Thursday, April 28, 2022

The LuLac Edition #4, 729, April 28th, 2022



Pennsylvania voters will have no excuse this year to not know the candidates running for Senate and Governor. There have been a few debates and here’s a brief recap. 



(Photo: WHTM 27)

This is the debate I was involved in as a panelist. The sharpest exchange came over a question about a 2013 incident.  When, Armed with a shotgun, John Fetterman confronted someone who he thought was involved with gunfire in Braddock. Fetterman was Mayor at the time.   This wasn’t “new news”.  Previously there was criticism of Fetterman by state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta of Philadelphia and U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb of suburban Pittsburgh. But this was in front of Fetterman. As I said on TV, to me this was a Hail Mary thrown by the two other candidates trailing in the polls and the ball landed on the 50 yard line. The bad news is it made Fetterman a tad uncomfortable. The good news I have already been asked and answered and if any of the GOP candidates with their lying machine bring it up in the General, it will fell flat. Fetterman didn’t kill the guy and said person actually wrote a letter forgiving Fetterman.

There were difference would to suspend the federal gas tax amid sky-high gas prices.  With energy, Kenyatta would end new natural gas drilling leases in an effort to clamp down on planet-warming greenhouse gases. Fetterman and Lamb disagreed saying that natural gas is a fuel the country’s economy needs at the present time.

Democrats calling each other hypocrites are nothing new. We saw a lot of that on issues. Fetterman has the biggest lead in the polls, and has the most money. Lamb has received the endorsements of powerful politicos in the state, even in Kenyatta’s home base. That stated, you had to expect some friction.

 My take on these candidates: Fetterman to me is a reasonable alternative to any of the GOP candidates I saw on Monday night. Even with the 2013 issue and his unique band, Fetterman can win. Lamb’s candidacy is an issue of “time and place”. It’s the wrong time to leave a Congressional seat he won three times, and the wrong year and race. Knyatta is the future of the Democratic Party and a loss would give him name recognition for the future. 



Bartos, Oz, McCormick, Barnett and Sands. (Photo: WHTM 27)  

 Kathy Barnette, Jeff Bartos, Dave McCormick, Mehmet Oz, and Carla Sands will appeared in prime time on Monday night and it turned into a contentious free for all. If you, as candidate Jeff Bartos suggested that you were playing a drinking game every time Trump’s name was mentioned, well your next of kin might be planning your funeral arrangements.

Each made the case for keeping attention on the last election cycle in some capacity, despite the lack of any evidence of widespread voter fraud or irregularities. The other candidate onstage, Jeff Bartos, did not address the question directly, instead saying the 2020 election will act as a "catalyst. So what we have here are 4 candidates saying there was election fraud. One who’s is not.

There were sharp exchange between  Oz and McCormick on who Trump liked better. Both were attacked  on their ties to China. Sands kept t on  trying to gain the mantle of Trump by telling people he hired her as an Ambassador . Barnett said the Trump movement was the people’s movement and Trump took advantage of that. Oz called out Mcormick as failing to get the endorsement while McCormick countered with Oz not being able to understand the needs of the people. This rich from a billionaire. Sands, Oz and McCormick had to tackle the residency issue while Bartos and Barnett toted their Pennsylvania longevity.

This was a mash up to be sure. Barnett was outright rude. Sands was condescending. McCormick and Oz tried to compare checkbooks and note of affection rom Trump. Bartos meanwhile cam out as the most reasonable and dare I say it, likeable” in this mad scramble to grab the top spot.

The best point was made after the debate by Dr. David osar of King’s College who said that these candidates were not going to single handedly tackle inflation, gas prices of anything else  on their own. One wonders why well-heeled candidates like McCormick or Oz didn’t go for the Governor’s seat. It seem to me there I an embarrassment of riches among the GOP candidates while  the Republican field for Governor as demonstrate Wednesday night is found wanting. 




Barletta, McSwain, Mastriano and White (Photo: NBC 10) 


The Republican debate for governor was held yesterday and two things were made clear:

1.       The Republicans want to get government out of everybody’s lives. Everywhere and anytime EXCEPT OF COURSE IN YOUR BEDROOM.

2.       The Republicans who legislated for Mail In balloting now want to take that away from voters who like it. Their excuse is the Democrats and Governor Wolf hijacked the bill, changed it and there was nothing the little baby snowflakes like Doug Mastriano could do about it!  

Seriously? Is that their excuse? Lame.

Here’s my take on the candidates last night;

WHITE: Sincere, talked up the need for vocational education, brought a man of the people flavor to the stage. But he wanted to get rid of mail in voting and made no mention of the Trump led insurrection.

