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"They're here. They're serious. They'd like to talk," reads PW's cover story. And one's registered as a Democrat, another doesn't like the state's voter ID law, and the third guy opposed the effort to repeal Obamacare. Meet Philly's black GOP. [Philadelphia Weekly]
On the face of things, it feels just a little too easy to equate today’s Republican Party with a bunch of over-entitled frat boys. Sure, George W. Bush spent most of a decade doing his level best to seal the connection in our minds with his famed ability to keep even close associates in their place by giving them passive-aggressively bullying nicknames like “Turd Blossom,” and sure, it’s easy to look at campus organizations filled mostly with smug, privileged white guys and guess how they’ll end up voting, but still, it’s all just a little too easy, right? The cheapest
Back in July, the Philly Post broke the news that the city would host the country's (the world's, actually) first ever Republican Theater Festival, presented by 33-year old West Philadelphia theater artist Cara Blouin. Philadelphia Live Arts/Fringe founder Nick Stuccio asked, "Is she serious?" Her friends begged her to reconsider. Even Roger Ebert jumped in with some Twitter sarcasm: "At last! A theater festival with right wing plays."
The call went out on Sunday via the Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia's community listserv:And with that, 33-year old West Philadelphia theater artist and Forearmed Productions founder Cara Blouin created the Republican Theater Festival, the country's first-ever theater fest dedicated to producing plays that might make Ronald Reagan proud.
Forearmed Productions seeks one act plays for the Republican Theater Festival, November 2012, which aims to create a forum for a perspective not usually heard in theater. Forearmed will select 3 new one-act or 10 minute plays by living playwrights that represent ideas related to social or fiscal conservatism, issues considered part of the Republican Party, Libertarian or Tea Party platforms, or concerns of people of faith. Plays which have the ultimate aim of criticizing or satirizing conservative ideas will not be considered...
Last month, for the first time in recent memory, the chairman of the Philadelphia GOP issued a press release on a pressing public policy question: the citywide property reassessment known as the Actual Value Initiative.That might not seem like such a big deal. But given the timid, low-profile tradition of the city’s Republican Party, the move was heralded by some as signaling the arrival of a reinvented minority party, one that actually intends to challenge the city’s Democrats on the issues.
It’s the bottom of the ninth, you’re down a run, two outs and a man on second. Should he try to steal? Hell no. A single probably scores you, and getting thrown out ends the game. Simply stated, the risk outweighs the reward. But if, for whatever reason, the decision to steal is made, there’s only one rule: You damn well better make it. Fail, and you’re toast with the fans, the media and your teammates.For the political equivalent, look no further than Governor Tom Corbett’s bewildering decision in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Here, Philadelphia's five most notable political stories of 2011.1. The Mayoral Race That Wasn'tThe biggest Philadelphia political story of the year was the non-story of Mayor Nutter's re-election. Two years ago, remember, Nutter looked so vulnerable that a few actually thought he might be the first incumbent Philadelphia mayor to lose a re-election bid in the city's modern era. The city's seemingly endless budget crisis—and the service cuts and tax hikes those budget deficits led to—had sucked the air out of Nutter's first term in a hurry. His support was weak in the black community, and plenty of his allies were talking privately about how big a disappointment he'd turned out to be. But then the budget stabilized, Nutter patched up his relationships with some key players, and his critics lost their courage and decided to play it safe and not openly challenge an incumbent. You could say that Nutter skated because his would-be opponents and their backers were gutless (and you'd be partly right). But Nutter's pass was also due to some good behind-the-scenes maneuvering on the Mayor's part. He showed a deft political touch before the primary that had been lacking for too much of his first term. And so instead of a real campaign, we got the farce of Milton Street and Karen Brown.
Five lessons from the vote
Yesterday's Philadelphia election unfolded just about as expected. There weren't any competitive marquee races, and only one truly close contest. But like all elections, it still provided a snapshot of the city's political landscape, and it's worth zooming in on a few races.1. City CommissionersThe biggest story of the election was the contest for the obscure title of City Commissioner. There are three of them, two Democrats (usually) and one Republican. Last spring, Stephanie Singer—a former mathematics professor, of all things—beat out old-time Democratic ward leader and power broker Marge Tartaglione in the primary. But that was just a preview for Republican Al Schmidt's handy win last night over GOP incumbent Joseph Duda. That race was a proxy fight between the old Republican forces in the city, led by Michael Meehan, and an insurgent wing that wants the party to become a relevant political force again, and not just a small scale patronage machine. Schmidt won easily, meaning Meehan's long reign could be in real trouble.
Five things to watch on Nov. 8th
Outside of presidential years, general elections in Philadelphia are typically pretty dull. The city's all-powerful Democrats tend to sort things out during the May primary, making the November follow-up a fait accompli. That's mostly the case this time as well, but there are a handful of contests to watch, particularly in the minor leagues (i.e. the Philadelphia GOP).
Can he still win council seat?
A little more than four years ago, when the city's weak-kneed Republican machine was still thought to be firmly in the grip of Michael Meehan, a GOP City Council candidate named David Oh entered the stage and started doing things that were, for a Republican council candidate in this city, very, very strange. For one, he had ideas. Actual policy proposals. By the dozen, in fact. What's more, they were novel and interesting ones. He went out there and endorsed the creation of an arts and entertainment district where clubs and bars could stay open 24 hours a day. Philadelphia's future, he said, was as an international hub. He was out there proposing special free-trade zones, for crissakes.