Newsletter for Monday, Jan. 26
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
West Philly: Looking fabulous, ready for snow. Photo via Instagram user @emilyvish.
MAYOR’S RACE: KENNEY MAYBE IN, LYNNE HEARTS PETS
It’s been a few days, so let Billy Penn catch you up on what you might have missed in the race for Philly mayor: Councilman Jim Kenney is probably running. Buuuut he won’t say so, because once he does, he needs to resign his council seat. And Kenney referred calls Friday to one of ex-candidate Ken Trujillo’s staffers. That led to speculation that Trujillo’s staff (and, more importantly, campaign cash) would flow Kenney’s way. But maybe Trujillo’s having second thoughts — he told the Daily News yesterday he wasn’t sure which candidate to support. In the face of all this politicking, Lynne Abraham’s campaign decided to release a hard-hitting video … touting, uh, the support she’s getting from animal lovers. Yeah, we don’t get it either.
NUTTER: ORI FEIBUSH A ‘LITTLE JERK WITH BIG CHECKBOOK’
Whoa — Mayor Michael Nutter, campaigning for incumbent Philly City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, had some harsh words for Johnson’s opponent. “We’re not going to let some little jerk with a big checkbook come in and buy this election.” The target of the mayor’s ire? Developer Ori Feibush, who’s pledged $250,000 of his own money to win Johnson’s seat on the council. As Philly Mag’s Patrick Kerkstra explains, the reason why is probably less Feibush’s personality, and more a case of trying to protect an incumbent who’s facing a very well-funded, outside-the-political-machine (and therefore uncontrollable) candidate.
TO DO: QUIZZO WITH JOHNNY GOODTIMES
WHAT: Quizzo, for prizes like rounds of free beer, dining certificates or concert tickets
WHERE: The North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar Street
WHEN: 7 PM
HOW MUCH: Free BUT you should buy at least one drink.
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BAD WEATHER COMING? 12 MUST-FOLLOWS ON TWITTER
Crossing Broad’s Kyle Scott has performed a public service: He’s listed a bunch of the area’s best, least-hyperbolic, most-helpful weather sources on twitter in one easy-to-follow list. If you watch too much TV, Scott notes, you’ll see “slightly outdated oversimplifications of more granular predictions.” The answer? Social media.
7 EXAMPLES OF OLDE PHILLY WEIRDNESS
Philadelphia is turning 333 this year. In those 333 years, we’ve managed to maintain the same high level of quirky character. We’ve been here to document governmental, industrial and civil revolutions – and through it all, Philadelphians have always made their voices heard. All it takes is a simple surf through digital stacks to realize that Philadelphia might never stop producing novelty Americana – whether the year is 1682 or 2015.