Giving up the Ghost
Monday, February 21, 2011

During the last couple of years, analog ventures, disappointments, and joys have conspired to alternately interfere with the time needed to do this, the desire, or the inspiration. Finally time to recognize that this game has ended. So long, and thanks for the fish. (final h/t to G) .. read more..

Open Invite to Participate in PHAN Weekly Policy Calls
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

From the old in-box: The Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) is a state-wide coalition that fights for state-level and national health care reforms to improve access to quality, affordable health care for all Pennsylvanians. Since the passage of the national reform package, they have been l... .. read more..

Specter Likely to Pull it Out
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Although I would not be the least surprised if Joe Sestak wins today's primary battle against Arlen Specter for the Democratic nomination in the 2010 US Senate race, I expect the end of the day will see Specter hanging on by as many as four points. Neither candidate has polled a majority since th... .. read more..

Wilkesberry Banning Cell Phones for Driving, Riding, Walking
Thursday, April 1, 2010

From this morning's local rag (this speaks for itself): Wilkes-Barre moving to ban use of cell phones while driving, riding, walking By Matthew Harras (Staff Writer) Published: April 1, 2010 WILKES-BARRE - Hang up your cell phone or risk getting pulled over. That's the choice Wilkes-Barre drivers... .. read more..

Georgia AG to Gov: Health Reform Lawsuit Hogwash
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Georgia's Democratic Attorney General Thurbert Baker refused to comply with a request from Republican Governor Sonny Perdue to join with other (all Republican) Attorneys General in their lawsuit against the Federal Government over the recently-enacted ( LOVE saying that ) health insurance reform.... .. read more..

Rethugs Thugs and Outliers
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Yesterday on Meet the Press, Chuck Schumer waived off David Gregory's invitation to pile onto the Republicans over the insults, threats, and acts of violence directed at Democratic Members of Congress in reaction to the health insurance reform law. Senator Schumer correctly noted that those behav... .. read more..

Bloggers, Pols, and Wannabes Overwhelm Rooney's
Saturday, March 27, 2010

About 100 NEPA Bloggers, Politicians, Candidates, staffers, and groupies of all, descended on Rooney's in Pittston last night for the umpteenth OT Blogger Happy Hour organized by Gort, but the first to attract such widespread attention. Most interesting, the print media was there to cover the blo... .. read more..

Coverage Kerfuffle
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Yesterday I was thrice told that Senators and Representatives exempted themselves from the just signed health reform law. This is yet another example of the exasperated and desperate simply making things up to stir the pot. Actually, the bill (page 157) requires Members of Congress to participate... .. read more..

When You're Dead, Lay Down
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I took the title of this piece from a line someone tossed out on the Republican lawsuits and threats after yesterday's wonderful signing ceremony (I think it was Paul Begala ). Whoever said it, it was good advice. President Obama was still handing out pens when the Republican attorneys general fi... .. read more..

NEPA Blogger Meet Up This Friday, Candidates Welcome
Monday, March 22, 2010

From Gort : The next blogger meetup will be Friday March 26th at Rooney's Irish Pub 67 S. Main St. Pittston, PA 18704 starting at 5PM. There is big bar area with tables off to the side and plenty of free parking across the street where the Tomato Festival is held. It's easy to find just drive nor... .. read more..

Senate to House: You can Trust Us Here's a Signed Document
Monday, March 22, 2010

Over half of the Senate has signed a letter to the House promising to support the House reconciliation package. And we all know, if you have a signed document in your possession, you can't go wrong (h/t Tim Farley ): .. read more..

Time for Thank-yous
Monday, March 22, 2010

If your Representative voted as you wished in yesterday's historic advance, it is very important that you call and express appreciation for the vote. It is important because you want your Rep to listen the next time you call and because you want your Rep to understand that what they do is being w... .. read more..

Kanjo has announced support
Sunday, March 21, 2010

Finally . UPDATE: Kanjo got asterisk manager changes that benefit Geisinger Insurance and Scranton Orthopaedic. More later as details become known. .. read more..

