Newsletter for Tuesday, March 10
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The view down Broad Street. Photo via @carynkunkle on Instagram.
WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN FOR OFFICE IN PHILADELPHIA
Nominating petitions are due today for Philly’s mayoral candidates — one of several steps required to be a legitimate candidate and appear on the ballot. How many steps — eight? Twenty-six? It’s really hard to tell. The process is so complicated and unclear that — and we are not even making this up — the Ethics Board and the City Commissioners have been working together on exactly this kind of guide for candidates. Because even they don’t understand the ins and outs of the election process. As City Commissioner Al Schmidt pointed out, “It’s a very simple process. Once you’ve been through the process.” Which is why Billy Penn presents a guide to running for office in Philadelphia.
EDUCATION AND THE PHILLY MAYOR’S RACE: YOUR CHEAT SHEET
When you poll most Philadelphians, the issue they’re roundly concerned about is the education of the city’s children. And at a time when schools are deep in debt and the mayor is crowdsourcing which ones don’t have toilet paper, candidates for City Hall are capitalizing on the passion. So education is pretty much THE issue that could get the next mayor of Philadelphia elected, whether it’s because of a candidate’s polarizing views on the topic, or because they gained a coveted endorsement from the powerful Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and saw educators rally for them. Here’s how to keep track of who stands for what.
WHAT THE #PHL2015 CANDIDATES LOOK LIKE IN EMOJI
We emojis here at Billy Penn. You’ve seen us live-emoji-tweet everything from debates to Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration. And, as a public service, we felt like we’d add a little something to the 2015 race for mayor of Philadelphia. So we asked our fabulous designer, Jayna Wallace, to turn the candidates into their own emoji. Without further ado: The 2015 Mayoral Emoji.
TO DO: MEET LOCAL GROUPS THAT PIONEERED THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT
WHAT: “Framing the Forum on Women,” featuring representatives from the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, The Cosmopolitan Club, The Plastic Club, New Century Trust and the American Women’s Heritage Society.
WHERE: 1307 Locust Street
WHEN: 3:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $5 donation suggested
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SECRET PHILLY PLACES: THE WELLS FARGO SKYBOXES
Outside the Wells Fargo Center, a blue awning containing the letters V.I.P. juts out on the north side of the building. Many Flyers and Sixers fans walk by this location every game, but few of them get to walk through. The V.I.P. entrance is for people with tickets to one of the Wells Fargo Center’s 126 suites. Admission to the luxury suites doesn’t just mean you get to separate yourself from the rest of the plebes there watching hockey or basketball from the cheap seats. The perks go further than that. Luxury suite fans get specialty foods, private restrooms and the chance to meet famous people like Flyers great Bernie Parent or possibly even Will Smith at an exclusive Cigar Club. This is what it’s like to be a Flyers V.I.P.
INTRODUCING THE ULTIMATE PHILLY ATHLETE
We’ve found the winner. Thousands of votes later, we’ve eliminated everyone from Dr. J to Chase Utley, from Reggie White to Allen Iverson. The final round came down to a legend for the Flyers — Bobby Clarke — and Phillies icon Mike Schmidt. The votes are in. Here’s your winner.