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 »

Kenney, Other Philly Pols Added to Lineup of DNC Speakers

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L: Jim Kenney (Photo by Jeff Fusco) R: Tom Wolf (Photo by Matt Rourke)

The Democratic National Convention just got a bit more Philly.

Today, the DNC announced five more speakers for the event: Mayor Jim Kenney, Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, and Congressmen Bob Brady and Brendan Boyle.

“As Donald Trump continues his divisive convention in Cleveland with dangerous ideas that would pose a threat to our economy and national security,” the DNC said in a release, “Democrats are preparing to lay out the clear stakes in this election in Philadelphia — a choice between building walls and tearing people down or an optimistic unifying vision where everyone has a role to play in building our future.” Read more »

Debra Messing Stumped for Clinton in Glenside, Philly

Actress Debra Messing joined a panel discussion in support of Hillary Clinton in Glenside on Wednesday.

Actress Debra Messing speaks in support of Hillary Clinton at Dino’s Backstage in Glenside.

Award-winning actress Debra Messing made a stop in Glenside yesterday afternoon to join a panel discussion in support of Hillary Clinton. State Representative Madeleine Dean and Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh were also on the panel, and each gave brief opening statements before opening the floor to questions and comments. The predominantly female audience was forthcoming with personal testimonies and rousing support for the presumptive Democratic nominee.  Read more »

Clinton Campaign to Hold Post-DNC Rally Near Liberty Bell

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses a gathering on the Boardwalk Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses a gathering on the Boardwalk Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The Hillary Clinton campaign has decided to stay in Philly for a day beyond the DNC this month. According to the National Parks Service, the campaign has reserved a part of Independence National Historical Park from 4 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, July 29th. The campaign just announced that it will be for a public rally.

“The event will be an opportunity for Pennsylvanians to hear from Clinton after the convention and for Hillary for Pennsylvania to continue working toward achieving Clinton’s nationwide goal of registering and committing to vote three million people in this election,” according to a statement from the campaign.  Read more »

What Hillary Clinton and the All-Female Ghostbusters Remake Have in Common

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Right out of the gate, Ghostbusters — the original — seemed like a gambit. While the two leads had household-name charisma, wit and a deep catalogue of comedy and dramatic pedigree, it was still a well-trod group buddy story cliché that’d been done a thousand times over in Hollywood. But this movie, inconceivably, met their ghosts head on, a counter-narrative to what we expect. There, the ghosts were jokes and props for the characters to run to when the conventional pop culture wisdom has been to run away from such things. And they lived to laugh about it.

While much of the original has been imported into the updated remake directed by Paul Feig and led by an all-female ghost-busting crew of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, the new one debuted last weekend amid a mainstream tumult about whether the gender-flipped remake would be any good. Notably cited as the “most hated trailer” on YouTube, the movie boldly runs at that criticism, while also finding itself battling two fronts at the same time: gender and the past. Read more »

The 7 Best Philly Shops for LOL-Worthy DNC Merchandise

With the RNC well underway, in all its plagiarized speech-ed, shouting glory, we’re getting hype for the DNC madness to make its way to Philly soon. Local boutiques and shops are one step ahead, with some pretty amazing, hilarious DNC merchandise that you cannot miss. Even if you don’t give a hoot about politics (which, ya know, you should), this DNC merchandise is LOL-worthy in its own right — good enough to snag, even if you haven’t listened to a single speech or gotten off the couch to vote because you’re a lazy American citizen. I digress. Here are seven Philly boutiques stocking up on the best DNC merchandise that’s sure to offend or delight, depending on your political leanings.  Read more »

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 »

Here Are the Really Big Names Speaking at the DNC

Hillary Clinton accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, smiles while speaking as Sanders endorses Clinton at a rally at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Hillary Clinton accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, smiles while speaking as Sanders endorses Clinton at a rally at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

The speaker lineup for the DNC is starting to take shape, and it’s already stacked.

The Clinton campaign just announced the headlining speakers for this month’s convention. The speakers are organized around different themes for each day. Read more »

Martin O’Malley to Host Happy Hour in Philly for Clinton Campaign

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Last September, Martin O’Malley came to Philadelphia as a candidate for president, made a speech at the American Sardine Bar in Point Breeze, and played a short set of Irish songs with his band.

On Saturday, the former Maryland governor will be back in Philly, this time on behalf of Hillary Clinton, who’s expected to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president at the convention here later this month. O’Malley is hosting a “Young Professionals Happy Hour” at Tir Na Nog, the downtown Irish bar, as part of the Clinton campaign’s new “Stronger Together” push that kicked off in earnest when Bernie Sanders endorsed Clinton earlier this week.

Not enticing enough? Well, the chances are good that if you bring a guitar, O’Malley will sing you a song. Read more »

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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