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.
April 4, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA'S Libertarian Party this week selected a marijuana-legalization activist on federal probation as its candidate in the May 20 special election for an at-large City Council seat. The party filed a nomination certificate for Richard Tamaccio yesterday, according to the Philadelphia Board of Elections. Tamaccio, a comedian who uses the stage name n.a. Poe, also filed a ballot name-change affidavit seeking to list himself on the ballot as Nikki Allen Poe. Tamaccio, 34, who this week registered to vote as a Libertarian, said in an email that he "will be attacking the Local 98 machine and running a grass-roots peoples campaign.
November 4, 2013 |
Philadelphia voters who go to the polls Tuesday will see the names of 30 people running for local judgeships, but only one judicial race that can remotely be described as competitive - the long-shot effort of a Republican trying to keep his Common Pleas Court judgeship in a city where Democrats outnumber his party by better than 6-1. The 18 judges seeking retention on straight yes-or-no votes are considered shoo-ins even though the Philadelphia Bar...
November 27, 2012
President Obama carried Philadelphia by nearly a half-million votes in the Nov. 6 general election, drawing fewer votes than he did four years ago but piling up a bigger margin against Republican Mitt Romney than he did against John McCain, according to an official canvass made public Monday. The final totals - to be certified next week unless there's a legal protest - gave Obama 588,711 votes, or 85.2 percent, vs. 96,437 votes for Romney, just short of 14 percent. Obama's margin in Philadelphia was 492,274 votes - the difference in the election, since Romney carried the rest of Pennsylvania by about 185,000 votes.
November 9, 2012 |
THE PEOPLE Paper talked with voters at polling places around the city Tuesday about whom they voted for and why. Kim Odom, 51 Party affiliation: Democrat 2008 vote: Didn't vote. Tuesday's vote: Obama Why: "Because he's a good guy, and he does a lot for us. " Most important issue: "Economy, because [Obama] is helping out with the economy as much as he can. " Ronald Odom, 55 Party affiliation: Democrat 2008 vote: Didn't vote. Tuesday's vote: Obama Why: "He did a whole lot, for one, when he brought the troops back home.
September 25, 2012
WITH SUMMER in the rearview mirror, conventional wisdom predicts that you are now paying attention to politics until we have the "most important" presidential election ever. I know it is the "most important" because both sides tell me that. Four years ago was just a game of jacks, with Barack Obama and John McCain both standing on the deck of a torpedoed economy. Since this is the Philadelphia Daily News , most readers are Democrats. (With the aid of the Internet, we reach some people who still cling to their guns and their religion, but we're not sure "those" people even know how to read.)
August 19, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The state Republican Party is challenging candidate petitions by members of the Constitution and Libertarian Parties, seeking to bounce from the state ballot candidates for president, vice president, and several other offices. Line-by-line reviews of the candidates' petition signatures ordered by a state Commonwealth Court judge will begin Monday at the Philadelphia Board of Elections. Analysts say Republicans are probably worried that conservatives dissatisfied with their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, will defect to Constitution or Libertarian candidates.
June 16, 2011
John Hospers, 93, a philosophy professor who in 1972 became the Libertarian Party's first presidential candidate, died Sunday in Los Angeles. Party chair Mark Hinkle said in a statement that Dr. Hospers "was very influential in the formative days of our party, and we will miss him. " Running on a platform of limited government and individual rights, Dr. Hospers was on the ballot in two states in 1972 and received 3,671 votes and a single electoral...