Monday, September 26, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1775, September 26th, 2011

The State Capitol in Harrisburg.

Luzerne County Council Independent candidate Rick Williams.


The State Lawmakers are back in session today after an 8 week break. Yeah, yeah, I know they were seeing constituents 24/7. Sure. However in this part of town that was almost true given the flood damage in many of the districts. The Legislature is going to be looking at a full agenda and have less than 30 session days to get things done. Things on the docket include Marcellus Shale fee or tax, a Transportation Bill, School vouchers, Liquor Store Privatization as well as that emergency flood funding bill put together by our local representatives. Expect activity from this fall session. Both Houses are now in the control of the Republican party.


In 2001, President Clinton handed George Bush a projected 10-year budget surplus over $5 trillion.Bush turned Clinton's surplus into a $5 trillion deficit through outrageous tax cuts for the rich, two disastrous wars, and a financial crash that caused the Great Recession.To fix these deficits, Republicans now want to slash Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Why are we cutting the most fundamental safety nets in the country for the most vulnerable? The national Republican party has to take responsibility for poisoning the waters of debate and start to stand up for the people of this country, not the corporations. True people make up corporations. People are employed by corporations. But there is something inherently wrong when corporate profits skyrockets and salaries of the rank and file are reduced.


He might be on his way to jail but Friday night, former Judge Mike Conahan found himself thrust into the Luzerne County DA’s race. The Luzerne County GOP sent out a press release saying that the sentencing of Conahan was still another nail in the corruption probe. The release also tied the current DA to the probe. In part it said, Great progress has been made in removing these disgraced judges and bringing them to justice, but the task of rebuilding the integrity of our legal system will take a combination of time and the right people. Before we can
rebuild we must complete the process of purging our courthouse of those responsible, directly or indirectly, for the tragic failure of our judicial system. The strategy seems to tie everyone involved in the Judicial system with the scandal. Tough to do since Mike Conahan admitted at his sentencing “The system was not corrupt, I was corrupt”. That said, the GOP will put te disgraced Judges on display as part of their strategy this fall for the DA’s race.


Independent for Luzerne County Council Rick Williams is having a campaign party tonight from 5 to 7pm at the RiverStreet Jazz Café. No ticket sales or charge to attend. But you can meet Rick, pick up a yard sign and see many people at the event lining up for him.


The Committee to Elect Lesa Gelb Judge will host a volunteer meeting on Tuesday, September 27th at 7 PM. The meeting will be held at Norm’s Pizza, 275 N Sherman St, Wilkes-Barre. All people who have volunteered for Lesa’s campaign in the past, and all people who wish to volunteer for Lesa are encouraged to attend.
The event is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Anyone with questions regarding the event can call 570-288-7022 or e-mail for more information.


Joe's Election Committee is holding a Pig Roast on Saturday, Oct.1 from 2-7 at the Plains Pavilion. Tickets are $20 which includes all you can eat, beer and live music. Kids are free. . For tickets or info please call Becky at 283-1200.



Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton will again hold district meetings this fall, he announced Wednesday. Leighton, a two-term Democratic incumbent facing Republican Lisa Cope and Libertarian Betsy Summers in this fall's mayoral election, has been holding the meetings in the fall and spring since 2010.
This fall's meetings lineup includes stops for:
n North End, Parsons and Miner Mills residents on Sept. 28 at the Hollenback Fire Station.
n South Wilkes-Barre residents on Sept. 29 at Firwood Methodist Church.
n Heights, East End, Rolling Mill Hill and Iron Triangle residents on Oct. 4 at the Coal Street Complex.
All district meetings begin at 7 p.m.


GOP candidate for Mayor Lisa Cope is gearing up for the fall effort. Cope is being aided by her primary opponent, Frank Sorick who is serving as her campaign manager. Cope is expected to get support from members of the Wilkes Barre Crime Watch. Leighton’s primary opponent Charlotte Raup is helping the Cope campaign.


Meantime Betsy Summer is making the rounds of all the area events. Summers is advocating lower taxes, will cut the Mayor and Council salaries and wants more open transparency in government.


