Friday, June 08, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3803, June 8th, 2018

WOLOVICH STEPS ASIDE FOR HENRY
Sue Henry and Greg Wolovich (Photo: Kathleen Smith)
In what is one of the most generous political actions, rarely seen in politics and NEVER seen in local political circles, Gregory Wolovich realized his fight against long time incumbent Eddie Day Pashinski was an uphill struggle. Wolovich, a young party comer took his concerns to a select few Republicans. At the same time, Sue Henry became available because of a contract dispute with the General Manager of WILK.   A few members of the party met with Wolovich and Henry separately and the plan was constructed for the announcement. 
LuLac helped facilitate the event which was held today at Perkins in Wilkes Barre Township. Party members came to hear Henry declare her interest. In a passionate speech, she brandished a newspaper of Sheriff Tax Sales and spoke of the issue of Property Tax Reform. Henry also talked about crime and the Quality of life in the district this is being diminished by drugs. 
Here are a few photos from the event:
Top photo, crowd shot, second, Henry with Wolovich, Pat Umbra and Charles Urban, local Taxpayer advocate. 
 From left to right, Charles Urban, Greg Wolovich, Junior, John Chrin candidate for Congress in the 8t, Sue Henry with the Sheriff Sales page from a local newspaper, Representatives Tarah Toohil and Aaron Kaufer, Wilkes Barre city Councilman Ton Brooks and 121st District Chair Pat Umbra.

My two favorite State Representatives, Aaron Kaufer and Tarah Toohil 
(Photos: Kathleen Smith)

 BIG SHAKE UP IN THE 121rst RACE AGAINST PASHINSKI

Friday was a day of surprises for the people of the 121st Legislative District. The GOP nominee, Greg Wolovich announced that he was withdrawing from the race for the seat now held by State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski. Here’s what he said at a surprise news conference at the Perkins Restaurant in Wilkes Barre.
"This district faces two big issues. Property tax reform and fairness to all. Every home owner knows the burden of that school tax bill. But that burden is not shared by everyone. Property owners are paying the freight. Others are not. Someone once said regarding health care issues, “Everybody should have skin in the game”. You know who said that? The current occupant in the 121st district seat. It is baffling to me how Eddie Day Pashinski can say that about health care, and NOT say that about property tax reform.
I got into this race because the Representation has been found wanting. In my visits to voters during the primary campaign, I was struck by the resignation they had that things can’t change here. When I got into politics, I did it to serve those people who have no voice; people who have seen that government here is for the connected families and politician’s cronies. They need to know that they will have a champion. But in reality, changing more than a decade of lackluster leadership is daunting.
As a quality inspector for a major food chain, my job is to make sure the best product, the most competitive one gets to market. In the last few weeks I’ve thought about how that translates into my run for State Representative.
The district, not the party; the people, not the cronies, need a competitive and well known candidate to enter the race at this time. It is for this reason that I have sent in my withdrawal papers in lieu of a more familiar but just as passionate person who cares about this district as much as I do. I respectfully request that the County Republican committee endorse a new candidate.
One day, I’m confident that I will say this as an elected official but for today, I yield the floor to someone Republicans, Democrats, Independents and all those whose voices have not been heard and who feel that things can never change.
Ladies and gentlemen, Sue Henry."
Wolovich was introduced by 121st district Chair Pat Umbra. 

ABOUT SUE HENRY 

(Photo: Kathleen Smith)
As if you need an introduction. Sue Henry, a long time broadcaster and educator in the community.
Sue Henry has been a working member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania media for more than three decades. She spent nine years with The Citizens’ Voice of Wilkes-Barre as a reporter, columnist and editor. She was the midday talk show host at WILK, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Hazleton, for nearly 16 years. She is the general manager of WRKC-FM, the King’s College radio station, a position she’s held for 20 years. She is a member of the adjunct faculty of King’s College in the speech and mass communications departments.
Henry is the volunteer host for “The Radio Home Visitor” on WRKC, the oldest radio reading service for the blind, visually impaired and home bound in the United States. She received the Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year Award at King’s in 2015 and The Jeff Tellis Award for Outstanding Radio Station Advisor in 2018 from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, a national honor.
Henry is a graduate of King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. She resides in Newtown, Hanover Township, and is the mother of three children.
Henry has accepted the challenge and is eager to campaign on Property Tax Reform using the slogan, “Save Our Homes, Take It To The House In Harrisburg”. Both Wolovich and Henry believe that Property Tax reform, especially in Wilkes-Barre, needs an aggressive advocate. 


