While you were gone: A recap of the mayoral-campaign weekend

 Are you willing to pay more for your car registration to help fill potholes on Philly streets? (AP Photo, file)

Are you willing to pay more for your car registration to help fill potholes on Philly streets? (AP Photo, file)

Wondering what’s been going on with the mayoral (and other) campaign(s) since you walked away from your computer on Friday? We got you covered.

Let’s check out a few stories that have run here, and via other media outlets, in the past few days.

What we’re linking

— Now that Philadelphia’s Democratic and Republican candidates for mayor have submitted their nominating petitions, the seven hopefuls will begin scrutinizing the signatures collected by their rivals, looking for some flaw that could mean being bounced from the ballot. WHYY’s Katie Colaneri talks with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller about what to expect in the next few weeks.

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— ICYMI: WHYY’s Tom MacDonald goes Behind the Scenes with the vintage Horn and Hardart’s coffee can that plays an important role in Philadelphia’s election process.

— Raise auto-registration fees to fill potholes? “To create a dedicated funding source for street paving, sweeping and maintenance, we can increase the automobile registration fee by $5 as permitted by Pennsylvania law. Again, a little extra effort will have a visible impact on the quality of our lives,” said mayoral candidate Anthony Williams at Friday’s “Citizens Pothole Patrol” on the 2100 block of Pine St. The Inquirer has more.

From the Inquirer: “Today, LGBT voters are seen as a key bloc of politically minded, progressive supporters who are expected to turn out – particularly this year, when two openly gay candidates are running for City Council. Kenney picked up major LGBT endorsements on Friday.”

The Next Mayor (along with the Inquirer‘s Kristen Graham) says the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will endorse James Kenney for mayor today.

— Also happening today, candidate Milton Street will hold an 11 a.m. press conference, Delaware Ave. and Spring Garden St., “deal with the party affiliation issue.”

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