Friday, October 28, 2005

Just Say No to Newman and Nigro

The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania strongly urges voters to vote NO to the retention of State Supreme Court Justices Sandra Schultz Newman and Russell Nigro.

November 8th, presents the first election opportunity for Pennsylvanians to express their outrage over the pay raises passed in the midnight hours by the General Assembly. Voters will have an opportunity to send a clear message by supporting the grass root efforts of Pennsylvania Clean Sweep (

Justice Newman and Nigro both ignored the pay raises’ violations to the State Constitution and then opted to take their pay raises immediately. Article III, Section 4. states that “every bill shall be considered on three different days in each House.” Yet, the Supreme Court did not challenge the constitutionality of the pay raise which began as a 24-line proposal to limit salaries, then morphed in minutes into a 22-page law to increase salaries that was passed in late hour voting. Nor, did they question the use of “unvouchered expenses” to bypass Article II of the Constitution which states “No member of either House shall during the term for which he may have been elected, receive any increase of salary, or mileage, under any law passed during such term.”

"Pennsylvanians have a tremendous opportunity this election to demand accountability from all branches of our government,” states David Jahn, Chair of the Pennsylvania Libertarian Party. "It is time to make Harrisburg realize they have lost touch with voters."

LP spokesman John Haley adds "It really has come down to Us versus Them. It is time for us, the good people of Pennsylvania, to start getting rid of them, the arrogant and out-of-touch politicians in Harrisburg. On November 8th, we need to just say NO to Newman and Nigro!"

For more information contact:
Doug Leard (Media Relations) or David Jahn (Chair) at 1-800-R-RIGHTS

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