Monthly Archives: July 2006

Pennsylvania Greens Submit 100,000 Signatures

On July 31, one day before the deadline, the Pennsylvania Green Party submitted approximately 100,000 signatures. This is the largest number of signatures collected by any state’s Green Party since the California Green Party obtained 100,897 registered members in late 1991, in order to qualify for the California ballot.

5th Circuit Hears DeLay Replacement Case

On July 31, the 5th circuit heard Texas Democratic Party v Benkiser, no. 06-50812. See here for an account.

Congress Hearing on D.C. Vote Bill

On September 14, the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution will hold a hearing on HR 5388, the bill to increase the size of the U.S. House by one (a seat which would go to Utah) and also give the District of Columbia a voting member.

Calif. Republican Party Ballot Access Lawsuit will be Heard in Court August 9

On August 9, a California Superior Court in Sacramento will hear a case brought by several county units of the California Republican Party, to overturn section 8605 of the California Election Code. Sonoma County Republican Central Committee v McPherson, 06-cs-01078. The issue is whether the California Constitution (as amended in 2004) overrides the election code […]

New York Times Story on Aaron Russo

The New York Times of July 31, 2006 has a lengthy story on Aaron Russo’s film “America: From Freedom to Fascism”. The story erroneously says “Russo sought the Libertarian Party nomination for president in 2004 but dropped out because of ill health.” Actually, Russo did seek that nomination actively, and did not drop out, and […]

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tells Elections Officials to Stop Using Loyalty Oath for Candidates

On July 25, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General instructed state elections officials to delete the “loyalty oath” on declarations of candidacy. The law, which was upheld in federal court in 1970, requires all candidates for state and local office to swear that they are not “subversive persons”. The Attorney General acted after he was informed that the […]

Illinois Greens Likely to Defeat Democratic Petition Challenge

For the past several weeks, each signature on the Green Party’s statewide Illinois petition has been undergoing validation. The process is two-thirds done, and so far the Green validity rate is running above 75%, so it is very likely the petition will be ruled valid. 25,000 valid are required and Greens submitted 39,000.