Newsletter for Tuesday, Nov. 4
#PHLVotes: It’s Finally Time
It’s election day in Pennsylvania, so go do your democratic thing. Photo via Instagram user @kindajuell
PENNSYLVANIA’S NEXT GOVERNOR WILL BE TOM _______ (STAY TUNED)
It’s Election Day — the polls are open until 8 PM tonight. On the ballot: Wolf vs. Corbett for governor. Nate Silver says that one won’t be close, but after all those negative TV ads, that damn Jeep, the Sandusky fallout, the porny emails and everything else the Toms hath wrought… It’s time for some closure. Billy Penn worked with the Committee of 70 to build this handy pocket election guide, so bookmark it when you head into the booth today. Unsure who’s worth considering? As a public service, we translated the endorsements of Pennsylvania’s newspapers into emoji. You’re welcome.
HOW TO MOTIVATE MILLENNIALS TO VOTE: CALL, AND CALL, AND CALL
So millennials won’t vote, huh? Well, the folks at Young Involved Philly were pushing hard to prove that adage wrong last night. Billy Penn watched as YiP’s 20 volunteers (including Point Breeze developer and City Council hopeful Ori Feibush) worked the phones in Old City, pitching anyone who answered to vote in today’s election. As 24-year-old Reuben Wilson says, “Part of it is just recognizing that we live in a democratic system, and you may not love how it works, but not doing anything isn’t going to change anything.”
STREET MONEY 101: HOW CASH GETS OUT PHILLY’S VOTE, EVEN IN 2014
Phone banks are one way to motivate voters. But in grand Philly tradition, cash is king. Billy Penn’s Mark Dent has an explainer about street money, and how it will work today. (Things were touch and go on this front; Wolf refused to release the cash that the city’s Democratic ward leaders wanted; Ed Rendell kicked in some, and the city’s Democratic party found “private donors” for more.) If that sounds sketchy… it kind of is.
TO DO: WATCH INTERSTELLAR AT THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE
WHAT: Interstellar, the new sci-fi epic from director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception)
WHERE: The Franklin Institute’s IMAX theater
WHEN: 8 & 11 PM
HOW MUCH: $15; $12 for non-members
BILLY PENN LIKES
DATA VIZ PEOPLE, HERE’S YOUR CONTEST: MAKE PHILLY BETTER WITH DATA
OpenDataPhilly is looking for a few good ideas. With its new Visualization Contest, the site wants designers, data scientists, developers and anyone who enjoys exploring and visualizing open data to take a hack at what’s available, and generate something cool. The winner gets featured on OpenDataPhilly’s new site, slated for launch later this year.
POKER COMES TO PHILLY’S CASINOS: THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
The Philadelphia Business Journal goes inside SugarHouse Casino’s brand new poker room. Inside, you’ll find amenities including multiple smartphone chargers, an SMS-driven mobile reservation system and massages for players. But this is just an interim place for poker players; the 28-table, $2.9 million permanent room opens next year.