Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The LuLac Edition #1358, Nov. 3rd, 2010




If you can sum up the 2010 mid term elections you can say that it wasn’t a revolution but a rejection. It was a rejection, reasonable or not against a Democratic Congress and administration that passed more than 200 bills. It was a rejection against a President that took bold initiative but who might have been better served taking smaller bites of the Legislative apple. It is a demonstration that if you say no loud enough, people will follow you. Now the Republicans have to produce. But I’m afraid with a more conservative Congress and the erasure of many blue dog Democrats, the lines are going to be closely drawn and divided.



For the first time in over 60 years, the 10th and 11th Congressional Districts will be represented by two Republicans. The election of Lou Barletta and Tom Marino signals a new beginning for both districts. And the margins of victory were overwhelming. Not close at all. It is evident that both Barletta and Marino got huge mandates. They go to a Congress controlled by the GOP. They go to Washington with high hopes and no seniority. We wish them the best.


Paul Kanjorski and Chris Carney were as gracious in defeat as they have been in their terms of office. Kanjorski said he was proud to be a member of Congress, calling it the opportunity of a lifetime. Even in losing, he referred to it as a life experience. Chris Carney, unlike Marino was gracious, thankful and flanked by his wife who is recovering from an illness. There was no reference made to his opponent’s classless remarks about Carney missing one vote because of his wife’s cancer.


The biggest news was the defeat of Todd Eachus in the 116th. Tarah Toohill ran a tough, slick campaign and the statewide GOP were licking their chops to try and knock off a leader. Toohill almost ran as a Democrat against Eachus but was persuaded to change party affiliation by some of the Barletta people. When the vote totals foer Hazle Twp. Came in with Eachus trailing, it became apparent that his run was over. Eachus made a statement in his concession speech about fixing the statewide pension system. He made reference to the fact that he will serve out his term working full time. Will we see any lame duck maneuvers?


Change didn’t extend to the other Legislative races were Ken Smith prevailed in the 112th against Lee Morgan. It proved the weakness of the Lackawanna County GOP when you can’t even beat a guy who hasn’t paid his taxes.
In the 113th Kevin Murphy won another term against Republican Mike LaPolla. The 114th District, in a seat held by Jim Wansacz will be held by Democrat Sid Michaels Kavulich who won against Dan Naylor.
Ed Staback turned back new comer Thersea Kane in the 115th. We talked about the 116th with Eachus being retired. In the 117th Karen Boback wins big over newcomer Richard Shermanski.
In the 118th Mike Carroll wins over Terrence O’Connor. Carroll won a big plurality in Luzerne County. In the 119th, Gerald Mullery beats Rick Arnold to take over John Yudichak’s seat. In the 120th, Phyllis Mundy breezes to another term beating West Pittston Mayor Bill Goldsworthy and Libertarian Tim Mullen who polled a respectable 15%. In the 121rst, Eddie Day Pashinski won big in the heavily dominated district of Democrats against Jim O’Meara.


It was John Yudichak in the 14th defeating Steve Urban and Betsy Sommers, in the 22nd John Blake turned back Frank Scavo. In the 20th Lisa Baker ran unopposed. The make up of the Senate at least in the LuLac region did not change even with the retirements of Bob Mellow and Ray Musto.


The eight year cycle continues in Pennsylvania government.Tom Corbett defeats Dan Onorato and continues the party switch of the top job in Pa. that has gone on since 1954.


Joe Sestak loses to Pat Toomey. I thought Arlen Specter would have run a better race. Toomey is more right wing than Rick Santorum. If we survived him, I giuess we can survive Toomey.


Much to my surprise, Home Rule Yes won in Luzerne County. Commissioner Mary Anne Petrilla said once Home Rule is enacted, residents will see the changes made in Luzerne County government the last three years. The crafting of a new government will be a civics lesson everyone needs to pay attention to.


Abington Twp. Has changed their name to Waverly. I bet that torks off the people with the huge houses in Waverly and thrills the former residents of Abington and their humble abodes.


Jerry Brown won election as Governor of California. Again. He’ll make governing that state very interesting.


