June 23, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Along with the pomp and pride that comes with hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, there's an underside for Philadelphia: begging Congress for money. Since 9/11, federal lawmakers have set aside $100 million every four years to help cover security costs for the cities hosting the national party conventions, but only after overcoming resistance from those who balk at laying out taxpayer money for lavish political rallies. The wrangling in those fights provides a window into how pet causes creep onto the federal tab - often as footnotes in larger and more pressing bills.
June 11, 2014 |
The American Industrial Hygiene Association's annual convention with its 6,000 attendees and $16.2 million worth of economic impact could have gone anywhere. And it did - anywhere but Philadelphia. But in 2018, after 11 years, the convention will return to Philadelphia, thanks, its executive says, to changes in work rules at the Convention Center. "It was practically an easy decision," said Peter O'Neil, executive director of the association for occupational and environmental health professionals.
June 8, 2014 |
Philadelphia joined the race Friday to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, trumpeting the city's record of handling huge events and its history as home to the nation's first convention - the one to draft the Declaration of Independence. "We've been holding great conventions ever since," Mayor Nutter said at a City Hall news conference. The mayor also cited the city's location and infrastructure, and added that Philadelphia was chosen to host the 2015 World Meeting of Families, a Catholic gathering expected to draw 2 million people.
September 7, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE - On a day when the weather thwarted some party plans and late changes to the party platform ruffled some feathers, Democrats turned to former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday night to deliver the message President Obama wanted viewers to hear, capped with the two men embracing on stage. Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, "put a floor under the crash," and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, Clinton declared in a Democratic National Convention appeal aimed at millions of hard-pressed Americans yet to decide how to vote.
September 6, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE - On a day when the weather thwarted some party plans and late changes to the party platform ruffled some feathers, Democrats turned to former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday night to deliver the message President Obama wanted viewers to hear. Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, "put a floor under the crash," and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, Clinton declared in a Democratic National Convention appeal aimed at millions of hard-pressed Americans yet to decide how to vote.
August 28, 2012 |
TAMPA - His Republican National Convention curtailed by a threatened hurricane, Mitt Romney conceded Sunday that fresh controversy over rape and abortion was harming his party, and accused Democrats of trying to exploit it for political gain. "It really is sad, isn't it, with all the issues that America faces, for the Obama campaign to continue to stoop to such a low level," said Romney, aiming to sharpen the election focus on a weak economy and 8.3 percent national unemployment.
August 21, 2012
NEXT JUNE, the Pennsylvania Convention Center celebrates its 20th birthday. Those 20 years have brought new hotels, hundreds of thousands of visitors, thousands of jobs, a revitalized Center City and a $700 million expansion. It has also brought 20 years of headlines like these: * Phila. hopes union guidelines will lure conventioneers back (2000). * Labor woes send another convention packing (2002). * Conventions flee over center's woes (2003). * Convention Center Authority mulling punishment for union's two-day strike (2004)
September 5, 2010 |
A year before the National Council of Teachers of English was to host its convention here, Jacqui Joseph-Biddle met with officials at the Convention Center to discuss details. Her group, 8,000 strong, had particular needs. Would it be possible, Joseph-Biddle asked, for her staff to erect a 10-foot-by-10-foot display inside a larger exhibit booth? "No problem," she was told. But on the eve of the convention in November, no problem turned into no way. She was told she had to hire three carpenters, plus a supervisor, to erect the display.
August 28, 2008 |
The mayor of Philadelphia was sitting in the lobby of a downtown hotel yesterday morning, waiting for a panel discussion to begin, when he got a reminder of how different this Democratic convention has been for him from previous ones. Michael Nutter received a call from a top aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, asking if he would serve as master of ceremonies for a pre-roll-call reception of Clinton supporters from across the country. There, the New York senator would release her delegates and tell them she was voting for Barack Obama.
April 7, 2004 |
Friends and family of three men saddled with criminal charges for more than three years following the Republican National Convention wept openly in court yesterday after the three were acquitted of all charges. Common Pleas Court Judge William J. Mazzola acknowledged that a melee on the evening of Aug. 1, 2000, at 17th and Latimer Streets near Rittenhouse Square, was a difficult situation for police, and that Officer Raymond Felder was injured. But the judge quickly relieved Camilo Viveiros, 34, of Providence, R.I.; Eric Steinberg, 26, of Northern Liberties; and Darby Landy, 24, of Durham, N.C., of responsibility for the problems that occurred that Tuesday, the most active day of protests during the convention.