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Why Have Voters Disenfranchised Themselves In Big Numbers? by Joe Shaheeli Where’ve all the voters gone? A look at the registration files of this city reveals voters deserting both major parties in sizeable numbers, and going to only God knows where as they move to the ranks of “Independents” and “Others”. Though “Independents” have grown measurably over the years, what should be causing consternation and concern among major-party leaders is the growth in the “Other” heading posted by the City Commission. If a registrant doesn’t list a party preference or does not register as an “Independent”, that person will automatically be placed under the heading of “Other”. The “Others” may not realize, as with those registered “Independent”, when they go to vote in the primary, they can’t. By not registering in any of the two major parties, individuals forfeit their right to vote in the primaries. Essentially, that

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is often the most-important vote they can cast, especially in counties and cities where there is one-party dominance. Oftentimes, contested primary seats are all the voters have to choose from, since the dominant party normally wins them all in the General Election. Normally one thinks of registered voters as either Democrat, Republican or Independent. Since Green, Libertarian, Constitutional, Communist, Socialist and other splinter parties have failed to file enough registrations statewide to receive their own designation, they no doubt make up some of the numbers of those listed as “Other”. By definition, their combined membership doesn’t make a dent in the total registrations of registered voters. But their numbers are growing. It’s tough to earn permanentparty status since that achievement requires a candidate of that party within the county or state to get at least 2% of the vote in the preceding election. If that happens, the party gets recognized and one learns just how many are registered under its banner. Call it what you may, “Other” has become a significant “Other” in the files of registered voters in the City of Philadelphia. They can’t vote in

primaries, except for ballot questions. So how do you go after their vote for your candidate in the general, since they have already shown disdain for the two majority parties? They are now a sizeable force. A look at registration stats for the last three years confirms the growth of Independents and Others at the expense of the Republican and Democratic Parties may be sending a message. Registered to vote in the 2011 General Election were: Democrats 798,175, Republicans 130,004, Independents 6,387, Others 85,440. In the 2012 Presidential General Election, all listings showed gains. Democrats were biggest gainer, to 830,400. Republicans were 130,044, Independents 6,397, and Others 93,490. It was back to reality for the 2013 General Election: Democrats 806,477, Republicans 120,157, Independents 6,488 and Others 93,324.

Add the Independents and Others, all who have disenfranchised themselves from voting except for ballot questions in the next primary, and you find they now total 157,822. They are the

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GENERAL Assembly caucus at gala included StateRep. Rosita Youngblood, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and SEEN here are small part of poolside audiState Rep. Mark Cohen ence at bathing-suit contest at Sid Booker’s Photo by Joe Stivala gala.

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CITY and state VIPs are introduced to over 500 guests at Sid Booker’s Shrimp & Barbeque Fest at his Laverock home by Master of Ceremonies “Hollywood”. In picture can be seen Councilwoman Marian Tasco, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Photo by Robert Mendelsohn Councilwoman Cidy Bass.

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Over 500 Enjoy Sid Booker’s Annual Shrimp, Barbecue And Pool Party

TAKING time for this quick shot were Marion ENJOYING poolside activities were host Sid HOST SID BOOKER welcomes Dr. Ali Wimbush, State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, Sid ALL SMILES as he dishes out delicacies Booker with Mark Watson, Quinten White and Nabavi and his dad Kaz to food-fest buf- Booker, Councilwoman Cindy Bass and Judge from huge buffet line is host Sid Booker, James Booker. fet. Paula Patrick, who is up for retention. left.

L&I Commissioner Carlton Williams, Sid BookSTATE REP. Rosita Youngblood gets er, Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Judge Jim DeLeon, former Police Commissioner LADIES love host Sid Booker as seen in this personal welcome from Sid Booker VIPs were everywhere with host Sid Booker at photo. and State Sen. Shirley Kitchen. his annual gathering at his home. Sylvester Johnson and Julian Nix.

RETIRED 1st Deputy Sheriff Pat COUNCILWOMAN Marian Tasco and her Bryant, with husband Michael, and family share moment with Duckie Birts, aide to Wanda Davis were part of over 500 in Bob Brady, and Boxing Judge Lynne Carter. Photo by Joe Stivala attendance.

