I believe that my duty is to follow my conscience and vote what I think is in the best interest of the country, and the political risks will have to abide.Sen. Arlen Specter • On his decision to switch parties and support the Affordable Care Act, a switch he made in 2009 amidst controversy. The change cost him another term in the Senate — he lost a challenge to Rep. Joe Sestak in 2010, and Sestak lost to Pat Toomey in the general election. Specter managed to become the longest-serving senator in Pennsylvania history despite suffering numerous health problems — including two benign brain tumors in the 1990s, and two separate bouts of Hodgkin’s disease in the 2000s. Specter died of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma on Sunday.
This is a big win in that no one will be turned away on Election Day because they don’t have the new strict voter ID. The state has a large budget to spend on advertising this fact, and we want to make sure it does it.Benjamin D. Geffen, lawyer with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia • Speaking on the decision by a Pennsylvania judge today to delay implementation of the state’s new voter I.D. law until after the election. Judge Robert Simpson ruled that identification will be requested at Pennsylvania ballots, but will not be required — it was he who’d upheld the law back in August, but the state Supreme Court ordered further hearings, narrowing the examination to whether easy access to forms of I.D. had been provided. source
You can literally put facts in front of people, and they will just ignore them.Mark Lubell, the director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior at the University of California-Davis • Discussing the nature of the debate over “fracking” in recent months, where both sides have been known to use questionable facts to support their arguments for or against the practice. Example: Protesters claim that the air pollution threats caused by fracking are significant, despite the evidence that the popularity of the practice cuts back on the production of far-more-damaging-to-the-atmosphere coal energy. On top of this, EPA regulations have helped to limit air pollution from fracking. Honestly, environmental issues are emotional. But let’s be honest when bringing up said emotional issues.
» The problem? People know him: Nearly six years after Rick Santorum lost a Senate election by an embarrassing margin, his perception in his home state of Pennsylvania has never really recovered. The AP story at the source link explains how Santorum really blew it at a meeting with conservative leaders in the state back in 2006, and how the encounter has come to haunt him. Also of note — few Pennsylvania politicians have publicly endorsed anyone, and the few that have are backing Romney. Santorum, by some estimates, needs to win 80 percent of the delegates to even have a shot at winning.