(CNN) – In the days before a voter registration deadline, Latino groups are usually wrapping up their outreach efforts aimed at driving potential voters to the polls on Election Day. But this election season, Rafael Collazo led a sparse team of volunteers into the streets of Philadelphia, scrambling to get voters he wishes he could have signed up months ago.
"We sort of plan our campaign so that we're not in an extreme rush to the very end," said Collazo, who works for the National Council of La Raza. But this year, his tiny team is running into row houses dotted with Puerto Rican flags, shouting in English and Spanish about the need to register and vote. Team members have visited high schools and tried to rally apathetic youth who would be voting for the first time, if only they would register with the state.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A Pennsylvania judge ruled Tuesday that state officials cannot enforce a new voter ID law in next month's presidential election.
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - A Pennsylvania judge ruled Tuesday that state officials cannot enforce a new voter identification law in next month's presidential election.
The ruling by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson is expected to be appealed.FULL STORY
Philadelphia (CNN) – A Pennsylvania judge is expected to rule Tuesday whether or not to uphold a new state law requiring every voter to present a photo ID at the polls.
Supporters argue that the law signed in March by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett will prevent voter fraud and is upheld by the constitution. But opponents counter that the new law will disenfranchise voters, and any implementation should be postponed until after the November 6 presidential election.FULL STORY
Philadelphia (CNN) - Mitt Romney on Friday opened a Philadelphia fund-raiser by saying a Romney win in the battleground state of Pennsylvania would amount to a surprising defeat.
"You know we really would shock people if early in the evening of Nov. 6 it looked like Pennsylvania was going to come our way and actually did come our way,” Romney said at the Union League Club. “That could happen. That could happen."
Washington (CNN) – Sometimes in politics, things are black and white – like the historically wide gulf between the black community and the conservative movement.
But a new effort by FreedomWorks, a conservative organization associated with the tea party movement, aims to change that. And a prominent African-African progressive activist says he thinks the outreach effort is premature, misguided and, therefore, not likely to be successful.
With an event Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh, FreedomWorks is launching its national "Black and White Tour," an explicit, unapologetic effort to lobby African-Americans on economic policy issues at the core of the agenda of many fiscal conservatives involved in tea party activism.
(CNN) – A new CNN Poll of Polls of likely voters in Pennsylvania indicates President Barack Obama with a 49%-40% lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The poll is an average of the three most recent non-partisan live operator surveys in the Keystone state. All three polls were conducted in the past two weeks, entirely after the end of the Republican and Democratic conventions.
(CNN) - Pennsylvania's state Supreme Court on Thursday took up a controversial case over the state's new voting law, which requires voters to furnish a photo ID before casting their ballots.
Court spokesman Art Heinz said the case, which is an appeal from a lower court's August 15 decision which upheld the law, is not expected to be resolved by Thursday.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania left a hospital in Philadelphia Friday after receiving treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma, according to a statement released through his attorney.
The statement also said Specter would return to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital to receive periodic treatments for the disease, a type of blood cancer.
(CNN) – A coalition of Pennsylvania civil rights groups filed an appeal Thursday to overturn a judge's ruling that upheld a controversial voter identification law.
The appeal seeks to prevent the law, which requires voters to present a state issued photo ID, from being enforced in November's election, said American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania associate director Sara Mullen.