HATS galore, in case you didn’t noBEAUTIES ON PARADE continue to be highlight at Sid Booker’s annual gathering at his home, tice, where seen everywhere through- SID BOOKER aides Chris, Warren and Rob where some of them joined in best-looking swimsuit contest. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn out Sid Booker’s poolside area. thanked all who attended. Photo by Joe Stivala

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STATE REP. Vanessa JUDICIAL candidate Sierra Brown, PLBC chair, gets HAVING ball are Kim Oliver, Bell Street gets good-luck wel- happy hug from host Sid Grant and Sherrill Laws, surrounded come from host Sid Booker. Booker. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn by packed house of attendees.


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Squilla’s Friends Pack Keenan’s In Wildwood PUBLIC SAFETY was no problem at Keenan’s Saturday with these guys on site: from left, Judge Hetsi Lewandowski, FOP MAKING MERRY at Keenan’s were, from left, Beth Moy- President John McNesby, Firefighter Bob Mclan, Judge Hetsi Lewandowski, Councilman Mark Squilla Quillan, Councilman Mark Squilla and Steve and Dr. Jim Moylan. Photo by Ken Adams Lauer. Photo by Ken Adams COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla was glad to welcome Danny Stevenson to his affair at Keenan’s in N. Wildwood. Photo by Ken Adams

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FIRE Dept., Police from 25th Dist. and their staffs helped Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez present a Boxing promoter Marty huge gathering for her Na- Feldman puts on a card this tional Night Out at St. Hugh’s evening at The Deck in Essin Kensington. ington titled “Champions of Tomorrow”. featuring up-andcoming prospects. These included Charles Hayward v. Antonio Liles (6 rounds / 175 lb.), Tyson Mahar v. Josue Rivera (4 rounds / 140 lb.), Lavon Slade v. Anthony Patanella (4 rounds / 168 lb.), STATE REP. John Taylor was kept Evincii Dixon v. Ramon Ellis busy taking photos with constituents (4 rounds / 147 lb.), and Laurie on Night Out. He must have shared Schiavo v. Unique Harris (4 over 50 photos. rounds / 122 lb.). Also on the card will be Rasheed Estrada and RobertSweeney. Attendees will have the chance to meet Meldrick Taylor. Part of his new Champions of Tomorrow 2 Boxing series will be signing his book 2 Seconds from Glory. Tickets are $40 at the door. Meldrick Taylor was eight years old when he wrote on his

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SHERIFF Jewell Williams joined hundreds celebrating National Night Out at various City events, speaking at 22nd, 24th and 25th Police Dist. events before winding up with State Sen. Vincent Hughes in Overbrook at 72nd & Lansdowne, where he noted, “This event began in Phila. It’s a very important and visible way to support communities and neighborhoods in their efforts to maintain a safe, clean and healthy environment.”

VERY successful National Night out in 46th Ward was hosted by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. She honored Mary Ellen Cabry on her birthday that evening. Proud dadMartin was elated. Photo by Joe Stivala

NATIONAL Night Out in 34th Ward was hosted by Kathy Huggins, Dewey & Race Community president, and Vanessa Williams, president of Carroll Park Civic Assn. Honored were Cherie Myers, founder of Dewey & Race Ass’n, and Assistant Block Capt. Renee Morgan. Congratulating recipients are Capt. Joe Bologna, 19th Police Dist. Commander and his officers; retention Judge Paula Patrick; and Al Spivey, chief of staff for Councilman Curtis Jones.

dresser drawer with a black magic marker he would become world champion and that’s exactly what happened. The North Philly native and resident went on to capture the Olympic Gold Medal in Los Angeles in 1984 and then became a World Champion. Taylor’s blinding speed made him a superstar in boxing that led to a showdown with another superstar, Julio César Chávez. The two slugged it out with Meldrick completely in the lead. With just 10 seconds left in the fight, Chavez caught Taylor with a right hand that put him on the canvas. Taylor quickly rose on the count of 4 and the referee Richard Steele asked Taylor if he was OK. While Taylor looked to his corner, Steele waived the fight over and Chavez got the win . This is one of the most controversial fight endings in boxing history.