At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ASHAMED TO BE REPUBLICAN !!!! The corrupt X-Judge stated that he and the other Bum Judge are corrupt not the system so i find this to be the LOWEST form of politics !! The crimes committed by the BUM JUDGES did not take place in the COURT ROOM,the crimes took place in the BACK ROOMS WITH POWELL & SCUM BAG I SAVED THE VALLEY WITH YOUR MONEY LOL LOL MERCALE !!!! TO insinuate that District Attorney Jacqueline Musto Carroll HAD a part of this scandel is ludicrus and down rite wrong !!! Musto Carroll is an outstanding DA, DOING an outstanding job !The lowlife people that are trying to blame Musto Carroll for the actions of the corrupt X- Judges should be ashamed of themselves and this poor girl who thy are using will have this run for office with her for a long time , i can't belive she thinks she can be the DA with only being out of law school for only 20 or 21 mounths that is insane.

At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But there is something inherently wrong when corporate profits skyrockets and salaries of the rank and file are reduced."

Why? The bottom line is for the long-term not the short term. These corporations are doing what you commended the Clinton admin for doing. Should they be more like Bush and throw money away, just because they happen to have it now?

At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blogfest reminds me of the bar scene in StarWars, but I always enjoy it.

At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The DA MUSTO Carrol is a part of the probe that can not be ignored! Elect more outsiders to effect honesty in our county! Face it! One party control has led to the corruption! Not all Democrats are corrupt but it is telling that 99% of those charged are Democrats! Look for lots more like Ray Musto to be jailed!

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Interbranch Juvenile Commission's report concluded that Jackie Musto Carroll DID CONTRIBUTE to Kids for Cash. She contributed through omission as she did NOT do her job. She never stepped foot in a juvenile courtroom. She should have known this was happening, but she was negligent! She may not have committed a crime, but she undoubtedly failed to do her job. In addition, she hired two of Ciavarella's daughters at the DA's Office. It is absolutely fair to alleged (1) that she is a political insider who engaged in nepotism and croynism and (2) that she should resign for her failure to do her job. And all of a sudden you find Conahan credible? Just because he says it was only he who was corrupt, that you believe him? He was trying to get a shorter sentence. How many County officials were convicted, and you believe it was only he and Ciavarella? Listen to Sandy Fonzo's reaction to Conahan's statement. She believes Conahan is full of it and that corruption was County-wide.

At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

the reason the corporate community is holding back on hiring is quite simple and very practical. They are simply waiting for a more fiscally responsible presidential administration to take the helm of power in Washington.
And if we ask ourselves why we are in the economic hole we are in we would do well to remember that the present occupant of the White House has thrown billions of dollars into the wind hoping for a drawback.
Now I hear tell that youngsters such as yourselves are protesting Wall ST. over the economy.
Once again it must be made clear to all the young college slackers who walk away with a sheepskin--- you probably didn't deserve it; you certainly didn't earn it. Unless, of course, beer bashes and strip club outings count as college credits.
In short, students, when you leave these illustrious halls, you must remember that you are not going to walk into the CEO's office and sit in the big chair. More likely you will end up in the basement mailroom, or even moreso, flipping burgers for the welfare recipients in the Burger King drive thru.
Bad medicine is a reaction to bad behavior, and your behavior in this class is deserved of nothing less than my own warning: Get ready; the free lunch is almost over.
Have I made my point????
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!

At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First stop telling lies Musto Carroll DID NOT hire Ciavaerlla's Daughters, Judge lupas hired one and she did her job !! You can;t get Attorney's to work for the money that the county is willing to pay and thats the only daughter that worked in the DAs office!Now lits look at Sandy Fonzo,the boys dad & his cop buddys planted drugs on her son to get him in Ciavaerlla's court to get him HELP, now she is after money !! Sueing the court and the only way for her to win is to show that the county and not the court's are to blame I'm sorry for her loss but now its all about the MONEY !!!!! Do you think a girl who went to the LOWEST RATED LAW SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY IS GOING TO DO THE JOB OF DISTRICT ATTORNEYS YOU ARE NUTS!!!!! Ashamed Republican

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

O BY the way the interbranch commissian was a joke set up by Senator Baker !!!! what did it do it came out with its REPORT and what did the report do nothing at all !!!! DA Carroll DID HER JOB SHE FIXED THE SYSTEM !!! I"M VOTING FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY JACQUELINE MUSTO CARROLL !!!!

