Trump’s Showing in Pennsylvania Puts Him on Path to the Nomination

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to members of the audience during a commercial break at a CNN town hall earlier this year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pennsylvania awards 71 delegates to the Republican National Convention, the seventh-most of any state. But there’s a quirk in the law: Pennsylvania awards just 17 of them to the winner of the presidential primary. The other 54 delegates are elected directly by voters.

And while the Democratic primary displays the candidate each delegate is committed to, Republican delegates are elected without any indication of which candidate they’re going for, or if they’re going to vote for whoever wins in the district or statewide.

So Donald Trump’s resounding victory in the state yesterday doesn’t get him a clean sweep of delegates. But it appears he got pretty darn close.  Read more »

Here’s Hillary Clinton’s Philly Victory Speech

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Hillary Clinton won the Pennsylvania Primary on Tuesday, and she took her victory lap at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, flanked by the Pennsylvania politicians who’ve been flanking her all along. Hey, Jim Kenney! Yo, Tom Wolf! What’s up, Bob Casey! She spoke to a raucous crowd who often interrupted with chants of “Hillary! Hillary!”

The former Secretary of State delivered a speech very much in line with what she’d been saying at her Philly stops in the last week. She focused on Donald Trump, and responded specifically to his claims that she was playing gender politics.

“Now, the other day, Mr. Trump accused me of playing the, quote, ​’ woman card. ​’​ Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the ​’​ woman card, ​’​ then deal me in,” she said to applause.

Clinton also attempted to mend fences with supporters of Bernie Sanders. “Whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there’s much more that unites us than divides us. We all agree that wages are too low and inequality is too high,” she said, lobbing a few grenades at Wall Street for good measure.

And, of course, she vowed to return in July for the Democratic National Convention.

Read Clinton’s full speech below: Read more »

Bernie Sanders at Drexel: “If You Come Out to Vote, We’re Going to Win in Pennsylvania”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse on the University of Pittsburgh campus, Monday, April 25, 2016.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse on the University of Pittsburgh campus, Monday, April 25, 2016.

In the waning hours of Monday evening, as voters prepared to cast their ballots in Tuesday’s primary, Bernie Sanders held the final rally of his Pennsylvania campaigning at Drexel University.

Despite numerous polls expecting Clinton to win, most by double-digits, Sanders asserted that winning Tuesday’s primary in Pennsylvania was within reach if voters went to the polls in droves.

“If you come out to vote tomorrow, and you drag your friends, and your aunts, and your uncles, and your coworkers, we’re going to win here in Pennsylvania,” Sanders declared early in his speech Monday.  Read more »

Here’s Everything You Need To Know To Vote Today

Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Photo by William Thomas Cain/iStockphoto.com

Happy Election Day! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A lot is on the line today in Philadelphia. By voting, you could help decide whether Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination. Or whether an indicted congressman is rewarded with another term. Or who might succeed the embattled Kathleen Kane as Attorney General.

If you still don’t know know who to support — or how to get to your polling place — don’t let that stop you. Just use our nifty guide to surviving Election Day. Here’s everything you need to know: Read more »

Hillary Clinton Blasts Trump at City Hall Rally

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands with Pennsylvania elected officials during a campaign stop, Monday, April 25, at City Hall.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands with Pennsylvania elected officials during a campaign stop, Monday, April 25, at City Hall.

Backed by local Democratic leaders past and present, Hillary Clinton held a boisterous, picturesque rally inside the City Hall courtyard a day before Pennsylvania and four other states vote in presidential primaries.

Clinton is expected to win tomorrow’s election against Bernie Sanders in Pennsylvania. A poll released today by Republican-leaning firm Harper Polling puts her in front, 61 to 33 percent. She didn’t mention her Democratic rival for the nomination during the event, instead talking in stark terms about the Republican candidates.

“When Donald Trump talks about not caring about whether more countries develop nuclear weapons, that is so contrary to what we have tried to do for the last 70 years,” Clinton said. “We can’t have someone running for president who basically says, ‘I don’t care if countries develop nuclear weapons’ — making our world all that much more dangerous. No! And when he says no Muslims can come into America, he is sending a message to the entire world that will make it more difficult for us to defeat ISIS. We have to have a coalition with Muslim-majority nations, and that is exactly what I will do.”

Clinton was preceded by speeches by Rep. Bob Brady (who led a contest among different sections of the court to see who could cheer louder, as if he were at an Eagles game) and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. former mayor and formergovernor Ed Rendell and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell were also in attendance.

