Monday, May 31, 2010

Weekend update

I skipped blogging this weekend to do other things. But that doesn't mean that I don't have a few things on my mind.

I got a Happy Memorial Day message from Pat Toomey and other politicians today. I'm happy that I got a day off from work so I could grill burgers and dogs but I don't think that is the purpose of the holiday. Remembering our war dead is solemn thing and I have to agree with Another Monkey that the best way to honor them is to stop adding to the list.

The latest news from Corruption Junction is that Clerk of Courts Bob Reilly has resigned. He is working on his plea agreement as is Pat Patte. Those two have been around forever.

The really big news was on Saturday night when Roy Halladay threw a perfect game for the Philladelphia Phillies. It was only the 20th time in history that 27 batters came to the plate and they all made an out.The way the Phillies are hitting right now every pitcher has to throw a perfect game.

More to come.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thom Greco

30 and counting.

Thom Greco is famous for opening food and beverage businesses in Wilkes-Barre with much fanfare only to see the ventures fail shortly afterward. There have been so many I'm not even going to try to list them all.

His latest project is a pizza place at the site of the former Grogg Shop on the corner of N. Main and Union Streets that recently was Gage Restaurant. In the past it was Hacienda Restaurant, Heartbreaks, Harrigan's Irish Pub, Bazookas, Martini Ristorante and Bar, Aprilia's Restaurant and Nono's Restaurant and Bar.

He is presently operating Oysters in the Genetti Hotel and The Mines. Greco also owns residential and commercial rental properties and has been talking about building a fiber optic network using the steam heat pipes for years but that hasn't gone anywhere.

Now he has been snared in the Corruption Junction investigation signing another one of those very vaguely worded plea agreements.

TL: Court documents filed in federal court Thursday said Greco failed to report to authorities his knowledge that an elected official had solicited and accepted a gratuity in exchange for official action. ...Greco, 53, of Wilkes-Barre, had this information between April 2005 and December 2009, court papers say. The court papers do not identify the public official or provide any further details regarding the crime.

Disclosure: I actually worked for him for a short time at the Station nightclub and hotel complex that is now one of the biggest eyesores in Wilkes-Barre. I took the first job offer that came along to get out of that gig. But he came out of that alright when the Luzerne County Commissioners (Skrep, Vondy and Urban) bought that pile of junk but now don't have the money to clean it up. He was partners with the Kornfeld family of The Woodlands fame in that venture. When it went sour he sued them and actually had their cars seized and towed to settle his claims. Guess who towed the cars?

Corruption Junction

A few months ago Capitol Ideas referred to Northeatern Pennsylvania region as "insanity with borders" when talking about all the scandals that have surfaced. Hard to argue with that but it's not exactly a catchy phrase.

I came up with the Juvie Brothers to describe the evil that Judges Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella engaged in but the papers settled on "cash for kids." I can't argue with that, at least the scandal hasn't been tagged as some sort of -gate, such as bonusgate. That is just lazy.

So I propose that the ongoing corruption investigation outside of the Juvienile probe in Luzerne/Lackawanna counties be dubbed Corruption Junction.

If you can up with something better you will win a Gort42 hat.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

PA only number 8 ????

I can't say that I agree with this but it is state rankings not by county. Those of us that live here in Corruption Junction (Luzerne County) know better.

Website ranks Pennsylvania among top 10 corrupt states

The Daily Beast is using old data from just Philadelphia and doesn't take into account our own Juvie Brothers and the rest of the cast of characters of school board directors and municipal officials not to mention the Bonusgate corruption in Harrisburg.

I will have to slip an envelope to Sights on Pennsylvania for pointing out this story. I'll stuff it with 10% of my ad revenue.

Commander Carney's BBQ


Invites Veterans and families to a Memorial Day Weekend Cook Out

DIMOCK, Pa. — Congressman Chris Carney (PA-10) will honor local veterans, their families and this year’s Academy Nomination recipients with a Memorial Day Weekend Barbeque at the Elk Lake American Legion on Sunday.

“Memorial Day is time for our community to come together to thank our veterans and their families for their sacrifices and service to our country,” said Congressman Carney, a commander in the Navy Reserve. “I am always honored to host veterans, military families and other residents of our community at my hometown American Legion and hope that we all take the time to celebrate the tremendous dedication of our veterans and their families.”

In addition to veterans and families, Congressman Carney is extending the invitation to the 2010 Academy Nomination recipients and members of the community who wish to show their support. Free food and beverages will be served, with Congressman Carney manning the grill. The cook out will take place from 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, 2010. All veterans, active duty soldiers, National Guard and Reserve members, their families, and members of the community who wish to honor them are invited to attend. There will be media availability at the event; press are encouraged to attend and circulate the invitation.

This year’s Academy Nomination recipients are:

· Paul Strein (Clarks Summit) – attending West Point

· Kenneth Seamans (New Milford) – attending West Point

· David White (Athens) – attending West Point

· Cameron Benner (Middleburg) – attending the Naval Academy

WHO: Congressman Christopher P. Carney, Members of the Susquehanna County American Legion
WHAT: Memorial Day Weekend Cook Out with Veterans and families
WHERE: Elk Lake American Legion in Susquehanna County, Elk Lake Road, Montrose, PA
WHEN: Sunday, May 30, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

I have attended this event in the past and it's a lot of fun. The best part is meeting the kids that are going to the service academies. They are the probably the toughest schools in the country to gain admission and their families are rightfully proud of them. Plus you get to make fun of Chris wearing an apron.

The drawbacks are is it is out in the boondocks (but it is not too hard to find) and it's next door to Dimock so you don't want to drink the water.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

State Represenative races in Luzerne County

It's refreshing to see that the 6 State House seats in the county will actually be contested this fall. In 2008 none of the 5 Democratic incumbents faced a Republican in the general election much to my chagrin. This time out we have a full slate on both sides plus a couple of Libertarians thrown into the mix.

As usual the incumbents will be well financed and so far the challengers have little or no money but that could change in the next few months. It's not like there are not people in Luzerne County willing to toss some of their spare change to GOP candidates. 10th CD Republican candidate Tom Marino's FEC report shows more than $30,000 in contributions from people in the county and many of the same names show up on the lists of contributors for statewide Republican candidates. The trick this time is to get those people to actually support the local candidates unlike past elections and to be fair some of them of them have actually been bankrolling the Luzerne County GOP operation over the last few years.

