Pence, Eric Trump flying in to help GOP House candidate
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is making a campaign stop to help a Republican candidate in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright in northeastern Pennsylvania, an area where President Donald Trump did well in 2016.
Pence's Wednesday visit to help Republican John Chrin includes a rally near the Wilkes-Barre Wyoming Valley Airport. On Tuesday, Eric Trump, the president's son, is visiting businesses with Chrin to tout his father's tax-cutting law.
As campaign cash rolls in, 2 House races tilt to Democrats
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Money is starting to pour into Pennsylvania's midterm congressional races and, with the GOP's control of the U.S. House on the line, ominous signs are surfacing for Republicans in races that several months ago had been considered even contests.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright’s relatively weak re-election campaign showing two years ago and shifting congressional district boundary lines have Republicans thinking they can beat him this year.
Three Republicans — John Chrin, Joe Peters and Robert Kuniegel — hope to win the Republican nomination for the 8th Congressional District seat in the May 15 primary election. The winner will face Cartwright — unopposed for the Democratic nomination — in the Nov. 6 election.
No one likes to hear that money often matters most when someone runs for political office, but time has proved that again and again. The guys or gals with the most money don’t always win. In fact, lately they’ve won less than they used to, but the pols with the big bucks still dominate most of the time. That’s our democracy. If an elected seat covers a large territory or lots of people the way congressional seats do, you need lots of money to reach its many voters, partly because the United...
Editor: Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease in America and the only leading cause of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. One in three seniors die with Alzheimer’s disease. It is imperative that we have elected officials who are working to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. As Alzheimer’s Association advocates, we were fortunate to meet with meet with U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright to discuss the staggering impact of Alzheimer’s on Pennsylvania and...
Editor: Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive ailment in America and the only leading cause of death without a way to prevent, cure or slow its progression. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease. It is imperative that we have elected officials who work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.
National Science Foundation Awards University Of Scranton $645,814 STEM Grant
SCRANTON — The National Science Foundation awarded the University of Scranton a $645,814 federal grant to promote excellence in undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, Moosic, a member of the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, announced the grant in a news release and said the money will provide scholarships to 25 students who have demonstrated STEM achievement and a need for financial assistance.
SCRANTON — The National Science Foundation awarded the University of Scranton a $645,814 federal grant to promote excellence in undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics. U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, Moosic, a member of the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, announced the grant in a news release and said the money will provide scholarships to 25 students who have demonstrated STEM achievement and a need for financial assistance. The project supports students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in the STEM disciplines of biology, chemistry, computing science, mathematics and physics/electrical engineering. — STAFF REPORT
The Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council (GWBLC) and the NEPA Labor Day Festival Committee recently combined their efforts to conduct a special educational and entertainment event for local veterans who reside at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center (VAMC) Community Living Center, and veterans who are VAMC outpatients. The veterans were treated to lunch at Rodano’s Restaurant, where they were greeted by members of the Wilkes-Barre City Police force, state Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski and Gerald...
Fire departments and emergency responders can now apply for funding through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program for fiscal year 2017.
The application period will remain open until 5 p.m. April 27, U.S. Reps. Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, and Matt Cartwright, D-17, Moosic, announced Wednesday in news releases.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians held a party on March 1 for the Paul “Hook” O’Malley Man of the Year Award in honor of Kevin Shaughnessy in recognition of his membership in many organizations and charitable involvement. The event kicked off the St. Patrick’s Day season with the presentation of the AOH Paul “Hook” O’Malley Man of the Year award, and featured a proclamation by Congressman Matt Cartwright. Proceeds benefit All Saints Academy scholarships. From left, are Joe Walsh, state director of the Diocese of Scranton, Joseph Hosie, president of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania AOH, Kevin M. Shaughnessy, Man of the Year recipient, with daughter Peyton, Patrick O’Malley, AOH Hook O’Malley Division 4 president, and James Connor, AOH Hook O’Malley Division 4 treasurer.
With congressional district boundaries shifted, Republican candidate Joe Peters changed direction and gave his party’s voters a local choice in the May 15 primary election.
Lackawanna and four other Northeast Pennsylvania counties fall entirely in single congressional districts, but Luzerne and Monroe counties remain split between two districts, according to a new district boundary map released Monday.
OK, so now we have at least six maps out there that redefine the boundaries of the state’s congressional districts. We have the original written by House and Senate Republican leaders, Gov. Tom Wolf’s, House and Senate Democratic leaders’, one written by Democratic Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and one by a group of Republican intervenors trying to keep the existing map in place. The state Supreme Court plans to sort it all out by Monday. Let’s sort out how five of the maps might affect announced...
