Newsletter for Tuesday, July 26
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Michelle Obama speaks to the convention, from Billy Penn’s seats in the Wells Fargo Center; pic via our very own @mdent05 on Instagram.
DNC HANGOVER, TUESDAY MORNING EDITION: WHAT YOU MISSED LAST NIGHT
The night began with boos from Bernie supporters and ended with the man who finished as runner-up for the Democratic presidential nominee telling his fans to support Hillary Clinton. In between, Michelle Obama wowed the crowd with a passionate speech about opportunity in America and the need to make sure future generations have the same, and Sarah Silverman told the Bernie or Bust crowd they were being “ridiculous.” Billy Penn recaps the night inside the Wells Fargo and the day outside in Philly with the DNC Hangover.
THE MEDIA HATES THIS CONVENTION SO FAR
In the grand scheme of things, the comfort of media and a few thousand delegates isn’t Philadelphia’s biggest problem. But complaints about that walk, WiFi, terrible air conditioning in the media tent and Port-a-potties are affecting the perceptions of the city by the people who are going to be writing and broadcasting about the event to the world. As Mark Halperin, Bloomberg’s managing editor, put it, “reporters unhappy w/logistics are less likely to write positive stories. Philly is lovely but”… not so much. And they told us this before the media tent started leaking in a giant thunderstorm, and journalists were kept waiting to leave for more than an hour after it ended last night.
MAPPING WHERE DNC DELEGATES ARE STAYING AROUND PHILLY
Who decided that Texas delegates get to stay at the airport Marriott? And that delegates from Hawaii, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and West Virginia will sleep at the King of Prussia DoubleTree? The Democratic National Convention Committee, of course. Via an online form set up last year, each delegation ranked the hotels they’d like to stay at in order of preference. But there are more delegates than choice hotels to go around. Here’s where everyone ended up.
WHERE TO DRINK PAST 2 AM THIS WEEK
The option to extend bar hours past regular call-time during the Democratic National Convention was tucked into the Pa. state budget. To activate it, the DNC Host Committee paid the Liquor Control Board $5,000 for a “special” special events permit with no hour restrictions attached, and then solicited applications from bars that wanted to participate. If you’re planning to be out and about during the wee hours, here’s your list of possibles, in order of how highly we recommend stopping by.
The Humane League is hosting a panel with a slew of Pa. and NJ elected officials, who'll discuss ways legislation can help improve and protect the lives of all animals. Plant-based lunch will be served.
Where: 1905 Locust St. 19103 at Philadelphia City Institute Free Library
When: July 26, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
How much: Free with registration
BILLY PENN LIKES
5 PHILLY BARTENDERS’ CONVENTION-THEMED COCKTAILS
What do you get when you ask Philly’s bartenders to mix up DNC-inspired drinks? Jalapeño, raspberry sauce and something called “The Donkey Show.” Several bartenders were pumped to make spicy drinks, and “The Hillary Clinton” is mixed with bitters because it’s “finished with blood of her enemies.” These five summery drinks could be right for your next party, lounging at home, sipping as you watch the speeches or taking edge the off as the nation’s politics gives us another dumpster fire.
TOM WOLF LIKES HOT DOGS, SPECIFICALLY THE CART AT BROAD AND SANSOM
Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf and his wife Frances created their official guide for DNC visitors that includes top restaurants like Relish, Zahav, Ristorante La Buca, Zinc Bistro and Talula’s Garden. They were also sure to mention the hot dog cart at Broad and Sansom. Wolf has made his love of hot dogs known before, but apparently Eleni Grohimos’ Center City cart is tops. He’s not alone.