Thursday, June 26, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2684, June 26th, 2014

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran. (Photo: U.S. Senate).
Why should any political observer care about the re-election of a six term Senator from the state of Mississippi over a Tea Party challenger? For a number of reasons.
First let’s recap, Mississippi has been represented in the United States Senate since 1978 by Thad Cochran. Cochran won election to Congress in 1972 and along with former Senator Trent Lott was one of the first Republicans elected from that state since Reconstruction. (Post Civil War).
In 1978 Cochran ran for the Senate seat vacated by James Eastland who served as Senator for thirty years. Cochran, though a conservative chaired the Agriculture Committee as well as the Senate Appropriations Committee. Time Magazine named him one of the best 10 Senators in 2006 and he was known as “The Quiet Persuader” who got more money for Katrina Relief than the Congress and President Bush at first were willing to give.
So like many other long serving GOP Senators, he was not the “cup of tea” of the Tea Party activists. Cochran, like Richard Luger of Indiana last year was targeted because he was not in step with the philosophy of the party extremists.
His Tea Party challenger this year was Chris McDaniel a forty something loudmouth who forced a run off with Cochran earlier this month. McDaniel’s people supposedly went to a nursing home where Cochran’s ill wife was and took pictures. McDaniel denied that clumsily but many in the Tea Party were thinking it would be a roll over for the challenger in the primary. It wasn’t. Cochran won his race by a few percentage points and McDaniel screamed like a little baby that the Democrats put Cochran in office because Mississippi has an open primary. Maybe some Democrats voted for him but once more the logic of the Tea Party eludes me.
The Democrats have a nominee, Travis Childers. Why would they put up Cochran who is an institution and not help a Tea Party Zealot? The people who pulled Cochran through were people who saw Cochran’s record, what he did for the state and who decided they didn’t want another Ted Cruz romping around in the Senate like a spoiled brat.
Sometimes voters, even in the Deep South think things through. That’s why Cochran won mainly because voters notice when a candidate and his zealots overreach.

Howard Baker in 1972. (LuLac archives).
Minority Counsel Fred Thompson and Senator Howard Baker during the Watergate hearing. (Photo: knoxnews.copm)
Former Senator Howard Baker died today and that brought back memories of the Tennessee lawmaker from 41 years ago. Baker was the Senator on the Watergate Committee that asked the important question about Richard Nixon’s role in Watergate, “What did the President know and when did he know it?” He got that question from the Minority Counsel Fred Thompson who would later go on to become a Senator, Presidential candidate, actor on Law and Order and now the spokesman for Reverse Mortgages. Baker was a person who was regarded as a fair individual on that committee who wanted to get to the truth. He did.
Baker was the first Republican Senator elected in Tennessee since Reconstruction (Post Civil War).
A little known fact is that Nixon wanted Baker to join the Supreme Court in 1971 but the Senator didn’t make his mind fast enough and Nixon chose William Rehnquist.
After the tumult Watergate died down, Baker made a run for President on his own in 1980 which did not succeed. Baker along with Ambassador George Bush was vanquished by the Ronald Reagan juggernaut. At the time of his Presidential run, Baker was serving as Senate Minority Leader (a post he won after Pennsylvania’s Hugh Scott retired) and then chose not to run in 1984. That seat was claimed by future Vice President and majority elected President Al Gore.
Baker wasn’t idle for long taking over the job of White House Chief of Staff from Donald Regan. The Reagan Presidency was suffering second term turmoil and Regan (the chief of staff) was seen by key White House insiders (especially First Lady Nancy Reagan) as a person who wanted to be a defacto Prime Minister to the President. Baker calmed the waters and sacrificed a chance to make another run for President in 1988.
Baker served as Ambassador to Japan during the George W. Bush administration.
Baker certainly married up. Twice. His first wife was the daughter of Senate icon Everett Dirkson and his current wife, Nancy Landon Kassebaum is the daughter of 1936 GOP nominee Alf Landon.
The striking thing about Baker is how he tried to build consensus and coalitions. His nickname as a Senator was “The Great Conciliator", Baker mattered in his tenure because he never forgot he was an American first and a member of a political party second. He was 88.




State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski. (Photo: LuLac archives).
As Pennsylvania faces an estimated budget deficit of $1.5 billion, we must work in a bipartisan manner to develop a budget that will help to address the deficit, put Pennsylvanians to work and ask businesses to pay their fair share.
Unfortunately, this year’s budget falls drastically short of what the people need. Here's Pashinski's take.



ECTV Live host David DeCosmo will welcome Jen Moran from the West Pittston Library back to the program during the week of June 30th as she reviews a list of free programs to be offered to the public during the summer months, David's special guest co-host will be former WYOU Weather forecaster Barry Finn! ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast Cable Ch19 in Northeastern Pennsylvania and runs twice daily throughout the week during the Noon and Midnight hour



This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with Commander Tiger Pittman of the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, who discusses big honors earned by the Ohio Class submarine.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Attorney Michelle Quinn from HKQ about their annual Bike Safety Helmet Day for the kids on the Fourth of July at Kirby Park in Wilkes Barre. Brian speaks with author Dan Schwabel about practical advice for workers who plan to leave their present position for another one.And an encore of Brian's interview with Dr. Ellen Marmur about applying the proper SPF suncreen during the Summer months.Sunday Magazine, Sunday mornings at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93 and 7am on Good Time Oldies 590, WARM.


