Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Dave Ralis: "Diamond Needs Signatures!"

We have always liked Dave Ralis' Daily Rant. One of the few liberal blogs in the state that advocates reform, Ralis is a constant thorn in the side of Pennsylvania government, exposing the foibles, and graft of the Rendell Administration, and the General Assembly without real regard to partisanship. One could read his blog daily and not have a definite clue as to his partisanship. In essence, he is for the people, a populist with liberal roots. Nothing in the world wrong with that, in fact there is plenty good about it.

We asked Dave for permission to post his latest blog entry as it contained a special appeal for Russ Diamond. Here is that entry:
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"What's black and white and read all over?"

Monday, July 17, 2006
Posted 10:13 PM
by Dave Ralis

Diamond under pressure by petition requirement

I like Russ Diamond. He's smart, he's got chutzpah and a sense of humor.

That's why today I devote my blog to his gubernatorial candidacy.

He's trying to do the near-impossible: collect enough signatures on nominating petitions to qualify him for a spot on the statewide ballot as an independent/third party candidate.

Ralph Nader couldn't do it when he ran for president atop the Green Party ticket in 2004. Ross Perot only managed to do it with the help of Democrats.

Under a state-required mathematical formula - 2 percent of the ballots cast for the
largest vote-getter in the last statewide election - Russ needs at least 67,070 valid signatures by Aug. 1 to make it happen.

Right now he only has about 20,000. He deserves a lot more.

If he were a Republican or a Democrat he would only need 2,000 signatures. But Pennsylvania law stacks the deck against free thinking political interlopers.

Diamond helped launch the drive that ousted 17 incumbent state lawmakers in the May primary by organizing
PaCleanSweep last July in response to the pay raise legislators voted themselves and then illegally took it early.

The pay hike/jacking has since been repealed, but lawmakers continue to use the backdoor methods they employed to pass it on other legislation - most recently with a farce of a bill for lobbying "reform."

Russ wants to change that. He hates the climate of legitimized corruption that has plagued Pennsylvania since President Richard Nixon's administration. The lasting legacy of Watergate here is that the state still sets no limits on campaign contributions.

For that reason alone it would at least be entertaining to see him goad Gov. Ed Rendell in a three-way debate, especially given Republican Lynn Swann's inability to connect with already angry voters.

Russ doesn't have that problem. He may
look like a career politician - he dresses the part - however, he's anything but one.

A former musician who opened his own studio, he's hip enough to use the Internet as his primary means of getting the word out. He read blogs and political message forums daily, and even offers RSS feeds on his own Web site. Yet, he is mainstream enough to have been named
"
Citizen of the Year" by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

To circulate a petition on his behalf,
click here.

Dave Ralis is an award winning reporter, writer, and columnist, who now manages the web content for the Bucks County Courier Times at http://www.phillyBurbs.com).
Thanks Dave! Well said.

Please help with Russ Diamond's signature campaign. This unfair advantage of the two parties puts an undue burden on any third party candidates.

Russ may be the last chance for you to regain control of your runaway state government.

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