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We reveal registration statistics on Page 2 confirming the continuation of a trend which shows voters losing their interest in both the major parties. It’s no longer just Democrats and Republicans. Both parties now need to move over to give room to the growing numbers of those registered to vote as “Independents” and “Others”. Those two designations are now home to voters who are ignoring party loyalties – whether out of disgust, disinterest, or just a “don’t-care” frame of mind. Regardless, they still vote in the general and they still need to be addressed by candidates. Needing to be concerned are the leaders of both major parties. What is it that has stopped their ability to attract all voters? Why are they now losing a hold on what is today in Philadelphia a third party of sorts? How do we reach out to them and explain to them their decision to sit out majorparty registration has cost them the ability to vote in primary elections where there are contests for seats? Some soul-searching is necessary, since this indicates a serious malaise in voter involvement.

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The City of Philadelphia should be conducting investigations, as other political entities are, into the loan origination and debt default contracts, as to what was represented, what the facts were and what actually happened. With ongoing investigations into the LIBOR rates and credit debt default interest scandals, Philadelphia will have plenty of leverage to deal with creditors. The sale of Philadelphia Gas Works, a facility that can drive the city into the hydrogen economy, should not be offered up for sale for paper money in this situation, in a disintegrating financial system. Philadelphia should also consider enacting a transaction tax, one-penny tax, on stocks, currency, option trades, derivative trades, etc., at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. The creation of a Public Bank in Philadelphia appears as a reasonable option demanded by the city-security crisis, the necessity to protect the City’s assets, property, and moneys, the city government itself and most of all, the population. Clarc King

Aug. 15- Final hearing of Special Investigative Committee convened by Council President Darrell L. Clarke examining City demolition practices and procedures will be dedicated to members of the public who wish to offer testimony or recommendations for reforming current demolition policies; at City Hall, Council Chambers, Rm. 400, 1 p.m. Individuals who wish to submit written testimony in advance of the hearing and/or speak before the committee should contact Stacey Graham (215) 6863416 or Stacey.Graham@phila.gov. Aug. 16- S.W. Phila. District Services hosts Crime Summit at Myers Rec Ctr., 5800 Kingsessing Ave., 6-9 p.m. For info Tracy Fisher (267) 333-0571 or Mike Ross (484) 250-9055. Aug. 17- S.W. Phila. celebrates Anthony G. Fletcher,

Jr., Foundation Day of Peace at 48th & Woodland Rec Ctr., 48th & Woodland Ave., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For info Rasheen Crews (215) 758-1507. Aug. 17- 47th Ward Leader George Brooks hosts deluxe coach trip to Baltimore Crab Fest in Inner Harbor. All you can eat of crabs, shrimp & buffet and open bar. Tickets $150. Leave from Broad & Oxford Progress Plaza, 1 p.m. Aug. 17- 34th Ward Dir. Kathryn Huggins, Committeewoman, organizes All-Day Block Party, Dewey & Race Sts. Aug. 17- Steamfitters Local 420 Members and Friends of Andy Muzyka Host Beef & Fundraiser for leukemia sufferer Andy Muzyka at Steamfitters Local 420, 14420 Townsend Rd., 7-11 p.m. For info or donate https://www.friendsofandymuzyka.com/. Aug. 19- Phila. Tea Party Patriots Combined So. Philly/C.C. Mtg. at Prudential Bank Bldg., 1834 W Oregon Ave., 7 p.m. Parking & entrance in back. Aug. 20- Friends of Ron Do-

natucci host “Let’s Celebrate Summer” Fundraiser at Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., 6:309:30 p.m. For info donatucci2007committe@gmail. com. Aug. 21- Summer Seafood Festival hosted by John Dougherty, Anthony Gallagher and Joseph Cleary, Esq. in honor of Congressman Robert A. Brady at Doc’s Union Pub, 2nd & Mifflin, 14 p.m. For info Marita (215) 410-9200. Aug. 21- Stu Bykofsky presents Candidates Comedy Night at Finnigan’s Wake, 8 p.m. Tickets $75. For info Variety Club (215) 735-0803, ext. 11. Aug. 22- Juniata and Kensington 33rd Ward Leader Lou Vega hosts Wine & Cheese Fundraiser for City Controller candidate Terry Tracy at 128 Alexis La., 6:30-8:30 p.m. For info mr.louvega @yahoo.com. Aug. 23- State Rep. Rosita Youngblood holds Back-ToSchool Bookbag Giveaway at 310 W. Chelten Ave., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Must call to register child; while supplies last.

