Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3203, May 3rd, 2016

INDIANA RESULTS

SANDERS BEATS CLINTON

Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton tonight in Indiana. Sanders has a way to go to get the nomination and tonight’s win did not hurt Clinton numerically. But the optics of a Trump near clinch of a nomination as Clinton still tries to get her majority is just not good.
I heard a fill in talk show host, a woman, on WILK say this evening that she is no longer interested in the race now that her candidate Bernie Sanders has no chance. This type of “vanity candidacy” really is not very productive. It is said that the Sanders people will not vote for Clinton and stay home.
Go ahead. Pout.
Go ahead. Be big babies and hold your breath and stomp your feet.
But don’t come crying when because of your lack of support and non interest in the Clinton campaign……you see the Supreme Court and every advance made during the last eight years stripped away.
The next President will pick the next Supreme Court. And since your “precious” Bernie Sanders can’t do it, do you really want a wildcard like Donald Trump to have that power?


TRUMP WINS INDIANA

Donald Trump has won the Indiana Primary. It appears that he will be on his way to the Republican nomination. Trump will get to 1237 but what happens after will be a big problem for him.
Trump may have some politicians like Lou Barletta, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and Tom Marino. But the people who are the money men of the party will not release the purse strings. You may see a billionaire lose the money game because the Clinton people will target and attack his stands on Women, Immigration and even Foreign Policy.
Donald Trump may win the Convention but you’ll see how he’ll do when the money men like the Koch Brothers channel their money into the under cards (as my friend Dr. David Sosar is fond of saying) of House and Senate seats.

IS THERE A PATH FOR TRUMP?

There may be a way for Trump to get the Presidency but it will depend on the ability of the American people to believe Trump’s vagaries and the fact that people want change….at any cost. The Democrats will come in with at least 230 Electoral votes of the 270 needed to elect a President. But the caveat that Trump presents if he can carry states like Ohio, Michigan, Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania. If Trump carries these states, the Democrats might be in peril. And don’t think the Obama/Clinton teams aren’t ready for that.

CRUZ OUT

Ted Cruz dropped out this evening but left by espousing all of his beliefs. He did not mention Donald Trump by name. Trump in his speech called Cruz courageous. Cruz is building for what he and his supporters hope will be a future after Rump.

WILL CLINTON PICK WARREN FOR VEEP?
Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Huffington Post).
You bet. Notice how quiet Elizabeth Warren has been? I tell you there’s a deal afoot. If Clinton picks Warren, she can use Warren as her attack dog to go after Trump’s wealth and the façade he is building that he is a friend of the working man.
But two women on the ticket? Don’t forget the Clintons picked Al Gore in 1992 when it was unheard of for two Southerners to run together. Warren can inoculate Clinton from Trump’s attacks to a certain extent.
In effect Trump dared Hillary. If she weren’t a woman she’d be at 5%. By doubling down, Clinton will make this an election about gender. A gender that has been a long time coming.
There are people who say that Clinton might not be comfortable with Warren. JFK and LBJ come to mind. As a good friend of mine from Colorado has said, “The Clintons will feel comfortable with anyone who will help them win.”

Monday, May 02, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3202, May 2nd, 2016

