They went. They saw. They conquered.

The Philadelphia delegation of politicians, lobbyists, and government officials were quite the busy bunch at this weekend's Pennsylvania Society in New York City.

My colleagues and I had a roundup piece in Sunday's Inquirer, which touched on the various bits of news regarding state and city officials and upcoming races.

Here is a closer look at the news tidbits from the Philly delegation:

  • DNC 2016: Will Philly cinch the deal to host the Democratic National Committee in 2016? Philly is a finalist along with Brooklyn and Columbus. Former Gov. Ed Rendell, who is leading Philadelphia's bid effort, said the local planning committee has $3.6 million in the bank.

“They will get it back if we don’t get it,” Rendell said of the people who have donated money.

  • Mayor's race: Nelson Diaz added some buzz Friday by telling people he will announce his candidacy for mayor January 15. How did the other four declared candidates- Terry Gillen, Ken Trujillo, Lynne Abraham and state Sen. Anthony Williams - react? They all said they welcomed the competition.

  • Will he or won't he?: Council President Darrell L. Clarke, who is still seen as a potential mayoral candidate by many, held a fundraiser Saturday and continued to avoid declaring his intentions for 2016. Ken Trujillo also held a fundraiser Friday evening, which he says drew between 50 to 60 people. Perhaps more people would've donated if the knew what Clarke was doing, he said.

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