Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The LuLac Edition #4, 817, September 28th, 2022



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This week the Citizens’ Voice had an article about people want who want to be poll workers on Election Day. This is valuable information for anyone, Republican, Democrat or Independent who are interested in our election system and democracy.





When Pennsylvania holds its 2022 general election in November, thousands of poll workers will ensure that voting runs smoothly. You could be one of them.

Counties are recruiting people to work at the state’s more than 9,000 voting locations. For many years, the Pennsylvania Department of State has voiced concerns over the lack of poll workers, a problem that was exacerbated by the pandemic.

Poll workers consider their work an opportunity to serve their state and community,

meet new people, and learn about elections in Pennsylvania.

The Department of State accepts applications to become a poll worker on a rolling basis, but interested people should apply no later than Nov. 2.

Want to learn more? Here’s what you need to know:

The requirements

There are only a few requirements to become a poll worker. First, you must be a registered voter and you can serve only in the county in which you live.

High school students who are 17 years old may be eligible to volunteer if they meet specific requirements outlined by their county’s election office.

Second, poll workers cannot be current government employees or officials, except district judges, notary publics, or members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Similarly, people whose names are on the ballot are not permitted to serve as poll workers, except for candidates for the local election board including judges of elections.

The duties

Poll workers must be available for the entirety of Election Day, before polling places open at 7 a.m. and after they close at 8 p.m.

Poll workers assist with the setup, opening and closing of a polling place. They record the names of voters, check them in and assist with election equipment.

There are a few specialized poll worker positions that are elected. Each polling place has a local election board comprised of a judge of elections, a majority inspector, and a minority inspector. All three positions help manage the polling place, keep track of the number of voters and ensure that the results are received by the county election office.

Other specialized positions — such as the machine operator— support the local election board and are filled by appointment. They oversee the voting devices used at the polls.

Regular poll workers, or clerks, help check in voters, manage lines and guide voters through each step of the process.

Poll workers are not partisan poll watchers, who are appointed by candidates or political parties and can challenge the eligibility of a voter, though they cannot directly question or speak to them.

The training

People who want to be poll workers must attend a mandatory training session in person or online before Election Day.

Each county runs its own training, as voting systems vary. Some counties use optical scanners to process ballots, while others use different kinds of voting machines.

Counties also handle training for safety threats differently. According to the Department of State, every county addresses what to do in the event of general threats and disruptive behavior in the polling place.

Patti Hess, the director of elections in Fulton County, said there are constables at polling places in her county to ensure safety, and instructions for emergency situations are provided in a guidebook poll workers have on hand.

“If somebody comes in, it’s all in their book,” she said. “The sheriff’s office number is right there.”

Training materials for poll workers in Lancaster and York Counties direct poll workers to call local law enforcement for gun threats, bomb threats and other emergency situations such as fires or loss of power.

Supplementary training courses for poll workers can be found online. They include videos and guides on checking in voters, inspecting voter identification, and accepting provisional ballots — those filled out by people whose eligibility cannot be immediately verified.

The pay

According to the Election Code, the statutory minimum pay for poll workers is $75 a day, with a maximum payment of $200.

Higher pay is typically reserved for elected positions. Poll workers who attend certain training events can be eligible for additional compensation. Overall, the allocation of pay is largely at the discretion of county commissioners.

How to sign up

If interested, you can apply by filling out a form on the Department of State’s website. Some counties have their own forms on their election websites.

The form asks for basic contact information and place of residency, as well as any special skills that could aid you as a poll worker, such as fluency in a foreign language.

That information is then sent to your county’s election office, which will reach out to you if it needs more workers. Jonathan Marks, Pennsylvania’s deputy secretary for elections and commissions, recommends reaching out to the county office if you haven’t heard back in 1-2 weeks. (AP, Citizens' Voice)

The LuLac Edition #4, 816, September 28th, 2022




The first White House nutrition summit in a half-century is due to kick off today  at a difficult political moment, with President Biden eager to put his imprint on food policy but areas for bipartisan cooperation scant.

The gathering, patterned on the summit former President Richard Nixon convened in 1969, comes after America's health vulnerabilities were laid bare by the pandemic.

 Obesity and other food-related diseases like diabetes were closely linked with a far higher risk of serious illness and death from COVID.

The COVID public health emergency also allowed more families to access food via safety net programs like the Women, Infants, Children program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as well as free or reduced-price school lunches. Food insecurity, especially in children, has been found to be associated with worse health outcomes, such as asthma and diabetes.

Biden has said he wants to end hunger and food insecurity by 2030.

The big picture: Nixon's summit wound up shaping decades of food policy — even sparking the creation of such programs as WIC and SNAP.

