Newsletter for Monday, June 22
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Get stuck in traffic outside the stadiums last night? Probably because Paul McCartney was playing the Wells Fargo Center. Photo via @countfeed on Instagram.
10 DAYS BEFORE DEADLINE, NO BUDGET DEAL IN SIGHT
OK bear with us, we know it’s tough to start the week thinking about lawmakers fighting about numbers. But you need to know that Gov. Tom Wolf (Democrat) and the legislature (run by Republicans) are stuck. Wolf’s budget plan calls for tax increases, which Republicans loathe. But those (in part) provide more money for things like schools, Philadelphia’s in particular — and, Wolf contends, that’s why he got elected. So far, so normal. Usually these things get worked out in negotiations. But those talks have stalled, and it’s gotten so bad the Republicans are thinking of sending their own plan to Wolf, rather than bargaining with him over his proposal. Still, “people need to get it right,” a former Rendell aide told The Inquirer. “If they need a couple of extra weeks, or even a couple of extra months, I think that’s the better path.”
THE GOP HAS A PLAN FOR MILLENNIAL VOTES
How do Republicans lure millennial voters without talking about Ronald Reagan — since they weren’t alive when he was a thing? That was the first question raised Saturday morning at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference during a workshop with more than 100 attendees. The issue? How to reach millennial voters and get them engaged in not just politics (clearly a problem in itself) but in Republican politics. Four established young GOP women discussed at the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia how Republican candidates can meet millennials on their terms, and change the language they use when reaching out to young people without relying on social media advertising as their only crutch. Here’s five solutions they came up with.
TO DO: GET NERDY ABOUT LIVING IN THE CITY
WHAT: A discussion of the book ‘City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis,’ feat. people from the magazines n+1 and Next City
WHERE: The Free Library’s Central Branch, 19th & Vine
WHEN: 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
CAN THE POPE DRINK BEER? A BILLY PENN PROBE
Anyone visiting America’s best beer-drinking city would be remiss not to have a beer while they’re here, and that includes Pope Francis, who arrives September 26 for the World Meeting of Families. Whether or not His Holiness will actually sip suds is another question. We answered in two parts.
THE TROUBLE WITH RE-REPORTING ALICE GOFFMAN’S ‘ON THE RUN’
Author Alice Goffman had a rough few weeks, as critics bashed contradictions in her book “On the Run.” The academic did break ground with her fieldwork in West Philadelphia, writes Jeff Feeney for Billy Penn. But troubling inconsistencies exist in her story — and even more troubling statements about how her time with African-Americans led her to identify as black.