 BARLETTA: Touted his record in infrastructure   and transportation. Spoke of his electability winning three terms as Mayor of Hazleton and finally winning a Congressional seat against a 13 term incumbent.  He was “Lou” sincere, reachable and able to make sense of his record so people actually understood what he did.

On the electability question in the Senate race in ’18, Lou couldn’t say on stage he was talked into by Donald Trump and his allies and then left financially high and dry by Trump. Trump did campaign for him but like a Trumpanzee rally, it wasn’t about Lou but Trump.

His answer about Trump and a possible endorsement was diplomatic when he said, “I learned long ago that Donald Trump speaks for himself”

MASTRIANO: The attire he was wearing was curious. It looked like an Army dress uniform as he pounded home the point that he was a combat veteran. We thank him for his service.

But he became an “alibi Ike” by placing the blame on mail in voting on the Democrats. Hell, the Dems can’t even get a debate on a bill from the GOP and he expects us to believe they “hijacked” the bill?

He came across as a fast talking Broderick Crawford from “Highway Patrol” and had absolutely no nuances to any of the issues Like a typical Trumpanzee, he gave no credit to anything Tom Wolf did, and when asked about his role in the January 6th insurrection, morphed into freedom of assembly and speech saying that the media was making a stain on all those who were backing trump and just there for a day of fun. He totally sidestepped a question about being in the company of a couple who were QAnone believers and actually defended them as people who have an opinion which is their right.

He made clear he is backing Kathy Barnett for Senate.

I think they’d make a great team and wish them much luck and success.

Reason being: I want Pennsylvania voters need to see how far right, mean, crazy and self-righteous this part of the GOP has gone.

MCSWAIN: He was reasonable, touted himself as a non-politician and outsider. When asked about his feelings as to why Trump un-endorsed him, he pointed to his record as a Federal Prosecutor and the omly guy Trump hired. . He was pro-life with exceptions, talked about bringing in new business, was calm and friendly in his demeanor and gave shots to all the candidates in a non-threatening manner.

Still he wanted the end to mail in voting and was n lockstep with the others about the virtues of Trump.

But while agreeing with the Trump wing on pollicy, he did make the point that unlike true Trampanzees  who believe it is “their way, or no way” he said he wanted to unite the entire party and have every Republican on his side.

The “I’m an outsider” land “unity” lines worked 8 years ago for a guy named Tom Wolf.

Out of all the candidates on stage last night, McSwain appeared to be the best reasonable alternative to a Josh Shapiro run.

EDITOR’S NOTE: At the end of debate, Masttriano shook hands with McSwain but brushed by Lou Barletta and Dave White. That action speaks for itself. 



The Times Leader reports that Teddy Daniels was accused of making threats, saying he would kill the family dog and grabbing his wife by the shirt.

 His wife also told a Pennsylvania judge that Daniels stalked her at work, “screaming at me, making me cry” and that he continually cursed at her and threatened to throw her out of the home.

 Daniels, 47, is one of nine candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the state’s May 17 primary, running with the endorsement of a leading candidate for governor, Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano of Franklin County.

 Both are vocal supporters of former President Donald Trump. Daniels has said he, like Mastriano, was outside the U.S. Capitol during the insurrectionist riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

 Responding to his wife’s accusations, Daniels vowed to stay in the race and claimed without evidence that he was the target of “political terrorism” meant to damage his campaign.

"Political terrorism?" Daniels is turning out to be a little baby snowflake, crying that he is the victim. This macho man who is pictured with guns  to proclaim his manhood is in reality a liar and a person not willing to take responsibility for his actions. The only thing terrifying is him as a candidate and human being. Killing a dog in front of your family? Yeah big tough guy!  One of Trump's finest. (Times Leader, LuLac)



Little Jimmy Bognet

Jim Bognet is once again lying. The difference between his last campaign and this one is that he’s starting the art of prevarication early. In his ads, Bognet is telling you the election of 2020 was stolen! A boot licker of Donald Trump, Bognet is telling the same lie Trump is.

FACT: IN 2020, Trump carried Luzerne County. Did he steal that win?

FACT 2: U In 2020, Stacey Gerritty won the statewide Treasurer’s seat. Did she steal that win?

FACT 3: In 2020 Timothy DeFoor won the Statewide Auditor General’s seat. Did he steal that win?

FACT 4: In 2020 Dan Mueser won his Congressional seat.  Did he steal that win?

Does Bohgnet mean that THOSE elections were stolen? The Democrats would love a do over but Bognet like all Trumpanzees  ignores the logic.

