DNC Names PA Man Director of LGBT Engagement

sean meloy pennsylvania

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.

Read more »

What Philly Will Look Like for DNC 2016

philly-in-2016-DNC-940x540

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

DNC-Philly-We-Won-940x540

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.
Read more »

Philly and the DNC: What They’re Saying

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, center, reacts during a conference call with Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other officials, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at City Hall in Philadelphia. Democrats have selected Philadelphia as the site of the party's 2016 national convention, choosing a patriotic backdrop for the nomination of its next presidential candidate. The convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, center, reacts during a conference call with Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other officials, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at City Hall in Philadelphia. Democrats have selected Philadelphia as the site of the party’s 2016 national convention, choosing a patriotic backdrop for the nomination of its next presidential candidate. The convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016 (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Well, that was something. The Democrats chose Philadelphia for their 2016 nominating convention and — pending papal visit aside — we’re not sure we’ve seen such an explosion of civic pride since the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.

Here’s what they’re saying (in Philadelphia and beyond) about the DNC decision. First of all are we ready?

CBS Philly spoke with Matt Homan, general manager of the Wells Fargo Center where most events will take place.

In an exclusive TV interview with Eyewitness News, Homan says his team hit the ground running the second he got the news Thursday morning. He says the first step is to make sure he has extra staff on hand.

“Probably double that for something like the DNC,” he said. “It’s just the magnitude of the event and there’s so many different moving parts.”

Homan says they’ll have to work closely with the secret service and city to orchestrate a seamless securityteam. Transportation from surrounding sports complex parking areas will also be a top priority.

“Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer says they are confident the city is prepared to provide protection during the convention,” CBS Philly reports in a separate story. “Ramsey says working with federal agencies the city is ready to handle everything from possible traffic snarls to protecting visiting dignitaries. The Commissioner pointed out many of his top planners are veteran officers who helped with the 2000 RNC.” The security costs will be covered through a federal grant.
Read more »

Remembering the 2000 Philadelphia RNC: Puppets, Police and The Rock

House Speaker Dennis Hastert and World Wrestling Federation champion The Rock raise their hands at the podium at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia on August 2nd, 2000.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert and World Wrestling Federation champion The Rock raise their hands at the podium at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia on August 2nd, 2000.

On July 12th, 2000, Philadelphia police engaged in a shootout with 30-year-old Thomas Jones. An Action News helicopter followed the ensuing police chase, and showed police beating and kicking Jones. “Clearly, the activity on the tape is troubling,” then-Mayor John Street said at a hastily organized press conference that night. “We have unanswered concerns.” The Inquirer did a frame-by-frame analysis of 28 seconds of video and said Jones was hit “at least 59 times.”

Jones eventually pleaded guilty to a series of robberies and assaults surrounding the incident. A 2002 grand jury said criminal charges weren’t warranted against the officers, though Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson later issued suspensions for 15 officers. (John Timoney was commissioner at the time of the 2000 RNC.) But the incident, just a few weeks before the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, was an inauspicious omen. The Daily News ran a still of the officers on its cover with the headline “WELCOME AMERICA.” Some were later found to be selling the cover on a t-shirt to cops. Read more »

WATCH: Democrats Announce Philadelphia Convention With Cheesesteak Joke, Busted Rendition of “Eye of the Tiger”

Mere moments after the news started leaking that the Democratic Party had chosen Philadelphia as the location for its 2016 Democratic National Convention, the party made it “official” with the above video featuring Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of DNC Committee, yes, going to the refrigerator, grabbing a (cold!) cheesesteak, closing the door and slapping a Philadelphia magnet beneath those of Denver and Charlotte. The slapping of the magnet, naturally, kicks off a song that sounds enough like “Eye of the Tiger” so that you know what they’re going for, but enough not like it that they probably didn’t need to license it.

Get ready for lots of this, Philly. Everything’s coming up Philly, which means everything’s also going to be coming up Rocky jokes.

And now, a couple of GIFs courtesy of Dan McQuade: Read more »

It’s Official: Philly to Host 2016 DNC

Supporters waiting to greet Democratic National Committee (DNC) representatives in August in Philadelphia.

Supporters waiting to greet Democratic National Committee (DNC) representatives in August in Philadelphia.

Democratic officials announced today that Philadelphia has been chosen to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The announcement:

Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Philadelphia will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention the week of July 25, 2016. The DNC signed the final contract with Philadelphia this morning.

“I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States,” Wasserman Schultz said. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee.”

The DNC’s Technical Advisory Group evaluated cities across the country, looking at factors such as hotel capacity, transportation, security, financing and logistics.

“The City of Philadelphia is excited and honored to be selected as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter said.

“We believe that it was our proven track record of hosting big events safely and efficiently with a dynamic team of top-tier professionals to organize and manage a conference of this magnitude, paired with our City’s tremendous amenities, its accessible location and historical significance, which made Philadelphia the ideal choice for the 2016 DNC. I want to thank our great team at PHL DNC 2016, Governor Rendell and Governor Wolf, Senator Casey, Congressman Brady, Congressman Fattah, and former Congresswoman Schwartz. I especially want to acknowledge our great partners in the Labor unions, business and political communities, clergy and our citizens, who are eager to see Philadelphia on the national stage as the host city. We’re all delighted to make history again, here in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.”

Gov. Tom Wolf added his own statement: “Today’s announcement is tremendous news for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The birthplace of our democracy will host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, which will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity in the state. We look forward to working with local leaders to ensure that Philadelphia will shine in the national spotlight.”

Jim Kenney, former City Council member and currently a candidate for mayor, added: My congratulations to Governor Rendell, Congressman Brady, Mayor Nutter, City Council, Visit Philly, PHLCVB and all the others who worked tirelessly to bring the DNC’s convention to Philadelphia. As a councilman, I saw first hand the effort that went into making Philadelphia’s tourism and hospitality industries stronger than ever. I especially thank City Council for coming together last year to introduce a resolution that expressed Philadelphia’s sincerest interest in hosting this tremendous honor and bringing an economic boost to our city.”

Read more »

« Older Posts