Saturday, April 09, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3186, April 9th, 2016

State Representative Frank Farina. (Photo: Farina website)

Our friend Dave Bohman did a report the other night on Newswatch 16 regarding a trip State Representative Frank Farina took to a Penn State game. State Lawmakers in addition to an $80,000 dollar salary and a $150 or thereabouts per diem get free Penn State tickets. Sweet! No wonder why Farina has yards signs in his district the size of steamer trunks in front lawns all across the Lac! Who the hell would want to give that up!!!
So Farina goes to the game and takes the family. I’m not going to point out that many a family in the Mid Valley would like to have dad oe mom take them to a game but there are two problems with that.
A. Dad or mom doesn’t get a free ticket.
B. The medium income in the Lac is way below what that “jobs, jobs, jobs” preaching Legislator makes.
Okay, so now that we got that out of our system and yours, here’s the kicker. Farina spent under $200.00 for souvenirs. And he charged YOU!!!
Of course after the Investigative Report by Emmy Award winning WNEP journalist Dave Bohman he wrote a check to the Commonwealth. Here’s Bohman’s report.
So if not for Bohman, even though this was a minor amount, we might not have found out about it. Honest mistake or entitlement? Farina must think, I might not be the brightest bulb in the garlic field but knew enough to hire one of the top political consultants and ad men in the country to get elected.
Farina’s opponent is Kevin Haggerty. Haggerty you might think has an issue handed to him on a silver platter. No? 
Not so fast, Haggerty, take that grin off your face. We are after all dealing with voters in The Lac. After all they gave us Pat O'Malley as a Republican and a Democrat!!!
Well not really. My LuLac staffers (Bohman, that an ironic exaggeration, nothing to see here!) tell me that on Steve Corbett’s show yesterday on WILK, the talk show journalist (yeah I see a lot of deleted comments in my future after that phrase) tried in vain to get people to comment on this. He didn’t get a lot of action on that request.
So apparently the voters in the Lac really don’t care if a guy making more than they do and getting money to take the trip that was FREE slides in a few twenties because……………well, just because he can.

Candidate for GOP delegate Rick Morelli. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Former Luzerne County Council Chair Rick Morelli has explained his stance on how he will vote at the GOP convention in Cleveland if he is elected later this month. Here are his thoughts:
Dear Editor,
I am asking for the votes of the Republican voters on April 26 to select me as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention for the 11th Congressional District.
With the Pennsylvania Primary coming up in a few weeks, the voters will cast an important vote to select their party's Presidential nominee. The voters' selections for Delegates at the Republican National Convention this summer will also be important. This is because unlike in other states, the bulk of Pennsylvania's 71 Republican Delegates are not required to support the candidate that gets the most votes in the April 26 primary. Instead, 54 of the Delegates — three from each of the state's 18 congressional districts — can select any candidate they personally choose at the Republican National Convention in July. This is especially concerning because the Delegates do not have to state and the ballot does not disclose whom that Delegate will be supporting for President.
Through my time on the Hazleton Area School Board and the Luzerne County Council, I have consistently advocated for an open and transparent government. Although the rules don't require it, I feel the Delegates have a moral obligation to let the voters know where they stand.
I have consistently listened to the voices of the voters who allowed me the responsibility of serving in elected office. That is why I am making it my vow now that should I be so honored to serve as a Republican Delegate, my support will go with the choice of the people - whomever the winner of the Presidential popular vote goes in the 11th district will also get my support. Should the Convention go to a second or third ballot, my choice will then be Donald Trump for the Republican nominee for President of the U.S.
This is an important election for so many reasons. I would be honored if you would trust me in making your voice heard.
Rick Morelli
11th Congressional District Delegate Candidate


Ever since the Third District GOP event in Dupont last October when DA Stefanie Salavantis was running for re-election, GOP Vice Chair Lynette Villano was backing Donald Trump. She has not been moved or changed course. 

Here’s her calling card for this campaign.


District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis (right) with Jim O'Meara, now of the Lackawanna County Commissioners office back in October at 3rd District event. (Photo: LuLac archives)
District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has announced that the annual Luzerne County Crime Watch meeting will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 6:30 P.M. in the Jury Room on the 2nd Floor of the Luzerne County Main Courthouse located at 200 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. All crime watch groups are invited and encouraged to attend as well as members of the public seeking to begin or join a crime watch.
The meeting will focus on the concerns of each group in their particular area of the county. representatives from Luzerne County 911, Sheriff’s Department, Emergency Management Agency, Correctional Facility and the Controller’s Office will be in attendance to discuss their departments and their role in public safety. This event is being held in conjunction with National County Government Month with the focus being on Safe & Secure Counties.


At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Farina is just representing NEPA. His constituents have their hands out wanting the fruits of other's labor and he is simply following the time honored tradition of taking handouts.
Morons do as morons see.

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah, I don't care about free Penn State tickets. State college, state rep. That's a given. Perks to grease the skids, so what. Like he's really gonna go in the tank for tickets? Nobody cares except your buddy, who's trying to make a name for himself.
Too bad you're not so harsh on Hillary and The Clinton Family foundation stuff. Then maybe I could get behind you on this, maybe.


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