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Can­did­ates from the Con­sti­tu­tion, Liber­tari­an and Green parties beat last week’s fil­ing dead­line to ap­pear on the Pennsylvania bal­lot for sev­er­al statewide races.

Join­ing Pres­id­ent Barack Obama and Re­pub­lic­an Mitt Rom­ney on the pres­id­en­tial bal­lot will be the Con­sti­tu­tion Party’s Vir­gil Goode, Liber­tari­an Gary John­son and the Green Party’s Jill Stein.

Goode is a former con­gress­man from Vir­gin­ia. He was first elec­ted as a Demo­crat, switched to in­de­pend­ent and later Re­pub­lic­an. John­son is a former gov­ernor of New Mex­ico. He sought the Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial nom­in­a­tion but his cam­paign flopped and he dropped out be­fore the Iowa caucus. Stein is a doc­tor from Mas­sachu­setts who vows to slash mil­it­ary spend­ing by 30 per­cent to fund re­new­able en­ergy jobs.

Liber­tari­an Ray­burn Smith will join U.S. Sen. Bob Ca­sey Jr. and Re­pub­lic­an Tom Smith on the bal­lot.

The race for state at­tor­ney gen­er­al now in­cludes Liber­tari­an Marakay Ro­gers, in ad­di­tion to Re­pub­lic­an Dav­id Freed and Demo­crat Kath­leen Kane.

The con­test for aud­it­or gen­er­al will be a four-way fight among the Con­sti­tu­tion Party’s Alan Goodrich, Liber­tari­an Betsy Sum­mers, Re­pub­lic­an John Ma­h­er and Demo­crat Eu­gene De­Pasquale. The two ma­jor-party can­did­ates are hedging their bets by also run­ning for re-elec­tion to their seats in the state House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives. In their House races, Ma­h­er is un­op­posed, and De­Pasquale has a Liber­tari­an op­pon­ent.

The Con­sti­tu­tion Party’s Donna Fike filed for state treas­urer, join­ing in­cum­bent Demo­crat Rob Mc­Cord and Re­pub­lic­an Di­ana Irey Vaughan.

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Al Tauben­ber­ger, the Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger to state Rep. Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.), held a fund-raiser last week at Cannstat­ter’s.

Guests in­cluded Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee chair­man Vito Canuso and ward lead­ers Chris Vo­gler, Tom Matkowski, Walt Vo­gler, Marc Collazzo, Mike Cibik, Matt Wolfe and Joe De­Fe­lice.

Tauben­ber­ger said he has been cam­paign­ing door-to-door for two months. He’s the long­time pres­id­ent of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce and last year was ap­poin­ted by May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter to the Phil­adelphia Jobs Com­mis­sion, an un­paid post.

The can­did­ate — who in the last dec­ade has lost bids for City Coun­cil, may­or and Con­gress — be­lieves cre­at­ing jobs is the top is­sue in the cam­paign. He also cri­ti­cized the city for rais­ing real es­tate taxes three years in a row and for twice ap­peal­ing the con­tract awar­ded to fire­fight­ers in ar­bit­ra­tion.

“Bind­ing ar­bit­ra­tion means bind­ing ar­bit­ra­tion,” Tauben­ber­ger said.

In oth­er news, Collazzo said the GOP has not come up with a can­did­ate to op­pose Demo­crat­ic Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.). The dead­line is Aug. 23.

Re­altor George Weiss filed to run, but dropped out right be­fore the April primary, say­ing he wanted to spend more time with his fam­ily and on his busi­ness.

At this point, it would prob­ably be a waste of time for Re­pub­lic­ans to field a can­did­ate, who’d have less than three months to reach out to voters in a dis­trict that stretches from Lawndale to Somer­ton and in­cludes por­tions of Mont­gomery County.

Re­pub­lic­ans also aren’t both­er­ing to chal­lenge Reps. Mike McGee­han, John Sabat­ina Jr., Mark Co­hen and Dwight Evans and have no can­did­ate in the 179th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict, where Demo­crat James “Scoot” Clay will be un­op­posed.

But the 170th is a dis­trict that Re­pub­lic­ans Hank Sal­vatore and George Ken­ney held for 36 years and is the home to party boss Mike Mee­han, a neigh­bor of Brendan Boyle’s in Somer­ton.

Boyle de­feated Matt Tauben­ber­ger, Al’s son, in 2008 to win the seat and was re-elec­ted in 2010 in a match­up with Collazzo, who re­cently re­placed Ken­ney as Re­pub­lic­an lead­er of the 58th Ward.

Mean­while, Re­pub­lic­ans will be back at Cannstat­ter’s on Sunday, Aug. 19 for the an­nu­al Billy Mee­han Clam­bake.

Four years ago, the guest was former Min­nesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who at the time was a lead­ing con­tender to be John Mc­Cain’s vice pres­id­en­tial run­ning mate. The loc­al GOP has not lined up a sim­il­ar big name for this year’s clam­bake.

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The cam­paign of state Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) said it will re­view a re­quest from Demo­crat­ic op­pon­ent Wil­li­am Dun­bar, who is call­ing for three de­bates between Sept. 10 and Oct. 26.

Dun­bar sent a let­ter to Taylor, ar­guing that pub­lic de­bates are an es­sen­tial part of elec­tions. The chal­lenger wants voters to know the is­sues and where the can­did­ates stand.

“I look for­ward to ad­dress­ing the im­port­ant is­sues at stake in this elec­tion and en­ga­ging in a spir­ited de­bate with Rep. Taylor,” he said. “De­bates are a time-honored tra­di­tion that cre­ate civic dis­cus­sion and dia­logue among the people of the dis­trict and help them to learn as much as pos­sible about the can­did­ates.”

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Tom Smith, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for U.S. Sen­ate, has prom­ised to sup­port and co-spon­sor an amend­ment to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion lim­it­ing con­gres­sion­al terms.

Smith, if elec­ted, will sup­port a lim­it of three two-year terms for mem­bers of the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives and two six-year terms for mem­bers of the Sen­ate.

The term-lim­its amend­ment bills are sponsored by South Car­o­lina Sen. Jim De­Mint and Ari­zona Rep. Dav­id Sch­weikert, both Re­pub­lic­ans.

To be­come law, they’d need two-thirds ma­jor­ity vote in the House and Sen­ate and rat­i­fic­a­tion by 38 states.

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Pennsylvania Cable Net­work will carry live the or­al ar­gu­ment ses­sion on the state’s second le­gis­lat­ive re­dis­trict­ing plan.

The Pennsylvania Su­preme Court ses­sion will be­gin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, in Room 456 of City Hall.

Ob­serv­ers will be ad­mit­ted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the courtroom is full, those not ad­mit­ted may wait in line to take a seat as those who were seated leave.

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Tick­ets re­main for the 22nd an­nu­al Stu Bykof­sky Can­did­ates’ Com­edy Night on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 22, from 8 to 10 p.m., at Finnigan’s Wake, at Third and Spring Garden streets.

The event will be­ne­fit Vari­ety — The Chil­dren’s Char­ity.

Finnigan’s Wake own­er Mike Driscoll will provide the third-floor ban­quet room for free.

The show will run from 8 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 7:30.

Bykof­sky, a Phil­adelphia Daily News colum­nist, hos­ted his first com­edy night in 1991, when the star at­trac­tions were may­or­al can­did­ates Frank L. Rizzo and Ed Rendell.

This year’s par­ti­cipants will in­clude U.S. Sen. Bob Ca­sey Jr. and his Re­pub­lic­an op­pon­ent, Tom Smith; Dav­id Freed and Kath­leen Kane, the can­did­ates for state at­tor­ney gen­er­al; U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and his Re­pub­lic­an op­pon­ent, John Feather­man; Robert Mans­field, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 2nd Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict; U.S. Rep. Jim Ger­lach and his Demo­crat­ic op­pon­ent, Dr. Man­an Trivedi; U.S. Rep. Pat Mee­han and his Demo­crat­ic op­pon­ent, George Badey; U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick and his Demo­crat­ic chal­lenger, Kathy Boock­var; and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz.

Tick­ets cost $75. Con­tact Eric Perry at 215-735-0803, Ext. 11 or ericperry@vari­etyph­ila.org ••

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