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.


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Our 1974 logo.


On June 26, 1974, the first UPC bar code was scanned on a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at a Marsh supermarket in Ohio.

The first UPC marked item ever scanned at a retail checkout was scanned at Marsh’s supermarket in Troy, Ohio, at 8:01 a.m. on June 26, 1974, when customer Clyde Dawson

walked up to cashier Sharon Buchanan.

Clyde handed Sharon a 10-pack (50 sticks) of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Sharon then made the first ever UPC scan of a product. The NCR cash register rang up 67 cents.

What happened to that first pack of Wrigley’s gum that passed under the rays of a bar code scanner? Forbes reported in 2002 that it rests safely on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. As NPR stated this morning, poor Clyde didn't even get to chew the gum! 
In Pennsylvania the Democratic Party State committee decides to go after the 17 seats won by Republicans in the 1972 Nixon landslide. Party insiders feel that with the embattled President under an Impeachment investigation and with Milton Shapp leading Drew Lewis in the polls gains could be made…….in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties, GOP functions are visited fervently by Ken Lee, who was nominated as the candidate for Lt. Governor along with Drew Lewis….and forty years ago today the number one song in LuLac land and America was Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot.


At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at a meeting for one of the earliest Country Radio Seminars in Nashville at the Airport Hilton in 1974.
There were about 50 people in attendance. Tennessee Senator Howard Baker walked past the room and being a politician couldn’t ignore the crowd. It was the Watergate time and Baker was famous. He came in and in a low key
manner addressed the room. He spoke about the ongoing proceedings and fielded questions. He was interesting and sharp. Overall I was very impressed as were others. He was a politician who put the good of the country over his own ambitions and concerns. I guess he was a moderate Republican. Pest in Peace, Sir.


At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it that the Tea Party is saying, but black people voted!!" They voted for Cochran because he helped them during Katrina.
Ted Cruz and his ilk are just side show clowns.
As always, I wait for your Thursday report.

At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard Baker was a politician of another era. A guy who would compromise and bargain to get things done. There are no Howard Bakers in the GOP today and few Democrats could match up. We all feared Baker would be Nixon's man on the Watergate committee. Turned out he was his own man.

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What has brought Dick Cheney out from under his slimy rock? Is he delusional enough to believe anyone wants to hear anything he has to say?Never has one man been so wrong about so much for so long! Next he will show up at a Vietnam Veterans
conference to discuss how we should have won that long ago mistake of a war. He had his opportunity to lead us to a great victory there just as he did in Iraq. Problem was he lacked guts and later lacked brains. When will his Halliburton profits be investigated and Dead Eye Dick get charged with war profiteering and treason?
Cheney probably views himself as a great American and he is if you consider John Wilkes Booth and the infamous Walker Spy Family to be the same!Too bad he has excellent health care unlike so many working Americans or he'd be dead long ago! Please go away, sir. You've caused enough damage and added nothing to humanity, Dick!NOTHING!!!

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Cochran election illustrates clearly the problem with "open primaries". They are supposed to be a vehicle for the parties to nominate candidates that fit their views.

The D's were duped big time in this one. Now they've got no chance of electing a D as Cochran will roll to victory. Odds are he won't serve his full term as he doesn't seem a well man. If that happens, a R will get appointed and the D's lose again. Bunch of dummies.

At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ombama says today: they're going to sue me for doing my job! We see how you did your job with the VA. Your 21 century VA! Talk is cheap!

At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that old J.Fred Reverse Mortage Thompson in the picture there?
Wheres Henry Formerly the Fonz and Once Upon a Time Cool Henry Winkler?
Beware those Reverse Mortages and the people who push them for pay!

At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a guy who really pissed away a few good careers didn't he?
Did two stints on L&O and then had people convince him he could be President. Thanks for the tribute on Senator Baker Yonk.

At 1:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THe Tea Party will be dead in a few years.
This country will not go to that extreme.
Great focus on UPC. Love your feature years.

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now the Tea Party people are committin suicide when their candidate loses. Whatever it takes…

At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your analysis of the Cochran/McDaniel race is way off. It is a fact that there is an open primary in Mississippi. I think it is a bad law, but it is still the law. While McDaniel doesn't like the law, that is not his main problem. He has a problem with Democrat voters who voted in the primary, and then again during the run-off, which is illegal in Mississippi. McDaniel has been requesting polling data to determine the number of Democrats who did this. Half of the counties in Mississippi are fighting to give the information, but the counties that have provided the data, show that thousands of people voted illegally (1,500 in just one county). This is important because he lost by around 6,000 - 7,000 votes. At this point, it looks like there will be a new run-off as the data so far suggests that some illegality took place. His second complaint is with the Establishment GOP. In order to ensure victory, they dropped all principles and values. While you may not agree with the principles of limited government, I am sure you can see why this would bother not just McDaniel but the Republicans is Mississippi. The Establishment spent a ton of money reaching out to Democrats - who have no likely have no intention of voting for Cochran in the general (also illegal) in order to win the primary. The fact that the Republican party did not choose its candidate is a problem with the law, but the fact that the Establishment GOP took advantage of this and promised big government to win over Democrats is alarming.


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