Monday, March 26, 2012

The LuLac Edition #1998, March 26th, 2012

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Northeastern Pennsylvania Bloggers will be hosting the 5th semi-annual Blogfest at Rooney's Irish Pub, Friday March 30th at Rooney's Irish Pub, 67 S. Main St., Pittston, PA 18704 starting at 6PM. This is an informal gathering of bloggers, candidates for office, elected officials and anyone interested in politics or blogging. There is no charge for admission. For more information please visit, , , or call 570-823-4508.
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Five of Pennsylvania’s largest labor organizations representing nearly 300,000 working families endorsed Iraq war veteran and former prosecutor Patrick Murphy for Pennsylvania Attorney General. The Pennsylvania State Education Association, AFSCME Council 13, AFSCME District Council 47, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals and the United Mine Workers of America District 2 have all officially endorsed Murphy’s campaign. Murphy is now backed by dozens of Pennsylvania labor organizations that represent a total of more than 600,000 members. Labor leaders cite Murphy’s strong record of fighting for working families in their endorsements. “Coming from a union household Patrick Murphy knows the importance of protecting working families,” said AFSCME Council 13 Executive Director David R. Fillman. “And as an Iraq veteran, he knows the value of good leadership and public service.” “Working families in Pennsylvania can trust Patrick Murphy to stand up for them because that’s what he’s always done,” said PSEA President Michael J. Crossey. “Patrick has the leadership and experience to protect the middle class and the rights of workers. He is a friend to educators and we are ready to mobilize our members to get him elected.”


When I worked at Rock 107, getting parking tickets in Scranton was the worst. Plus, the Parking Authority staff during that time, (this was during one of Jimmy Connors' terms ) were the rudest, laziest, mouthiest human being you ever would come into contact with. But when I got pinched for a ticket, I paid it. Not so it seems with State Attorney General candidate Kathleen Kane. The Kane Is Able heiress apparently ran up 15 parking tickets and then got them fixed. Or eliminated. The Magistrate? Scranton Magistrate Alyce Hailstone. My friend Gort 42 reports that the tickets were written between 1998 and 2001 and the dismissals happened between 2002 and 2009. In one case a ticket was written 3/12/99 but wasn't dismissed until 7/9/09, over 10 years. Kane fought a traffic ticket for ten years? This was no Magistertsal adjudication for 10 years? This really smells of cronyism and favoritism. If any one of us had that outstanding parking ticket for so long, we’d be arrested. One then has to wonder about the integrity and the efficiency of Hailstone’s office. A spokesperson for Kane explained it this way, "Of the 15 parking violations noted, 11 were undeliverable, meaning the issuing entity had a bad address for Kathleen. After a certain period of time, if the issuing entity does not deliver the parking citation to the correct address, the citation is dismissed. The other four tickets in question were simply dismissed, presumably because there were mechanical problems with the parking meters." Wish Webster and I had such luck with faulty meters when we worked in Scranton and had to park on Penn Avenue every morning!!! And the others were undeliverable because of a bad address? Was this rich attorney of means homeless that she didn’t have an address? If it was a bad address, was it forgery on the part of the Scranton Parking Authority? How do you get a “bad” address? And finally, was this person, now a candidate for Attorney General just thinking that perhaps she was above the law of the average person? Just asking.


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