Rosemary Boland, longtime president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers, stirred up a hornet’s nest of criticism recently when she cited “black,” brown” and “immigrant” children in the city district who, she claimed, come from households that might not be observing COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Boland capped things off by saying these kids “are not going home to the Donna Reed home.” Boland claims her words were taken out of context. I’m not so certain.
Like his GOP peers in North Carolina and Utah, Sen. Pat Toomey is experiencing some serious blowback from the Trump Cult currently masquerading as his state’s Republican Party. Toomey’s crime? Voting (correctly) to convict Trump of the impeachment charge for the role he played in provoking the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
One party official in Washington County went so far as to say “we did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing. We sent him there to represent us,” which, given the evidence against Trump, is as close to admitting you’re in a personality cult as is possible in U.S. politics.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political problems involving the undercount of nursing home COVID-19 deaths are bad enough without his earlier self-aggrandizing claims of success in battling the pandemic.
Unhappy with rulings handed down by state judges who were selected by Pennsylvanians under the current districting system, Republicans in the legislature are turning to their old stand-by, the gerrymander.