Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE: New Ideas, Sharp Opinions [Derived Headline]

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VOTER ID OUTED

Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog: "Republican Mike Turzai, Pennsylvania's House majority leader, [recently] made a startling confession. Boasting about the state's new voter ID law, which was ostensibly about the integrity of the electoral process, Turzai bragged that the law 'is gonna allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.'

"The surprising candor helped reinforce what Democrats have argued all along: These laws are about disenfranchising voters Republicans don't like. The right usually maintains the trumped up 'voter fraud' pretense, but once in a great while, a GOP official will slip and tell the truth."

Mr. Benen goes on to cite a finding from the Pennsylvania Department of State that 9.2 percent of the state's registered voters lack a standard driver's license or a non-driver photo ID.

THE WELFARE PRESIDENT

MJ Lee at Politico: "Louisiana Gov. Bob Jindal, who has vowed to reject the expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, charged Tuesday that the president 'measures success by how many people are on food stamp rolls and government- run health care.'

" 'The president, his administration, needs to understand what makes this country great in part is that we're not dependent on government programs,' the Republican governor said on "Fox & Friends." 'It seems to me like the president measures success by how many people are on food stamp rolls and government-run health care. That's not the American dream.' "

EIGHT-GRADER WINS

Annie-Rose Strasser at ThinkProgress.org congratulates eight- grader Julia Bluhm for leading a petition drive that convinced Seventeen magazine to stop photoshopping pictures of girls, which was raising unrealistic expectations among teens as to how svelte and sexy they ought to look.

"For the sake of all the struggling girls all over America, who read Seventeen and think these fake images are what they should be, I'm stepping up," Julia wrote. …

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