DAILY GRINDER: The Elections Are Coming! Tomorrow!
There may be some meat to back up Gov. Tom Corbett’s rationale behind signing the Voter ID bill—even if he’s completely unaware of it, maybe. The Philadelphia City Commissioners are investigating cases of “over voting” brought to light by the Philadelphia director for the state Republican Party Joseph DeFelice in an independent analysis, finding that in some cases more voters cast votes than were registered during the 2011 elections. Tom Corbett had cited instances of precincts having voted at “over 100 percent,” but didn’t explain what he meant before signing the Voter ID bill in March. Results pending, this may explain his kneejerk reasoning.
HOLY: Msgr. Kevin Michael Quirk has been ordered by a West Virginia judge to take a trip to Philadelphia to testify in the ongoing priest abuse case. Specifically, he’ll testify about his prior questioning of Rev. James J. Brennan in 2008. Brennan is accused of trying to rape a boy in 1996 and though he denies that, prosecutors believe the transcript of his canonical trial, where Quirk was one of three judges, would “undermine that denial.” Quirk didn’t want to testify.
And while we’re at it, the Pope has slammed nuns in a recent report. Why? Because they’re essentially devoting their lives to helping people rather than remembering their place in the church in relation to men—oh, and they’re not screaming loud enough on the abortion issue. Seriously, this is real; something that actually happened.
This Pittsburgh Tribune Review op/ed makes a good case for Patrick Murphy for Attorney General, calling his election in November Tom Corbett’s “worst nightmare.” Brad Bumstead writes, “Corbett’s next two years in office would be ugly. Enormous resources would be devoted to fending off partisan investigations. From day one, Murphy would open an investigation of Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case as the commonwealth’s former attorney general and why it took three years to charge Penn State’s former defensive coordinator.” Check out the whole thing here.
Oh, right. Tomorrow’s the Pennsylvania primary. It’s not going to be as fun as it could have been, since Santorum dropped out. But there’s still a ton at stake. Check out Philadelphia Weekly’s rundown of the elections here—you’ve got a presidential, senatorial, Attorney General and state Rep. primaries to civic dutitize, not to mention delegates to choose to represent you in Denver and Tampa. So, you know, vote. The Committee of Seventy’s Election hotline will be open, as usual. Their number is 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
At the rate conventions are going, it looks like they’re only going to be in swing states from now on. Maybe we’ll get another Pennsylvania showing at some point in the near future. Tomorrow, there will be 187 statewide Republican delegate candidates on hand, looking for a mountainous or tropical trip come November.
Presidential candidate Ron Paul was in town yesterday. We were there. We’re almost done with our wrap up. It was cold. It was rainy. But there was so much liberty! The blog will be up shortly.
Here’s PoliticsPa’s rundown of some tough state elections going on all over the commonwealth. We bet you didn’t know there’s a Democratic challenge to Rep. Kevin Boyle in Northeast Philadelphia. His name is Dan Collins and he’ll be running this ad, featuring his endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 over the next couple days. The winner of that race faces Philadelphia Parking Authority alum and many-times-an-office-run Al Taubenberger.