Thursday, May 15, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2656, May 15th, 2014

Candidates Katie McGinty, Tom Wolf, Rob McCord and Allyson Schwartz. (Photo:

When I was at the Tom Wolf event on Tuesday afternoon in Hanover Township, the talk among poetical insiders centered on the series f debates Wolf had just gone through. The consensus was that Wolf didn’t disappoint and that he remained in a good position. Well, this e mail from Dr. Terry Madonna bore that out. Here are the results of the latest poll: 
Tom Wolf (37%) continues to lead the Democratic gubernatorial primary over Allyson Schwartz (20%), Rob McCord (12%), and Katie McGinty (3%) among likely voters. One-quarter (27%) are undecided. If voters who lean toward a candidate are included in the results, Wolf maintains a similar lead over Schwartz, 43% to 26%, with 11% undecided. Wolf leads Schwartz 33% to 14% among all registered Democrats.
Seven in ten (72%) Democratic voters think the state is moving is on the wrong track while only one in five (20%) believes it is moving in the right direction.
More than eight in ten (83%) registered Democrats have seen a television commercial for the candidates for governor. Of those who have seen a commercial, 93% have seen a Wolf commercial, 67% have seen a McCord commercial, 61% have seen a Schwartz commercial and 44% have seen a McGinty commercial.
Education (29%) remains the top issue for Democratic voters when they consider what candidate to support in the primary, followed by the economy/job market (17%).
This survey reflects interviews with 530 Pennsylvania registered Democratic voters conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College from May 6-12, 2014 (sample error of +/- 4.3 percentage points).
The Franklin & Marshall College Poll is produced in conjunction with the Philadelphia Daily News, WGAL-TV (South Central PA), Pittsburgh Tribune Review, WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh), WPVI-TV6/ABC (Philadelphia), Times-Shamrock Newspapers, Harrisburg Patriot-News/PennLive, Lancaster Newspapers/Lancasteronline, and the Reading Eagle. It may be used in whole or in part, provided any use is attributed to Franklin & Marshall College.


Luzerne County Republicans met Wednesday night to meet and greet and also hear from Congressman Liu Barletta. The 11th District Congressman stopped by at the Deli on Pierce Street and made the rounds giving an outline of his work in Washington.. About 100 people attended the informal event. Here’s a link to a report from our friend Steve Urbanski who was at the event and took some photos:
Meanwhile the LuLac camera was operational. Here’s GOP party Chair Bill Urbanski, Ted Ritsick and Aaron Kaufer at the event.
Had a Chance to chat with Congressman Barletta as he said hi to Steve Urbanski.


Governor Tom Corbett was set to stop by the South Main Street headquarters of the Luzerne County Republicans. The Governor is up and running ads as if it is a general election. Corbett in an unprecedented move is running attack ads on various opponents. His main targets seem to be Tom Wolf and Allyson Schwartz. Corbett was well received at the event.
Governor Tom Corbett in Wilkes Barre this afternoon. (Photo: Lynette Villano Facebook page)

117th District candidates Dr. Davis Haire and incumbent Representative Karen Boback. (Photos: Times Leader).

The race for the GOP nomination in the 117th district just keeps getting better and better. Representative Karen Boback who has been in office since 2007 is being challenged by Dr. Davis Haire in the newly reconfigured district. Haire went after Boback for the legislative perks that lawmakers have. Haire has been running against the legislative system as a “Citizen” who will be a "Citizen Legislator” Haire accused Boback of gaming the system and she fought back with media ads outlining what she paid on her own. Then the Boback camp said that Haire took per diems and that got me scratching my head because I thought, “Was the guy a lawmaker somewhere else?” Turns out he waan’t but did take a per diem as an advisory board member. So his campaign shot back with a response to the response to the response. Whew! Here is the latest response from Dr. Haire's office:   Conservative Republican Davis C. Haire, a local optometrist mounting a formidable primary challenge to incumbent State Representative Karen Boback, issued a statement today regarding the recent attack ads from his opponent Karen Boback and the infusion of campaign cash from the PACs in Harrisburg:
“It’s not surprising that the PACS have begun to pour tens of thousands into Karen Boback’s losing campaign. The truth is that Boback’s candidacy has been in trouble for some time now. The more that voters learn about the outrageous benefits and perks that Boback has taken from taxpayers over her years in office the more they have decided to seek a real common sense alternative. It’s all I hear when going door to door. Voters are fed up. They want change,” said Haire.
Haire pointed to Boback’s latest attack ad as one more sign of the desperation with in her campaign.
“Boback has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from the taxpayers in car lease payments, gas, cel phone bills and meals along with a generous salary, while also pocketing a full pension. And Boback is going to qualify for yet another big pension payout and gold plated health insurance for life.
By attacking the small $360 per year stipend that board members receive for long hours working to oversee the optometry profession Boback is simply trying to trick voters.
From the comments I receive at the doors Boback’s underhanded tactics aren’t working. All the money in the world isn’t going to change the facts. Boback has turned public service into personal gain and conservative Republican voters see her campaign as a last minute effort to keep her hands in our pocketbooks,” said Haire.
Dr. Haire was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award for his service to Rotary as the secretary, the vice president, and president of the local club, as well as serving as district co-chairman for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program. Dr. Haire is currently a member of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, the American Optometric Association, Pennsylvania Optometric Association, and the Northeast Pennsylvania Optometric Society. He resides in Meshoppen.



Last week were we on Pa Live with Dave Kuharchik and Jasmine Brooks discussing the Pennsylvania Governor's race.  Here’s that clip:


I noticed this when I would buy ads for candidates on limited budgets. But the ads really start populating the Thursday before election. Any candidate who has a limited budget and wants to get his or name out there usually starts on the Thursday before the big day. Today radio and TV stations started the final push. Tune in…or put the mute button on.


ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender will welcome Bernie McGurl of the Lackawanna River Corridor Association to the program during the week of May 19th. The subject, LRCA's annual Riverfest! ECTVLive can be seen on Comcast Ch 19 throughout the week at Non and Midnight with additional showings on elected days at 6pm.


Your blog editor with Brian Hughes at a blogfest a few years back. 

This Week on Sunday Magazine.

Brian Hughes speaks with David Yonki from the LuLac Political Letter about Tuesday's primary election, and the key state and local races.
Brian also interviews Jeannie Spagnola about a benefit Car Cruise coming up in Plains on June 1st to benefit the Pa. State Police Camp Cadet program.
And Brian speaks with small business owner & author Gene Marks about the best ways small businesses can retain their best employees.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93 and 7am on True Oldies 590, WARM.


This week on Community Forum Mike Remish welcomes Natalie Gelb, Executive Director of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority. The show airs Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker, 6:30 on The Game Sports Radio Network 1340/1400 am and 100.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.


Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at noon on WILK FM 103.1.


Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”


Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.

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Under Project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon, becoming the 6th nation to do so……The Warsaw radio mast is completed, the second tallest structure ever built (it collapses on August 8, 1991)…in Pennsylvania the General Election contest is set as incumbent Milton Shapp and Ernest Kline win denominations..the GOP ticket will be Drew Lewis and State Representative from Tunkhannock Ken Lee as Lt. Governor…in Kingston Kevin Nelson wins the nomination for the 120th trying to unseat Frank O’Connell in the fall and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was Tubular Bells –by Mike Oldfield still another instrumental hit of this year. It was from the movie “The Exorcist”.


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