While you were gone: Voter-registration deadline, millennials, racial math and more
Wondering what’s been going on with the mayoral campaign 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. (And one that’s coming up.)
1 thing to do right now if you’re not registered to vote
Today is the deadline to register to vote in the May 19 primary elections. Our good friends over at the Committee of Seventy have all the info you need to get that process going which, if you’re reading this, you probably needn’t worry about, but it’s our civic responsibility to remind you anyway.
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— On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement will host its “Future of Affordable Housing” candidates forum at the Crystal Tea Room (100 E. Penn Square). Seven candidates have confirmed their attendance at an event during which they’ll be asked “what they plan to do about the lack of affordable housing, high mortgage foreclosures, declining homeownership, ending homelessness, increasing public housing, real estate tax reform and sustainable neighborhood development.”
— NinetyNine has a sit-down scheduled with state Rep. Dwight Evans to discuss, among other things, the fallout from his contingent’s endorsement of mayoral candidate Jim Kenney.
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— Money quotes from mayoral candidates at Friday’s Hospitality and Tourism forum (NinetyNine): Each declared mayoral candidate not named Milton Street gathered at the Independence Visitor Center on Friday morning for the Forum on Hospitality and Tourism. Among the “travel-industry agenda” issues asked about was attracting more visitors to the city (and overall promotion), outsiders’ perceptions of Philadelphia, tax plans, the region’s selling points, cabs vs. Uber and Lyft, labor conflicts at the Convention Center and the impact of aggressive panhandling on tourism.
— A roundup of NewsWorks’ ‘Leading Questions’ election special: Did you catch our election special last Friday? No? Well, check it out via this link then!
— Liberty City endorses Kenney and slate of council candidates (The Next Mayor/Inquirer): The Liberty City Democratic Club is endorsing Jim Kenney in the race for mayor. Liberty City, a political advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, “overwhelmingly” voted to support Kenney because of his work on LGBT issues while on City Council, said executive director Sara Jacobson in a release.
— Introducing the Philadelphia Mayoral-Race Endorsement Tracker [regularly updated] (NinetyNine): Several updates included in our endorsement tracker.
— Millennials don’t seem to care about mayor’s race (The Next Mayor/Inquirer): Philadelphia’s millennials — generally those young adults born after 1980 — apparently don’t have much interest in voting. Data analyzed by the Next Mayor, a reporting project on the coming primary, shows that 40 percent to 70 percent of the city’s eligible young voters have not voted in the last five years. Several young adults, ages 20 to 34, questioned Friday said they were registered to vote — all as Democrats — but do not know about or have not paid attention to the city elections just a month away.
— How Philadelphia’s Fuzzy Racial Math Could Tip the Mayoral Election (Citified): The role of race in local politics — which, let’s face it, never remotely went away — has moved to the center ring of Philadelphia’s latest mayoral election.
— Is Sexism Hurting Lynne Abraham? (Citified): During an interview with Citified, Lynne Abraham argued that the news coverage of her collapse was amplified because she is a woman. Does Abraham have a point?
— Mayoral Q&A: Schools, Part 1: Financing (The Next Mayor/Inquirer): The Inquirer Editorial Board posed seven questions on the issues that will face the city’s next mayor. The first installment: What measures would you support to increase the city’s share of funding for its School District? Mayor Nutter’s real estate tax increase? Payment in lieu of taxes from currently exempt nonprofit education and health-care institutions? Others?
— The $103M question: How to fund the schools? (The Next Mayor/Inquirer): They want to fund the city’s schools, yet every mayoral candidate bashes Mayor Nutter’s solution: a property-tax increase. Nutter, in turn, calls their ideas “bogus,” from suing the state over school aid (Lynne Abraham), to asking private funders to chip in (Anthony Hardy Williams), to capitalizing on the liquor tax by keeping bars open later (Nelson Diaz, Doug Oliver).
— Candidates for Philly public office have many ties to Penn (Daily Pennsylvanian): Among the slew of candidates for elected office are a group of Penn graduates and affiliates. The Daily Pennsylvanian takes a look at who bleeds red and blue in this May’s primary.
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