Election week is over and just about everything happened as expected. The mayor is still a Democrat. The Republicans got their two normal spots on at-large City Council. Elsewhere in the city, a the son of a famous politician got convicted on fraud charges. Billy Penn recaps those stories and more and pairs them with music as part of the weekly #BillyPennPlaylist.
Philadelphia has a new mayor, and his name is Jim Kenney. The result wasn’t surprising, but it’s over. He already picked his transition team and appointments for his administration will likely start trickling out over the next few weeks.
“Move Bitch” Ludacris
Kenney celebrated his first day as mayor-elect by going to a local school. He was NOT the boss in this classroom, though.
“Hair,” The Cowsills
Milton Street held an informal press conference Thursday to explain why the press conference he plans to hold about the porny emails scandal will be postponed until Tuesday. And unlike the dome he sported during the primary, he had hair. A lot of hair.
“Jim Kenney is a good guy. He’ll do a good job as mayor or die trying,” says Milton Street. pic.twitter.com/x6B8zmWlbV
— Brian P. Hickey (@BrianPHickey) November 5, 2015
“Folsom Prison Blues,” Johnny Cash
Chaka Fattah Jr. was found guilty Thursday on 22 counts of fraud. He could be seeing prison time, but he’s not acting worried about. Afterwards, he remarked that no attorney thinks the conviction will be upheld after appeal.
“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” Florence + The Machine
In what was one of the biggest races in recent history, the Supreme Court turned blue. The three Democrats elected as Supreme Court justices should give the Dems an advantage concerning matters like booze, guns, pot, redistricting and beyond.
“At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used to Be),” Fun.
Turnout for the election Tuesday, at about 26 percent, was pretty depressing all things considered. But it could’ve been worse. Turnout was 20 percent in 2011 and is generally much worse in other big cities.
“Dirty Little Secret,” All-American Rejects
Melissa Murray Bailey made an interesting decision with election night party. She kept its location a big secret. Did anyone go? Seriously. What happened there?
Melissa Murray Bailey is having a SECRET ELECTION PARTY you guys https://t.co/a4xYOXIdqL
— Billy Penn (@billy_penn) November 3, 2015
“Fiesta – Remix,” R. Kelly
One more Chip Fattah mention because of the fact that there were so many mentions of Fiesta Pizza at his trial this week. The prosecutors mentioned the pizza place twice in their closing arguments and Fattah mentioned it three times. Turns out, the pizza’s not all that good, though.