In contrast to some previous Clinton appearances in the city, there were no interruptions at the early evening City Hall event. The only disturbance in the crowd was a woman who fainted about halfway through Clinton’s 17-minute speech. A group called Black Men for Bernie had a convoy of minivans outside the event, but it was barely audible inside and only for a brief moment. Read more »

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Will Both Be in Philly Tonight

Photos | iStockphoto.com

Photos | iStockphoto.com

The Pennsylvania primary is tomorrow. Maybe you’ve heard. And things are getting hectic here in Philadelphia.

Four presidential contenders will be in the Philly area today.

On the heels of news that Ted Cruz and John Kasich are essentially teaming up to deny Donald Trump the delegates needed to secure the nomination, Trump is scheduled to hold a rally at West Chester University. That madness will go down at 4 p.m. before Trump heads to Wilkes-Barre in the evening. (Cruz is moving on to Indiana and Nebraska; Kasich is expected to be at the Penrose Diner in South Philly at 10 this morning before heading to Rockville, Maryland, and then Pittsburgh suburb McKees Rocks.) More than 5,000 people have signed a petition asking that Trump not be allowed to hold his rally there.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton will hold a rally at 7:15 p.m. tonight in the City Hall courtyard (it’s good to have the backing of the mayor); the doors for that event open at 5:15. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, will hold a rally at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center at 8 p.m., doors at 6; he’s expected to be joined by actors Susan Sarandon and Kendrick Sampson. The events are both free and open to the public, but RSVPs are recommended. Clinton has been leading Sanders in the polls and appears to have more or less pivoted toward the general election. That hasn’t stopped Sanders from doubling down, as the Vermont senator has gone hyper-local, making Mayor Jim Kenney‘s proposed soda tax a national campaign issue; he wrote about it in an exclusive Philadelphia magazine opinion piece yesterday, arguing that the tax will disproportionately impact poor and middle class citizens.

Of course, there’s much more at stake for Philadelphia in tomorrow’s primary beyond the presidential race. There’s the battle between Chaka Fattah and Dwight Evans, Montgomery County’s Josh Shapiro’s quest to become the nominee for Attorney General, a U.S. Senate primary where the Democratic winner will challenge Pat Toomey, ballot questions and a whole lot of other local races of import. You can find out just about everything you need to know about voting tomorrow in our No-Bullshit Guide to the 2016 Philadelphia Primary.

Bernie Sanders Op-Ed: A Soda Tax Would Hurt Philly’s Low-Income Families

Photo courtesy of the Bernie Sanders campaign

Photo courtesy of the Bernie Sanders campaign

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from guest writer Bernie Sanders. Sanders is a Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. senator representing Vermont. Pennsylvania’s primary is Tuesday.)

I applaud Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for introducing a plan to provide universal preschool for all of his city’s 4-year olds. I strongly share the goal of ensuring that every family has access to high-quality, affordable preschool and childcare.

But I do not support Mayor Kenney’s plan to pay for this program with a regressive grocery tax that would disproportionately affect low-income and middle-class Americans.

I was especially surprised to hear Hillary Clinton say that she is “very supportive” of this proposal. Secretary Clinton has vowed not to raises taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 per year. For reasons that are not clear, she has chosen to abandon her pledge by embracing a tax that targets the poor and the middle class while going easy on the wealthy. That approach is wrong for Philadelphia, and wrong for the country. Read more »

Hey Philly: Are You All In for Hillary? Or Are You Feeling the Bern?

A Hillary Clinton supporter waits outside her April 20th rally at the Fillmore. Photo | Ryan Collerd

A Hillary Clinton supporter waits outside her April 20th rally at the Fillmore. Photo | Ryan Collerd

On the night of the Brooklyn Democratic debate, I head toward the South Philly field office of Bernie Sanders for President. The address takes me to a storefront with an enormous overhang bearing the name of the former tenant, Boutique W — a discount designer-clothing store based in Newtown Square — in pink and black lettering. It’s an odd sort of welcome sign for the grassroots, 99-percenter campaign, but then again, office space is office space and inside, the place looks more the part.

