Is Donald Trump the real thing... or just a flash in the pan. He's the real deal... so says Val Digiorgio ... the statewide Republican chairman of the GOP. Mr. Digiorgio talked with us over the weekend in Berwick. Mr. Digiorgio was in Berwick to attend the Columbia County Republican winter picnic.
Legislative budget hearings continue today at the Capitol. Most of the hearings on day one dealt with the state's financial picture. With the budget facing a large deficit, PA Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty referred to Governor Tom Wolf's proposed spending plan as responsible and a change from past practices. McNulty also addressed the expanded sales tax on such things as vaping materials and digital downloads. It's only been in effect since October, but so far McNulty says revenue estimates are at or above expectations.
More Budget Hearings
The overseer of Pennsylvania's elections had his turn before state lawmakers as budget hearing got underway in Harrisburg. Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes answered questions from members of the House Appropriations Committee and in addition to line-items in a department's budget,these hearings give lawmakers a chance to ask questions about operations. Cortes fielded one question about the possibility that Pennsylvania could turn to early voting as a way to increase voter participation, but the secretary says something else might have a bigger impact - same day voter registration.
Celebrity Artist Series
A world class talent will be at the Bloomsburg University campus this weekend. The Suffers is a ten piece group formed in Houston five years ago... so says BU's Randall Presswood. Mr. Presswood.. appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... says tickets are on sale now at the Box Office for the Suffers concert Sunday night at 7:30.
PennDOT is cracking down on trespassing on the closed part of Route 61 near Centralia. Agency officials say despite putting up "No Trespassing" signs, people walking on Graffiti Highway is a problem that is getting worse. The roadway was closed because it was determined to be unsafe due to a mine fire making it's way across the borough. A few weeks ago, eight people were cited by state police for riding ATVs on the now closed roadway. More than 30 people were also warned against trespassing and voluntarily left the area according to State Troopers at Bloomsburg.
A bill quickly making its way through the Republican controlled legislature is accelerating toward a head-on collision with the veto pen. A bill that would restrict non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks, instead of the current 24, has been on a fast track in the state legislature. Governor Tom Wolf says he has major concerns about legislating medical decisions. The bill is all but certain to reach the governor's desk soon and he says it will be a fast veto. Governor Wolf says he has not heard from anyone in the Republican leadership as to why the bill has been such a priority for the GOP. Republican lawmakers have argued that it is about protecting the unborn...
A worker was taking videos of women in a restaurant bathroom, according to police in Luzerne County... and he remains on the run. Juan Prieto worked at Luigi's Restaurant in Mountain Top, and investigators claim for several weeks, he hid above a bathroom ceiling and took videos of women below. Authorities say he recorded dozens of videos of women privately using a bathroom over the past month. Police say Prieto used his cell phone to record nearly 50 videos. Cops say they believe at least three of the victims who were recorded included little girls.
A woman who was trying to help her child was hit by gunfire in Wilkes-Barre. The victim told police she heard people fighting outside her home on Hutson Street around 8 PM on Monday. Police say she was shot in the leg when she went to bring her child back in the house. That woman was taken to the hospital but is expected to be okay. Investigators are still looking for whoever pulled the trigger in Wilkes-Barre.
One of two winning Pennsylvania Lottery tickets from a drawing last week was sold in our area. A winning Cash 5 ticket from Friday’s drawing was sold at Unity Food Mart in Muncy. The ticket correctly matched all five numbers drawn – to each win $112,500. The Unity store gets a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket. The second winning ticket was sold in Delaware County.
Two Pennsylvania lawmakers have reintroduced legislation to reform how the state maps out its legislative and congressional districts. Senate Bill 22 would establish an independent 11-member commission; four from each of the two major political parties and three not affiliated with either party. Sponsoring state Sens. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton) and Mario Scavello (R-Monroe / Northampton) said the districts would be redrawn using modern technology and software.
Republicans energized by 2016 victories in the Keystone State hope to keep momentum rolling next year against the Democratic U.S. senator Bob Casey from Scranton. But so far few challengers have stepped forward, and a volatile political environment has built a thicket of uncertainties for anyone considering a bid to unseat one of the most recognizable names in Pennsylvania. And any Casey challenger will have to raise huge sums of money. Last year's Senate race in Pennsylvania cost nearly $180 million.