Get ready for a bruising campaign for governor. Last night, Pa. Sen. Scott Wagner, the York-native founder of a trash-collection company who's been called "the Pennsylvania Donald Trump," won the Republican nomination to face off against Gov. Tom Wolf in November. Both millionaires, the candidates have nearly opposite styles — Wagner brash and loud, Wolf measured and reasoned. However, Wolf's ticketmate will help step up the punch for the Dems. Unabashed populist John Fetterman emerged victorious in the primary for lieutenant governor, notching the first statewide nomination for the Braddock mayor after his failed bid for U.S. Senate last year. Joining Wagner on the GOP ticket will be Jeff Bartos, a biz exec who has never before held public office.
Neither of the woman candidates for governor (Laura Ellsworth, R) or lieutenant governor (Nina Ahmad, D) snagged a party nod last night, but Pennsylvania women — who ran in record numbers this year — fared better in the races for U.S. representative. Eight women (seven Dems and one GOP) scored the nomination to vie for the right to rep Pa. in D.C. this November, per Roll Call, Their chances of winning vary, but simply having this many females on the ballot greatly increases the possibility that the state's all-male, "boys' club" House delegation will be broken up next year. Was that double rainbow that appeared just as the polls closed a sign? PMN has details on the wins.
Pennsylvania is likely to be among the first states to implement sports betting after a U.S. Supreme Court decision lifted a federal ban on the practice Monday. There was already 2017 law on the books to allow it. But some area bookies aren't that worried about losing all their business to above-the-level sportsbooks just yet, Billy Penn found. It's that whopping 36 percent tax rate, which is nearly three times the average in other states that have or are trying to legalize. Industry experts think casino operators will put on pressure to lower the tariff, which may delay the whole process. Still, it's likely that when the Eagles return later this year, you'll legally be able to place a wager on the Super Bowl champs.
On Monday, as Mayor Kenney hosted the Philly Jewish Federation to raise Israel's flag at City Hall in celebration of the country's 70th year, a group gathered outside to peacefully protest the endorsement of the Israeli state. Yesterday, a protester went further. Ostensibly spurred to action by the deadly confrontations happening in the Middle East right now over the decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, a masked man took a spray gun to the Israeli flag that hangs along the Ben Franklin Parkway — where a Holocaust memorial is currently under construction. Police arrested him, and Kenney denounced the desecration, saying, "Hate and anti-Semitism have no place in the City of Philadelphia."
The Food Trust's ultra successful outdoor bazaar is heading to Burholme with a special guest: rapper Freeway, who'll perform live at 9 pm. Before that, he'll be hanging at the "Think Free" juice bar and music station, one of dozens of stands. Along with food and drink aplenty, look for caricatures, karaoke and dancing.
Where: Cottman & Rising Sun Avenues
When: May 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go