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Local bakery put a sweet spin on elections

Cam­paign cook­ies-2012 (Maria Pouch­nikova)

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The In­de­pend­ence Hall Tea Party As­so­ci­ation Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Com­mit­tee is eagerly await­ing the court rul­ings on the state’s new voter iden­ti­fic­a­tion law and vow­ing re­tri­bu­tion at the polls if the law is struck down.

The PAC said it was “cow­ardly” for the Pennsylvania Su­preme Court to send the ap­peal back to Com­mon­wealth Court.

Judge Robert Simpson, of Com­mon­wealth Court, has already ruled in fa­vor of the law. Op­pon­ents ap­pealed that de­cision to the Su­preme Court, which last week ordered Simpson to de­term­ine if state agen­cies are mak­ing the ID cards read­ily avail­able for voters in ad­vance of the Nov. 6 elec­tion.

PAC pres­id­ent Don Adams cited last week’s In­quirer Pennsylvania Poll, which showed nearly two-thirds of people in fa­vor of the law. Ninety-four per­cent of people said it would not be dif­fi­cult for them to get a photo ID card.

In ad­di­tion, Adams ar­gued that the Su­preme Court should up­hold the law out of de­fer­ence to the le­gis­lature, which he said rep­res­ents the will of the people.

Adams said that, if Simpson fails to up­hold the law, the PAC will ask Gov. Tom Corbett to again ap­peal the case to the state Su­preme Court.

Su­preme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille, a Rhawn­hurst res­id­ent, and Justice Max Baer are sched­uled to be on the bal­lot in 2013 seek­ing ad­di­tion­al 10-year terms.

“Bot­tom line, if this law is not up­held, we will hold Justices Castille and Baer ac­count­able in their 2013 re­ten­tion elec­tion — and, pos­sibly, Gov. Corbett in his 2014 [re-elec­tion] primary con­test,” Adams said.

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The Planned Par­ent­hood Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Com­mit­tee has en­dorsed Wil­li­am Dun­bar, the Demo­crat­ic chal­lenger to state Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.).

“A wo­man should have the right to use birth con­trol and choose wheth­er or not she wants to have chil­dren without gov­ern­ment in­volve­ment,” Dun­bar said. “Those who vote for le­gis­la­tion that re­stricts a wo­man’s right to make de­cisions about her re­pro­duct­ive health seek to deny all wo­men of their con­sti­tu­tion­al right to pri­vacy.”

Mag­gie Groff, the south­east­ern Pennsylvania pro­ject dir­ect­or for the PAC, said Dun­bar un­der­stands the im­port­ance of provid­ing ac­cess to af­ford­able, qual­ity, pre­vent­ive fam­ily plan­ning ser­vices.

“We know Will re­spects the abil­ity of wo­men and their fam­il­ies to make their own per­son­al health care de­cisions, and we know he will work to pro­tect their right to do so,” she said.

Taylor is pro-life.

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There is one thing Demo­crats and Re­pub­lic­ans can prob­ably agree on — their love of cook­ies.

Now, voters can show sup­port for their fa­vor­ite can­did­ates by buy­ing cook­ies at Wein­rich’s Bakery, at 55 Ea­st­on Road in Wil­low Grove.

The cook­ies come in small, me­di­um and large sizes. The best sellers are the ones fea­tur­ing the like­nesses of Pres­id­ent Barack Obama, chal­lenger Mitt Rom­ney, Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden and Re­pub­lic­an vice pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee Paul Ry­an.

There are also cook­ies with pic­tures of U.S. Sen. Bob Ca­sey Jr. and his Re­pub­lic­an op­pon­ent, Tom Smith; U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and her GOP chal­lenger, Joe Rooney; and state Rep. Tom Murt (R-152nd dist.) and his Demo­crat­ic op­pon­ent, Ron­ald Kolla.

Fol­low­ers of the pres­id­en­tial elec­tion might also be able to ig­nore the count­less state and na­tion­al polls on the race.

That’s be­cause, since Wein­rich’s Bakery began selling the polit­ic­al cook­ies in 1972, the can­did­ate whose cook­ie was bought most of­ten went on to win the race in every year ex­cept 1996. That year, Ross Perot’s cook­ie was the biggest seller.

Wein­rich’s is open in the fall Thursdays through Sundays. ••End­Frag­ment 

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