Newsletter for Tuesday, Nov. 3
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
THE PROCRASTINATOR’S GUIDE TO THE ELECTION
Election Day is almost here. Five people are competing for mayor. At least three new people appear primed to get at-large seats on City Council. And statewide, the Supreme Court race is as important as it’s been in 300 years. So in other words, you better vote. Polls open Tuesday morning at 7 and close at 8 at night. And if you need a last-minute guide for the different candidates and races, we’ve got you covered. Here is Billy Penn‘s procrastinator’s guide to the 2015 election.
CHIP FATTAH’S TRIAL IS ALMOST OVER
Chaka Fattah Jr. has been acting as his own lawyer on federal bank and tax fraud charges, but he’s almost done. Fattah, the son of indicted Democratic Congressman Chaka Fattah, has been calling witnesses in his own defense, including former Governor and Mayor Ed Rendell, ex-mayor John Street, and others. Yesterday, per The Inquirer, he called to the stand former officials at two alternative schools of Delaware Valley, the for-profit company in which Fattah worked as chief operating officer. The judge in the case expects Fattah’s defense to end this morning, and closing arguments to conclude this afternoon.
The Billy Penn "I Voted" Happy Hour, sponsored by PA Working Families with generous support from Yards Brewery means if you show us your sticker or a selfie from the polls, we'll provide booze and pizza.
Where: Pipeline Philly at 30 S. 15th Street, 15 floor
When: November 3, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free (but RSVP, yo)
BILLY PENN LIKES
MATT WEINER TEACHES AT PENN
During the spring semester about 20 lucky Penn students will get to binge watch all seven seasons of Mad Men as part of this spring’s Kelly Writers House Fellows Seminar. On April 25 and 26, Matthew Weiner, the show’s creator and writer, will make two public appearances on campus, and discuss the show privately with the students. And it’s free to attend. Here’s how.
WHY YOU NEED TO CARE ABOUT THE JUDICIAL ELECTION TODAY
Yeah, it’s hard to get people jazzed about voting these days. It’s even harder to get voters to come to the polls to cast ballots for three people to fill open seats on the state Supreme Court. But it’s *super important*. Within the next three years, the state Supreme Court will see more turnover than ever before. Three seats are open now, and three more will become open by 2018. The last time three seats were open on the state Supreme Court in the same year, it was 1704 and the body was still called the Provincial Appellate Court. So pay attention to those names in the voting booth today.