DAILY GRINDER: Libertarian and Green Parties on Pennsylvania Presidential Ballot

greenpartyThe Libertarian Party will stay on the ballot in Pennsylvania, despite Republican lawyers doing their damndest to kick candidate Gary Johnson off. Commonwealth Court Senior Judge James Gardner Colins said the Libertarians have at least 20,730 signatures, which is 129 more than the law requires. So now what? Now what is, you get the choice in November between Republican Mitt Romney, Democrat Barack Obama, Green Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson for president! This is good! Although it is a little lame the Constitution Party candidate got kicked off a couple months back. In a surprise move, the Democrats did not challenge Stein and her running mate, Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala.

The Pennsylvania politics and news website Keystone Report is reporting that Mitt Romney actually called the household of Samantha Pawlucy, offering his support to the girl who wore his shirt, and her family.

And the family is transferring their kids to another school. State Rep. John Taylor is helping them out with that. Everyone seems to be winning here.

Mayor Nutter has signed two bills recently—one of which will “require large commercial buildings to benchmark and report energy and water usage data” and the other to require one- and two-family dwellings have 10-year non-removable batteries

Kathy Boockvar, who was recently in Philadelphia defending herself against attacks that she pals around with singer Harry Belafonte and is linked to cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal … and wants to give children to “drug addicted mothers,” raised more than half-a-million dollars in the third quarter of this year. And for a first-time Congressional candidate, that is like wow.

Senator Bob Casey and challenger Tom Smith still have no debate planned, despite Smith having crept up to Casey in recent polls. Imagine Bob Casey debating now.

According to 24/7 Wall Street, Philadelphia is the seventh most profitable city for flipping houses. The average gain for buying a shithole, TLC-ing it, then selling it is $69,212, which is more than double the national average.

Philadelphia is getting more publicity for using government programs to lower the rate of obesity. It’s gone down 5 percent between 2006 and 2010, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is publishing their study this week in Preventing Chronic Disease, still a really exciting magazine. And this statistic certainly has nothing to do with Pennsylvania’s first district being the hungriest in the nation.

Michael Vick has a new website. It’s a little strange. There’s a photo of him at the top that looks a little robotic, and a link to the athlete’s book “Finally Free.”

And speaking of Vick, he recently posted a photo to Twitter, in which he’s helping his daughter with her homework next to a box of dog treats. He was asked by reporters later on if he owned a dog and he did not answer.

A former Philadelphia police detective admitted in court that he imported steroids and human growth hormone from overseas, and ran a god damn ring in the city. According to the Inquirer, “Authorities said they weren’t sure when his ring started, but estimated that Gidelson sold more than 10,000 injections and pills before getting caught in 2011.”

Polls:

The Inquirer has found Obama maintaining a healthy lead: 50 to 42 percent.

One poll by a conservative Tea Party group, Let Freedom Ring, Inc., shows Obama leading Romney 47 percent to 45 percent.

And the same poll shows Bob Casey over Tom Smith 44-41.

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