SEPTA’s new ad policy may mean the agency never has to carry ads condemning Islam again — but it might also keep advertisers from welcoming Pope Francis and the Democratic National Convention when they visit Philly in the next year. Read more »
Next year’s Democratic National Convention will feature painted fiberglass donkeys displayed across the city, former Gov. Ed Rendell has told a Pennsylvania newspaper.
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.
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 »
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 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!
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:
— Allie Ilagan (@allieil) February 13, 2015
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.
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