DAILY GRINDER: Still Fighting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in PA Senate Race
A group called ‘Defending the Force’ has a new radio ad out hitting U.S. Senator Bob Casey on his vote to eliminate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t tell’ back in 2010. The ad goes, in part: “Casey wasn’t there for our troops. Instead, Casey was one of the key Democrats who voted to overturn Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which restricts the expression of homosexuality in the military.” The commercial later notes that many military members have said they would leave the force if Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell were overturned. Except it’s almost two years later, and this hasn’t happened. Which sort of makes the commercial a wasted minute of everyone’s time.
Either way. This is still considered an issue the right wants to fight, apparently.
You know who supported ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’? Rep. Todd Akin. Just sayin’.
Bob Casey still wants to penalize companies that outsource their jobs overseas. He called the idea—for which there is already a bill—“not a Democratic or Republican issue. This is a workers issue. It’s an American issue.” Could this be the first bill Sen. Casey sponsors that becomes law?
Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan will make a stop in West Chester and Philly later today. During his Philly stop, Ryan will speak at the Union League in Center City. The event is a joint effort with the Republican National Committee to raise $500,000 for the campaign’s ‘Victory Fund.’ Protesters are expected to attend, as well.
Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania is already taking on Ryan at a local level. Ryan has co-sponsored anti-abortion measures in the past. Dayle Steinberg of the Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC has noted, “He’s wrong for women and wrong for America.”
Mayor Michael Nutter was joined by U.S. Rep. James Clyburn in Philly yesterday to note the “devastating impact” on students around the country. Clyburn noted that Romney had “doubled down his support” for Ryan’s somewhat controversial budget by picking the Wisconsin congressman.
With Voter ID still law—for now—City Commissioner Stephanie Singer has suggested an age old tactic to make sure it doesn’t affect you negatively: The buddy system. She told a small audience at City Hall yesterday that each voter should adopt two eligible voters without ID, and help them get it and get to the polls in November. And if we all do that…that’s, like, this many voters. See how that works?
As the PA House Dems tweeted of this buddy idea: “Just like any disaster, #VoterID inspires people to help their neighbors.”
Police have released surveillance video of the people they believe murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker. Walker was was gunned down near 20th and Cecil B. Moore last week. The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction is at $88,000.
An independent candidate for mayor in Stafford Township, New Jersey, was arrested for selling marijuana to an undercover police officer. The candidate, Thomas Litwin, said he was appalled by the arrest—because how dare the police catch him doing something blatantly illegal during campaign season!