Kanjo rescinds, back on the fence; Stupack has tentative agreement with WH
Sunday, March 21, 2010

Latest from our little bird inside the beltway loop -- Kanjorski's unease about voting against the interests of a corporation that has given a million bucks to his pet projects, operates a PAC that has been very generous to him (in the last cycle , no one in Congress got more from the Sallie Mae ... .. read more..

Deal Done, Kanjo on Board
Sunday, March 21, 2010

Kanjorski has informed the White House that he is now a definite yes. We're assuming some sort of deal favoring Kanjo's corporate sponsor, Sallie Mae, was struck. But we'd like to think all of those constituent phone calls to his DC office helped win the day. .. read more..

Kanjo Tells Prez: "I'm (probably) voting 'No'!"
Saturday, March 20, 2010

A source with information received directly from the White House has told us that Kanjorski has told the President that he is firmly in the Republican column on the health insurance reform initiative. [See UPDATE below] Contrary to recent reports in the Washington Post , Firedoglake , and Ben Per... .. read more..

Carney Moves into the 'Yes' Column
Saturday, March 20, 2010

Congressman Chris Carney (PA-10), announced late this afternoon that he will be supporting Health Insurance Reform when it comes up for a vote in the House. Carney supported the House Bill, but was undecided on the Senate Bill and reconciliation package. In recent days he has expressed exasperati... .. read more..

Weighing a Vote -- Kanjo Protecting Sallie Mae over District 11 Residents?
Saturday, March 20, 2010

With the report that Kanjorski told the President that he will probably vote NO on Health Insurance Reform because the Congressman objects to the impact of the included student loan reform effort on the Billion-Dollar Sallie Mae, which employs a few hundred in his District, we thought it a good t... .. read more..

The Bus Came By, So Let's Get On!
Saturday, February 20, 2010

ROAD TRIP!!!! Here's a chance to support Melanie's Marchers . They've arranged for buses to ferry supporters to join the marchers for the last mile or so of the trip. If you can take a day and get your butt to Philadelphia or Pittsburgh on Wednesday, the 24th, you can join the last leg of Melanie... .. read more..

Support Melanie's March for Health Insurance Reform
Friday, February 19, 2010

A couple of days ago, a group of activist citizens set out from Philadelphia on foot. Their destination is Washington, DC, where they hope to arrive and lead a rally for health insurance reform on the day before President Obama's Health Insurance Reform Summit. They've named their march " Melanie... .. read more..

Marching to the Finish Line for Melanie, While Kanjo Marches Backwards
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Kanjo owes his career to unprincipled pandering for votes. He spent last year obfuscating his position on health insurance reform. Almost daily one would find Kanjo flipping or hawing on support for reform, depending on which donor or voting group to which he was speaking. Now, facing a challenge... .. read more..

"Melanie's March" on Washington Leaves from Philly Today
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

From PHAN in today's inbox: Health Care Reform Activists to Walk From Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. Eight-Day March Will Stop In Delaware, Maryland, Washington. Marchers Will Deliver Message to Congress: People Are Dying. No More Delays. Philadelphia, PA - At noon on Wednesday, February 17, hu... .. read more..

It's Joe Wilson's Habit
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Apparently, Joe Wilson makes it a habit to label truths he doesn't like lies. On C-SPAN, Talk of War Gets Awfully Belligerent Facts can be such difficult things. Donate to Wilson's Democratic opponent here: Rob Miller for Congress Because revenge really is the best revenge. .. read more..

Pastor Asks God to Give President Brain Cancer
Thursday, September 3, 2009

(h/t SANFU-ed ) .. read more..

It Really Is This Simple
Thursday, September 3, 2009

Simple question, simple answer. CNN / Opinion Research Corporation 8/28-31/09; 1,010 adults, 3% margin of error Mode: Live telephone interviews (CNN release) Now thinking specifically about the health insurance plans available to most Americans, would you favor or oppose creating a public health ... .. read more..

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