Lies aren’t logical. Bognet isn’t ether.

Ask Bognet two questions.

1.       Does he think he can bring money into this district like the Democratic incumbent has? Even in the years when the GOP controlled the House money came in to this district.

2.        Why does he insist on saying that the election of 2020 was stolen? There’s no percentage to it. The Trumpers will vote in the primary for Bognet anyway. (Although he is running scared because there are attack ads out on Mike Marsicano who last won an election in the 90s!) If he thinks he’s getting any money from Trump by lying, he’s barking up the wrong tree.

Bognet is still the same Bognet we had in 2020. A crying, lying fool who will say anything to get elected.




Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)

Thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), communities across the country are seeing historic investments in local transportation, from upgrades to public transit to airport rehabilitation. As funding is disseminated for various infrastructure projects, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) are urging U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to ensure that these investments make travel accessible for older adults and people with disabilities. The Senators sent a letter to Secretary Buttigieg emphasizing that all new start construction projects must be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—the landmark civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life—and the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in programs conducted by federal agencies or receiving federal funding.

“As DOT prepares to distribute $1 trillion to communities to make our infrastructure more efficient, greener and safer, we can also ensure that facilities and transportation systems are built and renovated to serve everyone, including the 61 million Americans with disabilities. The significant investments in IIJA present an ideal opportunity to make our transit systems, which have historically excluded older adults and people with disabilities, compliant with the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act,” wrote the Senators.

The Senators also noted the opportunity and need to increase hiring, promotion and retention of people with disabilities in the infrastructure workforce. They wrote, “We also ask every employer issued IIJA funds commit to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ goal of employing at least 7 percent of their workforce with people who have disabilities and that every contract, grant and cooperative agreement include a provision that recipients shall consult with local disability stakeholders to ensure projects result in accessible facilities.”

In addition to $617 million for Pennsylvania public transportation projects from the infrastructure law, Pennsylvania communities will be able to compete for a $1.75 billion grant program to improve accessibility at rail stations thanks to Senator Casey’s All Station Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act, a version of which was incorporated into the infrastructure law. Senator Casey has also introduced legislation to make public transportation more accessible for college students.



Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Nikema Williams (D-GA-05) and Andy Levin (D-MI-09) introduced the Time Off to Vote Act, which would require employers to provide their employees at least two hours of paid leave to vote in a federal election.

During each election, many wage earners choose not to go to the polls because they simply cannot afford to take time off from work. Despite this, in 2020, only 23 states and D.C. guaranteed workers some form of paid time off to head to the polls.

“Voting should not be a luxury that only the well-off can afford,” said Rep. Cartwright. “This bill, which ensures that American workers can cast their ballots without risking their paychecks, is an important addition to the critical voting rights legislation passed by the House earlier this year.”

“The freedom to vote is sacred, and the foundation of our nation’s democracy,” said Rep. Bustos. “I’m proud to join Congressman Cartwright today to introduce the Time Off to Vote Act, critical legislation to ensure that every American worker has the ability to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Especially as states move to restrict access to the ballot box, we must take action to protect our democracy and the voters who make it strong.”

“No one should be forced to choose between earning their full paycheck or participating in our democracy. As a working mom, I know how tough it is to carve out time to vote between the demands of work, family, and life. This November, Georgia will once again be the center of the political universe. In the last two elections, countless Georgians waited in line for hours to vote. Many waited all day. The Time off to Vote Act will make it easier for working people to exercise their sacred right to vote. Everyone deserves free and fair access to the ballot box, regardless of where they work or their flexibility while on the clock,” said Rep. Williams, Co-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus.

“It's incredibly important that America's workers have an unbridled ability to vote in any local, state or federal election. By mandating paid leave on election days, this bill would ensure no worker has to sacrifice their wages or jeopardize their job security to exercise their sacred right to vote,” said Rep. Levin. “We need to be doing all that we can to make it easy for American workers to exercise their civic duty, and I am proud to partner with my colleagues to do just that.”

This legislation has received the support of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE); Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC; Brennan Center for Justice; Care in Action; Common Cause; End Citizens United/Let America Vote Action Fund; Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO)/GALEO Impact Fund; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; League of Conservation Voters (LCV); Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; National Association of Social Workers (NASW); National Education Association (NEA); Service Employees International Union (SEIU); UNITE HERE;; Voters of Tomorrow.

“All Americans deserve to have their voices heard and votes counted. Especially as some states pass discriminatory voter suppression laws, the Time Off to Vote Act is needed more than ever,” said Sylvia Albert, Director of Voting and Elections at Common Cause. “We commend Representative Cartwright for his leadership to protect and strengthen the freedom to vote so that ‘We the People’ can continue to have our voices heard.”

