Newsletter for Wednesday, April 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
CHAKA FATTAH IS OUT AND OTHER POLITICAL SHAKEUPS
Change is often rare in Philadelphia politics but not in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Primary. After representing Philadelphia for 22 years in Congress, Chaka Fattah — under indictment for alleged corruption — won’t return to office. State Rep. Dwight Evans defeated Fattah in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary yesterday, all but assuring his spot in Congress as the second congressional district is one of the most heavily Democratic in the country. At the state House level, Rep. Mark Cohen, who was first elected in 1974, lost to Jared Solomon. Another change? Philadelphia’s Traffic Court is officially gone. Voters did away with it through a ballot question.
KATIE MCGINTY TOPS SESTAK FOR SENATE, AIMS FOR TOOMEY AND TRUMP
It ended up being a smooth victory for Katie McGinty. After trailing Joe Sestak in polls earlier this year, she defeated him with a 10 percent margin (Braddock Mayor John Fetterman outperformed the polls by getting about 20 percent of the vote). And 30 minutes after McGinty won the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania, she was already railing on her November opponent Pat Toomey — and, naturally, Donald Trump. “Are you ready to beat Pat Toomey and Donald Trump?” she said to dozens of supporters in South Philly tonight, later hitting on “the Trump-Toomey ticket” and its “brand of bigotry.”
Look for the limited-edition "Super Fry Frickle Dog" (with cheese sauce and Thai basil jalapeno pickles; $3) and the special "Beer Nuts" concrete ($2), plus a variety of Brooklyn brews including new "American Ale." ALL proceeds go to the Schuylkill Banks.
Where: Garage at 1231 E. Passyunk Ave. 19147
When: April 27, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHY PHILLY IS THE CENTER OF THE PRETZEL UNIVERSE
It was back in 1983 that U.S. Rep. Bob Walker (R, Lancaster County) declared his favorite snack should have a commemorative day, or so goes the legend. In 2003, Governor Ed Rendell made it official, proclaiming that April 26 henceforth be known as National Pretzel Day. Nowadays, pretzel manufacturers all over the country celebrate the unofficial holiday with deals and giveaways. But to those who grew up in Philadelphia, soft pretzels are a way of life.
NOMINATE FOR WHO’S NEXT: CHEFS
The intent of Billy Penn’s “Who’s Next” series, presented by the Knight Foundation, is to highlight some of the most dynamic people working to shape our city every day. Our goal is to identify and track the next generation of leaders and influencers. Now, we’re looking for some of our city’s best under-40 chefs. To nominate someone for Billy Penn‘s Who’s Next: Chefs list, sponsored by Caviar, submit names here.