Posts Tagged ‘PA’

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Sends Voter ID Law Back To Lower Court

I can’t help but think the Pennsylvania Supreme Court wanted to take the easy road on this ruling when they decided to send the Voter ID case back to a lower court for reconsideration. That means the law is still in effect but is pending yet another court review. The lower court has until October 2nd to issue a ruling. The [lower court] judge was instructed “to consider whether the procedures being used for deployment” of ID cards comports with the law as written — which the court itself made clear was not the case. “The Department of State has…
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Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Lives, Judge Refuses to Block It

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Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson says he will not halt Pennsylvania’s voter ID law. Everyone else is calling the law “tough” but I call it “discriminatory,” and it matters little to me what one particular judge has ruled because I know what’s right and what’s wrong. It turns out that the reason Republicans stated we needed this law played little role in the judge’s decision. Simpson, a Republican, didn’t rule on the full merits of the case, only whether to grant a preliminary injunction stopping it from taking effect. In his 70-page opinion, Simpson said the plaintiffs “did an excellent job…
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Draconian Budget: Does PA Governor Tom Corbett Have A Heart?

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Last month Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett introduced his new budget. He kept to his word by only offering spending cuts with no tax increases. But as usual when it comes to Republicans, their spending cuts will hurt the most vulnerable citizens. It is unacceptable to pledge ‘no tax increases’ and then move forward with cuts to services for the poor and elderly. philly.com – Corbett budget seeks spending cuts, plans no tax hike The spending blueprint for the fiscal year that begins July 1 echoed Corbett’s first budget proposal by slashing aid to colleges and scaling back programs for the poor, elderly, and…
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Muslim Man Assaults Atheist ‘Zombie Muhammad’, Judge Scolds Atheist

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Yesterday I wrote about the Pennsylvania House resolution that declared 2012 the Year of the Bible. Any rational person would agree that this is a clear violation of church-state separation. In case there was any doubt about whether this was a fluke or not, the right-wing zealots are at it again.