Saturday, November 01, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2762, November 1st, 2014


Senator Robert Casey, your blog editor, and candidate Tom Wolf. (Photo: Cassandra Coleman).
After stopping off at the Lackawanna County Democratic Dinner in Scranton (remember when the Dems in Luzerne County used to have something like that?) Tom Wolf the Democratic nominee for Governor stopped at Vanderlyn’s in Kingston Thursday night. The event was hosted by Senator Bob Casey and his wife Terese. Wolf campaign Deputy campaign manager Cassandra Coleman greeted people at the door. Senator Casey introduced Wolf saying that he hoped that a Governor Tom Wolf would be a good as Governor as his father. Wolf told the people in attendance that there is a real opportunity for the Commonwealth to move ahead. The candidate talked about his vision for the future which included more targeted education that meets the needs of a rapidly changing workforce and the need to get the state moving economically. Wolf once more stressed the importance of getting out the vote urging people to tell a friend, or take a friend to the polls. Afterwards, Wolf greeted the supporters and then called it a night as he headed into the last weekend of his remarkable political journey.


Thursday night Blogfest was going at a pretty good pace but then at 6:45PM  the image of “The Survivalist” came on the screen. After that discussion centered on the ending of the 48 day manhunt for the person who killed one State Trooper and injured another. However before that happened the talk centered around the Governor’s race as well as the contested Representative races in both Luzerne and Lackawanna County. As always, Blogfest was a great time for the people who read, write and try to add all the words and thoughts up. Thanks to all who attended.
Here I am between two of the founders of NEPA BlogCon Karla Porter and Michelle Hryvnak Davies.
Also attending was Luzerne County GOP Chair Bill Urbanski, Ron Skrzysowski, your blog editor and aide to Governor Corbett and former West Pittston Mayor Bill Goldsworthy.


The recent story that a nursing mother bear was killed along with her children because she was on a runway at the Wilkes Barre Scranton International Airport just shows you how little common sense the people in charge there possess. There were options. They could have used a tranquilizer gun and maybe shooed the group back into the woods. The wildlife officials say that could not have been an option. Fair enough but surely there was another way.
We aren’t Newark, Reagan or O’Hare. Plus there were Traffic Controllers that could have routed a plane with a few circles around LuLac land. I have said that I don’t mind paying taxes for sound good government and their employees. The airport and its crew have lived up to their reputation. They used to be regarded as ineffective and dumb. Now you can add heartless to the list. Outgoing Airport Director Barry Centini called the incident “unfortunate”. Ya think? Meanwhile this story has gone national and international once more making our area look like the dunderheads of the world. One of my coworkers said it best, “People think we invented stupid here!”


Congressman Tom Marino, sans suit at debate on WVIA TV Tuesday evening.
Tuesday night’s debate at WVIA TV Studios featured moderator Larry Vojtko, candidates Scott Brion, Nick Troiano and incumbent Congressman Tom Marino. The only one not in a suit was the incumbent Congressman. This puzzled me as well as Mrs. LuLac. She said that maybe the Congressman might have had a car accident, a problem with his coat (getting it caught on something, etc). Being a slave to fashion, I was curious. So I put a call into Mr. Vojtko who has been doing a bang up job on the debates this week and asked him what the deal was with the “suitless” Marino. Vojtko told me that the Congressman’s staff asked if it was okay not to wear a suit because he was more comfortable without one, doesn’t like wearing a tie and just wanted to be represented that way.
So I’m glad there wasn’t a fashion disaster that put the Congressman in just a shirt with no tie. After all, he has always marched to the beat of his own drummer. Ted Williams eschewed a tie for his entire life even going into the Baseball Hall tieless. So I’m okay with his decision to show up as he wanted to for a major debate. He is after all in a GOP district running against two very articulate but underfunded candidates. Hell he could dress like Fred Flinstone if he wanted. (Oh wait, Fred wears a tie!)
But Mrs. LuLac made a good point as we discussed this at breakfast the next morning. She said, “You know my father was a coal miner and your father was a railroader..but they always wore suits when it was appropriate.” Too bad Alex and Jake never ran for Congress. At least they’d have the wardrobe.



The Thursday night debate between Democrat Eileen Cipriani and Republican Aaron Kaufer will air on Service Electric TV Channel 19 Saturday November 1st and Sunday November 2nd at 3pm.