For info (215) 849-6426. Aug. 24- Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. hosts Block Captain Boot Camp at Salvation Army Kroc Ctr., 4200 Wissahickon Ave. RSVP Morgan Cephas (215) 686-3416, -3417. Aug. 24- 51st anniversary Jamaican Independence Dinner Dance at Calabash Banquet Ha., 6208 Lancaster Ave., 7p.m.-12:30 a.m. Tickets $85, $160 for 2. Aug. 25- Republican City Committee hosts Billy Meehan Clambake at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd., 4-8 p.m. Chaired by Commissioner Al Schmidt. Tickets $100 either in advance or at door. For info josephjdefelice@gmail.com or (215) 561-0650. Sep. 2- Phila. Council AFLCIO holds Tri State Labor Day Parade & Family Celebration starting from Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Ha., 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 8:30 a.m.; parade to Penn’s Landing, 10 a.m.; fun at Penn’s Landing at 11 a.m., featuring food, make-and-take crafts, live music, games, kids activities, and more!

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Debt Crisis Hits Home The City of Philadelphia has so much debt and, like a third-world nation, is subject to IMF conditional ties, shutting down schools and forcing it to sell its valuable property and assets. This is not how the funding of government is supposed to operate. All across the United States, towns, cities, counties and states are being looted, harvested for whatever monetary financial and physical assets they have. It is a national crime wave, and must be investigated and stopped at once. The system of usury and speculation of the monetary financial system, the Fed’s unlimited-bailout system that demands high unemployment, fraudulent inducements in loan origination and subsequent debt-swap machinations all play into this crime of the century, a real war against the United States. The management of the City’s assets by a too-big-tofail bank facility has implications and consequences not yet known and/or understood by political officialdom.


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The United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling in United States v. Windsor that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional in states where same-sex marriage is legal will have repercussions for Social Security recipients. DOMA’s definition of “spouse” barred same-sex spouses’ eligibility for spousal benefits administered by SSA, including disability, retirement, and survivors’ benefits. The Windsor holding means the federal government may not deny marriage protections and benefits to legally married same-sex couples. With DOMA no longer in effect, the federal government will honor the valid marriages of same-sex couples for purposes of federal statutes and programs, including Social Security. Carolyn W. Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of Social Security, released a statement last week announcing SSA will begin “processing some retirement spouse claims for same-sex

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Healthy Hoops Battles Asthma In an effort to improve asthma management and reduce childhood obesity, AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, in collaboration with Keystone First, a Blue Cross Medical Assistance (Medicaid) product and the largest Medical Assistance product in Southeastern Pennsylvania, is once again bringing its award-winning Healthy Hoops® program to the Philadelphia area. This year’s event will be held at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center, 4200 Wissahickon Avenue in Philadelphia, on Saturday, August 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and is open to children with asthma ages 3 to 16 by advance registration. According to a study published in the Journal of Asthma in 2012, more than 26 percent of Philadelphia children were found to have asthma, nearly three times the national average. Healthy Hoops aims to help children and their families learn how to better control their asthma and otherwise adopt healthy lifestyles. It includes hands on asthma education, health screenings and basketball clinics led by Philadelphia basketball legends Sonny Hill and Speedy Morris, along with plenty of other fun activities. Free transportation will be provided for Keystone First members from points throughout Philadelphia and Chester.

