Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The LuLac Edition #871, July 8th, 2009



As many as 800 Pennsylvania state employees may have to be laid off because of Republican lawmakers' demands for spending cuts and labor unions' refusal to accept less drastic measures, Gov. Ed Rendell said Tuesday. While there are meetings between the Governor's staff and legislative leaders, this bit of news does not bode well for any breakthrough any time soon. he unions are livid at Rendell regarding this latest statement but having unions angry at him is nothing new for this Governor. Things are bound to get interesting in this latest budget battle.


If anyone is interested in getting answers on the budget impasse, my suggestion is to tune in to PCN Tonight. What was originally rumored to be a debate between Governor Rendell and Senate Pro Tem and Ltn. Governor Joe Scarnati will be two seperate programs tonight on PCN. As part of PCN’s extensive coverage on the PA budget, the statewide network will dedicate tomorrow evening’s programming to the subject. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, PCN will air a block of special “On the Issues” programs featuring key lawmakers involved in the budget process. Following these one-on-one interviews, Lieutenant Governor/ PA Senate President Pro Tempore, Senator Joe Scarnati and Governor Ed Rendell will take viewers’ calls during two separate LIVE PCN Call-In Program specials set to air starting at 6:00 p.m.
Each hour-long Call-In program will give viewers an opportunity to talk directly to the featured guest by dialing toll-free at 1-877-PA6-5001.
The schedule, including replay times, for this special PA budget programming block is as follows:
Wednesday, July 8:
5:00 p.m. – On the Issues: Rep. Mario Civera (R) – House Minority Appropriations Chair
Replays – Wednesday, July 8 at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
5:15 p.m. – On the Issues: Rep. Dwight Evans (D) House Majority Appropriations Chair
Replays – Wednesday, July 8 at 8:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – On the Issues: Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R) – Senate Majority Floor Leader
Replays – Wednesday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
5:15 p.m. – On the Issues: Sen. Jay Costa (D) Senate Minority Appropriations Chair
Replays – Wednesday, July 8 at 8:45 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.
6:00 p.m. (LIVE) – PCN Call-In program: Sen. Joe Scarnati, Lieutenant Governor/ PA Senate Pro Tempore
Replays – Wednesday, July 8 at 9:00 p.m; Thursday, July 9 at 12:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m. (LIVE) – PCN Call-In program: Governor Ed Rendell
Replays – Wednesday, July 8 at 10:00 p.m; Thursday, July 9 at 1:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Throughout the budget process, PCN will air gavel-to-gavel coverage from the floor of the PA House and Senate during this extended legislative session. The statewide network also offers featured videos on its PCN Anytime Streaming page at A PA Budget 2009 Resources tab has also been added to the network’s streaming page to give users special features including links for the latest budget news as well as special PA Budget program video selections.
For updated information about special budget programming and other programming information, visit the daily schedule at


Kingston Mayor Jim Haggerty, 43, underwent emergency bypass surgery at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Tuesday. Haggerty was transported to the hospital Tuesday morning after suffering from chest pains. Haggerty is also chair of the Luzerne County Home Rule Government Study Commission. We wish him well in this health challenge.


Legislation aimed at preventing further cases of corruption in county juvenile courts has been unanimously approved by the state Senate according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), who sponsored the measure. "With so many kids adversely affected, with such casual denial of fundamental constitutional protections, the Luzerne County situation cannot just be written off as a horrible aberration," Baker said. "We cannot run the risk that greed, intimidation, callous disregard of ethics and oaths, and criminal audacity combine to allow this to happen again." Baker's measure would establish an 11-member Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, appointed by the Chief Justice, General Assembly and Governor, to conduct a thorough review of juvenile justice procedures, practices, rules and regulations and pursue remedies and reforms. The goal, she said, is to ensure that children and families who enter the juvenile justice system are granted fundamental constitutional protections and that judges are monitored to make sure their decisions are ethical and correct. Baker said the commission is the result of strong cooperation among all three branches of state government and will not interfere with or duplicate the work of investigators and the criminal justice system. Rather, it is charged with finding forward-looking remedies for the wrongs, and restoring public confidence that there is justice throughout the juvenile justice system. "To the extent that laws must be changed, rules revised, proceedings opened up, data more carefully scrutinized, this commission will put together that case. Legislators will then decide on changes in law. The courts will decide on rules changes," Baker said. "By virtue of how this commission was conceived and how it will be constituted, we can trust that the end result will be reliable, responsible, and right – a better-protected, better-run system of juvenile justice."