Your blog editor with Brian Hughes.
This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with David Yonki from the LuLac Political Letter previews the key races coming up on Election Day.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Christine Jensen about a big event for Veterans & their spouses at Pa Career Link in Wilkes Barre called "Serving Those Who Serve", coming up on Tuesday.
And Brian speaks with Dr. Mary Dunden form Vanderbilt Children's Hospital about preparing for Flu Season.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, and 6:25am on Magic 93.


ECTV Live host David DeCosmo will welcome representatives from Lackawanna College to the program during the week of November 3rd to discuss programs being offered at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. ECTV Live is aired on Comcast channels 19 and 61 and is presented several times each day throughout the week.


This week Community Forum previews the election as political consultant David Madeira joins Mike Remish. You'll hear the program Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on The Game Sports Radio Network 1340/1400/1440 amd and 100.7 and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River


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.


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!”


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.


Every Wednesday at 5PM, Steve Corbett shines the light on a Public official with his “Somebody’s Watching Me” segment. Corbett picks an alleged public servant to eye ball and observe. Batten down the lawn furniture in the driveway and that e mail machine. There is nowhere to hide when “somebody’s Watching”. Wednesdays at 5 on WILK’s Corbett program.

Our 1974 logo.


Catfish Hunter is named AL Cy Young Award…Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in 8th round in Kinshasa Zaire ('The Rumble in the Jungle')
Art Modell gets snowed in & misses his 1st Cleveland Brown game in 33 yrs… Braves trade Hank Aaron to Milwaukee Brewers for OF Dave May….. 

USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR..78 die when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burns down. Six of the victims jumped to their deaths from the seventh floor after a club official barred the doors after the fire started......Dmitri Shostakovitch completes Michelangelo songs………Ella Grasso (Ct) elected 1st woman US governor not related to previous governor…….
 Walter E Washington, becomes 1st elected mayor of Wash DC…Dodger Mike Marshall is 1st relief pitcher to win Cy Young Award…….in Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp becomes the first Chief Executive in the State of Pennsylvania to be re-elected. His Lt. Governor Ernest Kline follows with impressive vote totals…..

Senator Richard Schweiker is re-elected to second term winning over Mayor Peter Flaherty…in Luzerne County incumbent 14th District Senator Martin Murray wins another term while 20th District Senator T. Newell Wood garners another four Lackaawanna County’s 22nd Senatorial District Robert Mellow wins a second term….and forty years ago this week the number one song in America and LuLac land was “You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2762, October 30th, 2014


Editor's Note: We had planned on running our regular Thursday LuLac edition. There were also a few events such as Fall Blogfest 2014, the Cipriani/Kaufer debate in the 120th District and a Tom Wolf For Governor event in Kingston. But because there will be news coverage of the big apprehension, we'll be back later tomorrow with as they say in TV,  our regularly scheduled program.
In the meantime, with "The Survivalist" it was only a matter of time. Reminds me of a song from The Will Rogers Follies.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2761, October 29th, 2014






Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2760, October 28th, 2014

10th District candidate Scott Brion. (Photo: WKOK Newsradio).

The Scranton Times Tribune endorsed the underdog candidacy of Democrat Scott Brion for the seat in the 10th Congressional District. If you saw or heard the debate tonight on WVIA TV or FM you can see why. Brion will be a welcome addition to a city and a party that has told one lie after another. Brion is the best of this lot. Here's what the Times Tribune had to say about him.
It truly can be said of deeply conservative Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Marino that he is straightforward and consistent, and that what you see is what you get.
Unfortunately, Mr. Marino’s priorities have been wrong for the 10th District and for the United States.
As he seeks his third term, Mr. Marino faces two worthy challengers in Democrat Scott Brion of Tioga County and a former Republican, independent Nick Troiano of Pike County.
The Times-Tribune editorial board endorses Mr. Brion, who has the experience and temperament to be a force for progress in Congress.
Mr. Marino contends that he has been able to reach across the aisle to achieve some policy successes. But on major issues he consistently has voted with the often obstructive and occasionally dangerous hard right element of the House. He has voted numerous times to repeal the Affordable Care Act without presenting an alternative bill to improve health care access. He joined the faction that brought the U.S. government to the brink of default. Mr. Marino has criticized wasteful spending, while proposing to write a blank check to militarize the nation’s southern border.
Mr. Marino’s record reflects rigid ideology.
Mr. Brion has had a varied career. He grew up on a farm, graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and worked in international commercial real estate and energy consulting for 20 years before returning to his family farm in 2008. He now works that farm and runs a real estate and energy company he created upon his return.
He is well-versed in the sprawling 10th District’s issues, from the need to stabilize the federal flood insurance program to safely foster the natural gas industry. One of the government’s failures amid the gas boom, he said, is its inability to spin the presence of so much energy into related jobs.
Mr. Brion is a moderate by temperament and politics who would make a solid congressman.
Mr. Troiano is a recent masters degree recipient from the Georgetown University School of Government who, at 23, is attempting to go from the classroom to Congress.
He is bright, articulate and focused. His policy position book is a work of art, demonstrating a keen grasp of major issues.
But Congress is not simply an academic exercise. Mr. Troiano has a promising future in politics and government. But in this election, Mr. Brion’s experience makes him the better choice..


