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Last week, I had the privilege of announcing that Philadelphia will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The convention is our opportunity to present the clear contrast between the Democratic and Republican Parties. And there is no better place for Democrats to make our case in 2016 than Philadelphia.


Opinion: Chris Matthews: The 2016 Democratic National Convention belongs in Philadelphia

By Chris Matthews

The writer is host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC.

I will never forget the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. Working as a busboy in nearby Ocean City, I managed to worm my way into a big fundraiser at the Shelburne Hotel. There I shook hands with some of the political stars of the day: Henry “Scoop” Jackson, Hubert Humphrey, Adlai Stevenson and the Minnesota senator who would become my anti-Vietnam War hero, Eugene McCarthy.


Walsh announces bid for judge

Joe Walsh, an Erie lawyer who has handled cases ranging from divorce to the death penalty, announced his candidacy for Erie County judge last Thursday at Erie Maennerchor. See more about Joe Walsh for Judge at his campaign's website at

Walsh, 56, said the community has "a very important decision to make in the May 19 primary" -- who to succeed Erie County Judges Shad Connelly and Ernest J. DiSantis Jr., who will retire with nearly 50 years combined experience.


PA Democratic Party Welcomes Democratic Congressional Members To Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party welcomes the Democratic Members of Congress to Philadelphia this week for their retreat. With a decision regarding the location of the 2016 Democratic National Convention coming from the DNC within just a few weeks, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party encourages the Caucus members to take this opportunity to experience the many wonderful amenities that the City of Philadelphia has to offer.

President Obama and Vice President Biden will address the Democratic Congressional Caucus later in the week.


Toy Donation to Bethesda Trinity Center

Toys donated at the Erie County Democratic Party's Holiday Party were enjoyed by Children at the Bethesda Trinity Center for Christmas, 2014.


Study in Contrast: President Obama vs GOP Governors

Today the Department of Labor announced 288,000 new private sector jobs were created in June and the national unemployment rate dropped to 6.1%, the lowest since September 2008. This announcement marks 52 months of consecutive job growth, 5 months where at least 200,000 jobs were created, a decrease in the long term unemployed and more clear points that the President’s economic policies are working.

But as the national unemployment rate continues to drop and more jobs are created, states with Republican governors are lagging behind the rest.


Your Go-To Guide for GOP Governors' Scandals

With yesterday's  news that Governor John Kasich has been subpoenaed to testify in a donor's trial and the front-page New York Times story on Chris Christie's latest legal headaches, it's getting hard to keep up with all the GOP governors' scandals. Here's a quick guide with the latest:



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