“The Kraken” has been released, with predictable results.
Keystone Landfill’s 838(!)-page response to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection might be the longest Christmas list ever. A lot is riding on how the department receives it.
The good news: dogs are returning to the White House!
The old news: Biden is famous for foot-in-mouth moments.
For many Scrantonians and NEPA residents, the possibility of a high-speed rail connection to New York City is a long-lived and enticing idea that has been dashed on multiple occasions. Still, hope springs eternal. The fact that Amtrak recently showed an expansion map that reportedly includes Scranton and environs has set some local rail-lovers’ and business peoples’ hearts a-flutter.
Like selected other municipalities, Scranton has announced plans to trace COVID-19 by sampling the city’s wastewater system, looking for traces of the virus. They just need to make sure they’re testing the right sewer.
A whopping 77.65 percent of Lackawanna County voters turned out either in person or in the form of a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. Regardless of which candidate you supported, that is the sort of news we can all be thankful for.
As the Trump presidency is dragged off kicking and screaming into the sunset, it’s good to pause for a moment during the holidays to remember its legacy. For starters, there’s the roughly $7.1 trillion-with-a-T that was added to the national debt, much of it due to Trump’s starving the public coffers with tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations as well as stimulus spending to contend with a pandemic that he tries to deny.
The erstwhile “America’s Mayor” and current legal laughingstock Rudy Giuliani has said and done some pretty outrageous things in the defense of Donald Trump. Thursday’s press conference, wherein he and the rest of Trump’s “legal team” spun fantasies, fibs and conspiracies regarding the outcome of the 2020 election (the one their client lost bigly, by the way) was one for the books.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine is one of many health professionals nationwide trying to convince folks to take at least basic precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19.
Scranton’s Hill Section neighborhood deals with the fears and realities of the pandemic, as University of Scranton students gather off campus to celebrate what facsimile of college life is available these days.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been a busy boy of late. In a Quixotic quest to
overturn er, steal Joe Biden’s electoral victory over Donald Trump, he’s contacted numerous GOP state officials to see what could be done about tossing mail-in ballots. Graham’s efforts came to light after Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger blew the whistle on him. If true, Graham should show himself the door, or at least face censure, the likelihood of either of which is vanishingly distant in today’s GOP.
Raffensperger, meanwhile, is feeling the white-hot anger of the Cult45. A lifelong rock-ribbed conservative, he’s discovering that the only litmus test for being a Republican these days is one’s unquestioning fealty to Trump.
(It’s also worth noting that Raffensperger lays the blame for Trump’s loss on Trump himself, pointing out that his admonition to supporters to not trust voting by mail wound up suppressing turnout in Biden’s favor).
There’s never really a “good time to raise taxes,” and that’s certainly in the case of a pandemic-related economic recession. This has sent Mayor Paige Cognetti in search of other funds to plug a multi-million-dollar hole in the Scranton city budget. One possibility: the city’s workers’ comp fund.
Trump’s legal efforts challenging the legitimacy of the 2020 election have been met with failure in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 general election have relied on baseless allegations of vote-by-mail fraud in a number of swing states, Pennsylvania being chief among them. While his campaign’s legal efforts to this end have been fruitless, he nevertheless is doing real damage to the legitimacy of America’s election system.