DNC CELEBS: MC Hammer in Chinatown, Bryan Cranston Lurks Quietly

City of Philadelphia social media guy Albert Lee and 80s legend MC Hammer were all smiles on Wednesday night in Chinatown.

City of Philadelphia social media guy Albert Lee and ’80s legend MC Hammer were all smiles on Wednesday night in Chinatown.

It has become apparent to us here at Philadelphia magazine that many of our DNC visitors have been getting some very bad advice or just being downright lazy when it comes to their dining options. But it’s no surprise to us that MC Hammer is on the right side of history. Read more »

Prepare Yourself: Here Come Flash Floods

iStockphoto.com | Herianus

iStockphoto.com | Herianus

Because blistering temperatures that prompt excessive heat warnings and severe, wake-you-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night thunderstorms weren’t bad enough this week, Mother Nature is bringing additional flash floods and heavy storms our way today.

So heavy, in fact, that Mayor Jim Kenney released a warning urging residents and those in town for the Democratic National Convention to take caution this afternoon. Read more »

SEPTA Suspends Pay-on-Board Option for Some Trains at Center City Stops

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SEPTA Regional Rail commuters might want to leave five minutes earlier to catch the train next week.

Starting Monday, passengers boarding Regional Rail trains at Center City stops must purchase tickets or passes ahead of time if they plan to depart between 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Affected stops include 30th Street Station, Suburban Station, Jefferson Station, Temple Station and University City stations, where SEPTA employees will check to make sure all passengers carry either passes or tickets before allowing them to board. Read more »

Media Barred from Lady Gaga DNC Concert

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday afternoon, thousands of Democratic National Committee delegates and other dignitaries and VIPs will descend upon BB&T Pavilion in Camden (formerly known as the Susquehanna Bank Center, Tweeter Center, et cetera) to be entertained by the likes of Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, and hometown hero DJ Jazzy Jeff. But if you’re looking for media accounts of this invite-only DNC concert, the pickings might be slim. Read more »

2016 DNC, Day 4: Wrapping Up, Looking Back

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. | Photo by John Locher/AP

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. | Photo by John Locher/AP

The end is near, Philly. This is the final day of the Democratic National Convention.

(Wild applause.)

Here’s what you missed yesterday:

President Barack Obama delivered a smooth and powerful speech that reflected on the nation’s progress, denounced Donald Trump, and pledged trust and confidence in Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The audience went wild, especially when Clinton appeared at the end. Read more »

Obama Talks Up Hillary at DNC, Hillary Drops In to Thank Him

President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

He still knows how to work a crowd, Barack Obama, especially one at a convention.

Seeing him stand at the podium on the royal blue stage at the Democratic National Convention inside the Wells Fargo Center late Wednesday night, it was impossible not to think back to 2004, when he wowed DNC attendees in Boston as a young senator from Illinois, and back to 2008, when an inspiring speech at the DNC in Denver — delivered as the Democratic presidential nominee — catapulted him to victory that November. Read more »

Tim Kaine Does Surprisingly Solid Trump Impression in Speech Accepting VP Nod

Tim Kaine speaking at the 2016 DNC

Tim Kaine accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia tonight, telling both supporters of Bernie Sanders and Republicans that they should vote for Hillary Clinton in the fall.

“We should all feel the Bern,” Kaine said, “and we should all not want to get burned by the other guy!”

The speech followed one by Michael Bloomberg. Like his, it seemed tailored to reach swing voters in suburban districts who might normally vote Republican but are turned off by Donald Trump. Kaine, the former governor of Virginia who is now a senator, was widely seen as a moderate added to the ticket to appeal to such voters.

Kaine talked about his father-in-law, Abner Linwood Holton Jr., a Republican former Virginia governor. “He’s voting for Democrats because any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far from his party of Lincoln,” Kaine said. “If any one of you are looking for that party of Lincoln, we’ve got a home for you right here in the Democratic party.” Read more »

Bernie-or-Busters: Trump Will Be President, It Will Be Dems’ Fault

Victor Tiffany, Yahne Ndgo speak in support of Jill Stein at the 2016 DNC

Bernie Sanders supporters Victor Tiffany and YahNé Ndgo said they will be supporting Jill Stein for president — and that Donald Trump’s victory will be the Democratic Party’s fault | Photos: Dan McQuade

Bernie Sanders supporters today at the Democratic National Convention called for a change in rules allowing for the nomination of Bernie Sanders as Democratic nominee — or Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.

“They’re calling for unity,” activist YahNé Ndgo of Germantown said at a press conference inside the media tent Wednesday night. “But the reality is the Democratic Party has not done anything to move us towards unity. They have done nothing to appeal to Bernie Sanders supporters. … that is what the walkout yesterday represents. All the delegates are not ‘Bernie or Bust.’ But all of the Bernie delegates walked out because their voices haven’t been heard.

“While there is this conversation going on where people are claiming that they would like to have unity in the party, the reality is that they are doing everything to eliminate unity in the party. And the result is going to be a Trump presidency. And it’s going to be the fault of the Democratic Party.” Read more »

Ramsey at DNC: Clinton Will Build Bridges Between Cops, Communities

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Philadelphia continued to be well-represented on stage at the Democratic National Convention, with former Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey speaking for several minutes Wednesday night in the middle of a string of remarks that focused on gun violence.

He referred back to his eight years in Philly, when the city experienced the line-of-duty deaths of eight police officers. “After the attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, an entire nation mourned eight more,” he said. “After 47 years in law enforcement, in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, I’ve mourned far too many officers killed by guns. And as a nation, we mourn far too many innocent people that have fallen victim to gun violence. I’m here to say we need more than grieving to protect our law enforcement officers, and to serve the memory of those heroes that have fallen. We need common sense measures to reduce gun violence.”

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Post-Bernie, Could Socialists Transform Congress the Way the Tea Party Did?

Democratic Socialist Caucus at William Way LGBT Community Center | Photo by Jared Brey

Democratic Socialist Caucus at William Way LGBT Community Center | Photo by Jared Brey

It was never about Bernie Sanders, the delegates agreed, gathered Wednesday afternoon for a Democratic Socialist Caucus at the William Way LGBT Community Center.

Or rather it wasn’t completely about Bernie Sanders. It’s true that Sanders did more than anyone else in the last few decades to bring “an anti-capitalist critique into the mainstream,” one presenter said. And it’s true that his loss to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary is somewhat heartbreaking, said another. But the socialist cause is “not a short-term struggle,” and it can’t be tied to a single candidate, said Maria Svart, director of Democratic Socialists of America, which hosted the event. Read more »

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