"The 1969 conference was considered a huge success, but many factors contributed to the success including strong political will from the White House and from Congress," Frank Hu, a Harvard professor of nutrition and epidemiology told Axios. "I think we are at another historical crossroads facing unprecedented challenges but it may take some years to achieve a similar impact."

What to expect: Sodium warnings and medically tailored meals are among the topics that will likely surface.

While many proposals are built around executive branch actions, there's a long wish list for Congress in a plan the White House released this morning.

The 40-page document calls for for school meals for all, nutrition and obesity counseling for Medicare beneficiaries, a permanent extension of the child tax credit and expansion of SNAP, WIC and summer EBT programs.

It envisions the FDA developing a front-of-package food labeling scheme, bringing WIC and SNAP shopping online and screening individuals for food insecurity at federal health facilities.

Senior administration officials during a Monday press call expressed the hope there would be some areas for some bipartisan consensus.

Between the lines: As we saw with COVID, this will be an opportunity for the administration to highlight pledges for assistance from private companies. 

This is a prime example of the Biden administration keeping a promise and trying to make life better and healthier for Americans. After all, isn't this is what a President is supposed to do?  (Axios, Lulac)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The LuLac Edition #4, 815, September 27th. 2022



This comes from Stephanie Ruhles program "The 11th Hour" n MSNBC. Ruhle has proved herself to be more than effective and entertaining replacement for Brian Williams.

Monday, September 26, 2022

The LuLac Edition #4, 814, September 26th, 2022


Friday, September 23, 2022

The LuLac Edition #4, 813, 2022



$274, 632, 485 DOLLARS!
The Congressman, Marion and me. (Photo: Bob Price)

This is not a lottery amount or an Irish sweepstakes number .
This is the total amount of money that Congressman Matt Cartwright brought to our district. Even though in every campaign his seat has been targeted by the GOP and he has been savagely attacked with outright lies, he has worked across the aisle once the campaign is over.
No one will be a better representative for ALL the people.
So proud to support him again this year.
Don’t let his opponent take away his ability as a Chair of an Appropriations committee away from you and me. This opposing party will do nothing but do what they prove to do best:
take away from hard working people. Stick with your fighter!
With Matt and his wife at a recent event. 

 We hear a lot of talk about the possibility of Donald Trump being indicted. There are multiple chances he will be. But he has said along with his supporters that there would be civil unrest in the streets if that happened.

That my friends was a threat. Threats need to be met with force against those who break the law. If the Insurrection has taught us anything (and some have learned, others have not) people breaking the law get arrested. Since January 6th, 1,000 have been charged and jailed. RULE OF LAW. YOU


No matter how the Trumpanzes and their cowardly leader spin it, you break a law because your baby man gets what’s coming to him legally, you pay the price. The National Guard should be at the ready to enforce the law  to meet the threat of violence.   


This week was pretty bad for Donald Trump. With the legal protections he enjoyed while president fading from view, Trump was reminded again and again that the risks from criminal and civil proceedings are greater than at any time since he stepped onto the golden escalator at Manhattan's Trump Tower in 2015 and declared himself a presidential candidate.

While Trump has spent much of his adult life embroiled in court cases, sometimes avoiding the worst consequences, the last week graphically illustrated that he now finds himself in serious legal jeopardy. He is widely expected to seek the GOP nomination again in 2024.

Last Thursday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is investigating efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia, indicated that she has heard credible information that crimes were committed.

 "The allegations are very serious. If indicted and convicted, people are facing prison sentences," Willis told the Washington Post.



With the time for chapter elections drawing near the branch is calling a Special Meeting to facilitate the formation of the Nominating Committee. Through this process the Nominating Committee will make suggestions regarding who they support and recommend for the following positions:
First Vice-President

Second Vice-President

Third Vice President 

Additional Officers as detailed in Branch Bylaws are Executive

Committee Members.

Please note that during the November Elections, members who were not selected by the Nominating Committee can still run. Details on these processes will be provided during the Special Meeting on September 25th, at 7pm.

General members are asked to join the Zoom Meeting at 7pm.
 For more information on the entry link, contact the branch via e mail at



Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) released the following statement on the four-bill public safety package passed in the House. The legislation passed today includes The Invest to Protect Act, The Mental Health Justice Act, The Break the Cycle of Violence Act and The VICTIM Act¸ which aim to make communities safer by providing support to policing and community organizations to address crime and mental health issues.

 “Every resident of Northeast Pennsylvania deserves to live in a safe community, one where you and your families can thrive. That's why I support legislation that gives our law enforcement heroes the tools they need to fight crime,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Today, I proudly voted to pass a robust public safety package that would increase money for local police departments and provide aid for de-escalation training and mental health services.”

