Newsletter for Thursday, Dec. 10
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Maybe on New Year’s Day, the car gets fancier? Photo via @emily_teel on Instagram.
PA HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE MAYBE TALKING BUDGET DEAL AGAIN
In Thursday’s edition of the soap opera that our required state spending plan has become, the recalcitrant Pennsylvania House Republicans who torpedoed a budget deal last weekend are maybe willing to talk again. This comes via the Harrisburg Patriot-News, which reported last night that House GOP leaders had “agreed to the general framework,” per Steve Miskin, spokesman for the House Republican Caucus. “We’re working together to get something that’s close to where that (framework deal) is, but we’d still like some tweaks, and we also need to finalize the revenue package.” Could we get a budget before Christmas? Don’t count it out — but don’t count on it, either.
TOOMEY OPPONENTS SLAM TRUMP FUNDRAISER: SENATOR ‘FULLY OWNS HATEFUL SPEECH’
The latest controversy enveloping Donald Trump won’t keep him away from one of Pennsylvania’s biggest political events of the year, or prevent campaign dollars from benefiting Republican Senator Pat Toomey. Trump is still scheduled to speak during a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Club luncheon Friday as part of the Pennsylvania Society in New York City, according to a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania GOP. Tickets for the luncheon range from $1,000 to $10,000, and Toomey is reportedly set to benefit. Here’s what Toomey’s opponents — and his campaign staff — have to say about the fundraiser, which is still on.
'Night Skies in the Observatory,' a chance to peep celestial objects in the night sky, including stars, planets, nebulae, maybe a galaxy or two. Includes a show in the Planetarium and a lecture.
Where: The Franklin Institute at 222 North 20th Street
When: December 10, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $5 for non-members, free for members
BILLY PENN LIKES
WHY TEMPLE U PUNTED ON A NEW STADIUM
Temple University’s board was going to discuss the $100 million football stadium it plans for North Philly at a packed meeting Tuesday. Instead, they’re scrambling to sit down with city leaders who apparently remain unconvinced the 40,000-seat structure is a good idea. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has publicly expressed that he’s not so hot on the structure Temple is planning for just a few blocks behind the Liacouras Center, likely pushing out a park and a recreational center. Here’s why it stalled, and what’s next for the project.
12 MUST-FOLLOW TWITTER ACCOUNTS FOR PHILLY WINTER SPORTS
Now that football season is winding down — and hopefully it’ll end later rather than sooner for the Eagles — it’s time to pay more attention to the winter sports. Philadelphia has the Sixers, the Flyers and college hoops. And within these sports, there are many good Twitter accounts worth following to stay updated on the news and, especially for the Sixers, the hilarity. Billy Penn presents, in alphabetical order, 12 must-follow accounts for the Philly winter sports season.