Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Urban Beat: PA Supreme Court Remands Voter ID Case, Chicago Teacher's Union Ends Strike, AG Eric Holder Cleared on Fast & Furious


Meanwhile, outside of the 2012 Presidential election...

PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT RULES ON VOTER ID CASE:
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on whether that state can enforce its new photo ID law for the November election, as it told a trial judge to take a skeptical look at whether registered voters will be denied the right to cast a ballot.
The judge must assure "there will be no voter disenfranchisement arising out of the ID requirement," the state justices said.
The 4-2 decision is a tentative victory for voting rights advocates who have asserted the new requirement will keep tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians from voting this year.The two dissenting justices said they would have gone further and struck down the law immediately.

- L.A. Times 

CHICAGO TEACHER'S UNION STRIKE ENDS - KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL

Chicago Public Schools teachers returned to their classrooms Wednesday with pay raises on the horizon after a seven-day strike, but details on how the cash-strapped district would pay for them remained scarce.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he would not rule out a property tax increase to pay for the double-digit raises laid out in a tentative agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union, but he chose to focus on unidentified cost-saving measures that he said would pay for the deal.
- Chicago Tribune
ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER IS EXONERATED IN FAST & FURIOUS SCANDAL

A long-awaited report on the U.S. government’s controversial gun-trafficking operation known as “Fast and Furious” released Wednesday found no evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder knew of the botched effort to trace the flow of guns to Mexico’s drug cartels prior to its public unraveling in January 2011. 
The report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz said there is "no evidence that ... Holder was informed about Operation Fast and Furious, or learned about the tactics employed by ATF in the investigation" before Congress began pressing him for information about it in early 2011.
- NBC News

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