Local Politics

Today’s Metro story

11/01/2010
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Today’s Metro story

… is about tomorrow’s Election Day. Big-picture breakdown with Ed Rendell and Chris Matthews. Dan Onorato says Tom Corbett will try to suppress votes in Philadelphia, and has video of Corbett saying as much backing him up. And Bryan Lentz vs. Pat Meehan for the old seat of Joe Sestak, who’s running against Pat Toomey…

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The Hon. Leslie Fleisher, state vs. Det. Lew Palmer

10/20/2010
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The Hon. Leslie Fleisher, state vs. Det. Lew Palmer

Leslie Fleisher describes herself as a person with common sense who believes in the values of patience and listening. — “Judging the judicial candidates at Somerton Civic,” Northeast Times, April 14, 2001. This whole ex-cop/ex-judge domestic-assault case was something. • Here’s a notebook-dump blog post I did at Metro. • Here’s a link to Thursday’s…

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Today’s Metro Story

10/11/2010
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Today’s Metro Story

… is about Obama’s GOTV rally in Germantown yesterday. “You didn’t elect me to do what was easy. You elected me to do what’s right,” he said. “We need to fight their millions of dollars with our millions of voices. If everybody who fought so hard for change in 2008 show up in 2010, I’m…

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Today’s Metro story

09/29/2010
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Today’s Metro story

… is about yesterday’s Marcellus Shale hearing at Philadelphia City Hall. Here’s the link. A late update: Councilman Curtis Jones and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown called on City Council to call for a moratorium on hydraulic fractured — aka “fracking” — until a comprehensive study on the environmental ramifications can be studied. There’s an EPA study…

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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

09/26/2010
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A List of Interesting Stories I’ve Read Recently

• Education is nowhere mentioned in the Constitution; the creation of the world’s first system of universal public education—from kindergarten through high school—and of mass higher education is one of the great achievements of American democracy. It embodies a faith in the capabilities of ordinary people that the Founders simply didn’t have. [New Yorker] • The…

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Today’s Metro Stories

09/10/2010
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Today’s Metro Stories

Andy Keller set 45,000 plastic bags out across Dilworth Plaza, donned a costume of 500 more and played the role of the Bag Monster outside City Hall on Thursday. The display represents how many bags the typical American uses in a lifetime; the costume was a yearly tally. As Bag Monster (www.bagmonster.com), he encouraged humans…

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Today’s Metro Story

09/08/2010
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Today’s Metro Story

Though Searle admits, “I don’t think we’ll be able to stop it,” former Penn­hurst residents and activists will gather at 10 a.m. Friday at Liberty Resources, 714 Market St., because “abuse, neglect, victimization and inhumane treatment … should never be sensationalized to entertain the public.” Also, here’s yesterday’s City Council fall preview.

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Weekend Reading Roundup (Bin Laden = Tea Party Edition)

08/22/2010
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Weekend Reading Roundup (Bin Laden = Tea Party Edition)

Good move handing bin Laden exactly what he wants to say, “See, Christians really are at war with Islam,” Fox News, Tea Party. In short, the proposed community center is not just an issue on which Sarah Palin and Osama bin Laden agree. It is also one in which opponents of the center are playing…

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Weekend Reading Roundup (Shady’s Back, Tell a Friend Edition)

08/16/2010
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Weekend Reading Roundup (Shady’s Back, Tell a Friend Edition)

Sorry about not putting one of these clip-recommendation jawns together last week but nothing really rose to the level of me saying to myself, well, not even saying anything to myself, nothing was noticeably good last week in the funnies. So sorry, peers who wrote stories. Bidness. This week’s different, though. Here we go. Finally,…

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Today’s Metro Stories

08/06/2010
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… are about Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey’s push to de-corrupt his ranks and the never-ending battle over the MOVE 9 (yes, the photo caption got it wrong: The MOVE bombing wasn’t in North Philly; it was on Osage Ave. in West Philly). Extras that didn’t make the paper because of space: From the MOVE…

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