CITIZENS VOICE COVERS HENRY SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT 

Here's the link to some great reporting by The Voice. 

BARLETTA ANNOUNCES MILLIONS IN FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT FUNDING FOR PENNSYLVANIA
Congressman Lou Barletta (Photo: LuLac archives)
It appears that Representative Lou Barletta is using some appropriations money to make his message heard in the upcoming senate race. Here’s a release from his office that you will surely hear about as the campaign heats up.
Congressman Lou Barletta  announced that two projects in Pennsylvania have been selected to receive significant grant funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has been awarded $35,110,410 to construct a high-speed I-99/I-80 interchange, while the Harrisburg International Airport will be receiving $2,746,074 for runway rehabilitation.
“As a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,” Barletta said, “I’ve spoken firsthand with the people who live and work in the areas served by these roadways, and know how important this project is to economic development and the safety of residents and visitors. Additionally, as someone who spent years working in the road construction industry, I know how critical it is that we continue to invest in that system. This much-needed funding will generate construction jobs and enhance our national freight network, which will help create opportunities for economic growth across Pennsylvania.”
Funding for the I-99/I-80 interchange project was awarded through the DOT’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. The INFRA program was launched by the Trump Administration last year, and provides dedicated, discretionary funding for projects that address critical issues facing our nation’s highways and bridges. Earlier this year, Barletta sent a letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao expressing support for the project, as I-80 runs through four counties in Pennsylvania’s 11th district, and is critical to the movement of goods throughout the Commonwealth, and the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole.

MEDIA MATTERS

WALN TV

BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

This week's guest is Dr. Joe Leonardi, author of "Tortured and Tormented: Creating a School Shooter". Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox .Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.

ECTV LIVE

ECTV Live welcome Maureen Mcguigan to the program during the week of June 11th. Ms. Mcguigan heads the Lackawanna County Arts program and will discuss the events planned for this summer. 
 ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired during the Noon, 6pm and Midnight hours each day of the week. Following Monday's Live program the show will become available on Electric City Television's YouTube channel which can be viewed on your computer.


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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!”

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12 Comments:

At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am guessing this will never see the light of your blog, and if it does, it will be redacted in such a manner that would make the slime-in-chief Donald Trump very proud, but that doesn't make the perceptions contained incorrect....


You never get a second chance to make a first impression; and what a poor first impression.

This was not an announcement, it was an abdication followed by a coronation. The arrogance of bypassing the electoral process and the primary voters to have the candidate selected in “a smoke filled backroom,” was supposed to be relegated to the past.

Sue is acting more like an entitled queen than a would be public servant. “The county Republican Party must formally name Wolovich’s replacement, but Henry said party leaders have indicated the nomination is hers.” At least, unlike the DNC, she has admitted that the fix is in and no other peasant need apply for consideration.

A person wanting to be of the people holds her coronation in a sterile, dank, characterless room belonging to a corporate conglomerate? Really? There wasn't one locally owned, independent, small business eatery where this could have been held? There is a recently opened diner near the Wyoming Valley Mall being clobbered by I-Hop. Or, how about at The Anthracite Cafe, which was the victim of a opioid crisis robberies? Or better yet, instead of holding up a paper with the faceless names of people losing their homes to tax sales, why not have the announcement on the front porch of one of those losing their home?

How does someone who has media experience do a release on a Friday afternoon? In the heart of high school graduation time? Sure her announcement will get play on WILK because she worked there, but what could have been in the news for a week will be forgotten by Monday. Speaking of WILK, they must tread lightly on this one. Any overt support for Sue, over the air or on employee related social media, given the time frame of her departure, could be considered in-kind corporate contributions.

Sue Henry thinks herself above the commoners that have called her show. This bit of theater not only confirms her sense of entitled superiority, but is a slap across the face to the many people who took the effort to get petitions signed, organized efforts to run and made incredible personal and professional sacrifices to participate in our system. However, this isn't really that shocking. This is after all a person whose entire professional career is highlighted by being hired under the appearance of who she knew.

Perhaps, what will be an even more interesting development will be to keep an eye on the future employment situation of one Mr. Wolovich.

 
At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sue's sudden departure from WILK seemed a bit odd. Even in a contract negotiation, rarely does someone walk away from a full time job with benefits without a plan B.
She can deny, but she is a Trumper and it looks like she has studied colluding one's way into elected office well.