The top target for the Republicans has to be the open seat in the 119th District where Gerald Mullery won a spirited Democratic primary easily but spent all his money doing it. Rick Arnold
doesn't have any money either and to make it more interesting there is a Libertarian Brian Bergman.

Tarah Toohill surprised some people by getting just 800 votes less than longtime 116th State Rep Todd Eachus in their respective unopposed primary elections. Eachus has about $185,000 cash on hand and Toohill has about $2000. Blog buddy McGruff has done his best to tie Eachus to the bonusgate scandal and other transgressions. Who knows, lightening may strike in this one.

In the 121st Eddie Day Pashinski has about $30,000 going into the fall and his Republican challenger James O'Meara didn't raise a dime at the last reporting deadline but that will change if you want to have desert with him.

Mike Carroll has pleasantly surprised me with his desire to overhaul the campaign finance laws (there aren't many) of Pennsylvania and reform the redistricting process. Forget the the bat thing. He is opposed in the 118th by Terrance O'Conner who wants to solve the fiscal crises of the PA by repealing the sales tax on ammunition. Carroll has $26,000 cash on hand and O'Conner didn't report anything.

One of my favorite State Reps has always been Phyllis Mundy. She has been a champion for senior citizens and the rate payers of NEPA Blue Cross and lately has been trying to stop the rape of our environment by the gas drilling companies. Her Republican opponent is West Pittston Mayor Bill Goldsworthy who I don't know much about but he seems to be a good guy. The Libertarian in the race will make Goldy's life more complicated. Tim Mullen is a third party candidate I can root for. I have long advocated that the minor party's like the Greens, Constitutional and Libertarians, etc. concentrate on local elections that they may just win instead of running candidates for President, Governor and Senator that don't have a chance. Build a bench folks. As far as money goes Goldy and Mullin don't have any and Phyllis has about $67,000.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

CasablancaPA vs. Tom Corbett

Somehow I have been dragged into this argument between Republican Governor candidate and PA Attorney General Tom Corbett versus the website CasablancaPA. Was it something I said?

Big Dan tells me that Corbett is trying hack into my site without much success and sends along this video evidence.

NEPA Blogs

I finally got around to listing a few local political blogs on NEPA Blogs. DB Echo and Michelle have a bunch more that don't deal with politics.

They are:

Pure Bunkum

Valley Scanner

Carbon County Insider

Loreley's Musings

I'm also editing the Gort42 blogroll.

I'm deleting these site because they haven't updated in months. If you start writing again let me know.


I've Made a Huge Tiny Mistake

The Scranton Guardian

Checking the Balance

I'm adding


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hollenback Dog Park open

Here's to you, Fido: Wilkes-Barre's newest park goes to the dogs, literally

A year and half later my friend Valerie got her dream of a dog park located at Hollenback Park and it was done without a penny of tax money.

Way to go Val! Quincy will be down to see your crew.

Seperated at Birth

Is it just me, or does Tom Corbett look just like Leslie Nielsen? -NCFE

They are both clowns.

Sallie Mae

Lou Barletta and Paul Kanjorski yesterday sent out press releases about the loss of 100 jobs at the Sallie Mae student loan processing center in Hanover Twp.


100 Sallie Mae jobs lost because Kanjorski chose Pelosi politics over employees


Kanjorski Statement on Sallie Mae Jobs

This is an easy shot by Barletta because he has never been put in the position of weighing a
parochial interest against the greater good of the country. Yes, Kanjorski voted for Health Care Reform that also changed the way the student loan program is administered. On a stand alone vote Kanjorski was one of the few Democrats that voted against it. But governing is about choices and compromise then voting for the greater good.

I have to say that they are both wrong on this issue. The US Government supplies the money and guarantees the loans so the lenders don't have any risk and are just middlemen. It's just more Corporate Welfare. Cutting out companies like Sallie Mae means more money can actually go to students to pay tuition instead of interest.

Saddling our college grads with a mountain of debt has to be one of the most self defeating things we do as a nation. As one of my political hero's, George McGovern, once told me about the post WWII GI Bill it paid for itself 10 times over because the taxes collected from the higher salaries of a college educated workforce far exceeded the cost of the program.

Congrats Tom Corbett

Republican PA Attorney General Tom Corbett achieved one of the rare feats in politics with his subpoena of the twitter account of the blog CasablancaPA. He united bloggers of all stripes in condemning the move. The reaction of Democratic bloggers was predictable but many PA Republican bloggers also thought that it was a boneheaded action. One thing about bloggers is that we close ranks when one of our own is unfairly attacked.

CasablancaPA should also send a thank you card to the Guv wannabee for making it the most visited sight in Pennsylvania this last week.

Democratic Governor nominee Dan Onorato pierced his thin skin with this statement:

“When I get attacked—whether on anonymous blogs, in campaign ads or in editorials—I respond on the facts, which Corbett has not done in this case,” Onorato said. “Moreover, while it is fine to note the motivations of a critic, it is not acceptable to attempt to bully them into silence—and that’s what Tom Corbett appears to be doing: petty and abusive bullying of a critic. Part of being an executive is dealing with the criticism that comes with making tough decisions.

“This is another example of Tom Corbett politicizing the Attorney General’s office to benefit his campaign,” he added, “the same Harrisburg-insider tactics that Pennsylvanians are tired of and that I will end as governor.”

Corbett withdraws Twitter subpoena

Friday Morning Coffee: The Civil Liberties Edition.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Then they came for the for the Bloggers

When I read the first reports that PA Attorney and GOP Governor nominee Tom Corbett was going after a website that is critical of him with subpoens and all the power of his office I dismissed it. I couldn't believe any politician could be so fucking stupid! But what my friends in the blogoshere tell me is he is that he is that FUCKING STUPID.

CasablancaPA is the site in question

CasablancaPA today received notice that Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Corbett has subpoenaed Twitter for identifying information about our Twitter account.

It is unknown whether Blogger has received a similar subpoena; we have received no such notice.

Capitol Ideas figures it out.

The subpoena for Twitter can be found here.

Blog, Email and Facebook maintenance

I have received so many messages over the last few weeks via email or Facebook that I'm sure I haven't replied to all of them. Please forgive me and resend your missives if I haven't got back to you. I cleaned up the email this morning and will tackle Facebook later tonight. Also the blogroll has some dead sites that need to be deleted and a few new ones will be added. I will be updating NEPA Blogs with our new local scribes over the next day or two.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Barletta looks to the fall

I had a brief chat on the phone today with 11th CD Republican nominee Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta. I didn't record the conversation so his answers are paraphrased but certainly not taken out of context.

