Ballot processing battle; Pennsylvania’s stagnant minimum wage; Wawa to close downtown stores | Morning overview


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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.

Emma Lee / WHY

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.

Ride the electric slide as part of The Score, an evening of listening and ConsenSIS celebration at Johnson House Historic Site in Germantown
Tieshka Smith for ConsenSIS PHL

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

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  • 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.


📚 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)


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