Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Update: I saw the Newsweek cover in Barnes and Noble after running. I got an eggnog latte. I just saw that Palin doesn't like it either!
In an interview on Monday, the former vice presidential candidate did lash out at a Newsweek Magazine cover which shows Palin in her running outfit. The image was taken during a Runner's World photo shoot months ago, and according to a post on Palin's Facebook page, showed a depiction of the formed Alaskan governor which she called "sexist, and oh-so-expected." From Chicago Tribune online
For the record, I thought the photoshoot for Runners' World wasn't such a good idea.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
- Roble (trailing)
- Dorothy (trailing)
- Lloydsville (no results but we had a bad feeling)
- Ward 1 (trailing)
- Ward 3 (trailing bad! Eric Hauser must live there)
- Ward 4 (trailing)
- Ward 2 (trailing where the Repuclican mayoral candidate is up huge! Bad sign)
- Ward 5 (trailing)
- Ward 6 (no results but the trend was not our friend)
So, driving out of Latrobe. We had thought we lost. I refreshed the blackberry and saw that we were ahead with only Whitney and Mutual out. We high tailed it to Whitney and thank God we had a poll worker there. Specifically, Rhonda's father. Hauser won big(at least we know who was pushing for him there), but not big enough to overtake our lead. And then, mutual came in with Rhonda ahead.
What were we thinking going to our weakest polls first? Nothing like driving around thinking you have lost.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
On to Toomey and Corbett!!!!! I am definitely not sitting out the Corbett race. Tom Corbett is an outstanding individual and should be governor. Pat Toomey is the right person to help restore some sense to the US Senate.
- Our friends and family who came out to vote, work the polls and told their friends to vote for us
- For all those who put signs out
- Mike O'Barto
- Both supervisor candidates, John Mylant and Sherry Bohla
- Greaterlatrobe.net for posting the video--almost 200 views more than our main opponent and our facebook friends that shared it.
- Who could forget the Vote for Rhonda runners last summer!
- Whoever started the rumor about me and reporting the "signs without disclaimers" because that actually helped us meet more people who helped us
- Barack Obama who actually made people want to vote republican again
- Poll workers for other candidates who helped us pass out info
- The other school board candidates who chose not to work the polls at all today. Normally, I don't think poll working helps. But today, it did. We had a lousy ballot position, but it was right under Bill Palmer. His excellent campaign got people to look down ballot for his name and then we were the only other school board campaign out there with literature.
- Olivia, Natalie and Elizabeth for being awesome today.
- And all those who helped who probably don't want me to put their names on the blog. You know who you are and thank you!
Rhonda really deserved to win. I just don't think it should have been this hard. Greater Latrobe is awesome school district!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Seriously, I have been far to busy with "life" things to bother with something like other people's campaign signs. I haven't even put one out in like two years. That being said, if you want a Rhonda Laughlin for School Board yard sign, just e-mail me. firstname.lastname@example.org
They are available in both Greater Latrobe school colors and halloween colors (black and orange). We would greatly appreciate it.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I wish people would get their facts straight before making accusations.
I did not report these signs to the courthouse. Also, no one associated with me or my wife reported these signs to the courthouse.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I just couldn't believe how horrible she was!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I have met Tom Corbett. I like him. I trust him. I will continue to support him for governor.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
- an outspoken conservative senator
- a baseball hall of fame member
- and some who pitched a perfect game in the majors?
Well, I was treated to that all at once. It was quite enjoyable. I thought it was the perfect kick-off to getting folks in Westmoreland County fired up for Sen Santorum's reelection. Sen Bunning was an awesome featured speaker. However, the attendance was just so-so and that truly marked the beginning of my loss of interest in organized politics. After that, I had to endure Scranton's unsuccessful bid for governor, Santorum's loss and people's inability to move on from the whole Toomey/Specter controversy, and the final straw--Mitt Romney's loss. I personally blame that loss on Iowa's conservative christians and some of their "problem" that Romney didn't have exactly the same religious beliefs that they held. Huckabee, what a wasted vote Iowans!!!!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
What now? Should the GOP just forget about it and concentrate on Bryan Kline's race? After all, Patterson did poorly in his re-election primary for Clerk of Courts.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Could you ever imagine Reagan whining on Facebook? Or even using Facebook for that matter? Or threatening to sue the mainstream media if they write bad stuff about her? In this instance, I don't think the media is holding Palin to a different standard. In the past, they were unfair to her, but now...Palin is just acting wierd. Reagan would have just beaten the press and his opponents with two skills...communication and leadership!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I would run with either Palin or Obama. She is a good marathoner. Heck, I'd even have a cigarette with President Obama. That would be a cool conversation starter. Maybe the two could come to Pittsburgh and run the Pittsburgh Marathon. It is a friendly marathon. Or better yet, they could come to Connellsville and run the Woodruff 5K (killer hills).
