DAILY GRINDER: Local Voting App Featured in PW Wins Award
The web app developed by Philly Voter activist Faye Anderson, Yo! Philly Votes, recently won 1st place in the first round of Hacks For Democracy, which sought to judge applications that could improve the fall election. Yo! Philly Votes was previously featured in Philadelphia Weekly as one of the best election apps this year. The app allows users to easily report voting problems through a public platform on Election Day.
Hey, look another list: Philadelphia is one of the “dirtiest” cities in the country, according to Travel and Leisure; number 6, actually. Which means we’re cleaner than last year. These Travel and Leisure lists are still very important.
Philadelphia spent $231 million on prisons last year, which is more than it spent on libraries, parks, City Council, the district attorney’s office, the board of ethics, and licenses and inspections combined.
A new Morning Call poll still has Barack Obama up on Mitt Romney—and big. He leads by 9 points and has reached the 50 percent threshold.
That same polling shows Senator Bob Casey upon Republican challenger Tom Smith by 12 points: 45-33. In spite of this new ad (and many others):
The Voter ID decision by the Supreme Court was a little uneventful, even if anti-Voter ID advocates consider it a win: It was sent back to the Commonwealth Court. More on this later today.
A day after convicted murderer Terrance Williams was denied clemency by the state, the Daily News has a report on his crimes. “Five months before Terrance Williams, at age 18, murdered the man whose slaying has landed him on Pennsylvania’s death row, he murdered another man,” they write. “Between those murders, Williams pulled an armed robbery, court records show. Before that, at age 16, Williams broke into the Mount Airy home of an elderly couple on Christmas Eve. He woke them by pressing the muzzle of a rifle against the woman’s neck, threatened to blow her head off, fired the gun three times above the couple and ransacked their home.”
Something we haven’t been looking too much at this year is the Congressional race between Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick and Democrat Kelly Boockvar. Fitzpatrick, if you’ll recall, represented a small slice of Northeast Philadelphia before U.S. Congressional maps were restructured and the entirety of his district was moved into the more Republican-friendly suburbs. He also missed his swearing-in ceremony last year due to a fundraiser, claimed he held his hand up to CSPAN (and that counts) during swear-ins and co-sponsored that weird “re-define rape” bill. Anywho, the Bucks County race is one of the most watched in Pennsylvania this year, and as it happens, Fitzpatrick has been freaking out over his opponent supposedly not agreeing to debate him. Fitzpatrick’s campaign is calling Boockvar’s “respect for the process and local community is mortifying and shameful. It is a travesty that Boockvar is making a mockery of this long-standing and respected tradition in our community.”
The problem, according to The Intelligencer: “Fitzpatrick appears to be the candidate declining those invitations from ‘locally-based community organizations.’” Seems about right.
There will be a rally tomorrow outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where a Shale drilling conference is taking place.