Newsletter for Monday, April 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Yesterday’s sunset was fairly epic. Photo via @mesworthy on Instagram.
IS JIM KENNEY LEADING IN THE MAYOR’S RACE?
Two polls show Jim Kenney leading the field of Democratic mayoral candidates, according to the Inquirer. The polls are connected to the Kenney campaign — one done by the campaign itself, and another by a PAC supporting him. But hey, it’s not like anyone in town is paying for an unbiased one — so let’s just go with this thing. Now there’s still a large chunk of undecideds in both surveys (17 percent and 19 percent), which will obviously be the focus of all the candidates over the next few weeks. But it appears to show the former City Councilman with momentum. He’s nine points ahead of Anthony Hardy Williams, and Lynne Abraham has 18 percent of the vote so far. (The other candidates are pulling single digits, according to the polls.)
GUEST COLUMN: WHAT REALLY KILLED COMCAST’S TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL
Cheers seems to be coming from everywhere regarding the collapse of the merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Frank Eliason, the company’s former Director of Customer Service, isn’t cheering. There’s a big reason this merger stopped, he writes in his guest column: Comcast’s frustrated customers finally had a chance to be heard.
TO DO: SCIENCE-Y QUIZZO
WHAT: Science on Tap! Chemistry, anatomy, Star Trek, natural history, Harry Potter plus beer
WHERE: National Mechanics, 22 South 3rd Street
WHEN: 6 PM
HOW MUCH: Free for the event; you’ve got to buy the beer
BILLY PENN LIKES
PHILLY’S CIGARETTE TAX: HOW MUCH CITY SCHOOLS HAVE EARNED SO FAR
A $2-per-pack cigarette tax to benefit Philadelphia schools began in the city in October. Mayor Michael Nutter proposed the cigarette tax — it had to be passed through the state legislature with the backing of Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams — and, at the time, his office estimated the new tax could bring in $83 million to the school district in its first year if implemented by July 1st at the beginning of the fiscal year. But everybody fought about it, so it came later. Here’s how much has been generated so far.
THE BIG PHILLY LIST OF ALL THE PHILLY LISTS
People on the Internet love to click the lists. And it looked like Philadelphia reached Peak List earlier this month when the Huffington Post ranked the 16 cities most likely to end up on lists. Philly came in at 13th, prized for its food, skyline, singles and hotels. Knowing how often we come up on these things, we thought we’d wrangle the most notable among them into one place. So Billy Penn went through 16 categories often seen on rankings of cities and compared Philadelphia to the other nine biggest cities in the United States, plus our neighbors Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The verdict? See for yourself.