Don’t let rain in today’s forecast dissuade you. Temperatures will reach the 80s and serve as the jump-off to what looks to be a beautiful week.
The Pennsylvania primary election is tomorrow. Today, we’re looking at the five biggest takeaways ahead of the election, not just regarding the candidates, but the reverb it could have on politics within the commonwealth.
Also, our columnist Helen Ubinas speaks with Philadelphians who reflect on abortions — people who she says are the forgotten voices of a federal suggestion to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Welcome to Monday.
From the support of grassroots candidates to the impact of a Trump endorsement, tomorrow’s Pennsylvania primary will explain a lot about where many voters stand in the Keystone State.
🗳️ Think about it. John Fetterman, recovering from a stroke he suffered on Friday, is leading polls to be the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate election despite a campaign that has defied almost every norm when it comes to currying insider favor.
🗳️ The impact of a Trump endorsement has mattered so much for conservatives that candidates purport themselves to be Trump loyalists even after losing an endorsement and being lambasted by the former president.
Ahead of tomorrow’s Election Day, our reporters Jonathan Tamari and Julia Terruso pulled out these key points to watch in both Senate and gubernatorial races.
Also, The Inquirer Editorial Board, which operates independently from our newsroom, offers:
Finally, all you need to know before you head to the polls or mail in your ballot by tomorrow’s 8 p.m. deadline.
What you should know today
U.S. Senate candidate Kathy Barnette responds to criticism of past posts on social media.
Anthony Clark, Philly’s first Black chair of the city commissioners, died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 62.
Doug Mastriano received a coveted Trump endorsement for Pennsylvania governor, an eleventh-hour decision that some think could lift him over rivals in tomorrow’s primary.
Pa. has approved a rate hike in water and sewer fees by Aqua. It’s anyone’s guess just how much rates will rise.
Sixers general manager Daryl Morey remains cagey on whether he sees James Harden as an elite scoring presence.
With his knockout victory, Germantown welterweight Jaron Ennis is in position to fight for a welterweight title.
Meet the cannabis user who was charged with DUI and questioned the science and the laws that surround pot use.
Local Coronavirus Numbers: Here’s your daily look at the latest COVID-19 data.
Since it was disclosed that the U.S. Supreme Court would consider overturning Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion rights and laws up to individual states, politicians, activists and pundits have all voiced their opinion on the subject.
But it’s perhaps the group at the center of it all – people who have exercised their right to choose – that has been silenced the most. Our columnist Helen Ubinas describes them as “those whose voices the justices have all but shut out by erecting an eight-foot fence in front of the Supreme Court building in an effort to protect themselves from those trying to protect their constitutional rights.”
In her latest Ubinas speaks with:
🤱 The onetime teen mother who knows what it’s like to struggle in a country without equal access to child care or family leave.
👵🏽 The grandmother who knows what life was like before a woman had the constitutional right to make decisions over her own body.
👨 The transgender man whose ability to make a choice over his own body saved his life.
👶 The young woman who knew an unplanned pregnancy would upend the generational progress for which she’d worked so hard.
It’s a revealing look at the controversial ruling from a perspective few have heard from — or have chosen to listen to.
🧠 Philly Trivia Time 🧠
Archbishop Wood senior Gary Martin set a record over the weekend at the Catholic League Track and Field Championships, running a sub-four-minute mile, finishing with a time of 3:57.98 seconds. Today’s question: Martin’s time is the fastest by a high schooler since what year when Virginia high schooler Alan Webb also ran a sub-four? Take a guess and then find the answer here.
🏋️♀️ Noticing: As restrictions around the pandemic become more relaxed, more people are hitting the gym instead of working out from home.
👀 Watching: Whether these Chester County homeowners will receive some relief from their insurance company after their estimated $80,000 hemp crop was destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
🐔 Reading: How the city could legalize residents having backyard chickens. As if many residents were waiting on permission.
🧩 Unscramble the Anagram 🧩
This native Philadelphian is quite the mellow man.
Think you know? Send your guess our way at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll give a shoutout to a reader at random who answers correctly. Today’s shoutout goes to Michael Winship of Philadelphia. who correctly guessed GLEN MILLS as Sunday’s answer.
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Here’s hoping you have a great Monday, Philly. Enjoy. ✌️