Matt Cartwright has made his mark in Washington, D.C. Cartwright has built bridges, made an impressive debut among Washingtonians but at the same time has stayed in touch with people in his district. Cartwright has also helped numerous individuals of limited means to get a better life through helping them through his constituent services. It is no surprise that Cartwright has been endorsed by the Citizen's Voice.
U.S. Congress for the 17th District
In his first term in Washington, Matt Cartwright has proven himself a moderate and independent Democrat who has done the seemingly impossible by building relationships across the aisle in the politically polarized U.S. House of Representatives.
Cartwright has taken a leadership role in the freshman class in the 113th Congress, won bipartisan support for more than two dozen bills, helped secure raises for employees at the Tobyhanna Army Depot and fought for legislation to improve veterans’ health care.
He also took the lead in finding to solutions to the violence at Wilkes-Barre’s troubled Sherman Hills housing complex.
In contrast, Cartwright’s Republican opponent, Schuylkill County Coroner David Moylan, has staked out the most extreme positions on social issues, foreign policy and immigration.
Congress needs more thoughtful, productive members like Matt Cartwright. He deserves a second term. 

OCTOBER 30th, 6PM 

Monday, October 27, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2759, October 27th, 2014


The Tom Wolf for Governor campaign started their statewide bus trip yesterday. The trip will visit towns across the Commonwealth. The Wolf Pack is expected to be in this area later on in the week.
Check out the front of the bus with its trademark Jeep grill.
Here is the candidate in front of the bus as he sets out to put miles on this baby as the Election draws near.


Former President Bill Clinton was in Pittsburgh to stump for Tom Wolf. Here is what the former President had to say about the candidate.



Sunday, October 26, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2758, October 26th, 2014


The Third District FOP of Luzerne County met Friday night in Dupont and as usual Susan Zaykoski and Jimmy O’Meara did a bang up job organizing the event.
After opening with the Pledge and closed with having everyone stand to sing "God Bless America." The crew heard from Luzerne County Chair Bill Urbanski, who kicked things off by reminding everyone the race for Governor is tightening. Turnout for Republicans will be a big factor on Election Day.
The following candidates made presentations in this order: Doc Moylan (candidate for Congress, PA17) , Joe Albert (Candidate for State Senate District 22) and Melanie Madeira (Candidate for State House District 114). There were GOP committee members from across the region in attendance, as well as some folks who had never been to a political event of any kind. The latter, is an encouraging sign that reports of the American voter's death may be premature. Many at the rally took advantage of the
opportunity to speak to candidates one-on-one. As you know, face time with a candidate is irreplaceable.
With the Election almost upon us, many of the other candidates were at previous commitments. However according to party members, this will be looked at as another strong brick in the foundation of a new and vital regional Republican party. With "Issues and Eggs" and this Rally, the Third District has pulled off two successful events this year.
Some notes about the Luzerne County Third District: The district "map" is the same as the Luzerne County portion of House District 118. It consists of the city of Pittston, the townships of Bear Creek, Buck, Jenkins, Pittston and Plains and the boroughs of Avoca, Bear Creek Village, Dupont, Duryea, Hughestown, Laflin, Penn Lake Park and Yatesville.
The 118th, as I mentioned is split between Lackawanna and Luzerne counties, the GOP seems to be building bridges with friends from across the county lines to grow our Party. County Chairs Bill Urbanski (Luzerne) and Lance Stange (Lackawanna) deserve the hats off award for getting this all going with
their annual joint county dinners.
Whatever the outcome of this year’s election, the GOPers in both Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties, utilizing the Third District as a bridge will be heard from in the crucial local election year of 2015.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Jim O’Meara contributed to this report. 
Giving the group a pep talk, 17th District Congressional candidate Doc Moylan outlines his plans.
Melanie Madeira running in the 114th is being regarded as a rising star in the party.
State Senate candidate Joe Albert gave his take on what needs to be done in Harrisburg. Albert goes up against first term incumbent John Blake.
The Luzerne County Teenage Republicans had a display at the event. The group is open to any Luzerne County teen aged 13 and above. New members are welcome. It is a great group, and they have had the opportunity to hear from GOP candidates and elected officials. In the past year, the group got to meet and hear positions from all three GOP Congressional candidates forPA 17 and PA 120 House Candidate Aaron Kaufer. District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis met with the group in May to talk to the teens about her job. Here is GOP Teen member Sam Marranca.
Anyone requesting more information on our Teenage Republicans can email me
In addition to getting this event pulled together, Mr. O'Meara also guarded the homemade cookies. 
All photos by Susan Zaycoski.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2757, October 25th, 2014