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Director Susan Mains said without a state budget in place, the district doesn't know for sure what it willbe receiving as its basic education subsidy. And the state has other changes proposed that could affect the district's bottom line, she said.
Mains said she feels more comfortable having small millage increases yearly, rather than one, large millage hike in a given year. The small increases give the district some cushion for unforeseen expenses, she said.
I'm fearful we're digging a hole that we shouldn't be digging," Mains said.
Director Kathryn Elder agreed that slight yearly increases put her more at ease than one large hike.
"We're kind of getting squeezed," Elder said. "I"m very concerned."
But Director Rhonda Laughlin said directors couldn't increase real estate taxes this time based on what might occur.
"Just to raise taxes 'just in case,' I think, is wrong," Laughlin said.
Tribune-Review July 1, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
The official blog of the Westmoreland County Republican Committee. No other blog has been authorized or endorsed by the WCRC or its candidates.
What other blog could they be talking about? I don't think I ever claimed this to be an official Westmoreland GOP blog. I never wanted it to be. I always wanted to have complete editorial control.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I, for one, would support Carmen Pedicone for re-election because he has earned it.
Tom Balya retiring as commissioner? That would end up being a big commissioners race. The GOP would have a great shot at winning two seats.
Read McNickle's piece.
Here is a quote from the article.
Three bullets. Each bought by the electorate. Each loaded by the government. Each being pointed at America's head. And, tragically, the trigger is about to be squeezed by a nation of too-ignorant, too-gullible or too-lazy sheeple.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Memo to republicans: Don't act like pious christians if you are going to cheat on your wife!
If these guys would spend as much time cultivating their relationships with their wives as they do cheating, they would not need to cheat.
That goes for you too, Sen Ensign. Get lost, loser! We don't need either of you in government. Plenty of better people to take your place tomorrow. The first 10 people to walk in the local Walmart would be preferrable to me than to have you lying despicable wife cheating losers in government. It would not be so bad had the whole conservative movement hadn't starting claiming christianity and family values as their own.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Shame on you GOP committee (update: troublemaker not committee). Gordon was a HUGE help to elect a good conservative republican to the state house. Just go ask Tim Krieger how much help Gordon was. What a boneheaded move! If I was chairman, I never would have allowed this case to be heard!
As for me, I did violate the spirit of the by-laws. I have no problem with being expelled.
I was told by someone that Gordon has not been kicked out yet. Due to the cross filing nature of the race, the by-laws are open to interpretation. We shall see. Kicking Gordon out does no one any good. I can state for a fact that Gordon wore a McCain button to the Obama rally at Hempfield High School. He attended because he was a school director. I was there because my wife and kid wanted to go and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Obama wasn't any different than any other politician I have seen. Spoke better than some, but no "magic"
Update from George Dunbar. Matter settled. Whole press release in comments.
I did not believe that Gordon’s actions necessitated his removal. Gordon has been a loyal and hard working committee man for years and I am looking forward to continuing that relationship in the future.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Most are former industrial cities in the "rust belt" of America's Mid-West and North East. They include Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh,
Are you kidding? They can't bulldoze part of Pittsburgh. The Pens just won the Stanley Cup and the Steelers won the Super Bowl.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I prefer Conan.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I heard things got really nasty at the Executive meeting last night. Anyone know what actually happened?
June 3, 2009 6:45 PM
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
DO AS I SAY. Some Westmoreland County politicians were smirking at former GOP chairman Perry Christopher's observations about the lack of races for county government offices on his blog, only to be followed on the day after the election with laments on his blog about having to forgo political retirement to work on his wife's campaign this fall.
