Hello, and welcome to Political Jungle. Now, today the attacks in Libya remain front and center, so we are talking about the political impact of this. Also, Pennsylvania’s voter ID law is in court. Finally, Wisconsin’s collective bargaining law has been shot down. This is Political Jungle.
Now today on Political Jungle, we begin with the Libyan attack. Today, the four dead dignitaries were laid to rest, and President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at their memorial service. As for the political implications, Mitt Romney has been criticized for his earlier tone, where he criticized the Obama Administration very early on. However, since then he has been changing his tone, and letting Paul Ryan be the attack dog.
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court began hearings on the state voter ID law. The law requires voters to show photo identification in order to vote. The ID must have an expiration date in order to be eligible. Since the law was in court, there were many protests all over the state. Many were organized by the group MoveOn.
This is pretty new into the Political Jungle, Wisconsin’s collective bargaining law has been struck down by the courts in the state. The law was signed by Governor Scott Walker, which made him a conservative star and target for recall. However, the recall attempt failed, leading to a several-minute standing ovation at the Republican National Convention. The state plans to appeal. Finally, the judge ruled the law was unconstitutional by the Wisconsin and U.S. Constitutions, limiting a person’s right to bargain collectively. The unions argue the law also impedes on the right to free speech.
Well, thank you for joining us on Political Jungle. We are continuing to monitor Chicago and Libya, so stick with us.