Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Stand Your Ground Law was not the only offensive legislation by ALEC.

...Lawmakers (click title to entry - thank you) proposed 62 photo-ID bills 

in 37 states in the 2011 and 2012 sessions, with multiple bills introduced 

in some states, including two by Democrats in Rhode Island. Ten states 

have passed strict photo-ID laws since 2008, though several face legal 


A News21 analysis found that more than half of the 62 bills were sponsored 

by members or conference attendees of the American Legislative Exchange 

Council (ALEC), a Washington-based, tax-exempt organization.

Pennsylvania's law, which is counted among that group, was sponsored by 

Republican State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, an ALEC member. The law has been 

challenged in court and a decision is expected this week. Signed into law on 

March 14, the law requires an acceptable photo ID....

Germantown nonagenarian at center of voter ID lawsuit under doctor's orders to rest (click here)

August 14, 2012
By Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks

...Exhausting process
Though she has made it a personal point to tell her story, the whole thing has become a bit daunting at times.
"It's fair to say that the attention has been a little overwhelming," said Sara Mullen, associate director of the Pennsylvania ACLU. "I've been limiting the calls and the interviews."
Applewhite, who is in a wheelchair, traveled to Harrisburg to testify last month. Not long afterwards, she was aboard a bus that was involved in an accident on Roosevelt Boulevard.
The collective toll of it all has left Applewhite with doctor's orders to rest up, according to Mullen, who noted in an email to NewsWorks that the nonagenarian is not feeling "terribly well."
Judge Robert Simpson is expected to hand down a decision any day now. An appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is almost guaranteed regardless of the ruling....

Viviette Applewhite, 93, has been inundated with attention and interview requests related to the voter ID lawsuit. (Kimberly Paynter/for NewsWorks)