Passed in 2005 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the REAL ID Act required state drivers licenses to comply with federal standards that were supposed to make them harder to forge and thereby keep terrorists out of the country. (The ACLU opposed the creation of a “genuine national identity card.”)
The original deadline called for states to be compliant by May 11, 2008. That’s been extended multiple times. And there was another deadline coming up for Pennsylvania this week: On January 30th, Pennsylvania IDs couldn’t be used to get into federal facilities.
Well, what do you know: Today the state announced an extension with the Department of Homeland Security. Pennsylvania now has until June 5th to be in compliance with the REAL ID Act, unless there’s another extension (wink, wink). Read more »
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Computer scientists and election lawyers are asking the Hillary Clinton campaign to recount election votes in three states, including Pennsylvania, New York Magazine reported last night.
The internet has erupted since then. Here’s why.
The group reportedly includes John Bonifaz, an attorney specializing in Constitutional law and voting rights, and J. Alex Halderman, director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society. Until the article, they said little to reporters but had allegedly been in communication with the Clinton campaign, including chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias, a source told New York Magazine.
They’re arguing that evidence makes a case for possible hacking or manipulation of poll results in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, particularly regarding electronic-voting machines, according to the magazine. In Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that used electronic-voting machines compared to those that utilized paper ballots or optical scanners. That could have costed Clinton as many as 30,000 votes, based on statistical analysis, and she lost Wisconsin by 27,000, according to the magazine.
This discrepancy warrants an independent review of the election, the group argues, though they have not found specific proof of manipulation or hacking. Read more »
Benjamin Klubes, far left, stands on the Constitution Center stage as former Maryland AG Doug Gansler holds a press conference on December 1st, 2015 | Photo: Dan McQuade
Nice work if you can get it.
On December 1st of last year, then-Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane held a press conference. She showed a slideshow of pornography, racist image memes and other emails she said were sent on state computers. She announced an independent investigation into the emails led by former Maryland A.G. Doug Gansler.
Kane didn’t take questions, but Gansler — flanked by attorneys from his firm, BuckleySandler — held a press conference for the assembled media at the Constitution Center auditorium. And, thanks to a Right-to-Know request from PennLive’s Wallace McKelvey, we now know that one of those attorneys flanking Gansler made $6,160 to stand on the stage that day, as well as make a call and prep for the press conference. Read more »
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Tim Kaine debates Mike Pence tonight in the campaign’s lone vice presidential debate. Even though it won’t reach viewership levels of the first presidential debate, this will be the night where Kaine and Pence receive the most attention they’ll get during the campaign.
On Wednesday, Kaine will come to Philadelphia to campaign. He joins a long list of Hillary Clinton surrogates who have stumped for the Democratic presidential candidate in Philadelphia. President Obama was at Eakins Oval on September 13th, shouting out Carson Wentz. Joe Biden appeared at Drexel the day after the first presidential debate. A day later, Michelle Obama spoke at La Salle. Even Elizabeth Banks stumped for Hillary Clinton at Penn. And, of course, Clinton herself explicitly stumped for millennial votes at Temple last month. She’s appearing in Haverford today, too. Read more »
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A new study from the American Cancer Society found that New Jersey is the only state in the country that spends zero dollars on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
The report, which was released today, focuses on cancer prevention, tobacco control, access to healthcare and patient quality of life. It suggests that both New Jersey and Pennsylvania aren’t putting enough resources toward combatting cancer. Read more »
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While Pennsylvania rose in rank on this year’s best-states-to-do-business list, the commonwealth still sits toward the bottom.
CNBC‘s latest annual state ranking places Pennsylvania at 33, up from the 40th spot in 2015.
While this isn’t a leap, the small improvement is one that can multiply in years to come, if the advocates for the proposed amendment on the table to change the state’s taxation uniformity clause are right about its ability to boost the local economy.”
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Pennsylvanians want Philadelphia to leave the state.
Not all of them, of course. But according to a new poll from conservative firm Harper Polling, among those who could decide, a plurality of Pennsylvanians selected the five-county Philadelphia region as the one they’d like to leave the commonwealth. A Philexit!
Harper asked 500 adults in the state earlier this month the following question: “As you may have heard, the United Kingdom recently voted to leave the European Union, an event that has been referred to in the media as Brexit, or the British Exit. Which region of Pennsylvania would you most like to see leave the Commonwealth in its own Brexit?”
Fifty-two percent weren’t sure. But 29 percent of Pennsylvanians say Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania should leave. No other region was close. Pittsburgh and the Southwest got 7 percent. Scranton/Lehigh Valley, South Central PA and the Northern PA all got four percent. Aw, well at least everyone was nice to York. Read more »
Donald Trump. Photo | Michael Conroy, AP. Hillary Clinton. Photo | Andrew Harnik, AP
Donald Trump is ahead of Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
The Swing State Poll provided an update on data released last month that gauged support for the presidential candidates among participants in Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio. When third party candidates are not considered, Trump leads the poll in both Pennsylvania in Florida, while the candidates remain tied in Ohio.
Poll participants have lost a bit of faith in Clinton since June 21st, when the poll found her and Trump neck-and-neck in Pennsylvania.
Trump has now received support from 43 percent of poll participants in Pennsylvania, while Clinton has secured 41 percent. With third party candidates considered, Trump scored support from 40 percent of poll participants, while Clinton received 34 percent.
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A Quinnipiac University poll found the contest between presumptive presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump too close to call in Pennsylvania.
In Pa., 42 percent of participants said they favor Clinton, while 41 percent picked Trump. Pennsylvania is one of three swing states detailed in the poll, along with Florida and Ohio. Since 1960, no candidate has won the election without securing at least two of the three states.
The Swing State Poll found Clinton to have a close lead in Florida. The candidates are in a dead heat in Ohio, according to the poll.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders beat Trump in all three states in head-to-head matchups. Sanders topped Trump 47 to 40 percent in Pennsylvania.
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A Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously today that Jerry Sandusky is still entitled to his state pension despite being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys.
Sandusky, the Penn State football team’s defensive coordinator from 1977 to 1999, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2012 and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.
As a result, he lost his $4,900-a-month state pension when the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) ruled he was no longer eligible for it. Sandusky lost an appeal, but his lawyer vowed to keep fighting.
In conflict is the Pennsylvania law regarding pensions. Prior to 2004, when an amended law was passed, Pennsylvanians could only lose their state pensions if they were convicted of financial crimes. The 2004 law was not made retroactive, so Sandusky’s crimes do not apply. Read more »