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Interview: Kevin Kelly, Young Philadelphia Republicans

This evening I sat in on a meeting of the loyal opposition, a group of some in the city’s Republican community who are looking to create a viable GOP in Philadelphia. The group is led by Kevin Kelly, a former … Continue reading

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Nonpartisan elections: the take by Sam Katz, John Street, and others

Last week I got the opportunity to sit down with former Republican contender for mayor, Sam Katz. We spoke on a number of subjects, more notably his view of nonpartisan elections in Philadelphia. He told me that he hadn’t given … Continue reading

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Interview: Sam Katz, a three-time Republican mayoral candidate

This afternoon I was privileged enough to speak with Sam Katz, one of the most successful Republican politicians in Philadelphia in the last half century. Nothing speaks more to the party’s struggles here than the truth of that statement and … Continue reading

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Interview: Ellen Kaplan, Committee of Seventy policy director

Ellen Mattleman Kaplan was a worthy interview for a number of reasons. Since April 2005 she has been the vice president and policy director of the Committee of Seventy, the country’s premiere urban political oversight group since 1904. In 1999, … Continue reading

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Interview: Michael Meehan, Republican City Committee general counsel

This afternoon I got the chance to slide into a seat in the office of Michael Meehan. He’s still unpacking. The general counsel of Philadelphia’s Republican City Committee left the Philadelphia offices of Reed Smith for Wolf Block back in … Continue reading

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Interview: John Street, former Philadelphia mayor

Early this morning I interviewed former Philadelphia Mayor John Street, now an adjunct professor of political science at Temple University. I was speaking to him for my honors thesis, which is focusing on the viability of the Republican Party in … Continue reading

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Interview: Joe Egan, Republican mayoral candidate

Apparently I had an interview with former Republican mayoral candidate Joseph M. Egan, Jr., but I didn’t remember. I got a voice mail from Egan, who seemed agitated, and understandably so. I called him back and sent him an e-mail, … Continue reading

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Interview: Phil Goldsmith, Philadelphia former managing director

Today I interviewed Phil Goldsmith. Photo of Phil Goldsmith at right and Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson at a meeting about Cresheim Valley Drive in March 2005, courtesy of Chestnut Hill Local, a community paper serving northwest Philadelphia.

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Interview: Brett Mandel, Philadelphia Forward executive director

Today, I also interviewed Brett Mandel, the executive director of Philadelphia Forward, http://www.chestnuthilllocal.com/archives/121604/index.html http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2005-05-12/cb-1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2005-05-12/cb.shtml&h=118&w=180&sz=8&hl=en&start=7&um=1&tbnid=dxHelqQj83v_3M:&tbnh=66&tbnw=101&prev=/images%3Fq%3DBrett%2BMandel%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.metro.us/metroimages/8377.jpg&imgrefurl=http://philly.metro.us/metro/local/article/Scores_have_added_to_online_ethicsreform_agenda/7577.html&h=130&w=220&sz=24&hl=en&start=6&um=1&tbnid=dfhXt2H-EFZS5M:&tbnh=63&tbnw=107&prev=/images%3Fq%3DBrett%2BMandel%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN Photo of Brett Mandel, presenting during a real estate taxation conference held at Temple University on Feb. 23, 2007. He was using a model to … Continue reading

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Interview: Fred Voigt, Committee of Seventy former executive director

I shared lunch with Fred Voigt, the longtime executive director of the Committee of Seventy, today. Photo courtesy of Chestnut Hill Local, a community newspaper in northwest Philadelphia.

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