April 17, 2014 |
Ardmore businessman and conservative activist Bob Guzzardi, a self-described "nuisance" to the Republican Party, can challenge Gov. Corbett in next month's primary election, a judge ruled Tuesday. After Guzzardi gathered more than 3,000 signatures to get on the ballot, members of the state Republican Party took him to court, arguing that some signatures were invalid, that he misstated his occupation, and that he did not file a statement of financial information on time. Commonwealth Court Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt found there was not enough evidence to knock Guzzardi off the May 20 ballot.
April 15, 2012 |
Last year the world watched as Arab Spring protesters used the Internet and social media to organize demonstrations and to share them in real time across the globe, toppling Middle East dictators and reordering human history. This year, technology and social media sites, most visibly Facebook and Twitter, continue to have a dramatic impact on the political world. In January, millions of people signed online petitions and contacted members of Congress protesting efforts to pass poorly crafted legislation on online piracy.
August 30, 2010
Marakay Rogers, Kat Valleley, and Doug Jamison wanted to run for statewide office on the Libertarian Party ticket. They collected 25,033 signatures to comply with Pennsylvania's ballot-access requirements. That's 23,033 more than are required for Republican and Democratic state candidates. Republican and Democratic power brokers do not want ballot choice for Pennsylvania voters, and challenged the signatures of all third-party and independent statewide candidates. In 2004 and 2006, the courts assessed more than $80,000 in fees to a candidate who lost a ballot access challenge.
August 21, 2008 |
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr said yesterday that the growth of executive power was one of the main threats facing the United States. During a campaign visit to Philadelphia, the former Republican congressman from Georgia described the post-9/11 expansion of presidential prerogatives as "dramatic and breathtaking" and the Constitution "in danger of being washed away. " Said Barr, "I would view the power I would inherit from President Bush as a ceiling, not a floor," while Barack Obama and John McCain would see it "as a floor to be built on and expanded.
July 14, 2007 |
It's not enough that Democratic activists got the courts to bar independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader from the Pennsylvania ballot in 2004. Now, the Pittsburgh law firm that handled the case is pursuing Nader as a deadbeat because he refuses to pay its litigation costs. "This is a miscarriage of justice," said Nader, who is scheduled to address the Green Party national convention tonight in Reading. Nader, who is considering running for president again next year, said that the judgment against him was part of a political vendetta.
September 27, 2006
Pennsylvania election law treats third-party candidates like outsiders at the gates of an exclusionary country club. The state should open the gates to ballot access. The latest outsider is Carl Romanelli, a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate. A state judge on Monday tossed Romanelli off the ballot because he didn't collect enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions. To qualify for the ballot, the state says Romanelli needs at least 67,070 signatures of registered voters - nearly the attendance at an Eagles home game.
September 12, 2004 |
A rummage sale across the street attracted more patrons - but not more passion - than a Ralph Nader gathering in Philadelphia yesterday. Almost 200 people paid $10 ($5 for students and seniors) to hear Nader, an independent candidate for president, discuss his vision for America. Nader arrived at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia on Chestnut Street in a Ford Taurus with an entourage of three. He was 45 minutes late, but no one seemed to mind. Andrew Mehdizadeh, 18, a student at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., cut into a weekend visit with his parents in Avondale to assist with yesterday's program.
September 2, 2004
If Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court has interpreted election law correctly in the case of Ralph Nader, then that law, to paraphrase Dickens, is a braying donkey. No law should keep an independent candidate for President off a state's ballot simply because that candidate appears on another state's ballot under a different party label. But a three-judge panel has decided to bar Nader from Pennsylvania's ballot for precisely that reason. The court said Monday that Nader's candidacy for President on the Reform Party ballot in Michigan disqualifies him from running as an independent presidential candidate in Pennsylvania.
August 20, 2004 |
Lawyers battling over Ralph Nader's petition to get on the ballot in Pennsylvania might have found a shortcut for going over the 32,000 contested voter signatures in court. The lawyers agreed yesterday during a meeting with a Commonwealth Court judge to take a random sample of 500 of the 49,000 signatures submitted by the Nader campaign. They will then scrutinize each of the 500 to see what percentage are registered voters. Samuel C. Stretton, Nader's attorney, said that if 70 percent of the sample signatures are fraudulent or otherwise invalid - as Democrats allied with Sen. John Kerry predict - he might advise Nader to throw in the towel.
August 15, 2004 |
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader has recruited a veteran of local election-law battles to help him fight a Democratic nominating-petition challenge, an indication that Nader plans an aggressive legal effort to get his name on the Pennsylvania ballot. Lawyer Samuel C. Stretton, whose past political clients include unsuccessful state Senate candidate James Tayoun and onetime Philadelphia City Council contender Julie Welker, will defend Nader against accusations that up to 85 percent of the nomination-petition signatures filed by the independent candidate were marred by forgery or other problems.