At 7:28 PM, Blogger Coal Cracker said...

you write "investments that are the foundations of job creation and long-term economic growth."
When you hear Democrats use the euphemsim "investment" for spending hold on to nyour wallet and run.
The government cannot pick winners and losers in private business, though it will try and get it wrong everytime, it cannot effectively train people for jobs.

At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you 100%. Musto Carroll has been a good District Attorney. Can you imagine a new DA coming in? Can you imagine this 29 year old that has no experience? This is not a Corey Stevens situation. Stevens knew the law. He had a track record. THe local GOP has really lost its way on this one.

At 1:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This 29 year old girl campaign manager quit on her. I overheard him tell Gort42 at blog fest, when he was pressed on why all he would say “unreconciled differences” I bet there is a story there. She cant even keep a campaign manager, imagine all the ADA that will be working under her that have more experience and are older than this 29 year old…good luck trying to keep them on your team.

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the Republican "Let's Elect Anyone Committee" is hard at work trying to spin the kid into office. Sorry but the young girl has never tried a case in the court room has no defense or prosecutorial experience, has not ven been an attorey for two full years and you want her to be DA? Give us all a break.

As for the idiots who continue to fight for the wealthy while they fight to kill your Social Security and Medicare, all I can say GET A BRAIN and wake the hell up.

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ciavarella's daughter was not hired (Jan 4, 2008- check the records) until after Lupas was sworn in as a judge. Musto Carroll was the DA when she was hired. In 2009, Musto Carroll hired Ciavarella's daughter-in-law, in the DA's office. In recent years, there have been several District Attorneys elected in PA who were 30 years old or younger. Check Monroe County DA (hired at 30) - Check Bedford County DA (hired at 29). Everyone wants the youth to get involved, and when they do, people say they are "too young". Where has elected and re-electing older people with powerful names gotten us? How do you know Salavantis doesn't know the law? How many death penalty trials is Musto going to spend our tax dollars on without winning? How many times will Musto raise the already exorbitant salaries of her employees (5 making over $100,000)? Musto can't even handle the Selenski trial on her own, and he is representing himself!

At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SORRY but Selenski has 3 Attorneys& 1 Detective all paid for by the county court system ! Now as for Ciavarellas daughter WHO CARES or may i say WHO GIVES A CHIT, she did her job !I do not know the DAs you are referring to but may we make a bet that thy were ADAs befor becoming the DA .. Yes I may also vote for an ADA with only 4OR 5 yrs.experience! With That said who will be the BACK ROOM DA? YOU ALL KNOW IT WON'T BE HER,THAT POOR GIRL STEFANIE SHE WILL DO WHATEVER THE BOYs IN THE BACK ROOM TELL HER TO DO ! WiLl that be Attorney Bob Panowicz ,John Roggers or Terry Casey ? Will she be asked to DROP ALL OR LOWER THE CHARGES Agenst Panowicz DAUGHTER ? STEF REMEMBER PAY BACK IS A BITCH !!!!

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stefanie Salavantis is a JOKE! She has never questioned a witness in her life. First things first. The salaries in the DA's office Jackie Musto Carroll's salray is set by the state it is 165K just like every county DA. That is what Salavantis would get Gid fobid if she was elected. Also her detectives salaries are set under a union contract. They were there long before Musto Carroll took office. If the Joke of a candidate knew anything about the office she would realize that

Next Ciavarella's Daughter in law worked at the clerk of court's office. Through downsizing she was transferred into the Da's office in the County's work union. Jackie Carroll had no choice but to accept her in the position under the contract.

I want to know how a young woman with NO experience can think she will be our DA. What does she bring to the table? No experience. How will she make the tough decisions regarding cases. She says she will run the place like a business. She lives at home with her mom and dad. HAs she ever hired or fired a person or done a budget. This candidate for such a HUGE office is laughable

At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at Salavantis' website. Umm she lists NOOO Experience. Are you serious being a lawyer does not qualify you to be the District Attorney honey. Get a clue. That job is brutal and cannot be deferred.

At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok Selesnki. this is a HUGE case even if Selenski is representing himself the Burden remains with the Comonwealth anyone who claims Jackie should do this case alone advertizes their ignorance about the DA's office. Any murder case is big and this one is the biggest. Ask Salavantis what would she do against accused mass murderer Hugo Selenski or the vile winesses and the rigors that this case has been through. She would not know the first thing to do because she has never tried a case or even come close. She went to the worst law school in the country and brings nothing to the table.


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