The LuLac Edition #1794, October 13th, 2011
Judicial candidate Molly Hanlon Mirabito on "Storm Politics" on WYLN TV 35.
Independent candidate for Luzerne County Council Rick Williams.
Luzerne County Council candidate Eileen Sorokus.
The late Congressman Hale Boggs.
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THE JOBS ACT
Last night, the American Jobs Act was filibustered by Senate Republicans. There was no vote on the actual bill.
But it would have succeeded: the American Jobs Act has at least 51 votes -- a clear majority -- to pass the Senate. And a new poll shows that 63 percent of Americans support it, too.
Today the President recorded a message laying out where he wants to go from here in the fight for jobs.
The Republicans who voted yesterday to block this bill weren't thinking about middle-class families. In fact, at last night's GOP debate, one of their leading candidates actually refused to say he'd extend a payroll tax cut that puts more than $1,000 in the pockets of everyday working Americans.
They might believe it's in their political interest to oppose whatever the President proposes for the next 13 months, but we know that when it comes to jobs and restoring economic security, Americans can't afford to wait.
The American Jobs Act would get to work now, providing incentives for businesses to hire unemployed veterans, helping hire tens of thousands of teachers, cops, and firefighters, and rebuilding and modernizing our schools, railways, bridges, and airports. Even though it's fully paid for and made up of proposals both parties have supported, Republicans yesterday said no.
Now the President wants you to hear directly from him about what's next.
STAKING A CLAIM
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is proclaiming himself as the true conservative in the 2012 Republican Presidential race. Santorum sent an e mail to supporters last night:
I just walked out of the debate at Dartmouth College. This last debate, we drew a line in the sand.
Tonight I called out several of the candidates on their records of supporting TARP and bailouts.
What crystallized the debate for me was that I was the only one who stood up for American families. You can tell how weak the rest of the field is when that is the case.
While most on the stage just wanted to be "Obama lite", I made the case that we need to, to paraphrase Reagan, paint our vision in bright colors.
There were eight Republicans on stage tonight. But there was only one conservative.
I proved I am the only one who will be strong enough to call it like it is and stand up for traditional conservative principles.
Help me continue to fight by visiting ricksantorum.com/donate right now.
Santorum has the opportunity to hang in there because of low financial and candidacy expectations. He is one of those candidates that could “live off the land” running a guerrilla like campaign effort. Right now we are closing in on the crucial early primary tests. With no true values conservative coalescing around Mitt Romney, Santorum just might have enough staying power to finish third in Iowa and third in New Hampshire. One thing Santorum has managed to do is distinguish himself as a fierce debater with something to say. Plus he has the luxury of saying what he means and meaning what he says. You can do that when you have no major contributors to torque off.
KEYSTONE PROGRESS REPORTS
The Keystone Progress Team reports that more than a few Republican politicians in Pennsylvania are getting money from the Koch Brothers. Bloomberg investigation1 revealed that Koch businesses, owned by right wing activists David and Charles Koch, circumvented US trade embargos to sell millions of dollars of petrochemical equipment to Iran. Iran is one of four countries designated by the U.S. State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Just yesterday it was revealed that Iran is involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil.
So why is Barletta taking money from Koch? Does he know that his backers are flouting U.S, and international sanctions to make deals with terrorists?
So far, Congressman Barletta took $13,500 from Koch Industries. Who else is getting money from Koch businesses? In Pennsylvania, the list includes:2
Gov. Tom Corbett (R) $12,000
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-15) $17,500
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-18) $15,000
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-11) $13,500
Rep. Pat Meehan (R-7) $8,500
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-3) $6,000
Rep. Joe Pitts(R-16) $4,000
Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-6) $2,500
The Blue Dog PAC (The Blue Dog PAC gave money to Reps. Tim Holden (D-17) and Jason Altmire (D-4), although neither received money directly from Koch.)
A rally for Luzerne County Council candidate Eileen Sorokas will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Polish-American Club of Hudson, Gibbons and Martin streets, Plains Township. Snacks and beverages will be served.
Attorney Dick Hughes will have a big event tonight at the Ramada. The committee to elect Dick Hughes for Judge is hosting a cocktail reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ramada Inn, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.
Donation is $150 per person. Call 570-331-8853 for information.
Independent County Council candidate Rick Williams recently penned a letter to the local newspapers that is bound to provoke some thought. Williams is one of those candidates that is making inroads and strides as an Independent in this race:
I am an Independent candidate for the new 11-person Luzerne County Council that will be elected on November 8. The first important decision of the new Council will be to create an effective recruitment and hiring process to attract a high performing County Manager. This process must balance the needs for fairness and transparency for two groups: applicants for the position, and citizens of Luzerne County.
