Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bill Clinton Calls Out Democrats on Medicare

Clinton states to Congressman Paul Ryan that he is happy that the Democrats won the special election in NY but "Hopes they won't use it as an excuse to do nothing about Medicare."

Sorry Bill, thats exactly what they are going to do...nothing.

Monday, May 23, 2011

T-Paw 2012

Former Republican Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has officially thrown his hat into the ring for President in 2012.

He posted this teaser video talking about his candidacy. He is kicking off the campaign in Iowa today.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Primary 2011 Recap

Lackawanna County
Looks like we inadvertently called the Democratic primary correctly in Lackawanna County.

Democrats had a fight for Commissioner, Coroner, and Controller. Half the endorsed team for Commissioner and their Controller candidate prevailed. Everyone else was turned away.

Republicans will be represented by Patrick O'Malley and Bill Jones II for Commissioner, Frank Adamo for Coroner, Robert Castellani for Controller, and possibly Mike Stuchlak for Clerk of Judicial Records. It appears the Republicans might have been successful in a late write-in effort to nominate Stuchlak leaving only County Treasurer uncontested in the fall (maybe.)

Luzerne County
The big winners in Luzerne County were the Democrats. The big race to watch was the Judicial race in Luzerne. Five Democrats dominated the ballot securing double nominations.

As we mentioned before, Luzerne County's GOP made a round of endorsements for their judicial candidates. It proved to be absolutely meaningless.

The Luzerne County Republican Committee started with four Republican candidates running for six spots and ended up with only one of their endorsed candidates winning the Republican nomination.

That's pretty bad.

In 2009, Hughes ended up in a match-up with Tina Gartley and didn't have the juice to get it done. Now, Hughes is in the virtually the same situation. With 5 Democrats winning both a Democrat and Republican nomination the race boils down to Hughes going against Hanlon-Mirabito.

Big Labor ended up being big losers in Luzerne County. Labor had a slate of 11 candidates that they were pushing. Only four received the Democratic nomination.

The four Big Labor Democrats that won are:
Linda McClosky
Jane Walsh-Waitkus
Salvatore Licata
M. Theresa Morcavage

Monroe County
Williamson and Higgins locked in both a Democratic and Republican nomination for Judge virtually assuring their election to the bench in the fall.

The race to watch will be for Commissioner. Republicans are itching to take control of Monroe County again. Democrats Suzanne McCool and Theresa Merli will face Republicans John Moyer and Charles Garris for County Commissioner.

Primary voters are generally party stalwarts. If Democratic turnout in the Primary was any indication, Republicans have a real shot at retaking the county. Monroe is a majority Democratic county yet, Republicans clocked more votes in their races than the Democrats did nearly across the board. It doesn't seem that the stalwart democrats are very inspired by their candidates.

With the Judge race off the table, that's bad news for Democrats, good news for Republicans.

Wayne County
There were two big races in Wayne County, Coroner and District Attorney.

Incumbent Republican Mike Lehutsky appears to have been beaten by Janine Edwards for the Republican nomination. Both waged write-in campaigns for the Democratic nomination so it is possible that there could be a rematch.

For Coroner, Edward Howell was successful in securing the Republican nomination. Some were surprised by this, they shouldn't be. The guy outworked everyone else in the race.

Wyoming County
Democrats Ron Williams and J. Stark Barton will face Republicans Judy Kraft-Meade and Tom Henry for County Commissioner.

Sheriff is a pretty big deal in Wyoming County. Republican Ned Sherman will face Duane Marbaker in November.

David Plummer tied down both the Democratic and Republican nominations for Magistrate so its a walk for him in November.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Ron Paul 2012

Congressman Ron Paul has officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America.

Congressman Paul's political director, Jesse Benton, penned the following Op-Ed in support of his candidacy:

America is the greatest nation in human history. Belief in Liberty, limited government, and sound money made us the freest and most prosperous people in the world.

But we have strayed far from our founding principles, and America now faces unprecedented challenges. Two trillion dollar deficits, soaring inflation, disregard for civil liberties, and an ever-growing federal bureaucracy threaten the very fabric of our country and the futures of our children and grandchildren.

We are spending ourselves into oblivion. The out of control Federal Reserve is destroying our dollar. Big government is undermining our personal freedoms. And, our foreign policy has us playing world’s policeman — straining our military, draining our resources, and making us more vulnerable.

