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At a fundriaser in center city, Mayoral hopeful Karen Brown of Southwark, receives backing of former U.S. Senator Arlen Mike Mountain Specter.
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Big Bucks coming to Karen Brown?
Santorum Bets Heavy On Iowa
Rumors are rumors, but Karen Brown's campaign for mayor seems to be gaining traction and attracting some big money spenders, who usually contribute to sure winners.
Calling the Ames, Iowa straw poll August 13 as the real test in the Republican Primary for President, Former US PA Senator Rick Santorum said "The eyes of the nation, the media and the White House will be fixed squarely on Iowa – where the Straw Poll results will When asked, the Republican nominee said "I can only give America an idea of who’s leading the pack early in answer that I am meeting with people who can raise the Republican primary season. dollars." While some of the other candidates have chosen to byShe's back from a Bermuda trip, but would not indicate pass Iowa and this early Presidential test, I have spent she had discussed finances with anyone there. She did the past month traveling across the state with my entire say, she was surprised at the many Philadelphia vaca- family meeting voters, listening to their concerns and tioners she met. She's gone through over 10,000 of her laying out my common sense conservative solutions to "The Revolution begins with me" cards. "That's only the nations toughest problems. counting the Democrats", she says. It’s clear our message is resonating as I am traveling to Making her campaign more plausible is the fact former over 50 cities across Iowa and doing 50 Townhalls". Mayor John Street has publicly indicated he is coaching her on city problems "so she can hit the ground running" should she win in her uphill fight.
School Choice Get Committee
This has sparked financial interest, plus the fact some calculate this as a race closer than the registration figures would predict, with Democrats leading Republicans by a 7 to 1 margin. They add Milton Street--who had several strikes against him--bringing 24% of the Democrat vote in his primary race for mayor. Now add the involvement of former Mayor John Street in the Karen Brown campaign. Figure a low off year election turnout of about 20%, and, maybe, a 70% turnout of Republican registrations and one can see a possible upset in the making.
Hearing Here The Senate Democrat Policy Committee will hold a panel discussion on school choice legislation, school vouchers and EITC scholarships Tuesday morning at 10 in the Community Room of CCP's Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road. On the panel are States Senators Lisa Boscola, Mike Stack, Anthony Williams and Andy Dinniman.
In fact, John Street chided Republicans for not coming Testifying in favor of school choice legislation: Stuout full force in raising bucks and adding registrations. dents First PA Executive Director Dawn Chavous, REACH Alliance and Foundation Director Otto Banks, In the meantime Brown has begun appearing with a Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Education Director bull horn to "Tell it like it is!" every Tuesday at noon Sean McAleer, constitutional law expert Phil Murren beside the Mayor Rizzo statue in front of the Municipal of Ball, Murren & Connell and Commonwealth FounServices Building. She will use that public appearance dation for Public Policy Alternatives President and to promote other Republican candidates who are ex- CEO Matthew J. Brouillette. pected to join her as well. In opposition to school choice legislation: Education Law Center Director of Public Advocacy Baruch Kin-
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tisch, a representative from AFT Pennsylvania, Springfield Township School Board President Tony Quinn, Keystone State Education Coalition Co-Chair Larry Feinberg and PSEA President Jim Testerman.
Richard Allen Alumni Honor Virginia Wilks-Sweat
Richard Allen Homes resident and Committee lady Virginia Wilks-Sweat is being honored with a community service award for her 29 years as the housing Charter Change Petition In Court development’s Tenant Council President, at the 21st Annual Richard Allen Homes Reunion and Picnic, SatPeter J Wirs, treasurer of the We the People movement urday, August 6, 2011. The event will be held from 12 for a Charter Change has served notice on the three noon to 7:00 pm, at Lemon Hill, 33rd and Poplar judges acting as temporary City Commissioners that Streets, in Fairmount Park, here. his group has submitted enough petitions to allow voters to vote on a commission to study and prepare Under Wilks’ leadership, since 1982, the Richard Allen changes to the Philadelphia Charter. Homes has had the first PHA on-site Head Start Program, Dollar Store, Computer Lab, Social Service He cited in his letter to them: Agency, WIC Office, flu shots and a Child ID Program, "Out of an abundance of caution due to the pending ac- which was done in partnership with the Philadelphia tion before the Commonwealth Court, docketed at 335 Police Department and the Philadelphia Housing AuMD 2011, challenging the constitutionality of the Act thority Police. of April 21, 1949, P.L. 665, No. 155, the First Class During the Reunion and picnic, the organization will City Home Rule Act, 53 P.S. § 13103 et seq., comalso be awarding 18 kindergarten-through-eighth-grade monly known as the "Lord Home Rule Bill," counsel students, a boy and a girl from each class, with U.S. instructs us to voluntarily comply with the Act of DeSavings Bonds. The K-through-seventh-grade students cember 19, 1996, P.L. 1158, No. 177, 53 Pa.C.S. § 2901 will each receive a $50 bond, while the two eighthet seq. grade students will each receive a $100 bond. "Accordingly we hereby cause to be filed written notice under 53 Pa.C.S. § 2927(b)(2) that it appears to us that a petition herein being circulated throughout the City In addition, two college-bound students, James Frederand County of Philadelphia to place a Government ick Royster, III, and Fatima Swann Williams will reStudy Commission on the November 8, 2011 ballot has ceive a $500 scholarship, each, to assist them in been properly signed by one-third of the number of reg- purchasing school supplies and books, for the upcomistered voters required for the petition" ing school year. Royster, who graduated from Plymouth The group hopes to successfully challenge the "Lord Home Rule Bill" which places the power of naming commission members in the hands of the Mayor and the President of City Council and more in the hands of the electorate.
Whitemarsh High School with a 3.4 GPA, will major in Political Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Williams, who attended Parkway Center City High School, will attend the restaurant school at Walnut Hill College. The Original Richard Allen Committee, Inc. was founded 22 years ago by a small group of former residents of the housing development, which is located between 9th and 12th Streets, from Fairmount Avenue to Poplar Street, in North Central Philadelphia.
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