After last nights results you must be feeling good about your chances in November.

Five months is an eternity in politics so there is no telling what will happen but I certainly like the numbers. 51% of Democrats voted against Paul Kanjorski and think that is a good indicator. I was surprised by the votes that Brian Kelly got and realize that people may not have bought into his message but just didn't want to vote for Kanjorski or Corey O'Brien. I will be looking to sway his voters and the independents that couldn't vote in the primary. Last time I was supported by many independents and Democrats. I can get those voters again.
How is fundraising going?
We got some online donors overnight and being part of the Young Guns program has helped a lot. We will have enough money to compete in the fall.
I love that picture of you and your grandson Gabriel voting with you.
I think it looks like he is telling me who to vote for. You'll be happy to know that I am teaching him to be a Yankees fan. Having a grandchild really makes you think about what government and politics is about. Our responsibility is to leave a better country to him than what we found. Just like our parents did.

State Committee results

5 of the 9 people who provided their pitch to the readers of Gort42 won a spot on the Dem and GOP State Committees and the other 4 came darn close to winning.

I attribute it to the Gort Bounce.

The top 3 male and female vote getters get to attend the meetings and spend their own money for the privilege. Winners in bold.

Member of the Republican State Committee

Stephen J. Urban (M). . . . . . . 10,240
Linda J. Urban (F) . . . . . . . 8,018
Margaret E. Phillips (F) . . . . . 7,588
Renita Fennick (F) . . . . . . . 7,066
Kathleen M. Dobash (F) . . . . . . 7,054
David Baloga (M) . . . . . . . . 5,667
Harry Haas (M). . . . . . . . . 5,533
Frank J. Mazza III (M) . . . . . . 5,495
Moderno Rossi (M). . . . . . . . 5,081
Bill Lewis (M). . . . . . . . . 4,884
T. Lynette Villano (F) . . . . . . 4,704
Art Bobbouine (M). . . . . . . . 2,340
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 299

Member of the Democratic State Committee

Michael J. Cefalo (M) . . . . . . 15,005
Thomas M. Shubilla (M) . . . . . . 14,489
Paul J. Maher (M). . . . . . . . 14,014
Lesa Gelb (F) . . . . . . . . . 12,477
Rebecca Sammon (F) . . . . . . . 11,649
Cassandra I. Coleman (F) . . . . . 11,618
John Bolin (M). . . . . . . . . 11,400
Sabrina A. McLaughlin (F) . . . . . 11,305
Jane Waitkus (F) . . . . . . . . 10,435
Lucille Maziarz (F) . . . . . . . 10,120
David J. Popiak Sr. (M). . . . . . 8,835
Michele Mahovich (F). . . . . . . 8,454
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 452

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kanjo reacts


I thank the Democratic voters in the 11th District for their support
today in our solid victory over two hard fighting challengers.

Many people in northeastern Pennsylvania are still fighting through
tough times and they deserve to have a representative who is fighting
for them.

I will continue to fight to support our small businesses, preserve
Social Security and Medicare and take care of our veterans who
sacrificed to take care of us..

Make no mistake, 11th District voters will face a real choice this
November. If I am fortunate enough to be re-elected I will continue to
put the needs of the people of northeast Pennsylvania first, ahead of
corporate special interests. I will continue to fight for lower taxes
for the middle class and tougher regulations on Wall Street.

Lou Barletta wasted no time

Lou Barletta congratulates Kanjorski

Mayor anticipates a lively, spirited campaign


Hazleton, PA – Congressional candidate Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta released the following statement after the results of the primary election were known:
“These were not good numbers for Paul Kanjorski. The unofficial returns show that a majority of voters in Mr. Kanjorski’s own party have rejected him. If you add in my vote totals, it’s an overwhelming rejection of Mr. Kanjorski. This is a great indicator for the general election.
“I would to thank everyone who voted for me today. I also congratulate tonight's winners and those who did not win. Putting your name on the ballot is not an easy thing, and anyone who does should be applauded.
“I would like to congratulate Paul Kanjorski for his victory and I look forward to a lively and hard-fought campaign in the general election. I also extend my appreciation to Corey O'Brien and Brian Kelly for making their voices heard.
“Our country is at a crossroads and our leaders in Washington are pushing us down the wrong path. Whether we admit it or not, each of us can feel it in our gut that bad choices are being made in the nation's capitol. This election is going to be a choice between a candidate who wants to continue the failed policies that are leading us down a road to ruin and a candidate who wants to stop the out of control spending, government takeovers, and Wall Street bailouts.
“I look forward to making my case for new leadership to the people of this district over the next several months.”

10th CD results

Tom Marino will face Congressman Chris Carney in the fall.

DERK, MALCOLM L. (REP) 13,956 29.9%
MADEIRA, DAVID (REP) 13,942 29.8%
MARINO, THOMAS A. (REP) 18,832 40.3%

I'll have fun with this one.

Sestack wins

The AP just called it.

393,325 53.4%
342,883 46.6%

Kanjo is renominated

Congressman Paul Kanjorski won the Democratic nomination to run for another term in the 11th CD.

KELLY, BRIAN (DEM) 8,749 17.7%
O'BRIEN, COREY D. (DEM) 6,081 32.5%
KANJORSKI, PAUL E. (DEM) 24,669 49.8%

This result is shocking because Kanjo is only able to get the support of half the Democrats in the District and Kelly got so many votes.

Mullery wins

With 32 of 36 precints reporting Gerald Mullery has about half the vote in the 119th

Gerald J. Mullery. . . . . . . . 3,081 49.85 %
Gary Zingaretti . . . . . . . . 1,634 26.44
Bob Morgan . . . . . . . . . . 1,457 23.57 0

Yuddy wins big

With about 70% of the vote in John Yudichak is blowing Tom Leighton out of the water.

