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Hey, remember when Republicans tried to win Pennsylvania's electoral votes for Mitt Romney by making it really hard for poor and minority people in Philadelphia to vote? Remember how that didn't work? Well, the GOP is back at the drawing board, trying to figure out some way of delivering votes in 2016 to Jeb Bush or whoever the party's nominee is that year. The latest idea is an old one: Split the state's electoral votes proportionately between the winner and loser of the popular vote. "“This advantage of this system is clear," said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi. "It much
“Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there are as yet no words to enable us to get there. Myth is nourished by silence as well as by words.”I remembered that quote by the late great Italian journalist Italo Calvino when I read Post contributor Stephen Silver's "'Massive Voter Fraud' in Philly Is a Myth."
Election 2012 has come and gone, and at least one thing has become clear: It’s time to start taxing the churches. The IRS might finally be becoming aware of that fact, too, as complaints about churches violating the infamous “no political endorsements” rule continue to flow in. Maybe it’s the growing non-believing population in the U.S., or maybe Americans are getting tired of the freeloading political proselytizing, but either way, something is shifting.
Once again, the voting process in Philadelphia is a joke told over and over again on national newscasts. Every four years, the fairness of voting in the city is questioned, and every four years, the suspicions and allegations swirl without investigation.
"Define irony: Bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash." So said Steve Buscemi’s character in Con Air as the criminals rocked out to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Don’t look now, but the Republican Party is giving that definition a run for its money.
As last week’s elections incontrovertibly proved, 2012 will go down in history as The Year of the Queer. Welcome to your worst nightmare, homophobes.
For marijuana activists, Tuesday’s election was much like an overnight success literally decades in the making. Let’s take a tally: Two states legalized cannabis for recreational use, another for medical, and still another came out strong on the decriminalization front in three cities. Where pot measures failed, they failed only marginally.
Once a homeless mother, Cheri Honkala moved to Philadelphia in the late 1980s and has been fighting for the rights of the poor and homeless ever since. This past year, she was chosen as running mate by Jill Stein, the Green Party's presidential candidate. I spoke to her about Obama, Romney, and whether the Green Party would ever consider merging with any other third parties to try to gain a larger base.