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National politics focused on the Pa. GOP primaries last night to see if the Trump-backed candidates would sweep. It worked for the Governor, but not for the Senate.
Democratic government candidate Josh Shapiro, who ran unopposed, will face Republican Doug Mastriano. Conventional wisdom holds that as an election denier in favor of a total abortion ban, Mastriano will lose statewide — but experts warn that may not be the case, reports Jordan Levy.
Philadelphia’s state legislative races have been pretty wild this year, but the primary ended up bringing few surprises, report Lizzy McLellan Ravitch and Asha Prihar.
Meanwhile, Philly’s polling questions have all passed, giving Council a say in the zoning board and removing gender-specific language from the city’s Charter – a pending change to which more than a third of voters said “no”.
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- Midway through primary day, John Fetterman had a pacemaker fitted after his stroke. As he recovers, Pa. Senate Pro Tempore Jake Corman, who recently stepped down as Republican for governor, will temporarily serve as lieutenant governor. [NBC10/pa.gov]
- US Representative Dwight Evans easily held his seat, despite challenger Alexandra Hunt mounting a campaign drawing attention to sex work, reports Beatrice Forman. [Billy Penn]
- Voting generally went smoothly in Philadelphia on a sunny election day, though a citywide shortage of voters caused some stumbles. [Billy Penn]
- Nina Elizabeth Ball’s journey as a poet and activist led her to her new position as director of programming at the African American Museum. [Love Now]
- The New Zealand mud snail appears in waterways in the region. Smaller than a grain of corn, it multiplies quickly and can cause problems. [KYW/PennLive$]
- After asking Phillies fans to pick a design, the Citizens Bank Park outfield now has a nice Liberty Bell broke in. [PhillyVoice/@NBCSPhilly]
We publish this report weekly in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at Community College of Philadelphia.
- Across Philadelphia, nonprofits and schools are training teens in conflict resolution, with the goal of settling arguments before they turn into gunfights. [WHYY]
- Temple has launched the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting, which will focus on potential solutions to issues such as gun violence and economic and health disparities. [Temple]
- Thanks to a new grant, the Credible Messenger Reporting Project is looking for more community members who want to report on gun violence prevention. [PCGVR]
- The main reasons why students in Philadelphia believe there is so much gun violence are 1) involvement in gangs, 2) a desire to be perceived as cool, and 3) weak gun laws. fire, according to a new investigation coordinated by council member Thomas. [Tribune$]
- Reminder: The Philadelphia 211 Anti-Violence Hotline is a free, confidential way to connect with services and resources. [phila.gov]
By the Numbers in Philadelphia
- 47: Gunshot victims recorded last week, compared to 33 the previous week [PPD Google Drive]
- 785: Gunshot victims this year, down 1% from last year [PCGVR]
- 180: Year-to-date homicides down 9% from last year [Philly Police]
Mayor Kenney begins opening a new playground at James R. Lowell Elementary School in Olney, alongside representatives from the Trust for Public Land, the Philly School District and the Sixers Youth Foundation (10 a.m.). He then heads to the other end of town for another shovelful of ground, this one for a new visitor center at FDR Park (12 p.m.).
🏆 BP Quizzo is tonight! Our monthly Q&A event on all things Philly is coming to Fishtown Iced Teas (RIP Arctic Splash Cartons). Hosts Danya and Sakeenah are kicking around the new Interstate Drafthouse patio, so start building a team. Registration is free. (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18).
🌺 At a block party in South Philadelphia with live music, free food and Indonesian dancing, artist José Ortiz-Pagán unveils “La Sombrilla”, a self-contained planter that will beat the urban heat . (12 p.m. Saturday May 21)
🍺 The Made On American Street Beer, Cider & Music Festival does exactly what it says, bringing all of these things to the rejuvenated Kensington hallway. Tickets start at $40. (1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21)