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Marquee race, amicus brief, tentative deals, postponement of the ballot, scout sales, meth houses and beer sales in sight for Beaver Stadium. It’s Monday.
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Five gubernatorial candidates will be on the Nov. 8 ballot in a contest that could dramatically alter the course of the state.

To make sure you’re ready to vote, Spotlight PA has compiled brief biographies, donor information, and political stances for each.

Meet them here with our complete Governor’s Race guide.

THE CONTEXT: The governor wields considerable power. They propose an annual spending plan that sets the stage for months of policy debates with the General Assembly on issues such as education funding and taxes.

The governor also has the ability to sign laws or veto bills that impact abortion, guns, minimum wage, health care, and more.

Broad executive powers allow office holders to push their agenda and appoint cabinet secretaries, including the state’s top election official. Governors are also the bosses of tens of thousands of state employees, from police officers to environmental inspectors.

All registered voters in Pennsylvania can vote for candidates in the November general election. If you are not yet registered, start here.

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“As we stand on this sacred, scarred ground…this is the legacy we must carry: the hope that defies hate. The love that defies loss. And the bonds that bind us through it all .”

—First Lady Jill Biden speaking at the flight 93 memorial in Somerset County on Sunday, the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks

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» THE STATE OF THE PA ELECTIONS: Join us Thursday, September 29 at 6 p.m. ET via Zoom for a free Q&A with Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman, who oversees the Pennsylvania election. Chapman will discuss how his agency secures and manages elections, explain state voting policies and answer all your pressing questions before Nov. 8. Register for the event here and submit your questions to [email protected].
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BRIEF SCOTUS: State Senate Republicans led by Majority Leader Kim Ward (R., Westmoreland) have filed a brief in support of a legal action before the U.S. Supreme Court that could sideline state election court systems and concentrate power over elections in the hands of partisan lawmakers, according to WITF. Spotlight PA explains the contested legal theory involved and what a favorable ruling could mean here.

STRIKE UPDATE: Hundreds of striking care home workers set to return to work with tentative agreements reached between their union and their employers, reports the AP. This includes 13 homes operated by Comprehensive Healthcare and Priority Healthcare and a 14th independent facility, Shenandoah Heights, in Schuylkill County. Spotlight PA has the labor action backstory.

POSTAL MAIL: Special elections to fill two Philadelphia City Council seats left vacant by 2023 for mayor will coincide with the Nov. 8 general election and delay the delivery of mail-in ballots there per week, The Inquirer reports (paywall). It will take at least a week to finalize the names of the candidates and the special competitions could not be called sooner under state law. Mail-in ballots likely won’t be sent out until October.

CHAPTER 11: A $2.46 billion reorganization plan will allow the Boy Scouts of America to leave Chapter 11 and settling decades of abuse complaints by more than 80,000 people. Local councils will contribute cash and property settlement, including the sale of Elk Lick Scout Reserve in Smethport and the 900 Acres Trexler Scout Reservation in Monroe County, report The Buffalo News and WLVR.

TOXIC HOMES: Lebanon city police say a suspected meth lab explosion in an apartment injured at least two people there earlier this month, per ABC27. Spotlight PA reported in May that Pennsylvania does not require sellers or landlords to disclose a former drug lab or dump site to prospective buyers or renters, and the only federal online database of such information under -considerably estimates the number of sites.

FRACK STUDY: Thousands of families in southwestern Pennsylvania are invited to participate in a University of Pittsburgh study examining a possible link between hydraulic fracturing and childhood cancer, by TribLIVE. The study is one of two conducted under a $2.5 million state contract.

BEER MONEY: Liquor sales could be coming to Beaver Stadium, the nation’s second-largest college football arena. The Center Daily Times (paywall) said that a committee recommendation could come today.

MAKE WAVES: On those record water temperatures on the Jersey Shore recorded last month: The Inquirer (paywall) said they weren’t accurate after all. A government sensor suffered an “electronic failure”.

DOG DAYS: The water was good for Allegheny County dogs when they invaded a public swimming pool on Labor Day weekend, an end-of-season tradition it is as chaotic as you imagine.

POST-GRADUATE: Where Do Pennsylvania Students Go After Graduation? This WaPo graphic says new yorkDC and California.

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