Turns out Mike was in Utah last weekend taking his daughter to a new school. He’s alarmed, among other matters, by the current 45% college dropout rate. Lou wants to discuss recent developments in the realm of Pennsylvania ballot access. Mr. X says that the Republican Party spent over $600,000 to keep Libertarian candidates off the ballot across the country in the 2014 election cycle. He’s also very concerned about U.S. obesity rates and where they’re trending.
Segment II (18:02)
Lou’s got a few event notices:
• Lehighton Bike Night, Aug. 8 from noon to 9 p.m. See the facebook event page here.
• Howland Preserve’s Rockin’ the River, Aug. 8 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Tunkhannock. See more here.
• Woofstock in Montrose, Aug. 15 from noon to 5 p.m. See more here.
Lou’s excited about the upcoming super election edition of the Gazette. Carl Romanelli, the first-ever Sanity Check Radio Show guest, is back to talk about Friday’s federal court decision improving ballot access conditions in Pennsylvania. He says it’s a win ten years in the making. The 41-page decision may be found here.
Segment III (35:11)
Carl speaks about the economic intimidation used by both the Republican and Democratic parties over the last decade to remove third party candidates from the ballot in Pennsylvania. Carl’s the poster child, as it were, for this tactic, having lived under an ~$85,000 judgment for years since being removed from the 2006 ballot for U.S. Senate despite the Green Party’s submission of some 100,000 nominating signatures that year. Mr. X says this is how the real, systematic suppression of alternative views is occurring in America, rather than by supposed “voter suppression.”
Segment IV (48:12)
Lou’s got a few words for those who disregard the Pennsylvania Constitution’s mandate that elections be “free and equal.” Carl says he demonstrated his own resolve by refusing, from Day One, to pay even one dime of the financially crushing fine levied against him as a result of his efforts to appear on the 2006 ballot. Mr. X cites as an example of the illegitimacy of the entire process a brief video released only a few days prior by U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), in which he’s seen printing a 1,000-page transportation bill just received at 3:06 p.m. prior to a 4:00 p.m. first vote on the measure.