Thursday, October 09, 2008

The LuLac Edition #596, Oct. 9th, 2008



WNEP TV and The Scranton Times are reporting that State Representative Frank Andrews Shimkus is facing some ethical questions regarding a per diem amount he recieved for the month of January 2008. This is the last thing a state representative who is holding a seat needs in this volatile election year. His foe, Democrat Kevin Murphy is adding fuel to the fire saying Andrews could not be in two places at the same time. According to WNEP: "The Murphy campaign alleges Shimkus either lied under oath or improperly pocketed nearly $1,000 in taxpayer-funded per diems.
Per diems are bonuses of $152 that state lawmakers can collect for days when they're at work in Harrisburg. According to the state, Shimkus, in one term, has collected more than $35,000 in per diems tax free, on top of his salary and benefits. The questions come about after a commonwealth court case before the spring primary. Shimkus lost that case and his name was thrown off the Democratic ballot however his testimony in court remains a matter of public record." The problem for Shimkus is that he got his dates mixed up as to when he had two accidents, one a fall, one an auto crash. To me, those are significant events you remember. If you wreck a car, get hurt and need to go to the hospital, head injury or not, you remember the date. You have medical records and family members to remind you of the date. Coming just before a crucial election where this is trending toward a Democratic year and the fact that taxpayers are fed up with the overpaid Legislature and their per diems, this can result in a serious fall from power on November 4th for Frank Andrews Shimkus. If he doesn't remember that date, then there's no hope for the guy.


Ed Mitchell, Paul Kanjorski's media man sent an interesting piece the other day which we will print in its entirety. The missive talks about the "Political Courage Test".
Wilkes-Barre, PA - Lou Barletta declined the opportunity to answer questions in the "Political Courage Test" from Project Vote Smart on the important policy matters of the day. Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski (PA-11) did answer the group's questions. You can go to Project Vote Smart is a respected, non-partisan organization that, according to the group's website, researches "the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations of them generated by over 100 competing special interest groups."Kanjorski Campaign Spokesman Ed Mitchell said about the questionnaire: "Of course he didn’t respond because that would force him to have positions that he would have to stand by. On most issues, Barletta refuses to even stake out a position. On others, Barletta flip-flops whenever his policies could do harm to his poll position. He changed his response to questions on the economy recovery package, among other things. If the wind blows one way, you can be sure that Lou Barletta is headed that direction."For example, while we don't know now where he stands on privatization of Social Security, Barletta has said previously he supports private accounts and he has accepted more than $80,000 in Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions from privatization supporters. "On September 25th, Barletta told a Scranton Times-Tribune reporter he backed the bailout. But by September 30th, Barletta was telling newspapers, including the Politico, that he opposed the proposal." The Political Courage Test asks candidates what they would do if elected about the following topics:
· Abortion Issues
· Gun Issues
· Budgetary, Spending and Tax Issues
· Health Issues
· Campaign Finance and Governmental Reform
· Immigration Issues
· Crime Issues
· International Aid, Trade Policy
· Education
· National Security Issues
· Employment
· Social Issues
· Environmental and Energy Issues
· Social Security Issues
· Legislative Priorities
· Welfare and Poverty Issues




Securing Our Borders First. John McCain's top immigration priority is to
finish securing our borders in an expedited manner. Governors of border states will be required to certify that the border is secure. Steps to border security include: Setting clear guidelines and objectives for securing the border through physical and virtual barriers. Ensuring that adequate funding is provided for resources on the ground, but also training facilities, support staff and the deployment of technologies. Dedicating funding to US Attorney's offices in border states. Implementing sound policies for contracting Department of Homeland Security software and infrastructure. Deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and other aircraft where needed and appropriate in the border region. Continue implementation of the US-VISIT comprehensive visitor security program.


Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama spoke to the about his plan for immigration reform. That plan includes boosting border security, cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants, improvingthe immigration system and creating a legal pathway for undocumented immigrants already in the United States to gain citizenship.


At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seemed Frank Andrews got off to a great start and went in the tank.
Too many issues I guess. Still as you said, you remember those dates!
PA Lawmakers are already over paid
with benefits the common man never did or no longer has, and yet they feel the need to take advantage in any way they can! I voted for Frank. We gave him the opportunity he asked for and he let us all down. In the end, just too many issues and not enough integrity.

At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barletta refused to answer the project vote smart questionairre? what a cowardly action. if he can't answer the simple position questions we don't need him to represent us. will he hide from the congress? will he hid from the people?

At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shimkus! What a trainwreck. I also hope the dems in the 11th district wake up and realize Kanjorski is going to be in a dem controlled house. lou will not.

At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NEPA's flailings - which include blighted downtowns, cronyism, under-handed sweetheart deals - all eminate from the top and roll down. Kanjo is at the top of a long line of public puss that extends into county and local governments. It's disgusting to see how people can be so stupid. Fast Eddy loves to run pathetic political ads that portray NEPA seniors to be confused primates who will only look at the single issue of Social Security. They are smart enough to understand that $10 million is alot of money that would have been better served to be spent on their communities, as opposed to going to Kanjo's family. I would not care how much flip-flopping Barletta does.... He's a vast improvement from the porkbelly that we have now.... Just like Dandy Don Sherwood - It's time for Big Paul to go!

At 2:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only did he forget the date of the car accident in court, he never mentioned when asked about the where abouts of his state vehicle. He stated it was in the shop for a broken fuel line. A roll over accident compared to a broken fuel line is something you would remember. The guys lies are starting to build up and he's out of control.


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