Philly Is Putting On Quite a Show for the DNC Site Selectors

The official City Government of Philadelphia Twitter feed is really on board with efforts to bring the Democratic National Convention to Philly in 2016. Whoever runs the feeds has been documenting the site selector visit — replete with actual cheerleaders (and not just the rhetorical, civic kind played by Ed Rendell) — all morning.

Yes, cheesesteaks are already involved.

Some highlights:

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Ed Rendell Creates Special Federal Donut

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On Tuesday, July 1st all four Federal Donuts stores will debut Ed Rendell’s Ed-ible Donut, a red velvet Fancy with cream cheese frosting. The donut will be available through Saturday, July 26th. Proceeds from the donuts sale will benefit Rooster Soup Co., the Federal Donuts/Broad Street Hospitality collaborative that is currently looking to raise $150,000 via a Kickstarter campaign.

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Terry Gillen for Mayor: “I Want to Make Philadelphia a City of Opportunity for Everybody”

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Terry Gillen

Terry Gillen has spent much of her adult life in public service to the city of Philadelphia — serving Mayors Rendell and Nutter in positions (including as director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority) meant to help rebuild the city from its early 1990s bottoming-out. A chief highlight during that time: Serving on the team that revived the Navy Yard as a center of private enterprise after it was closed as a military base during Rendell’s administration.

Now she’s running for mayor, and holding a June 30th fund-raiser to collect cash for the effort.

“I think there’s a lot of opportunity for this to be a fabulous wonderful city and that’s what I want to help turn into reality,” Gillen said this week.

She talked to Philly Mag about the issues facing Philadelphia, whether her status as the only female candidate matters, and the lessons she’s learned from working for two Philly mayors. Read more »

Report: Ed Rendell Put in a Good Word for Big Campaign Donor

The Chicago Tribune today reports that Ed Rendell put in a good word for a private equity firm trying to win Pennsylvania’s pension business after that firm’s owner donated to his then-nascent gubernatorial campaign back in 2001.

The firm’s owner: Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for Illinois governor. Rauner, the Tribune says, “has repeatedly accused Illinois politicians of creating a culture where campaign cash buys influence and skews policy.”

Rendell was questioned about the donation during a stop at the Chicago Tribune editorial board to peddle his latest pet project, increased funding for infrastructure improvements.

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Ed Rendell to Democrats: It’s Best If You Don’t Run Against Hillary Clinton

Politico on Wednesday assessed the presidential ambition of former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. The site’s Anna Palmer writes that the 2016 presidential field is “frozen” until Hillary Clinton decides if she’ll jump into the race. It appears very likely she will, of course, and got a very interesting quote from Clinton family loyalist and professional Philadelphia Eagles analyst Ed Rendell:

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said that other possible Democratic presidential candidates, like Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota are biding their time to see what Clinton will do. Vice President Joe Biden, who is widely considered to be the front-runner if Clinton chooses not to run, has met with some fundraisers and has made several visits to key states like South Carolina.

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PHOTOS: Spiffed-Up Guests Played Blingo to Cure Duchenne

Over the weekend, Cure Duchenne hosted a fundraiser, Blingo to Cure Duchenne, the Hyatt at Penns Landing. The event generated approximately $173,000 that will go toward finding a cure for a rare muscle-wasting disease that affects 1 in 3,500 boys. Guests — including Ed Rendell — showed up in snazzy attire to enjoy hors d’Oeuvres, an open bar, music, and, of course, bingo with a blinged-out twist. Photographer Mike Hirata shares some shots of the evening below.



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