Whether you want to believe it or not, the race for 2012 is on. Right now. The national GOP is thinking of a way to derail the President, the Democrats are trying to pick up the pieces and see what they can save of the Obama Presidency. And in diners and coffee shops in Lulac land this morning, you can bet there are meetings in the 10th and 11th Congressional district going on plotting how to make Lou Barletta and Tom Marino one term Congressman.


At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Your friend and political sparing partner said...

I think all republicans would be wise to follow Marino's example. Stay off Steve Corbett's show. It seems that Barletta and Toohill even stayed of during crunch time. If Marino kept going on WILK and trying to explain and re-explain himself he would have lost.

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

What goes around, comes around!

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise Jesus the Republicans are in control! Now everything will be allright. I feel more safe and secure already.

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good recap, nice job on WYLN, I thought Zoba and Tarrone were going to slaughter each other. I bet you felt like Don Dumphy. And on WILK this morning, fantastic.

At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The election of Jerry Brown is a beacon in the Democratic losses. The guy will turn the Golden State around.

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Yonk on WILK this morning? It seems running cover for the WILKers pays dividends... What was his reward a 15 minute segment? The way he protects them they should have given him an hour during t.v. time.

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 4:06PM, they had him on for the 2 hours. And he looked marvelous, was funny, engaging and pretty damn entertaining. Get over it, Yonk is a media guy, he respects the profession. He goes back to the early days at WVIA FM and TV in the 70s when broadcasting was regarded and hopefully still is regarded as a noble profession. I don't know why you think WILK needs protecting from Yonk or anyone else. Plus what you need to get about WILK is that they have a diverse lineup. Yonk has been on Sue Henry's show and they disagree about everything. It's talk radio, entertainment. Jeez.

At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not the one that takes WILK too seriously. Some of their hosts, well one current and one former, takes themselves too seriously.
As far as running cover. Yonk edits anything negative, no matter how accurate, about the WILK staff. and he was rewarded for it.
Good for him, he should just be honest that he is a schill for them.

At 8:04 PM, Blogger PoorRichard said...

Yonk, great job! Once again you show your true grasp of political happenings. As for Carney, he was a great Congressman and representative for his people. He saw no party lines and did what he could for all who he represented. It will be a long time till we have a middle of the road common sense Congressman. Barletta? A one termer! If O'Brien had won the Primary, this would not have even been a contest. I look for O'Brien to spend the next year getting ready for a real run on Washington and Barletta getting back to doing nothing in Hazleton. There is NO doubt that Obama will be reelected, especially after Americans see the do nothing Party of No in action. Obama will be a savior and will open the doors for candidates such as O'Brien. Not to worry folks, we have made it through two World Wars, Korea, and the Bush Wars so getting through this next year will be a piece of cake. Gov. elect Corbett will do all that he can to feed the money hunger of his fellow Republicans and I'm sure he has already promised liquor stores to his wealthy buddies. With that having been said, let me repeat .... Good job Yonk.

At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 4:31 PM, this is not a radio blog, it is a political blog. Yonk does not get asked on WILK, WYLN or on the late WYOU TV as a reward. He gets asked because he knows what he is talking about, is agreeable and not strident, reasonable and to a certain extent fair. Plus he busts his ass every day putting out a daily thought or post. Every freaking day. He does more than some local news reporters. He knows more history than some of the people in charge. He puts everything in perspective.
So he wasn't rewarded by WILK. They couldn've had their pick of a ton of people, just like the other media outlets who call on him. He earns it.

At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pauler, I agree 100% with your assessment of Yonk. But I wonder if he allowed criticism of WILK personalities, or lack thereof, would he have been asked on?
WILK is full of a bunch of egocentric, insecure personalities that could not make it in a better market than the 65th largest. They need their ego's stroked constantly and Yonk does that. I guess that is playing politics.

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pauler, I agree 100% with your assessment of Yonk. But I wonder if he allowed criticism of WILK personalities, or lack thereof, would he have been asked on? (edited) I guess that is playing politics.


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