WALKING THE BEAT: Kane Shows Decisiveness Where It Counts

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COUNCIL PRESIDENT Darrell Clarke, State Sen. LeAnna Washington, Councilwoman Marian Tasco and Councilman Jim Kenney were among those at Tasco’s Jazz Brunch held at The View. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

COUNCIL PRESIDENT Darrell Clarke, State Sen. LeAnna Washington, Councilwoman Marian Tasco and Councilman Jim Kenney were among those at Tasco’s Jazz Brunch held at The View. Photo by Robert Mendelsohn

The STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL moved deftly against school cheaters. In my view, this is a far more-important issue – our kids’ future – than forcing a few pesos on the unsuspecting. Yet the press went mute after EXERTING all that ENERGY to blast her over Ali-Gate (?). Nary a peep of praise. And State Rep. Mike O’BRIEN showed great courage is walking out of the kangaroo impeachment of Kathleen KANE. If the hearing by Committee Chair Republican State Rep. Darryl METCALFE was to impress the folks back home in Butler, or GOP State Committee, then it failed. It produced testimony of three persons – or three opinions. And it was done on taxpayer time, including unprofessional ejection of a fellow lawmaker (O’Brien) elected by us to speak out. And Kane was not invited. Courageous move?

I cannot believe the DA has challenged the Superior Court ruling on Msgr. William Lynn. Could we not have spent that money to ENLARGE the puny diversionary programs saving the taxpayer money now and later?… If the Convention Center Manager takes on the tough Carpenters’ Union and Ed CORYELL – does that make him a big man on the campus of industry peers? Vietnam Vet Coryell can be like a dog on a bone.

Sen. Bob CASEY was right to tell Gov. Tom CORBETT to give up his pursuit of a VOTER ID. Since Corbett is up for reelection – let him KEEP AT IT. He made cuts during his term which HURT citizens, now wants to restore some of them? Does he want to run PURE as the driven snow? What is all the shock about Corbett’s decision not to push VOTER ID? He would be stupid to start a new push for it!… The Corbett Medicaid Plan needs over 700 new employees? It sounds like a GIANT BOONDOGGLE!! No wonder it might cut chiropractic, podiatry, optometry and transport. How else can you pay for a better health-care plan for 700 new workers?

The District Council 47 (AFSCME) endorsements have come in and they endorsed McCORD for Governor. Was it a profile in courage when they declined to endorse a candidate in the 180th, 190th, 191st, 192nd and 197th Dists.?… ADVERTISING on PUBLIC buildings – if credit is given, it should be to Council President Darrell CLARKE for the concept, and to Managing Director Rich NEGRIN for modern-technology billboards. Speaking of Negrin, his Facebook photos are being added to again. Each time he looks more distinguished. Does he plan to run for office?

We all read where the Divine Lorraine Hotel FINALLY may come back to life. Good. But it is not alone. The “war” shell of the 12-story Beury Building at Broad & Erie needs attention!!… With Rendell and Casey scoring gubernatorial candidate Rob McCORD to chill out on negative ads, the worst negative ads seem to be from an opponent of State Rep. Mark COHEN. I hear the recent mail attacks hit an all-time NADIR of nasty zaps.

ANNUAL 22nd Division of 13th Ward Fish Fry funder raised funds for summer community block party. Fry leaders Frank & Beth Pender also celebrated one year of marital bliss after 28 years of dating. Both are 22nd Division committeepersons. Here they welcome new committeeman Eddy Haliburton, 2nd from right, to 24th Division. Those are Gene Kennedy and “Big Sammy” Hodge, with lovely ladies. Photo by Joe Stivala

ANNUAL 22nd Division of 13th Ward Fish Fry funder raised funds for summer community block party. Fry leaders Frank & Beth Pender also celebrated one year of marital bliss after 28 years of dating. Both are 22nd Division committeepersons. Here they welcome new committeeman Eddy Haliburton, 2nd from right, to 24th Division. Those are Gene Kennedy and “Big Sammy” Hodge, with lovely ladies. Photo by Joe Stivala

The HIBERNIAN HUNGER PROJECT does so much good, and there are only rare moments to thank them – such as a CELEBRITY BARTENDING night in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9617 James Street, on May 17, 7:30 to 11:30 pm. Labor Leaders John McNESBY (Police), Joe SCHULLE (Firefighters), Dan GRACE (Teamsters), Tom DOOLEY, (Operating Engineers) and more. USO Chief Joe BROOKS will be on hand. An ALL-STAR TEAM from AOH 17, 22, 25, 39, 51, 61, 87 and 88 will serve as well…. LOCAL 19 Sheet Metal Workers Political Chief Joe RISPO is pushing Shaughnessy Naughton who is running for Congress in the 8th Dist. A good labor candidate. Help her.

It has been asked if it is enough for Tom WOLF, as a nice guy, to be a good Governor (?). Good question. When they deride him as unknown a few months ago, I say SO WHAT? So were other candidates. When you read that Wolf was only Secretary of an unimportant state unit – THE REVENUE Dept. – say What? What operation did the critic run – a typewriter? You can’t compare ex-Gov. Jon Corzine with Wolf without a spoonful of BLARNEY. Since Wolf is too many points in the lead, a less-glitzy story than a tight race, reporters might try to bring him down a peg or two…. It took a while, but the Tea Party had a defeat in the North Carolina senate race. I hope for more of the same in the coming in the Nebraska, Georgia, Kentucky and Idaho races. Are Americans FINALLY tired of paralysis??… MILESTONES: The passing of Coburn “Cowboy Bonny” VAUGHN saw a great supporter of his family and brother Bill’s in-laws leave us…. Dante MATTIONI’S first love was our port. He dreamed of a new dredged port on the south side of the Navy Yard. A dream that will come to pass…. And losing Robert MULGREW, Sr., giant and father of 10 boys, makes one wonder how he took care of them in a wheelchair. Will Saint Peter and he discuss right to life?… And Sheriff’s Capt. Domenick SAIA, suddenly, was a jolt. The span of life is short, about a billion heartbeats, the years and the days precious.

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One Response to WALKING THE BEAT: Kane Shows Decisiveness Where It Counts

  1. I am hoping that at least 4 out of 10 registered voters come out and vote today. It would be an indication that apathy has not taken over voters. We need an energized electorate to continue the Democratic process in a way that we realize that it should not be taken for granted.

    Michael E. Bell
    May 20, 2014 at 3:45 am

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