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Margolies lands five ward leader endorsements

Five Phil­adelphia ward lead­ers have en­dorsed Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies in the Demo­crat­ic primary in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict.

The ward lead­ers back­ing her are Bill Dol­bow (35th), Elaine Tom­lin (42nd), Janice Sul­man (53rd), John Sabat­ina (56th) and Mike McAleer (66-B).

The elec­tion is May 20. Mar­gol­ies, a former con­gress­wo­man, faces state Sen. Daylin Leach, state Rep. Brendan Boyle and Dr. Val Arkoosh.

The Far North­east’s John Fritz is seek­ing the Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­a­tion.

Boyle, a Somer­ton res­id­ent, is the only Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate from Phil­adelphia. He is main­tain­ing the op­tion of run­ning for re-elec­tion to the state House while seek­ing the con­gres­sion­al seat. The oth­er can­did­ates live in Mont­gomery County.

McAleer is chair­man of North­east Ward Lead­ers.

“When Brendan Boyle an­nounced his can­did­acy for U.S. Con­gress, I told him that I could not en­dorse a can­did­ate for U.S. Con­gress and state rep­res­ent­at­ive on the same bal­lot,” he said. “You can’t serve both, run for one or the oth­er. I be­lieved then, as I do now, that the voters of the North­east in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict de­serve a full-time can­did­ate, and the con­stitu­ents and tax­pay­ers of the 170th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict de­serve a full-time rep­res­ent­at­ive.

“Brendan feels that he has a right to run for a Wash­ing­ton po­s­i­tion in Con­gress and a le­gis­lat­ive po­s­i­tion in Har­ris­burg. The voters will not buy it, and I will not ask them to.”

Sabat­ina said Mar­gol­ies will be ready for the job on day one. He cred­ited her for cam­paign­ing in neigh­bor­hoods in the last six months.

Dol­bow praised Mar­gol­ies for fight­ing for small busi­nesses. He ad­ded that her tie-break­ing vote in 1993 for Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton’s eco­nom­ic plan helped cre­ate 23 mil­lion jobs.

Tom­lin said she looks for­ward to fight­ing big battles with Mar­gol­ies.

“Mar­jor­ie was fight­ing the Tea Party be­fore there was a Tea Party,” she said. “She took on Newt Gin­grich and the rad­ic­al right-wing Re­pub­lic­ans be­fore, and she’ll take on the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz when she re­turns to Wash­ing­ton.”

Mar­gol­ies said, “Demo­crats from Rhawn­hurst to Lawn­crest and Ox­ford Circle to Ol­ney want to send lead­ers to Wash­ing­ton to fix a broken sys­tem. I am humbled that their lead­ers today stand be­hind my cam­paign to do just that.”

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Mar­gol­ies will not par­ti­cip­ate in an up­com­ing can­did­ates for­um hos­ted by Montco Demo­cracy for Amer­ica and the Area 6 Demo­crat­ic Com­mit­tee.

The oth­er three can­did­ates will be in at­tend­ance. The for­um is set for Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Up­per Dub­lin Town­ship Build­ing, at 801 Loch Alsh Ave. in Fort Wash­ing­ton.

The mod­er­at­or will be Will Bunch, writer for the Phil­adelphia Daily News.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Only re­gistered Demo­crats in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict may at­tend.

No food, drink or can­did­ate badges, signs, ban­ners or ap­par­el will be al­lowed.

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State Rep. John Taylor, chair­man of the Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee, said Pres­id­ent Barack Obama has turned his back on law en­force­ment in Phil­adelphia and the re­gion by nom­in­at­ing Debo Ad­e­g­bile to head the De­part­ment of Justice’s Civil Rights Di­vi­sion.

Ad­e­g­bile, while work­ing for the NAACP, ar­gued in court on be­half of Mu­mia Abu-Jamal, who was con­victed of killing Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. The at­tor­ney claimed that the jury was se­lec­ted along ra­cial lines.

“I find it ab­so­lutely ap­palling that the pres­id­ent of the United States would not re­spect the opin­ions of those that keep us safe,” Taylor said. “In fact, what is more hor­ri­fy­ing is that Danny Faulkner’s civil rights were cut down by a gun-wield­ing rad­ic­al in the middle of the night while the man con­victed of killing him has ad­op­ted celebrity status. While the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment and Maur­een Faulkner were still in mourn­ing, Debo Ad­e­g­bile was keep­ing Mu­mia Abu-Jamal com­fort­able and avoid­ing the death pen­alty. Hav­ing this man over­see the Civil Rights Di­vi­sion is dis­gust­ing.”

Ad­e­g­bile is seni­or at­tor­ney for the Sen­ate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee. The com­mit­tee chair­man, Ver­mont Demo­crat Patrick Leahy, sup­ports Ad­e­g­bile’s nom­in­a­tion.

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Katie Mc­Ginty, a Rhawn­hurst nat­ive run­ning for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for gov­ernor, has pro­posed a plan to make col­lege and tech­nic­al schools af­ford­able for stu­dents and their fam­il­ies.

Mc­Ginty, who at­ten­ded Re­sur­rec­tion of Our Lord Gram­mar School and St. Hubert High School, would boost fin­an­cial aid, es­tab­lish a pro­gram to provide grants to middle-in­come fam­il­ies and cre­ate a pro­gram to provide mer­it-based grants of up to $4,000 for low-in­come stu­dents.

“Too many Pennsylvania fam­il­ies and de­serving stu­dents can no longer af­ford the cost of an ad­vanced edu­ca­tion,” she said. “Not only are too many stu­dents be­ing left be­hind, but our state is fall­ing be­hind. Without an edu­cated work­force, busi­nesses will not ex­pand or move here. As gov­ernor, I will lead the ef­fort to put a lid on soar­ing tu­ition costs and in­crease the amount of fin­an­cial aid to middle and lower in­come fam­il­ies.”

The plan would be paid for, in part, by im­pos­ing a tax on ci­gars and smoke­less to­bacco. In ad­di­tion, she would re­form the state li­quor store sys­tem by ex­tend­ing hours of op­er­a­tion and im­prov­ing mar­ket­ing.

Mc­Ginty is a former sec­ret­ary of the De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion.

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John Hanger, an­oth­er Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, re­cently re­leased a 90-second video titled Schools Not Jails: Leg­al­ize Marijuana.

Hanger is pro­pos­ing the im­me­di­ate use of marijuana for med­ic­al pur­poses, fol­lowed by de­crim­in­al­iz­a­tion of small quant­it­ies. By 2017, he’d reg­u­late and tax marijuana, us­ing rev­en­ues for prop­erty tax re­lief and al­co­hol and drug ad­dic­tion treat­ment ser­vices.

The can­did­ate noted that the NAACP sup­ports leg­al­iz­a­tion be­cause of stud­ies show­ing that black people have a marijuana-user ar­rest rate five times great­er than that of whites.

Like Mc­Ginty, Hanger is a former sec­ret­ary of the De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion. ••

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