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Pennsylvania still has ballot processing problem
Pennsylvania may not know who its next senator is on November election night. Why? The short answer: politics.
- Pa. Mail-in ballots still cannot be sorted in advance, unlike most other US states. Election officials can now start counting at 7 a.m. on Election Day, but warn that may not be enough time to avoid a delay.
Asha Prihar explains why the issue got bogged down.
A “beautiful and necessary” gathering of black poetesses
Philadelphia has a strong history of black women poets, from Sonia Sanchez to Ursula Rucker and beyond.
- Two of Philly’s recent Poet Laureates, Yolanda Wisher and Trapeta B. Mayson, created a Monument Lab project to recognize and cultivate this legacy. Called ConsenSIS, it peaked last weekend
Part listening session, part dance party — and all beautifully colorful — the gathering “allowed attendees to find joy,” writes Maya Arthur for Billy Penn.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- A look at where gubernatorial candidates Josh Shapiro and Doug Mastriano stand on changing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, which hasn’t budged since 2009. [WHYY]
- More than 2,000 nurses and other unionized workers at Temple University Hospital voted on Wednesday to allow a strike, but will remain on the job while negotiations continue. [6ABC]
- Wawa is closing two downtown stores – at 12th and Market and 19th and Market – citing “ongoing safety challenges.” That’s a 180 from where the convenience store brand stood three years ago, when it doubled down on Philly venues, including the large lighthouse next to the Independence Mall. [NBC10/BP x 2]
- Long the anchor of Philadelphia’s economy, eds and meds still underpin about 13% of all jobs in the region, according to a new report from the Philadelphia Fed. [Axios/Fed]
- Looking to get into real estate? Women and people of color interested in pursuing certification can request free training from ULI Philadelphia. The deadline is November 30. [ULI Phila]
- Joel Embiid is donating $1million to local youth charities as part of his new ‘In Memory of Arthur’ foundation, named after his younger brother, who died in a car accident in 2014 and namesake of the son of Embiid. [NBA/BP 2020]
The story you haven’t read
🌟 Highlight good articles that few people have clicked on 🌟
- More than half of registered Latino voters in Pennsylvania have never been contacted by a nonpartisan or partisan source for voter outreach, according to a recent poll. Why is this – and what are Philly-area counties doing about it?
Mayor Kenney brings election officials and religious leaders to City Hall for a press conference urging voters to participate in the November election (10:30 a.m.). Need to register? Do it here. Request a postal vote? Here is the link.
ON THE CALENDAR
📚 BP Quizzo is sponsored by Mighty Writers this month! Join us for a night of Philly trivia at Hawthornes in Bella Vista. Win prizes and take advantage of happy hour specials as we welcome the non-profit literacy association and its NEA Big Read program. RSVP to play Quizzo for free. (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19)
🎨 To wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month, artist Cesar Viveros live paints a mural at Sunflower Philly in Kensington, where there will be light bites and a chance to make sugar skulls. (12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16)