August 17, 2016 |
A marijuana-legalization activist has dropped his bid to be the Libertarian Party's candidate for Pennsylvania attorney general. N.A. Poe, who is also a comedian, filed the paperwork Monday afternoon and then exited stage left with his sense of humor still on full display. Poe said his exit - "at high noon" - came after the state's Republican and Democratic Parties filed legal challenges last week, noting that a law license is necessary for the job. "It's obvious that I'm not qualified for attorney general," Poe declared.
August 11, 2016 |
For N.A. Poe, a marijuana-legalization activist from Philadelphia, running for state attorney general was a lark to draw attention to the issue. The state Republican and Democratic Parties didn't find it funny. Both parties filed legal challenges Monday seeking to remove Poe - a stage name for the activism work and comedian act of Richard Tamaccio - from the Nov. 8 general election ballot as the Libertarian Party candidate. Poe on Tuesday said he was examining his options, one of which was to "bow out gracefully.
August 9, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Give third parties some coverage Why does the Inquirer continue to pretend there are only two parties running candidates for president ("Pa. ballot will include five parties," Wednesday)? Your coverage has made it clear that the majority of potential voters don't want either one. The Libertarian Party has its strongest ticket ever with former Govs. Gary Johnson of New Mexico and William Weld of Massachusetts. There will be numerous other choices on Pennsylvania's ballot and candidates who can be written in. The missing ingredient for informed choices in November is sufficient media coverage.
June 7, 2016
ISSUE | HOMELESSNESS Montco making gains In Montgomery County, we realize that ending homelessness is a community effort (" Will reaching out be enough? " May 26). In 2014, we launched Your Way Home Montgomery County, a partnership of government, philanthropy, nonprofits, and community to end homelessness and housing instability for hardworking families and vulnerable residents. In its first two years, YWH increased exits from shelter to permanent housing from 30 percent to 46 percent, and more than 94 percent of the rehoused people have maintained housing stability.
June 3, 2016
By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan Is it time for a third party? This question is asked every four years, but it is moot. A third-party candidate representing the Libertarian Party will be on the ballot in all 50 states. There will also be a Green Party candidate on the ballot in many but not all states. So that's four parties. The real question is whether there is a hill of beans' worth of difference between the two major parties. Maybe what we really need is a viable second party, because from any objective point of view, the Republicans and the Democrats care about only one thing: the acquisition of power.
June 2, 2016
By Jennifer Rubin On Sunday, Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, won the Libertarian Party nomination for president, with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld as his running mate. Johnson is an impassioned proponent of the party's small-government message, and he told the crowd he thinks most people are Libertarians but don't know it. At a news conference, he made a play for tea-party voters, saying what started out as a fiscal, small-government movement was captured by Republicans, especially social conservatives.
July 26, 2015 |
A federal judge has ruled that Pennsylvania unfairly treats its third-party political candidates, likely clearing the way for their return to the ballot after nearly disappearing during recent election cycles. In an opinion released Friday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel wrote that the ability of minor parties to organize and speak out "has been decimated" by portions of the state's election code. Specifically, Stengel took issue with a rule that has forced third-party candidates to gather many times the number of signatures required of Republicans or Democrats - and then pay as much as $100,000 in legal fees when their petitions are challenged.
May 29, 2014
New Jersey Republicans haven't won a U.S. Senate race since 1978. Although the party has had recent success with candidates for governor, including Thomas Kean Sr., Christie Whitman, and Chris Christie, it has been unable to send a statewide winner to Washington. The task has been so daunting that mainstream moderates seem to have given up trying. But four conservatives are hotly pursuing the GOP nomination to give freshman Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker a run for his seat. Of them, MURRAY SABRIN appears to be Republicans' best choice.
April 16, 2014 |
RICHARD TAMACCIO, a/k/a Nikki Allen Poe, must see a federal judge about new drug activity before he can face the city's voters as the Libertarian candidate for a May 20 special election to fill a vacant at-large City Council seat. Tamaccio, a marijuana-legalization activist on probation since Dec. 13, tried to beat a Feb. 25 drug test by "consuming large amounts of water," according to a probation report filed in federal court yesterday. The report said Tamaccio then admitted that he "accidentally ate a cookie laced with marijuana" three days before.