Meet the DNC Host Committee’s “Donkeys Around Town”

During next month’s Democratic National Convention, visitors will likely run into a few colorful donkeys. And they’ll have some local artists to thank for that. The DNC Host Committee unveiled the nearly completed Donkey’s Around Town earlier today.

Each fiberglass donkey (there are 57 in total) represents a delegation that will be in town for the convention. Each state has one, as well as the five U.S. territories, D.C., and Democrats Abroad. The donkeys all have iconic images from the state they represent. The Kentucky donkey, for instance, has a barrel of bourbon on one side and a mask like a thoroughbred race horse. That donkey was done by Downingtown resident Brian Cesario, who also did the Tennessee donkey.  Read more »

Kenney: Philly Will Not Buy an Armored Vehicle for the DNC

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Philly is not buying one of these for the DNC, says Jim Kenney.

Philly will not buy an armored vehicle for the Democratic National Convention this July, Mayor Jim Kenney said yesterday at a press conference in D.C.

The armored vehicle was originally discussed in a $27 million budget approved by a City Council committee last month, according to CBS.

As part of $43 million granted to Philadelphia from the U.S. Department of Justice, the city also approved expenses like a bus system for delegates, police gear and parking lot rentals at the stadiums, CBS reports.

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DNC Host Committee Unveils Bold Broad Street Beautification Project

A rendering of a colorful mural that will be installed on the median of South Broad Street between City Hall and Washington Avenue.

A rendering of the mural “14 Movements: A Symphony of Color and Words” by Mat Tomezsko.

Broad Street will be much more colorful than usual during the Democratic National Convention. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the DNC, in collaboration with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), announced today a beautification project on the city’s main thoroughfare. Installation begins today, June 20th, and is expected to be completed in time for the DNC. Read more »

Philly Activist Staging World’s Largest “Fart-in” for Hillary Clinton


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Prepare yourselves, Philadelphia. You might need to hold your breath during the DNC.

Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is organizing the world’s largest “fart-in” for the Democratic National Convention, TruthDig reports.

On the afternoon of July 28th, Honkala will hold a massive “bean supper” for Bernie Sanders delegates on American Street in Kensignton, where she lives.

“We are setting up a Clintonville there, modeled on the Hoovervilles of the 1930s where the poor and unemployed built shanty towns,” Honkala told TruthDig. “The Sanders delegates, their bellies full of beans, will be able to return to the Wells Fargo Center and greet the rhetorical flatulence of Hillary Clinton with the real thing.”

That means you can expect the air to be rife with flatulence during presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s anticipated acceptance speech.

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Kenney: Stay in Philly for the DNC

Mayor Kenney Asks Philadelphians to Stay for DNC. Photo by Jared Brey.

Mayor Kenney asks Philadelphians to stay for DNC. | Photo by Jared Brey

Philadelphians fled the city in large numbers to avoid Pope Francis last fall, but Mayor Jim Kenney is hoping we’ll make a warmer welcome for Their Holinesses, the Democratic Party.

On Wednesday, Kenney stood on the 51st floor of a Center City office building and asked residents to stick around for the Democratic National Convention, which is taking place from July 25th to July 28th. Just stay! Don’t go to the beach, don’t go to the mountains. Remain in your homes. Greet the delegates. Show tourists around. Exhibit your world-famous hospitality. Read more »

Bill Decriminalizing Nuisance Offenses Advances in Council

Mayor Jim Kenney delivers his budget address to city council Thursday, March 3, 2016, at City Hall in Philadelphia. Kenney is expected to ask for a soda tax to help fund several new initiatives including universal pre-K in his first budget address to city council. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Mayor Jim Kenney in City Council chambers. | Photo by Matt Rourke/AP

A City Council committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would let police handle certain nuisance offenses like disorderly conduct or blocking the highway without making arrests or slapping offenders with a criminal record.

The bill was introduced on behalf of Mayor Jim Kenney ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which is coming to Philadelphia this July. It adds a number of offenses — disorderly conduct, failure to disperse, public drunkenness, and obstructing a highway or other public passage — to the Philadelphia code. That would allow cops to serve offenders with tickets rather than filing charges against them under state law. Read more »

Ed Rendell: DNC Is Almost $10 Million Short on Funding


When the Democrats chose Philadelphia to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention last year, it was not a surprise. The New York Times reported Philly was seen as the frontrunner throughout the process in part because “it had the individual and corporate backing to fund a convention.”

There are now less than two months to go before the DNC. And the Democrats are having some problems getting funding. Buzzfeed talked to Ed Rendell last week, who said the they are about $9.5 million short in funding the convention. Read more »

Could Sanders’ Continued Fight Mean Chaos for the Philly DNC in July?

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Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign stop in April at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A month ago, Republicans looked primed to have a contentious summer political convention.

There were still multiple candidates in the race for president. Donald Trump was the frontrunner, but seemed unlikely to get a majority of delegates before the July convention. There were whispers of a brokered convention. Trump said his supporters would riot if there was a brokered convention. “I think you’d have riots,” Trump said on CNN.” “I’m representing a tremendous many, many millions of people.”

Funny how that worked out. Trump hasn’t lost a primary since Wisconsin, on April 5th. He won New York on April 19th. He won five primaries, including Pennsylvania, on April 26th. His remaining rivals dropped out after he won Indiana on May 3rd. Without competition, he’s swept every primary since. He will get enough delegates to be the nominee well before the convention. He’s already released his presumptive Supreme Court nominees.

Meanwhile, the Democratic primary is dragging on. What if, as Harry Reid proposed (albeit mostly rhetorically back in February), it’s the Democratic National Convention — here in Philadelphia from July 25th to 28th — that’s the chaotic one? Read more »

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