too late to challenge at the state level, but
Woman says she didn't support candidacy of accused sex offender running for
Your signature might be forged as a supporter
on a political candidate's petition, and you likely would have no way of knowing.
Such petitions usually aren't publicized,
and the Monroe County Voter Registration Office says it's too time-consuming to verify the legitimacy of each and every signature
unless someone challenges a particular John Hancock.
The Monroe County District Attorney's Office is looking into an
allegation by Penn State student Sarah Trentacoste of Pocono Summit, who says she discovered her forged signature Tuesday
on Republican state committeeman John R. Curtin's petition. Curtin, who is seeking re-election, submitted his 242-signature
petition March 7 to the Voter Registration Office...
If someone is prosecuted and convicted of forging petition signatures, the maximum penalty is a $500 fine and/or a year
in county jail, according to the state Elections Code...
Update Cavanagh withdrew from the race.
Drops candidacy Thursday, March 23, 2006
A local legislative candidate whose nominating petition was being challenged in Commonwealth
Court has withdrawn from the primary.
Michael J. Cavanagh, of Uniontown, Fayette County, dropped his candidacy before Wednesday's deadline, according to the
Pennsylvania Department of State.
A hearing on Cavanagh's candidacy for the 51st District was scheduled for next week.
Three candidates drop out of race
By By Chris Foreman TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Three of four local legislative candidates whose nominating petitions were being challenged
in Commonwealth Court have withdrawn from the 2006 primary.
William H. Ehman, of Derry, Brian Blasko, of North Huntingdon Township, and Michael J. Cavanagh, of Uniontown, Fayette
County, dropped their candidacies before Wednesday's deadline, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.
The story of Cavanagh's attempt to seek the Democrat nomination for the vacated 51st legislative District seat of Rep.
Roberts is one which should be watched closely, particularly in view of the specific contention (according to the article)
by the challenger to Cavanagh's candidacy that it was "clear from the nomination petitions
that all signatures and other required information on the nomination petitions were signed and completed by the same person
and not by the alleged 300 persons named as qualified electors."
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 By James O'Toole, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In the face of a challenge to his nominating petitions, state Rep. Michael Diven, R-Brookline,
yesterday officially withdrew from the Republican ballot in the May 16 primary...
Storm of challenges precedes May primary election
Thursday, March 16, 2006 By Tracie Mauriello, Post-Gazette Harrisburg BureauHARRISBURG -- The
race to get on the May primary ballot is turning into a roller derby with candidates maneuvering in court to throw competitors
off the ballot.
One House candidate, Michael Cavanagh of Uniontown, sees the court challenges as cowardly attempts to gain political advantage
and take choices away from voters. Mr. Cavanagh is one of 12 candidates from southwestern Pennsylvania whose candidacy has
Mr. Cavanagh's candidacy is under attack because he was convicted of insurance fraud in 2004. The state constitution prohibits
people from holding office if they've been convicted of "embezzling public money, bribery, perjury or other infamous crimes."
Mr. Cavanagh, whose case is on appeal, said he is innocent and that, in any case, insurance fraud isn't "infamous."
Most of the other filings challenge signatures, residency and paperwork. Candidates must collect 300 signatures from party
members in their district and must live in the district for one year before the election.
Rep. Michael Diven, R-Brookline, is being challenged because six of the 614 signatures on his petition allegedly belong
to dead people. Campaign worker Debora Romaniello collected the six signatures and three Pittsburghers who filed the court
challenge say all 183 signatures she gathered should be disqualified.
Mr. Diven said someone signed the deceased people's names without Ms. Romaniello's knowledge.
Actually, a similar incident to dead people's names being used occured in Jim Condit candidacy a few years back...
Cavanagh petitions challenged in court
By Chris Foreman
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
The nominating petitions of Michael Cavanagh were challenged in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday as a Fayette County
voter who contended Cavanagh's criminal conviction for auto insurance fraud disqualifies him from running for the 51st Legislative
The filing by Philip J. Michael, of South Union Township, is the second legal challenge
to a Cavanagh campaign in the past two years by a supporter of former county jury commissioner Tim Mahoney.
Both the Commonwealth and state Supreme courts upheld the last objection, ruling
in 2004 that Cavanagh's conviction three years earlier prevented him from running as an independent in the general election.
Cavanagh, 33, a Democrat from Uniontown, continues to appeal the conviction and believes the courts misinterpreted the state
Michael's attorney, Kenneth B. Burkley, also represented the last registered voter
who disputed Cavanagh's nominating papers, Robert Bowers, of Hopwood, South Union. ...
Burkley, of Greensburg, said the filing also questions the legitimacy of more than
100 signatures on Cavanagh's nominating petitions.
"Unlike most people, he's already been determined ineligible to hold this exact
office," Burkley said. ...
Posted by: genuinejake on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 10:45 PM |
Pennsylvania's requirement that buyers provide a Social Security number to purchase a gun or obtain a concealed-weapons permit was struck
down yesterday by a federal judge.
The state law violated the federal Privacy Act, U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez ruled.
"This issue has
been largely overlooked in Pennsylvania and other states for a long time," said lawyer J. Dwight Yoder, who brought the case
on behalf of a retired U.S. Army officer from Lancaster. "This ruling is about privacy, not guns. We weren't looking to circumvent gun laws."
Lawyers for the Pennsylvania
State Police are reviewing the decision and considering an appeal, spokesman Jack Lewis said. By requiring applicants to provide
Social Security numbers, Lewis said, his agency "simply has followed the requirements of the state's Uniform Firearms Act."
wider impact of yesterday's ruling - whether, for example, other Pennsylvania Social Security requirements would be deemed
invalid - was uncertain...