The LuLac Edition #1351, Oct. 28th, 2010
Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates debate
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Every way you look at it, you lose
WVIA TV 44 wrapped up its debate series tonight and it was eye opening and very informative. A recap:
14th Senatorial District Race: On Monday night GOP challenger Steve Urban, Democratic nominee John Yudichak and Libertarian Betsy Summers squared off in a three way debate. All three stated their cases but Yudichak’s experience in Harrisburg really came through. It will be interesting to see who finishes second and third in this race.
20th Senatorial District Race: On Tuesday night Frank Scavo the GOP candidate and former Old Forge School Board member faced off against long time bureaucrat John Blake. Blake was smooth and Scavo was passionate. Questioners missed an opportunity to ask Scavo why he quit the board Presidency but not the board and Blake should have been pushed as to why he declined a rebuttal on the Al Boscov campaign contributions. Scavo did well but whether its enough to defeat the Democratic machine is still an open question.
10th Congressional District Debate: It was like the battle of the Eddie Haskells on Wednesday night. Congressman Chris Carney faced off against former U.S. Attorney Tom Marino. Marino refused to talk about Louis DeNaples and Carney refused to stop talking about it. Both of these guys don’t like each other much and it showed. Carney’s smugness transferred to Marino and Marino’s smarminess transferred to Carney. It was a debate where no one appeared to win although I’d give it to Carney on his admission that he actually read the health care bill.
11th Congressional District: My question about this debate was who shot these guys out of a cannon Thursday night? Barletta was very sincere and animated and made the case for change. Kanjorski, unlike the 2008 debate with the Hazleton Mayor did not give a lecture on government and how it works. This time he staunchly defended his voting record, shot down Barletta’s accusation of the Congressman raising taxes numerous times and outlined his vision for the future. Kanjorski also was successful as painting the national GOP as the party of “no”. Even after the debate, Kanjorski energetically defended his position on PCN like a guy who just drank three Red Bulls. This race will go down in Luzerne County political history as a capping off of a rivalry unmatched around here. Election Day will tell the tale if Kanjorski can pull it through one more time. Whoever loses this, (remember even Frazier-Ali never had a sweep) it will not be said that either Kanjorski and Barletta went gently into that goodnight.
Tune in this Sunday at 9:30AM on WARM Radio for Sunday Magazine. I will be Brian Hughes’ guest as we discuss the LuLac Political, the upcoming election and a few other things.
CORBETT GETTING HEAT
Tom Corbett got a bit of a welcome the otter day in Wilkes Barre from those who are concerned about gas drilling. Corbett has accepted nearly 1 million dollars in money from the gas companies. Take a look at this:
MISSING THE BUS
Pennsylvania is once more missing the bus by not bestowing a tax on the gas drillers. I agree with Governor Rendell that the Legislature is once more acting irresponsibly in not enacting some sort of tax. The fact that Tom Corbett said he’d not raise any taxes is troublesome. The gas drilling industry is not going away, the fuel in the earth is not going away. What is happening once again in this state is that our governmental leaders care more about being in bed with an industry for a few years rather than the long term gain for residents of the state. The gas drillers must have brushed up on the coal baron history. A lot for me, a pittance for the little guy.
If a tax is not enacted, any hope of balancing a state budget, of reducing cuts to vital services like the elderly, disable, libraries and veterans as well as providing a brighter future for our state will go up in a puff of smoke.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
SHOULD EVERYONE VOTE?
I came across this gem from a few years ago but it still holds true for today. Do an unscientific poll this weekend and ask someone you know at work about Home Rule. You might be shocked.
Jack L. Warner sells Warner Bros. Pictures to Seven Arts Productions, which eventually becomes Warner Bros.-Seven Arts……..in Pennsylvania former Governor David Lawrence collapses at a campaign rally for Democrat Milton Shapp. He loses consciousness and dies later in the month from a heart attack suffered at the event……in Luzerne County Dan Flood running for re-election to Congress in the 11th District says that the voters in Luzerne County need to elect Martin Murray to the State Senate in the 114th. Murray’s opponent is WAZL and WVCD Radio station owner Vic Diehm…..in Lackawanna County Congressman Joe McDade goes for term number 3 while his 1964 opponent James Haggerty vies for the 22nd Senatorial District seat that was defeated Democrat contender Bob Casey’s seat and 44 years ago the number 1 song in Ameica and LuLLac land was Johnny Rivers wonderful departure from his rockabilly tunes. The song was called "Poor Side Of Town”.