Poll: Clinton Up by 9 Points in Pennsylvania


A new poll from Suffolk University in Boston shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 9 points in Pennsylvania, an important battleground state in the general election this November. In a head-to-head matchup, 50 percent of likely voters said they plan to vote for Clinton, while 41 percent said they would vote for Trump, according to the poll. In a four-way race, Clinton 46 percent, Trump had 37 percent, libertarian Gary Johnson had 5 percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein had 3 percent.

“At this point Clinton’s large lead in the Philadelphia area is offsetting losses to Trump in other parts of the state,” said David Paleologos, the director of the Suffolk University Research Center, in a press release. “She also is amassing the support of women and thus drowning out Trump’s marginal lead among men.” Read more »

11 Things You Might Not Know About Owney, the Post Office Dog

Owney, the unofficial mascot of the Railway Mail Service in the 1890s. Public Domain

Owney, the unofficial mascot of the Railway Mail Service in the 1890s. Public Domain

Earlier this month, we wrote about how John Wanamaker became Postmaster General of the United States during his long, strange life. In researching that piece, we ran across Wanamaker’s connection with the shorter but perhaps even stranger life of Owney, a stray terrier who eventually was named the Official Mascot of the Rail Mail Service. On this date in 2011, the Postal Service honored Owney with a commemorative stamp. Here, a quick look back at the dog who traveled around the world, became a national hero, and has been celebrated in poems, books and songs. Read more »

On the Scene of the Shut Down the DNC Protest

Protestors march protesting police brutality and Hillary Clinton after a rally at City Hall.

Protests continued through Philly today. A large collective of left-leaning groups gathered outside of City Hall this afternoon for a rally called Shut Down the DNC. Topics ranged from Palestine to education to institutional racism, with the latter being most prevalent.

While protests are nothing new to Philadelphia, especially in recent weeks, this one was a little different. Many of the attendees came from all over the country to participate.  Read more »

The DNC — From the Other End of Broad Street

A faded sign near Broad & Olney, 12 miles from the DNC at the Wells Fargo Center.

A faded sign near Broad & Olney, 12 miles from the DNC festivities at the Wells Fargo Center.

The sky started to turn the color of charcoal on Monday night as David El leaned against a wall outside SEPTA’s busy Olney Transportation Center. Oh, how he hoped the bus would show up before the thunderstorm that was growing closer by the second.

About 10 miles south on Broad Street, politicians, celebrities and journalists were safely ensconced inside the Wells Fargo Center for the first night of the Democratic National Convention. It’s a big damn deal for the city, this convention, but let’s face it: The activity and media attention and spending is just limited to pockets of South Philly and Center City. El, 36, imagined what he might say to some of the fancy suits if they somehow made their way to this weathered corner in North Philly.

“My idea would be for them to just spend a week with a family, a real family up here that goes through struggles every single day, as opposed to sitting back in an office every day,” he said. “Spend a week with a mother who’s single and has five children, but still goes to work, goes to school, and knows for so many hours of the day, she has to leave her children in the care of somebody else.”

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Best of Philly: Best Philadelphians 2016

From left: Taff, Ubiñas, Woodard, Mustafa. | Photograph by Nell Hoving

From left: Brian Taff, Helen Ubiñas, Omar T. Woodard, Yasmine Mustafa. | Photograph by Nell Hoving

TV Reporter

Brian Taff, 6 ABC

Let’s face it: Philly broadcasters have traditionally been little more than talking heads. But Taff is doing something different. He regularly takes to Facebook to break an unwritten rule of TV journalism by expressing his personal opinions on controversial topics like gay marriage and the hate-filled antics of Donald Trump. In an even tone, he calls for civility and
logic in an era that lacks both.


Helen Ubiñas, Daily News

Sometimes, being an outsider is a good thing. Ubiñas moved to Philly from Connecticut four and a half years ago and has used her column to point out just how screwed up this city is when it comes to handling issues like poverty and crime. She knows things can be better, and she’s not afraid to use some stunt journalism to prove it: She recently made national headlines when she wrote about how it took her all of seven minutes to buy an AR-15 rifle in Philly — and much longer to get rid of it at a police station. Read more »

Kenney, Ross Discuss Plans for DNC Protests

Mayor Jim Kenney discussing the looming DNC at the Office of Emergency Management on Sunday.

Mayor Jim Kenney (center) discusses the looming DNC at the Office of Emergency Management on Sunday.

Massive protest marches have already started to unfold in Philadelphia, which can only mean one thing: the Democratic National Convention is finally here.

Mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel and other officials gathered earlier today in the basement of the city’s Emergency Operations Building on Spring Garden Street to riff on the challenges they’ll face this week.