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Monday, a Boston jury convicted JAMES (“WHITEY”) BULGER of racketeering charges and involvement in 11 deaths. Whitey Bulger had been on the lam for 16 years. Article after article included graphic details of his criminal exploits. But what’s more fascinating is the failure by the media in large part to mention Whitey’s brother WILLIAM “BILLY” BULGER, former President of the Massachusetts State Senate and former President of the University of Massachusetts. Billy did ask the media to respect his and his family’s privacy during his brother’s trial. It looks like they complied. If this case was tried in Philadelphia and the defendant was the brother of Pennsylvania Senate PRESIDENT JOSEPH SCARNATI (a Republican), every time his brother’s name was mentioned in the media, so would have been the Senator’s. The kind treatment by the media may have been to honor Billy Bulger’s service. However, he was not a sainted public servant. He was a vindictive street pol. Billy had a stranglehold on his working-class electorate in his district in South Boston through patronage jobs and entitlements. Likewise, he was able to rise to power within the State Senate by forming relationships based on favors and back-room dealings. What solidified his power also is what prevented him from becoming Mayor of Boston, which he desperately wanted. Some would blame this on the specter of Whitey, but many believe it was because he alienated the liberal, more-idealistic part of the Democratic Party that he needed to win citywide. That was probably good for the city, as he more than likely would have been as bad a Mayor as JAMES CURLEY, whose poor policies and corruption chased taxpayers out of Boston. (Cont. Page 12)

School’s out for summer… School’s out for ever… Whether we want to admit it or not, these lines from an Alice Cooper song may be closer to the School District of Philadelphia’s reality than we all want to admit. In what may be the most-blatant example yet of how badly the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania plays with its School District toy, Superintendent William Hite announced last week schools may not open on time this year. Because the School District went to Harrisburg to ask for more money, because despite closing 23 schools and laying off 4,000 people, the district is still $350 million in the hole. The district asked for $180 million more. It got $2 million. It then asked for $50 million. Hite says he needs at least that much more to open the schools safely. The Commonwealth said $45 million, but only if you show substantial progress in implementing so-called “fiscal and operational reforms”. Translation: Get $133 million in wage and benefit concessions from the worst-paid teachers in the Commonwealth while simultaneously putting even more of the blame on their shoulders should the kids not meet the State’s standards. Thus, schools may not be opening on Sep. 9 as scheduled. This development has made people on all sides of the debate put their thinking caps on to see what can be done to make sure the district’s kids don’t get an extension on their summer vacation. (Cont. Page 12)

Yo! Here we go again with a true story that should be used in every classroom. Back in September 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a history teacher at Robinson HS in Little Rock, Ark., did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks in her classroom. When the first period began, kids entered the room only to discover there were no desks. “Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?’” She replied, “You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.” They wondered if their grades were the problem. “No,” she said. “Maybe it’s our behavior.” She told them, “No, it’s not even your behavior.” And so, the first period, second period, third period came and went – still no desks in the classroom. Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon television-news crews had started gathering at the school to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room. The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students took seats on the floor of their deskless classroom, Ms. Cothren said, “Throughout the day, no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.” At this point, Ms. Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven US Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place, those kids started to understand. Martha said, “You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. They went halfway around the world, giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so you could have the freedom you have. Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education; don’t ever forget it.”

When Judge IDEE FOX ruled in the Firefighters matter, it wasn’t a split decision as the Mayor thinks. The arbitration side of the issue is scheduled to be heard in September in a higher court.... The mayoral concern over security at the proposed Democratic National Convention is Philly is unreal (?). The proposal by Congressman BOB BRADY is a sound one. There did not seem to be a big welcome for the BRADY plan for the next casino’s sharing revenues with schools and the underfunded City pension fund, though. Is this reluctance because he did not think of it first? The letter to the editor by John DOUGHERTY, Local 98 Business Manager, was the true mayoral STATE OF THE CITY address.... You read of the sidewalk the City could not fix because there is no “mechanism for the City to do the sidewalk.” Well, CREATE A MECHANISM then! Some of the sidewalk work the City does around inlets seems like deferred maintenance. Many filled potholes are not the smooth-surfaced types we are used to, but a pock-marked brew of “lunar” craters. Water might be able to enter it. So if it is cheaper, it won’t last as long. And will the next Mayor get a big capital-repair bill? Does the City Assessment Office keep a record of CASTOUT SALES? Sales are used to determine your home value. If they are too high or too low, they are “cast out.” High sales (new or time-adjusted) that are not cast out might increase your TAX BILL. If the fifth-largest city does NOT have a record of these sales – then why not? Attention, City Controller ALAN BUTKOVITZ. Please audit.... P.S. Do you recall (Cont. Page 12)

