Corbett Tries Stealing Penn State Narrative

Gov. Tom Corbett announced yesterday he, as Governor, is suing the NCAA for its sanctions against the Penn State football program and the University.  With questionable and shaky legal standing, the suit alleges antitrust violations in the manner in which the collegiate athletic association chose to impose draconian sanctions against a program which it acknowledged did no wrong, broke no NCAA rules.

Legal experts question the Governor’s legal standing to file such a lawsuit.  Current Attorney General Linda Kelly abdicated her job and delegated to the Governor’s Office the authority to file this suit.  Why didn’t the state Attorney General just file it?  Politics.  Gov. Gasbag, watching steadily dreary poll numbers largely driven by his ill advised involvement in firing legendary coach Joe Paterno, desperately needs to reverse course, he has to initiate a cut back tot he open field before his re-election is doomed to the locker room.  

Incoming AG Kathleen Kane ran on a platform of investigating Corbett’s role in the three year investigation of Jerry Sandusky and wants to discover if he dragged his feet allowing a serial child molester to remain on the street because he didn’t want unfortunate political blowback while running for Governor.  Corbett then led the Board of Trustees decision to fire JoePa making him one of the evil tyrants in the story to Penn State football fans.  There are a few of them in the Commonwealth and the Guv stands no chance of re-election unless he does some serious damage control.  This lawsuit is driven completely by politics and not by law.  It is likely to be dismissed before November 2014 making him look even more desperate  I predict a sack for loss or worse, a blocked kick for an opposition touchdown.

News & Notes October 24, 2012

I had an idea for an election game which I passed on to the Obama campaign this morning.  It’s called Romnesia Bingo and every time Mitt flip flops on a key issue you find that position on your card and get the block.  When you get BINGO you lose something instead of winning:  your Pell grant, veterans benefits, food stamps, Medicare, Social Security, unemployment, etc.

Another independent group is running ads in the Attorney general race.  This time the target is David Freed and the ad is running in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

Republicans have launched a massive election fraud effort this year.  Voter Id was just part of it.  In Ohio billboards went up trying to intimidate minorities from voting.  In Arizona’s Ottawa County mailers went out to 2300 voters giving them the wrong date for the election.  Another Arizona county sent mailers which, in their Spanish (the English part was correct) gave the wrong date for the election.

Here in Pennsylvania confusion continues as to Voter ID.  Gov. Corbett has refused to expend enough to re-educate voters about the current law.  After spending $10 million before the courts struck down his voter suppression bill he should be matching that amount to inform voters they don’t need a photo ID next month.  How many eligible voters might not vote because they think they need ID?  I stopped in at Berks County Election Services this morning and Deb Olivieri told me there remains much confusion locally.  She also said they’ve processed 35,000 voter registration forms for the election.

One of Richard Mellon Scaife’s newspapers continues telling voters they need ID.  They don’t.  Shame on this war mongering liar.

A Federal Appeals court blocked Indiana’s law defunding Planned Parenthood.

Erie State Senate candidate Janet Anderson still hasn’t come clean about her “employment” status.

If you missed the foreign policy debate here’s a short primer:

State Representative Tarah Toohil is under attack in a YouTube video showing her with drug paraphernalia:

The Boy Scout perversion files include former Scout leaders who never were accused of molesting scouts.  Why were they on the list?  They were gay.

Not that Sarah Palin is racist or anything, why would we ever think that?  But she did just accuse President Obama for a “shuck and jive” on Libya.  Interesting racist choice of words…

A debate of alternative candidates for President was held this week.

I’m not implying that Paul Ryan may not be the sharpest tack in the room but he doesn’t understand Obama’s “horses and bayonets” comment from Monday’s debate.  Would someone please explain it to him?

Gov. Corbett got a mysterious $1.5 million donation from the Republican Governors Association in which the original donors aren’t known.  It is illegal for state candidates to accept corporate contributions and the RGA raises money from them.  Is Tom Corbett crooked?

David Freed’s Conflict of Interest

Leroy Zimmerman is being investigated for his misconduct as Chair of the Hershey Trust.  Milton S. Hershey, founder of Hershey Foods, created the trust to insure his financial fortune would be used to fund the Milton Hershey School for orphans.  The Trust invested in a golf course and overpaid by millions.  They wasted multiple millions in the failure which should have been used, as directed by the will and the Trust by laws, for the school.  $17 million was expended to purchase the wren Dale Golf Course (which was failing) and to build a clubhouse.   The price was inflated by two or three times its appraisal.  One of the investors in the failed operation was Hershey Company President Richard Lenny.

Leroy Zimmerman made millions as Chair of the Board of The Hershey Trust.  He is David Freed’s father-in-law.

How will Attorney General David Freed escape the obvious conflict of interest as The Hershey Trust’s activities, managed by his father-in-law are investigated and prosecuted?

PA AFL-CIO Endorses Anti-Union Candidate

The state AFL-CIO lost its last shred of credibility last week when it endorsed union buster Kathleen Kane.  The Attorney General candidate owns, with her husband, Kane Is Able, a notorious anti-union trucking company.  Her fervent opposition to organized workers was the focul point of a bitter primary battle.  It could not have have gone unnoticed by Organized Labor.

Previously the umbrella organization has turned around and endorsed the likes of Blue Dog Tim Holden after vowing not to for votes against workers.  If an organization doesn’t stand for anything it’ll fall for anything.  One must clearly articulate one’s mission and adhere to it in endorsements if it expects its members or the public to rely on its recommendations.  The Kane endorsement is the final nail in the coffin of the state AFL-CIO’s credibility.

Holden, Altmire Bite the Dust

Newcomer Matt Cartwright stunned Blue Dog Tim Holden and Mark Critz bounced Blue Dog Jason Altmire out of Congress tonight.  This is progress for Pennsylvania.  Ironically Holden loved his new District map so much he twisted arms in the state legislature to approve the redistricting.  It cost him his seat.

In other races Kathleen Kane will lose to david Freed in  November, Gene Stilp won in PA-11 to challenge Lou Barletta using, as he Tweeted, grassroots and social media.  Rick Daugherty defeated Jackson Eaton in PA-15.

Erin Molchany won the nomination for the 22nd State House seat, Marty Schmotzer will take the seat until January and various other races are still close.  My friend Joe Haas swept to victory in House 187 over Bill Bispels who really didn’t mount a campaign,  

Attorney General Endorsement: Patrick Murphy

I began this primary for Attorney General not having a preference.  I’ve known Patrick Murphy for a number of years and I though Kathleen Kane’s experience as a local prosecutor was impressive.  I soon discovered Kane is a pathological liar and I cannot support her for office.  Murphy, on the other hand, is a Bronze Star recipient for his work as an Army JAG officer in Iraq where he prosecuted terrorists trying to kill our soldiers, served in Congress where he led the fight to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and was one of the first Members of Congress to endorse Barack Obama.

Kane, on the other hand, is married to the owner of trucking firm Kane Is Able, a fervently anti-union company which exploits its workers.  She should be a Republican with that track record and is worthless as a candidate for statewide office as a Democrat.  She simply won’t win crap with all of organized labor against her.  Worse, her campaign lied to me, disparaged Murphy’s military service to me then lied about it all on PCN.  She isn’t fit to deliver my newspaper.

The next Attorney General must be a counterweight to the blatantly unconstitutional laws being signed by Tom Corbett.  Before being Governor he used the AG office for political prosecutions in a way that politicized the office.  He used it as a platform to get the Governor’s Mansion and corrupted it in the process.  While he pursued high profile trials he allowed the Sandusky investigation to linger on the vine while children were at risk.  We need a prosecutor who will return integrity to the office and Patrick Murphy is the person for the job.

Veterans Call For Kane Apology

VoteVets PAC called on Kathleen Kane to apologize to Pennsylvania veterans for her campaign’s attacks on his military service record.  On a press conference call today Jon Soltz, AJ Gales, a Pennsylvania vet and Ashwin Madia, who served in Iraq with Patrick Murphy, talked about how attacking someone’s distinguished military record is an insult to all those who served.  Madia spoke about how he drove JAG officer Murhpy to court in Iraq where they risked their lives every time they did so.

Kane campaign Communications Director Joshua Morrow attacked the former Congressman’s military record in a telephone call to me March 5th.  When I questioned the wisdom of going after a war veteran and how that would alienate vets he did so anyway.  Morrow said Murphy couldn’t have prosecuted terrorists but his Bronze Star commendation goes into detail about exactly such prosecutions.  Kane went on PCN last week and denied that her campaign had made such attacks.   Kane also owes me a public apology.

I’m beginning to think she is a pathological liar.  Now she’s also denying having said, on that same show, she was against Card Check, the Employee Free Choice Act.  She claims not to be anti-union (though the family company bankrolling her campaign is) because her father was a union member.  Well my father was a John Birch Society conspiracy theorist and arch conservative but that didn’t make me one any more than her Dad being a union member makes her pro labor.

Labor: Kane is Anti-Union

UFCW Local 1776 called Kathleen Kane on her opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act today.  John Meyerson of the UFCW and President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation released this statement following Kane’s assertion on PCN that ” I am not a supporter of Card Check.”

“For weeks, candidate Kathleen Kane has sought to distance herself from her company’s stridently anti-union practices and rhetoric, but her recent comments show that she is every bit as anti-worker as her company, Kane is Able. On Tuesday evening’s PCN Call-In, Kane echoed her company’s previous statements by voicing adamant opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act.

The Employee Free Choice Act is the best way to ensure workers are free to organize and collectively bargain, without fear of workplace intimidation or threats to their livelihood. EFCA would allow the employees of Kathleen’s company to decide for themselves if they want to join a union. It is no wonder she is opposed to the bill.

What’s worse, Kathleen insists that because she grew up in a union household, she is pro-union. It’s time to set the record straight. You can’t run an anti-union company, fund your campaign entirely with money from anti-union executives, oppose laws vital to working families, and still claim to be pro-union. Excuse the pun, but I’m tired of this anti-union trucking exec getting a free ride. It is time someone called this what it is – a deliberate attempt to deceive voters on one of the most important issues of this election.”

