Thursday, February 04, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3138, February 4th, 2016


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Here are some of the highlights of the January 2016, Franklin & Marshall College Poll of registered Pennsylvania voters. Complete results can be found at
What we decided to do here at LuLac was to present the poll’s finding and then give our reactions to it.
Almost seven in ten (67%) voters believe the state is “on the wrong track,” up from 62% in October, and two in five (38%) say that government and politicians are the biggest problems facing the state.
When you have gridlock in the state and no budget as you begin another year, this will happen. The Legislative leaders cannot pass anything meaningful and a new Governor can’t make his mark either.
More voters hold the state legislature (52%) than the governor (32%) responsible for the state’s late budget, which remains unchanged since October, although similar proportions trust the governor (42%) and the state legislature (39%) to make final decisions about the state budget, also unchanged from October.
A few things here. Despite the fact that Governor Wolf has compromised with the Republican Senate, people seem to respect that. However the last minute switch by the House GOP to derail the budget gave them the heads up winner for being the biggest loser in the perception of politicians. 
Only 15% of voters give the state legislature a positive job performance, “excellent or good”.
This figure is astounding. Every district loves their own representative but as a whole the GOP House has been dissed big time. That’s what happens when you are partisan and you advertise it. This House has made incredible statements on Voting Rights, Gay Rights and their own power that I believe have stuck with the electorate. Mike Turzai ain’t no John Persel.
One in three (33%) registered Pennsylvania voters believes Governor Wolf is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as governor, which is a decrease from the October (36%) and August (39%) polls.
As the budget saga wears on and Wolf can’t do anything else, the numbers will get lower.
Two in five (41%) Pennsylvania voters believe President Obama is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as President, which is about the same as in recent surveys.
Those who like the President stand firm. Ditto for those who don’t. Plus barring an unforeseen event, there won’t be much movement as Mr. Obama's term winds down.
Hillary Clinton still holds a sizable lead (46%) over Bernie Sanders (29%) among registered Democrats in Pennsylvania.
The Southern State primaries will determine if that number rises or falls.
Donald Trump leads the Republican primary field in Pennsylvania with 24%. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio trail at 14% and 11%, respectively.
In my opinion New Hampshire and South Carolina will either increase Trump’s numbers or change them.It will depend if another candidate emerges to eat into Trump's message.
A large percentage (61%) of Pennsylvania voters is undecided in the Democratic primary contest for the U.S. Senate. Joe Sestak narrowly leads Katie McGinty, 17% to 13%, with John Fetterman at 6%.
That 17% to 13 % is only 40%. That means a whopping 60% of Democrats are undecided. Should Sestak get a second chance with Pat Toomey presumably on the ropes? Can the Wolf machine, a bit battered by the budget battle get Katey McGinty through? What will the effect of the Kathleen Kane controversy have on a McGinty effort?
A large majority (88%) favor a federal law requiring background checks on all potential gun buyers, including those who purchase guns at gun shows or online. Similar percentages (85%) favor efforts to include more information about a citizen’s mental health into the background check system.
Makes sense, right? And yet there are many Pennsylvanians convinced that President Obama, Joe Biden and even the late Senator Joe Clark are coming for their guns!
This survey reflects interviews with 732 Pennsylvania registered voters conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College from January 18-24, 2016 (sample error of +/-3.6 % 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, LNP media group, and the Reading Eagle. It may be used in whole or in part, provided any use is attributed to the college.

Rick Santorum. He's only 57, is there another run left in him??? (Photo: CNN)
Rick Santorum withdrew from the race for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Senator Marco Rubio in the race for the White House.
Santorum won the Iowa caucuses four years ago but managed only 1 percent of the vote in the Iowa contest on Monday.
Santorum announced his withdrawal on Fox News and endorsement of Rubio, called the Florida senator "a tremendously gifted young man and ... a born leader."
He said Rubio "can bring this country together, not just moderates and conservatives but young and old."
A favorite of the Conservatives, Santorum tried to focus on economic issues but his candidacy was essentially overshadowed by Donald Trump’s effort. 

 State Representative Peter Daley. (Photo: Post Gazette).
State Representative Peter Daley called out the Weather Channel's Stephanie Abrams for daring to call Punxsutawney Phil a rodent. Daley a Democrat is apparently using this as a way to ask the State Legislators to come to a bi partisan agreement. Two things here: 
1. Phil is still a rodent! 
2. This just might be crazy enough to work. 