I have to say some Westmoreland County politicians will smirk at anything. Let me interrupt for a few facts.
- I love my wife.
- She is a valuable member of the school board.
- She is a fantastic mother and a great friend.
- She is the type of person you want involved in your local government.
In today's society, a husband willing to help his wife achieve her goals by supporting her in any way she needs is nothing to smirk at. I just find that whole thing odd. Besides, they failed to mention how cool the other blog is! Go visit it. In my opinion, rather than smirking, those Westmoreland County politicians should have been saying "that guy must really love his wife" rather than always looking for the negative in things. But, isn't that really what is wrong with our political system? Too much negative energy!
By the way, it was precisely attitudes and comments like this that made me lose my affinity toward politics. I found it became about who could make the snidest remark about someone rather than advancing ideas. Life is too short for that. I will work for candidates that are good people. After my wife's election, Corbett for governor and Tim Krieger for state rep are two things I will certainly be involved in.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Here is the entire list:
For Wilco, Jesus, Etc has to come before Heavy Metal Drummer. I love both songs, but one is more essential than the other.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Trib article about Unity Township
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
While I am at it and since I have to campaign until November, I guess I will remain politically active so I can work on the Tom Corbett for Governor campaign. I also owe Mike Reese some work and without a doubt I want to see Tim Krieger re-elected. So, I guess my demise is a bit premature.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Visit the "We are the Yorio's" team page by using this link!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Reason #1. She skipped the Damien Rice concert because she had a school board meeting. While this is a reason for me not to vote for her, it certainly qualifies as a reason for the rest of you to vote for her. An extreme example of dedication.
This is probably not only my favorite Damien Rice song, but may be my favorite song of all time.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
It is quite a shame. Rhonda is an asset to the school board. She has no agenda or political aspirations. She just wants the Greater Latrobe School District to continue to deliver a quality education to our kids. Rhonda is one of the only board members who actually have kids in all levels of the system. Elizabeth will be entering 7th grade this fall. Natalie is going to be a 5th grader. Our baby, Olivia, is going to be a kindergartner this fall.
Rhonda is going to need your help! We really want your help. If you would like to help in any way (yard sign, poll working, telling your friends to vote for her), please contact us: email@example.com Your help will be VERY appreciated!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Let the guy play with a one strike and your out policy.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Here is what a rock star looks like!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
At 7.1 mile:
At that point, I was slightly behind her because I was looking at her...oops, I can't say that on here.
Her overall pace was: 9:41
Mine was: 9:53
I did go twice as far!
This is the girl who has always told me she hates running and could never do a half-marathon. As an added bonus, our hotel room overlooked PNC Park for fireworks night.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Elizabeth sat in front of Sen. Ward. Liz still loves politics. Maybe some day she could intern in Kim's office. That would be sort of cool.
FYI, Three Cool Cats is a song off Beatles Anthology 1. It also applies in this case.
Just so you know, I am not losing my hair. Sort of looks like it. I ran out of the shampoo I like and the crap my kid had in the shower has made my hair stiff. With all the running, it just kind of stays back like that.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
It was pretty good, but Ray is certainly an introvert. Check out Chuck Konkus on the drums. At least he reminded me of Chuck Konkus (Chuck's a famous republican). My new phone is exceptionally cool and my wife did not fall asleep during this show like she did at Son Volt.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Read the full story here!
Judge Ober just ruled to allow a candidate for clerk of courts stay on the ballot for the EXACT same violation.
Read the full story here!
Judge Caruso did send me case law backing up his opinion. But, the law is the law! Can we rule consistently. Do these judges look at each others' opinions? When you vote for judge this spring, please carefully research all the candidates. Please vote for the best legal mind! This isn't just about republicans and democrats, it is about justice! Vote wisely!
Of course, the irony is that Pat Laughlin is running for clerk of courts in the May primary.
To answer my own question:
Smail Auto Group in Hempfield last week bought Tom Clark Ford in the Greensburg area and moved the Ford dealership's vehicles to the Bud Smail Lincoln Mercury dealership along Route 30, said Mark Smail, company president.
