DAILY GRINDER: Nutter to Speak at Democratic National Convention
Mayor Michael Nutter will speak at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina! Good for the mayor! He joins recent speaker picks like Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Costco co-founder and former CEO Jim Sinegal and plenty others (Georgetown Law School Graduate Sandra Fluke, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cecile Richards) in Charlotte.
In the first poll of Pennsylvanians since Paul Ryan was chosen as VP, it seems that Pennsylvanians just don’t care, still. Barack Obama leads by high single digits, according to the Allentown Morning Call’s poll: 49-40. The numbers seem to be more of Romney’s fault than Obama’s: Only 48 percent of Pennsylvania voters approve of the president’s job performance, though just 37 percent of us are into the Republican challenger. Maybe they saw Little Face Mitt and just couldn’t stand the thought of that…that thing occupying the White House.
Rick Santorum has released the 225 delegates he won during the Republican primary. I repeat: RICK SANTORUM HAS RELEASED HIS DELEGATES.
After an attempt to delay the upcoming Voter ID appeal by the state, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to begin hearing the case on September 13th, about a month earlier than the state’s suggestion of mid-October. This means a likely ruling by the election.
Remember Republicans in favor of the law were always preaching about the sanctity of the vote and all that? If Mike Turzai’s “Romney gonna win” statement regarding Voter ID wasn’t enough for you, yesterday, a bit more of their identification horror has come out as pure, uncut bullshit. On June 23, state Rep. Bernie O’Neill of Bucks County told a story all about how, during the 2002 elections, his identity was stolen and someone had voted in his place—and this is why the state needs Voter ID! Turns out, the story O’Neill told, which has been used by other Republicans, like Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, is not true. The case actually happened in the 90s, and O’Neill was still able to vote. “Somehow, they figured out it was human error,” he recently admitted. But hey, what happened to O’Neill—just like everything else the GOP is scared of, and passes legislation to fight—could happen at some point! …Probably!
The Naked Bike Ride is set for Saturday. I’ve always thought this sounds like it’d be a rush until you look down and see how unprotected and close you are to, you know, gears and chains.
The Green Party presidential ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala are officially on the Pennsylvania ballot.
Sources tell CBS Philly that one of the two suspects in the murder of Police Officer Moses Walker Jr. has allegedly confessed to the crime.
Weird: Rep. Mark Cohen and Eric Epstein of Rock the Capital were debating Cohen’s per diem spending (the highest in the state; Cohen claims it’s because he’s probably the hardest worker) on a radio show this week, and Cohen, in a fit of rage, played the Nazi card. “I want to lead on the basis of solving problems,” Cohen said. “I don’t to lead in trying to please the guy [Epstein] who hates legislators in a way Nazis hated Jews.” Hilarious: Buzz Bissinger’s radio program called Cohen’s office on Wednesday, on air (ironically, no one was in), and left a humorous message.