Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The LuLac Edition #1934, February 7th, 2012

Fred, Wilma, Pebbles and Dino stopping at a Drive Thru. Who knew that this scene from the Hanna Barbara cartoon series would be used as an analogy for the Luzerne county debt!

Former House Speaker of Pennsylvania Bill DeWeese.

Former Lackawanna County Commissioner Randy Castellani.


Another Pennsylvania Speaker of the House is now a convicted felon. William DeWeese, once-a powerful lawmaker has been convicted on five of six corruption charges relating to allegations that he required taxpayer-paid staff members to work on his election campaigns as part of their jobs.
DeWeese was convicted Monday on three of four counts of theft and one each of conspiracy and conflict of interest. His lawyers said they would appeal and incredibly DeWeese he would seek re-election.DeWeese was one of the last to be charged among 25 people connected to the House Democratic and Republican caucuses who were investigated by then Attorney General Tom Corbett. The probe lasted 5-years and DeWeese was the only sitting Legislator to be convicted. DeWeese of Green County was known for his verbosity on the House floor and his ability to bring prisons to his Legislative District as a means of employment.


It appears that there will be a new County budget. Council met last night and signaled that public hearings would be held on the document. Council members had vigorous debates about the spending plan. Linda McClouskey Hauck said that the debt was like the big rack of ribs that toppled Fred Flintstone’s car in the cartoon series. My question is this: if Council is so worried about the debt as an issue, why can’t they put a designated tax that will be solely targeted to pay it off? When the debt is gone, do something novel like get rid of the tax! That’ll put them in the Guinness Book of Records! Ed Brominski outlined his displeasure with the tax, saying the Council did its job by picking a Manager. Bromo said the Council picked the manager and should let him do his job in terms of the revamping of the budget. Brominski seems to want to put the entire onus on the new incoming manager. If that is the case the new manager might begin making some severe cuts to departments that everyone is working furiously to avoid. Tax payers who came to the meeting again slammed Council for raising taxes and while no one wants to pay higher taxes, I believe this added revenue stream will give the new government a chance to dig itself out. Two things the new County Manager should do on day 1 is (1)Begin a performance audit in every department in the County, every office, (2) Strongly urge the unions to re –open their contracts for renegotiations.


Is Randy Castellani ready for a comeback? The former County Commissioner who replaced Ray Alberigi with Joe Corcoran in the latter’s last term and then won a minority seat when A.J. Munchak and Bob Cordaro got elected in 2003 is thinking of running for State Representative in the 115th. Ed Staback said he was going to step down this year. Castellani stepped down one year into his term and was replaced by Mike Washo. If Castellani does run, I wonder if anyone, Randy himself included will hire Bob Harper to do a campaign for or against? Remember the "RAndy is Dandy" radio ads? Harper most recently worked on Stefanie Salavantis' campaign for Luzerne County DA.
It appears Kevin Murphy will have some competition from Marty Flynn in the 113th. Murphy will be tough to unseat because he has been a staunch advocate of various issues in his district and has not been shy about being front and center on projects like the saving of The Scranton School for the Deaf.


At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, I think you're getting caught up in the same silliness that the meeting goers are caught up in but in a little different wqy. There is no money to run government thanks to Urban and Petrilla's BS budget so the questions is, where do they get the money to do this audit you're talking about? For my dollar, Brominski is grandstanding. Shame on him. His attitude is what caused him to be a one termer back in the day.

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Newter gets the all important Chuck Norris, Worst Actor Ever, endorsement. This is big news and alone is enough to make Newt "soldier" on. Oops Newt avoided any soldiering. He along with his dear friend Romney were and are "ChickenHawks".

We Never Forget
A Vietnam Vet

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One down and 571 weeks to go for Bobby C. Where is he?
Castellani was so scared of him he bolted but he now thinks its safe to come back.
OK randy but you wont get my vote again!

At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki ... Yonki ... Yonki!

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yaba Daba DeWesse! Another one bites the dust. Soon we will have to release other criminals due to politicians overcrowding our jails!
If I were a self respecting thief or drug dealer I would hate to be incarcerated with the likes of politicians!

Carey Avenue Jack


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