Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who has never seen a media opportunity he couldn’t screw up, ticked them off once again yesterday. This man is clueless about the importance of good media relations. It will come back to haunt him.
State Senator John Rafferty, who comes my part of the state, is proposing a new law allowing stores to sell beer in six and twelve packs. I rarely agree with Rafferty but Pennsylvania’s archaic beer and liquor distribution laws are stupid. I don’t drink but the fact one is forced to buy a six pack from a tavern and get soaked on the price turns people off. There are much better ways and we see them in each surrounding state. I understand I’m at odds with my union brothers on getting rid of the state store system too but it simply doesn’t work well in comparison. Much of our business is driven out of state.
A Pittsburgh man died after ten calls to 911 because ambulances were unable to get to him due to the snow. For all those morons who don’t believe in government this is a lesson. We must have government and we must fund it adequately or next time this could be you. If you want to live somewhere where there’s no effective government move to Haiti or Somalia.
The late Congressman John Murtha was buried yesterday. Many dignitaries paid their respects including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bob Casey and others. Sen. Arlen Specter, conspicuous by his absence, was out west raising money.
Testimony in the BonusGate trial keeps being interesting. Yesterday we learned several Democratic House staffers met with and lied to AG Tom Corbett three years ago after the news was first leaked by the Post-Gazette. It’s never a good idea to lie to the State Attorney General. They then destroyed evidence that legislative staffers were paid bonuses for campaign work and they then tried to hide the facts from the media and public. This illustrates how stupid our legislative staffers in Harrisburg are and why they are now on trial for corruption. Mike Veon’s lawyers have been successful in pointing out nothing directly implicates the former leader other than the testimony of those who are confessing they lied to Corbett. I see an acquittal coming for Veon.
Scott Detrow’s Joe the Plumber interview was all over the news yesterday. After running both John McCain and Sarah Palin under the bus who would want Samuel Wurzelbacher’s endorsement? After endorsing anti-government State Representative Sam Rohrer for Governor Joe is trying to explain his comments. Maybe he should hire a real plumber to fix his leaking mouth. It seems to oozing BS.
Speaking of Sam “The Crazy Fundie” Rohrer why is he running for Governor? He has often said he doesn’t believe government has any role but defense. Since the state government, outside of the National Guard, isn’t involved much in defense would Gov. Rohrer cease every other state program? Doe she support CHIP, office of againg, family and youth services, snow plowing of state highways and road and bridge repair? Would he privatize all of these services for private profit? Answer us please Sam.
I finally saw DNC Chair Tim Kaine on TV this morning. He has been as invisible as the DNC as Democrats lose race after race. Michael Steele is everywhere and spreading lies and misinformation. Of course Kaine didn’t even know how many Democratic Senators there are on his CNN appearance today. There are only 57 Tim, not 59 as you stated. Maybe this explains why we never see him. Actually there’s another reason and I’ll get to that shortly.
Mike Stark goes after Democratic message dysfunctionality in his latest HuffPost piece. Instead of urging Democrats to run on their records and beliefs the Party thinks they should run on Tea Party issues. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Then we have Republican stupidity. Their strategy is to filibuster very bill, every legislative process, paralyze Washington and think the voters will reward them in November. The crazy thing is that this strategy seems to be working because Democrats are so bad at messaging they cannot educate the voters.
Evan Bayh, frustrated about the paralysis caused by GOP obstructionism opted to bail. While I understand this temptation this only makes the problem worse. The same thing goes for Harrisburg. Leaving is surrendering to the status quo.
I’m receiving information from various candidates running for the State House and Senate. If at all possible I prefer to meet with you. Any of you in the Lehigh Valley who wish to appear on Democratic Talk Radio should contact me, Steve Crockett or Walt Garvin. Our contact information is at the DTR web site.