Wednesday, April 06, 2005


Would anyone be interested in reading interviews of people in the Philadelphia political community? I'm thinking people who have been around a while-- maybe also some people often mentioned as candidates? People currently running for office? Long-time political operatives? Ward leaders? Currently elected officials?

Who would be on your short list?


At 11:04 AM, Blogger DanielUA said...

I think it is a good idea. A Young Philly Politics Interview Series.

Depending on how willing people were to answer real questions, in no particular order:

Johnny Doc
Jonathan Saidel
Pat Meehan (after the probe is over)
Lynne Abraham
Michael Nutter
Zach Stalberg

Potential, or announced Candidates:

Vern Anastasio
Sean Agnew
Seth Williams
Greg Paulmier
Sharif Street

I will think of others...

At 1:25 PM, Blogger ACM said...

I think it's a *great* idea, but it does indeed depend on whether they're willing to really be interviewed. I suspect that you could generate the right set of questions (far from true for the papers), but you'd have to put them in a careful order so that you didn't get cut off too soon.

Do you think you have the clout (or persistence) to make it happen? You go!

I guess, for my part, I'd be torn between hearing a bit from well-established folks (the Big Dogs) that don't tend to need to put up with interviews, and hearing a bit from the newer folks about their positions on a variety of issues that might distinguish progressives from, say, DLC Democrats. If there were real folks who held to some of the former (and seemed otherwise viable and rational), there's manpower and enthusiasm for getting behind some of them -- I can vouch for the interest of Neighborhood Networks, at least!

At 1:45 AM, Anonymous Matt said...

Maybe I'm alone in this, but I think it would be cool to have interviews not only with big-name folks, but also the local figures who make the system work (or fail to work), like ward leaders and election judges.

National events have made many people want to get more politically active, but it's often at the local level that we can make a real difference. I think that it would be cool if YPP opened up new possibilities of political action for its readers by discussing how the system works on that local level.

The challenge, of course, would be avoiding a boring civics lesson while still keeping it informative and cutting through the b.s.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Friedman said...

I like Matt's suggestion to go after the lesser-known, every day heroes who are doing great things for the City. These people will probably be more amenable to an interview from an activist group blog anyway.


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