John T. Yudichak . . . . . . . . 11,796 71.59 %

Tom Leighton . . . . . . . . . 4,628 28.09 %

Early returns

From the Luzerne County website

Representative in Congress 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
Paul E. Kanjorski. . . . . . . . 1,207 53.01 1,207 0
Brian Kelly. . . . . . . . . . 572 25.12 572 0
Corey D. O'Brien . . . . . . . . 493 21.65 493 0
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 5 .22 5 0
Total . . . . . . . . . 2,277 2,277 0

Senator in the General Assembly 14TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
John T. Yudichak . . . . . . . . 1,662 64.57 1,662 0
Tom Leighton . . . . . . . . . 901 35.00 901 0
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 11 .43 11 0
Total . . . . . . . . . 2,574 2,574 0

Representative in the General Assembly
Vote for not more than 1
Gary Zingaretti . . . . . . . . 387 55.13 387 0
Gerald J. Mullery. . . . . . . . 189 26.92 189 0
Bob Morgan . . . . . . . . . . 126 17.95 126 0
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 0 0 0
Total . . . . . . . . . 702 702 0

Member of the Democratic State Committee
Vote for not more than 7
Paul J. Maher (M). . . . . . . . 1,453 12.92 1,453 0
Thomas M. Shubilla (M) . . . . . . 1,394 12.40 1,394 0
Michael J. Cefalo (M) . . . . . . 1,276 11.35 1,276 0
Lesa Gelb (F) . . . . . . . . . 1,097 9.76 1,097 0
Cassandra I. Coleman (F) . . . . . 973 8.65 973 0
John Bolin (M). . . . . . . . . 963 8.57 963 0
Rebecca Sammon (F) . . . . . . . 838 7.45 838 0
Sabrina A. McLaughlin (F) . . . . . 785 6.98 785 0
Jane Waitkus (F) . . . . . . . . 727 6.47 727 0
Lucille Maziarz (F) . . . . . . . 718 6.39 718 0
David J. Popiak Sr. (M). . . . . . 493 4.38 493 0
Michele Mahovich (F). . . . . . . 490 4.36 490 0
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 36 .32 36 0
Total . . . . . . . . . 11,243 11,243 0

Representative in Congress 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
David Madeira . . . . . . . . . 258 75.22 258 0
Thomas A. Marino . . . . . . . . 63 18.37 63 0
Malcolm L. Derk . . . . . . . . 21 6.12 21 0
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 1 .29 1 0
Total . . . . . . . . . 343 343 0

Member of the Republican State Committee
Vote for not more than 6
Stephen J. Urban (M). . . . . . . 621 14.68 621 0
Linda J. Urban (F) . . . . . . . 519 12.27 519 0
Renita Fennick (F) . . . . . . . 478 11.30 478 0
Frank J. Mazza III (M) . . . . . . 427 10.09 427 0
Harry Haas (M). . . . . . . . . 387 9.15 387 0
Margaret E. Phillips (F) . . . . . 369 8.72 369 0
Kathleen M. Dobash (F) . . . . . . 299 7.07 299 0
Bill Lewis (M). . . . . . . . . 274 6.48 274 0
T. Lynette Villano (F) . . . . . . 260 6.15 260 0
David Baloga (M) . . . . . . . . 242 5.72 242 0
Moderno Rossi (M). . . . . . . . 195 4.61 195 0
Art Bobbouine (M). . . . . . . . 118 2.79 118 0
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 41 .97 41 0
Total . . . . . . . . . 4,230 4,230 0

The other white meat

It's election night so Mrs. G is making Pork Butts for dinner tonight in honor of our legislators and the wannabees.

Pennsylvania Exit Polls

I was only voter number 212 out of 1000+ at my polling place at 5PM. We ran into State and Luzerne County Committee candidate Thomas Shibula along with GSC member Chris Kersey working the polls. I was happy to give Thom my vote. There was one person handing out Tom Leighton cards and that was it for poll workers. Only 3 people which is typical for mid-term elections. The real action is always in the local primary elections.

Below is a great picture of Lou Barletta voting with his grandson Gabriel along for the ride.

h/t to

Victory Party

If you want to join your candidate tonight and watch the returns you can find a few of them at the following locations.

PA 11th

Congressman Kanjorski voted earlier and returned to Washington to do the job we elected him to do.

Corey O'Brien will be at the Scranton Hilton.

You can find Lou Barletta at Shenanigan, 703 Broad St., Hazleton.

PA 10th

Dave Madeira is holding his celebration at Grotto Pizza in Harveys Lake.

Congressman Carney also returned to Washington after voting.

14th Senate

Tom Leighton will be at his HQ in the Mid Town Village Mall in W-B and may wander over to Rodano's on Public Square.

The Waterfront on N. River St. in Plains is the spot to find John Yudichak.

119th State Rep

Gary Zingaretti snagged Alden Manor in Nanticoke.

116th State Rep

Tarah Toolhill will be joining Lou Barletta at Shenanigans.

120th State Rep

Libertarian Tim Mullen will be at The Frog Pond on Coal St. in Wilkes Barre.

Update: Rick Arnold, Bill Goldsworthy and Jim O'Meara will be at the Luzerne County Republican HQ on S. Main St. in W-B.

Bob Morgan will be at Tommy Boys, Main St., Nanticoke

If you know of the whereabouts of the others send it along.

Morgan on the air

This spot has been running on TV the last few days but just became available.

119th Democratic State Rep candidate Bob Morgan hits his opponents Gary Zingaretti and Gerald Mullery claiming to be The True Democrat.

You can see Zingaretti's spot here.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sleepless in Scranton

Corey O'Brien is going to pull an all nighter in his quest for the Democratic nomination in the 11th Congressional District. The last time I did something like this was when a term paper was due or I just got carried away and ended up in Chinatown in Boston at 3AM.

Corey O’Brien to Campaign All Night for PA-11 Primary

Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Democratic Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District, will campaign with supporters throughout the night and into the morning of election-day, speaking with voters and distributing literature throughout the district.

O'Brien sent along his closing argument.

Since we began this campaign on October 3, 2009, I have had the opportunity to meet great people from Jessup to Jim Thorpe, from Stroudsburg to Berwick, hear stories of struggle and sacrifice and speak with heroic men and women serving in our armed forces.

Like the mother in Stroudsburg who brings her young daughters to her college classes because she cannot afford child care after school. Like the father of three in Dupont who drives 132 miles to and from work every day because he could not make a family-sustaining wage at home. Like the elderly husband in Nanticoke who cares for his wife with Alzheimer's and wonders whether his health insurance will cover her medical expenses. Like the young service member in Pittston who was severely wounded in battle and requires special care as a result of his enormous sacrifice.

I am a better person for having had these experiences.

As you know, we face great challenges in our country, both foreign and domestic. I have no magic bullet solutions for the ills facing us but I do have a great deal of hope and optimism for the future. While we face great challenges, I am convinced that our brightest days are yet to come. I am convinced that so long as we work together as we move forward, our country will be stronger, our communities more resilient and our spirits lifted.

I am running for Congress because I have a vision for the future. To learn more about my vision, visit us at

As we close out this primary campaign, I would greatly appreciate your vote tomorrow, May 18th.

