The LuLac Edition #2017, April 10th, 2012
BOB HARPER RETURNSThe melodious voice of Florida ad executive Bob Harper is again gracing the area airwaves. Harper was the guy who ran the series of radio and TV ads for Stefanie Salavantis, now the current Luzerne County District Attorney. As you may remember, those ads savaged sitting DA Jackie Musto Carroll. Harper’s new client is Frank Farina who is running for the seat vacated in the 115th Legislative District By Ed Staback. The ads are positive, with two people talking about Farina at a bingo hall. And check out the way Harper slid in Farina’s mother’s maiden name. Classic.
CARTWRIGHT UP IN POLLS
Recent polling in Pennsylvania’s newly drawn 17th Congressional district shows Matt Cartwright leading Tim Holden with less than three weeks until the Primary. (The poll was conducted April 2-5 with 600 likely Democratic Primary voters.) Matt Cartwright now leads 42-36 against the 20-year incumbent. The Cartwright campaign has not yet mentioned Holden in any advertising, while Holden has started his second negative ad, an obvious result of his own polling. Just as troubling for Holden is the fact that he is running in a district where his vote to create the Halliburton Loophole and his vote against President Obama’s groundbreaking Health Care Reform are highly unpopular. “While I’ve been focusing on issues that affect the lives of the people I seek to represent, Tim Holden has focused on me,” points out Matt Cartwright. “He can’t win on his record, so he wants to tear me down. This is politics at its worst. The say anything, do anything approach to win at all cost. I learned from my father to always tell the truth and to never tear down another man just to build yourself up.” Tim Holden has refused to hold any debates. He is in the middle of a two week congressional recess, yet his website lists an office opening on March 31st as his most recent campaign event. “Again, if he discusses his voting record, he loses,” says Cartwright. “So he hides behind nasty TV ads. The people of northeastern Pennsylvania deserve better.” Matt Cartwright is a Democrat, running for Congress in the 17th Congressional District, which now includes parts of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Northampton Counties, as well as all of Schuylkill County. Cartwright is running for Congress to bring jobs to Northeast Pennsylvania, and make sure that corporations and wealthy Americans pay their fair share of taxes.
DUNKING MORE THAN DONUTS!
The Clifton R. Lewis Good Life Foundation will team up with NFL players, musicians, media personalities, local celebrities and BALLISLIFE Entertainment “The Best Dunkers in the World” on Saturday, April 28, 2012 during the 2nd Annual Clifton R. Lewis Good Life Foundation Celebrity Basketball Game - Dunk Contest & 3pt Shootout. All donations will go directly toward the foundation’s mission to help MD families with special equipment, accessibility assistance and the Dream Creator – a program that aims to fulfill lifelong dreams for children directly affected by MD. Good Life founder and president, Cliff Lewis, knows firsthand how difficult it is to live with a neuromuscular disease. In 2006, he was diagnosed with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy. Soon after he was determined to become a leader in funding for research and help others live a better, more accessible life. In a relatively short amount of time, Good Life has managed to make a world of difference for many patients and their families. Ashley, a 17-year-old from Swoyersville, PA with Emery-Dreifuss MD, was awarded the Dream Creator experience and sent on the vacation of her dreams to Nassau, Bahamas. Codi, a 17-year-old from Nanticoke, PA with DMD, got the thrill of a lifetime and jammed out with his favorite drummer, Chad Szeliga, from Breaking Benjamin. The foundation has also helped families purchase accessible vehicles and make accessibility modifications to their homes. Good Life also took 40 MD family members to its Good Life Suns Night, as many of these families can’t even afford the basic accessible equipment, much less enjoy an NBA basketball game together as a family. These are just a few stories of hope and how the foundation has helped families with MD live “The Good Life”. A $7 donation for admission can be made on game day at the GNA High School gym, 425 Kosciuszko St. Nanticoke. In its first year, the Clifton R. Lewis Good Life Foundation was able to assist 12 MD families and make its first contribution to research. For its second year, Good Life hopes to help 20 families! To sponsor the Celebrity Game or make a donation visit www.crlgoodlife.org. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.Our good friend Karel Zubris is involved in this effort and we encourage people to take time out to participate in the event financially or on site.