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Voter ID, Peduto announcement today

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Bill Peduto

Good Thursday morning.

The battle over Pennsylvania's voter ID law goes back to court today in a status conference before Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson. (Here's my post-election look at the bill.) The ACLU and other opponents plan to fight the strict photo ID requirements through the May 21 primary and will seek to have the state Supreme Court either rule it unconstitutional or require major changes.

Here's Karen Langley's overview on Gov. Tom Corbett opting out of building an online Obamacare shopping exchange. The governor was supposed to have a public Pittsburgh area appearance today, by the way, but it has been cancelled.

In other state news of a political bent, state treasurer Rob McCord, a Democrat, is saying he will withhold funds for a proposed Corbett administration expansion/privatization of the lottery system. Laura Olson has the story.

Mayoral season is in full swing on Grant Street, with a city council bloc dismissing a Bill Peduto proposal to halt evening parking rate hikes in neighborhoods in his East End District. From Joe Smydo's story:

Council President Darlene Harris said Mr. Peduto, who plans to challenge Mayor Luke Ravenstahl next year, is "trying to make brownie points" and be a "good-deed doer," in the run-up to next year's mayoral race.

"I'm not running for mayor, and I don't need to try to get people's votes for mayor," Mrs. Harris said.

Peduto is expected to officially announce his candidacy tonight at his annual holiday party in the Strip District. The Point Breeze councilman lost another battle yesterday when a bloc of council members agreed to let a Buncher Co. redevelopment proposal (supported by the Ravenstahl administration) go forward in the Strip -- the group consists of Harris, Ricky Burgess, Theresa Kail-Smith, Daniel Lavelle and Corey O'Connor.

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