Michael Jackson had a memorial service that lasted a few hours. It was televised on all 4 major networks as well as all the cable and entertainment channels. When Mr. E. Presley died in 1977, there was coverage on the Nightly News and a half hour special on the night he died in the 11:30 to midnight time slot. His funeral was not covered. When Mister F.Sinatra died in 1998, there were numerous hour long specials on TV but his funeral was not covered. I make the point because I’m getting quite tired of hearing Rev. Al “Tawana Brawley” Sharpton telling anyone who would listen that Michael Jackson was not getting any “respect” from the media. American media does not even cover Presidential Inaugurations or Political conventions gavel to gavel anymore. All they do is showcase democracy at its finest. Certainly I feel bad for Mr. Jackson’s family and children (his daughter’s final farewell was very touching) but there seems to be something lacking in today’s media in terms of what and who they cover as major news. I think they call it perspective.


At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your article on palin was right on point. the polls show her doing very well for president. you are a sage.

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have any idea why Kevin Lynn keeps taking veiled stabs at Steve Corbett? He made a comment about some radio person calling Jackson a pervert and how local people don't really pay attention to politics the way some people claim. Also what is with Kevin Lynn defending those who wrong children. His defense of Civarella and he is defending Jackson. Granted Jackson was aquittted, but he also settled once. (edited) Just asking questions.

At 10:19 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Do you have any idea why Kevin Lynn keeps taking veiled stabs at Steve Corbett?

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin vs Corbett, the answer is fairly simple. Two ******** (edited) with giant egos are not going to get along, period. They are too much alike to like each other. Both are small fish in a smaller pond and both have their best shots at careers way behind them. So they must by nature suck up all the ego food in the pond and neither I imagine shares well. Ive met em both over the years and both are loud mouth losers. I dont listen to WILK, but they both should be reminded of Fred Williams. He too thought he was significant!
Taylor Jack

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I called both guys ********! Good Edit. You WILK protector, you.

At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point Taylor Jack... I am curious Mr. Yonki why you edited out my question. It is a serious one. Edited

At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor Jack ... cudos. You hit the nail right on the head. Rush was right, Kevin Lynn is a smart ass. He sounds like he invents things to say to be noticed. And Corbett... well he's Corbett. He couldn't make a go of it in the newspapers, so why no try radio. Funny how WILK jumped on him so quick. I guess they thought he might have had talent.

At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought Corbett was a Steve Lopez-wannabe. They both wrote for Knight-Ritter at the time, but Lopez, unlike Corbett, would focus on the story, rather than inserting himself in it. Kevin Lynn- Has his points, but sometimes when I listen to that 1st hour on the way to work, I can't figure out why Joe Thomas doesn't punch his lights out... guess he really needs that job.

At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your buddy Kevin Lynn tried to compare perversions of adultery and pedophilia. Honestly what is up with this guy. Why is he so defensive of those who harm or allegedly harm children. If he can not see the difference between 2 or more consenting adults engaging in adultery and someone taking advantage of children - I just don't get it. What kind of a mind tries to justify this behavior? Is that an unfair question?

At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corbett is more like Jerry Rivers than Steve Lopez.

Joe Thomas is really under-equipped to be on the air with Kevin Lynn. A much better foil would be Yonk's friend who ran for congress.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Joe Thomas is really under-equipped to be on the air with Kevin Lynn.


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