Voters line up at a polling place on Election Day. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Happy weekend, all.
The November general election is exactly one month away. Do you have questions about the candidates, how to register to vote, or how to return your mail-in ballot?
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As always, the top five stories from this week are below.
Applications for student loan forgiveness for eligible borrowers will be made available this month. According to the Wolf administration, as many as 1.7 million Pennsylvanians could be eligible for student debt relief.
The plan to forgive up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for other eligible borrowers with an income of less than $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a household was announced by President Joe Biden in late August.
Philadelphia will not have an OutFest street festival October 9, despite organizers’ hopes that the event would happen.
A community member with knowledge of the situation told the Philadelphia Gay News that planning and outreach on the event had been ongoing, but the turnaround was ultimately too quick for organizers to produce a festival on the level of this year’s Pride celebration.
The gayborhood event last took place in person in October 2019. Since then, both Philadelphia Pride and OutFest have gone through a series of changes, including the organization which produces the two events.
Pennsylvania will increase the income threshold for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applicants next month, making the program accessible to more Pennsylvanians, Wolf administration officials said on Thursday.
Beginning on Oct. 1, Pennsylvania will increase the income threshold for SNAP applicants to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (FPIG), the Department of Human Services said, adding that “more than 420,000 additional Pennsylvanians in more than 174,000 households will be newly eligible for SNAP” as a result of the change.
Pennsylvania’s position as an abortion battleground state is taking shape in the U.S. Senate race, with John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee, capitalizing on conflicting statements from Mehmet Oz, his Republican opponent, in the high-profile contest.
Fetterman, who said he would support codifying Roe v. Wade if elected, has recently focused on Oz, who clarified his stance on abortion this month, and his views on reproductive health.
Oz told reporters at a press conference in Philadelphia this month that he would not support criminal penalties for people who sought or doctors who performed abortions. Describing himself as “strongly pro-life,” he added that he supports exceptions for rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is at risk.
Prominent members of the Union League of Philadelphia have expressed dismay in response to news that the club intends to present embattled Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with one of its most prestigious honors, the Gold Award.
According to the organization’s website, the Union League is a city club “founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln” such as abolition. The League is described as having been founded on the “values of freedom and free enterprise.”
And that’s the week. We’ll see you back here next week.
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