“As another important federal election fast approaches, Black and Brown Americans face the greatest assault on the freedom to vote since Jim Crow,” said Adam Lioz, Senior Policy Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. “The Time Off to Vote Act is a strong addition to critical voting rights legislation the House has already passed this year. Congress must stay laser focused on delivering essential protections voters need and deserve, and must pass the full package without delay.”

“Too many voters in this country have to work when the polls are open. This is a huge deterrent to participating in democracy,” said Sean Morales-Doyle, Acting Director, Voting Rights & Elections Program at the Brennan Center. “These voters should not have to choose between casting a ballot and collecting a paycheck. The nation needs the Time Off to Vote Act.”

“No American should face the choice between earning a paycheck and exercising their right to vote. But because we do not guarantee Americans time off to vote, many face just this choice,” said AFGE. “AFGE represents thousands of employees who work long hours, scores of frontline workers on shifts around the clock, and even more who work far from home and endure long commutes. The ‘Time Off to Vote Act’ will help to ensure these employees are not prevented from exercising their right to vote because their work schedules make it difficult to get to the polls on election day. We support the ‘Time Off to Vote Act’ and look forward to its passage so that federal employees may more fully participate in our democracy.”

“LCV applauds Congressman Cartwright’s vital proposal to ensure that every eligible voter is able to get to the polls regardless of their work schedule, without fear of retaliation or lost wages,” said Doug Lindner, Advocacy Director for Judiciary & Democracy, League of Conservation Voters. “Voting is a right, not a privilege, and the Time Off to Vote Act is a long-overdue step in protecting it.”

“The right to vote is sacred and nobody should be prevented from participating in our democracy because they can’t get time off work to do it. We applaud Congressman Cartwright for his commitment to voting rights and fully support his Time Off to Vote Act,” said Tiffany Muller, president, End Citizens United / Let America Vote Action Fund.

"When working people are forced to choose between standing in a long line to vote or getting paid, our democracy suffers. As Republican lawmakers in states like Georgia, Arizona, Texas, and Wisconsin shamelessly attempt to further restrict the voting rights of Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and indigenous people, it is imperative that Congress pass the Time Off to Vote Act,” said SEIU. Working people turned out in record numbers in 2020, and we will do it again this fall. We know that when voting rights are under attack so is our ability to expand access to care, create good, union jobs, build a pathway to citizenship, address climate change and reimagine our justice system."

", through its program, has worked with more than a thousand companies, representing an estimated 1.8 million workers, to ensure all workers, including full time, part time, and contract workers, get the paid time off they need to participate in democracy,” said Andrea Hailey, Vote.Org CEO. “With rapidly changing rules and deadlines in all 50 states, it's high time that paid time off to vote became public policy. Nobody should have to choose between a paycheck and a vote."

“For too long, women of color have faced barriers that threaten to shut us out of the electoral process. So many women of color workers, like domestic workers -- the nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers who work in their employers' homes -- face the challenge of working in jobs where they don’t have paid time off, job security or flexible hours. The Time Off to Vote Act would ensure that this important segment of the electorate can fully take part in our democracy, have their voices heard and votes counted. No one should have to choose between a paycheck and their voting rights, and nothing should make it difficult for us to vote, including our jobs,” said Ai-jen Poo, Senior Advisor to Care in Action.

“Latino voters are much more likely to experience polling locations with long lines, extended waiting times, malfunctioning voting equipment, and unexpected closings. Legislation that requires employers to grant employees time off for voting is a step in the right direction to ensuring that Latino voters are not disenfranchised at the voting booth,” said David Garcia, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) & GALEO Impact Fund.

This legislation is co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03), Brendan Boyle (D-PA-02), Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Andre Carson (D-IN-07), Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08), Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL-20), Yvette Clarke (D-NY-09), Steve Cohen (D-TN-09), Diana DeGette (D-CO-01), Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01), Dwight Evans (D-PA-03), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-07), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-03), Hank Johnson (D-GA-04), Mondaire Jones (D-NY-17), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ-02), Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), Andy Levin (D-MI-09), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47), Jim McGovern (D-MA-02), Gwen Moore (D-WI-04), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-At Large), Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05), Katie Porter (D-CA-45), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40), Michael San Nicolas (D-Guam-At Large), John Sarbanes (D-MD-03), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09), Adam Schiff  (D-CA-28), Terri Sewell (D-AL-07), Dina Titus (D-NV-01), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-07), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12), Nikema Williams (D-GA-05), Frederica Wilson (D-FL-24).



