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POSTED: Monday, May 19, 2014, 9:13 PM
Republican Matthew Wolfe ( MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer )


Hypocrisy of the highest order.

That’s exactly what I found with Matt Wolfe – the GOP candidate in tomorrow’s special election for City Council.

POSTED: Monday, May 5, 2014, 5:00 AM
From left, Gov. Tom Corbett, who is seeking reelection; Scott Migli, former executive director of the Pennsylvania GOP; and Bob Guzzardi, who sought to challenge Corbett in GOP primary but was thrown off the ballot.

You may not know who Scott Migli is, but you should.

And you will – very shortly.

Migli is arguably one of the most important voices of reason when it comes to this year’s governor’s race in Pennsylvania.

POSTED: Friday, May 2, 2014, 7:02 PM
Diane Strumolo Burke.

Mainstream media bias is alive and well.

While it’s not surprising that a far left publication like Mother Jones would go there, it didn’t take long for the mainstream media to make front page news revealing that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was a Republican.

The horrors! Those evil, racist Republicans.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:45 AM
A photo from the 2012-13 annual report of the Philadelphia Licenses & Inspections Department.

License and Inspections has turned The City of Brotherly Love into Shakedown Street.

No. I’m not talking about my favorite song from the Grateful Dead, although the lyrics are eerily fitting.

“Maybe you had too much too fast. Or just over played your part,” lyricists Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter tell us.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 3:06 PM
Is expected that Matthew Wolfe, left, the 27th Ward GOP leader since 1979, will be nominated as the party candidate for the City Council seat vacated by new School Reform Commission chairman Bill Green. At right is fellow Republican Joseph McColgan.

An amazing first in Philadelphia politics will be occurring tonight at the United Republican Club in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

The Republican City Committee has decided to open up its citywide ward meeting to all Philadelphians, Chairman John Taylor told me via telephone this afternoon. The meeting will primarily address the selection of a candidate for the City Council At-Large seat made available by Democratic Councilman Bill Green's resignation. Green was confirmed last month as Gov. Tom Corbett’s appointee to become the chairman of the School Reform Commission.

While the floor will be open to nominations, it’s widely expected that West Philadelphia ward leader Matthew Wolfe will be nominated as the GOP’s special election candidate.

In a private message sent to me this afternoon that Wolfe gave me permission to publish, Wolfe said, “The Republican City Committee meeting tonight is open to the public, including press. Since John Taylor became the Chairman, he has run a much more open organization, frankly discussing both our strengths and weaknesses. We are looking to engage Republicans in the process and use an energized party to challenge the Democrats who have run this city into poverty for several generations. A strong Republican Party is essential to a strong city.”

POSTED: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 8:05 AM
A woman reads a ballot before casting her vote. (AP file)

The Pennsylvania Department of State has released a list of candidates who turned in nomination petitions for offices ranging from party committee to governor. The list - which contains contact information for the candidates as well as updated developments on their campaign statuses (withdrawals, nomination challenges, ballot order) - can be accessed here.

A special FREE feature that will interest election attorneys and others working on petition challenges: the actual nomination petitions can be downloaded easily at that site.

The list does not include candidates running for committeeperson in Philadelphia. That list will be forthcoming here, according to the Officer of the Philadelphia City Commissioners.
POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014, 2:22 PM
John Dougherty and Karen Brown, in a photo from a Brown campaign web site in 2011.

They say truth is stranger than fiction.

Well, in what can only be described as a bizarre development – even for Philadelphia politics – former 2011 Philly GOP mayoral nominee Karen Brown is now a former Republican, as well.

But wait.

POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014, 12:40 PM
Mumia Abu-Jamal

First, we heard from President Barack Obama. Then we heard from U.S. Senator Pat Toomey.  And, finally, we heard from the victim’s wife, Maureen Faulkner.

But what does failed nominee Debo Adegbile’s client think?

For those of you that care – and there probably won’t be many – convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded a 2 minute and 48 second audio response, posted at

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