Martin’s potato buns x Mastriano; Visit Philly has a new CEO; Another early close to the Sixers playoffs | Morning overview

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Some Philadelphia restaurants are dropping Martin’s potato buns after discovering that the family is a strong supporter of government candidate Doug Mastriano.

  • Patriarch Jim Martin gave $110k to state senatorwho rose to prominence as a Trump-supporting election denier and was subpoenaed by Congress for his role on Jan. 6, 2021.

Mastriano is currently the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, and Martin’s is by far his biggest donation, reports Lizzy McLellan Ravitch.

The Sixers couldn’t muster enough energy in the final game of their season and lost to Miami for one more second-round playoff exit.

The 7-foot center had its best year, but Philly couldn’t win. How much does Coach Doc Rivers cost? “I think I’m doing a great job,” he told media after the loss.

Whether you’re filling out your ballot or preparing for the May 17 polls, the Billy Penn Procrastinator’s Guide is your Election Day cheat sheet. (Stay tuned for our Spanish version this weekend.)

Do you want to return your ballot? Here is a map of drop boxes around Philly.

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  • Dad. Senate President Jake Corman ended his run for governor and backed Lou Barletta in the primary as the Republican establishment worries about Mastriano’s eligibility in November. [NBC10/AP]
  • Where did Pennsylvania’s top candidates for the US Senate get money for their campaigns? Some are largely self-funded (McCormick, Oz), some rely on PACs (Lamb, Barnette), while others have tapped into small-dollar donors (Fetterman, Kenyatta). [WHYY]
  • While the city budget hearings this week focused on Philadelphia’s prison system, dozens of people gathered outside City Hall to protest conditions in the city’s prisons, which have a death rate 77% higher than the national average. [KYW]
  • Visit Philly has named Angela Val as its new president and CEO. Val, who has worked for the tourism organization for 17 years, is the first black woman to hold the position. [Visit Philly/Tribune$]
  • In 1981 Stephen Dansiger took what he believed to be a year off from Penn. Thirty-nine years later, after working as a drummer, author and therapist, he will finally graduate. [Daily Pennsylvanian]
  • Everyone greets the designated batter coming to the National League: Phillies slugger Bryce Harper has an elbow injury that keeps him from throwing for a month, but he will still serve as DH during that time. [@byalexcoffey/NBC Sports Philly]

The Dad Vail Regatta is back in full force this year, with the nation’s largest collegiate rowing event racing down the Schuylkill on Friday and Saturday. Mayor Kenney kicks things off with morning remarks on Kelly Drive (9am).

May BP Quizzo Night: Our monthly trivia event about all things Philly lands at the home of Fishtown Iced Teas. Hosts Danya and Sakeenah kick it off on the Interstate Drafthouse’s new patio, so start assembling a team. Registration is free. (6.30pm to 8.30pm Wednesday 18 May).

👱‍♀️ Punch Line Philly’s Big Wig Drag Brunch takes on Britney Spears this weekend, so expect plenty of throwback lip syncs, schoolgirl costumes and choreography. General admission tickets are $40. (12 noon Saturday, May 14)

🥨 A vegan, gluten-free, and allergen-sensitive food festival takes over Society Hill’s Old Pine community center, which includes a stacked array of arepas, chocolates, and vegan jerky. Admission is free. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday 15 May)

🏛️ The Center for Emerging Visual Artists hosts its annual fundraiser and ‘Art in the Open’ preview in the pavilion outside the Fairmount Water Works. Tickets start at $150. (6pm-9pm Monday, May 16)

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