Former Mayor Street visits Temple DNC News

Above: Mayor John Street speaks with Tracy Yatsko of the Temple DNC News Bureau earlier this month. Photograph by Christina Klos for the Temple DNC News Bureau.

Former Philadelphia Mayor John Street met with the staff of the Temple DNC News Bureau last week to discuss the 2016 election cycle, his experience as a public official and his expectations for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. During Street’s first few months as mayor, the 2000 Republican National Convention was held in Philadelphia.

At “these conventions more than any other place you can go — with the possible exception of a state fair — you actually see who this country is, which you don’t see every day,” said Street. “Seeing delegates from Iowa and Florida are so different than what we see everyday here in Philadelphia.”

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Delegates share expectations for a different DNC in Philadelphia

Forty-eight years ago, Carol Williams witnessed the chaos and carnage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Her husband Pat Williams was then working to elect Hubert Humphrey as President of the United States.

“It was a convention never to be repeated again, on all levels. It was a disaster,” said Carol Williams.

Since that historic convention, Williams has been to several Democratic National Conventions, alongside her husband. She was a Hillary Clinton delegate in 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Williams and other Montana Clinton supporters knew that it was all but over for the former first lady, but they still took their vote to the convention and were excited to hear Clinton speak. But they knew that they would give their support to Barack Obama.

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Democratic delegates outraged over Mississippi minimum wage

As the 2016 Democratic National Convention gets closer, political leaders and delegates from all over the country are talking about the state of minimum wages. However, no state and its democratic leaders are more concerned than those from Mississippi. The Magnolia State is among those with the highest unemployment and lowest minimum wage.

“The economy will go into turmoil if Donald Trump is elected,” said Hattiesburg attorney Michael Adelman, a Bernie Sanders delegate from the 4th Congressional District.

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