Hillary Clinton Will Speak at West Philadelphia High School Today

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Texas Southern University Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Houston.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Texas Southern University Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Houston.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will headline a voter registration event at West Philadelphia High School today.

The former Secretary of State is expected to speak sometime after the Pennsylvania Democratic Party event kicks off at 1:15 p.m. at the school, located at 4901 Chestnut Street. Read more »

When Trump Says He’ll Lose Pa. Only If There’s “Cheating,” He Means in Philly

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to members of the audience during a commercial break at a CNN town hall earlier this year. | Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP

Donald Trump has built a presidential campaign on scapegoating — blaming Mexicans, Muslims, undocumented immigrants and many others for all that is wrong with the country.

Now it looks as if he’ll point his finger at someone else if he loses, too. That someone else could be the residents of Philadelphia, if a recent Trump rally is any indication. Read more »

Poll: McGinty Gains Slight Lead in Senate Race as Clinton Pulls Ahead of Trump

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A new Quinnipiac University poll says that Democrat Katie McGinty has gained a small lead on Republican incumbent Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania’s Senate race.

The poll, which was released today, puts support for McGinty at 47 percent of likely voters, ahead of Toomey’s 44 percent, but says the race remains a toss-up. Women and minorities in Pennsylvania who participated in the poll largely back McGinty, while white male participants prefer Toomey.

The Quinnipiac University survey is the most recent of three notable polls released shortly after the Democratic National Convention that place McGinty ahead of Toomey. There’s one thing the three polls have in common: They also place Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump. Read more »

Opinion: Marc Lamont Hill, I Can’t ‘Afford’ a Donald Trump Presidency

Photo of Marc Lamont Hill via Hill's website; photo of Trump via Wikimedia Commons

Photo of Marc Lamont Hill via Hill’s website; photo of Donald Trump by Michael Vadon via Wikimedia Commons

Trailblazing Black gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin once said, “Let us be enraged about injustice, but let us not be destroyed by it.” In the midst of this presidential campaign, the Black community couldn’t be more enraged. Many rightfully feel as though neither major political candidate — Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump — will best serve the interests of the people. Some have taken it a step further by considering voting for a third-party candidate.

One of those individuals is Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a powerhouse commentator and scholar on race and politics. But such a position is more dangerous for our community than he and others might imagine. Read more »

Poll: Clinton Up 10 Points 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

Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump in the presidential race in Pennsylvania is stable and growing, according to the latest poll trends.

new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Clinton with a 10-point lead in Pa., a bigger lead than Clinton has in Ohio and Florida, the other two “swing states” included in the poll. Clinton’s lead is 52-42 in Pennsylvania, 49-45 in Ohio, and a much narrower 46-45 in Florida. Read more »

Pa. Republican Gold Star Mom Says She Will Vote for Clinton

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, speaks during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

After a barrage of inflammatory statements about the military this week, people are starting to jump off the Trump bandwagon. One of those is Susan Loudon, from Brockport, Pa. A registered Republican and Gold Star mother, Loudon said yesterday in a call with reporters that she is supporting Hillary Clinton.

While she is registered as a Republican, Loudon made clear that she is not a “push-button Republican,” and that she considers herself “first and foremost and American.”  Read more »

Franklin and Marshall Poll: Clinton Gaining Sizable Lead Over Trump in Pa.

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Trump photo by Michael Vadon, used under a Creative Commons license

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton secured an 11-point lead over Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, according to a new Franklin and Marshall College poll.

The Franklin and Marshall poll, which was conducted after the Democratic National Convention, shows Clinton received 49 percent of support among the state’s poll participants, while Trump received 38 percent.

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Clinton Campaign Sets Up Shop in Philly’s Only Republican Stronghold

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced that it will open three new offices in the region on Wednesday night, including one in Northeast Philly, the only Republican stronghold in Philadelphia.

At-Large Councilwoman Helen Gym and other supporters will be on hand to open the campaign office Wednesday night, according to a press release from the campaign. Why not Brian O’Neill, the Council member who represents the 10th District where the new Bustleton Avenue office will be? Well, O’Neill, who has served on Council for the last thirty years, is a Republican. And while we’re not certain he supports Donald Trump, he did decline to vote in favor of a Council resolution denouncing the Republican nominee’s “racist, sexist, xenophobic, and anti-American values.” Gym was a lead sponsor of that resolution.

 

That whole section of the Northeast is not just Republican-friendly but Trump-friendly. Trump won 60 percent of the vote in the 56th Ward, where the new office will be located, in the Republican primary, according election data from the City Commissioners.

Clinton is likely to beat the pants off of Trump in the city, of course, but her campaign no doubt sees it as crucial to pick up as many votes as they can in the nearby suburbs, too. Trump will have to bring out big numbers in the parts of Pennsylvania that aren’t Philly and Pittsburgh if he hopes to win the state’s 20 electoral votes, though recent polls show things are looking better for Clinton here at the moment. Trump’s campaign in Pennsylvania was getting off to a slow start as of earlier this summer, according to Politico.

Clinton has a number of other campaign offices in the city, including one on Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philly. The opening of that office was attended by Council President Darrell Clarke, who’s also the area’s district representative.

An opening event will be held Wednesday night, at 6:30, at 8568 Bustleton Ave.

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Clinton’s Favorability Surges in Pennsylvania Poll After Democratic Convention

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A new poll released by Public Policy Polling shows Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump in Pennsylvania following the Democratic National Convention.

Clinton received 45 percent of support among the state’s poll participants, while Trump is backed by 42 percent of participants. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson received 4 percent of support, and Green Party presumptive nominee Jill Stein received 2 percent.

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