The Biggest Winners and Losers in Philadelphia’s 2017 Primary Election

Clockwise: Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif, Democratic district attorney nominee Larry Krasner, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police chief John McNesby, labor leader John Dougherty, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, ward leader Marian Tasco, and protesters at Philadelphia’s Women March.

Philadelphia’s election on Tuesday was a game-changer. The winner of the Democratic primary for district attorney is a criminal defense lawyer who has never prosecuted a case in his life and made a name for himself by suing law enforcement over alleged abuses and representing progressive activists like Black Lives Matter. A young ex-budget director crushed incumbent City Controller Alan Butkovitz, the ultimate political insider, in an upset victory.

Those two Democratic nominees, Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart, are the race’s biggest winners. But who are the other winners and losers — the issues, interest groups, and kingmakers — in the election? Here’s our list: Read more »

“Stop Lighting Money on Fire”: DA Nominee Larry Krasner on His Plans for the Office

Criminal defense attorney Larry Krasner. | Photo courtesy of Krasner’s campaign

Democratic district attorney candidate Larry Krasner, whose progressive platform inspired the highest Philadelphia voter turnout for a DA primary since 2001 and earned him a nod from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, laid out his vision for the future of the DA’s office on Wednesday. Read more »

Here’s One Millennial Who Didn’t Vote for Larry Krasner

Photo courtesy of the Krasner campaign.

I might be the only registered Democrat under the age of 30 who didn’t cast a vote for progressive darling Larry Krasner in Tuesday’s district attorney primary election.

As someone who once interned in the DA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, I have seen firsthand how hard these prosecutors work to ensure the safety of our community. The ADA I was assigned to was a stand-up guy with loads of character, and it weighed heavily on him those rare times when defense attorneys like Larry Krasner were able to keep child molesters and rapists out of prison. Read more »

Bernie Sanders Is Very, Very Happy About Larry Krasner’s Win

R: (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) | L: Photo courtesy of Lawrence Krasner for District Attorney

Philly progressives have been on cloud nine since the city chose civil rights lawyer Larry Krasner as its Democratic district attorney candidate.

Apparently, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been too. Today, Sanders congratulated Krasner on his win.

“At a time when Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions is pushing the Department of Justice to restart the failed ‘War on Drugs,’ it is refreshing to see voters choose a prosecutor who wants to treat addiction as an illness, not a crime, and move to end mass incarceration,” Sanders said, according to The Huffington Post. “Krasner’s primary victory is an important step forward in the fight to reform a very broken criminal justice system.”

The congratulations shouldn’t come as a major surprise – Krasner was backed by Our Revolution, a political organization with strong ties to Sanders. The Philly DA candidate likely drew primary support from many of the same people who voted for Sanders in the presidential election.

In fact, Krasner recently said he believes that had Sanders won the Democratic nominee last year, Donald Trump would probably not be our president.

It’s interesting, considering the Trump resistance was likely one of many factors that pushed Krasner’s anti-death penalty, anti-cash bail campaign to success.

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Progressive Firebrand Larry Krasner Wins District Attorney Primary

Larry Krasner | Photo courtesy of Krasner’s campaign

Democrat Larry Krasner, a firebrand criminal defense attorney who has never worked a day in his life as a prosecutor, won the district attorney primary Tuesday night. With 90 percent of precincts reporting, he captured 37.5 percent of the vote in a seven-candidate race. Read more »

WATCH: Philly DA Candidate Larry Krasner Attempts to Rock The Clash’s “Clampdown”

As the Pa. Primary nears (it’s tomorrow, people – check out our guide) you’re probably seeing more and more of the Philadelphia district attorney candidates – on flyers, TV, social media, etc. But we can guarantee you haven’t seen one candidate like this.

Democrat Larry Krasner (who has no shortage of ads, thanks to a major funding boost from a George Soros-tied super PAC), performed with Philly punk band SHEER MAG at the First Unitarian Church this past Friday, May 13th.

