Martina White: The It Girl of Red Philadelphia

Martina White at Aldo’s Pizzarama in Somerton. Photograph by Neal Santos

Martina White knew this was coming.

Less than two weeks before the most shocking presidential election in modern history, the Republican lawmaker was sitting at a gym in Northeast Philadelphia, debating Matt Darragh, a Democrat trying to unseat her from the General Assembly.

Then, just as expected, Darragh said the words that have followed White since day one: Donald Trump. He accused her of exploiting the “same sentiments” as Trump and embracing his “direction for the United States.” An activist in the audience saw a connection, too: Standing between two basketball hoops, she waved a sign that read STOP TRUMPMARTINA. Read more »

Former Head of Philly GOP Joins Trump Administration

The former head of Philadelphia’s Republican Party will join President Donald Trump’s administration.

Joe DeFelice, who left the Philly GOP in April amid rumors that he would pursue a job under Trump, will work as the Mid-Atlantic regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump approved DeFelice’s appointment last week.

In his new position, DeFelice will oversee HUD services in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. He’ll serve as a liaison between the federal department and elected officials, congressional delegations, city managers and stakeholders.  Read more »

Philly GOP Elects Mike Meehan as Chairman

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Courtesy Mike Meehan

Several days after former Philly GOP Chairman Joe DeFelice stepped down (likely to pursue a position in President Donald Trump’s administration), the party has elected a new leader.

Mike Meehan, who’s long controlled the city’s Republican machine (following in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps) was elected as the new party chair on Monday. He’s served as its general counsel for years.

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Republicans Push to Challenge Write-In Win in 197th

Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

A special election to fill a seat in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday took a surprising turn: voters in the 197th District in North Philadelphia chose not to elect the sole candidate on the ballot – a Republican – in favor of a write-in candidate who is likely from the Democratic or Green Party.  Read more »

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