Did Trump Bring Philly to the Polls — and Help Elect Larry Krasner?

It could have been the competitive Philly district attorney race. Maybe November’s election was still fresh in our heads (call it the Trump effect), or perhaps it was all part of the progressive wave the city’s riding right now – but for whatever reason (or all three), Philly showed up a little more than usual for Tuesday’s primary.

With about 98 percent of districts reporting late last night, Philly voter turnout stood at about 18 percent — which might not sound that impressive (in a sense, it shouldn’t), but considering the fact that voter turnout was just 12 percent for the last competitive DA race in 2009, it’s a notable jump. Read more »

WATCH: Philly DA Candidate Larry Krasner Attempts to Rock The Clash’s “Clampdown”

As the Pa. Primary nears (it’s tomorrow, people – check out our guide) you’re probably seeing more and more of the Philadelphia district attorney candidates – on flyers, TV, social media, etc. But we can guarantee you haven’t seen one candidate like this.

Democrat Larry Krasner (who has no shortage of ads, thanks to a major funding boost from a George Soros-tied super PAC), performed with Philly punk band SHEER MAG at the First Unitarian Church this past Friday, May 13th.

Philly photographer Scott Troyan filmed Krasner on stage, clad in a white dress shirt and tie, somewhat awkwardly covering The Clash’s “Clampdown” with SHEER MAG’s Tina Halladay.

Maybe the performance will bring some Philly punks to the polls – or maybe not. Who knows. It wasn’t quite as enthusiastic (or memorable) as former Mayor Michael Nutter’s mic-dropping stint with the Roots in 2015 – but it’s entertaining to watch, nonetheless.

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Endorsements in the Philly District Attorney Primary

Clockwise from top left: Michael Untermeyer for District Attorney Campaign; Annmarie Young; Citizens for Rich Negrin Campaign; Josh Pelta-Heller/Koala Photography; Krasner: Nick Kelsh; Zakiyah Caldwell; Erskine Isaac/Invision Photo; Map: Istockphoto

The Pennsylvania primary is just about here. Endorsements can influence elections and reveal a lot about candidates, so we’ve compiled an ongoing list of who supports whom in the race for Philadelphia’s district attorney. It’s not necessarily exhaustive, but it does contain key players. Read more »

Why Is Susan Sarandon Endorsing a Philly DA Candidate?

L: Courtesy of Larry Krasner's campaign | R: Susan Sarandon via Sillygoosefilms/Wikimedia Commons

L: Courtesy of Larry Krasner’s campaign | R: Susan Sarandon via Sillygoosefilms/Wikimedia Commons

The race for Philly DA is shaping up to be an interesting one.

For one thing, it’s taken a sharp left turn – and there are seven (seven!) Democrats (and one Republican) vying for the position – so you might be a little conflicted about who to support.

Apparently, it’s not a hard choice for Susan Sarandon – even though she can’t vote. Yesterday, the Academy Award-winning actress came out in support of Democratic candidate Larry Krasner. In fact, she tweeted about the Philly DA race six times. Read more »

The Latest Endorsements in the Philly DA Race

L to R: Rich Negrin and Larry Krasner

L to R: Rich Negrin and Larry Krasner

As the May 16th primary nears, candidates in the Philadelphia district attorney race are beginning to see an uptick in endorsements.

City & State PA reports that civil rights attorney Larry Krasner will receive endorsements tonight from City Councilwomen Maria Quiñones Sánchez and Cherelle Parker, as well as number of influential ward leaders.  Read more »

Labor Unions Endorse Jack O’Neill for Philly DA

Jack O'Neill | Photo courtesy of O'Neill's campaign

Jack O’Neill | Photo courtesy of O’Neill’s campaign

Eight labor unions have endorsed Jack O’Neill in the race for district attorney of Philadelphia.

O’Neill, a 35-year-old Democrat, joined the race last month at the last possible moment. He’s a Philly native who worked for 10 years as an assistant district attorney under former District Attorney Lynne AbrahamRead more »

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan Endorses Joe Khan in D.A. Race

District Attorney Race, Philly D.A. race

L: Khizr Khan (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo) | R: Joe Khan courtesy of Khan’s campaign

You remember Khizr Khan – the Muslim American Gold Star father who was thrown into the national spotlight after his passionate anti-Donald Trump speech during the Democratic National Convention? The man who U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Tom Keefe nominated to run for the Virginia General Assembly?

Well, Khizr Khan just weighed in on the crowded race for Philly district attorney, and he’s throwing his support behind candidate Joe Khan (who happens to have the same last name as him).  Read more »

Here’s What’s Behind the Sharp Left Turn in Philly’s District Attorney Race

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Michael Untermeyer for District Attorney Campaign; ANNMARIE YOUNG; CITIZENS FOR RICH NEGRIN CAMPAIGN; JOSH PELTA-HELLER/KOALA PHOTOGRAPHY; krasner: NICK KELSH; ZAKIYAH CALDWELL; ERSKINE ISAAC/INVISION PHOTO; map: istockphoto

Clockwise from top left: Michael Untermeyer for District Attorney Campaign; Annmarie Young; Citizens for Rich Negrin Campaign; Josh Pelta-Heller/Koala Photography; Krasner: Nick Kelsh; Zakiyah Caldwell; Erskine Isaac/Invision Photo; Map: Istockphoto

Early in February, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams called an impromptu news conference. He arrived a few minutes after 10 a.m. in a pinstriped shirt, looking like he’d suffered through a long night with nothing but his own thoughts and a cigar. “Good morning, everyone,” he sighed into the microphone. “I have made the very difficult decision not to seek reelection to a third term.”

Williams was facing a rocky campaign. The FBI has been investigating him since at least 2015, and he recently was hit with the biggest fine in the history of the city’s ethics board for taking $175,000 in gifts and not bothering to report them. In those final moments of his political career, Williams made a revealing choice. He spent most of his time at the podium attempting to define his legacy as a victory for progressives: During his seven years in office, he said, he stopped locking people up for smoking pot, increased felony conviction rates, and helped bring humanity to the city’s punitive criminal justice system. Read more »