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July 26, 2016 | By Signe Wilkinson, Staff Writer
"We're voting for Hillary," Charles Lindsey says about himself and his friend Gregory McDowell as they sat on their Fairhill steps. They were among a dozen people I interviewed along four blocks of Cambria Street on both sides of Germantown Avenue. For those who think that's the way all of solidly Democratic North Philadelphia feels, walk a few steps farther. On Germantown Avenue and Cambria, Josh Rembert says, "I can't vote for Hillary. " He then veers wildly from the Democratic script to call out Donald Trump's immigration policy and business background as the reasons why he'd vote for the GOP ticket.
NEWS
July 25, 2016
As Philadelphians brace for the crush of humanity arriving for the Democratic National Convention, commiserate with your counterparts in 1948. That year, the city hosted three conventions - Republicans, Democrats, and Progressives - the only city ever to do so. That these three parties clamored to host their shindig in Philadelphia is perhaps not surprising. The city played host to the most famous convention of all, that which created the U.S. Constitution. There was a practical reason as well.
NEWS
July 25, 2016
The Inquirer asked women around the region for thoughts on the expected nomination of the first woman for president of the United States by a major party. "There's not a lot of people you can look up to, especially in the political sense. Being able to see a woman in politics, someone as prominent as her - everyone knows her name. . . . Now I think it will be a lot more possible, that there will be a lot more women running. Deisha Brahma, 16, a Burlington Township High School student and member of the Alice Paul Institute's Girls Advisory Council "Personally, Hillary's not my candidate.
NEWS
July 25, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Culture Writer
Who could forget it? Donald Trump and wife Melania stepping away from the golden Currency Exchange entrance within Trump Tower and riding an escalator down, down amid a cheering crowd and the thumping tones of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World. " It was a pure Trump moment - announcing the death of the American dream and his plan personally to revive it by running for the presidency of the United States. That was more than a year ago - June 16, 2015, in fact - and it marked a political season like no other.
NEWS
July 24, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, Staff Writer
EVERYONE'S favorite pachyderm statue has a big birthday coming up - on Saturday, Margate's Lucy the Elephant will be celebrating her 135th year as a Jersey Shore landmark. Pandering to election-season zeitgeist, the bash will have a political theme: "Lucy for President. " Her platform? Peanuts for all, of course. From a photo booth designed to resemble a voting machine to an election campaign T-shirt that pits Lucy against Donald and Hillary to a patriotic pedicure - last week, Lucy's toes were painted red, white, and blue - the team that operates the tourist attraction is going all-out.
NEWS
July 24, 2016
Political party conventions, we are often told, have become exercises in image-making. Each produces two kinds of pictures: the memorable portrait and the cruel cartoon. The first depicts our party's candidate, the strong leader America needs to guide us through these troubled times. The other exposes the foolishness, nay the malevolence, of the opposition, pigheadedly determined to lead the country toward greater chaos and eventual ruin. This same contrast in imagery is visible throughout "Happiness, Liberty, Life?
NEWS
July 24, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Musicians get political when they seek to change the world around them. Politicians turn to pop music to pump up a crowd with communal spirit and underscore their message, loud and clear. It's often an unhappy marriage. Preachy pop stars risk being seen as hectoring and lecturing when they make music that aims to do more than entertain. (Exhibit A: Bono.) And when presidential candidates - particularly Republican ones - pick songs for rally sound-tracks and emphasize their populist appeal, they frequently face blowback from artists whose political sympathies lean to the left.
NEWS
July 21, 2016 | Laurie Conrad
When Starz debuted its hit series "Outlander" in August 2014, there was way more buzz about the sexy scenes between Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan , as gorgeous as they are talented in their roles as Claire and Jamie Fraser, than there was about the book's historical setting. But some did wonder why the series took so long to debut in the United Kingdom. After all, it's set there. Turned out, the unsuccessful Scottish independence movement influenced the delay. Why remind Scots, just as they were heading to the polls, of the mistreatment they suffered under British rule in the 18th century?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
I'd like to think the folks attending the Democratic National Convention next week will spend every minute of the day doing intense politicking at the Wells Fargo Center. But I'm willing to bet a few visiting dignitaries, delegates, and volunteers also will strike out to explore the city. My fellow Philadelphians are betting on it, too: Just about every arts and cultural organization in town has an event, exhibit, or performance planned. Here's a taste of what the city will have to offer.
NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
James H. Foster, 75, a longtime Germantown business owner turned publisher and political gadfly, died Sunday, July 17, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital following a stroke, according to his sister Suzanne Hynes. Up until last week, Mr. Foster, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor last year, was emailing reporters and editors unsolicited advice about stories dealing with the politicians and groups he took an interest in and wrote about over the years. A close observer of local politics and the use of taxpayer money, Mr. Foster was unafraid to offer his opinions through his newspapers, on the radio, or in lengthy chain emails.
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