Philly photographer Scott Troyan filmed Krasner on stage, clad in a white dress shirt and tie, somewhat awkwardly covering The Clash’s “Clampdown” with SHEER MAG’s Tina Halladay.

Maybe the performance will bring some Philly punks to the polls – or maybe not. Who knows. It wasn’t quite as enthusiastic (or memorable) as former Mayor Michael Nutter’s mic-dropping stint with the Roots in 2015 – but it’s entertaining to watch, nonetheless.

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The No-Bullshit Guide to the 2017 Philadelphia Primary

Clockwise: District attorney candidates Larry Krasner, Joe Khan, Rich Negrin, Teresa Carr Deni, Jack O’Neill, Tariq El-Shabazz, Beth Grossman and Michael Untermeyer. | Photos courtesy of the campaigns

Do you loathe that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is doubling down on the War on Drugs? Are you glad he’s finally restoring law and order to the country? Do you think the city spends too much money locking people up? Just enough? Too little? If you answered affirmatively to any of these questions, then you should vote in this year’s district attorney race. The DA prosecutes crimes in Philadelphia, helping to determine whether justice is delivered to victims and how many people end up in prison every year. The choice in front of voters is as important as ever: Current District Attorney Seth Williams has been accused by the feds of seeking thousands of dollars’ worth of bribes and stealing from his own mom.

Voters will also choose Philadelphia’s next city controller, judges, and election board workers on Tuesday, as well as vote on two ballot questions.

Don’t worry if you haven’t paid close attention to these races — it’s why we created this election guide and an accompanying list of endorsements for each candidate in the district attorney race. It’s a ruthlessly honest, easy-to-understand explanation of the candidates’ pros and cons. Here are your choices. Read more »

Poll: Khan and Krasner Tied in DA Race

Democratic DA candidates Joe Khan, left, and Larry Krasner. Photos courtesy of the respective campaigns.

A poll commissioned by Democrat Joe Khan and conducted on May 11th shows that the district attorney candidate is tied with criminal defense lawyer Larry Krasner at 20 percent of the vote in the upcoming primary election.

“Our momentum in the polls reflects our strong grassroots support,” said Khan in a release. “Philadelphia deserves a progressive prosecutor as District Attorney, and with morale in the D.A.’s office at an all-time low, the men and women serving as prosecutors to keep our city safe deserve a leader who has supervised prosecutors and investigations. As a career criminal defense lawyer who has never prosecuted a single case, Larry Krasner is not the right candidate for the job.” Read more »

OPINION: Why Rich Negrin Should Be Our Next DA

Rich Negrin

Richard Negrin | Photo courtesy of Mark Nevins

Next Tuesday our city will have the chance to vote for a new district attorney amid a federal investigation that’s put a dark cloud over the office. With eight candidates running (seven from the Democratic Party), voter turnout might increase in comparison to previous low-turnout cycles. I predict, however, that voter turnout will still not exceed 20 percent because this is not a national election cycle. Further, I predict that three regions will dominate the turnout: Center City, the suburban Northwest, and the working-class Northeast. Given those factors, a thorough process of elimination will leave you with only one candidate able to secure enough votes to come out on top: former city managing director Richard Negrin.

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Why Is Susan Sarandon Endorsing a Philly DA Candidate?

L: Courtesy of Larry Krasner's campaign | R: Susan Sarandon via Sillygoosefilms/Wikimedia Commons

L: Courtesy of Larry Krasner’s campaign | R: Susan Sarandon via Sillygoosefilms/Wikimedia Commons

The race for Philly DA is shaping up to be an interesting one.

For one thing, it’s taken a sharp left turn – and there are seven (seven!) Democrats (and one Republican) vying for the position – so you might be a little conflicted about who to support.

Apparently, it’s not a hard choice for Susan Sarandon – even though she can’t vote. Yesterday, the Academy Award-winning actress came out in support of Democratic candidate Larry Krasner. In fact, she tweeted about the Philly DA race six times. Read more »

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