The Fall blogfest will be this Thursday at The Red Mill in Pittston. The event starts at 6PM. Candidates, bloggers and followers are more than welcome. We have an event later but will be there early to say hi and chew the political fat. Thanks to Michelle Hryvnak Davies for coordinating this and doing this logo. See you there.


Congressman Matt Cartwright on the trail earlier this year. (Photo: LuLac archives).
17th Congressional District candidate Matt Cartwright is up on the air this week with some TV ads. Here’s a sampling.

Senator Bob Casey. (Photo: Times Tribune).
When I was preparing our most recent edition of LuLac from October 23rd, I had it in the back of my mind that Senator Bob Casey was going to try and introduce legislation to turn back the tide of lessening if not downright denying voting rights for all Americans. From his office, his thoughts on stopping this madness.
With voting rights under attack across the country, Senator Bob Casey called for legislation that would restore gutted portions of the Voting Rights Act. Since the 2010 election, new voting restrictions have been added in 22 states, and the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Shelby County v. Holder struck down one of the key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Casey called on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act and ensure that the right to vote receives protection under federal and state statutes.
“The right to vote has been called the most precious of our rights, the ‘primary right by which all other rights are protected,’ however, over the past few years, legislation and court decisions at both state and federal levels have been slowly chipping away at this right,” said Senator Casey. “I am calling on Congress to act quickly to reaffirm the Voting Rights Act and put in place the necessary protections to guarantee all citizens the right to vote, regardless of race, national origin or language. When Congress reconvenes I will be looking at ways Congress can underscore and protect American’s most fundamental right, the right to vote.”
On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is unconstitutional. Section 4(b) contained the formula for determining which jurisdictions were subject to “preclearance” under Section 5 of the VRA, meaning that any voting rights changes had to be reviewed and approved by the Department of Justice before taking effect. While the Court determined that the formula was unconstitutional because it was based on data from 1964-1972 and was no longer based on current needs, the Court left Section 5 ineffective but intact, allowing Congress the opportunity to redraft the coverage formula based on current needs.
Voting Rights Amendment Act Major Provisions
The Voting Rights Amendment Act would amend the Voting Rights Act by allowing courts to “bail-in” (require preclearance for voting changes in) a State or political subdivision based violations of the Fourteenth or Fifteenth Amendments, federal voting rights law, and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
• States can be bailed in if there are five or more violations over the preceding fifteen years, at least one of which must be a State-wide violation.
• Political subdivisions can be bailed in if there are three or more violations in the preceding fifteen years, or if there is one violation coupled with “persistent and extremely low minority voter turnout.”
• States or political subdivision will continue to be covered for 10 years starting on the January 1 of the year of the most recent voting rights violation, unless the state or subdivision obtains a “bail-out”
• Voting rights violations include a final judgment in violation of the Constitution or Section 2 of the VRA, failure or denial of preclearance by a court, or failure or denial of preclearance by the Attorney General.
o States and political subdivisions (including those in covered States) would still be able to “bail out” of coverage as currently permitted by the VRA if they have no violations.
o Section 3(c), which allows a federal court to bail-in jurisdictions found to have intentionally discriminated in violation of the Fourteenth or Fifteenth Amendment, would be expanded to allow bail-in based on violation of federal voting laws and discriminatory effect, rather than only where the plaintiffs can show intentional discrimination
Senator Casey has been outspoken in his opposition to Pennsylvania’s efforts to enact a voter ID law. He has previously called on Senate leaders to expedite consideration of legislation that would reinstate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act . Casey also has been opposed to the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which would increase the power of corporate and special interests in elections