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PA Senate Unanimously Votes for Online Voter Registration

PA Senate Unanimously Votes for Online Voter Registration

The Pennsylvania State Senate just passed a bill—unanimously, 49-0—that would allow Pennsylvanians to register to vote online. The bill, introduced by Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster), was similarly introduced last session, but did not get anywhere. Several groups, including Common Cause PA, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and the Philly-based Committee...

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Voter ID ‘Your Ideas Suck’ Comments Used in Republican Attacks

Voter ID ‘Your Ideas Suck’ Comments Used in Republican Attacks

Last week, State Sen. Daylin Leach organized a press conference to give notice to House Majority Leader Mike Turzai’s comments regarding the recently-passed Voter ID legislation. During said presser, Leach reminded voters of Turzai’s recent statement that “Voter ID…is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” He then said of the...

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Pennsylvania Officially Opposes ‘Real ID Act’

Pennsylvania Officially Opposes ‘Real ID Act’

As odd as it sounds—considering his giddiness of putting Voter ID laws into effect—Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill on Wednesday prohibiting the commonwealth from participating in the Real ID Act. In an effort to supposedly fight terrorism, the Real ID Act sets “national standards for driver’s licenses and other IDs used for boarding commercial flights...

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DAILY GRINDER: PA Senate Committee Passes ‘anti-Obamacare’ Measure

On the same day they passed Voter ID legislation, a state Senate panel found time to approve a proposal that’d make the federal Affordable Care Act—specifically the one-time Republican idea that all residents be required to buy insurance—illegal. Problem? In order to put such legislation into action, it’s got to literally be put into the state constitution....

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Pennsylvania Voter ID Bill Passes Senate

Pennsylvania Voter ID Bill Passes Senate

The Pennsylvania state Senate passed Bill 934, also called the Voter ID bill, a little after 5 p.m. today after an hours-long debate. The final tally was 26-23. Three Republicans, Sens. Greenleaf, Jane Earll and Mary Jo White crossed party lines to vote against the bill, which many believe will disenfranchise elderly, minority and perhaps college students in...

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Pennsylvania Voter ID Bill Close to Becoming a Reality

Pennsylvania Voter ID Bill Close to Becoming a Reality

The Pennsylvania state Senate Appropriations Committee passed the state’s Voter ID bill by a 15-11 vote yesterday. The Republican majority in the committee provided the 15 votes for the measure. One Republican, Sen. Mary Jo White of Vebabgo County, joined the 10 Democrats against. The bill, which would require voters to bring identification to polling places,...

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Senate Passes Unemployment Bill To Pay Down Federal Debt

As Pennsylvania’s unemployment hits 8.1 percent, lawmakers are trying to figure out how to get the state Unemployment Compensation (UC) fund out of a very deep hole. The Senate passed a bill that would authorize the Department of Labor and Commerce to borrow up to $3.5 billion from a private bank at a lower interest rate than what it borrowed from the federal...

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DAILY GRINDER: Vince Fumo Will Be Re-Sentenced, Haz a Sad

A bearded, tired, depressed, overweight, retired former Sen. Vince Fumo is scheduled to be re-sentenced on November 9 for his part in defrauding, well, just about everyone. Prosecutors are looking to elongate his 4-and-a-half year sentence due to more than $1.5 million in losses “and other mistakes” in calculating Fumo’s original sentence. If it turns out...

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Bill to Expand Gun Rights at Your “Castle” Headed to Gov. Corbett’s Desk

By Jon Campisi A bill expanding gun owners’ rights passed the state Senate Monday, bringing to a close the first, and perhaps final, chapter in a long battle that pitted Second Amendment proponents against gun-control advocates and some law-enforcement officials. HB 40, an expansion of the so-called “Castle Doctrine,” which had already passed the...

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Campaign Updates: Guv and Sen

Campaign Updates: Guv and Sen

Governor: Tom Corbett is so awkward. Perhaps you’ll remember a couple weeks back when he claimed the unemployed “just sit there”? “I’ve literally had construction companies tell me, ‘I can’t get people to come back to work until — they say, ‘We’ll come back when unemployment runs out,’” he mocked. But he...

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