Nutter wants ’16 Dem Convention in Philly

Nutter wants ’16 Dem Convention in Philly

This is something that happened: Yep, the 2016 Democratic National Convention, which, if the documentary 2016: Obama’s America is any indication, will probably take place in a zombie-saturated post-apocalyptic wasteland, no matter what the city! So, I’m not going to give you some bullshit “Should we have the convention here? Let us look at the pros...

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Babette Josephs shows up in news segment about “Frog” Miller in Eugene, OR

Babette Josephs shows up in news segment about “Frog” Miller in Eugene, OR

David "Frog" Miller in Eugene, Oregon Like most things that happen in Oregon—especially in a place like Eugene—context is important. And when trying to decipher how former State Rep. Babette Josephs — who is running for her old seat in Pennsylvania’s 182nd District against State Rep. Brian Sims — got quoted in a story about someone...

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Metcalfe invites Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson to 2nd Amendment bash

Metcalfe invites Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson to 2nd Amendment bash

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson Go ahead and file this one under “Yeah, he’s just trolling us now.” State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe announced earlier today that he has invited Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson to be the keynote speaker at the politician’s annual “Second Amendment Action Day.” “The battle against the radical liberal agenda in Pennsylvania...

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Pennsylvania has its own Arizona anti-gay bill

Pennsylvania has its own Arizona anti-gay bill

The nation flared up this week at Arizona’s anti-gay measure, which recently passed that state’s legislature, and is headed to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 1062 in the Southwestern state would make it legal for business owners to discriminate against potential customers if there’s a religious conflict. Many have referred to this legislation as an...

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After Sims’ Facebook comments, Rep. Cohen is supporting Josephs

After Sims’ Facebook comments, Rep. Cohen is supporting Josephs

State Rep. Mark Cohen During a lively discussion on his public Facebook page on Tuesday, freshman state Rep. Brian Sims defended his recent, unorthodox decision to endorse a primary challenger against a fellow Democratic incumbent in the state legislature, 40-year House veteran Rep. Mark Cohen of the 202nd District in Northeast Philadelphia. Sims characterized...

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Pro-pot decriminalization candidate Max Myers drops out of Guv race

Pro-pot decriminalization candidate Max Myers drops out of Guv race

Max Myers After a floundering campaign for governor, Mechanicsburg, Pa. pastor Max Myers dropped out of the primary race on Monday. Citing the infrastructure needed to get him on the primary ballot, Myers, who had raised $30,000 during his run, offered this explanation to PennLive: “Staffing issues were not an issue for us until we came up for getting signatures...

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Philly’s most dangerous streets come as no surprise

Philly’s most dangerous streets come as no surprise

Over at Next City, writer Jon Geeting has a post up regarding the most dangerous Philly streets for pedestrians between 2008 and 2012. According to the data, obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 8,690 crashes in Philly over those five years, involving 9,051 pedestrians, causing 376 injuries and 158 deaths. And looking through...

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South Philly activist sued by an “American Indian Patriot” doesn’t accept court’s ruling

South Philly activist sued by an “American Indian Patriot” doesn’t accept court’s ruling

South Philly activist Daryle Lamont Jenkins While surfing the web one day in late 2011, South Philly anti-fascism activist and writer Daryle Lamont Jenkins was following an almost daily ritual: reading the anonymous Internet smears against him. He was long accustomed to seeing white separatists dub him, with intended scorn, a “fat, black queer.” Jenkins had...

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Decriminalizing vs. legalizing weed—who’s right, and what’s the difference?

Decriminalizing vs. legalizing weed—who’s right, and what’s the difference?

When U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz broke the news to Philadelphia Weekly that she’d support decriminalizing simple marijuana possession at the state level, some were a bit shocked. After all, Schwartz had never expressed any interest in decriminalizing the plant. Her most recent score by the National Organization to Reform Marijuana...

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What caused that crazy loud thunder this morning, anyway?

What caused that crazy loud thunder this morning, anyway?

Loud thunder resembling a long, rolling explosion hit Philadelphia this morning at 10:20 a.m., rattling buildings and sending dogs everywhere scattering into closets. It surprised basically everyone — but what made it happen? “Sound waves are better able to travel in cold, dense air,” noted NBC meteorologist Bill Henley in a report this morning. “Sound...

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