The LuLac Edition #1876, December 29h, 2011
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“IT WHAT HE DOES”
The Luzerne County Council is not yet seated but the fighting is going to start. Most political observers felt that the fight for the Chairmanship would be between Attorney Jim Bobeck and Rick Morelli. After all, both have served on the Transition Committee in terms of equal time as well as longevity. One is a Democrat, one is a Republican. One is from Hazleton, one is from the Greater Wilkes Barre area. In any other county, this would be a battle of the titans. But remember folks, this is Luzerne County where one has to uncover the layers of the colossal governmental onion that sometimes is sweet and sometimes stinks.
Morelli and Bobeck know that in order for this new government to work, they have to move in a new direction. Thus Morelli’s admission that he’d take the number 2 position. I mean this makes sense, the two guys that have been there the longest in forming this new government should have a stake in it in terms of a leadership position. But again this is Luzerne County,
Outgoing Commissioner and incoming Council member Steve Urban Senior told Bobeck that he was uncomfortable with him Bobeck) serving on Council and even being the head of it because of Bobeck’s father running “Step By Step”, an agency funded by the County. For those of you unfamiliar with “Step By Step”, it is an agency that manages group homes and takes care of people with mental and physical challenges. They pay their caregivers a hot $8.00 an hour to take care of these individuals in need of help. (I know, I know, 8 bucks an hour to virtually hold the lives of disabled adults in that big paycheck….but that’s how we treat “those people” here in Luzerne County!) But I digress. Urban also brought up the fact that Bobeck works as a master in certain cases in the county court system but that is by rotation. Urban claims that this is a terrible conflict of interest and that Bobeck should be shown the door. Bobeck has been front and center on all of these dealings since assuming a role in the forming of this new government. All of a sudden Urban notices this and makes a big stink putting on his “tax payer protector hat”. Why now?
Tim McGinley is the reason why. McGinley has also expressed an interest in the Chairmanship. McGinley is one of the most connected people in Luzerne County. Look at the resume, when he finished one job as a school teacher, he fell into another one as a principal at Valley West. When that was through, he slid into an administrative position at CEO. His tentacles reach into every department under the Courthouse and beyond. Urban, realizing this, (notice he never brought up an issue about anyone else) starts to discredit Bobeck, You can bet that Urban wants to get on the good side of the old political pro and not the young kid. I mean if this throwing of mud by Urban works, watch what he gets when the new government gets up and running.
Ed Brominski was so disgusted he walked out of the meeting, such is his distaste for the man (Urban) and his methods. Brominski should realize that Urban has no loyalty to anything or anyone except the business of being Steve Urban. A few months back a disgruntled Republican told me about some of the stunts Urban pulled when he was with the GOP. The man was angry but rather than condemnation, there was just resignation. In a phone conversation with the man about the latest “Urban legend”, he simply said, “It what he does”.
NEWT AND THE COURTS
So Newt Gingrich wants to call out the Federal Judges for some of the decisions they make. Newt along with Michele Bachman want to haul the Judges before Congress to explain themselves and their decisions. If you ask me, Newt is 12 years too late. I’d love to hear the explanation of the 2000 Supreme Court that handed over the Presidency to George W. Bush.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
This week Shadoe Steele broadcasts live at 6PM from downtown Scranton for his “Saturday Night Live” program. The broadcast is part of Entercom’s New Year’s Eve celebration.
This week Tiffany Cloud has an encore presentation of her interview with Congressman Lou Barletta. Storm Politics can be seen on WYLN TV 35 THURS @ 9:30 PM • SAT @ 5 PM • SUN @ 11 AM, MON @ 9:00 PM • TUES @ 4:30 PM.
On New Years Day, featuring my interview with State Senator John Yudichak, who discusses his first year in office, and topics ranging from the September floods and redistricting to jobs, gas extraction and state store privatization, and a summary of the top local news stories of 2011. Sunday Magazine airs 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.
ECTV Live will begin it's 2012 program series the week of January 2nd with Pam Rogers as the guest. Ms Rogers is founder and publisger of "northeast Pennsylvania Family magazine (formally Today;s Child). Hosts Judge Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will be examining the magazine's efforts to serve as aFamily Resource Guilde for people throughout the area. ECTV Live can be seen on Concast Ch19 and is broadcast each day at Noon and Midnight, with several additional showings at 6pm on seleced weekdays.
The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will chase away the post-holiday blues with its popular annual week-long coverage of the Pennsylvania Farm Show starting Saturday, January 7 at 12:00 p.m. This year, PCN will air LIVE coverage of the butter sculpture unveiling. The first-hand look at this year’s creation will air at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5. Throughout the week, PCN will provide round-the-clock coverage. New to the show are exhibits like the barn display with Penn Ag Industries and the Butterfly House. Both will be featured by PCN as they make their debut at the show this year. These highlights and many more farm show favorites make up the network’s extensive coverage of the event which encompasses over 100 hours of network programming in just one week. This is the 19th year that PCN will move its operations from the Camp Hill studios to the Farm Show. During the week, PCN devotes its programming schedule to this agricultural showcase which puts a spotlight on Pennsylvania’s largest industry. This year’s coverage is being underwritten, in part, by the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, Penn Ag Industries, Pennsylvania Egg Farmers, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Pennsylvania Treasury 529 College Savings Program.
The bones of Martin Bormann are identified in Berlin………Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 crashes into the Everglades in Florida, killing 101 of 176 on board……Roberto Clemente dies in a plane crash off the coast of Puerto Rico while en route to deliver aid to Nicaraguan earthquake victims. He got hisd 3000th hit in the 1972 season. Here's the at bat and the hit.
An extra leap second (23:59:60) is added to end the year…Pittsburgh Mayor Pete Flaherty issues a proclamation mourning the death of Roberto Clemente…….in Luzerne County, Democratic power house Joe Tirpak says he intends to take on incumbent Controller Steve Yanoshak in the upcoming 1973 election…..and 39 years ago today, the number 1 song in Lulac land and America was Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”.