Hello, and welcome to the Daily Briefing for October 2, 2012. Now today our top stories are:
PA’s voter ID requirement has been blocked.
Do you know who Senator Scott Brown’s model Judge is?
Unlike some Republicans, Mitt Romney has not changed his mind about Todd Akin.
Well, now its time for our Short and Sweet Stories, our top stories condensed.
In Pennsylvania, Judge Robert Simpson has ruled that the voter ID requirement, the main part of the law, cannot be enforced until after the election. He left the possibility of having the whole law being thrown out, while also letting some parts stand. He said that workers can ask for ID, but it is not required. Judge Simpson had left the law stand previously, but when the state Supreme Court tossed the lawsuit back to him, they had specific instructions. They said that if there was evidence that eligible voters could be disenfranchised, then he should block the provision. Proponents say the law is needed to prevent voter fraud, while opponents say the law disenfranchises minorities and the elderly who would usually vote Democratic.
In the second debate with challenger Elizabeth Warren, Senator Scott Brown had an interesting question. He was asked who his model Supreme Court judge is. After some stumbling, he answered Justice Antonin Scalia. Democrats pounced on the answer because Antonin Scalia is part of the conservative wing of the Court, and voted against Obamacare.
In an interview with MSNBC, Romney advisor Kevin Madden said that Mitt Romney has not changed his opinion on Todd Akin. Todd Akin caused a firestorm when he said that “legitimate rape” doesn’t cause pregnancy. Afterwards, almost all Republicans disavowed him, and called on him to drop out. However, when the deadline passed for Rep. Akin to leave, some Republicans have come back to him. However, Mitt Romney is not one of them. Sen. Rick Santorum, one of Mitt Romney’s opponents for the nomination, has endorsed Rep. Akin.
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