Berks County Democrats finally got around to selecting a candidate for the special election. Four days later, in a painfully short campaign window, there remain no materials, office for phone banking, staff on the ground or website. With three weeks to prepare this is a bad stumble out of the gate.
I was just on a White House call concerning tonight’s State of the Union Address. I cannot comment on the content until the speech (embargo rules are in effect) but I will later. Barack Obama, however, is going to embrace more items from the Republican agenda. He may as well just go change his voter registration to the GOP and be done with it. I didn’t get to ask my question about Social Security but I did email the White House for a response. If he calls for cutting our safety net be sure to take a good, long drink. You’ll need it.
We commented last year how Ed Rendell was losing staff to the gas drilling industry and now DEP is seeing a migration. Since DEP was, essentially, in bed with Marcellus Shale drillers this is no surprise. Expect a bombshell report to be published soon exploding this issue. It will be very bad for the DEP under Gov. Rendell.
The Inquirer keeps exposing the lack of regulation and oversight which led to the back alley butcher in West Philadelphia killing babies and patients. This is what happens when you restrict women’s access to reproductive services. We saw it before Roe v. Wade and we’re seeing it now with all the restrictions to access. Republicans in Harrisburg are planning to introduce legislation banning abortion in the new health care exchanges. This will only create more Dr. Gosnells and kill more women. I thought these folks were “pro life?” We must expand coverage for abortion and insure safe, legal procedures in sanitary clinics staffed by licensed, competent medical professionals.
There is little new information about the demise of Keith Olbermann at MSNBC. It does seem the pending takeover by Comcast was significant however. This is what happens with total corporate control of the media. So much for that mythical “liberal control of the media” lie. I hope Keith lands on Sirius/XM or other national radio outlet. He should have his own channel there though its reach would never match that on cable TV. Vote with your clicker: stop watching MSNBC. This is one thing they’ll comprehend: ratings.
Meanwhile NBC has hired Ed Rendell. Please tell me we aren’t going to see the former Guv on MSNBC instead of Keith???
The “Texas Miracle” touted as a model by Republicans only to be revealed as a $27 billion budget deficit, is slowly crashing to the ground. The black hole created by Gov. Rick Perry means a California sized crisis. Now, after denouncing government bailouts during his re-election campaign Perry wants President Obama to bail him out.
Speaking of Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced she won’t seek re-election next year. Targeted by Tea baggers in the gubernatorial primary she would be primaried by the Republican fringe. She bailed out instead.
For all you animal lovers and rights people you have an opportunity this week. Berks County DA who supports the shooting and torture of pigeons, will be making his re-election announcement Thursday evening at 6 Pm at the FOP Social Club 776 Mt Laurel Ave, Temple, PA, 19560. Come and protest.
Sen. Anthony Williams spoke to the PA School Boards Association and left rather unhappy. The champion of privatizing public schools took $4 million from charter schools impresarios for his Governor campaign last year. No wonder the PSBA didn’t like the guy! Is he clueless or what?
Planned Parenthood has asked the FBI to investigate a man who is attempting to trap employees into giving him information for treating sex workers. It sounds like Andrew Breitbart is at it again.
Planned Parenthood, a perennial protest target because of its role in providing abortions, has notified the FBI that at least 12 of its health centers were visited recently by a man purporting to be a sex trafficker but who may instead be part of an attempted ruse to entrap clinic employees.
Disclosure: I am a Board member of Planned Parenthood Association of Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, and Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC.