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At certain points throughout a campaign season, finance reports are due.  These exist so that voters and journalists can examine who is supporting a candidate.  They also give insight into a candidates priorities.  There is a penalty for getting these in late: $10 per day, capped at $250.  This is peanuts for a campaign raising tens of thousands of dollars, like a race...

The teaching profession has been systematically under assault for some time.  Stop me if you’ve heard these: Teachers get summers off. Teachers are glorified babysitters. Teachers get paid too much. Teacher benefits are too high. All this ignores: That teachers are required to keep getting college credits, or we lose our jobs.  Many of us use summers to get these...

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 a freshman State Rep, particularly...

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 unapologetically believes the borough to...

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 an incumbent would be to...

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 to be a personally agreeable...

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 answer a question. There’s another...

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 about what happened at the...

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 view here, he paid Lamar...

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 2017.  This year, though, there...

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