• PA-112: Thanks to Farina, the Daily Hag Will Return

    Years ago, when I ran NEPArtisan and commented on local politics pretty regularly, I started a regular series called “The Daily Hag” about the exploits of perpetual misanthrope Kevin Haggerty.  I’m sad to say that the column will be returning and we only have Frank Farina to thank blame. Given Frank’s accomplishments in the House as […]

  • Haggerty: AWOL and Running for a Job He Barely Did

    As anybody paying attention knows, the race in PA’s 112th district has been a mess.  Last week, I wrote about current Rep. Frank Farina’s issues with per diems.  While I was out of town for a wedding, it looks like his issues extend into campaign reimbursements.   We have Tom Lukasewicz, a  Throop Councilman who […]

  • PA-112: This Race Is A Distaster

    The race in the 112th legislative district (which covers the Midvalley, Dunmore, and parts of Scranton) has, in my view, been a lock for Frank Farina from the beginning.  He’s got Tom Lukasewicz, who was for the Landfill before he was against it.  And then there’s Kevin Haggerty, who probably definitely needs counselling. The solid political strategy for […]

  • Going, Going, Gaughan: Scoring Points for Higher Office

    There’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to get ahead in the political arena.  I find, though, that how ones does so often taints the process.  There’s a reason why most people hate politics and think politicians are self-serving and power-hungry. While all of my interactions with Bill Gaughan have been positive, and I find him […]

  • The Scranton Times: Revising Revisionist Revisionism

    Losing an argument?  I’m sure you’ve heard of this simple strategy: deny, and counter with false accusations.  It’s a great way to throw people off, since it’s a natural human tendency to respond to whatever train of thought you’re being presented with.  I see it at public meetings a lot when elected officials don’t want to […]

  • WNEP’s Disservice to Students and Teachers

    Every year in my capacity as a teacher at Riverside, I take my AP Literature & Composition kids, along with another teacher and his AP US History kids, to State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich’s annual Youth and Government Forum at Keystone College.  It’s a wonderful experience. Check this video out and draw your own conclusions […]

  • PA-112: Bill Paid, But More to Come

    After last week’s post about Kevin Haggerty’s large unpaid bill with Lamar Advertising, the Scranton Times has told us that he’s all squared up. Or is he?  (Yeah, that’s me being dramatic.) One of my favorite pastimes is looking at campaign finance reports (my life isn’t that exciting).  According to Haggerty’s campaign finance reports, which you can […]

  • PA-112: There’s a Race, and It’ll Be Fun!

    When I was more active as a political blogger, I spent a lot of time writing about local races.  There isn’t really much going on locally in even-numbered years.  The School Board, Council, Mayoral, and Commissioner races are always during odd-numbered years (every 4 years, staggered), which means you’ll probably see me on fire in […]

  • The Trumpening: I Get His Appeal Despite Not Buying In

    Donald Trump, more persona than person, has demonstrated that style, not substance, is what Americans want in a leader.  Sure, there’s substance behind Trump.  He’s got positions on things.  But they aren’t really what we care about.  We care about spectacle.  It’s why more people tune into network reality shows than cable news.  Trump has […]

  • Dem Debate Recap: Yes, I Watched Despite No Trump

    Right off the bat, viewers of last night’s Democratic debate realized it would be a snoozer compared to the Republican debate.  There were no insults.  No discussions of Carly Fiorina’s face.  No gifs of Trump reactions.  Instead, we were forced to listen to policy, constructive criticism, and substance. BORING. But what does that say about […]

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PA-112: Thanks to Farina, the Daily Hag Will Return

Years ago, when I ran NEPArtisan and commented on local politics pretty regularly, I started a regular series called “The Daily Hag” about the exploits of perpetual misanthrope Kevin Haggerty....

Haggerty: AWOL and Running for a Job He Barely Did

As anybody paying attention knows, the race in PA’s 112th district has been a mess.  Last week, I wrote about current Rep. Frank Farina’s issues with per diems.  While I...

PA-112: This Race Is A Distaster

The race in the 112th legislative district (which covers the Midvalley, Dunmore, and parts of Scranton) has, in my view, been a lock for Frank Farina from the beginning.  He’s got...

Going, Going, Gaughan: Scoring Points for Higher Office

There’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to get ahead in the political arena.  I find, though, that how ones does so often taints the process.  There’s a reason why most...

The Scranton Times: Revising Revisionist Revisionism

Losing an argument?  I’m sure you’ve heard of this simple strategy: deny, and counter with false accusations.  It’s a great way to throw people off, since it’s a natural human tendency...

WNEP’s Disservice to Students and Teachers

Every year in my capacity as a teacher at Riverside, I take my AP Literature & Composition kids, along with another teacher and his AP US History kids, to State...

PA-112: Bill Paid, But More to Come

After last week’s post about Kevin Haggerty’s large unpaid bill with Lamar Advertising, the Scranton Times has told us that he’s all squared up. Or is he?  (Yeah, that’s me being...

PA-112: There’s a Race, and It’ll Be Fun!

When I was more active as a political blogger, I spent a lot of time writing about local races.  There isn’t really much going on locally in even-numbered years.  The...

The Trumpening: I Get His Appeal Despite Not Buying In

Donald Trump, more persona than person, has demonstrated that style, not substance, is what Americans want in a leader.  Sure, there’s substance behind Trump.  He’s got positions on things.  But...

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