Monday, April 05, 2010

The LuLac Edition #1142, Apr. 5th, 2010



22nd District candidate for the State Senate Chris Doherty has introduced a 9 point plan for the reform of State Government. Here’s what he proposed:

REFORM MEASURE 1: Eliminate per diems. Legislators should be paid their salary, be reimbursed for verifiable, allowable expenses, and be compensated for their mileage. No more, no less.
REFORM MEASURE 2: Eliminate WAMs. The so-called “walking around money” provided to legislators to fund local projects are ripe for abuse. While some WAMs fund legitimate projects, they are sometimes used as a personal slush fund by unscrupulous legislators. The problem is that WAMs come with no requirement for disclosure or transparency. The same positive results can be accomplished through the regular budget process.
REFORM MEASURE 3: Dock legislators’ pay every day the state budget is not passed after the July 1 deadline.
REFORM MEASURE 4: Legislators already receive an automatic raise in the form of a cost of living adjustment to their salaries. They should be prohibited from further raising their own pay beyond the cost of living adjustment.
REFORM MEASURE 5: Require registered lobbyists to file reports on a quarterly basis that detail the legislators with whom they’ve met, the legislative staffers with whom they’ve met, the names of all attendees in each meeting, the dates and times of each meeting, and the topics discussed.
REFORM MEASURE 6: All reports filed by registered lobbyists must include an electronic filing and be made available to the public via the Internet within 48 hours of being filed.
REFORM MEASURE 7: Provide enhanced funding for the secretary of state’s office in order to improve efficiency, speed delivery of information to the public, and make the online database of campaign finance reports more easily search able. REFORM MEASURE 8: Prohibit former legislators, legislative staff members, and state appointees who become registered lobbyists from lobbying on behalf of clients before a current legislator, legislative staffer, or executive branch member for a period of two years (current law states that legislators and public officials cannot lobby for one year after leaving office).
REFORM MEASURE 9: Permanently prohibit former legislative staffers who become registered lobbyists from lobbying on behalf of clients before their former legislator or legislative staffers in the office in which they worked.


A household name when I was a kid growing up was Bernie Blier. Blier was head of the Scranton Redevelopment Authority and was constantly on TV sparring with various and sundry members of Scranton City Council. Blier served in the Hanlon, Schmidt and Walsh administrations and was not afraid to promote his vision for the city. Since Blier controlled the federal and state grants coming into the city, there were vociferous discussions as to how said dollars should be spent. . Blier, died at his city home Sunday. He was 93. Blier also served on the city planning commission for 2 decades. Check the Scranton Times for funeral arrangements.


John Yudichak, Democratic State Senate candidate in the 14th Senatorial District, will officially open his new Wilkes-Barre Township campaign office, located at the corner of Route 309 and Coal Street, this Saturday, April 10th. The grand opening will begin at 11:00 am, followed by a festive reception for his many supporters and volunteers to follow. The event is open to the public.


At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Mayor's points. It is always great to be so right on the money, especially when one is aware that there is not a chance in Hell any of those points will ever be enacted. The true test will be what he himself does, if elected.

Just remember a vote for the Mayor is a vote for Janet Evans as the next mayor. Think long and hard about that one.

At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Route 309 and Coal Street? Is that a central, convenient local? Or his that to show the voters the mess the WB mayor has allowed the roads to become?

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that point about the roads. I hope that Beetlejuice look a like guy is not going to be in Yudi's office hes always bumming around offices and acts like he knows everything. Vote for Yudi

At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a ride away from downtown (where the mayors cronies benefited from him being mayor)and get a glimpse what Wilkes-Barre really looks like boarded up houses, garbage in the streets, burned out places, vacant lots, prostitution and junkies oh wait thats in the downtown too. I dont believe should be the slogan. The people who work hard and take care of their homes dont get anything out of it because the mayor cares about his business pals and thats it. From walking around Wilkes-Barre everyone is 50/50 on voting for Mayor Tom. Hes in for a fight.

At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So we should not vote Dougherty for Senate so people wont vote Evans Mayor? Unbelievable thinking! The good point about Dougherty having "points" is that it is nice to see a candidate with a thought in his head. I'm so sick of campaign slogans and now we have a milionaire insurance man saying he will take the job and no pay. OK folks, that has to be the thrid biggest lie! A prodessional salesman who inherited a million dollar business from his father and all of a sudden he is going to work for free and leave his business in the hands of others? Right! A wise man once said somwething about a Greek bearing gifts.

At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is making some good promises ..... at least he is showing some thought to the job.

At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janet Evans as Mayor of Scranton conjures up interesting images out of 101 Dalmations, but if she could be Mayor she could teach so why is she getting paid for not teaching? Whats the deal here. It may be legit, but whats up on this?
And never forget Jimmie Connors is a young man and a switch hitter politically and everybody loves a comeback! Especially an Irish Boy in NEPA!

Lackawanna Jack

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Sam-sam said...

Bernie and his wife brought many needy young children into their home. They provided love and educations for all of them and never looked for recognition or thanks.

At 4:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think janet evans becomes mayor if the big D leaves office. no election needed

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Pizza Pete said...

Looks like Yuddy has bloggers on his payroll. Please don't tell me that the guy is pure, he took the perdiem oney and bught a house. Give me a break! I want to see his tax returns to see if he is taking the raise or not. Put up or shut up!


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