I have yet to receive an explanation or apology for being summarily dismissed from a Pennsylvania Democratic Party meeting again Saturday. Until I get an apology I will discontinue covering the campaigns of Democratic candidates. This includes Barack Obama’s re-election. It is a violation of the DNC charter to close Party meetings and this is three times it has happened in a short period. My Campaign 2012 columns will cease until the DNC responds.
Tom Corbett’s poll numbers continue sinking like a stone. Pennsylvanians now support him by only 36%. This was before the Shell Oil giveaway which would hire 30,000 teachers. What’s more important, 30,000 teachers or one more dirty energy plant?
Commerce Secretary John Bryson has taken a leave of absence after seizures caused him to be involved in hit and run accidents recently.
A Navy drone crashed on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. President Obama is now using these unmanned planes to spy on us at home.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, closet queen, has broken with Grover Norquist. As more and more cracks dent the adolescent idea of no new revenues ever his Americans For Tax Reform loses power.
Of course Tea Party extremists like Keith Rothfus are still stupid enough to put extreme politics ahead of the public welfare. He has signed Norquists idiotic pledge along with others from Club For Growth (Pat Toomey’s organization) and the American Family Business Institute. He’d rather you pay taxes than people like Alice Walton who is worth $21 billion.
American servicewomen are being raped in alarming numbers. Even more alarming is the fact that not much is done to those who assault them and abortions for pregnancies resulting from sexual assaults is not readily available. Sen. Jean Shaheen is proposing a bill guaranteeing abortion coverage for women service members who are raped. Will Pat Toomey and Bob Casey step forward and protect our fighting women? Will our Teapublicans in the House also do so?
North Dakota rejected a very radical law which could have restored slavery. The religious freedom law would have allowed anyone in that deeply red state to disobey any law based on their religious beliefs. Since the Bible condones slavery…
Arizona also had an election yesterday replacing Congresswoman Gabby Giffords with her former staffer Ron Barber. Hers was a swing district so this could be a harbinger for the fall. Of course Wisconsin also could be if you’re into reading political tea leaves.
Cuts to higher education didn’t begin with Tom Corbett though he has taken them to unprecedented levels.. Pennsylvania’s share of operating expenses for our state related universities has been declining for decades. Toxic Tom’s actions have accelerated the decline dramatically. We now have the distinction of having the top two most expensive in state tuitions in the country for state related universities. Penn State is first and Pitt second. This is a dubious and shameful distinction.
On Thursday the President will make an address at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland if you’re in that area. He was in Philadelphia last night for a fundraiser at The Franklin Institute. It was a pool reporter situation so I didn’t have access. Tom Fitzgerald of The Inquirer was the pool reporter. Supporters paid up to $40,000 for the privilege of meeting the President.
The Department of Energy has awarded grants to Air Products and Chemicals of Allentown and Lyondell Chemicals of Newtown Square. 13 projects received a total of $54 million to increase energy efficiency.
Citizens of the 8th Congressional District are giving Mike Fitzpatrick fits over recent news he gave federal earmarks to a campaign contributor. This is called “pay to play.” Another name for it is corruption.
Constituent Ginny Hoffman of Levittown said it’s time that elected officials get their priorities straight and help people who actually need it. Hoffman attempted to ask Congressman Fitzpatrick about his recent legislation benefiting his donors.
“When I open the newspaper I see that he is giving out a lot of pork to his donors instead of helping middle class people. I tried to tell him to help us, the people that are losing our homes and our jobs, instead of his wealthy donors. But I was blocked by his staff before I could ask my question,” she said.