WEATHER: Philadelphia: a.m. clouds, p.m. sun, high of 76; Harrisburg: cloudy, high of 76; Pittsburgh: a.m. rain, high of 63.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed Pennsylvania’s 3-day extension for accepting mail-in ballots, with justices narrowly denying a request by state Republicans to intervene on the grounds that the state’s highest court had overstepped its authority. Under state law, counties can accept mail-in ballots that arrive by 8 p.m. on Election Day. But in September, anticipating unprecedented voting by mail and U.S. Postal Service delays, the state Supreme Court ruled officials could accept ballots until 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, Spotlight PA reports.
* Pennsylvania voters likely will have to wait days to learn the outcome of races in the Nov. 3 general election, as Republicans who control the state House said Monday that they have no intention of changing state law to give counties a head start in processing mail-in ballots. The announcement from House Republicans follows months of negotiations with the Democratic Wolf administration, which has urged the Legislature since the spring to tweak the state election code to help counties promptly count a crush of mail-in ballots, the Capital-Star reports.
* Black voters are poised to tip the electoral scales in Pennsylvania and across the nation in this year’s election, PennLive reports.
* Philadelphia’s teachers union is planning a possible strike vote this week, as negotiations have stalled nearly two months after the union’s contract expired. Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan sent out an email to the union’s 13,000 teachers, nurses, and other workers Monday night, requesting they fill out a “Strike Authorization Poll,” WHYY reports.
* The total number of state voters has passed 9 million, state elections official said Monday. That includes more than 4.2 million Democrats, more than 3.5 million Republicans, just over 895,000 independents and about 407,000 voters registered with another party, the AP reports.
* With COVID-19 cases continuing to spike statewide, the Wolf administration has called on Pennsylvanians to “double down” in their efforts to contain the spread of an illness that’s claimed the lives of 8,500 people statewide this year, the Capital-Star reports.
* Across the state, huge numbers of Pennsylvanians – many of them younger and first-time poll workers – have enlisted to check in voters on Election Day, set up voting machines, and troubleshoot problems. So many thousands of applicants have signed up in Philadelphia and its suburban counties that elections officials are in the unusual position of having a surplus, the Inquirer reports.
* State Rep. Jake Wheatley has introduced a bill designed to help independent live music venues hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic. If passed, the Save Our States Act will offer $200 million in grants to independent venue operators, theaters and promoters struggling to stay afloat as a result of COVID-19 restrictions on crowd capacities. The fund would be created by using CARES Act dollars, WHYY reports.
* With more than 100,000 Pennsylvanians living in long-term care facilities, advocates worry that voting for this demographic will be a “logistical nightmare,” the Inquirer reports.
* Back on the debate stage for the final time Monday night, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry and state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale went directly after each other in the course of making cases as to why they are best suited to represent Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House, PennLive reports.
* A proposal to integrate six of Pennsylvania’s state universities into two separate institutions had its first airing at the state Capitol on Monday, a session that made it clear this idea is not going to be an easy sell to lawmakers, PennLive reports.
* The Citizen has an op-ed by recently released political consultant Ken Smukler, who warns that by not adjusting for new pandemic voting patterns, pollsters may be missing worrisome drop-offs in Black and Latino voting.
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9:30 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Safety will meet. This remote hearing may be viewed on Xfinity Channel 64, Fios Channel 40 or http://phlcouncil.com/watch-city-council/
10 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the Graduation of Paramedic Class 39. For event information, please contact Kathy.Matheson@phila.gov.
10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Acting Managing Director Tumar Alexander and Health Commissioner Dr. Farley to provide an update on the City's response to the COVID-19 coronavirus in Philadelphia. These updates will continue to be live-streamed to the public via the Department of Public Health’s Twitter (@PHLPublicHealth) and Facebook accounts, and broadcast on PHLGovTV, Comcast channels 64 and 1164, and Verizon channels 40 and 41.
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KICKER: “The top-down approach of Scott Perry and the Koch network and everybody else simply has failed, and we now have a situation where if you’re at the top or a corporation, you got a tax cut, and if you’re a working family or in the middle class you got it stuck to you by Washington, D.C.” – state Auditor General and Demcoratic candidate for the PA-10 seat Eugene DePasquale. From PennLive.