DAILY GRINDER: Philly Rep. Wants to Crack down on Porn–In Cars!

Mobile peepshow.

Mobile peepshow.

So, the 2011-2012 legislative session in Harrisburg has seen 3,628 bills introduced, and 164 signed into law. Many of those bills not signed into law (and some that were) are downright ridiculous. For instance, Sen. Gene Yaw wants to make “the venomous 6-foot Timber Rattlesnake” Pennsylvania’s official state reptile. (They have those?) Sen. LeAnna Washington of Philadelphia introduced a measure that would make it illegal to watch porn in cars. She says she’s gotten calls from people in her district saying they’ve held “unexpected” viewings of porn on screens in other cars on the road and it’s bad for the children. Note to anyone reading this blog and regularly watches porn in their car while driving: Email me. You have a story to tell.

And speaking of cracking down on porn, Rick Santorum’s campaign claims they raised $500,000 last week, and sent out some weird emails to ask for more money, including one that the former Pennsylvania senator  forwarded from his finance director. It included gems like this: “We asked our donors to step up this week and help us raise $500,000, and so many of them have. We already have raised $453,000. Now we just need another $47,000 in the door before midnight. If you emailed and asked our best supporters to give just $25 I know we can meet our goal.”

Franklin and Marshall’s Center for Politics and Public Affairs has Santorum and Romney in a virtual tie in Pennsylvania. So, the former Pennsylvania Senator went on Fox News Sunday yesterday to discuss it and called Terry Madonna, who runs the poll, a “Democratic hack.” Madonna responded, saying, “I didn’t hear any complaints when I had him up 29 points (in February),” Madonna said. “I didn’t hear him complain when I had him up in ‘94 and 2000.”

Because why not: Sources have acknowledged to the Allentown Morning Call that the Corbett Administration may seek to privatize the lottery, though it’s not clear how much of the agency’s operations would go to the private sector. The lottery currently employs 233 people, “most of whom are unionized.”

Members of City Council are urging Philly’s court system to maintain and expand the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, which is meant to “divert from Sheriff Sale owner occupied residential properties which are listed for Sheriff Sale,” and among other things, allow Philadelphians to get counseling before purchasing a home. In light of the whole housing crisis thing.

Council also recently adopted a resolution in support of Trayvon Martin’s family. “All parents have conversations about the birds and the bees. But parents of African American boys have to have another conversation about what I term ‘existing while black,’” said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

Camden Iron and Metal, along with its crushed scrap, demolished cars and washing machines, is moving to Camden, along with, according to the Inky, 175 jobs and the promise of 50 new hires.

And speaking of the Inquirer,
today’s the day they may finally sell. On Friday we heard the price was about $60 million. Now it’s said it’ll be “less than $70 million”–which still might mean $60 million.

Sort of funny: The city played a joke on the media yesterday (because it was April Fool’s Day) and put up stretches of sidewalk for “distracted walkers” on their phones, which they called an E-Lane. Last year, many media outlets in the city—and eventually, around the country—became incensed when they heard the mayor was going to start handing out tickets for those who texted and walked. That story was not true.

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