After Storms Wash Out Speeches, Green Party Rallies Under I-95

Jill Stein speaks under I-95 in South Philadelphia

Jill Stein speaks to supporters under I-95 in FDR Park after thunderstorms forced the Green Party to halt its rally. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Thunderstorms were starting to roll in around 6:45 on Monday night, and the Green Party seemed in disarray.

There was feedback on the microphone. Organizers were running on and off the stage, trying to figure out what to do next. Rapper Mic Crenshaw did a song, then stalled for time by doing another one. He’s pretty good, so this wouldn’t have been a problem except for the rain that was starting outside the rally tent in FDR Park in South Philadelphia.

The heat index had reached 109 degrees. There was a 10-minute delay to fix the microphones and get someone in the crowd medical assistance. Then professor and philosopher Cornel West, the biggest celebrity in attendance, came on stage. He introduced Jill Stein.

“We say to the DNC, we say to Hillary: No thank you,” Stein said to a crowd of several hundred under the tent and outside it. “The demise of the movement inside of the Democratic party leads to a new movement being born.” She called for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, free higher education, the legalization of marijuana, and a “new green deal.” She urged Sanders to withdraw his endorsement of Clinton and collaborate with the Green Party. (He didn’t.)

Still, she plowed through her speech. Longtime Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala, Stein’s running mate in 2012 who had organized a march to FDR Park before the rally, grabbed the microphone and began to speak. She was promptly cut off as organizers told everyone to run from the approaching storms. Read more »

WATCH: Supercut of Darrell Clarke Attacking Donald Trump

Last week, Hillary Clinton’s campaign opened its first field office in North Philadelphia, near Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

City Council President Darrell Clarke spoke at that opening, and he spoke at length (well, 90 seconds) about Donald Trump while rallying the troops. We here at Philadelphia magazine figured you might enjoy that 90 seconds, so we made a supercut of all of Clarke’s comments about Trump. Enjoy!

Could a North Philly Field Office Help Clinton Win the Election?

A sign at the Hillary Clinton field office: 'Good morning, Madame President -- Hillary's Angels'

A sign at the Hillary Clinton campaign’s field office in North Philadelphia. | Photo by Dan McQuade

If Hillary Clinton does really well in Philadelphia, she’ll win the presidential election.

That was the message delivered by Clinton’s campaign to volunteers and staffers last night at the site of a former Social Security office on Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia. Speaker after speaker—Senate candidate Sharif Street, City Councilman Bill Greenlee, City Council President Darrell Clarke—told those assembled the importance of getting the vote out in November.

“You all are going to vote,” Clarke told assembled staffers. “Bottom line, they’re going to be extremely dependent on us to get the vote out right in this urban area. We’re going to ask you all, big time: Talk to your neighbors. Talk to them young guys on the corner. You talk about you want a job? Donald Trump is not going to give you a job. He might decide he wants to send you back to where he thinks you came from!” Read more »

Bob Brady: Trump’s Bankruptcies Have Been Terrible for Philly and A.C.

Bob Brady. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Bob Brady. Photo | Jeff Fusco

This is an opinion column by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady.

Donald Trump routinely touts his casinos in Atlantic City as an example of his skill as a businessman. But Trump’s self-proclaimed huge success in Atlantic City was in reality a series of failures. Trump may have personally benefited from bankrupting his casinos and driving them into debt, but workers, small business owners and the city suffered while he got rich.

Many of us have seen firsthand Trump’s repeated business failures in Atlantic City. In the 1990s, he filed Chapter 11 three times on casinos which included The Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Castle, and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. Then in the 2000s, he filed for bankruptcy two more times in Atlantic CityRead more »

Yes, Chris Christie Will Speak at the RNC

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget at the Statehouse, Tuesday, February 16, 2016, in Trenton, N.J. Tuesday's budget address comes nearly a week after Christie ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie will speak at the Republican National Convention tomorrow.

Christie is a prime-time speaker set to present a speech on the day of the convention’s “Make America Work Again” theme, which Donald Trump, Jr. will headline, along with former presidential candidate Ben Carson, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito and actress Kimberlin Brown.

Christie has served as one of Donald Trump‘s key advisors since February, following the abandonment of his own presidential campaign. The N.J. governor suffered a blow after Trump selected Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate in a surprising move last week.

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Wigs on Fire: What the Founders Would Have Thought of the 2016 Election

Illustration by The Heads of State

Illustration by The Heads of State

Since the beginning of the republic, Philadelphia has been America’s preeminent convening space for constitutional debate — the city to which all conversations about liberty inevitably refer. In a 2013 speech entitled “Boston to Philadelphia,” Senator Mike Lee of Utah noted that when the postal system was first created, it established throughout the Northeast thousands of stone markers engraved on the back with the legend “M to P,” standing for “Miles to Philadelphia.” The number on each stone — many of them still exist today — represented the distance between that marker and the city that hosted the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. For Senator Lee, the mile markers represent the distance between the government we don’t want and the government we do, between the tyranny that the American revolutionaries protested in the Boston Tea Party and the liberty they enshrined in the Constitution. Read more »

Philly Bars Can Stay Open Much, Much Later Than Usual During the DNC — but There’s a Catch

iStockphoto.com | bogdanhoda

iStockphoto.com | bogdanhoda

This story has been updated to clarify the application process for a permit to extend alcohol service.

Your late nights could now go a little later – during the Democratic National Convention, at least — provided  your favorite bar is holding an event connected to the DNC.

A budget bill passed by the legislature yesterday includes a provision that could allow certain Philly bars to stay open past the usual 2 a.m. last call during the Democratic National Convention this month.

The state fiscal code will allow for bars holding events directly connected to the convention to apply for special events permits to stay open later than usual. The DNC will have to pay a one-time $5,000 fee to the Liquor Control Board for this exemption. The only catch? Events seeking to extend hours of alcohol service beyond 2 a.m. will need to complete an application from the DNC Host Committee, which will submit them to the PLCB. There is no fee associated with individual event applications, and the PLCB is expected to issue permits that both it and the DNC approves within a couple of days of receipt.

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Swing State Poll: Trump Now Ahead of Clinton in Pennsylvania

Donald Trump. Photo | Michael Conroy, AP. Hillary Clinton. Photo | Andrew Harnik, AP

Donald Trump. Photo | Michael Conroy, AP. Hillary Clinton. Photo | Andrew Harnik, AP

Donald Trump is ahead of Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The Swing State Poll provided an update on data released last month that gauged support for the presidential candidates among participants in Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio. When third party candidates are not considered, Trump leads the poll in both Pennsylvania in Florida, while the candidates remain tied in Ohio.

Poll participants have lost a bit of faith in Clinton since June 21st, when the poll found her and Trump neck-and-neck in Pennsylvania.

Trump has now received support from 43 percent of poll participants in Pennsylvania, while Clinton has secured 41 percent. With third party candidates considered, Trump scored support from 40 percent of poll participants, while Clinton received 34 percent.

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More Than 2,000 Wharton Affiliates Want Trump to Stop Name-Dropping Their School

Wharton's Huntsman Hall By WestCoastivieS - via CC0. Donald Trump, Andrew Harnik, AP

Wharton’s Huntsman Hall By WestCoastivieS – via CC0. Donald Trump, Andrew Harnik, AP

More than 2,000 students and affiliates of Penn’s Wharton school have signed an open letter to Donald Trump.

Why? They want him to quit name-dropping their alma-mater.

“We, proud students, alumni, and faculty of Wharton, are outraged that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance,” the letter reads. “Although we do not aim to make any political endorsements with this letter, we do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign.” Read more »

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