Sunday, May 22, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1607, May 22nd, 2011



The fall campaign for County Council will as you know feature 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans. However two men taking the center stage in the summer will be Libertarian candidate Tim Mullen and American independent entry Charlie Hatchko. Mullen ran a respectable race against Phyllis Mundy and Bill Goldsworthy in the 120th Legislative District. And Hatchko is rarely seen in public without his petitions in hand. Hatchko has made every one of the meetings in the spring campaign and is determined to get on that ballot. I ran into Hatchko last night at dinner and there is no quit in the man. As the parties take a well deserved break during the summer months, you are going to see Mullen and Hatchko take center stage in presenting their petitions as well as their credentials for independent runs on County Council.


There are a few candidates who last for County Council that are considering a run as a write in. Talks and meetings are currently underway and if they come to fruition, an announcement will be made. If the plan is a no go, then you’ll most likely not here any more of it. The key here is not that there are thoughts and meetings but with the fact that just a few days after the election, people in party circles are not happy with some of the choices. So much so that there are meetings going on as you read this. Plus we have been getting e mails regarding write in candidacies for some school districts that have members with no opposition for the fall.


Throughout the Judicial campaign of 2011 at times when District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll made an announcement, the guy standing next t her was Assistant DA Mike Vough. I noticed this because I’m a political guy and read a lot into just about everything. With Vough winning one of the dual nominations on Tuesday you can say the Pittston attorney who has onlty lost 3 cases in his career has a leg up. So when I saw the paper on Saturday and read the story about the Domestic Violence shooting in Hanover Village, who did I spy nxt to DA Musto Carroll? Molly Hanlon Miriabito who is gong to be in a general election fight this November for the remaining seat on the Common Pleas bench. Now Hanlon Mirabito has been working on Domestic Violence cases for years and she has been an assistant DA for years too. I am not saying this photo was politically motivated or manipulative. All I’m saying is that there was a photo and as they say, “I’m just saying”………………..


The Times Leader reports that a federal judge has ruled the city of Wilkes-Barre and Mayor Tom Leighton must cover the legal fees and cost of activist Denise Carey.
Carey had waged a six year battle before winning $67,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, convincing a jury Leighton had retaliated against her for circulating a petition that opposed the closing of a fire station in the Heights section of the city. Leighton had sought $11,000 in attorney fees the city incurred fighting the petition, a move Carey argued was retaliation.
After winning the case, Carey's attorney, Cynthia Pollick filed papers seeking more than $240,000 in legal fees and other costs from the city. U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo issued a memorandum and order today awarding $187,547 in legal fees and $8,163 in costs.
Will this case become a campaign issue in the fall? Even though the city of Wilkes Barre has insurance, tax payers pay it. And given the Kadluboski lawsuits as well as this one, the fact that there are payouts are going to be a legitimate campaign issue. That is if the local GOP can mount a campaign.


Remember when a big grant was announced for big medical jobs in downtown Wilkes Barre a few years ago? The folks were saying the jobs would pay between $35,000 and $60,000 a year. A few of my fellow Blue Cross co workers who were laid off with me in 2009 went down for an interview. When we got there they had so many inquiries that they just took everyone’s resume at Career Link and told us they’d get back to us. Well the company started but things didn’t pan out the way people thought they would. As you know I’m an economic liberal whose readers say that I border on being a socialist. But even I know that good jobs come from private businesses. Take a look at this video:


At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

write in? how many times do the voters have to reject someone before they get the hint?

At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, looks like you're giving Hatcko, Mullen and Molly a bit of a boost. Looks like the DA is also giving Molly a boost. Nope, I'm not happy. Hatchko is an empty head who preaches the bible and quite frankly, I'm a bit concerned when people use God to make a point and God is their only point. With all the time Hatchko puts in front of the room, I have never heard him say anything of substance and the man is filled with hate for gays. As he refers to them as an abomination. I find that strange because with all the years Christ spent on earth preaching and teaching, he never once mentioned gays. So Hatchko thinks he knows more about right and wrong that the Lord Himself. NO HATCHKO FOR ME. Mullen just walks around saying don't spend money on anything but offers no ideas. Molly, she seems so caught up in being Irish that she plays her first name huge, Irish maiden name second largest and her Italian marriage name in mini letters. Is she proud or ashamed? I'm all for finding good candidates and kicking this entire bunch to the curb.

At 2:35 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Yonk, looks like you're giving Hatcko, Mullen and Molly a bit of a boost. Looks like the DA is also giving Molly a boost.

At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki, at least you're honest. We need a break. What an election.

At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr. yonki, what did you think you accomplished with that video? rather than throw shots at people in office who are trying to help the area, why not use your time more constructively by doing an expose' on the company. did something legitimately happen that cause their down turn or was it a scam? you just ran a quote about getting into the arena and maybe it is this type of coverage that keeps people out of the arena.

At 8:17 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

mr. yonki, what did you think you accomplished with that video? rather than throw shots at people in office who are trying to help the area, why not use your time more constructively by doing an expose' on the company. did something legitimately happen that cause their down turn or was it a scam?

At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:54 AM, it must be very comfortable in that easy chair where you sit and judge and more than likely complain about how bad government is. It would never enter your mind to get up off your dead ass and do something, even if it is to simply help a good candidate get elected. It is a damn shame that a person of your ability to judge isn't in a position to actually judge, just bitch. That having been said, there is now a list of 22 candidates, name the 11 that you think can save the county and please tell us in your infinite wisdom, why?

At 12:07 AM, Anonymous said...

Dave didn't create the video so any opprobrium should be directed towards My main point is that government should not be the source of capital for businesses. And thanks for posting the video Dave.

Kevin Dougherty

At 12:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best democratic candidates were run over by the money hungry unions, the Red O'Brian's of the courthouse who is hoping like hell he can retain his job through council approval, and various little machines. All but TWO of the candidates on the November ballot are pathetic!

At 7:30 AM, Blogger PoorRichard said...

7:54 AM, I too would like you to respond to the question of 9:23 PM. Do you have an answer or are you just another comlainer?

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki, good eye on the Molly- Musto Carroll photo. While others rant, you see the nuances.

At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:57 AM,you sit on a chair in front of your computer typing that 47 out of the 49 men and women who ran for County Council are "pathetic". Instead of sitting back, being critical of others, complaining and doing nothing, all of the candidates, winners and losers alike, put themselves in front of the voters and got involved. You DIDN'T GET INVOLVED, you just criticize! Now that's what I call pathetic.

At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:08 PM How do you know I wasn't one of the candidates and in particular, one of the two? If jumping to conclusions was an Olympic sport, you might be wearing gold.

At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:08 PM, anyone who was in the arena would never criticize another who was also in the arena. They may disagree with the other persons views but not the person individually. With that said, most who read this blog realize you were not a candidate nor will ever be a candidate, you much rather sit back and criticize others as 5:08 PM said.

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voters will always be more important than any candidate. That's the point.


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