Young volunteers are passing around phone-bank lists like an aggressive game of Go Fish and chomping on Chips Ahoy during breaks. Folding tables are scattered with HP laptops and bottled water. There’s a garbage can humorlessly labeled “garbage.” And clipboards. Lots of clipboards. Everyone seems to believe that South Philly, perhaps more than any other neighborhood, is Feeling the Bern. I float to the back of the no-frills, white-walled space and chat with a shaggy-haired campaign worker who speaks on background (only volunteers can speak on the record, I was told). He nonetheless wanted to know: “Do you like Bernie?”

Two days before the Pennsylvania primaries, that question would seem a relevant one to ask of anyone and everyone in Philadelphia. Of course, it ignores the Republicans who’re also voting on April 26th (recent polling suggests Donald Trump has a double-digit lead in the state), but given the 7-to-1 edge in registered Democrats in the city and the upcoming DNC this summer, it seems right to focus on the blue team here. (Also: Liberal media bias, natch.)

But truth be told, writing any story about the Tuesday primary feels like an obligatory act of self-aggrandizement, considering the national consensus that our vote means zilch. Why Pennsylvania won’t matter much in either primary,” ran a headline in the Washington Post on Thursday. Hillary Clinton is cruising, having locked up 81 percent of the delegates required to secure the nomination. And, thanks to the Dems’ lack of winner-take-all primaries and the omnipotent Clinton-friendly superdelegates, she can conceivably lose every single remaining state and still win by a comfortable margin. Not that she appears to be in any danger of that: Depending on which of the latest polls you believe, the former Secretary of State has a 13-point or 27-point lead over Sanders among likely primary voters in the Keystone State, where she beat Barack Obama by nearly 10 points in 2008.

Last time, the race felt neck-and-neck; in 2016, it’s a runaway. The wide berth is just one reason for the apathetic mood of lots of Philadelphians though. “I’m not supporting a broken system,” says Paris Adams, 19, a young man from Frankford who said he supports Sanders, but doesn’t see the point in casting a ballot. “Unless Captain America is running, I’m not voting.”

In ’08, voters like Adams were exactly the type — well-informed, African-American, eligible for the first time — that the Obama ground game famously turned out in droves. After an economic recession and eight years of gridlock in Washington though, voters appear to be a lot more jaded. A Pew analysis of a dozen primaries (including Super Tuesday) suggests that Democrat voter-turnout rates have been roughly 60 percent of what they were during Obama v. Clinton. The most optimistic spin is that turnout has not been cataclysmically bad. Dems are voting at higher rates this year than in 2000, sure, but they’re slightly off the pace of the average turnout since 1980. (And that average is excluding the outlying year of 2008.) The enthusiasm this year can be summed up in a single word: MehRead more »

Hillary Clinton in Philly: Scenes From Last Night’s Big Fillmore Rally



By the time Hillary Clinton took the stage at the Fillmore in Fishtown last night, she’d had a long, eventful 24 hours. First, she finished off a 16-point drubbing of Senator Bernie Sanders in the New York primary on Tuesday night. Then, Clinton arrived in Philadelphia to appear at a panel discussion — which included former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Tanya Brown-Dickerson, the mother of a high-profile police-shooting victim in Philly — on gun violence, criminal justice and policing. All of which caused the former Secretary of State to arrive an hour late to the Fillmore, which by then was filled with 2,000 animated supporters who’d been lining up since the late afternoon.  Read more »

Opinion: Five Reasons African-Americans Need to Stop Drinking the Poisonous Clinton Kool-Aid

Hillary Clinton (center, Matt Rourke, AP). Protesters (left) and Bill Clinton (right, photos Dan McQuade).

Hillary Clinton (center, Matt Rourke, AP). Protesters (left) and Bill Clinton (right, photos Dan McQuade).

A version of this column also ran in the Philadelphia Tribune.

Black people love “Billary” (i.e., Bill Clinton plus Hillary Clinton equals Billary). But Billary doesn’t love Black people. Never did. Let me count the ways:

1. Billary believes Black children are vicious animals. When she was being her real self in 1994 and not a presidential candidate, she described Black juvenile delinquents as “super-predators (with) no conscience… (who need to be trained) to ‘heel.’” First of all, she completely ignores America’s blatant racism that created and continues to create inadequate schools, little or no job-training, and poverty-stricken neighborhoods, all of which in turn creates delinquency. Second, our children are not irredeemable and remorseless monsters with no conscience. A very small percentage of them instead are young, immature, alienated, and misdirected human beings who made mistakes. And third, our children ain’t no damn dogs that need to heel.  Read more »

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