Obama to Campaign for Clinton in Philadelphia

President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

President Barack Obama will return to Philadelphia on September 13th to campaign for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, according to the Clinton campaign. Obama is expected to focus on Clinton’s economic plans. Read more »

Here’s What’s in Hillary Clinton’s Plan for Pa.’s Small Businesses

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Hillary Clinton says she wants to be the Small Business President, and on Tuesday, she unveiled her ambitious plan for the small businesses of Pennsylvania.

Clinton’s initiative promises to make life easier for the state’s small businesses, which according to the plan represent 98.2% of all business in the state and employ 2.4 million Pennsylvanians.

The plan identifies three areas where the Clinton administration would begin to cut away at governmental red tape: business licensing and fees, tax filing and tax relief, and access to capital.

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VP Hopeful Mike Pence Will Speak in Bucks County Today

Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence listens to a cheering crowd at after speaking at the Executive Court Banquet Facility, Thursday Aug. 18, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.

Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence listens to a cheering crowd at after speaking at the Executive Court Banquet Facility, Thursday Aug. 18, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s running mate, Mike Pence, will hold a rally in Bucks County this afternoon.

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Rendell: Disband Clinton Foundation (If Hillary Wins)

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Ed Rendell has been an enjoyable sideshow this campaign season: He’s essentially retired from politics — he’s not going to run for anything again — so he’s pretty much allowed to say whatever he wants. He can go off message. He can say “there are some things that Donald Trump talks about that do have a germ of reason or a germ of truth,” or mention on a radio show the FBI’s findings have damaged Clinton, or he can tell Buzzfeed the Democrats are $10 million short for the DNC. Rendell has commented several times to Buzzfeed, in fact! He is the world’s oldest millennial.

Today, Rendell is talking to the New York Daily News about the Clinton Foundation. Read more »

Clinton Campaign Announces “Pa. African Americans for Hillary”

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally at West Philadelphia High School on Tuesday | Photo: Dan McQuade

After a voter registration drive and policy speech in Philadelphia Tuesday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign launched “Pennsylvania African Americans for Hillary” on Wednesday. Included in the announcement was a list of the leadership council for the initiative, made up of people from across the state.

The group includes a number of Philly-area politicians and activists, including City Council President Darrell Clarke, Council members Cindy Bass, Jannie Blackwell, Derek Green, Kenyatta Johnson, Curtis Jones, Jr., and Blondell Reynolds-Brown; State Reps Jordan Harris and Dwight Evans; Former Mayors John Street and Michael Nutter; and activist/political consultant Malcolm Kenyatta.

The full list can be seen here. Read more »

Clinton Super PAC to Pause TV Ads in Pennsylvania for a Few Weeks

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Hillary Clinton is doing well in Pennsylvania. So well, apparently, that a pro-Clinton super PAC has decided to stop airing television ads in the state from September 2nd through the 20th, according to CNN.

The temporary blackout will also hit Virginia and Colorado, two more key battleground states where Clinton’s polling lead is significant, reported The Hill.  Read more »

Once a Bernie Backer, Philly Rapper Freeway Now Supports Hillary

Freeway at West Philadelphia High School, speaking about Hillary Clinton

Rapper Freeway speaks in support of Hillary Clinton in West Philadelphia on August 16th, 2016 | Photo: Dan McQuade

It was just four months ago when Freeway posed with Bernie Sanders and encouraged Philadelphians to vote for the Vermont senator in Pennsylvania’s presidential primary.

Today, he fully emerged as a Hillary supporter: He spoke at Clinton’s West Philadelphia High School rally and gave a pep talk to Clinton canvassers before they went out to walk the streets today. He grew up in West Philly and attended West Philly High for a year before moving to North Philly.

Last year, Freeway was diagnosed with kidney failure. He currently undergoes dialysis three times a week, for four hours a day. He’s active on the kidney transplant list. And he said Hillary Clinton’s push for continued affordable health care is the main reason why he’s making a public backing of her. He said at one point, before he had insurance, he was paying $600 a month for medicine.

“When I came out with my story of being on dialysis,” Freeway says, “I ran across so many people that were going through the same thing that I’m going through. Through the grace of God, I was able to be successful and able to afford my health care. But a lot of people can’t afford it. Even with my healthcare, my treatments are a little bit expensive.” Read more »

In Philly, Hillary Clinton Bashes “Trump Loophole,” Vows to Take on Gun Lobby

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally at West Philadelphia High School on Tuesday | Photo by Dan McQuade

Tuesday afternoon, Hillary Clinton urged Philadelphians to get out and vote at a small rally in West Philly, promising the crowd that she would stand up to the gun lobby, create jobs, invest in education, fix the country’s infrastructure, and pay for it all by “going after the corporations” and “going after Wall Street.”

She contrasted her vision with Donald Trump’s economic plan, which includes throwing out the estate tax, something that only affects Americans with estates worth at least $5.45 million.

“He wants a new loophole that we call the Trump loophole,” said Clinton at West Philadelphia High School. “That would help him and everybody else who is really wealthy. He would also eliminate the estate tax.” Read more »

What They’re Saying About Kathleen Kane’s Conviction

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Politicians around Pennsylvania called on Attorney General Kathleen Kane to resign after a jury convicted her Monday night of perjury, obstruction, and other charges related to an act of political retaliation against a former state prosecutor.

The case has consumed the political press since the spring of 2014, when the Philadelphia Inquirer ran one of its biggest headlines, typographically speaking, in recent memory: KANE SHUT DOWN STING THAT SNARED CITY POLS. The paper reported that day that Kane, who’d taken office the previous year, had quietly spiked an investigation into six Philly Democrats who’d been caught accepting bribes in a sting operation. She maintained early on that the sting was tainted by racial bias — all the targets were African-American — and that prosecutions weren’t winnable.  Read more »

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