WHY KATIE McGINTY 


Democratic Senate nominee Katie McGinty. (Photo: McGinty website).
It is no secret that during the Spring primary for the U.S. Senate race, I was really pulling for Admiral Joe Sestak. I felt that he had run a good race in 2010 and deserved another chance. But since his defeat by Ms. McGinty and Mayor Jon Fetterman who had pulled a good vote, our attention must be focused on the General Election. To that end it is our belief that Pat Toomey must be defeated and Katie McGinty should get our consideration. This is not an endorsement but an opinion.
Toomey has been a major disappointment on even the most modest efforts to curb illegal hand guns. The sad part is that his neo conservative base will never forgive him for even speaking with West Virginia Joe Manchin on gun issues. So by not taking a stand, Toomey has showed his true colors. With McGinty this is what the voters of Pennsylvania will get:
Expanding Energy Opportunities and Protecting the Environment
As the former Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, I understand the importance of protecting our environment and investing in a clean energy economy.
Climate change presents a serious global threat to our health, economic well-being and national security. In the Senate, I will lead the way to a healthier and safer environment by working to pass commonsense climate protections with investments in energy efficiency and clean energy.
It is time to start moving towards a clean energy economy. We need to harness our renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar, to create good jobs and cut electricity bills for taxpayers. In the Senate, I will support innovations in clean energy technologies and tax incentives that will level the playing field to move our country towards a clean energy future.
Ensuring Affordable and Accessible Healthcare
All Pennsylvanians should have access to affordable and quality healthcare. While serving as chief of staff to Governor Tom Wolf, I was proud to help expand Medicaid coverage to half a million Pennsylvanians. It was the right thing to do, and it cut costs for both hardworking families and the state. However, Pat Toomey and Republicans have repeatedly tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a move that would cut off millions of Americans from the healthcare they need.
As Senator, I will promote access to affordable medical coverage while reining in skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs. I will fight to lower copays and deductibles and reduce the cost of prescription drugs for our hardworking families and seniors.
I believe that mental and behavioral healthcare is critically important to the well-being of our nation. I support full parity for these services with coverage for physical ailments. In the Senate, I will fight for families dealing with the devastating effects of addiction, including especially opioid addiction.
Strengthening National Security
These are challenging times, and nothing is more important to me than keeping our families safe and secure. Fighting terrorism both at home and abroad is a growing challenge but we can defeat terrorist threats while upholding America’s values and principles.
Our men and women in our military deserve the very best and as Senator, I will work to guarantee that our military remains the best-equipped and best-trained military in the world to meet the changing threats of the 21st century.
In order to fight terrorism at home and abroad, we need the strength and support of our allies. Israel is a critical partner for our national security and as a Senator, I will do all that I can to ensure Israel’s security, as any threat to Israel poses a threat to our nation’s interests as well.
Standing up for Women’s Rights
As a working mom of three teenage girls, I know how important it is to give women the tools they need to get ahead. It is past time to close the pay gap. In Pennsylvania, women still make 79 cents for every dollar made by a man in a similar job, and struggle to climb the ladder if they take time off to raise a family. As Senator, I will work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and fight for paid family leave because no one should have to choose between taking care of a family member or child and keeping their job.
Republicans have repeatedly tried to defund Planned Parenthood, which would restrict a woman’s access to critical health services, such as cancer screenings and contraception. They’ve even gone so far as to threaten to shut the government down, taking away healthcare from 108,000 Pennsylvanians who depend on Planned Parenthood. We need to make sure that women have access to these health services at all times because their most personal decisions about healthcare and family planning should be just that — personal and private. (Source: McGinty website).

RAFFERTY’S OVERREACH

GOP Nominee for Attorney General, Senator John Rafferty. (Photo:State Senate)
During the Luzerne County Lincoln Day Breakfast I met Senator John Rafferty, a GOP candidate for Attorney General and he seemed pleasant and competent. I liked the fact that he told the audience he would not run for Governor and serve two terms to straighten out the Attorney General’s office. As a matter of fact I said on WBRE TV Eyewitness News the day after the election that the GOP would most likely retake the AG’s office since Democratic voters picked the weakest possible candidate, Josh Shapiro in terms of experience. But then there was this story from Brad Bumstead from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette attacking Joe Peters who was Rafferty’s opponent. Here’s the link to the Post Gazette story.
http://triblive.com/opinion/bradbumsted/10384616-74/peters-kane-general
The sad part about this story is that
1. It was a lie. Peters stepped in to help the AG straighten out the office. He certainly didn’t gain anything and was not part of Kathleen Kane’s serious misjudgment of situations both legal and political.
2. Like President Nixon’s 1972 re-election bid, Rafferty had this thing in the bag. To attack a fellow Republican like Joe Peters was classless, stupid and gives us an insight into what type of AG Rafferty will be.
He’ll just be a version of Kathleen Kane’s politicization of this office. Except he won’t be wearing a skirt.
Too bad, I was most likely going to vote for the guy.


