Voter ID: Patriotic or restrictive? This voter ID commercial, part of a $1.3 million media buy, has been running in all Pennsylvania’s media markets. It was created for the Pennsylvania State Department by Red House Communications.
KCRW’s Vicki Cox caught up with Warren Olney this morning from Tampa and asks: Super Pacs and a Shadow Convention, what exactly is that going to be all about?”
Like everything else here in Tampa, there things are going to be affected by the weather and how much they will change the schedule, even though the hurricane isn’t hitting here and the weather’s nice now and the delegates can get across Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg without any trouble, they’ll still have one eye on New Orleans and I don’t know how much celebrating they’re going to do. But what we’ll do is talk about what’s referred to as the “Shadow Convention.” Particularly since the Citizen’s United decision by the US Supreme Court and the liberation of non- profits so that they can contribute to political activity. Money is a bigger factor that ever. It’s always been the case at political conventions that the real action happens not on the floor, not with the delegates (at least this has been true since political campaigns can’t —- conventions don’t really do the nominating anymore). The real action has been behind the scenes, and with the money people. And that’s true here, doubly as a result of the legal situation that has now been created by the US Supreme Court.
How did the addition of Paul Ryan to the ticket make the party more attractive to social issue voters? KCRW producers talk to attendees at Sunday’s Faith and Freedom Coalition Rally at the Republican National Convention. Politico reports:
The Faith and Freedom Coalition rally drew the expected rock stars of the evangelical movement — Mike Huckabee, Ralph Reed and even Newt Gingrich. Yet few of the speakers talked about Romney himself — the rally was designed to fire up the most red meat, anti-Obama crowd here in Tampa just a few days before Romney accepts the nomination.