Newsletter for Friday, May 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Looks like those meddlin’ Scooby Doo kids are hanging around Philly right now; photo via @louiesolucky on Instagram.
TONY TV: WILLIAMS’ PAC BUYS ALMOST A MILLION BUCKS OF AIR TIME
You probably won’t be able to watch TV next week without seeing an ad supporting Tony Williams — or one bashing another candidate. That’s because American Cities, the PAC supporting Williams, has bought $940,000 worth of TV air time to saturate programming with political messaging, The Inquirer reports. That beats the amount of money Tom Knox spent in 2007. Why? Well, we *still* don’t have an independent poll that shows where the field lies at this point, 11 days from the election. But with internal polls showing Williams down 9 percent, a change was apparently called for. So we saw the campaign’s first negative ad, we saw Williams say he’d fire Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, and now we’ll see a whole bunch of somethin’ on the air next week. But money doesn’t always buy the Philadelphia mayoral race. Tom Knox broke the spending record last time, and watched a guy named Michael Nutter take the prize instead.
UPLOAD A VIDEO ABOUT VOTING, CHEF JOSE GARCES MIGHT MAKE YOU DINNER
We love it when politics get weird. How weird? Ed Rendell taking you to the gym weird. Councilman Bobby Henon (running unopposed) just launched his nonpartisan GOTV campaign and the prizes are pretty ridiculous. Including, yes, dinner made just for you by Garces. Create a 15-second video about why voting is important, and stick it on social media using #IVotePhilly for a chance to win one hell of a prize. And look for this informational video on a screen near you. Bonus: Billy Penn will help judge the videos to decide the winners. And judge we will 🙂
INDEGO SEATS ARE SLIPPERY, BUT THEY’RE ON IT
Since Indego’s relatively successful launch on April 23, we’ve heard the same complaints a number of times about the bikes: The seats are slippery. Indego officials told Billy Penn they’ve heard the complaints about the seats on the bikes and are moving to fix them within the “next few weeks.” Spokesman Andrew Stober said Bike Share leaders have fielded complaints at the customer service line about the seats shifting around a bit. He said the team’s mechanics have looked at the bikes and nailed down the problem. From here, they’re working with the manufacturer and implementing a process to make adjustments to the seats in the next few weeks.
TO DO: AN ’80S PROM LIKE YOU ALWAYS WANTED
WHAT: The N3rd Street Prom
WHERE: The Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
WHEN: 8-11:30 PM, Saturday, May 9
HOW MUCH: $15 online, $20 at the door
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HOUSE WILLIAMS, HOUSE STREET: A GAME OF PHILLY THRONES
Whether it’s the Rizzos or the Cohens or the Goodes, Philadelphia figures use their family influence to boost their own political clout, in a similar way as Game of Thrones’ Lannisters and Starks and Targaryens. They are the longtime keepers of Philadelphia, warring against each other at times and maintaining a grip on the city. There are obviously more than this small sample — and more areas of power than politics — but hey, we needed to start somewhere. So meet some of the families that have gained political clout in Philly politics.
‘LIVE FROM PHILADELPHIA’ SHOOTS ARE DONE HERE
When you see mayors or researchers or pundits from Philadelphia perched in a chair while on live, national television, they’re often depicted in front of a picturesque view of the city showing its vast skyscrapers and old structures. But as you may have guessed, those guests aren’t sitting on the edge of the South Street bridge overlooking the city. They’re in a tiny room on the second floor of a building down a Center City alleyway with a screen behind them that can change based on who is front of it or what they want to be shown. We went inside the offices for a look around.