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McClinton sworn in amid battle for control of Pa. House

Rep. Joanna McClinton was sworn in yesterday as presiding officer of the Pa. House in an unpublicized ceremony, Spotlight PA reports.

  • Democrats say the act means McClinton is presiding officer — and the first Black woman to hold th position — at least until the new session begins Jan. 3.

Dems won more seats in the midterms, but neither party currently has a majority, because one member died and two others are moving to higher office.

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 Credit: Emma Lee / WHYY

Hoagies out west: Wawa expanding to Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky

Making good on massive expansion plans promised last spring, Wawa announced it’s targeting locations in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

  • Philly sandwich culture is slowly taking over the nation. In addition to its seven current markets, Wawa’s announcement yesterday means there are six other states due to get outposts.

The Delco-based convenience chain wants to double its store count by the end of the decade — and people in the Midwest are psyched to be on the list.

Turkey and cheese Shorti at Wawa Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

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MAYOR WATCH

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia works to encourage transatlantic business with the city, and Mayor Kenney today attends the group’s annual holiday luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton on Broad (12 p.m.).

ON THE CALENDAR

?? BP Quizzo on the Schuylkill River! Join us at Padelphia, just over City Line Avenue across from Manayunk. We’ll have three rounds of local trivia, drinks, snacks, prizes — and a chance to find out more about the racket sport called Padel. Free RSVP here. (7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15)

? Funky gallery Space 1026, which lives behind a hair salon sign down the block from The Met Philly, hosts its annual art auction and reception. (6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9)

?Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason — who gained fame playing Meghan and Harry’s wedding — joins the Philadelphia Orchestra for three nights. Tickets start at $22. (Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 8-10)

? The Citizen hosts “Truth and the Media,” a free panel discussion featuring journalism industry celebs like former NYT exec editor Jill Abramson, NYT Mag writer Emily Bazelon, and The 19th’s Errin Haines. (6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14))