Ramsey Defends Papal Security

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, co-chair, the President's Task Force on 21 Century Policing, listens to witnesses at the Newseum in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, co-chair, the President’s Task Force on 21 Century Policing, listens to witnesses at the Newseum in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey this week defended the level of security that was in place for Pope Francis’ visit to the city last month.

“It was only 14 years ago that terrorist flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and into the ground at Shanksville, Pennsylvania,” he said. “Our world changed that day. Our security environment changed that day. It’s not going to go back in the forseeable future, if ever.”

He made the comments during an edition of “Commish Chat,” his podcast. The podcast was posted Tuesday morning to the police department’s Facebook page. Read more »

Rendell: DNC to Feature Lots of Fiberglass Donkeys



Next year’s Democratic National Convention will feature painted fiberglass donkeys displayed across the city, former Gov. Ed Rendell has told a Pennsylvania newspaper.

PennLive reports the donkey display will be like the CowParade that launched in Chicago more than a decade ago — only featuring lots and lots of fiberglass donkeys around the city. Read more »

DNC Names PA Man Director of LGBT Engagement

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Pennsylvania native Sean Meloy has been hired by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as director of LGBT engagement. Meloy is a graduate of Penn State and former aide and campaign manager of PA U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle.

In his job as director of LGBT engagement, Meloy is tasked with assembling LGBT support for the 2016 Democratic presidential nominees and other Democratic candidates. “I’m here to work for them and with them to make sure that the party is inclusive and continually fighting for LGBT rights,” he said in an interview with the Washington Blade.

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Ask Liz: (Comcast?) Cable and the 1948 Democratic National Convention

Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis/Associated Press

Political revelers at the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis/Associated Press

I know Comcast’s David L. Cohen is senior adviser to the host committee for the Democratic National Convention to be held in Philly in 2016. Is it true Comcast also had something to do with the last presidential DNC held in Philadelphia? — Media-Minded in Center City

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What Philly Will Look Like for DNC 2016


Now that we know that tens of thousands of people will be descending upon Philadelphia in July 2016 for the Democratic National Convention, we thought it would be fun — given how much our city has been changing in recent years — to ponder what the Philadelphia they’ll be visiting will actually look like. Read more »

We Got the Pope. We Got the DNC. Now Bring Us the Super Bowl.

Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer; Photo credits | Super Bowl banner, Ken Durden; Super Bowl Logo, Leonard Zhukovsky; Lincoln Financial Field, Ffooter; all Shutterstock.com

Philly, maybe it’s time to admit it: We’re a world-class city.

Our leaders have touted that as an aspiration for years, generally to much mirth and eye-rolling from the citizenry — and for good reason: We know ourselves too well to take the pomposity of a such a statement too seriously. We know we’re a long way from being perfect. Read more »

The Best Thing That Happened This Week


Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer; Photo | Morgan Rauscher / Shutterstock.com

The 2016 Democratic National Convention, that is. Look, we would have been okay if Brooklyn beat us. It’s not like we never lost anything to NYC before. New York is the big brother who never lets you forget who Mom loved first. But to go down to Columbus, Ohio — a “city” whose nicknames include “Cowtown” and “The Buggy Capital of the World” and that boasted of being “the second manliest city in the U.S.” when the first manliest was Charlotte, North Carolina — well, that would have been embarrassing. So. Justice has been done. Start blowing up those balloons!


Philly Tweeter Shows NYT How to Put That in Their Pipe and Smoke It

You’ve probably heard by now about the New York Times’ huffy, snark-filled appraisal of Philadelphia after Philly beat out Brooklyn to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. There’ve been a number of responses, but Allie Ilagan produced our favorite.

It’s been through several iterations now, actually, but here’s the latest and most definitive version of her reply:

The original version of that has been retweeted more than 240 times so far.
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