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Sour Grapes

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Why is it that Jim Barry is the only candidate who hasn't removed their signs?
Above the Law

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May 26, 2013
 

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Sour Grapes wrote:
Why is it that Jim Barry is the only candidate who hasn't removed their signs?
Because Mayor Cherepko selectively enforces ordinances. Mr. Barry is a friend and confidant. He is part of the machine and above the law.

He appointed him to an authority and he has two sources of income from the City as a vendor. He contributed to Mayor Cherepko's campaign.
Law Dawg

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May 27, 2013
 

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Though it was in bad taste not to have the signs down for Memorial Day, Mr. Barry is not outside the law. Candidates have a week to get their signs down in McKeesport so the deadline for sign removal is tomorrow.
Troublemaker

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May 27, 2013
 

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Law Dawg wrote:
Though it was in bad taste not to have the signs down for Memorial Day, Mr. Barry is not outside the law. Candidates have a week to get their signs down in McKeesport so the deadline for sign removal is tomorrow.
Senator Brewster was conspicuously absent from the McKeesport Memorial Day ceremony and parade today. Surprised the assumed new council members weren't there either to steal the focus from the veterans.
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May 27, 2013
 

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Brewster was there....you can feel his presence as he is a force of nature and the essence of the Machine. Bendover and receive Machine communion, McK,,,,crush.crumble.destroy, beyotches. The Machine has got your back.
Naughty By Nature

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CCD Baby wrote:
Brewster was there....you can feel his presence as he is a force of nature and the essence of the Machine. Bendover and receive Machine communion, McK,,,,crush.crumble.destroy, beyotches. The Machine has got your back.
You down with OCD?
Ike Clanton

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May 27, 2013
 

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Law Dawg wrote:
Though it was in bad taste not to have the signs down for Memorial Day, Mr. Barry is not outside the law. Candidates have a week to get their signs down in McKeesport so the deadline for sign removal is tomorrow.
Law don't go around here. Savvy?
Doc Holiday

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Ike Clanton wrote:
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Law don't go around here. Savvy?


Why Ike, whatever do you mean? Maybe poker's just not your game Ike. I know! Let's have a spelling contest!
Paid Holiday

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Troublemaker wrote:
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Senator Brewster was conspicuously absent from the McKeesport Memorial Day ceremony and parade today. Surprised the assumed new council members weren't there either to steal the focus from the veterans.
I think that all the state workers had a paid holiday on Monday including all the state elected officials.

He is entitled to a holiday off like all others.

There is only one assumed new council member this cycle so far if Fawn's lead holds up. Fawn and AJ are incumbents.
Shame

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May 28, 2013
 

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Why didn't anyone standup and run against Harry Walsh?
There is Hope

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Shame wrote:
Why didn't anyone standup and run against Harry Walsh?
I hear on the street the Controller Malinchak will be on the ballet as an Independent in the General Election. This was also reported in the Daily News.

However, with the backing of MDC and Senator Brewster's political dynasty, Controller Malinchak does not have much of a chance. Just like Fawn Walker-Montgomery did not have a chance without the MDC endorsement. She only won by a few votes.

Mr. Walsh is said to sleep outside the City and is big contributor to Cherepko and Brewster. The Brewster machine is infallible and insurmountable with very deep pockets.
Troublemaker

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Paid Holiday wrote:
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I think that all the state workers had a paid holiday on Monday including all the state elected officials.
He is entitled to a holiday off like all others.
There is only one assumed new council member this cycle so far if Fawn's lead holds up. Fawn and AJ are incumbents.
He's been there every Memorial Day - and Veteran's Day - in years past giving the same speech: the veteran, the veteran, the veteran. He's technically a state worker, but he works plenty of unpaid overtime to get that vote. Let him show up when it's important to them.

