DAILY GRINDER: Judge Says He May Block Voter ID Law
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson “hints” he may block the Pennsylvania voter ID law this time around. And by hints, I of course mean he flat-out said it. “I’m giving you a heads-up,” he told lawyers after yesterday’s testimony, according to the Inquirer, “I think it’s a possibility there could be an injunction here.”
Gov. Tom Corbett has announced that he’s nominating Philly lawyer Ken Trujillo to serve on the state liquor board.
Here’s a weird (and sort of disturbing) Philly police story. Two men were stop-and-frisked, handcuffed and arrested in Point Breeze for, it seems, nothing at all. They were taken into police custody and forced to watch an anti-violence film by Mothers In Charge. They were in custody for four hours and are now suing the city. None of the men had recent records, nor were they found to have done anything wrong.
The average Pennsylvania bridge is 75 years old. That’s a lot of wisdom.
Mitt Romney is making an appearance in Philadelphia on Friday—in that, he’s going to the Union League, again, to raise money in private. (I got an invite; it’s only thousands of dollars to attend!) In light of this, the local arm of the Obama campaign is releasing new press releases bashing him, every day before hand (and, let’s be honest, probably after and during). Yesterday, it was all about Romney’s education record, showing how when he was governor, he was just terrible.
They’re back: Tea Party group Freedomworks for America is sinking $150,000 into Republican Senatorial candidate Tom Smith’s campaign. Which means Tom Smith isn’t only spending his own fortune on this thing. Despite his lacking any sort of name recognition throughout most of the campaign, polls show him down by about 10 points to Bob Casey these days (see below.) That’s not bad, considering about 40 percent haven’t been able to identify Smith prior to his newest ad blitz—which sure is getting annoying, even if the narrator’s bulldoggy voice is sort of awesome.
A new Franklin and Marshall poll has found Obama’s lead in the state is still pretty big: He leads by 11 points, 50-39.
Quinnipiac has Obama up 54-42.
That same poll has Obama up in Ohio and Florida, too.
Franklin and Marshall has Bob Casey up over Tom Smith, 48-38.
Voter ID still polls well in the state: 59 percent favor the law while 39 percent oppose it.