On December 14, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court will hold a hearing at 1:30 pm. The issue is whether Green Party candidate Carl Romanelli (who had tried to get on the ballot for U.S. Senate) should be required to pay almost $90,000 in court costs. In Pennsylvania, uniquely among the 50 states, when a candidate’s petition is challenged, only state court judges can determine whether the petition has enough valid signatures. The constitutionality of this concept is not being considered by the Commonwealth Court. However, Ralph Nader has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that the whole idea violates the U.S. Constitution.