New Voter ID Smear Hits DNC Convention

Some right-wingers have taken particular issue with the Democratic National Convention’s website today. Specifically, text that says photo identification is required to attend the private gathering. “All pickup persons must have a state-issued ID that matched the name submitted below,” it reads. Similarly, a photo has been spread around the web showing...

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PA Democrats Ridicule Turzai, GOP Over Voter ID; Say ‘Your Ideas Suck’

You’ve heard about it by now. Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai let his comments at this weekend’s Republican State Committee meeting get a little out of hand when he told the conservative audience the Pennsylvania Voter ID bill will help Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney win the commonwealth come November. “Pro-Second Amendment?...

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Philly Council Members Backing Obama On Equal Pay Bill (Updated)

Philly Council Members Backing Obama On Equal Pay Bill (Updated)

Back in February, the Pennsylvania arm of the Obama campaign released the names of those local politicians on its ‘Truth Team’—a gang of elected leaders who vowed to refute the smears and lies which would inevitably be thrown at the president. The Philadelphia members of that Truth Team included Mayor Michael Nutter, District Attorney Seth Williams, City...

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Update: Rep. Babette Josephs Concedes Race

Update: Rep. Babette Josephs Concedes Race

While most believed the race for Pennsylvania’s 182nd District had ended Tuesday night, the Babette Josephs campaign was still counting votes, believing there was a chance Sims’ 226-vote lead could have been overturned after all votes, including absentee ballots, were counted — and, you know, they’d analyzed all the hanging chads. But it wasn’t...

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Top 10 Rep. Babette Josephs Quotes, 2011-2012

Top 10 Rep. Babette Josephs Quotes, 2011-2012

Since Gov. Tom Corbett’s election—and especially over the past year—our reporting has repeatedly led us to Capitol issues in Philadelphia. And I’ve spoken with a ton [approximate number] of Philly legislators to figure out what, exactly, the Republicans leadership’s plan for our city was. Of those legislators, State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-182)...

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DAILY GRINDER: Santorum Defeats Paul, Gingrich in PA Primary!

DAILY GRINDER: Santorum Defeats Paul, Gingrich in PA Primary!

This morning, it’s all election results (almost). The most-watched races in the city were likely in the Republican Senate race (Tom Smith beat PA GOP-endorsed Steve Welch), Democrat Attorney General (Kathleen Kane beat Patrick Murphy) and the 182nd PA House District (Brian Sims beat Babette Josephs). Statewide, five state Reps. were ousted in their respective...

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2012 Philly Primary Election Results

2012 Philly Primary Election Results

So, after months of watching all these races until my eyes were ready to bleed my own blood, today was the Pennsylvania primary. And tonight were the results. We covered the Sims/Josephs debacle earlier in the day and told you what locals thought of the Voter ID Act (i.e. locals not broadcasting from WPHT). Then came the results. I got home late from work, so...

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Committee of Seventy: Voter Claims Babette Josephs Is Campaigning Inside Polling Place

Committee of Seventy: Voter Claims Babette Josephs Is Campaigning Inside Polling Place

As Philadelphia Weekly has been telling you about since forever, there is a tough race going on between State Rep. Babette Josephs and challenger Brian Sims in the 182nd District. Earlier Today, the Committee of Seventy sent out their Election Day report with complaints they’ve been receiving. One of which was about Josephs possibly violating campaign rules. “A...

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DAILY GRINDER: Today’s the Pennsylvania Primary–Here’s What You Should Know

DAILY GRINDER: Today’s the Pennsylvania Primary–Here’s What You Should Know

It’s Primary Day and time to fulfill your civic duty. That is, vote in today’s primary. No matter your party (ahem, if you’re a Democrat or Republican, that is), you’ve got stuff to do today. State offices up for grabs include Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor General, and a number of state Senator and State Rep. seats. Click here to read all...

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DAILY GRINDER: Former PM Tony Blair Receives Award in Philly…Again

A year-and-a-half after receiving the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center (and getting former President Bill Clinton to fork it over), former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was in town again last night. And again, to receive an award. This time, it was the International Statesman Award from the World Affairs Council. He told the local audience,...

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