Smail purchased the vehicles but not the property that housed the Ford dealership along Route 30, said Smail, who declined to reveal the purchase price. Tribune-Review March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I was going to go to a Mike Reese fundraiser on 3/25 (honest), but I used the money on the U2 tickets. Just kidding! I know I promised to go to the first Reese fundraiser, but the timing of this one was really inconvenient. I will definitely attend one in the near future. My wife and I think Mike Reese is doing a very good job as state representative and would have attended the reception, but noon on thursdays is the worst possible time. Keep me on the list.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
(Peg) Luksik says (Pat)Toomey told her in February that he wasn't running for the Senate. She says it's up to Toomey to decide whether he want to risk dividing the GOP's conservative wing and allowing Specter to win a sixth term. (LINK)
Who is she to give Toomey an ultimatum? Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory! Nice work Luksik! I would much rather have Toomey in the Senate. Now is not the time for newbies. Toomey has the experience to be a much better senator!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has been vague about details of his healthcare reform efforts, but he provided a hint on Monday of one direction he could take -- community health centers.
As he announced the nominations of his two top health executives, Obama highlighted the allocation of $155 million to 126 community health centers as part of the $787 billion economic stimulus package.
"These health centers will expand access to care by helping people in need -- many with no health insurance -- obtain access to comprehensive primary and preventive health care services," Obama told a news conference. link
I think he should rethink this idea and partner with those in the private sector who are already opening community health centers. Currently, Wal-Mart and Walgreens are doing this.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Buckingham is a pure live wire, and people who have never seen Fleetwood Mac might not know that if he hadn't ended up in this co-ed pop band, his name might be thrown around with guitar heroes like Neil Young and Eric Clapton. Buckingham can rip in numerous ways, from the frantic acoustic fingerpicking on "Big Love" to the nitro shredding on "I'm Afraid," which, contrary to the image of the 50-something ballad-loving Fleetwood Mac fan, drew the biggest roar of the night. Post-Gazette 2/2/2009
My favorite parts of the night were Lindsay Buckingham's performance (I Go Insane, my complete favorite) and my wife looking particularly good(really good). My least favorite part was I think the security guard enjoyed frisking me way to much.
Here is the set list:
• "Monday Morning"
• "The Chain"
• "I Know I'm Not Wrong"
• "Go Insane"
• "Second Hand News"
• "Big Love"
• "Never Going Back Again"
• "Say That You Love Me"
• "Gold Dust Woman"
• "Oh Well"
• "I'm Afraid"
• "Stand Back"
• "Go Your Own Way"
• "World Turning"
• "Don't Stop"
• "Silver Springs"
Saturday, February 28, 2009
- A quality education (I do mean a bachelor's degree)
- A vision for the township
- Ability to lead
- Ability to problem solve
- Ability to analyze
For me, experience in road work is meaningless. The township should already have qualified people in place for this. We don't need to elect someone to be on the road crew. We need to elect someone to have a vision for the future of the township and to effectively put policies in place to get us there.
If you think this way, you have until March 10 to file your petitions. Believe it or not, you only need 10 signatures.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers
If only Gary Louris and Mark Olson would play at the Palace in Greensburg!! Speaking of the Palace, aren't they doing an awesome job. In the past year, I have seen:
The Jonas Brothers(right before they hit it big. For the kids, not me!!!)
Wierd Al Yankovic (for the kids too, but it was a good show)
Robert Cray and Keb 'Mo
and next Ray LaMontagne
Awesome work Palace! Now go book Mark and Gary!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Hi Friends, Many of you have received my February newsletter via U.S. mail but I'm sending it now via e-mail hoping that you will forward it to your e-mail list as well. I hope that many of you will be able to attend our important meeting on Tuesday the 17th as we will be having some candidates and elected officials present. Congress sure hit us on Friday the 13th and our own Arlen was the chief culprit. He and many other topics will be discussed on Tuesday and I hope to see many of you there. Also remember that petitions for various offices can begin to be circulated on the 17th so bring any along if you wish. For God and Country, Don
The meeting is held at the Christian Fellowship Center February 17th intersection of Route 993 and Ridge Road
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
The state's insurance assistance program's waiting list has doubled in less than a year to more than 183,000, and the state expects the recession to push that to 282,000 by July. The program has enough money for 41,000 people.
But, what are PA lawmakers considering. That's going to help!
Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have primary seat-belt enforcement laws, meaning police can stop vehicles for a seat belt violations, even if it is the only violation the officers notice.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Laurel: To Tim Krieger. The freshman state representative of Delmont goes to the head of his class for taking on Gov. Ed Rendell's spendonomics. Among commonsense and sorely needed fiscal reforms, Rep. Krieger advocates zero-based budgeting, requiring all spending to be justified in each state budget, and the elimination of millions of dollars in discretionary spending -- money lawmakers spread like fertilizer to grow influence and reap re-election. Hear! Hear! This is an auspicious start for a legislator who wants to make a difference in Harrisburg.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Obama is “obviously more frightened of me than he is Mitch McConnell. He's more frightened of me, than he is of, say, John Boehner, which doesn't say much about our party."
On this, Rush is right.
Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., did not take kindly to this assessment in an interview with Politico Tuesday.
“I think that our leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are taking the right approach,” Gingrey said. “I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party. You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of that thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldn’t be or wouldn’t be good leaders, they’re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell."
Seems that the House GOP leadership AND John McCain are going to oppose Obama's stimulus plan now. Could it be? Are the republicans finally going to get their act together? Let's hope.
Rhonda and I had our wedding reception at Mountain View in 1993. Here is a pic in the hallway of the old rooms at the Inn.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Rhonda and I are going to be happy to support her effort.
To all my friends on the republican committee, you can support any candidate for judge. The election is nonpartisan and all candidates crossfile.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Considering the letter I received today, I will support James Antoniono for Westmoreland County District Attorney in both the primary and general election.
As for the future, my political philosophy has not changed because I am no longer on the committee. I am still a republican.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Antoniono said Peck mishandled the investigation and prosecution of former state Sen. Robert Regola, whose gun was used in the suicide death of his neighbor, 14-year-old Louis Farrell. Regola was acquitted of perjury and gun charges last summer.
"He (Peck) was not at the scene, and I think that's wrong. The (Farrell) family lost a son, and Sen. Regola lost his job under a cloud of suspicion. All that could have been cleared up," Antoniono said. Tribune-Review 1/16/2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
State Rep Mike Reese was there. Rhonda doesn't think she had ever met him. Rhonda told me he was very engaged in the discussion about education. Rhonda told me he demonstrated good analytical skills. She also stated he was very friendly.
I thought I would just take this opportunity to again state that I was wrong and Mike Reese is doing a good job as state represenative.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Republican Commissioner Charles Anderson, who replaced Ward last month, said he liked Bompiani but his presence on the water authority's board of directors could be dangerous to ratepayers.
"I was concerned about his record of tax increases. This impacts an awful lot of people, and we just have a philosophical difference of opinion," Anderson said.
I do feel a bit sorry for Bompiani. It is hard to be a school director because Harrisburg sort of passes the buck to the school districts to raise taxes. Oh well, I participated in the tagging of Bompiani as a tax loving school director too.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Some background. If you e-mail Tom Balya with a question or you want to start a debate, he will reply and engage you in a discussion. From personal experience, Tom Balya considers e-mail between two people to be private. It should be, but it is not. I know all this very well. When Kim and George were running against Tom and Tom, my self-appointed duty was to taunt Balya through my blog and e-mail. I tried very hard to get a good quote to use in the campaign, but he did not bite. I did blind CC: an e-mail I sent Tom to a Trib writer. He did go ballistic over that to me, but he held his tongue until after the election. To my recollection, he did not use profanity. However, I would have not been even slightly annoyed by dipshit. I am not in the third grade.
So, a guy named Bill Eger routinely e-mailed Balya for debate. Balya seemed to engage Eger. It is actually a positive trait if an elected official is so willing to engage in debate. The problem is Balya wrote dipshit in his response. Oh heavens. What should we do? Will the world ever be the same? And Eger forwarded that e-mail to the Trib's McKickle who wasted newspaper space on a column.
I personally think it is great that you can engage your elected officials in policy debate. Without having the complete exchange of e-mails, you can't criticize him for using the word dipshit. Without the tone of Eger and Balya's relationship, the exchange is taken out of context. I should know because I tried to bait Balya into the same thing in the past.
I have since changed. I think others should to. If a column was to be written criticizing anyone, it should have been written about Eger forwarding the e-mail to the Trib.