The four bills in the package include:


·         The Invest to Protect Act will help small law enforcement agencies fund training, mental health support, recruitment and retention. This bill giveagencies the flexibility to spend money where it will have the most impact and makes meaningful investments in our officers and our communities.


·         The Mental Health Justice Act will help send mental health professionals to respond to mental health crises in our neighborhoods.


·         The Break the Cycle of Violence Act invests in effective, evidence-based community violence intervention initiatives.


·         The VICTIM Act will bolster the ability of police forces to solve homicides, sexual assaults, shootings and other violent crimes.

“We need to be tough on crime, but we also need to be smart about it. This legislation takes strong steps to build stronger, healthier relationships between law enforcement officers and those they serve. It allows us to all work together to help prevent crime, save lives and advance justice,” said Rep. Cartwright.





Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)

 U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ranking Member Tim Scott (R-SC) held a hearing entitled, “Stopping Senior Scams: Empowering Communities to Fight Fraud.” Senators Casey and Scott examined the most common scams targeting older adults and released the Aging Committee’s annual Fraud Book in English and Spanish, which details the top 10 scams reported to the Aging Committee’s Fraud Hotline in 2021. During the hearing, the Senators highlighted the passage of their bipartisan Stop Senior Scams Act, which directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create a federal advisory council charged with improving education and training efforts so that businesses and financial institutions can better identify and prevent scams. In one week, the FTC will convene its first meeting of the federal advisory council.

“While predatory scams have existed for decades, the pandemic has exacerbated this issue, as fraudsters preyed on fear and uncertainty surrounding the virus to scam seniors out of their hard-earned savings. As scammers get smarter, it is vital that we combat this from all sides—from businesses and banks preventing scams in real time to seniors educating themselves with the annual Fraud Book. We must continue to arm older adults with the information they need to protect themselves from scammers, and root out and prevent these scams before they happen,” said Chairman Casey.

“Scams targeting our nation’s seniors — many of whom live on fixed incomes — are truly evil. Our bipartisan Fraud Book aims to stop these heinous crimes before they occur by providing meaningful resources to those working to protect themselves and their loved ones. I am thankful for Mrs. Fehler’s courage to share her story at today’s hearing and am confident that, by working together, we can help other seniors just like her and stop scammers in their tracks,” said Ranking Member Scott.

Chairman Casey invited Aurelia Costigan, a scam survivor from Pittsburgh, PA. Aurelia was called by a scammer posing as a representative from her bank who convinced her to download Zelle and scammed her out of $1,800. She testified, “It takes me a long time to earn money like that. I’m on Social Security, I have to save my money. Because sometimes your car breaks down or a medical expense comes up…I thought I was never going to get that money back. But thankfully, maybe a month or so later, my bank was able to get my money back – the full $1,800…But I know not everyone has that experience. These scammers get away with this every single day. Elderly people like myself, we are always the trusting type of people. But now, I tell people: don’t give absolutely any information about yourself to anyone on the telephone. I tell my friends and family my story as a warning. I tell them to be careful. I hope that we can do something so that this doesn’t happen to someone else.”

Ranking Member Scott invited Mrs. Polly Fehler, a retired Air Force officer and Registered Nurse, to speak about the computer scam which robbed her of $20,000. She testified, “After suffering through this scam, I was alone and depressed, even losing my spirit to live. For days I sat alone and hated myself for what happened; at times, not getting out of bed. I thought I lost all faith in God. I opted out of all community and church activities, committees, and leadership roles. I couldn’t function as the person I had been. I am here today because I’m a survivor. God is giving me the strength to reclaim my life! I hope we can prevent others from falling into this unmatched misery, saving others from falling into the darkness that comes with losing your self-worth and retirement savings in a click.



Governor Tom Wolf (Photo: LuLac archives)

Governor Tom Wolf today joined students, educators and elected officials in the Aliquippa School District in Beaver County to celebrate the administration’s historic $3.7 billion investment in public education over the past eight years.

“While this record amount of education funding is a necessary step forward and one worthy of celebration, we still have a long way to go before education in Pennsylvania is fully and fairly funded” Governor Wolf said. “Let’s use this as a stepping stone to continue our fight for full, fair funding for all schools in Pennsylvania.”

This year’s budget alone includes a record $1.8 billion in education investments.

Speaking at Aliquippa High School’s Black Box Theater today, Governor Wolf recalled that proper funding for education was his top priority when he took office in 2015. This year, that priority resulted in:

$525 million increase through the Fair Funding Formula. On average Pennsylvania schools will see their funding increase by 8 percent.