 
At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk
Please tell me you are not helping her. She is against everything you have been rallying against for the last several years
Are you going to be part of this conspiracy to replace a duly elected individual on the ballot? This man isn't stepping down because of illness or infirmary, he is giving up what he has earned specifically to insert another candidate. This is the definition of collusion.
Are you going to help turn a steadfast democratic seat, one the governor desperately needs? Are you going to help influence greater republican voter turnout and potentially cost governor Wolf his office?
If this is so, you have lost all credibility. You have been hitting hard on the Trump collusion, how do you not see this is the same thing. By her own admission, a small group of people have gotten together and conspired and colluded to change the results of an election and have guaranteed her the spot. No other applicants to be considered.
IF you are helping her, you have lost the moral high ground on so many issues.

 
At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sue has revealed herself to be part of the local political class that routinely ignores the process in favor of cronyism and nepotism. A path was cleared for her to the general election without it being earned in the primary.
As is so prevalent in NEPA - it isn't about earning a position or job, it is about who you know. Sue was assured she would be anointed by a small number of people comprising the committee, not the voters in a primary election. She is a part of the very problem, in the same exact way in which she complained for the last 16 years.

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Perhaps, what will be an even more interesting development will be to keep an eye on the future employment situation of one Mr. Wolovich.

IN RESPONSE

The GOP pretty much has nothing to give under Democratic administrations. He made the decision and a chance to run a viable candidate presented itself.
If you are concerned about "who you know", look at the guy she's running against. Daughter in the school district, son in law as the Superintendent and there are other things I can say but won't.
Save your outrage where it is better placed.

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Speaking of WILK, they must tread lightly on this one. Any overt support for Sue, over the air or on employee related social media, given the time frame of her departure, could be considered in-kind corporate contributions.

IN RESPONSE

Are you a stock holder? WILK like many news entities reported it. Hey, given your conspiracy theories here, I saw JFK and Martin at Curley Cream Friday night!
BTW, you sound like a person who didn't get on the Comment Line or got hung up by Sue.

 
At 3:04 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Sue's sudden departure from WILK seemed a bit odd. Even in a contract negotiation, rarely does someone walk away from a full time job with benefits without a plan B.

IN RESPONSE

Wow, you must have lived a charmed life. You never got laid off? You obviously don't know how radio works. Or Corporate America either.
Plan B? When I got laid of from Blue Cross do you think I had a freaking plan B? Jesus your premise is so breathtakingly ignorant of what working people go through in this economy and climate, I want to put it in CAPS to just show how out of touch your comment is.

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Are you going to help turn a steadfast democratic seat, one the governor desperately needs? Are you going to help influence greater republican voter turnout and potentially cost governor Wolf his office?

IN RESPONSE

Hey, incumbent Legislators win or lose on their own merits. if you THINK I have that much power, you are mistaken.

IN RESPONSE

You have been hitting hard on the Trump collusion, how do you not see this is the same thing. By her own admission, a small group of people have gotten together and conspired and colluded to change the results of an election and have guaranteed her the spot.

COLLUSION? No election results were changed. Decisions were made. If Wolovich says no, this never would have happened. By the way, the 121st is NOT A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT>

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

There wasn't one locally owned, independent, small business eatery where this could have been held? There is a recently opened diner near the Wyoming Valley Mall being clobbered by I-Hop. Or, how about at The Anthracite Cafe, which was the victim of a opioid crisis robberies? Or better yet, instead of holding up a paper with the faceless names of people losing their homes to tax sales, why not have the announcement on the front porch of one of those losing their home?

IN RESPONSE

Good ideas. When you start your political consulting firm, shoot me your number. I'd wager a Franklin that you never spent that amount in any of the local easterlies in a month. Meanwhile, instead of sitting on the sidelines, lend your considerable verbage to a candidate that may need your help in the future.

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Sue has revealed herself to be part of the local political class that routinely ignores the process in favor of cronyism and nepotism.

IN RESPONSE

Nepotism? You mean like Eddie's family getting jobs? Like Wolf ignoring his contributors from '14 and given them nothing?
You can't get people to run or even work on Election Day because no one gives a shit.
Then when someone offers themselves for the position, you bring up cronyism and nepotism?
Cronyism? Before you could fight it, you need to run against it.
And you're twitting your thumbs while someone is actually doing something.

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger ShortStoryScribe said...

Hi Dave
Thanks for the mention. I hope you had a chance to listen in, it went very well. Jim did a great job with the interview and putting it together.
Joe

 
At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where was all the fear and outrage when Wolovich was the candidate? If every politician was half the person this young man is, we would all be better off. The only reason for outrage now is that Ed "do nothing" Pashinksi is actually going to have to work to get re elected rather than flash a smile and sing a song.

 

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