DAILY GRINDER: House Leadership In National News for Voter ID Truth Blunder
Congrats, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, you made the big time. Salon.com has a quick profile up about the Pennsylvania legislator, who has become the center of lots of conversation over the past few years with his, like, leadership skills and stuff. Nah, just kidding. The article is about how he openly admitted that Pennsylvania’s voter ID law isn’t so much about enforcing laws, but helping Republicans in this “swing state.” Specifically, he said the law is “gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” A true statement if we’ve ever heard one.
Mayor Nutter announced at yesterday’s COPS grant press conference with Attorney General Eric Holder that they’d arrested a suspect in the FDR Park playground arson. Police say he may have lit a bag of takeout food on fire under the playground equipment, and he even may have called 911 when the blaze began.
Philadelphia City Council, like everyone else, hates the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. Last week, they approved a resolution calling for the Supreme Court to overturn their decision, and were praised by Philly U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah for doing so. Citizens United led directly to the creation of Super PACs and “dark money” in campaigns in the name of “free speech.” Remember when wingnuts freaked out over Obama calling out the Supreme Court for their ruling at the State of the Union? His criticism seems to make sense now that billionaire casino moguls and anonymous cash from God-knows-where are literally deciding the fate of the world, no?
Yesterday marked the end of 32 stimulus-funded SEPTA projects in the city. The last to be celebrated by the Nutter Administration were the Spring Garden and Girard Broad Street Line stations. The improvements include new stairs, lighting signs, cashier booths and other stuff.
Is it possible Bucks and Montgomery Counties are sitting on the “3rd largest natural gas reserves on the East Coast”? That’s according to a report by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Suddenly, the June 30 deadline for the state budget isn’t looking like a sure thing. Gov. Tom Corbett is pressing the state House to just like his plan to “lump several welfare programs administered by counties into a single block grant,” already. Meanwhile, according to Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg, the Corbett Administration hasn’t even consulted with providers of mental health, drug abuse and alcohol abuse programs on how his block programs would work. Is it possible the state House Republican leadership will go against the tin man’s wishes?
The Mitt Romney campaign is spending money on ads in Pennsylvania which hit President Barack Obama on his gaffe from a few weeks back, in which he claimed the private sector was “doing fine.” Well, now the Obama Camp is releasing its own “doing fine” ads, in which they claim “Mitt Romney and his billionaire allies can spend millions to distort the president’s words.”
Msgr. Lynn was found guilty Friday of child endangerment and today his lawyers are trying to seek his release on house arrest.