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The Ultimate Guide to the DNC

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images.

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images.

The Parties and Events
The actual convention is hardly the most exciting thing happening in town. So whether you’re here for her or here to drink, there’s an event, festival or shindig for you. By Ashley Primis

Keep Bernin’
Sanders diehards: Here’s where you’ll find your people. By Kacie Iwasky

The Protests
With POTUS, hundreds of elected officials and thousands of media in town, Philly will be the ideal venue for those who have something to say (or scream). Here’s who’ll be marching down Broad, camped out in FDR Park and swarming City Hall. By Dan McQuade

WATCH: Here’s the DNC Stage Where Hillary Clinton Will Accept Nomination

The DNC Drink-cision Is Upon Us
Tired of all the political talk? Here’s an election with two candidates that are a little easier to swallow. By Chelsea Portner

Kenney, Other Philly Pols Added to Lineup of DNC Speakers
The DNC announced today Mayor Jim Kenney, Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, and Congressmen Bob Brady and Brendan Boyle will speak. By Dan McQuade

Clinton Campaign to Hold Post-DNC Rally Near Liberty Bell
The campaign says that it will be a chance for Pennsylvanians to hear from Clinton. By Brian Thomas

Five Big Ways Philly’s Not Ready to Show Off for the DNC
We’re about to invite the world into our living room (again). But we’re still failing at some pretty basic, embarrassing stuff. By Liz Spikol

The DNC Host Committee’s “Donkeys Around Town” Scavenger Hunt Officially Begins
The more donkeys you find, the better the prizes. By Talia Balakirsky

DNC Guide: Keep Bernin’

Photo courtesy of the Bernie Sanders campaign

Photo courtesy of the Bernie Sanders campaign

1. The Neighborhood Bars
Many a great revolution has been fueled in drinking halls, and in our era of 140-character conversations, the most enlightening Bernie banter will be had over a cold one. Local watering holes Kung Fu Necktie and Fado have been meeting places for pro-Bernie groups in the past, so you can start there. Fishtown, unsurprisingly, is a Bernie stronghold, and its local taverns, like El Bar, are bound to have real talk. Read more »

DNC Guide: The Protests

Illustration by the Heads of State

Illustration by the Heads of State

The Berniacs
Their deal: Sanders may not have won the nom, but he has inspired a contingency that fights for universal health care, fair wages and the deconstruction of big banks. Where to find them: The city has approved several permits for pro-Sanders events, including a four-day rally at FDR Park, marches starting at City Hall and a gathering in front of the Constitution Center. Read more »

Meet the Onetime Philadelphian Leading the Fight to Destroy Superdelegates


Diane Russell | Photo by Leah Arsenault

Diane Russell, a 39-year-old Democratic state representative from Maine, rested her raspberry cocktail on the bar table at Center City’s Sonesta Hotel and glanced at her cell phone. There was a torrent of notifications on her screen, but not the one she was waiting for. Any minute, she expected to get word from the New York Times that the final draft of an op-ed she’d written was good to go. (Check it out: It was published this morning.) But she discovered something else. “Oh my God. The Intercept. Just wrote about me,” Russell said, in staccato fashion, while covering her mouth.

The Intercept, of course, is the muckraking online publication with a passionate following that has reported extensively on the 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails that have been recently leaked by Wikileaks. Russell was the subject of one of the more scurrilous discoveries that cast the DNC in an unflattering light. “Someone leaked emails from the DNC mocking my work. I made the Intercept because people laughed at me!”

Russell, a Bernie Sanders supporter who lived in the Italian Market from 1999 to 2004, has been front-and-center in the national conversation over curtailing the influence of superdelegates in the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination process. In May, Russell and colleagues changed the way Maine allocates its delegates, so that, starting in 2020, superdelegates will be required to be awarded proportionally to the vote of the state’s caucus. (In the leaked emails, DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazille called the efforts of Russell “another lunacy.”) The amendment does not eliminate superdelegates—only the DNC could make such a change—but it strips them of their most controversial power: their ability to pledge to a candidate, regardless of the popular vote. Russell has now introduced an amendment to the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee that would essentially do the same thing on the national level. The committee votes later this afternoon on whether to allow the amendment to be taken up by the entirety of delegates at the convention next week.

This interview has been lightly edited for style and condensed.

How did you get involved with the superdelegate issue in the first place? 

Do you remember the Huffington Post graphic, when you’d click on the button to put the superdelegates into the candidate’s total, and then you’d click on the button to take the superdelegates out? I couldn’t stop pushing the button. I got fixated. Read more »

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