Many highly qualified candidates may not want their current employer to know they are applying for this new position. However, Luzerne County citizens deserve to know the process is not rigged.
The Transition Committee has already advertised for the County Manager position, and received dozens of applications, not yet reviewed. This position announcement and advertisement did not mention whether applications would be treated confidentially or not.
I'd like to propose a process for hiring the new County Manager that I believe would be fair to all parties. It begins when 11 new Council members meet with the existing Transition Committee to prepare for the start of the new form of county government.
For a brief period, perhaps 2 to 4 weeks, the application process would be re-opened by issuing a new job announcement and advertisement. The re-opened announcement will promise confidentiality to all applicants until the stage of selecting finalists is reached. Candidates for the position who have already submitted applications would be permitted to amend or withdraw their application. Until finalists are selected, any applicant may withdraw his or her application. Once the Council has selected finalists, only the finalists' names will be released to the public.
I believe this process guarantees fairness to prospective applicants and to Luzerne County citizens.
I encourage other candidates and citizens to offer their thoughts on this important matter.
We can change the way we govern ourselves. Vote on November 8th as if our future depends on it, for in fact it does.
Luzerne County Council 2011
Animal control officers rounded up a herd of buffalo that was roaming near an orange grove in Lake County, according to sheriff's officials.
The buffaloes were spotted in a Montverde neighborhood and taken to a facility in Astatula after being rounded up, Lake County sheriff's Lt. John Herrell said.
Deputies had summoned some buffalo herders from Tampa, but Herrell said animal control officers were able to round the animals up before the herders arrived.
The location that the buffalo came from is not known, Herrell said. The donkey is a symbol of the Democrats, the Elephant is the symbol of the Republicans. The Buffalo can be a symbol of the political parties running amok.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
This week WYLN TV 35’s Tiffany Cloud’s guest on “Storm Politics” is Molly Hanlon Miribito candidate for Luzerne County Judge. Storm Politics airs on WYLN TV Thursday 930p, Sat 5p, Sun 11a, Mon 830p, Tues 930p.
Former Scranton Mayor David Wenzel will join Hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo onECTV Live during the week of October 17th. Mr. Wenzel will be discussing United Nations Day which is observed on October 24th. ECTV Live in broadcast on Comcast Ch19 at Noon and Midnight throughout the week.
This Weekend On Sunday Magazine, Brian Hughes speaks with Mark Chamberlain about his Yellow Tablet $150 Seminar coming up next Saturday at Misericordia University in Dallas, where he claims you can start a small business with a yellow tablet and a Number 2 pencil, and virtually no money.
Magic 93’s Frankie in the Morning speaks with Rich Pais and Joan Gowen about the
“Fall In Love” adoption event coming up this Sunday at the Wilkes Barre Jewish
Community Center. And Brian speaks with Rob McColloch from the Blue Green Alliance about clean energy, infrastructure projects and job creation.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5:30am on JR 93.7 & 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:30am on Magic 93, and 9:30am on WARM 590 AM.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Tune in this week for Saturday Night Live at the Oldies. Shadoe Steele hosts the best oldies show in the country. 7pm to midnight on WILK AM & FM with ABC News on top of the hour.
En route to the Gulf of Tonkin, a racial riot involving more than 200 sailors breaks out aboard the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, nearly 50 sailors are injured.Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571: A Fairchild FH-227D passenger aircraft transporting a rugby union team crashes at about 14,000' in the Andes mountain range, near the Argentina/Chile border. Sixteen of the survivors are found alive December 20 but they have had to resort to cannibalism to survive....A plane carrying U.S. Congressman Hale Boggs of Louisiana and 3 other men vanishes in Alaska. The wreckage has never been found, despite a massive search at the time.........in Pennsylvania Congressman John Heinz is the point man for the Nixon re-election campaign in Western Pennsylvania. Heinz won a special election in 1971 to succeed Congressman Robert Corbett. Heinz impresses people on the campaign trail for Nixon and is marked as a future star in the Pennsylvania Republican party.....and in Luzerne County local Democrats do their best to rally around the McGovern/Shriver ticket. Local student groups open up headquarters in Wilkes Barre and Scranton but no money from the county organizations will be forthcoming for this national election and 39 years ago this week, the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was a tune that would become a rock and roll classic, The Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin”.