The LuLac Edition #1775, September 26th, 2011
The State Capitol in Harrisburg.
Luzerne County Council Independent candidate Rick Williams.
STATE LAWMAKERS BACK
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.
STILL NOT GETTING IT
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.
CONAHAN IN D’A.’S RACE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SKLAROSKY JUNIOR EVENT
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’S RACE
LEIGHTON SETS MEETINGS
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.