Thank you and God bless you and your family,

Corey D. O'Brien

P.S. - Please call your friends and family and remind them to vote tomorrow, May 18th, for Corey O’Brien for Congress.

State Committee R

It looks like our final guest post in the series is from Harry Haas.

My old geography professor from Montana told us there were two types of people: lumpers and splitters. A "lumper" is one who unites and a "splitter" divides. My reason for running for Republican State Committee is to unite the party under viable candidates and craft solid platforms that make common sense to a public weary of the splitters: namely, political hacks with personal agendas of self-preservation.

I'm asking Republican voters of Luzerne County to send me along with 5 others to Harrisburg who will nominate Republican candidates who will uphold the constitution, restrain out-of-control spending, and retain our civil liberties that have been eroded by huge taxes and wasteful government programs. Most Americans believe in these core principles, and we need good candidates who will build consensus around these ideas.

Thank you Gort, for your public service.

Interested parties can visit for more information.

Malcolm Derk sends a letter

An Open Letter to the 10th Congressional District

These past few months, I have had the amazing honor of meeting voters from across all 14 counties in this District. I have worked hard to earn your vote on Election Day. There are important issues in this campaign, and my Republican opponents and I agree on most of them. We are all pro-life, pro-second amendment, and advocate fiscally conservative policies. I will support either of my primary opponents should they win the nomination. That being said, I will highlight two things that distinguish me from my opponents. I have served on the front lines defending taxpayers as a County Commissioner and I am the most likely to defeat Chris Carney in November.

As a County Commissioner, I have balanced multi-million dollar budgets while never raising taxes for the people of Snyder County. I also held my ground against a corporate bailout, even when Governor Rendell put pressure on us to provide the funds. I will take this proven experience as a fiscal conservative to Washington and push for policies that will balance our bloated federal budget by cutting spending, not raising taxes.

Regarding electability, I have no baggage and will be better able to defeat Chris Carney. Marino’s campaign has already been sidetracked by questions of his past employment and Madeira has advocated a change in the law that would make your medical records public by overturning HIPAA. Chris Carney would certainly make this a focus of his campaign. These issues will sidetrack the other candidates should they win the primary, and would make it easier for Chris Carney to win reelection in November. I will be able to keep the focus of the election on my experience and Carney's failed record.

It has been an honor to campaign on a platform of responsible conservative leadership, and I am personally touched by the outpouring of support that I have received from all corners of the District. I ask for your support to continue this journey all the way to Washington, DC – I need your vote on May 18th.

Thank you and God bless,

Malcolm Derk

Candidate for Congress

Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District

Vice President Biden backs Kanjo

When you go to the polls on Tuesday, you'll have an important choice to make for several different offices.

For Congress, the choice is clear: Paul Kanjorski.

Congressman Kanjorski has been a champion for the people of his district for years -- and he stood with me and President Obama when it mattered most, supporting our recovery plan to get the economy moving again and voting to pass historic health insurance reform.

The results of his efforts could not be clearer. Last month, the economy added more jobs than it has in four years, and 1.3 million uninsured Pennsylvanians will now have access to affordable care -- including more than 140,000 with pre-existing conditions.

He has consistently fought for us -- so we need to fight for him, and send him back to Congress.

To make sure you know where to vote, please confirm your polling location here.

Polls are open on Tuesday, May 18th, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It's crucially important that you make your voice heard by voting -- and that you cast your ballot for Paul Kanjorski, who has fought for your district time and time again.

Please double-check your polling location at the link below, and make sure you have a plan for how you'll get to the polls:

Thank you,

Vice President Joe Biden

Sunday, May 16, 2010


I've been wrong more times than not but what the hell.
11th Congressional District

Kanjo wins big. 60%+

10th Congressional District

My friend David Madeira has the best ground game and will eek out win. I also predict that the 3 Republican candidates collectively will get less votes than Chris Carney running unopposed in the D primary.

Senate 14th District

John Yudichak has stayed positive in his advertising while Tom Leighton went negative. They have traded barbs in the papers.

Yuddy wins this one.

PA Senator

Joe Sestak has closed a 20 point gap in the polls in the last few weeks and the momentum is on his side. I have never voted for Arlen Specter in my life and I'm not about to start now.

Sestak wins big.

119th State Rep

There is no polling in this one and I don't live there. If I had a vote it would be for Bob Morgan. He has an ad up making fun of the Republican wannabes that is not on YouTube. Note to Morgan Campaign: Blast that spot to everyone.
The readers of Gort42 that voted in the polls on the left sidebars agree with me.
Anybody that wants to prognosticate is welcome to chime in.

State Committee R

My pal David Baloga was brave enough to send over his pich for Republican State Committee. I wish I could vote for him.

David Baloga candidate for State Committee Represenative of the Luzerne County Republican Party
Lake Township resident

Current Lake Township committee member & Second District Vice Chairman of Luzerne County Republican Party; Membership and voter registration committee member of Luzerne County GOP.

I am a lifelong Republican and a conservative. I believe in free enterprise and trade, limited government, and states rights. I enjoy the right to own firearms (even though I no longer hunt). I am pro-life. I am loyal but independent. I will not support Democrats. No one can buy my vote.
My passion for Conservative, Republican politics keeps me looking to do more for our party. That is why I would like to represent the good people of the Republican Party of Luzerne County, as their State Committee Representative.

I promise to be available to Republican voters and accountable for my actions taken as State Committee Representative. I humbly ask you to consider supporting me with your vote so I can be your voice on our Republican State Committee.

My wife Donna ( married 28 yrs) & I have 3 wonderful children (Christian, Angela & Michael) who are the greatest! We are blessed in all ways and thankful to Our Good Lord for all we have!

2 close friends I have are also running for State Committee Seats and I ask you to vote for them also! We are of like minds and values and will all serve you proudly!


Update from David: The attached picture was in our Local Catholic Light Newspaper and other local pro-life materials. I was honored to be asked to carry the banner for The Wyoming Valley Chapter during this years March For Life in DC. I hold the pole on the right side in the attached photo. I do not use this for personal purposes only to show you proof of my pro-life commitments.

Kanjo on the air, Corey pounds the pavement

Congressman Paul Kanjorski is running just his 2nd spot of the campaign. It is a positive ad reminding us of his support for veterans. The fact that he is staying positive suggest to me that his polling shows him to be in good shape. If his camp was worried about his challenger they would be on the air ripping him a new asshole.

For what he lacks in cash Lackawanna Commissioner Corey O'Brien is making it up with shoe leather and a great field operation.


