Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Lulac Edition #2917, May 26th, 2015

Former Senator Rick Santorum. (Photo: CNN).
Former Senator Rick Santorum who ran a very credible campaign in the 2012 Presidential race is traveling to his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania tomorrow to presumably announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination. One does not go to a hometown and say, “Uh, not so much, nope, not gonna do it!”
Santorum finished second and won more delegates except for Mr. Romney. But his challenges this year are more daunting.
First off there re more candidates that have religious views and social beliefs this time around. Perhaps those early primary voters might want to test drive those new candidates.
Second, Santorum has to split the religious right vote that was virtually ceded to him four years ago. Mike Huckabee’s entry will certainly dilute that support.
All that said, it is important to remember that Santorum is a Presidential candidate that can live off the land. While he would love a well funded campaign, he can go guerrilla style with town hall meetings that are conducive to early primary enthusiasts. Also Santorum has a compelling message. Even though you may not agree with him, you can discount his passion. One thing he must be careful of is overeach in terms of his comments regarding women's reproductive rights. 
But Santorum has a base of true believers that will act as a base. How far that will take him in a field as crowded as this one will be anyone’s guess. But you can bet he will find a way to stand out. Dust off those sweater vests for the winter of 2016.


District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis and Luzerne County Sheriff Brian Szumski organized a roundup of fugitives in the City of Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas last week through the D.A.’s Advanced Tactical Anti-Crime Unit (ATAC). A total of thirteen wanted persons were taken into custody as a result of their efforts. Of the thirteen individuals arrested, nine were wanted on felony charges and four were wanted on misdemeanor charges in the County.
Members of the District Attorney's ATAC Unit include officers from the Luzerne County Detective Division, Luzerne County Sheriffs, Pennsylvania State Police, Luzerne County Adult Probation and Parole, Pennsylvania State Parole and Wilkes-Barre City Police in conjunction with Hanover Township Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Marshal Service. Agents from multiple divisions worked in teams to raid locations throughout the central part of Luzerne County and capture these wanted individuals.
District Attorney Salavantis expresses her gratitude to all of the agencies who participated, saying, “Today’s success once again is attributed to the cooperation among all law enforcement on the local, county, state and federal levels. This roundup is merely one of many efforts that will be regularly occurring throughout Wilkes-Barre City and the surrounding area to fight crime and bring fugitives to justice.”
United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “Our office is dedicated to bringing to justice those wanted for crimes committed within our community. By working together with our partners in law enforcement, we ensure victims have the opportunity to face the accused.”


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