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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Links: PSA on voter ID draws criticism, Rendell warns Dems against complacency

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Sep 7, 2012 1:13 PM

Lawmaker calls state’s voter ID ad “offensive, demeaning”

State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) is none too happy with a television spot that tells viewers, “If you care about this election… show it.”

The ad directs viewers to a phone number and a website where they can get more information about the new photo identification requirement at the polls.

As Department of State Ron Ruman told the Patriot-News: “In a 30-second television spot, it’s completely impossible to include the detailed process for getting an ID.”

Watch the ad here.

For your Are We or Aren’t We a Swing State file:

The Associated Press reported two conservative superPACs have pulled their money out of two states teetering on the brink of battleground status: Pennsylvania and Michigan. 

Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for American Crossroads, a super PAC advised by President George W. Bush's longtime political counselor Karl Rove, indicated the states aren't competitive for Romney right now.

"Over the last several weeks, the dynamics have been changing in a number of states that have led us to dedicate resources elsewhere," Collegio said.

Instead, the group announced Wednesday it would spend $6.8 million over the next 10 days in several swing states likely to determine the outcome of the presidential contest. The new ad, mocking Obama's campaign slogan, "Forward," will air in states including Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

But yesterday morning, former Gov. Ed Rendell warned Pennsylvania Democrats on calling this one too early.  From PA Independent:

Most polls show Democratic President Barack Obama with a lead of between 5 and 10 points in Pennsylvania, but Rendell said the GOP might be laying a trap in the hopes that Democrats will slack off in their efforts to secure the state’s 20 electoral votes for Obama.

If they decide to come in and blitz the last six or seven weeks, they can do it if they want,” Rendell said. “All of a sudden that 9 point lead becomes a 6 point lead becomes a 3 point lead.

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