The LuLac Edition #2022, April 12th, 2012
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SANTORUM FOR VEEP?
A very gracious Mitt Romney has said that he might consider some of his old adversaries as Vice Presidential nominees. Really? The man was obviously being very kind. No one would pick the deluded Newt Gingrich or the ultra Libertarian Ron Paul. But how about Rick Santorum? It would not be out of the question, at least in my view. Here are the pros:
1. Santorum has demonstrated a knack for connecting with the common Republican folk. The ironic thing about the party of the rich is tat they have more poor to middle class people in their ranks than ever before. Santorum has made a connection with his middle class roots, a thing that Romney has been unable to do.
2. Romney is not trusted by the Conservative base. But by picking Santorum, he can demonstrate that Republicans that gravitated to Santorum’s message would have a seat at the Romney administration.
3. On an electoral strategy, Romney can gain votes in the South by picking a faith based candidate like Santorum. Romney has been strong in the industrial states but Santorum was right behind him by less than 5 points. Santorum beat Romney in key southern states. Romney can appeal to the South as well as the East by this pick. That said, here are the cons:
1. Santorum, like Romney is not comfortable with success. Both of them on the 2012 trail have embraced defeat just after high moments of victory. They both have to be cognizant of that weakness.
2. Santorum needs a filter. He needs to be scripted so he doesn’t go off the reservation. Again, like Romney, his weakness is when he gets off topic. This might be a concern.
3. With Santorum, this might be perceived as an east coast ticket. Certainly not elitist with Santorum on board but attention is going to have to be paid to thwe west. This election is going to be about the red states staying red, and the GOP having the ability to pick off those states that went blue the last time.
Romney’s team will have to answer the question, can Santorum play in Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin? If the answer is yes, then a Romney/Santorum ticket might not be that farfetched.
HOLDEN TAKES $ FROM KOCH BROTHERS
The Cartwright campaign for Congress is running a full court press against the Tim Holden effort. In a press release (we’re labeling it as such so some of our readers don’t get their panties in a twist) the Cartwright people called out Holden for some of his financial connections. As if we needed more proof. As if his voting record didn’t say it all. As if Tim Holden didn’t spend his entire 2010 campaign touting his conservative credentials, he made it crystal clear in 2000 ways written on a small piece of paper. Yes, Tim Holden actually took money from the Koch Brothers. Five minutes on Google, and any American who doesn’t want our environment destroyed, all labor laws eliminated, no limits on Wall Street traders, our judicial system in chains, and the federal government out of business so the age of robber barons can return would tell Tim Holden, “Give that money back.” “Tim Holden has said he will begin voting more like a Democrat,” Matt Cartwright recounts from statements Mr. Holden has made since beginning his 2012 campaign. “Well, this is his first chance to prove it. Give the money back. It’s that simple. These guys want nothing less than to destroy the Democratic Party, so they can help turn the USA into their own China with no regulations, no labor laws and no legal system. Give the money back. And then stand before the people you seek to represent and debate the issues.” Last week, a documentary on the Koch brothers was released a few hours after a Wisconsin newspaper exposed an FBI investigation involving the two billionaires. The video can be seen here: http://www.kochbrothersexposed.com/ Some facts: • Koch Industries began in the Soviet Union with engineering contracts under Joseph Stalin, and today they are worth more than $50 billion, a fortune exceeded only in America by Bill Gates. • Their business is among the top ten polluters in the United States. One product they produce that has received little attention is formaldehyde. They produced 2.2 billion pounds last year while working to keep it from being classified as a carcinogen. (Sounds like the Halliburton loophole. No need to wonder where they came down on that. The same as Tim Holden.) • They have pledged $60 million to defeat Obama, after they began the American Energy Alliance, which is already spending millions on the same cause and after spending tens of millions trying to defeat health care reform. (Can anyone recall which Democrat from Pennsylvania opposed this core Democratic initiative?)
