The LuLac Edition #3475, April 20th, 2017
The 6th Congressional District in Georgia did not quite turn Democratic. It was close with Jon Ossoff winning 48% of the vote. The nearest Republican challenger Karen Handel didn’t even break 20%. This was a tough race to win because of the number of Republican candidates splitting the vote.
Ossoff was at 55% at 9pm but his lead decreased by midnight. This was NOT A WIN.
The Democrats need to reconvene, double down on getting the same vote out as well as counter attacking the Hollywood Vs. Georgia theme the President as well as the REPUBLICAN ATTACK MACHINE will spout.
This District used to be Newt Gingrich’s. It hasn’t gone Republican in years. Hopefully it will in June.
But in reality the two-part order will direct the Departments of Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State to review the H-1B visa program, which allows foreign workers to obtain employment in high-skilled "specialty occupations," and make recommendations that can be achieved through administrative or legislative changes.
Senior administration officials, who described the current H-1B visa program as a lottery system that gives work visas to contracting firms that replace domestic employees. It’s all about immigrants. Here’s the thing, with this lottery system, what if the guest worker is more qualified than the American worker? Just saying.
Plus while Trump was flapping his gums about American jobs and goods, he and his daughter have not received that message. Hypocrites all!
“Today marked another special day for the PENNVEST program and for the citizens of Pennsylvania. By approving almost $40 million in funding for clean water projects across the commonwealth, the PENNVEST Board continued its commitment to improve the quality of our rivers and streams, the health of our families and the economic prosperity of our state”, said Governor Wolf. “Together we will further the achievement of these goals and make Pennsylvania an even more desirable place to live and work for this and future generations.”
Of the $39 million, $18.2 million is allocated for low-interest loans and $20.8 million is awarded through grants.
The funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST.
U..S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-17), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Jared Polis (CO-02), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) introduced their Safe Energy Future Plan, a package of five bills that will protect public health and the environment from the risks of oil and gas production, including hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.”
“Our country’s water and air quality should not be compromised by drilling and fracking,” the four legislators said. “Oil and gas development has expanded in the past decade, while environmental protections haven’t kept pace. Our legislation will close loopholes and exceptions that have been made at the expense of public health and safety. They will hold the energy industry to the same nationwide standards as other industries in this country must meet. After all, air and water pollution have no respect for state lines.”
The FRESHER Act (Cartwright) closes the loophole in the Clean Water Act that endangers water quality near oil and gas production sites, and requires oil and gas producers to obtain the standard permits necessary for activities that increase storm-water runoff and risk water pollution.
The CLEANER Act (Cartwright) closes the loophole in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that exempts waste materials from oil and natural gas production from requirements for the safe handling, transport and disposal of hazardous waste.
The FRAC Act (DeGette) closes the so-called Halliburton Loophole, enacted in 2005, thus ensuring federal regulation of fracking under the Safe Drinking Water Act. It would also require public disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking.
The BREATHE Act (Polis) closes loopholes in the Clean Air Act that currently exempt the oil and gas industry from essential protections from toxic air pollution. The bill would require that toxic emissions of multiple related small sources be aggregated to determine total emissions, just like other industries have to do.
The SHARED Act (Schakowsky) prevents drinking water contamination by requiring baseline water testing of sources near planned fracking sites, along with public disclosure of the test results, before the sites are approved for operation.
"We support mineral extraction as long as it's done responsibly,” the lawmakers noted. “But the current patchwork of regulations and loophole-filled laws doesn’t ensure that this is the case. For the safety of all our communities, we need to ensure that the oil and gas industries are held accountable.”
This Week on Sunday Magazine.
Brian Hughes speaks with Emily Taylor from the River Run Rehab & Nursing Center about their 3rd Annual River Run and Walk, coming up on Sunday April 30th at Kirby Park in Wilkes Barre to benefit the American Lung Association.
Brian speaks with Eduardo Verona from the USDA about invasive pests as we prepare for Spring gardening and outdoor activities.
And Brian speaks with former Wall Street insider Leland Faust, about his book "A Capitalist's Lament", on how Wall Street continues to fleece ordinary investors.
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.
ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender welcome Scranton YMCA CEO Trish Fisher to the program during the week of April 24th. Ms. Fisher will outline plans for "Healthy Kids Day" at the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre YMCA's!
ECTV Live is seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) three times daily during the week at the Noon, 6pm, and Midnight hours. After its initial live broadcast Monday at Noon the program will also be available on Electric City Television's Youtube page each week. Previous episodes are also available on the ECTV Youtube channel.
ECTV Live is produced and hosted by David DeCosmo. Rusty Fender co-hosts and the program is Directed by Mark Migilore.
This week's guests are John Aciukevich, Executive Director of Luzerne County CASA, and volunteer advocate Annie Ellis.
Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1400/1440 am and 106.7 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. The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.
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 he heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris. Congrats to Karel on her coverage of the Eric Frein trial. Great job!
Bobby's show is back again live this Sunday @6PM on The River.
"Side by Side" by Stephen Sondheim opens at Music Box NYC for 390 performances….. Alex Haley, author of "Roots", awarded Pulitzer Prize…The supreme Court rules "Live Free or Die" may be covered on NH licenses Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6… Cincinnati Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9…. C Strouse & M Charnins musical "Annie" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 2377 performances....Dr Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops…
Opening of Studio 54 in New York, N.Y……Senator John Heinz tells his constituents that he will do walking tours throughout the state during his term to get information straight from the citizen…..in Lackawanna County a Democratic battle for Mayor reaches a fever pitch between James McNulty and Gene Hickey for the office of Scranton Mayor and 40 years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Hotel California” by The Eagles