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- Former Sen. Arlen Specter, who served as both a Democrat and a Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is reportedly seriously ill.
- The Minnesota Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a voter ID ballot initiative in that state, which claimed that the ballot language is misleading to voters.
- New York State Sen. Daniel Squadron (D) asks his fellow state lawmakers to voluntarily disclose whether ALEC writes their legislation, since ALEC will not register as a lobbying organization.
- Grand Rapids, Michigan announced it will cease enforcement of an anti-panhandling law that was struck down by a federal court, although it did not rule out appealing that decision.
- And, finally, tropical storm Issac disrupts one of the Republican Party’s most important past times — high-dollar parties thrown by lobbyists.