DAILY GRINDER: PA Senate Committee Passes ‘anti-Obamacare’ Measure
On the same day they passed Voter ID legislation, a state Senate panel found time to approve a proposal that’d make the federal Affordable Care Act—specifically the one-time Republican idea that all residents be required to buy insurance—illegal. Problem? In order to put such legislation into action, it’s got to literally be put into the state constitution. To do that, it has to be approved in two consecutive legislation sessions. Then it has to pass a statewide referendum vote. Best case scenario, it could be on the ballot in May 2013, even though the U.S. Supreme Court is set to vote on the federal law this summer. Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), who introduced the measure, admitted the long-term effort has no bearing, whatsoever, besides letting Pennsyltuckians give the president the finger from afar (and then have their iPads tracked by the New World Order). “What this is really about is giving Pennsylvanians the ability to go to the polls and vote how they feel about being mandated by the federal government on this issue,” he said. So, let’s see, more purely-symbolic state legislation? Don’t we learn our lesson with Year of the Bible?
Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. calls new Councilmembers Cindy Bass, Mark Squilla, David Oh, Kenyatta Johnson, Dennis O’Brien and Bobby Henon the “Serious Six.” Because they’re, like, doin’ stuff.
Look out commuters, AFSCME Local District 33 will be holding a protest this morning (it’s actually already started) at Love Park. They still (still!) don’t have a contract and this is, like, their annual protest against the Nutter Administration to figure that whole thing out.
Speaking of which, Nutter will be detailing his budget today.
Law blog Above the Law found a Philadelphia Craigslist ad for a contract litigation associate at a Center City law firm that says, “no Occupiers allowed!” And it is hilarious: “Preference given to Iraq/Afghanistan veterans, capitalists, believers in the Constitution, champions of free enterprise, and advocates of limited government. Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement, those who protested the war in Iraq, or anyone that thinks America should be more like Europe will not be considered.” Did these guys open their own law firm?
Philly’s Most Wanted is the most wanted new program on free TV! (I know I’ll watch.)
The group consisting of H.F. Lenfest, Lewis Katz and Ed Rendell, “according to sources close to the process,” have entered into an exclusive agreement to negotiate for the purchase of the Philadelphia Media Network. That group now also includes Raymond G. Perelman.
A new Delaware waterfront plan approved by the planning commission includes the following: more low-rise buildings, a waterfront trail, better public access to the river, parks every half-mile, and extension of the city’s street grid to the water’s edge. Strapping dynamite to I-95 oddly not in the plan.