The Pennsylvania Convention Center has been in the news lately, and the news has not been favorable. The media report management, labor and contract problems are keeping large conventions away from the $1.3 billion convention center. The center was expanded to help pull more conventions, tourists, and dollars to the Philadelphia Region. It’s big money, and tourism is Pennsylvania’s number-one industry. So with all the talk about its problems and demise, CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY comes up with an idea that could help the convention center gain major revenue and show many groups what a great convention town Philadelphia can be. Last week, Brady convened a group of regional leaders to discuss bringing the 2016 Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia. Philadelphia has not hosted a national political convention since 2000. Joining Brady at the Union League to discuss a bid for the 2016 DNC were 20 government, labor, and business leaders from Southeastern Pennsylvania. The leaders included IBEW Local 98 leader JOHN DOUGHERTY, former City CONTROLLER JONATHAN SAIDEL, STATE SENS. ANTHONY WILLIAMS and VINCE HUGHES, City Council PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE and COUNCILMAN JIM KENNEY, Montgomery Co. Commission CHAIRMAN JOSH SHAPIRO and MERYL LEVITZ, CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. The group discussed the issues they will need to address if Philadelphia hosts the convention. The litany includes transportation, hotel rooms, amenities and attractions, and security. The last issue has piqued the interest of MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER, who says the City can’t afford to pay for security costs. Congressman Brady believes they can raise the money to run the convention and pay for police overtime without costing the City a nickel. Some would say that sounds like a dream, but those people have not seen Brady in action. He can make it happen. While tourism is a big Philadelphia industry, Philadelphians themselves give a lot of their tourism dollars to the Jersey Shore. Last weekend was no exception to this rule, as a trio of events were held in N. Wildwood. A reception was held for COUNCILMAN MARK SQUILLA at Keenan’s Irish Pub on Friday. The well-attended affair was followed the next day by IBEW Local 98’s annual Down Under Party, also at Keenan’s. Local 98 leader John Dougherty hosted the (Cont. Page 12)


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City Hall Sam (Cont. From Page 10) packed affair. This party is a must-attend for many Philadelphia politicos who are looking to gain favour with Johnny Doc and Local 98. Local 98 alumni City COUNCILMAN BOBBY HENON and STATE REP. ED NEILSON chatted, and many potential candidates and their surrogates enjoyed good drinks and food. Gas Workers Local 686 also hosted a well-attended event at … you

Elephant Corner (Cont. From Page 10) But then, MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER was also able to appeal to a wider Democratic electorate. Yet he has done nothing to improve our city government. He not only has not improved tax policies to attract businesses and jobs to our city, but has raised taxes every year he has been in office. Maybe the answer is not a better Democratic Mayor; maybe we need a Republican. Upon taking the lead of the

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guessed it … Keenan’s. As a result, the owners of Keenan’s are not facing a funding crisis at this time. However, many residents of Philadelphia are watching a public-school funding crisis potentially derail the start of the school year. Philadelphia schools SUPERINTENDENT DR. KEITH HITE said he cannot open the public schools on Sep. 9 if he does not receive an additional $50 million in funding by this Friday. As of this column’s writing, MAYOR MICHAEL NUTRepublican City Committee, CHAIRMAN JOHN TAYLOR established three new committees: Finance, Policy and Recruitment & Registration. Last week, initial meetings were held for all of them at the new RCC office. All three committees are of vital importance to the expansion of the depth and breadth of the party. We need to raise money, but we need better messaging to appeal to the deep pockets that have stayed on the sidelines in Philadelphia for years while donating to federal and

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TER, Council President Darrell Clarke, STATE SENS. SHIRLEY KITCHEN, Anthony Williams and Vince Hughes, and STATE REP. CHERELLE PARKER were working intently to find a solution. It will not be an easy task, as the City is cash-strapped and GOV. TOM CORBETT seems unwilling to have the State contribute more money to the school district without teacher contract concessions. Sam will write more about this issue and its resolution in next week’s edition. state Republican candidates and causes. We need to recruit more committeemen in areas that have not seen Republicans for decades. The big message is our city government is broken and we need to make it more efficient and transparent. We need a better tax structure that will attract new businesses and thus jobs to the city.