But O’Brien is unfazed, confident—and more full of energy than one is used to seeing in politics. He’s been called the most competitive House primary challenger in the country, and while conventional wisdom says he’ll get blown out of the water on Tuesday, O’Brien says his upset win will be nothing but expected.

“I don’t care what some pundits might say about the race,” O’Brien told while riding on his campaign RV earlier this month. “I see it every day. People are going to say on May 18 that this is ‘a shocker, a surprise.’ I’m not going to be surprised.”

The third candidate in the race is Brian Kelly who will hurt O'Brien by siphoning off some of the anti-Kanjo vote.

The TL earlier endorsed O'Brien but the Citizens Voice recommends sticking with the devil you know.

Endorsement: Paul Kanjorski

While Kanjorski has made missteps in his long tenure – chief among them the federal funding that he directed toward a company owned by family members – voters have had several election cycles to consider those missteps and have continued to support him...Because of his efforts to secure development in the district, the benefits of his seniority and his key role in finance-industry reform efforts aimed at protecting consumers and taxpayers in his district and beyond, Kanjorski deserves his party’s nomination.

The winner of the Democratic nomination will face Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta in the fall. Barletta had some fun this week sending out this snarky press release.

Kanjorski and O'Brien agree neither can beat Barletta in November
May 13th

Hazleton, PA – Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s primary election, 11th Congressional District candidate Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta will win in November.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what the campaigns of Paul Kanjorski and Corey O’Brien said about Lou’s chances in the fall:

“There is zero chance Paul Kanjorski defeats Lou Barletta. Zero. Paul Kanjorski doesn’t have Barack Obama [on the ballot] and without Barack Obama and the way the country is swinging with Massachusetts, at the end of the day, this is an easy pickup for the Republican Party.” Corey O’Brien, Politico, February 3, 2010.

"Our polling data not only shows Kanjorski crushing O'Brien in the primary, but Barletta crushing O'Brien in the general." Kanjorski campaign spokesman Ed Mitchell, Scranton Times, March 4, 2010.

And here’s what Kanjorski himself said about his re-election chances this fall: “If the election is decided as a referendum on the last 14 months, this coming November, the Democrats are going to lose.” (Hazleton Standard-Speaker, Feb. 18, 2010)

We’re grateful for the endorsements of both the Kanjorski and O’Brien campaigns. Lou Barletta is gaining momentum every single day, and Lou will be ready to take on the winner of Tuesday’s primary,” said Vince Galko, campaign spokesman for Mayor Barletta. “Of course, there’s much work yet to be done, and Lou Barletta will be out meeting with voters, talking about issues, raising money, and criss-crossing the 11th Congressional District. Lou will work hard for every vote.

“We’d like to wish all candidates luck, and we encourage everyone to get out and vote on Tuesday.”

A further indication that Kanjo is confidant is that he will be in Washington this week doing his job instead of doing a last minute campaign push in the district. Corey O'Brien has invited his supporters to join him at at P.J.'s 1910 Pub in the Hilton Scranton, 100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA. The event is slated to begin at 8:00 pm. Brian Kelly hasn't announced any election night plans but will probably sipping a cup of tea somewhere.

You Tube weekend

I haven't paid much attention to the PA 12th CD special election to succeed John Murtha but this ad caught my eye because it is so stupid, creative and funny all at the same time.

The Republicans keep trying to demonize Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi which probably works in their echo chamber but I don't think it translates to the larger electorate. In this spot the soft spoken grandmother who represents Sodom on the San Andreas is transformed into a giant 50 foot monster. The Tubes and old 50's sci-fi films should get royalties. The puppetering looks like something the South Park/Team America guys would do. All that is missing is Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann shooting the flamethrowers at the end.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Luzerne County Republican State Committee candidates

Luzerne County Republicans may vote for three men and three women on May 18 to represent them on the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee.

The Luzerne County GOP website has the pitch from almost all the hopefuls. Some of the candidates were good enough to guest post on Gort42. Thank you.

State Committee Candidates
Want Your Vote

Moderno "Butch" Rossi

Lehman Township

I'm running to help Republican candidates win local and state offices.

I am an incumbent Republican State Committee member. I have been elected to three terms as a member of the Lake-Lehman School board, and am the current board president.

I'm a Republican committeeman at the Lake Silkworth poll in Lehman.

My wife Janet and I celebrated our 30th anniversery this year. We have a son Jason, 24.

I'm very proud to have two state elected officials from my district, State Rep. Karen Boback and State Sen. Lisa Baker. With some hard work as state committee members we can add to that list. I would be honored to have your support.

Bill Lewis
Jenkins Township

I ask for your vote to continue to be an independent conservative voice representing the Republican voters of Luzerne County.

For over two decades, I have been your independent voice at the State Party - controlled by no one. I work in the private sector and hold no paid government positions. No member of my family is an elected official - in fact, none work or hold appointed offices in state or local government. I have never sought elected government office. I am completely independent and uncontrolled by any elected official or political boss.

State Committee is an unpaid position - I view it as an opportunity to serve my community and state. Thank you.

Kathleen Dobash


I hope to encourage more citizens to vote and become involved with the political process. I want to restore confidence in our local government leadership. I want to address the issue of the local corruption. The citizens of this county cannot afford to pay for abuse of the system. Property owners pay taxes in good faith. Wasteful spending and deception cannot continue.

I am an advocate for the elderly and for those who cannot represent themselves.

I was elected Inspector of Elections and Constable for Hazleton City Ward 1. I actively write letters printed in our newspapers to talk about local issues. Vote for me on May 18.

Frank J. Mazza


I am running for Republican State Committee because I have a vision for this place I call home. I want to bring the citizens of this county back into the political process and represent their interests in Harrisburg by creating an open and honest environment where citizens can be active and have a choice who represents us at each level of government. Together, let us bring back the trust of the people, the respect and honor that being a resident of Luzerne County brings, and begin a new chapter in the story of Luzerne County.

If you believe that 2010 can be the beginning of a new chapter for this county and believe that 2010 is an exciting time to be a Republican, then on May 18th please go to the polls and vote for me for Republican State Committee. I will not let the citizens down in bringing the right change to our communities.

T. Lynette Villano

West Pittston

I am running for Republican State Committee because I feel it is important to attend and be an active participant in all Caucus and RSC meetings. State Committee members should reflect the Republicans from our county.

I have represented all of Luzerne County Republicans for 10+ years and know
who you are and what you believe in.

The power and authority for the state and national GOP originates from the county and I want to make sure your voice is heard loud and clear!

