by Chris Potter
Just the other day, some jagoff observed that, with all the 11th-hour hour changes made to the voter ID law, "it's hard to see why opponents or supporters of Voter ID should have any faith in the law." And guess what? At least one of the law's jagoff authors is losing faith in it. State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe tells the Tribune-Review that the law doesn't allow for easier-to-get forms of ID now being issued by Gov. Tom Corbett's administration: "I think the executive branch has gone farther than what the law allows them to do." Metcalfe shouldn't worry: There's plenty of evidence that voters are still having a hard time getting ID, thanks to a lack of information. The left-leaning Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has found that nearly half of people going to PennDOT are getting misleading or incomplete information about how to get their IDs.(There'll be more testimony in Commonwealth Court about the law today; in the meantime, there are long lines to get ID in Philly.)
Seems like there's not a lot of local interest in the case of Terry Williams, who is facing execution for crimes committed as a teenager. (Though there are exceptions.) But if you'd like to register your opposition to the death penalty in this case, the ACLU is making it easy, with a form you can send to the Board of Pardons, which is rehearing his appeal. Williams' execution is set for Oct. 3. (In related news, two Pennsylvania newspapers are seeking full access to the proceedings.)
Could a change in leadership be in the offing at the local NAACP? A rematch of the 2010 race between Regina Ragin Dykes and M. Gayle Moss is in the offing. Although I dunno. According to the New Pittsburgh Courier, "When asked what she would do differently from the current NAACP leadership, Dykes wouldn’t go into specifics."
In these tough economic times, it's good to know that at least somebody's job is safe. And Pirates fans will no doubt be pleased to know that the Pirates' front office isn't going anywhere. Yes, despite one of the most epic late-season collapses in pro sports history, the Pirates have issued a statement in support of the team's top executives. This will remove any cloud of uncertainty from the team's off-season -- ensuring more airspace for the cloud of despair.
Schenley High School is up for sale, despite the hopes of former Schenley parents and other advocates who hoped students might return to it. Great location, distinctive architecture -- and as a bonus, it's got less asbestos than you may have been led to believe.