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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Heads Up: Morning headlines for Sept. 13

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Story of the day: The state's controversial voter ID law will be argued in front of the state Supreme Court today, starting at 9:30 this morning. You can watch live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, or on the pay side of its website. There was a preview of many of those complaints at a City Council hearing yesterday. And lest you think that will be the end of the debate, some friendly folks from a Washington D.C. conservative interest group appear ready to come after Allegheny County, alleging widespread problems with the voter rolls here. And meanwhile, a new report out warns of Tea Party proposals to challenge voter qualifications at the polls on Election Day -- and worries that Pennsylvania law to prevent intimidation are "unsatisfactory."

After serving 18 years in prison, Terrell Johnson is set to be freed after a jury finds him not guilty in a retrial of the murder charges against him. And it only took a decade after critical questions were raised about his conviction!

Speaking of long-overdue quests for closure, Jordan Miles' attorneys are, as expected, seeking a retrial on two counts of their civil suit against Pittsburgh police.

Think the economic slowdown has been bad? A new survey suggests that it could have been a lot worse if it weren't for "Obamacare" and other government spending. The takeaway: "Because of policies, including the Affordable Care Act, we saw an increase in health coverage in 2011. Pennsylvania should keep that progress going by fully implementing the law, including taking advantage of the opportunity to close the Medicaid coverage gap."

We are too a battleground: Gov. Tom Corbett and other prominent Republicans held a press call to convince reporters that, even though Republican-allied groups have pulled their political ads from the state, Pennsylvania is still competitive. This is one of those things where, if you have to make the case in the first place, you've probably lost it. The GOP claims that the lack of ads matters less than their ground game, but as Keystone Politics points out, whatever that "ground game" involves, it apparently does not include having a lot of field offices on the, um, ground.

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