saturday in Germantown

May 31, 2014

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will hold his second “Salute to Veterans,” a ceremony and open house in honor of veterans, from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Soldiers Monument, the intersection of Germantown Avenue and School House Lane in Germantown. The ceremony, which begins with a community parade from Chelten Avenue to School…

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The Battle For “Tom” Supremacy

May 24, 2014

ABOVE PHOTO:  Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf hosts his party the Santander Stadium in York, Pa., Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  (AP Photo /The Philadelphia Daily News, Steven M. Falk ) On Tuesday night, we learned that incumbents can be beaten in Philadelphia with the help of the legal system, voter turnout in Primary elections continues…

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Seventy urges public hearing on PGW sale

May 24, 2014

Says Council shouldn’t wait for consultant’s report     To put the facts on the table about a $1.86 billion deal to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works, the non-partisan Committee of Seventy today urged Philadelphia City Council to hold a public hearing before its summer recess.       According to Seventy’s VP and Policy Director…

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Marriage For All… Finally

May 24, 2014

ABOVE PHOTO:  Kayden Dennison (right), his husband Elijah Coleman and the couple’s 4-month-old daughter Azaelia were among the same-sex families that gathered at City Hall on Tuesday for a rally celebrating U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones’s ruling that strikes down the Commonwealth’s Defense of Marriage Act. Gov. Tom Corbett announced on Wednesday that…

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The Last Go-Round

May 17, 2014

ABOVE PHOTO:  The Democratic Gubernatorial candidates on spotlight during WURD’s political forum last week, Rob McCord, Katie McGinty, Allyson Schwartz and Tom Wolf.  (Photos by Bill Z. Foster) In a final attempt to get their message out to as many voters as possible before Election Day, the four remaining Democratic Gubernatorial candidates spent a day in…

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City Council to authorize $165M in new School District funding

May 17, 2014

Philadelphia City Council and lawmakers in Harrisburg on Thursday announced a legislation package that authorizes $165 million in additional funds to the School District of Philadelphia next school year and provides a minimum of $150 million in additional funds annually to Philadelphia public schools. “School officials and Philadelphia officials have been united in calling for…

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Casey introduces bill that would set standards for direct reporting of suspected child abuse to state authorities

May 17, 2014

Washington, DC- Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced a bill that would require states to implement a consistent standard for child abuse reporting by requiring those with responsibility over children, such as medical professionals, teachers and coaches, to report suspected child abuse and neglect directly to state authorities. Casey’s bill, the Speak Up to Protect Every…

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Councilwoman Reynolds Brown introduces Bike Share Legislation

May 17, 2014

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Chair of the City Council Committee on the Environment, introduced a bill to authorize Bicycle Transit Systems to plan and operate a bicycle sharing program in the City of Philadelphia and B-cycle to provide bicycles, stations and technology platforms for the system. Bicycle Transit Systems is a Philadelphia based business that…

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Conversation Starter

May 11, 2014

ABOVE PHOTO:  Rob McCord State Treasurer Rob McCord wants to talk about education, health care, and employment as part of his Democratic gubernatorial campaign. But he also wants to talk about race. And that’s making some people mad at him.  By Denise Clay The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is known for a lot of things including…

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