2 years

Well, this "relationship" is now just about my longest.

Two years ago today, Young Philly Politics began. We have seen our "prominence" rise over that time. But I hope in the end we have done a reasonably good job of maintaining a little focus: getting young, and young at heart progressives interested in, and organized around Philly, Delaware Valley, and Pennsylvania politics.

On a personal level, the debates I have had on this site have greatly increased my depth of understanding of Philly politics. So, to all of you out there positively contributing, especially those with concrete ideas and policies that will improve our City for all of its citizens: Thank you.

I have said this before, but I will say it again directly to our target audience, however many of you there are: While we enjoy having the "big shots" on our little blog- we are aimed first and foremost at young (whether that is age or state of mind) progressives. So, if you are one of those people and you are interested, get involved. We need you on here, and we need you working to bring this City and State towards a progressive future.

Thanks, as always, for logging on.

disclosure requirement


Could you clarify when a poster on this blog needs to declare a connection with a candidate. When does disclosure requirement kick in? When someone makes a small contribution? Or helps organize a house party?




We are not the FEC, so, no, you don't need to reveal that you donated money. But, both with volunteers and contributors-- lets just call them active supporters- it is important to note that as I said in that link, disclosing your support is putting your money where your mouth is, and makes you more credible, not less.

(Not that you would do this- but- what will get you booted, if it comes out, is someone who is an active supporter who tries to pretend otherwise to score some points. So, for example, if you gave 100 bucks to Vern, and are volunteering for him, dont come on and write that you just had an epiphany, and goshdarnit it, you are supporting Vern!)

Basically, we are a community. And to be able to interact with each other, we have to know where we are all coming from.


Daniel writes: "Basically, we are a community. And to be able to interact with each other, we have to know where we are all coming from."

Okay, I guess I better make a disclosure, especially since I blog under my real name.

I am just a minor league volunteer and small time contributor to a mayoral campaign, but would not want anyone to see my failure to disclose as a reflection on my organization, Phila NOW.

First, Phila NOW has decided to stay out of the mayor’s race. Our members are divided, with our active members supporting Nutter, Fattah, and Evans; I expect some of our general membership would have supported Saidel if he had stayed in the race.

I had intended to stay out of the mayor’s race because I didn’t want anyone to make the mistake of equating my support for the support of Philadelphia NOW. (I am president of Philadelphia NOW.)

It all started when one of my neighbors invited me to his fundraiser for Michael Nutter. As I am a committeeperson, my neighbor wanted me to attend. So I went, and was very impressed by Nutter’s presentation. Despite my intentions to stay out of this, I couldn’t help myself. I wrote a check.

Contrary to what I have heard from some of my friends on the left, Nutter’s positions on economic development/ job creation were not the simplistic, “tax cuts solve all problems” approach. Rather, he placed tax cuts in the context of an overall economic development strategy.

Then when my co-committeeperson asked me if I would help him organize a fundraiser for Nutter, I couldn’t say no. On so many issues I care about—-campaign finance reform, ethics board, smoking ban, support for the libraries—-Nutter has led the good fight.

So despite my best intentions to stay neutral, here I am involved in a campaign. I was dreading calling some of my NOW sisters who are very committed to other candidates and telling them that I was supporting Nutter. To my great relief, they were all perfectly gracious about this, saying that we each need to do what we think is right and respect each other’s decisions.

Like Phila NOW, the progressive community must agree to disagree re. the mayor’s race and not try to demonize each other’s choices. So far that seems to be happening. As one of our members said at our last meeting: “We have many strong, qualified candidates. Let’s accept that we will disagree about who is most qualified and not beat each other up about our choices.”

I believe that the progressive community can come together on at least some council races, judicial races. That’s where we should put our collective energy.


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