Newsletter for Thursday, Oct. 8
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Hi, Billy Penn, from the top of One Liberty to the top of Two; photo via @rlleung on Instagram.
FATTAH VOTERS SIZE UP BRIAN SIMS: ‘WHO IS HE?’
Will Chaka Fattah’s voters give Brian Sims a chance? Sims, the first openly gay candidate to win a state house seat, will challenge the indicted congressman on his home turf, Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District. Despite the negative headlines he’s attracted, the people in Fattah’s West Philly district know him. Fattah’s average margin of victory in a general election has hovered around an overwhelming 86 percent of the vote. When Billy Penn set out to ask whether they’d consider a challenger, the general consensus was “who is he?”
JIM KENNEY’S FIRST ELECTION WIN: ‘IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ME’
Vince Fumo had a clear goal in the 1991 Philadelphia municipal elections. In the past, the man described Philly’s foremost political power broker had advocated for candidates in multiple races, but for this year he really had one person he wanted to see elected: A young man named Jim Kenney. Here’s how that wound up happening.
Food trucks and more than 50 vendors will be out and about for Ye Shi Night Market, the first-ever event of its kind in Chinatown. The event also features live performances from the Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance group, the Philly China Breezy Band, DJ Ronnie D, Southbound A Cappella and more. Oh, and you can buy alcohol too.
Where: Chinatown at 10th Street from Arch to Vine; Race Street between 9th and 11th
When: October 8, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay-as-you-go
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JOHN STREET, UNCENSORED: ON NUTTER, KENNEY AND YOUNG VOTERS GETTING INVOLVED
John Street led Philadelphia as mayor from 2000 to 2008. He enacted the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, helped get abandoned cars off the street and was beloved by many people outside of Center City for his frequent visits into neighborhoods. He also had his office wiretapped by the FBI and was accused of having a corrupt administration. Now Street teaches at Temple University, just another anonymous professor to most students walking the campus, but a celebrity of sorts to the many employees who know and recognize him. Billy Penn sat down for a conversation with Street about the soon-to-be-former mayor, the Democratic nominee for mayor and a number of other topics.
TEMPLE, THE EAGLES AND THE LAW OF CONSERVATION OF FOOTBALL WINS
So much blame is being passed around for the Eagles’ 1-3 start. Chip Kelly, the man who traded away half the team in the offseason and coaches the remaining shards of it in a system called complex but not brilliant anymore, is receiving most of it. Sam Bradford, the quarterback whose most consistent quality has been turning the ball over at inopportune times, has seen his fair share of blame, too. In reality, the Eagles’ early season disappointment comes from a source far above them, one that goes beyond schemes and interceptions and offseason roster turnover. It comes from the Philadelphia law of conserving football victories.