Thursday, May 28, 2009
Scranton – As Pennsylvania faces surging unemployment, higher gas prices, budget turmoil, and a troubled economy, Democrats in Pennsylvania’s State Senate have decided to instead focus on gay marriage.
According to recent news accounts (Patriot News, 5/27/09) Democratic State Senator Daylin Leach has proposed a bill to authorize gay marriage in Pennsylvania. To date, Senate Minority Leader Robert Mellow has been silent on the proposal. According to press accounts, Democrat Senator Leach has looked on recent actions authorizing gay marriage in New Hampshire and Maine as motivation for this proposal.
“Pennsylvania needs more jobs, lower energy costs, and lower taxes…not gay marriage. I question Senator Leach and his Democratic allies in the State Senate’s priorities if they think the largest issue facing Pennsylvania is whether or not gay marriage should be legally recognized here,” said Lackawanna County Young Republican PAC Executive Director Dave Weber. “Pennsylvania is currently facing a budget crisis and weighing tax increases on working families. These are the issues of the day that need to be addressed immediately. I question the judgment of any elected official that believes gay marriage proposals are a higher priority than taxes, energy, and our economy.”
“This is an excellent example of how Pennsylvania’s Democratic leaders are out of focus and out of touch with the needs of regular, everyday Pennsylvanians,” Weber added. “We call on Senator Mellow to break his silence and state publically his support or opposition of this bill and whether it should really be a legislative priority considering the economic turmoil and budget problems Pennsylvania is facing.”
Sunday, April 19, 2009
In the spirit of fairness, transparency, and the non-partisan nature of judicial races the Republican Party of Lackawanna County held candidate interviews for all of the candidates for the open judgeship in Lackawanna County yesterday evening.
After each of the candidates addressed and answered questions posed by the committee the Committee voted unanimously to endorse Frank Castellano for Lackawanna County Judge of Common Pleas.
“Frank Castellano is exactly the kind of person Lackawanna County needs to serve as its next Judge. Frank possesses the qualities and experience that will best serve our County,” said Chairman Paul Catalano. “I am proud to have such a qualified, experienced candidate seeking the office and the endorsement of the Republican Party.”
The Committee also voted unanimously to endorse District Attorney Andrew J. Jarbola for Lackawanna County District Attorney as well as Judges Michael Barrasse and Terrence Nealon for retention in the upcoming November General Election.
Monday, February 9, 2009
From the Times Leader:
Election district changes disputed
County court will receive objections to voting district consolidation petition.
RALPH NARDONE Times Leader Correspondent
SCRANTON – This morning the Lackawanna County court of common pleas will receive objections to a recent petition made by the county’s board of elections to consolidate election districts.
The objectors are seeking to halt the plan they say will result in increased difficulty for voters.
Paul Catalano, chairman of the Lackawanna County Republican Party; Lance Stange, Republican Party secretary; and Republican county Commissioner Anthony Munchak, who serves on the board of elections, were named on the objection.
The petition they are fighting proposes consolidating 41 Scranton voting districts into 19 and 44 county districts in 13 municipalities down to 23. Filed on Jan. 29, the petition was signed by county Commissioner Corey O’Brien, chairman of the board of elections.
The consolidation promotes the public interest because “fewer election districts will be understaffed on election day” maximizing “efficiency” of the new voting system, according to the petition.
But, Stange said the petition was filed without a public meeting as required by law. He said he found the whole thing “startling” because of its seeming secrecy. He was denied a copy of the petition twice before it was filed, he said.
“It’s illegal, period,” said Munchak in a phone conversation Sunday night. Besides lacking public input, there was no involvement from either the Democratic or Republican parties, and O’Brien signed it as the board of elections chairman without ever being selected to that seat, Munchak said.
Munchak feels confident the court will at least delay the petition. He also hopes O’Brien will “fess up to another mistake” and change course.
Stange said the objections are a case of “right verses wrong.” If the consolidation happens, some of the most populated voting districts will be “smashed together.” The combined districts will have as many as 3,000 voters, he said, creating problems with space, privacy, parking and accuracy.
The integrity of the voting process will suffer, Stange said. In addition, the large districts will violate state rules that say districts cannot exceed 1,200 voters unless a “demonstrated convenience” is proven.
Catalano said part of the problem lies in a shortage of voting officials. Each site must have a judge, machine operator, majority and minority inspector, and clerk, he said, adding the county has not taken any steps to stem attrition.
The positions offer very low pay and mandate up to 16-hour days on election day.
Catalano said larger voting districts conflict with the Help America Vote Act, which is intended to make voting more manageable. A district with 3,000 voters is anything but manageable, he said.
Catalano and Stange stress they are not fighting on party lines, but because the overall petition is flawed.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
10 years ago, several women came together for form the Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women. The late Mary Dippre was the founding member according to Rose Ann Gaetano. Mary was the person that can be credited for bring back the republican women’s group in Lackawanna County.
The Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women was named after the mother of former Governor William Scranton. “Mother would have loved it,” stated former governor William Scranton. “The work she and her women did was the joy of her life.” He thanked the group for honoring her.
The Margery Scranton Council has participated in many activities over the years. They participated in campaign activities for local, state and national candidates, conducted campaign workshops, honored women in the community and took part in several community service projects. One of the group’s signature event is to honor a women of achievement in March as part of Women’s History Month. In the words of Rose Ann Gaetano, founding member “In politics if you want something said ask a man, if you want something done ask a woman. Lets not forget the five W’s when women work we win.” She also made note that under republican leadership in county government there were more women heading departments than any time in Lackawanna County’s history.
The group is a member of Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women and is also active in the National Federation of Republican Women Organization.
The officers for the 2009-10 are:
President - Barbara Davenport
1st Vice President - Aida Velez
2nd VP - Kelly Ann Walsh
Corresponding Secretary - Kim DeMatteo-MacDonald
Recording Secretary - Tanya Crews
Treasurer - Fran Francis
Assistant Treasurer - Michelle Mancuso
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The panel will also include members of the law enforcement community, civic leaders and illegal immigration advocates.
The event is open to the public and will also be broadcast live on television.
If you are interested in attending, please arrive at PSU's Hazleton Campus in the Evelyn Graham Center by 6:30pm.
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