The LuLac Edition #596, Oct. 9th, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: CONGRESSMAN PAUL KANJORSKI
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.
FROM MR. MITCHELL
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".
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ELECTION TOP 40
BORDER SECURITY #27
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.