Philly Groups Plan Toomey Town Hall – “With or Without” Toomey

Several activist groups in Philadelphia are planning to hold a town hall for Sen. Pat Toomey – with or without the senator himself.

Indivisible Philadelphia – the city’s chapter of the national nonprofit looking to “hold members of Congress accountable” – has planned the town hall for 6:30 to 8 p.m. on June 1st at the Church of the Holy Trinity, located at 1904 Walnut St. in Rittenhouse Square.  Read more »

What’s Pat Toomey Hiding From?

Illustration by Jesse Lenz

It’s early April, and Pat Toomey is hosting a town hall.

Well, that’s not quite true. It’s a telephone town hall — a glorified conference call. “Thank you very much for taking the time to join,” the Republican senator says to the nearly 10,000 people on the other end of the line. “It’s a great way for me to stay in touch with many, many constituents when I have to be here in Washington.” Then Toomey gets meta and makes a rousing defense of his record on, of all things, holding town halls. “We’ve done over 60 town halls” — during his six years in office — “14 in person, and this is now our 49th telephone town hall.” Read more »

It Took Toomey 19 Hours to Comment on Comey’s Firing

UPDATE [1:20 p.m.]: Toomey has released the following statement:

ORIGINAL: It’s been more than 17 hours since news broke that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was, of course, investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia in its alleged attempts to influence the election.

Congressional members across the country jumped to weigh in on the news. Here in Pennsylvania, Sen. Pat Toomey did not. His Twitter feed, Facebook profile and website don’t say anything about the firing. We asked Toomey’s spokesman, Steve Kelly, for comment, but haven’t heard back since we reached out this morning.  Read more »

Here’s What a “Political Funeral” at Pat Toomey’s House Looks Like

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Courtesy Tyrone Boykin

Yes, there have been countless protests held for Sen. Pat Toomey – but today might’ve been the first time constituents ever organized a funeral for him.

About 50 Philadelphians took a bus and several cars to Zionsville, Pennsylvania this morning to hold a “political funeral” outside the senator’s house. The hour-long march in Toomey’s neighborhood was orchestrated by ACT UP Philadelphia, an all-volunteer organization “committed to ending the AIDs crisis through nonviolent direct action,” according to organizer Max Ray-Riek, who’s been with the group for 10 years. Read more »

Here’s What Philly’s Congress Members Think About Trump’s Airstrikes on Syria

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President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A number of local Congress members have weighed in on President Donald Trump’s decision to order a missile attack on Syria.

In a speech last night, Trump said the airstrike was issued – without Congressional approval – in response to a chemical weapons attack earlier this week that is widely believed to have been carried out by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. That attack reportedly resulted in the death of at least 80 Syrian civilians.  Read more »

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