BLAKE ON ADULT BASIC
22nd District State Senator John Blake recently commented on the Corbett administration’s involvement in the demolition of the Adult Basic program in the state. On his website, Blake savaged the administration for bailing out on health care for poorer Pennsylvanians. It has been one year since the Corbett Administration ended the state’s adultBasic health care program. This was a program that helped provide a quality, affordable health care option for working Pennsylvanians and their families. More than 40,000 people lost their health insurance coverage when the program ended and tens of thousands more on the waiting list witnessed the demise of another option that could have secured for them some dignity and protection. We had an opportunity to do the right thing and to lend a helping hand to hard-working Pennsylvanians simply hoping to stay healthy and avoid financial ruin but the Corbett Administration closed their eyes to these working class citizens. We are elected to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania and to improve their quality of life. This decision – and too many others like it – offer no meaningful improvement in the quality of life for working class citizens and, regrettably, they mark clearly the priorities of the Corbett Administration.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Tiffany Cloud will be re-airing the episode of Storm Politics, WYLN TV, featuring Bryan Anderson, one of the war's only surviving triple amputees who has since been an outstanding champion supporting injured veterans, veterans and their families. Anderson is an author of an incredibly inspiring book called "No Turning Back". Check him out on the show which airs on WYLN TV 35 Th 9:30PM, Sat 5PM, Sun 11AM, Mon 830p, T 930p.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Tune in this Saturday on WILK AM & FM this Saturday night as Shadoe Steele plays the best in oldies music. Steele’s guest will be Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band. Tune in from 7pm to midnight with ABC News on the top of the hour.
This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with State Senator John Yudichak of Luzerne County about his “Gang Up” initiative, as well as the new juvenile justice laws signed by Governor Corbett in Wilkes Barre earlier this week, the new Pennsylvania Voter ID law, and proposed state budget cuts. Brian speaks with Mattias Wallender, CEO of USAGAIN, about the company’s mission to recycle textiles. And Magic 93’s Frankie in the Morning speaks with Peg Ruddy from the Women’s Resource Center about the upcoming “Great Chef’s Challenge” fundraiser, and with Colleen from Cross Valley Federal Credit Union about the Northeast Pa. “Start Heart Walks", coming up in Wilkes Barre & Scranton with the American Heart Association. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5:30am on 97BHT & 6:30am on Magic 93 and WARM 590 AM..
ECTV Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will welcome two guests from the Lackawaanna Heritage Valley Authoritto the program during the week of April 16th. Authority Director Natalie Gelb and Volunteer Coordinator Owen Worozbyt will be discussing a community effort to do a clean up along the Lackawanna River and trails which is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st. The Authority, The University of Scranton, and Trout Unlimited are sponsering the annual clean up to celebrate Earth Day. ECTV Live, which is now in its 3rd year of Public Affairs programming, can be seen on Comcast Ch19 at Noon and Midnight each day with selected showings at 6pm during the week.
The AFTRA strike is settled just in time for the 39th Academy Awards ceremony to be held, hosted by Bob Hope. Best Picture goes to A Man for All Seasons. Oral arguments begin in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), challenging the State of Virginia's statutory scheme to prevent marriages between persons solely on the basis of racial classifications......Large demonstrations are held against the Vietnam War in New York City and San Francisco. Kicking off a tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck at The Astoria London, Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar on stage for the first time. He is taken to hospital suffering burns to his hands. The guitar-burning act would later become a trademark of Hendrix's performances……In Pennsylvania, Senator Joseph Clark reiterates his support for protesters who are marching en masses against the Vietnam war. National Democrats are looking around for a candidate to oppose Clark in the 1968 primary…….in Luzerne County, plans are made for the establishment of a new Employment Security building in Pittston. The office will be located on Kennedy Blvd and groundbreaking will be set for mid 1968….and 45 years ago the number 1 song in Lulac land and America was “Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth”.