And I meant the daughter in the assumed. Unless you don't assume. I'd like not to, myself.
A First For Mckeesport

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Troublemaker wrote:
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He's been there every Memorial Day - and Veteran's Day - in years past giving the same speech: the veteran, the veteran, the veteran. He's technically a state worker, but he works plenty of unpaid overtime to get that vote. Let him show up when it's important to them.
And I meant the daughter in the assumed. Unless you don't assume. I'd like not to, myself.
I can't believe he missed a photo op!
Let There Be Light

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A First For Mckeesport wrote:
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I can't believe he missed a photo op!
He may have had a justifiable reason. He proclaimed he is more popular than JC and just might have been performing a miracle or two for his flock of constituents.
John Q

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Sour Grapes wrote:
Why is it that Jim Barry is the only candidate who hasn't removed their signs?
Because all the little black boys he would be conning to go out and pick them up were standing along the parade route looking for a hand out like their baby mama's... LOL... Too bad you people screwed the pooch on this election. Glad I do not live in the port...
Skunked by Plunks

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John Q wrote:
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Too bad you people screwed the pooch on this election. Glad I do not live in the port...
I am not sure I agree or understand what constitutes a screwing?
Two of the three council seats were won by non-endorsed candidates Fawn and AJ. If Fawn's three vote lead is not "corrected" by the machine, I think the machine got it noise rubbed in it.

The Senator pulled all stops for the endorsed. He worked the phones and polls. He called for plunk voting for his daughter. I am told on the street that he even escorted his daughter to church for show and votes.

The blacks for Fawn and other black candidates countered and plunked for their own. And, they should to neutralize the selfish senator's all in the family mentality.

That is why Mr. Barry may have come up a little short. He can thank the senator for his loss if the present count holds.
D Day For Rep DeWeese

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Bill DeWeese presses appeal before Superior Court panel


The Associated Press By The Associated Press ,
on May 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM



HARRISBURG Former state Rep. Bill DeWeese should be granted a new trial on corruption charges because a judge improperly limited the number of defense witnesses who testified, DeWeese's attorney told a Superior Court panel Wednesday at a hearing on his appeal.

William Costopoulos said Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover allowed him to question just eight witnesses about a directive in which DeWeese, a longtime floor leader of the House Democrats, cautioned caucus staff members to confine campaign activity to lunch hours, vacation days and other personal time.

The longtime Greene County lawmaker is a former Marine and "he believed that when a superior gave directives, those directives would be followed," the lawyer told the three-judge panel.

But Hoover barred similar testimony by about 20 other potential defense witnesses on grounds that it would be "cumulative," even though some of them were expected to contradict incriminating testimony by two former top DeWeese aides, Costopoulos said.

"This was my defense," the lawyer said. "None of those witnesses was saying the same thing."

DeWeese, 63, was convicted last year on five felony counts for illegally using public employees and resources for political purposes. He is serving a 2 1/2- to five-year term at Retreat State Prison in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The star prosecution witnesses at DeWeese's trial were Mike Manzo, DeWeese's former chief of staff, and Kevin Sidella, a legislative aide who mainly handled his political fundraising. They testified that the involvement of legislative employees in political campaigns had been rampant under DeWeese's leadership in the years leading up to the state corruption probe launched in 2007.

Manzo pleaded guilty to reduced charges as part of a plea deal and was sentenced to 1 1/2 to four years in prison. Sidella was granted immunity in exchange for his testimony.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Amy Zapp said the subject of DeWeese's directive surfaced 15 times during his trial.

"There's no way, when you read the transcript, that (DeWeese) didn't have his day in court," she said.

Superior Court Judge Jack Panella suggested that limiting the number of defense witnesses might prevent jurors from hearing the one witness whose testimony could change the verdict.

"What right does the trial judge have to take over the trial tactics of the defense?" Panella asked.

Zapp said trial judges are entitled to impose "reasonable limits" on the number of witnesses who testify.

"There is no constitutional justification for allowing unlimited witnesses," she said.

DeWeese's appeal raises other issues, but Costopoulos chose to limit his oral argument to this particular one.

"You've got to pick your war and I picked the one I had the most tanks for," he said after the hearing.

DeWeese served in the House for 35 years, including two as speaker. He was the only sitting legislator to stand trial among the 25 Democrats and Republicans connected to the House who were arrested in a state corruption investigation. Most of them were convicted.
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I have two books at my bedside, McKLightning: the Machine Code of Conduct and the King James Bible. The only proper authorities I'm aware of are my commanding officer, Senator J.B., and the Lord our God. Crush. Crumble. Destroy. Beyotches.....
Patty

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summer is here time for a great handjob under a shade tree..
yeah baby!
Great Time Sham

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Patty wrote:
summer is here time for a great handjob under a shade tree..
yeah baby!
This seems like a shady sting setup for a case of entrapment.

Stay away from shady trees and a person with great hands.

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