STORY EXPOSES 911 FLAWS IN LUZERNE COUNTY
Reporter Eric Mark in Sunday’s Citizen’s Voice gave a very comprehensive story on the ability or lack thereof of Luzerne County’s 911 system to work in the Back Mountain. Read this and I guarantee you it will scare the daylights out of you. Here’s the link:
http://www.firehouse.com/news/12201616/grieving-franklin-township-pa-mother-questions-21-minute-911-response

Sunday, May 01, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3201, May 1st, 2016

A PERSONAL NOTE
As many of you know from Mrs. LuLac's Facebook post yesterday, our guy McKinley passed away yesterday. Since I comment on just about everything, I can’t let this go without some anecdotes. But before I do that, I want to send a big thank you to our friends from FB and LuLac who have expressed sympathies. Also, the fine professionals at Plains Animal Hospital who took care of not only McKinley but his predecessor Montgomery through the years. From wellness visits to showing me how to give an insulin injection to Monty before he died on March 8th, 1998 as well as just plain old common sense and compassion, well you can’t find any place better in this area.
I was reluctant at first to get another dog after Monty. But when Mrs. FB and I took a ride to see some Westies in the fall of 1999, I agreed saying we’d think about it. I was fairly confident we would not come home with a dog because I was going to insist the dog be named “Albert Flasher” after a Guess Who song of the early 70s. I knew she’d never go for that. But when this little white fur ball grabbed her purse on the ground and started dragging it, well there was some message coming from somewhere I guess. Knowing I wouldn’t win the “Albert Flasher” battle, I suggested we name the dog “McKinley” after the first President of the 20th century. It was 1999 after all and the new century was upon us….yada yada yada.
Upon arrival the dog did puppy things like eating sneakers, corners of furniture and even a giant basketball that Sunoco used to give out as a premium. I even did battle with him as he was attempting to reassemble a pair of my Cole Hahn dress shoes. It was a tug of war. The Cole Hahns and I won….barely. My shoes were relegated to higher shelves after that.
Mrs. FB thought her “puppy” would become a mature dog but much to her chagrin he became a “guy”. And like all guys he didn’t take any sort of change well.
Wonder what dogs do when you’re not home? I do. McKinley had a schedule and it had everything to do with his people. My mother in law lived in the downstairs unit of our home. When he came to us she was homebound and had a care giver that came from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday. One day I was home from work and witnessed his routine. After spending the night with his downstairs friend, sleeping at the foot of her bed, he took a stroll outside, did what we all do in the morning and returned to the foot of her bed. Then at precisely 9am when the caregiver arrived he went to our upstairs unit, promptly parked himself on the sofa and stayed there. At 3pm when he heard that door close, he went down and presumably watched game shows with his older lady friend. When my mother in law died in 2011, he wandered downstairs for a good while looking for her.
Upstairs, during the summer months he would love darting toward a stool under the window at the slightest noise and survey the neighborhood scene. He’d bark at delivery people, college students, other people walking dogs, everybody. A neighbor on North Main who always walked her dog got such a kick out of him that we both dubbed him “The Pope of North Main Street” as he greeted what in his mind were his subjects.
He was a sweet dog with a live and let live attitude except for one time when he started to duke it out with two pit bulls in our driveway. The larger dogs seemed momentarily stunned and seemed to be thinking, “WTF”? That gave a still unidentified passerby the chance to scoop him up and lateral him to me as I grabbed him and got him safely inside the house leash and all. That confirmed my belief there is a God who protects drunks, idiots and smaller dogs.
As he got older the spirit was still there if not the agility. Twice he miscalculated steps and went tumbling down a flight of stairs. We were horrified until he picked himself up, shook himself and started to wag his tail. However in my mind he had the look on his face that Larry Fine usually had after a work over by Moe and Curly. We started closing inside doors after that.
He loved his treats provided by Mrs. FB but could always count on me to provide him with Pepperoni and some Sanitary Bakery Pizza portions.
The last few years, like any older person he had to make adjustments. Even though he could still roam, it was a slow walk. Toward the end, Mrs. FB carried him up and down the stairs.
When she was out of town, I devised a system to get him to and fro. Since my mobility is now limited, he seemed to understand there were different sets of skills. He gladly accepted a ride in a clothes basket to the outside where he traveled to his favorite places in the yard. 
When he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer we were told to make him comfortable. That was easy. He slept a lot in his favorite spot on the couch, enjoyed time in his back yard and basked in the flattery of the young College girls who stopped by to admire him even as an old coot. That routine continued without incident until this week.
On Wednesday he ate a big breakfast and a nice dinner. On Thursday he only had a small piece of meat and some water. By Friday we had to help him drink. There were plaintive barks of pain on Friday and Saturday. Not many, but enough to let everyone know that this little joy filled life was coming to an end.
I never had a dog growing up. A neighbor had the sweetest black and white dog in the world that terrified me. So I never realized what role they played in a family’s life. I see studies about what dogs think, how they react and why they are important to a family. A friend of mine just said those studies were all bullshit and concluded “that dogs just know”. They know when you hurt, they know when don’t. They know when you need them but they count on you to do your part.
It’s a pact, a bargain, a deal.
The dog’s job is to make us whole. Our job is to take care of it. If everyone does what they are supposed to do, it works.
Up until the day he died…. he let us do our job…..like he did for us for so many years.
He was one month short of 17 on Saturday April 30th, 2016.
We all parted the most loving of friends. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3200, April 28th, 2016