David Baloga

Lake Township

Lake Township committee member; Second District Vice Chairman, Luzerne County Republican Party; Membership and voter registration committee member.

I am a lifelong Republican and a conservative. I believe in free enterprise and trade, limited government, and states rights. I enjoy the right to own firearms (even though I no longer hunt). I am pro-life. I am loyal but independent. I will not support Democrats. No one can buy my vote.
My passion for Conservative, Republican politics keeps me looking to do more for our party. That is why I would like to represent the good people of the Republican Party of Luzerne County, as their State Committee Representative.

I promise to be available to Republican voters and accountable for my actions taken as State Committee Representative. I humbly ask you to consider supporting me with your vote so I can be your voice on our Republican State Committee.

Harry Haas

Wilkes-Barre City

I am so proud to call myself a Republican during these trying times of local corruption, state mismanagement, and federal arrogance. Before this year I considered the role of state committee insignificant; however, in the wake of this past year's disastrous policies on all levels of government, it has never been more important to endorse true conservative Republicans who can effectively communicate--and act upon--the message of limited government, lower taxes, and personal liberty.

Linda Urban

Wilkes-Barre City

I am a dedicated Luzerne County representative on State Committee for the past four years, an avid voter registration/education volunteer, a past member of the 6th District Republican Committee, and the current Judge of Elections in Wilkes-Barre Ward 2. I am very active in local and state politics and frequently write letters to the editor to express my views on issues affecting our community.

As a State Committee member I helped elect highly qualified judges to the bench at the state level, including Superior Court Judge Cheryl Allen and Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough. I also helped retain Superior Court Judge Corry Stevens to the bench.

I want to continue representing and serving the voters of Luzerne County and ask for your support at the Primary Election on May 18.

Renita Fennick

Wilkes-Barre Township

I would like to see Luzerne County fully represented at all State Committee meetings and functions.

I would support conservative candidates and weigh the pros and cons of the endorsement process for each situation. I believe state committee members should play an active and supportive role in our county organizations. We need to build a strong foundation for our candidates and the link between the county and state organizations is crucial.

I have long been a strong conservative voice and am not afraid to stand up for what I believe.

Art Bobbouine

Pittston City

I am a lifelong Republican from a city where Republicans are few and far between. I am a Republican committeeman for 16 years, first elected at age 18. I previously served two terms on Republican State Committee during the Ridge years and am looking forward to serving again. I have also served on the Luzerne County Republican Committee for several years having served as Secretary and currently as Vice Chairman of Policies and By-Laws.

I was Chief Deputy Sheriff of Luzerne County under Sheriff Barry Stankus and currently teach Criminal Justice at Fortis institute. I believe that I can represent the Republican Party admirably at State Committee having never missed a meeting or caucus breakfast when I previously served. I was also Treasurer of NECRA Caucus at State Committee. I humbly ask for your support and I know I will never let the Republican voters down.

Margaret Phillips
Dallas Township

(Did Not Participate)

Steven J. Urban

Wilkes-Barre City

(Did Not Participate)

President Clinton backs Doherty

Former President Bill Clinton has endorsed Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty in the PA Senate 22nd district race. It is unheard of for a former President to get involved in a local primary election.

Clinton was a successful President who left office with the country at peace with the finances in order. In 2000 there was a budget surplus that his successor blew all to hell so maybe the Teabaggers who are all worried about the deficits that Bush gave us should want him back in the White House.

The message from the Doherty camp crowing about it:

There won't be a bigger endorsement in the state senate campaign than this:

Former President Bill Clinton is supporting Mayor Doherty in the May 18 primary!

Starting today, we're launching a campaign to highlight President Clinton's support.

So, please listen to his endorsement here, then forward this e-mail to three of your friends right now to help spread the word.

As you know, the Clintons have always had a special connection to Scranton. Secretary of State Clinton's family hails from the area, and both of them have made several trips to Northeast Pennsylvania on various campaigns over the years.

As the president says in his endorsement, Chis Doherty "helped to turn the city [of Scranton] around," and "he'll bring the same energy and dedication to all of Northeast Pennsylvania" as he works to bring good paying jobs into the district and to clean up Harrisburg.

We couldn't be more proud to receive President Clinton's support.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Vote in the 119th poll

The candidates for the Democratic nomination are Gary Zingaretti, Gerald Mullery and Bob Morgan.

Vote in the poll on the left side bar and tell us in the comments why you think your guy will win.

119th State Rep race

Gort42 Special Correspondent Austin Smith Ford attended the South Valley Chamber of Commerce forum with the 3 Democratic hopefuls and the lone Republican for the 119th State Representative seat being vacated by John Yudichak. I hit a technical glitch trying to post the graphics but will update when that problem is resolved.

His report.

The Democratic and Republican candidates for the 119th faced off in a debate at LCCC on May 10th. It was hosted by the South Valley Chamber of Commerce. For the Dems, this was their second time going at it and it was the first one featuring Rick Arnold the Republican from Mt. Top. Brian Bergman, the Libertarian was not invited to participate.

Gerald Mullery and Gary Zingaretti both came out in favor our states current regressive tax structure. It wasn’t a big surprise. Mullery had signed Tea Party type of pledge of his support for the kind of “fiscal conservatism” that has led us into debt on both the state and federal levels. I hadn’t enjoyed Zingaretti’s responses on the subject in the first debate either, but tonight he tried to claim that ending our regressive system would cost poor people more money. His logic is that the federal earned income tax is progressive and that tax costs more than our current state income tax, therefore all progressive tax costs more. This is such a fallacy I think Glenn Beck would have an ethical problem repeating it.

Rich people spend a much lower percentage of their income on things that the property or sales tax applies to. So let us pause for a graphical representation of the realities of regressive taxes in all states:

To make this even worse we do not have progressive income tax like the blue part represents. So go ahead and compare how much their income the bottom 20% of earners are spending on sales and property, to the same number for the top 1% of earners. In fact PA is one of the ten most regressive states in the nation!

So I am voting for Bob Morgan who is willing to fight this crap. I don’t know if many politicians on this level grasp this concept. If there is a logical reason for maintaining this ridiculously unfair structure I would love to hear it.

I did like Zingaretti’s efforts and positions in local government. It sounds like he has greatly improved transparency. He supports separating the legislative and executive powers for our counties and ending their forced dependence on property tax. But none of this really matters if we continue to charge the cost of government to those least benefited by society.