Out & About (Cont. From Page 10) City Council President Darrell Clarke held a news conference on Friday to announce the City would be selling the buildings that once housed the schools closed this spring and would be putting a chunk of that money into the district budget. Then on Tuesday morning, Mayor Michael Nutter announced the city sales tax increase that was supposed to expire this year will now become permanent and that he would be borrowing the $50 million from future revenues generated from this tax, something Clarke doesn’t agree with because he believes a substantial chunk of this money should go toward the City’s pension-plan obligations. Both men say they’ll have

Walking (Cont. From Page 10) seeing the FORMULA used to A.V.I.-value YOUR HOME? I think I heard City Council ask for it – maybe twice (?). The DA’S Office was featured in the news over the seizure of “crime” houses. They seem to be MORE AGGRESSIVE than when Judge Michael ERDOS ran it. The owner of a rental property was URGED to remove a business tenant who had been arrested. They should have WAITED for the trial outcome, since you are INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY in America…. The DA’s Diversionary Court concept is commendable, but programs of this kind are TOO FEW. We need some new ones from THE D.A.! The Black Clergy has charged too something worked out by Hite’s Friday deadline day. I don’t see it. Meanwhile, parent groups are calling on School District parents to keep their kids home from school until the Commonwealth coughs up the $180 million. Yeah. That’ll happen. Unless Gov. Tom Corbett decides to ask the Marcellus Shale people to finally start paying to turn our water flammable, or reverses all of the tax cuts that he says will create jobs and haven’t yet, that money’s not coming. If you’re a School District of Philadelphia parent and you’re not planning to vote for Governor in 2014 or Mayor in 2015, you should have your children taken away due to neglect. Because if this mess doesn’t prove that elections have consequences, nothing will.

TAXPAYER MONEY! To the Fumo detractors: Please run for a public office! Or heed the Command of Isaiah: “Loose thy bonds and let the oppressed go free….” Now legislation to cut the number of state representatives MUST ALSO include a cut in STATE SENATORS. Equity demands it. Hats Off to the Ancient Order of HIBERNIANS and their chapters in Philly under the leadership of JOE FOX. The AOH is becoming the KEY ELEMENT in feeding the homeless! AOH needs volunteers to feed homeless at ST. JOHN’S HOSPICE.... PETE WILSON, leader of the 6th Ward, is a winner in his FIRST effort. Pete was consultant to the successful SIERRA STREET judicial campaign!

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STATE SEN. Anthony Williams organized summerlong series of activities for W. Phila, S. Phila. and Delaware Co. youths to keep them happy and focused. Here he poses with players at Vare Rec Center. STATE SEN. Anthony Williams charges up finalists at basketball tourney in Cobbs Creek by displaying trophy for winner. Photo by Rory McGlasson

INDEPENDENCE Blue Cross mascot greets kids at C o b b s Creek. IBX provided h e a l t h screenings as well. Photo by Rory McGlasson

ACTION got tense – but stayed peaceful – at State Sen. Anthony Williams’ “Summer of Peace” basketball semifinals at Vare Rec Center in S. Phila., pitting Vare vs. Darby Rec Center.

ELECTED OFFICIALS supporting “Summer of Peace” included State Rep Jordan Harris, State Sen. Anthony Williams and 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. TEAMS COMPETE in basketball tourney final in Cobbs Creek Park. Photo by Rory McGlasson NOT JUST games … boys sat in regular mentoring sessions to focus on violence reduction.

JUDICIAL candidate Timika Lane took time from campaign trail to hand out picnic fare at Vare.

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ACTIVITIES for boys and girls included hula hoops.

SIXERS’ “Flight Squad” member Ron Burrell amazed Sen. Anthony Williams and Mayor Michael Nutter with his acrobatic feats at Cobbs Creek. Photo by Rory McGlasson

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