DAILY GRINDER: PA Dems Attack Rick Santorum for Senate Donations

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is back attacking presidential candidate Rick Santorum in their campaign emails in order to get you to donate money to Senator Bob Casey. Huh? OK, it’s like this: “He’s back,” reads a new email from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “According to the latest polls, Rick Santorum is now the leading Republican candidate for president. At a time when we need to work together to create jobs and grow the economy, the GOP is gravitating toward a cultural warrior who has devoted his entire career to advancing an extreme social agenda. It’s incredible. Santorum went on television and declared that birth control is “harmful to women” and said, “I don’t think it works.” The guy likened homosexuality to bestiality, and criticized women for working outside the home even when two incomes are needed to pay the bills.” The donation-inducing email goes on to say we defeated Santorum in 2006, now let’s defeat other Republicans in 2012…because. WHO’S IN?

But, eh, they might not even need it. Turns out statewide Republicans still don’t know enough about the candidates running for their party’s nomination. Of the five still in the race, former State Rep. Sam Rohrer leads the pack…with 10 percent. Imagine a statewide Senate race, in a swing state, coming down to which candidate voters can actually name (Bob Casey still polls under 50 percent).

But this might pique voters’ interests: Senate Majority Harry Reid might allow a vote on the Obama Administration’s newest contraception proposal, with “accommodations” for religious organizations. This might be a big moment for Casey, who still hasn’t taken a public position on the matter.

SICK: Gov. Tom Corbett found a way to increase funding the Alternatives to Abortion Services Program and potential Voter ID legislation in last week’s budget.

A PW reader began a petition calling for the state to pass House bills 878/832, which would abolish statute of limitations on child sex abuse and install a two-year civil window. There are currently 815 signatures. The goal is 1,000. [corrected]

The revolutionary (?) web group ‘Anomymous’ has hacked the website of the Pennsylvania company Combined Systems, who supply tear gas around the world. How proud their moms and dads must be! Anonymous said it had done so because the company’s product is used “to repress our revolutionary movements.”

City Controller Alan Butkovitz issued a warning yesterday saying if the school district didn’t find ways to cut spending, it could suffer higher borrowing costs, which is something he’d been giving warnings about for a while. Mayor Michael Nutter released a statement promising to “ensure financial stability, fiscal discipline and continued operations of the School District of Philadelphia on behalf of our children, their parents, teachers and the City of Philadelphia.”

Two men in Tacony got into an argument over their dogs taking shits in each others’ yards. Now, one is dead. The other is in police custody.

This story keeps getting worse; so, so worse: A judge is allowing former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky access to his grandkids. But his former daughter-in-law says no way. Because psychologists who had treated her 5-year-old son “could not rule out that Jerry Sandusky was grooming him for sexual abuse.”

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