DAILY GRINDER: Polls Show Obama Way Up
A New AFL-CIO poll shows Obama leading Romney in the key swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Florida—though losing by small margins in Wisconsin and Nevada. The most positive aspect of these polls: Obama gets more than 50 percent in those states where he’s winning. The AFL-CIO is a union organization which has already endorsed Obama in the election.
An Inquirer-commissioned poll also shows Obama with a big lead in Pennsylvania: 51-42, with only seven percent of voters undecided. As it happens, only about half of respondents approved of Obama’s job as president—they just also don’t like Mitt Romney.
The GOP convention is happening this week, and many Pennsylvanians, like Pat Toomey and Tom Corbett, will be there. Hurricane Isaac has pushed the gathering back one day.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has a “prime time speaking spot” at the Convention. That seems fair.
Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered all flags to fly at half-staff, starting this morning, in honor of Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker, Jr. Walker was killed by on August 18th. The suspects in his murder, Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones, are in custody.
Speaking of which, the owner of the blog Staph Meal, Joshua Albert, caused another stir when he created a Facebook page called “I Support Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones.” It got the attention of the Fraternal Order of Police, local media and police supporters. A rival Facebook page was put up this weekend, too, asking Facebook to take the page down, and it eventually did come down on Sunday. Albert claimed he made the page as a social commentary.
Oddly, My Fox Philly identified the page’s creator as an “Occupy Philadelphia member”—even though both he and Occupy have stated he is not that. Occupy put up this relevant statement: “Occupy Philadelphia has nothing to do with this page, and its creator, by his own admission, ceased any participation or association with Occupy Philadelphia long ago. Fox 29 is reporting without challenging the assertion that the page’s creator is an active participant in Occupy Philadelphia without soliciting comment from Occupy Philadelphia.” The statement was posted in the comments section of the Fox article about the page, and on their own Facebook page. Fox has not changed their wording in the online article as of now. A Fox TV report also identified Albert as a member of Occupy, though the reporter in that version noted the identification was according to police.
Camden, New Jersey plans to lay off its entire police department and “instead rely on a reorganized county unit to patrol its streets.”
Ready for the ‘Made in America’ concert this weekend? Here is a list of all the streets that will be closed. It’s not looking good if you live in Fairmount.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike is required to provide cash to road and bridge repairs and transit operations by law—and now, it seems, the Turnpike is sending out more than it takes in. So much so, it’s $7 billion in debt. That’s no good.