Governor Tom Wolf (Photo: LuLac archives)

Governor Tom Wolf took a stand with family members of victims to gun violence and advocates today to call for an end to the senseless gun violence seen across Pennsylvania and urge Pennsylvania’s Republican-led General Assembly to finally take meaningful action to save lives in the commonwealth.

“Pennsylvania continues to see a tragic spike in gun violence, it has cost us precious lives and valuable futures,” said Gov. Wolf. “Pennsylvania’s leaders must step up to do their part. I have used all of the executive action at my disposal to curb gun violence in Pennsylvania, but it’s not enough. It’s far past time for our Republican-led General Assembly to take action on commonsense gun violence laws rather than pushing dangerous legislation that puts more lives on the line.”

Governor Wolf has worked to address gun violence in Pennsylvania throughout his terms:

In 2019, he signed an executive order making sweeping changes to gun violence in Pennsylvania including the creation of a Special Council on Gun Violence.

He has invested more than $50 million in grassroots, community gun violence prevention programs around the commonwealth.

In December 2021, he vetoed Senate Bill 565, dangerous legislation that would have removed licensing and background check requirements for concealed carry permits and overturned Philadelphia’s requirement for a permit to open carry.

In January of this year, he vetoed House Bill 979, which would discourage local jurisdictions from attempting to regulate firearms.

“Government’s first responsibility is guaranteeing the safety of the people. While Governor Wolf invests in violence prevention programs and vetoes legislation that would worsen the epidemic, the legislative majority refuses to even discuss how to save lives. This cannot become the new normal,” said Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA’s Executive Director, at their Taking a Stand Against Gun Violence Advocacy Day. More than 200 Pennsylvanians from over half of Pennsylvania’s counties attended.

For years, Governor Wolf has called for the following basic gun laws to be legislated:

Require reporting for lost and stolen guns within 72 hours

Close loopholes and require background checks on all gun sales

Require safe storage of firearms to keep guns out of the wrong hands to prevent accidental injury/death and suicides

Create red flag laws to protect those who may be a danger to themselves or others

“Pennsylvanians cannot continue waiting for Republicans to come to their senses on this issue, every day another tragic headline. It’s time to step up,” added Governor Wolf.






The news team members are Tom Riese (pronounced Reese, like the candy bars) Sarah Scinto  and Kat Bolus The news Director is Julie Sidoni.  
When I worked at WVIA FM in the 70s there was a small news gathering team that covered local meetings. (That was one of my jobs there). The local angle was augmented by 4 minute features that were produced and then sent to “All Things Considered”. On occasion news events were sent to NPR for coverage especially during Hurricane Eloise in 1975 where one of my reports from the Perce Street Bridge made to to NPR. 
In 1977 the station ran an overnight news program called “The Day Begins at Midnight”. It ran from midnight to 6am and was staffed by local broadcasters David Kush, Roger Heydt and Ed Karpovich.  
WVIA’s “Morning Edition” has become an alternative to commercial radio and the addition of a young local news staff dovetails nicely with the the national program and local flavor provided by these young professionals. 



Bob Cordaro did a great job the other day interviewing Michael Smerconish from Sirius radio and CNN. The interview was all about Smerconish’s  storied political and broadcasting career.

Prior to that in response to a caller asking him to interview the CNN host about issues, Cordaro said that he wanted Smerconish to talk about himself. Then he launched into how he as a radio host did not chase down candidates running  for office to be intervened by him. He said any Republican  was welcome as well as any Democrat. But then said he’d treat Democrats differently and call them to account on the worst left wing policies that are hurting HIS country. "They must answer to this Democratic madness" he screamed. . So he’ll kiss the ass of right wing candidates who think the 2020 election was  stolen, who supported a man who led the insurrectionists on January  6th and demonize the Democrats  for the way they handle every crisis that was thrown at them in the last two years. A hailstorm that was brought brought on by the Mid-Day Mussolini’s sainted right wing nut jobs. 


This afternoon Cordaro was whining about corruption in mail in voting. His dunderhead callers were bitching that they received ballots when in fact what they were just inquiries about whether that wanted them or not.

Of course he let them yap on because it didn’t fit his narrative. If the Mid-Day Mussolini had done his research he’s seeing that the only corruption in Pennsylvania from mail INS came from the god damn Republican.

The loudmouth host never said about this. Plus he took great joy in having his callers belittle other ones for having different political views than they did.

Cordaro has become the baby snowflake pided piper of the ignorant. As a law school grad, he knows better. 



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At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really need to quickly do a "Maybe I'm Amazed" on that cockbite Teddy Daniels.


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