Newsletter for Thursday, March 3
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New Mormon Temple at 16th & Vine is just about done; photo via @steveweinik on Instagram.
JIM KENNEY’S SODA TAX AND THE FUTURE OF PHILLY EDUCATION
Jim Kenney’s goals for educating Philly’s children rest almost entirely on his proposed soda tax, pinning a campaign promise on what would be by far the largest city in the country to enact such a measure. Kenney is set to unveil his first budget to City Council today and he’s expected to announce that major initiatives he campaigned on — increasing access to pre-kindergarten, reducing the wage tax, establishing community schools and investing in rebuilding neighborhood centers — completely hinge on City Council agreeing to a three-cent-per-ounce sugary drinks tax. Here’s what you can expect when he steps up to the mic.
WILL THE POST-GAZETTE ENDORSE DONALD TRUMP?
Some journalists in the newsroom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette are worried: A rumor is making the rounds that the paper and its sister publication, The Toledo Blade, are considering an endorsement of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump — which would make the publications the first major newspapers to throw their weight behind the controversial insurgent candidate. Here’s what we know about what the big daily paper from across the state is thinking.
Explore the Penn Museum's Egypt Gallery during this after-work happy hour. Admission price gets 21+ guests a free drink.
Where: Penn Museum at 3260 South St. 19104
When: March 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $9
BILLY PENN LIKES
JOE SESTAK VS. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Joe Sestak is the last guy leaders of the Pennsylvania and national Democratic Party want to see win their primary for U.S. Senate next month. Party brass has cost him endorsements and financial backing given to his opponent Katie McGinty. But many of his supporters believe the lack of love gives him the greatest chance to win. This has been an election season in which Bernie Sanders has raised eyebrows as he raises surprising amounts of money, and Donald Trump confounds his party’s elite by dominating polls in the Republican race. Here’s why he’s still running, and thinking he’ll win.
CHAKA FATTAH SPEAKS: ‘I’M AS INNOCENT AS YOU’
Congressman Chaka Fattah is a member of the Democratic political establishment in both Philadelphia and Washington. If he’s re-elected, he says he’ll probably take over as the Democratic chairman of the Committee on Appropriations in the House. By Fattah’s own assessment, he could soon hold the purse strings of a nation in his hands. But he’s facing 29 federal counts of corruption. And that’s why Fattah is in the thick of his most contested congressional race since he first won the seat in 1994. In a rare interview, Fattah talked to Billy Penn about the charges, and how long he hopes to serve in Congress.