Some other awesomely nonsensical positions from Mullery included hits like: the reason NEPA’s economy is failing is because our laborers lack the work ethic of their fathers and grandfathers, also that he doesn’t see a health care crisis. Then they discussed our area’s brain drain. Which is a term used to describe the effect of college grads going elsewhere for jobs. My question is how are these people finding gainful employment elsewhere if they are lazy?

I spoke with a woman afterwards who asked Mullery if he thought our mothers and grandmothers had any work ethics. She didn’t mention his response but the textile industry was once huge in our area and had a reputation of being intense, sweatshop like work. Our female ancestors deserve admiration too.

As far as Mullery not seeing a health care crisis, I can’t really fault him there. Sure 2.8 million Pennsylvanians will be without care at some point this year, but he didn’t say there wasn’t a crisis, he said he didn’t see one. Since it is unlikely that any of those unfortunate people are in his immediate family, he is probably correct.

Actually I’ve found the graph for just PA’s taxes but I thought I would leave the stuff above because this way you can compare it easily to the rest of the states, and also because I am lacking in work ethic.

The local papers

119th District candidates face off as primary nears

Mullery said he is "adamantly opposed" to a graduated income tax, allowing counties and school districts to impose sales taxes and earned income taxes, and would sign a document saying he opposes every and all efforts to raise taxes....A topic that "nobody wants to talk about," but which had been brought up previously by three heads of Luzerne County chambers of commerce is the need to instill a work ethic in the younger generation, Mullery said. "We're living off the reputation of our fathers and grandfathers when it comes to the work ethic," he said.

119th hopefuls share their views

If you are a person who is struggling, a great deal of the burden comes to you in personal income tax and property tax. We need to find ways to fix that,” Morgan said....“We were promised great property tax relief by our legislators and our governor. They haven’t delivered,” Mullery said.

Gary Zingaretti sent out a press release last week touting his endorsement by
118th District State Representative Mike Carroll.

Gerald Mullery snagged the endorsement of the Times-Leader who said

One of three Democrats vying for this seat, Mullery seems to sense average residents’ daily financial struggles, as well as the state’s looming budget fiasco, and vows to dig in his heels to contain government spending. He has signed a Taxpayer Protection Pledge, signaling his intent to vote against any proposed tax increase.

Bob Morgan claims to be the only real Democrat in the race.

From a PR:

Morgan took on attacks from all 3 opponents and comes out winner and candidate to beat.

Monday night in the 119th District State Representative Debate sponsored by the South Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Newport Township Community Organization at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, a leader in the race emerged, Bob Morgan, as the clear front runner for the House seat.

During the debate Morgan took attacks from all three opponents, Gerald Mullery, Gary Zingaretti, and Rick Arnold, vying for the District Seat and despite Republican Rick Arnold attempts to group the 4 candidates into one group Morgan came out the man to beat. Morgan showed the fortitude of an experienced State Legislator by standing up for himself, his ideas, and most importantly the people of the 119th District.

When asked about the work force in the region, Gerald Mullery called the people of the region lazy, saying their work ethic was not like their parents or grandparents and were simply living off their reputation of being hard workers. Morgan stood up for the working families, offended by the insult to their work ethic saying “our students are able to achieve success all over the country, which is a credit to our talent, educational system, and our work ethic.” Morgan reinforced his commitment to in the people in the 119th District by promising to fight for jobs, and education when elected.

Mullery also said that he did not see a Health Care crisis in America, yet even the registered Republican in the race, Rick Arnold, saw a need for health care reform. Morgan, again, stood up for working families in the debate by supporting Adult Basic Care, and the CHIP (Children Health Insurance Program). In his closing Mullery calmed to be a “new Democrat,” yet his policies and ideas “look like an old recycled of Republican ideas,” said Morgan.

Morgan's tax plan was attacked by Morgan's other primary opponent, Gary Zingaretti. Morgan's tax plan favors reducing property tax and unfair personal income taxes on students and seniors.

One candidate has consistently provided ideas to meet the challenges that we are facing in the region by finding realistic ways to enact solutions and investing in the rebirth of Main Street, not simply offering empty slogans or simplistic pledges on the back of campaign literature. That candidate is Bob Morgan.

The Citizens Voice endorsed Zingaretti

But only Zingaretti has government experience, having served as a township supervisor for the past three years. That experience, plus his efforts to make township government more transparent through a website that includes officials’ salaries, meeting minutes and information on securing documents under the state Open Records Law gives him the slight edge in this race.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Vote in the 10th CD poll

The candidates are Malcolm Derk, Dave Madeira and Tom Marino.

The winner will take on Chris Carney in the fall.

Vote in the poll on the left side bar and tell us in the comments why you think your guy will win.

10th CD Republicans bash health care reform

Three in GOP compete to unseat Carney
Congressman's health care vote will be big issue

All 3 are worried about cost containment and oppose the Health Care Affordability Act.

Malcolm Derk predicts the end of the world as we know it because of this legislation. He also repeats the mantra that the government doesn't create jobs and the the estate tax should be abolished. For all his tax cutting rhetoric he wants the federal government to invest in road, bridge, water and sewer projects and mitigate flooding along the Delaware River and improve infrastructure. That takes money and I would point out that the way the federal government gets money is to levy taxes.

David Madeira doesn't like that more people will have access to health care saying it will overburden the system and make Doctors quit their jobs. His idea to control costs is to let families stash $5000 a year in a health savings account and buying a high deductible policy. The problem with that is I don't know many families that live paycheck to paycheck who can afford to squirl away that much money. He wants a 3 year spending freeze saying 'You're going to have to go through short-term pain'

Tom Marino repeats the old canard that tort reform is the solution. He allows that
"I found the federal government — when it doesn't overreach — is a good tool for the state and residents." He wants to eliminate earmarks which sounds good but is the way our local governments get things done because they are tapped out on property taxes and bond authority. Marino says that he wants apprehended terrorists to be tried in military tribunals rather than civilian courts. He worked in the Federal Court system and doesn't think that they can do their job and prosecute criminals?

Vote in the 11th CD poll

The candidates are Congressman Paul Kanjorski, Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O'Brien and Teabagger Brian Kelly.

Kelly's only function in this race is to try to diffuse the anti-Kanjo vote. The Morning Call has the latest argument over campaign contributions. O'Brien has disappeared from the airwaves indicating that he is tapped out and Kanjo has a big warchest financed by people who have an interest in his committee assignments.

Vote in the poll on the left side bar and tell us in the comments why you think your guy will win.

Here is a picture of Corey and Kanjo in happier times (2008)