Congressman Ron Paul has been leading the fight against these problems for decades. And, he has consistently confronted these challenges with common-sense solutions: real spending cuts and adherence to the Constitution.

Ron Paul’s record of principled leadership is unparalleled. He has always fought for America’s constitutional values, even when it required him to stand alone in Congress, and no other leader in this country has a track record to match.

Dr. Paul had the vision to see where big government ideas would take us,as well as the courage to speak out when others refused to acknowledge what was coming. He predicted the housing bubble and the financial crisis and knows that these problems, caused by excessive spending and artificial credit, will not be solved by more of the same. As president of the United States, Ron Paul will have the strength and integrity to make the hard choices it will take to fix our country.

Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who would cut enough spending to avert a debt crisis. Only he will restore constitutionally sound money. And, only he will strengthen our national defense by bringing our troops home and putting an end to the nation-building that is draining our country.

Americans are sick and tired of politicians who say one thing, do another, and conveniently switch their stands in time to run for higher office. Many candidates will give lip service to the problems we face, but when the rubber meets the road, how can we trust them to follow through?

America needs a president we can believe in. Dr. Paul’s unimpeachable integrity stands alone in a political environment crowded with opportunists and Johnny-come-latelies.

In these trying times, America needs the leadership that only Ron Paul can provide. America has moved far away from her traditions. We need a true statesman to lead us back to our roots and restore our Liberty.

Ron Paul is that man, and now is the time to take action. I hope America will join me in supporting Ron Paul for President of the United States in 2012.

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Best Commercial in 2011 Primary Cycle

Hey DCCC, you paying attention?

Luzerne County GOP Offers Endorsements

Over the weekend the Luzerne County Republican Committee offered up endorsements in the upcoming Judicial election.

The endorsed candidates as recorded in their voter guide are:
Jim McMonagle
Joe Saporito
Dick Hughes
Jim Haggerty

This election in particular will be the first measure of Chairman Casey's success in a post-Fennick Luzerne GOP. There are four Republican candidates for six spots. If the Luzerne County Republicans have it together, they should be able to pull all four of their candidates across the finish line.

If they have still not recovered from Fennick's exit, watch for only the big spenders (Dick Hughes & Joe Saporito) or maybe ballot placement (Dick Hughes and Jim Haggerty) to play a big role in who gets the nomination by the Republican Party.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Looking for a Lackawanna Wonderful Jones-O’Brien-Wansacz Ticket?

From the coverage of the League of Women Voters debate of Republican candidates, you get the impression that Republican Commissioner Candidate Bill Jones wants to run for Minority Commissioner.

Young Bill Jones attacked both Mayor Bruce Smallacombe and School Director Patrick O’Malley for having been hired during and employed under the Cordaro/Munchak years in Lackawanna County. He didn’t elaborate on whether he had a problem with anyone hired by Lackawanna County between 2004 and 2007 or only those running against him.

You need a pretty big bus to toss that many people under.

Jones also attacked O’Malley for having switched several years ago from Democrat to Republican. Never mind that by doing so O’Malley gave the Republican Party it’s only elected official in the City of Scranton since 2001. Maybe the Republican Party should put Jones in charge of their next voter registration drive.

Clearly, Jones has no designs to put Lackawanna County back into majority Republican hands. That, or Jones’s political inexperience just made that an impossibility (assuming he is part of the Republican ticket going into the fall.)

Closing thought to Bill Jones, have you ever heard of Reagan’s 11th Commandment? Granted, you may not have even been born yet when he said it but it is worth looking into. The Republicans will catch enough cheap shots from the Democrats without Republicans piling on.

P.S. As far as the Wansacz – O’Brien thing, that just how we see the Democratic Primary shaping up. Who knows how it will actually go.

Obama FDA Agents Raid Local PA Farm Looking for Illegal White Substance

The culmination of a year-long investigation into a Pennsylvania farmer results in an April 20th, 5 AM raid by Federal Agents.

The raid focused on the farmer allegedly selling an illegal white substance – milk.

No joke. The Feds dusted off the jackboots to perform a 5:00 AM raid of an Amish farmer for selling unpasteurized milk.

Worse, this isn’t the first time the Feds have harassed this particular farmer.

What to do about it.

Project Gunwalker Update

Republican Congressman Darrel Issa grills AG Eric Holder over the BATFE’s intentional sale of firearms to criminals.

AG Eric Holder is clueless as to who authorized the program that armed criminals that then assassinated United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Talking about Natural Gas Taxes