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Pa. House Democrats are licking their chops

Democrats came up big in Pennsylvania this week, and the party yesterday announced another potential win: flipping the Pa. House majority.

  • It would be the first time since 2010 that Dems control the chamber, and there are big implications for issues like abortion and minimum wage. Philly Rep. McClinton would become the first woman speaker.

However, it’s not a done deal. Some of the races — including seats in the Philly suburbs — are still too close to call. We have a breakdown of the situation.

Pa. state Rep Joanna McClinton smiles after the announcement claiming a majority victory for Democrats in the state House of Representatives and that McClinton would become the next speaker

Pa. state Rep Joanna McClinton smiles after the announcement claiming a majority victory for Democrats in the state House of Representatives and that McClinton would become the next speaker

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A travel company brought British tourists to gawk at Pa. elections

Which stage of post-colonialism is this? A travel company apparently sold a group of British tourists an up-close look at the U.S. election.

  • Philadelphia was one of the stops advertised on the tour, which promised to “[take] the political temperature and look at the huge battles ongoing within both parties.”

City officials told BP intern Emily White they hadn’t heard about the company, but one organizer said there were complaints about disrupting GOTV work.

A screenshot from the Political Tours website on Election Day 2022

A screenshot from the Political Tours website on Election Day 2022

Political Tours

RECAP: What else happened?

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MAYOR WATCH

Hmm guess what? Nothing on the public schedule for Mayor Kenney today.

ON THE CALENDAR

🎖️ The Constitution Center celebrates Veterans Day with a series of events, including a wreath-laying, veteran author chats, a letter-writing station, and poppy pins. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11)

🕯️ Looking for locally made gifts like candles and cutting boards? The Chandlery Scent Studio reopens in Grad Hospital after a pandemic break. (3 to 7 p.m. Thurs and Fri, 12 to 6 p.m. Sat and Sun)

🥕 The Food Trust hosts a pop-up farmers market in Northern Liberties’ Piazza. If this one goes well, it could return on a weekly basis next spring. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12)

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