Election Day Voters Guide, Philly cop's Facebook tirade, latest on Texas shooting | Morning Newsletter

Good morning, Philly. Newsletter Editor Aubrey Nagle here, happy to join your morning routine with all your need-to-know news. My first order of business: remind you that it’s Election Day! We’ve done all the prep work for you, so don’t say you didn’t have enough info to cast a ballot. But bring an umbrella, it’s going to be a rainy day.

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— Aubrey Nagle

It’s Election Day and the polls are opening

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A Philadelphia voter casts a ballot during the primary election.

We’ve barely stopped talking about last year’s election, but once again it’s time to vote. Before you head to the polls, don’t miss our comprehensive Voters Guide. It has everything you need to know about the Pennsylvania and New Jersey general election races, from candidate profiles to ballot questions.

The Inquirer Editorial Board has put together its own Endorsement Guide, too. They’ve thrown their support behind Beth Grossman for Philadelphia district attorney and Rebecca Rhynhart as the city’s first female controller. In New Jersey, they’ve endorsed Phil Murphy for governor and Steve Sweeney for state senator.

Keep an eye on our results coverage as polls close tonight. Or, get some shut-eye and I’ll let you know what happened in the morning.

Philly police officer takes to Facebook to attack Rizzo critics

“Play with me with my job and see what happens.” Kristine Gillespie-Amato, an officer in the 9th District, wrote this and a few more foul-mouthed Facebook comments Friday to supporters of the Frank Rizzo statue’s removal from Thomas Paine Plaza. She made over 40 comments on the “Vintage Philadelphia” page, appearing to call Mayor Kenney an “ugly miser looking pu— mayor.” Yikes. The Police Department is looking into it.

Gillespie-Amato is far from the only one resisting the statue’s removal; the decision has stirred an intense debate. The statue’s sculptor is disappointed. Columnist Ronnie Polaneczky thinks it’s time to switch it up. And our readers’ reactions run the gamut, naturally.

The latest on the Texas church massacre

Authorities now believe Sunday’s shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, stemmed from a “domestic situation.” Suspected gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, a former U.S. Air Force airman, was also previously sentenced to a year in military prison for assaulting his wife and child.

But the Air Force failed to submit record of his domestic violence conviction to the FBI as required by Pentagon rules. If the records had been shared, they should have prevented him from purchasing the weapon he used to kill 26 members of the small town community — including eight members of one family.

You’d be wrong to think the people of Sutherland Springs are embracing gun control after the attack. They’re looking to “the good guys with guns,” like Texan Stephen Willeford. He exchanged gunfire with Kelley and gave chase with a stranger who happened to be driving past First Baptist Church as the gunman exited.

What you need to know today

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Opinions

“Enough with the thoughts and prayers. Those thoughts and prayers seem never to include thoughts about how to prevent the next shooting, how to make sure the next person intent on doing harm doesn’t get that gun or those bullets. — Shira Goodman, executive director of gun violence prevention organization CeaseFirePA, responds to Sunday’s mass shooting in Texas.

What we’re reading

A Daily Dose of | Good Dogs

Adding inspiration to injury: A local hospice therapy dog broke her foot, but the pup’s wound sparked important conversations between patients and their families. Say it with me: “Aww.”