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Friday, June 22, 2007

Expect No Meaningful Reform From Land of Midnight Payraises

In his most recent post, LVDem tell us it's time to start lobbying for reform, including legislative improvement of arcane open records laws. But for some reason, he's fearful of "reform" when it's proposed by a conservative. He's afraid conservatives will disguise their political agenda as reform. "[S]ome people will say and do anything to get elected."

Well, let's take a look at state senator Lisa Boscola's attitude towards reform, as exemplified by one of three emails sent to me by her chief of staff the night before The Morning Call outed him as a sexist and misogynist.

You keep writing about Lower Macungie and open records. Pat yourself on the back. What a difference you make.

In that email, state senator Boscola reveals how she really feels about reforming open records or our second class township code, which allows township supervisors to hire themselves.

I sent a copy of that email to Boscola, complaining about her chief of staff's attitude towards reform, but she never bothered to respond or even acknowledge receipt.

Sure, he apologized in a public statement to Congressman Charlie Dent and Dem contender Sam Bennett. But not a word of regret to two women from the private sector who he slammed much harder. I guess the lowly peasants don't count.

And reform? You won't hear much about that until Boscola runs for her next office.

Blogger's Note: This post is being emailed to Boscola. I request she publicly disavow Kieklak's slur on reform efforts and state exactly what she's doing to make a difference, especially about our open records laws and second class township code. Her COS can fill her in on the details.


LVDem said...

Here is a follow up I did on my concern about using reform as a guise to further political agendas. Note that a hardliner did exactly what I predicted and it had nothing to do with good gov't reform. It was about transportation.

Anybody who uses reform to advocate for something that has nothing to do with good gov't reform should be called out. And I believe I said that in both of my articles about reform... or something very similar to it.

But I am expecting something. That's why I encourage people to lobby their state reps. If you take the stand point of nothing will happen, do nothing in turn and nothing happens, then you are part of the problem.

RadCenter said...

Bernie, in case you didn't know it, you're being viciously attacked by some, um, misguided "citizens" on the Morning Call Topix forum.


If you need backup, let me know your email address and I'll send you mine.

Anonymous said...

Don't look for anything from Boscola.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Rad, My email addy is BOHare5948@aol.com. I'm being viciously attacked? Those people probably know me.

Anonymous said...

And to think that only last November, after Charlie D beat Charles D, Boscola was being hailed by some as, perhaps the only way the dems could win the house seat in 08.
At this point, I think dent would welcome the challenge.

Unknown said...

Lisa might be thinking Bernie The K
is better suited to oppose Charlie The D.

Anonymous said...

I'll wait until I see reforms enacted before I really trust any reformer.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 10:28, Given our past history, I think that's fair.

Anonymous said...

Someone explain why it is reform to make legislators less responsive to their constituents by reducing the size of the legislature. New Hampshire has double our legislature and no income tax! Perhaps, reform should include ballot initative ability; independents being allowed to vote in primaries; and instantaneous recording of votes, bills,etc....but reducing the size of the legislature ensures editorial writers and large donors have an even greater say in legislations. Why are so many reformers, anti-democratic?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 2:11,

I agree with you on that one. I have no problem with eliminating one of the houses and coming up with a unicameral body. That should reduce some of the bureaucracy. But reducing the size of the legislature is very troubling anmd is, as you say, less democratic.

Anonymous said...

Let's go back to basics. The very first issue in legislative reform besides lobbyist reform is to make the legislature PART-TIME. We'd have less long-term moochers if they got a moderate salary instead of the highest in the 50 states! It wouldn't be so attractive to power brokers, etiher, if we didn't give them our money and carte blanche to do and get away with anything! Case in point: Boscola and Kieklak where he earns almost $95,000 annually. Think she earns less? Do you think? She had nearly a quarter mill in her campaign chest a few months ago, and it came from questionnable ethics like developers and Karoly. All her friends seem to be making the news these days. Not a legacy I'd embrace!

Anonymous said...

Sour Grapes Ms.28% of the vote. Lisa's legacy is quite impressive though she belies her achievements by Bernie's inane, insane comments.

Why dont u lead a GOP effort to allow independents to vote in primaries; provide instant access to votes and bills; fight for the right to have initiatives so the people can decide?