Your blog editor and Joe Klapatch at the Carbondale Library.
Last weekend we made the trek to the Carbondale Public Library to meet and greet Joe Klapatch. Joe who is a radio veteran of WARM, WARD, WBQW and many other frequencies has penned two books on the histories of the Carbondale and Scranton Fire Departments. The "History of the Carbondale PA Fire Department 1843-2015" and “The Scranton Fire Company History” can be purchased at the Carbondale Public Library, Lackawanna Historical Society in Scranton and the Library Express in the Steamtown Mall. The book is $22.00 and is very good. The book on Scranton is $35.00 and it is an impressive tome.



Upcoming events at the Dietrich Theater/Wyoming County Cultural Center will be spotlighted during the week of February 8th on ECTV Live. Hosts David DeCosmo, Rusty Fender. and Director Mark Migilore will be speaking with Erica Rogler from the Dietrich staff. 

ECTV Live is seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired several times daily throughout the week beginning with a live presentation at Noon on Monday.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with retired Lake Lehman teacher Susan Roese about her mission to teach art to West African children, and about her Crowdfunding campaign.
Brian speaks with Dr. Clyde Yancy about the "Rise Above Heart Failure" campaign.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Tom Pugh about "Bowl for Kids Sake, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Pa.
And Brian speaks with Monica Pedersen from HGTV about hard water in your taps and shower.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM, and 6:25am on Magic 93.


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.


The Doo-Wop Sock Hop can be heard every Sunday night from 6P to 9P on “105 The River (104.9 FM) Host is the incomparable Bobby V.


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In Britain, Rolls-Royce goes bankrupt and is nationalized…..Apollo 14 lands on the Moon. Alan Shepherd also plays some golf……

Switzerland gives women voting rights in state elections, but not in all canton-specific ones……… A new stock market index called the Nasdaq Composite debuts……in Pennsylvania Governor Shapp puts Lt. Governor Kline in charge of Emergency Management… Wilkes Barre City the new City Manager Frank Vanore and Council go over staffing for Public Works and forty six years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson.


At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe 732 respondent answers set the tone for anything. Try and picture the type of person who answers their land line and stays for the survey. Imagine the cell phone user who would answer a number that pops up on the screen. We only believe the surveys that validate what we already conclude.

At 11:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It appears that for the last half year Trump has been riding on a high of what Richard Nixon used to refer to as media steroids. Old Joe Kennedy used to say quotes not what you are but what people think you are. And as Trump insulted and slurred his way along the trail and his numbers increased the media began to reverse its impossibility theory of his nomination--to the point that GOP leaders were believing it. IOWA has changed that. Trump's NH numbers have dwindled nearly ten points in less than a week (he still leads but not enormously). Now, for the week Ted Cruz is king. Ultimately an establishment candidate will take the nomination and for the time being it appears that will be Rubio. If Trump loses NH or merely wins it by a hair and Rubio is second (Cruz has no chance in NH) South Carolina is a whole new ballgame. In the end, the GOP will give Rubio the nod and nobody could be happier than the GOP establishment and more forlorn than Ms. Clinton (unless of course the Dem Dems are dumb enough to give Sanders the nomination).
Rubio/Clinton will be a tough and close fight.
Rubio/Sanders will be a bloodbath for the Democrats. And if the latter occurs all the young college kids will see a lot more difficult world under Pres. Rubio than they would have under Pres. Clinton. They only have themselves to blame.
Bless YOU>

At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if the latter occurs all the young college kids will see a lot more difficult world under Pres. Rubio than they would have under Pres. Clinton.Because the Free Stuff and loan forgiveness that are being promised to the kids would evaporate. This leaave under Pres. Clinton." Because the Free Stuff and loan forgiveness that are being promised to the kids would evaporate. This leaves the debt shackles that the Dems seduced them to willingly lock themselves into. And yet, they continue to whine for more. Time to grow up. How can these kids continue to ignore what is happening to their parent(s)? Doesn't anyone teach Pied Piper anymore? Oh, I forgot "white privilege stuff.

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job on TV yesterday. Still complaining about Iowa I see.
Is Brittany as great looking in person?


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