$225 million increase for Level Up to provide targeted support to the 100 most in-need school districts, ensuring that every child in Pennsylvania has the opportunity to thrive and succeed through equal access to a high-quality education no matter their zip code.

$100 million increase for Special Education.

$79 million increase for Early Education through Pre-K Counts and Head Start.

$220 million for public higher education.

The investment in education includes $850 million in recurring funding to allow school districts to invest in student learning while simultaneously cutting local property taxes.

“Whether in Beaver County or across the commonwealth, the governor’s commitment to funding education has been unwavering,” state Rep. Robert Matzie said. “I am proud to stand with him, and even more proud to have worked with him, in support of his unprecedented investments in our children.”

Over the eight-year course of the administration, funding for pre-K through 12th grade has increased $2.7 billion, including:

Basic education: $1.86 billion

Special education: $290 million

Educational access: $23 million

Early childhood education: $254 million, including $49 million for Head Start and $205 million for Pre-K Counts.

Early intervention (PDE): $109 million

Career and technical education: $46 million

In addition to historic funding investments in new and existing education programs, the Wolf administration has:

Modernized standards for science education.

Invested more than $130 million in School Safety Grants to make schools and school communities safer.

Reduced the age when students must start school to 6 and raised the high school dropout age to 18.

Launched the first-of-its-kind “It’s On Us PA” Campus Sexual Assault Prevention initiative to combat sexual assault and make colleges and universities safer.

Gov. Wolf has served for two terms as a leader consistently at work for the people of Pennsylvania. Learn more about how his Priorities for Pennsylvania have fueled the commonwealth’s comeback, leaving Pennsylvania in a much better place than when he arrived.



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Oliver Sipple, the disabled former U.S. Marine who had helped save President Ford from assassination, was "outed" by San Francisco Chronicle gossip columnist Herb Caen, who received information from gay activist Harvey Milk that Sipple was homosexual. Without specifically calling Sipple gay, Caen wrote that Sipple "was the center of midnight attention at the Red Lantern, a Golden Gate Ave. bar he favors", and that Rev. Ray Broshears, head of the Helping Hands center and Gay Politico Harvey Milk, who claim to be among Sipple's close friends, describe themselves as "proud- maybe this will help break the stereotype." Sipple's Midwestern family, who were unaware of his sexual orientation, would disown him. Sipple would later commit suicide….Meanwhile President Ford sent a personal letter of thanks to disabled former Marine and Vietnam War veteran Oliver Sipple, who had stopped Sara Jane Moore's assassination attempt earlier in the week. "I want you to know how much I appreciated your selfless actions last Monday... you acted quickly and without fear for your own safety", Ford wrote, adding, "By doing so you helped to avert danger to me and to others in the crowd. You have my heartfelt appreciation." Earlier in the week, Sipple had been "outed" by leaders of San Francisco's gay community, who suggested that the President had hesitated in thanking a gay man for saving his life……wo of the most successful teams of the 10-team American Basketball Association, the Denver Nuggets and the New York Nets, applied for membership in the then 18-team National Basketball Association for the 1976–77 NBA season.[89] ABA Commissioner Dave DeBusschere was preparing to announce a network television contract when the news came, bringing negotiations to a halt…..U.S. Commerce Secretary Rogers C. B. Morton announced to the National Press Club that a statistic called the "T-Dollar" would be used in future press releases, with the idea that every one billion dollars in federal spending was $14.06 in federal tax money for each American household. "When the average consumer reads that government has appropriated $10 billion for this or that program, this astronomical sum has no meaning whatsoever for him. He can't relate to it. Nothing in his personal experience prepares him even to differentiate between $1 billion, $10 billion or $100 billion. All are equally meaningless", Morton said. The figure of $14.06 was derived by divided one billion by the 71,120,000 households in the United States…..Bob Considine, 67, American newspaper columnist passes away…..The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which would become a cult film classic, after being adapted from a British stage play, was first shown, debuting in Westwood, Los Angeles. The film was a flop until April 1, 1976, when midnight screenings at the Waverly Theater in New York City were accompanied by audience participation, which became a fad in the late 1970s…..Saint John Macías (1585–1645) was canonized by Pope Paul VI. ), Macias was a Spanish-born Dominican Friar who evangelized in Peru in 1620. He was canonized in 1975 by Pope Paul VI. His main image is located at the main altar of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Lima and is venerated by the local laity in Peru. A church was built in his honor in 1970 in San Luis, Lima, Peru and the number one song in LuLac land this week in 1975 was "Run Joey Run" by David Geddes.