LULAC @ 3200 EDITIONS 

TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH

Yesterday Donald Trump gave a speech on his view on Foreign Policy. The front running candidate for the GOP nomination said that American Foreign Policy essentially begins at home. Trump made the following points:
The United States has to charge foreign governments for aid and will not get involved in affairs not in our best interest.
Trump blasted President Obama for his relationship with Israel. Trump said we should not forget our staunchest and oldest allies in favor of states that are not friendly to us.
Trump called for no more nation building and said the United States under his administration would go into places where we would be welcomed and could win.
Trump tried to link Hillary Clinton to what he called the failed Obama Foreign policy and raised eyebrows with his assertion that he would want to work closely with Muslim who are at risk against violent attacks. Trump also stated that the element of surprise in dealing with adversaries had to be a key component of his policy.
It was measured and was a bit different than the bombast we’re used to. However it was thin on specifics as to how he would rebuild relationships with foreign nations.


CRUZ AND CARLY 
 The ticket!!! Cruz and Carly!!! (Photo: CNN)
Looking like two people set up on a bad prom date, Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina joined forces as the Cruz express sputters toward the next big primary state Indiana. It was a last ditch attempt to keep the Texas Senator’s campaign relevant after the Trump 5 state sweep Tuesday. Cruz introduced Fiorina with this line: “After a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated to be president of the United States that I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee Carly Fiorina".
Yeah what the Cruz campaign needs now are prayers. The Fiorina pick is regarded as a hail mary to get Cruz votes in the upcoming states. But Fiorina is a candidate who brings little to the table. She barely registered when she was running with the other 16. She did well in the debates but never could gain traction. Plus her business affairs are out there for all to see and criticize.
This has been done before. In 1976 Ronald Reagan picked Pennsylvania Senator Richard Schweiker as his running mate in the hopes of securing some Pennsylvania uncommitted delegates. That plan failed when Drew Lewis stood fast with Ford. But unlike Fiorina, Schweiker at least had something to offer.
The announcement got media attention but will have no lasting effect on the race. Plus Cruz is no Reagan and Carly is no Schweiker.

BOEHNER BLASTS CRUZ

With the luxury of retirement John Boehner the former House Speaker can pretty much say what he wants. Check out what Boehner said about Ted Cruz.

Our friend from Florida suggested this be a Ted Cruz campaign song.

LOU IN THE FRONT ROW!!
If you were watching Donald Trump’s Victory speech Tuesday night you saw his family flanking him as he celebrated his wins. But standing a few feet away was 11th District Congressman Lou Barletta. Barletta who stated at the GOP Lincoln Day Breakfast that he was backing no one changed his mind and came out strong for Trump. That was not a surprise because at the breakfast Barletta lauded Trump’s stand on Immigration. The Congressman you can be sure will be a key player at the Convention and beyond for the Trump effort. You don’t get that type of access by a smile and a handshake.


THE LU # 1 FOR TRUMP

Luzerne County gave Donald Trump 77% of the vote on Tuesday in the Pennsylvania primary. That topped the other counties in the Commonwealth. The Trump message resonated in an area that has heard it all before. Telling. We’ll see how it translates in the Fall.