Kane’s most recent statement echoes the previous anti-worker statements made by her company, including those of Harry Drajpuch, Chief Operating Officer of Kane is Able, wrote in the official newsletter of Kane is Able, “The Employee Free Choice Act will make it easier for unions to ‘represent’ you, with all the corruption and associated union dues you’ll be forced to pay.” – [Kane is Able Cable, July 2009, Vol. 1]

In a related matter why is Kathleen Kane signing her emails as “Pennsylvania Attorney General?”  Linda Kelly is the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

 

Kane Lies Abouts Attacks on Murphy Military Record

Kathleen Kane went on PCN last evening and spoke about the importance of upholding the public trust.  She then violated it to voters by lying to them.  When asked about a campaign staffer questioning Patrick Murphy’s military record she said her campaign had NEVER done so.  She also said she didn’t know where that report originated.  It originated here after a disturbing conversation I had with her Communications Manager Joshua Morrow.

Mr. Morrow called me on March 5 and I called him back.  I recall this clearly, I was parked outside a Wawa in North East, MD at the time.  He threatened me about a press release I had posted about Kane from the Murphy campaign, saying I had to delete it because it wasn’t true.  (I checked and it was entirely accurate.)  I then warned him about the dangerous ground they (the Kane campaign) were treading questioning Patrick’s service record.  I said they were alienating veterans and the blowback was hurting them, especially when Murphy explained he’d prosecuted terrorists.

The Kane campaign not only questioned his military service but his fitness to pass the bar.  Morrow told me the Minnesota test their opponent took to qualify for the bar was easier than Pennsylvania’s and said Murphy took it for that reason.  Morrow then attacked Murphy’s claim to have prosecuted terrorists.  He said, then repeated several times, that since he served for four years he wouldn’t have been assigned such important cases.  Josh went on to claim that Murphy was in the Airborne for two years before joining the JAG Corps and therefore, with only two years experience in JAG, wouldn’t have prosecuted terrorists.

The Murphy campaign then sent me the commendation for his service detailing those cases.

I wrote this article because the Kane campaign lied to me.  They told me the claim by Murphy that she had filed campaign contributions listing herself as an executive with Kane Is Able, their anti-union trucking company, was inaccurate.  I researched the FEC files and found ten contributions where Kathleen Kane listed herself as such.

The Kane campaign lies.  They cannot be trusted and the last thing we need is a liar as Attorney General.  I demand a full public apology from Ms. Kane for lying about me.

News & Notes March 27, 2012

As we near the one fourth mark of the year this also means the end of the first quarter fundraising period for federal candidates.  This means our inboxes will be full of emails asking for contributions.  Campaigns cost money so give until it hurts.  We’ve seen what the alternative is…  That’s far more painful.

I’ll be in Philadelphia tomorrow for an interview so blogging will be light.  Unfortunately, with the new texting law blogging while driving is against the law, lol.  I do so wish there was a train!

The Steel City Stonewall Democrats have endorsed Erin Molchany for Chelsa Wagner’s House seat.  Her opponent once stole $50,000 from Allegheny County taxpayers and reneged on $25,000 in taxes to the IRS.  This one’s a no brainer unless you sit on the PA Dems Executive Committee.

Bill Clinton endorsed Kathleen Kane for AG.  The co-owner of an anti-worker, anti-union trucking company co chaired Hillary’s presidential campaign in her region in 2008.  The Clintons are famous for their loyalty.  Its just too  bad they aren’t showing that same loyalty to their union friends.

Meanwhile the AFL-CIO endorsed Patrick Murphy for the post.  If you’re a working person there’s no choice in this primary.  For some insane reason they also endorsed Tim Holden after swearing they wouldn’t following his votes against working people.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is conducting its 40th anniversary state convention in Philadelphia this week.  Speaking tomorrow will be D. Alexander Bullock, Chapter President of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Foundation in Detroit.  I’ll be interviewing him following his speech about voting rights, union organizing rights, voter education and voting registration.

The Critz campaign says their internal polling has them within 7 points of Jason Altmire.  That still spells defeat.

I applied, yet again, to the Pennsylvania Treasury Department for funds owed me from years ago.  They advertise these unclaimed monies periodically and a relative let me know I was on the list.  I applied for my money two years ago and they never responded.  Rob McCord, I want my money and I want it now.

He’d better listen to me because Pat Robertson says I’m possessed.  Heaven knows what I might do…   Oops, I meant hell.

People on the right wing are asking what makes the Trayvon Martin case national news.  it’s national news because of the Stand Your Ground Law and the fact the local police department didn’t do anything against a man who stalked, attacked then murdered a teenager for the crime of walking while Black.  If you cannot understand how this is major news you are dumb and ignorant.

The Pennsylvania Civil Rights Network has some details on the lawsuit against Tom Corbett filed for his corruption while Attorney General.  Juicy stuff.

Activist Roxanne Pauline shot this video of HHS Regional manager Joanne Grassi speaking recently in Scranton: