Thursday, May 17, 2007

AFA of PA ACTION ALERT: A Close Look at Primary Judicial Winners



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May 17, 2007


1.)    Good News!

2.)    Look Closely at Some of the Judges Who Won the Primary Election!

3.)    S 1105 -  Hate Crimes Bill Update    


1.) Thank you to all who made calls to your member of Congress!  The Meehan Amendment (H.R. 2093) which would have placed restrictions on the AFA of PA and other grassroots organizations was defeated in the House Judiciary Committee.  Looks like Republican Congressmen Smith and Lungren as well as Democratic Congressmen Conyers and Davis spoke against the amendment!  During the debate in the House Judiciary Committee on H.R. 1592 (the Hate –Thought- Crimes bill) earlier this month, they were on opposite sides of the issue!


2.)Tuesday’s primary elections brought forth candidates we will be voting for in November to fill positions in the PA Supreme Court as well as PA Superior Court.  Here are the results:


Primary Winners for PA Supreme Court and vying for the two openings in November:  


Republicans:  Superior Court Judge Maureen Lally-Greene of Butler county and Mike Krancer of Montgomery County


Democrat:  Supreme Court:  Superior Court Judge Debra Todd of Butler County and

Superior Court Judge Seamus McCaffery of Philadelphia


Vying for two openings on Superior Court in November:


Republican:  Allegheny County Judge Cheryl Allen and Dauphin County Judge Bruce Bratton


Democrat:  Allegheny County lawyer Christine Donohue and Philadelphia County Judge Anne Lazarus


Even though most judges refused to answer questions for voter guides because of Pennsylvania statues, some of these candidates freely and openly wrote pages of information for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Liberty City Democratic Club Outfront! PAC. 


None of the four Republicans who won in the Primary Elections on Tuesday answered any of the questions posed by Liberty City.


Democratic winners on Tuesday for both the PA Supreme Court and PA Superior Court whose names will appear on the November ballot freely answered the questions!


Feel free to read the entire documents, but the pertinent answers dealing with the family are the answers to questions 12 and 14. 


PA Supreme Court:


Judge Debra Todd of Butler Countyclick here to read her answers. 


Judge Seamus McCaffery – click here to read his answers.  Please note - the Philadelphia Gay News endorsed Judge McCaffery. 


Click here to read an interesting article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette concerning judicial candidate responses to the 2005 pay raise issue.  


PA Superior Court:


Click here to read Allegheny County lawyer Christine Donahue’s responses.  


Also Philadelphia County Judge Anne Lazarus answered the questions.  Click here.


FYI for those living in Philadelphia:  Here’s how Mayor Apparent Michael Nutter answered the questions – click here


3.)  It now does not look like the Senate will be taking up the hate (thought) crimes bill at all this month!  Feel free to continue circulating the petition to Senators Specter and Casey opposing the hate crimes bill.




1.)  Be prepared for the November Judicial races – save this information!


2.)  Thanks to all who have signed our online petition or circulated a petition and mailed or faxed it in!  Please feel free to continue circulating the petition.  Click here to download.  Also feel free to forward our online petition link to family and friends – click here.  The longer we have to gather names the better!



3.)  Don’t forget you can now listen to Diane Gramley’s weekly radio program ‘American Family Focus on PA Issues’ on our website.  Click here


4.)  Please consider supporting the ongoing work of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania.  Make an online donation.


In His service,


Diane Gramley


American Family Association of PA



AFA of PA encourages Christians, through education, to become involved in pro-family issues in their community, state and the nation.


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