Newsletter for Wednesday, June 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Philly through the Weave Bridge’s equivalent of a peephole (Instagram via @molety12).
PA POLITICIANS ARE ABOUT TO MODERNIZE OUR LIQUOR LAWS
Hey Pennsylvania, it could suck less to buy booze pretty soon. Our lawmakers compromised (gasp!) and the PA House held a surprise vote yesterday to approve bipartisan legislation that modernizes the liquor system. What’s that mean? Wine can be sold in grocery stores, and state stores can sell liquor on Sundays and holidays. Lawmakers in the House say Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, may sign the legislation into law; he’s said he’ll review it. This is what you’ll be able to do and what you still won’t be able to do now that Pennsylvania is on the verge of joining the 20th century when it comes to liquor laws.
A 1.5 CENT SODA TAX COULD BE ON ITS WAY; HOW WILL IT AFFECT NEIGHBORHOOD STORES?
City Council’s Committee of the Whole could vote to support a 1.5 cent soda tax as early as today (not the 3-cent tax originally proposed). Councilwoman Cindy Bass said yesterday Mayor Jim Kenney had the necessary nine votes from 17 Council members and added, “It looks like soda is the option people seem most comfortable with.”
A big question in the debate over the Philadelphia soda tax is how consumers can avoid the tax if they want to. It’s already been established that a soda tax would impact low-income consumers the most. It’s also accepted that areas in cities with higher percentages of wealthy residents have better access to healthy foods. But are there really so few options besides soda and sugary drinks in corner stores that it would be impossible for some consumers to avoid it?
The garden outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center is a great part of East Passyunk, and it needs funding help. Tickets include beer from Victory, PBC and Sixpoint, grilled street food by the POPE and dessert from Essen Bakery.
Where: Pub on Passyunk East at 1501 E. Passyunk Ave. 19147
When: June 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $25
BILLY PENN LIKES
CHUCK KLOSTERMAN ON PHILLIES FANS: ‘THE MOST HILARIOUS’
Tonight, Chuck Klosterman will speak at the Free Library about his latest book, But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past. It basically looks at knowledge we accept to be fact and questions whether we’ll do the same in the future, as well as who and what will be remembered hundreds of years from now. Billy Penn talked to Klosterman about his thoughts on the city, why he’s not here more often, and what it meant to grow up in the age of Mike Schmidt.
CHECKING PAT TOOMEY’S BEEF WITH OBAMA’S SUPREME COURT PICK
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey has doubts about Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland — particularly regarding a ruling that set free prisoners from Guantánamo Bay. Garland “authored an opinion that resulted in the release of 17 Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were part of a group of violent Islamist extremists the State Department had designated as terrorists,” Republican Toomey wrote in an April op-ed for PennLive titled, “Here’s why I’m opposing Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination.” But look closely: Toomey’s statement combines two court rulings, Garland’s and a later decision.