Newsletter for Monday, Jan. 4
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Potholes sure would be a lot prettier if we patched them up with these. via @voy_ographer on Instagram.
NEW YEAR, SAME OLD BUDGET ISSUES
Unless the Pennsylvania GOP resolved to fund schools (and pensions and social services) as part of its New Year’s resolution, 2016 looks the same as 2015, as far as the state budget goes. Gov. Tom Wolf held a press conference between Christmas and the new year to scold the Republican-led legislature and announce a line-item veto of the budget the lawmakers managed to produce. If you were too busy celebrating the holidays to pay attention to the latest episode in this six-month soap, there are two things you should know: Wolf released $23 billion in emergency spending that will keep schools, nonprofits and social services open and running. And this is how the line-item veto process works.
JIM KENNEY BECOMES MAYOR TODAY: WHERE HE STANDS
Today, a Mummer from South Philadelphia is sworn in as the city’s new mayor. Jim Kenney, the longtime councilman who’s branded himself as the guy who can bridge a gap between old and new Philadelphia, takes office today at the inauguration held at the Academy of Music. We rounded up where he stands on a bunch of issues, from pot to policing. Here’s how to get to know your new mayor. (Also, here’s a bunch of silly photos of him, because it’s good to giggle sometimes.)
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ICYMI, THE SUGARHILL GANG ON MAYOR NUTTER’S RAPS
During his time in office, Mayor Michael Nutter has rapped the Sugarhill Gang’s classic ‘Rapper’s Delight’ numerous times — at his inauguration, at the Welcome America festival on the Parkway, at a comedic fundraising event in Pittsburgh, pretty much all over. The first time he did it was a few hours after he got elected in November 2007, at a private party in the Walnut Room. How does the band feel about an elected leader performing their song? We asked them.
HOW SUSANNA FOO’S SON TALKED HER BACK TO PHILLY
When Gabe Foo was growing up in Philadelphia, he thought of the city as a scary place. He specifically remembers avoiding the 1700-block of Sansom, which was just up the street from his parents’ first restaurant — a business he had no desire to get into. But later this month, he and his celebrity chef mother, Susanna Foo, are opening a new restaurant in that very location. Here’s how he talked her into coming back to a culinary scene she once dominated.