Here’s Who Funded the Democratic National Convention in Philly

President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Those who are still wondering who funded the Democratic National Convention in Philly this past July are finally getting some answers.

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Philadelphia NOW: Williams Should Prosecute DNC Sexual Assault Case

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, center, accompanied by investigators Marc Costanzo, left, and Frank Fina, speaks during a news conference Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, center, accompanied by investigators Marc Costanzo, left, and Frank Fina, speaks during a news conference Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) released a statement today demanding that District Attorney Seth Williams prosecute the sexual assault reported by Gwen Snyder during the Democratic National Convention.

“Time and again, this organization has had to call on District Attorney Williams to simply DO HIS JOB,” the statement reads, referencing his previous handling of employees who were involved in the state’s “porngate” scandalRead more »

Can Social Media Bring Young Voters Into the Fold?

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Student reporters Amina Thomas and Jaylynn Green interview Bernie Sanders supporter Galen Bratton during the DNC in July | Photo by Saleem Ahmed

Editor’s Note: This report was created by a team of student reporters from Girls High School, working as part of a Youth News Team program during the DNC. The student reporters were Amina Thomas, Jaylynn Green, Xani Wise, Janet Pennington and Rashiyah Powell. They were advised by Louis Austin, a teacher at Girls High, and Saleem Ahmed, a media lab instructor at WHYY. Philadelphia magazine staff helped guide the reporting.

If the United States were to be graded on voter participation, it would get an F. In 2012, the national average for voter participation was 57.5 percent, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center. In the same election, voter turnout in Philadelphia hit 58.8 percent, according to an NBC 10 report.

The problem may lie in a disconnect between young voters and the available candidates. According to FairVote, a voting advocacy group, young people are much less likely to vote than older ones. “From 1972-2012, citizens 18-29 years old turned out at a rate 15 to 20 points lower than citizens 30 year and older.”

Why are young people more likely to be disengaged from politics?

“Younger people don’t vote,” said Annie Tan, a delegate from Illinois. “Hillary Clinton has a mixed history and Donald Trump is a racist. Why vote when you don’t have a vote that matters or a candidate that doesn’t matter to you?”  Read more »

Federal Charges Dropped Against Four Fence-Climbing DNC Protesters

Anna Marie Sternberg displays her code violation citation in front of the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. (Photo by Brian Thomas)

Anna Marie Sternberg displays her code violation citation in front of the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. | Photo by Brian Thomas

Federal prosecutors have reportedly dropped charges against four protestors who scaled a security fence outside the Wells Fargo Center during the Democratic National Convention last month.

The four arrests were among the few that took place during the convention. The DNC protesters climbed a security perimeter outside the Broad Street Line’s AT&T Station in violation of federal law. They were taken into custody by the Secret Service as the first arrests of the DNC. Read more »

Just How High Was Uber’s DNC Demand?

Uber app display during DNC in Philadelphia. | Photo by Fabiola Cineas

Uber app display during DNC in Philadelphia. | Photo by Fabiola Cineas

Uber released data on Wednesday that shows just how well it says it performed during the DNC in Philadelphia last week.

According to the ridesharing pioneer, more than one in four convention goers used the app, and on average, more than 5,000 unique riders took an Uber ride to or from the Wells Fargo Center. The information from the company doesn’t include whether riders were more likely to opt for a private ride with UberX or a carpooling experience with UberPool.

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The DNC’s Biggest Winners and Losers in Business

Photos by Fabiola Cineas

Photos by Fabiola Cineas

The DNC dust has mostly settled, and on Monday, we determined that the convention was, without a doubt, a Philadelphia success story. Hillary Clinton is the first woman ever nominated by a major political party for president, and that happened here. We also managed to make it through the blockbuster week unscathed by news of Philadelphia being a shoddy convention host.

But we would be remiss to ignore the evidence that shows that the convention wasn’t a big win for everyone. And in business, some players say they really took a hit, and others said their establishments were completely unaffected by the estimated 50,000 visitors who sprawled across the city. We’re not so sure that’s a good thing.

From local restaurants, to merchandise providers and cab drivers, here is our list of the DNC’s biggest winners and losers in business.

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DNC Donkeys Make Their Last Stand

Former Governor Ed Rendell with the Kansas delegation's donkey.

All good things eventually come to an end, and the DNC Donkeys are no exception. The DNC Host Committee announced today that they would begin disappearing in the next few days, most of them to a permanent home with their respective delegations.

The 57 colorful fiberglass donkeys, in case you somehow missed them, were scattered around town for the DNC. Each one had several components provided by the specific delegation it represented. Read more »

Want Khizr Khan to Run for Office? Donate Here.

Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan and his wife Ghazala speak during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Khizr Khan, whose son died serving the country, delivered a blistering speech about Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Khizr Khan, a Muslim-American gold-star father, has done more than almost anyone this year to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the country’s first orange dictator. And some Americans are so impressed with Khan that they want him to run for office.

On Wednesday, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Tom Keefe nominated Khan to run for the Virginia General Assembly on Crowdpac.

Crowdpac is the Kickstarter of politics. On the website, you can nominate anyone you’d like to run for office, with or without their permission. Supporters can then pledge money to the nominee’s campaign, but their credit cards will be charged only if the nominee decides to run. Read more »

Clinton’s Favorability Surges in Pennsylvania Poll After Democratic Convention

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A new poll released by Public Policy Polling shows Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump in Pennsylvania following the Democratic National Convention.

Clinton received 45 percent of support among the state’s poll participants, while Trump is backed by 42 percent of participants. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson received 4 percent of support, and Green Party presumptive nominee Jill Stein received 2 percent.

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