The Hazleton immigration ordinance will go through it's 2nd round in Federal Court on October 31st. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to have the appeal heard by a three-judge panel. The publicity from the oral arguments will be a boon to Lou Barletta right before the election but in the end it will probably be shot down again. A small town in Pennsylvania cannot make immigration policy. Judge Munley cited the Supremacy clause of the Constitution (page 92 of the decision) to strike down the Illegal Immigration Relief Act. Hazleton is on the hook for $2 million for legal fees so far and they are talking about floating a bond over 20 years to pay it off.
In ther news Mayor Lou opened an office in Wilkes-Barre.
Congressman Paul Kanjorski has been busy doing what he does best.
He gets all wonky about the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac crises. I'm still trying to figure it out and would be interested in hearing Barletta's views.
He keeps bringing home the bacon for the W-B/Scranton Airport, the National Heritage Corridor, Helping to Open a New Business and so much more.
Kanjo introduced the Democratic nominee to the audience at Schott Glass in Duryea and was spotted at the Plymouth Kielbossa Festival.