BARLETTA BILL PROTECTING OPIOID-ADDICTED NEWBORNS SAILS THROUGH COMMITTEE
BIPARTISAN BILL ADDRESSES EPIDEMIC: BABY BORN ADDICTED EVERY 25 MINUTES IN U.S.
Congressman Lou Barletta (Photo: Congressman Barletta’s office).
Congressman Lou Barletta successfully guided his bipartisan legislation protecting opioid-addicted newborn babies through the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act, H.R. 4843, which Barletta authored with Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA),requires that states which receive federal funds for the treatment of opioid-dependent babies comply with federal law and enact certain guidelines for child welfare. The category of opioids includes a variety of pain medications or other drugs, such as heroin. The legislation does not seek to persecute the mothers of the children, so as not to dissuade parents from allowing their newborns to access appropriate care. The bill passed the committee by voice vote and now heads to the floor of the House of Representatives for its consideration.
“Children who are exposed to illegal substances before they’re born are helpless in avoiding the pain and suffering caused by addiction, and so many infants enter this world without even a fighting chance,” Barletta said. “In fact, every 25 minutes in this country, a baby is born having already been exposed to drugs and suffering from opiate withdrawal. These children will pay the price for something they had absolutely no control over �C something they were defenseless against. That’s why it’s so important we do everything we can to prevent these heartbreaking situations and ensure all children have the protection and care they need.”
“Our nation is facing a growing opioid epidemic that is destroying communities, families, and lives, and some of the most vulnerable children and families are suffering its worst consequences,” said Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman Kline (R-MN). “This bill is an important part of a much broader effort to address the national opioid crisis. The bill will strengthen protections not only for infants exposed to illegal drugs before birth, but for all children in need of help and care. I’m grateful for the leadership of Representatives Barletta and Clark and for their work advancing this critical bipartisan proposal. We have taken an important step to address a real need, and I look forward to advancing these reforms in the weeks ahead.”
This legislation would:
•Require the department of Health and Human Services to review and confirm states have put in place policies required under the 1974 Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).
•Strengthen protections for infants born with illegal substance exposure by clarifying the intent of safe care plans.
•Improve accountability related to the care of infants and their families by requiring additional information on the incidents of infants born with illegal substance exposure and their care.
•Provide states with best practices for developing plans to keep infants and their caregivers healthy and safe.
・Encourage the use of information made available through other child welfare laws in verifying CAPTA compliance.
CAPTA was enacted in 1974 to coordinate federal efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect. The law provides states with resources to improve their child protective services systems. In order to receive funds under CAPTA, states are required to assure the Department of Health and Human Services that they have implemented certain child welfare policies. Such policies include requiring health care providers to notify state child protective services agencies when a child is born with prenatal illegal substance exposure, as well as requiring the development of a “safe care plan” to protect these newborns and keep them and their caregivers healthy. A recent Reuters investigation revealed some states are receiving federal funds without having the necessary policies in place, resulting in shocking and deadly consequences.


MEDIA MATTERS

ECTV 



ECTV Live host David DeCosmo will welcome Laurie Flemming from the West Side Senior's Center to the program during the week of May 2nd to discuss this year's edition of "Seniors Got Talent." The annual talent competition has become a major attraction in Lackawanna County with an increasing number of contestants each year. Laurie will also review many of the programs and services available in the county's Senior Centers. ECTV Live is seen on Comcast channel 29 (61 in some areas) is broadcast three times daily at approximately Noon, 6pm, and Midnight.

SUNDAY MAGAZINE

This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Dr. Lori LaCivita from Walden University about motivating the virtual workforce.
Brian speaks with lung specialist Dr. Doreen Adrizzo Harris about Sarcoidosis, and how it can be misdiagnosed.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with representatives from Candy's Place in Forty Fort about their 19th. Annual Rainbow Walk on Saturday May 7 at Kirby Park in Wilkes Barre.
Brian speaks with Olympian Chanda Gunn & Dr. Blanca Vasquez about dealing with Epilepsy.
And Frankie speaks with Krista Somers from the Alzheimers Association about their "Ales for Alzs" fundraiser, coming up on Thursday May 12 at the Leonard Theatre in Scranton.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X & Sports Radio 590, WARM and 6:25am on Magic 93.

BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

This week's guests are Angela Seibert, Jane Augustine and Scott Long from EOTC Scranton. They'll discuss a program for aiding prisoners re-entering society. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on the Game Sports Network 1400/1440 am and 106.7 fm; and at 7:0 on 105 The River

SUE HENRY’S SPECIAL EDITION

Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at noon on WILK FM 103.1.

BUDDY RUMCHEK

Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”

KAREL ON THE STREET

Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.

BOBBY V’S DOO WOP SOCK HOP!!!!!

The Doo-Wop Sock Hop can be heard every Sunday night from 6P to 9P on “105 The River (104.9 FM) Host is the incomparable Bobby V. www.105theriver.net www.doowopsockhop.net

1971

Our 1971 logo.

The Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA World Championship, sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in 4 straight games...........Amtrak begins inter-city rail passenger service in the United States…….Ceylonese government promises amnesty for those guerillas who surrender before the end of April….Lt. Governor Earnest Kline says that the State Park system increasing the economy of Pennsylvania visiting the great outdoors……in Luzerne County the candidates square off for the primary for Luzerne County Sheriff. Even though they face primary opposition Democrat Frank Jagodinski and incumbent Joseph Mock seemed destined for a general election faceoff and 45 years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Never Can Say Goodbye” by The Jackson 5. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3199, April 27th, 2016

NORTHEAST PRIMARY RECAP

PRESIDENT GOP

TRUMP

PENNSYLVANIA

CONNECTICUT
RHODE ISLAND
DELAWARE
MARYLAND

PRESIDENT DEMOCRATIC

CLINTON

PENNSYLVANIA
MARYLAND
DELAWARE
CONNECTICUT

SANDERS

RHODE ISLAND

PENNSYLVANIA (REPUBLICAN)

U.S. SENATE

TOOMEY

17 CONGRESSIONAL RACE

CONNOLLY


STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

RAFFERTY

PENNSYLVANIA (DEMOCRATIC)

U.S. SENATE

McGINTY

STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

SHAPIRO

112th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT

HAGGERTY

HAGGERTY TOPS FARINA

“FAMILY MAN” BLAMES BOHMAN, CORBETT AND THE MEDIA

Since I agreed to do Morning commentary on WBRE TV Eyewitness News, it of course requires me to try to get to sleep early for a 3:30AM wake up call. That gave me the opportunity to monitor TV’s PCN, MSNBC and also WILK Radio. So as I’m shaving, I hear the WILK Election Night desk team, Nancy Kman, Steve Corbett and L.A. Tarone interview Frank Farina about his loss to Kevin Haggerty. Haggerty lost in 2014 to Farina after the district was gerrymandered.
I give credit to Farina for being on the show but on close examination, maybe he should have passed. I have no doubt Farina loves his family. At Matt Cartwright’s summer picnic last summer, his children were the best behaved kids I ever saw in public. But last night Farina referenced the love for his family as a reason for relief that he did not have to be in the office anymore. We all have jobs that take us away from our families so I’m thinking he was whistling by the graveyard on that one. Farina blasted Dave Bohman’s report on WNEP where it was revealed the lawmaker bought souvenirs for his kids out of the per diems allowed state reps. Plus he charged the Commonwealth for the free trip to Penn State.
After noted coverage by Bohman, Corbett and others the spending by Farina (and to be fair it wasn’t a lot) was all Haggerty needed to get a foothold on this race. Farina blamed the media for what one can only described as a self inflicted political wound. But his tale is cautionary since in this day of instant media, everyone is watching. Farina’s bad luck is that an Emmy winning award reporter caught it.
Farina’s exit was not pretty and was proof that there is too much money available for State Representatives. Plus the irony here is that a 112th District Representative once more blundered into a WILK staff that gave them the sword to do themselves in. Haggerty did it to himself in 2014, Farina this year.
You cannot blame the Media when all they did was ask the questions. Haggerty is back, Farina says he will move on to the private sector. We wish him well but I’m sure he knows he isn’t going to get a better gig than the one he lost on Tuesday night.

HERE'S A FEW NUGGETS FROM WBRE'S BROADCAST TODAY

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3198, April 26th, 2016

2016 PRIMARY ELECTION DAY 

VOTE 

OR NOT


Monday, April 25, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3197, April 25th, 2016

TRUMP COMES TO WILKES BARRE

More than 15,000 people showed up for a Donald Trump rally at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Trump touched on The Wall, the loss of jobs because of poor trade practices and took joy in attacking both Ted Cruz and John Kasich.Here are a few photos from Facebook Friends.

WBRE TV's Pa. Live's Dave Kuharchik took this photo of Trump at the event. 
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  A delegate who has been pledged to Trump since last June got a chance to meet him. GOP Vice Chair Lynette Villano gets the chance to see Mr. Trump.



Our friend and unofficial Ambassador from Wilkes Barre Township Tom Woods took this shot at The Arena. 




 Young Sam Marranca  got this photo of Mr. Trump pressing the flesh. 
The event was the largest political rally and event in The Arena's history. Plus The arena Authority Board, (no fools they) charged parking and sold beer. 

MEDIA MATTERS 

LuLac will be on WILK Radio Election Morning from 7am to 9am with Webster and Nancy. 
The day after election we'll be on WBRE TV's Moring Newscasts starting at 5am on both WBRE TV and WYOU.