Lots of interesting tidbits today. The President is in Philadelphia for his second annual back to school speech. Where’s all the furor this time?
Mayor Jim Brewster of McKeesport has been selected by Democrats to run to succeed Sean Logan in the State Senate.
AFSCME Local 88 has endorsed Lois Herr for Congress in PA-16. Herr has attacked Joe Pitts for taking credit for construction at the Lancaster AMTRAK station after voting to cut funding for the rail line. In an era when we must build and rebuild our mass transit Congressman Pitts remains in the 18th century.
Patrick Murphy has his first television ad of the fall campaign:
More information is coming out about Paul LePage the Tea Party candidate for Governor in Maine. Yesterday I noted how he and his wife took homestead tax exemptions for two different primary residences, one in Maine and another in Florida. Yesterday he lashed out at the press during questioning and swore at the reporters. Nice touch there Paul. He says he will return the $191 to the State of Maine though that isn’t the issue or the amount owed.
The LePages, it seems, established domicile in Florida so two daughters could attend Florida State University based on in state tuition. Since they didn’t live there and accepted primary domicile tax status in Maine it seems they owe Florida taxpayers the difference between in state and out of state tuition at FSU. I’m guessing but but I’ll bet that’s more than $191.
You’ve got to love these Tea baggers! Last night in Easton Jake Towne, Tea bagger running for Congress said in one moment that government cannot create jobs. A few minutes later he cited government as the single largest job sector in the country. Which is it Jake? Maybe Martians created all those government jobs, maybe it was Saturnians funding the seed money for countless new entrepreneurial efforts at Ben Franklin Partners? Jake thinks if we each contribute our five bucks for economic development we can replace the government’s initiatives formed by pooling all our dollars and giving it to outfits like Ben Franklin. Maybe he wants us to privatize the roads and bridges too and have everyone pay some private company through tolls? Is that really what you want? I’m already imagining the safety issues when profit is put first…
While on the topic of the Tea Party has anyone had any experience trying to attend their events? Have you been asked to leave or turn off your recording device? Are they strictly on private property so they can do so? If so why are elected public officials and candidates for public office attending these closed forums while supposedly campaigning? Let me know about your experiences.
I didn’t watch the Eagles game Sunday (it was on Fox) but saw several Facebook posting by the team about concussions. Both QB Kevin Kolb and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley left the game with concussions then sent back into play against league rules and all known medical science about these injuries. I know something about concussions having had six moderate to severe ones. The Philadelphia Eagles recklessly put winning ahead of the lives and health of their players. If this happens again coach Andy Reid should be suspended, if it keeps going on he should be fired. Maybe Reid has been taking his junkie kids’ drugs.