October 7, 2012 |
Now that it's been resolved that photo IDs won't be required in the current election, can we move on to other measures that enhance, not suppress, turnout? Like allowing early voting? Or voting by mobile phone? According to the Associated Press, Pennsylvania is the largest of 10 states that don't allow early voting, online registration, or Election Day registration. Here, the voter-registration cutoff is this Tuesday, a month before Election Day. And state law allows for early voting only if residents apply for an absentee ballot through their county's Board of Elections, a process that requires them to document why they'll be unable to make it to a polling place on Election Day. Potential early voters must cite factors such as military service, professional duties, vacations, religious holidays, and illness or physical disability.
July 28, 2012 |
Saying America is so mired in "moral depravity" that only a mass appeal to the Almighty can save it, Christian evangelical leaders from across the country are planning a giant prayer rally for Sept. 29 in Philadelphia. The "America for Jesus" daylong gathering on Independence Mall is expected to draw at least 30,000 people who "want to turn the nation around," said Bishop Anne Giminez, chairwoman of the event and pastor of Rock Pentecostal Church in Virginia Beach, Va. "We see the symptoms of decline all around us," she said Wednesday, citing murder and abortion rates and the decline of marriage.
July 26, 2012 |
In 1964, the American people enacted the 24th Amendment to prevent the exclusion of the poor from the ballot box. In his recent speech at the NAACP convention, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. wasn't indulging in election-year rhetoric when he condemned Texas' 2011 voter-identification law as a poll tax that could exclude the poor. He was speaking the hard legal truth. The Justice Department would be right to challenge this new law as an unconstitutional poll tax. The department has temporarily blocked the Texas law under special provisions of the Voting Rights Act that apply to jurisdictions, mostly in the South, with a history of discriminating against minority groups.
June 25, 2012 |
When he cast his lot last month with elites who want to reinvent marriage, President Obama thought he was riding the crest of history. Cheered on by the media and $15 million in campaign cash from Hollywood — both of whom consider his "coming out" on par with the Emancipation Proclamation — the president presumes "the people" are behind him. Yet in fact, the man Newsweek declared our "first gay president" has confirmed how strikingly his...
June 13, 2012 |
TO THOSE who think it's no big deal to require a photo ID to vote in Pennsylvania, meet Wilola Lee, 59; Gloria Cuttino, 64, and Nadine Marsh, 84, who all have voted regularly for decades. Each has been told by her native state — Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia, respectively — that there is no record of her birth. As a result, they can't get the birth certificates required to get the photo IDs now required to continue voting. If the new Pennsylvania voter ID law is allowed to take effect at the November election, these women won't be able to vote.
April 6, 2012
WHAT ARE they afraid of? That's the obvious question that arises from yet another move by the fracking industry, and their BFFs in Pennsylvania government, to keep secret ("proprietary," if you will) the toxic chemicals that they are injecting into the earth. Act 13, the hydraulic fracturing law passed in February, already qualified as a major corporate giveaway to the natural-gas industry, giving companies the right to overturn local zoning laws and pretty much drill anywhere.
July 31, 2011 |
In 1984, I campaigned to be an elected alternate delegate (from Pennsylvania's Eighth Congressional District) to the Republican National Convention in Dallas. The process required that I get elector signatures for my name to appear on the ballot, solicit the party endorsement at numerous candidate screenings, and win an election at the ballot box. The world has changed, and elections should change, too. Today, Americans earn college credits online, shop online, read news online, and view school grades online.
July 20, 2011 |
CONAKRY, Guinea - Guinea's president narrowly survived an assassination attempt Tuesday after gunmen encircled his home overnight and pounded his bedroom with rockets, throwing into doubt the stability of the country's first democratically elected government. President Alpha Conde was sleeping in a different room when the shooting erupted outside his residence about 3 a.m. Rocket-propelled grenades landed inside the compound and one of his bodyguards was killed, said Francois Louceny Fall, a minister at the presidency who acts as Conde's chief of staff.
March 21, 2011 |
The census is out, and the numbers are in: Philadelphia added nearly 97,000 Asian and Hispanic residents during the last decade. But will those numbers translate to political influence in the 2011 city elections? New faces alone will not propel candidates into office from communities neither monolithic nor necessarily politically united. No one knows that better than City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, whose hold on her Seventh District seat is precarious. She cannot even count on unified support from her own Puerto Rican community.
June 29, 2010 |
Long gone Changing his approach hasn't stopped Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton from slugging the long ball. And we do mean long ball - like 468 feet long. Hamilton smacked that homer Sunday in the Rangers' last game to extend his career-best hitting streak to 21 games. It was his 47th hit this month, tying a team record. Hamilton said he is more patient this season, eliminating a toe-tap, and is trying to swing the bat more level. The result is a hitting streak spanning more than three weeks that has raised his average to .346, tied for second-best in the majors.