The LuLac Edition #2202, September 20th, 2012
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WHY IT WILL BE CLOSEWhile Mitt Romney seems to be on the ropes this week (he had a stunning week that is something I have never seen since following politics) don’t count him out yet. The political pundits are all saying it will now be up to the debates to even give him a glimmer of a chance, but that might not be the case. When Presidential polls are taken, there are two models used, “Likely voters” and “Registered Voters”. The difference between the two is huge. A likely voter is someone who is leaning toward a candidate, meaning that they are inclined to support a candidate. A registered voter is someone on the rolls who may or may not vote. (A perfect example is a friend of mine that I worked with a few years back. She opined that she only votes in Presidential elections because they are the most important. She sits out all the rest even when the argument can be made that local contests are more important to her well being). Polls taken among registered voters have President Obama winning by more than 6 points in crucial swing states. But when likely voters are polled, Mutt Romney tends to get closer. The GOP might have a built in advantage in the likely voter category because their base is older and more inclined to vote. The Obama campaign registered many new voters in 2008. But will they stay registered or can they be turned into likely voters again in 2012? Because of this difference, the race is going to be closer than you might imagine. I’m shocked that Pennsylvania is not a swing state and that people actually believe the President is in double digits. That balloon is going to burst. When it comes down to it, despite Romney’s gaffes and even with the President’s personal popularity, you are going to see a tight race for President. It may not unreasonable to expect that Mitt money may very well win the popular vote but lose in The Electoral College. And when the story of the 2012 race is written, it may come down to the “registered” voter vs the “likely” voter.
CONAHAN’S HAIL MARYThe Times Leader reports that Former Luzerne County judge Michael Conahan has filed court papers that seek to vacate his sentence should a federal appellate court reviewing his co-defendant’s case determine Judge Edwin Kosik should have recuse himself. In a six-page motion, Conahan, acting as his own attorney, said he believes he’s entitled to a new sentencing hearing before a new judge should the Third Circuit Court of Appeals agree with former judge Mark Ciavarella that Kosik should not have presided over the case I will be shocked if this goes anywhere. The Judicial scandals are receding into history and a ruling in both Judge’s favor would just bring it all up again. And trust me, appal or no appeal, no one wants that.
SCOLLO GETS ENDORSEDThe Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) has endorsed businessman Phil Scollo in his campaign for U.S. Congress against U.S. Rep. Tom Marino. "The Alliance of Retired Americans fights for people and families who have worked hard all their lives and earned a dignified retirement - they fight to protect Social Security and Medicare. That is just what we are fighting for in our grassroots campaign and it is exactly what we will fight for in Congress," said Phil Scollo. "I'm proud to have their support and will do everything I can to save Medicare from those who would end it. Turning Medicare into a voucher system, as Tom Marino voted twice to do, is plain wrong." Barbara Easterling, President of the ARA, said regarding Phil Scollo's endorsement,"Your positions demonstrate a strong commitment to improve the quality of life for older Americans. Your leadership on issues such as preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare from privatization and benefit cuts exhibits that commitment. In addition, our members can support your candidacy because of your belief in the need to provide more affordable health care for older Americans, as well as the need for stronger retirement and pension security, and quality long term care. The Alliance for Retired Americans believes that your election to the House of Representatives will enhance the quality of life for older Americans." The Alliance of Retired Americans is a national organization with over 4 million members and has given U.S. Rep. Tom Marino a lifetime rating of zero for his voting record in Congress. Two key reasons for his low score are his repeated votes to end Medicare as we know it and support for ending the Social Security guarantee.
GARFUNKEL IN TOWNArt Garfunkel kicks off a great season for Music In Hazleton. Garfunkel visits on Saturday night October 6th at 8pm. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the Castle Club, visit their website or call toll-free 1-855-WILTSIE (1-855-945-8743). Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster retail outlets at Boscov's and Walmart.
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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVEThis week Shadoe Steele presents as usual “Saturday Night Live At the Oldies. The show airs from 7pm to midnight on WILK AM and FM with ABC News on the top of the hour. This week Shadoe will be live from The Bloomsburg Fair.
The Steamtown National Historical Site welcomes visitors from around the world each year with it's exhibits of Railroad History. Bill Nalevanko of Steamtown's Visitor Services Department will join ECTV Live hosts Tom Munlay and David DeCosmo during the week on September 24th to promote Free Fee Day at the site on Saturday, September 29th. Nalevanko will discuss the history of Steamtown and highlight some of the many exhibits on display there. ECTV Live can be viewed on Comcast Ch19 in the Greater Scranton,/Pittston area each day at Noon and Midnight with selected re-broadcasts at 6pm several days each week.
SUNDAY MAGAZINEThis Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with local anti bullying activist Monica Thomas, who updates us on the latest news regarding school and cyber bullying. Brian speaks with Kara, Jeannie and Karen about “Visions, Verses and Voices”, an event sponsored by the Auxiliary of Geisinger Community Medical Center on Sunday, September 30th at Fiorelli’s in Peckville. And an encore of Brian’s interview with State Senator John Blake of Lackawanna County about Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law, and some new developments regarding its enforcement.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on Great Country 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93, and 7am on True Oldies 590, WARM.