The LuLac Edition #693, Jan. 12th, 2009
Eager to put the scandal-tainted standoff behind them, Senate Democrats accepted Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama's Senate successor on Monday and said they expect to swear in the new Illinois senator soon. "He is now the senator-designate from Illinois and, as such, will be accorded all the rights and privileges of a senator-elect," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said in a joint statement. Burris said he's "humbled and honored" to be Illinois' next junior senator, and is thankful for the opportunity to serve. Some of the credit has to go to the Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for his political turnaround in naming the politico to the seat and of course to Burris himself for touting his credentials and not backing down once he arrived in D.C.
A SCRANTON SITE
When James B. McNulty was Mayor of Scranton in the early 80s, he promoted the city like no other. He brought in Larry Holmes for a nationally televised prize fight and helped in the renovation of the Radison Hotel in the downtown. McNulty has taken on a new mission, promoting Scranton as the city politicians think of first in any campaign. McNulty is celebrating Scranton’s political prowess with a Web site, www.scrantonelectioncity.com. The former Mayor envisions the site as an aid local people to fully understand the impact a national campaigns made on the city.
MOTOWN AT 50
A half century ago Motown arrived on the scene. President Berry Gordy founded the music company in a small house in Detroit. The address: West Grand Blvd, Detroit, Michigan. The mission: to make the best music for all of young America, black and white. A few gems from Hitsville, USA: