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  • Voter ID Ruling a Victory for Long DMV Lines Everywhere

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    A Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday that a new Republican-supported state voter ID law could be implemented for Election Day, despite objections that it was a partisan attempt to hurt President Obama and could cost thousands of voters the right to cast ballots.

    That's absurd — there's nothing partisan going on here. If there were, you'd have to prove that likely Obama voters are immigrants, college students and other minorities who lack the time and money traditionally associated with acquiring photo identification.

    Like I said, absurd.

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    Tags: Election Day, Pennsylvania, Republicans
  • Rep. Mike Kelly Makes the Pearl Harbor of 9/11 References

    Thanks to Obamacare, beginning yesterday new institutional insurance plans are required to cover birth control and other women's preventative health care services without a copay, which means it's time for another installment of Things That Aren't Like 9/11 Being Compared to 9/11.

    Today's example comes courtesy of Pennsylvania Representative Mike Kelly…

    "I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that's Pearl Harbor day. The other is September 11th, and that's the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates."

    This explains why vaginas seem to be on the terrorist watch list of grope-y TSA agents. Or, it could be part of a broader problem that can be fixed if elected officials and their staffs took two minutes to study this chart…

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    Tags: 9/11, Contraception, Health Care, Pennsylvania, Women's Rights
  • Pennsylvania Lawmakers Have a Strange Way of Defending Their Laws

    After Pennsylvania state house majority leader Mike Turzai was quoted as saying, "Voter ID, which is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done," people had some slight suspicions about the motive of a harsh voter ID law passed by the state's Republican-controlled congress which could keep three-quarters of a million eligible voters from casting their ballots in November.

    And now — just ahead of tomorrow's federal trial concerning the veracity of that very same voter ID law — state lawmakers have made some other interesting comments about the need for the law

    The state signed a stipulation agreement with lawyers for the plaintiffs which acknowledges there "have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal knowledge of any such investigations or prosecutions in other states."

    Additionally, the agreement states Pennsylvania "will not offer any evidence in this action that in-person voter fraud has in fact occurred in Pennsylvania and elsewhere" or even argue "that in person voter fraud is likely to occur in November 2012 in the absense of the Photo ID law."

    I see… Hmmmm… Interesting concessions. I can see how that might raise some eyebrows. But, let me ask you this: Is there still a black dude named Barack Obama who could conceivably win reelection for the Democrats with the help of Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes?

    There is?

    Okay, then. Really, the bulk of their argument still stands.

    Photo by Ad Meskens/Wikimedia Commons


    Tags: Pennsylvania, Voter Suppression
  • Barack Obama Revives the Great Cookiegate Scandal of '12

    Remember back in April when Mitt Romney inadvertently disparaged a Pennsylvania local-favorite bakery when he told supporters bearing desert that "I'm not sure about these cookies… They came from the local 7-Eleven bakery or wherever"? You know, like a normal human being would.

    Years from now, future generations will be studying that incident as "Cookiegate," and it will likely be remembered mostly for how close it brought our nation to utter dissolution. Brother against brother! Baker against customer! Snickerdoodle against ginger snap! Thank god that tragedy is far back in our country's lamentable past, along with the Civil War and the shooting of J.R.

    Wait a minute! No. No! Tell me this isn't happening! Noooooooooo, Obamaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

    As President Obama's motorcade rolled across the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, his campaign informed reporters that in Pittsburgh they would be treated to cookies from Bethel Bakery in Bethel Park, Pa., a locally-famous establishment whose 15 minutes of campaign fame followed an unfortunate description of them by Obama's GOP rival, Mitt Romney…

    Obama's campaign aides rubbed in Romney's snub Friday.

    "Waiting for the press in Pittsburgh… Cookies from Bethel Bakery," campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki wrote on Twitter. "Another difference with Romney. We love their cookies."

    Is this how Obama wants to gain re-election? By re-igniting long-extinguished pilot lights of destruction? Does he really wish to preside over the smoldering wreckage and burnt pastries of a once great nation? This is truly sad.

    This is not how cookies should be used! They should be used to bring people together — like a hot cookie and a cool glass of milk — not to tear them into two steamy gooey parts. Has he learned nothing from his wife?

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Food, Mitt Romney, Pennsylvania
  • Mitt Romney Losing Ground in Swing States

    With the general election just a few short months away, it's critical for Mitt Romney to reach out to the important swing states, focus on talking to the people who live there and allow the voters there to get to know him.

    Unfortunately, that carries with it certain dangers. Such as the danger that the voters there might get to know him

    Among the voters in our poll living in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, Obama's lead over Romney increases to 50%-42%.

    Also in these swing states, Romney's favorability numbers have dropped: A month ago, Romney's fav/unfav score stood at 34%/38% nationally and 36%-36% in these 12 swing states. But in this latest survey, his national fav/unfav score is 33%-39% (that 39% unfav is tied with his all-time high) and 30%-41% in the swing states.

    It's probably for the best to keep him away from swing staters for a little while longer. Like maybe just four or five months. After that, definitely get him out there.

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    Tags: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Mitt Romney, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Polls, Virginia, Wisconsin