12 Luzerne County Towns Would Switch Districts Under GOP Plan
Under the redistricting plan proposed by Republicans in the state General Assembly, 12 Luzerne County municipalities would move from the 11th Congressional District, now represented by Republican Lou Barletta, to the 17th Congressional District, represented by Democrat Matt Cartwright. They are: • Bear Creek Twp. • Bear Creek Village • Buck Twp. • Courtdale • Edwardsville • Forty Fort • Kingston • Larksville • Laurel Run • Luzerne • Pringle • Swoyersville Under the plan all but one of Wilkes-Barre’s 20 wards would remain wholly in the 17th District. One half of the 20th ward, the portion that votes at Dodson Elementary School on Jones Street, would move to the 11th District.
12 Local Towns Would Switch Congressional Districts Under GOP Plan
Under the Republican redistricting plan proposed by Republicans in the state General Assembly, 12 Luzerne County municipalities would move from the 11th Congressional District, now represented by Republican Lou Barletta, to the 17th Congressional District, represented by Democrat Matt Cartwright. They are:
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta favors publicly releasing a secret House Intelligence Committee memo that focuses on the possible FBI surveillance abuses during its investigation into Russian meddling with the 2016 presidential election.
Rep. Matt Cartwright opposes releasing the memo.
Intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, wrote the memo, whose release President Donald Trump is expected to authorize, perhaps as early as today.
President Donald Trump will head to Capitol Hill tonight for his State of the Union address, where he’ll speak to a jam-packed U.S. House chamber filled with cabinet officials, Supreme Court justices, lawmakers and their guests. Some of the legislative guests are picked to highlight a cause, such as the “Dreamers” invited by some Democrats who are the subject of debate on Capitol Hill over how to treat young undocumented people brought to the United States by their parents. Others are more...
DUPONT — U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright on Thursday defended the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Cartwright, D-17, Moosic, said he “was saddened to see” congressional Republicans this week questioning the integrity of the FBI and the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The investigation also may determine whether President Trump tried to interfere with the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign and transition activities.
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright will host a “Coffee with your Congressman” event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 in Dupont. This event is an opportunity for constituents to discuss issues that matter to them directly with Cartwright. This event will be held at the Dupont Municipal Building, 600 Chestnut St., Dupont, and is open to the public. RSVPs are not required. For information, contact Colleen Gerrity at 570-341-1050 or Colleen.Gerrity@mail.house.gov. — STAFF REPORT
Mark Powell, a veteran attorney who upended decades of Republican control of the Lackawanna County district attorney’s office with his November election victory, took the oath of office Tuesday and became the county’s new top law enforcement officer.
Powell, 53, beamed from the front of a packed courtroom and remarked at his excitement to begin the transition into his new role as district attorney.
Luzerne County Head Start was awarded $4.45 million in federal funds Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, Moosic, made the announcement via press release. “Head Start and Early Head Start programs are an important investment in our community and our economy,” said Cartwright, a member of the Appropriations Committee. “I applaud Luzerne County Head Start on their continued award and their dedication to enhancing the quality of life for...
Tax cut distress
Editor: I make less than $50,000 per year.
House and Senate Republicans are poised to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that would take away the subsidies under the Affordable Care Act that help me pay for my medical insurance.
Presentation on local vet
Lackawanna Historical Society member James Dougher’s Veterans Day Battle of the Bulge lecture will focus on a local podiatrist who was trapped during a World War II battle.
WILKES-BARRE — The city and Luzerne County as a whole will receive thousands in Housing and Urban Development and Community Development Block Grant funding. The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $595,578 to Luzerne County and $245,898 to the city of Wilkes-Barre through the Home Investment Partnerships Program, U.S. Reps. Matt Cartwright and Lou Barletta announced on Tuesday. Cartwright and Barletta also announced Luzerne County will receive $3,784,927 through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Program while Wilkes-Barre will receive $1,393,671 in CDBG funding. “These grants will help Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne County address a wide range of unique community development needs,” Cartwright said. — SARAH SCINTO
Energy efficiency bill would help schools
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. House of Representatives has approved bipartisan legislation introduced by Vermont Rep. Peter Welch to improve energy efficiency in schools.
The bill designates the Department of Energy as the lead agency in coordinating cross-departmental efforts to initiate, develop and finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and retrofitting projects for schools.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball were named over the weekend.
O'Gorman's Matt Cartwright matched a school record with 68 3-pointers. He shot 56 percent from the field and scored 505 total points, second most in school history, leading O'Gorman to the Class AA championship. He'll play for Augustana next year.
Sioux Falls O’Gorman breaks away to Class AA boys title
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — JP Costello had a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds and Sioux Falls O'Gorman pulled away in the second half to beat Aberdeen Central 69-57 Saturday in the championship game of the South Dakota Class AA boys basketball tournament.
The Knights trailed 33-29 at halftime but outscored the Golden Eagles 20-7 in the third quarter and coasted to the title.
Costello was 13-for-18 from the free throw line. Matt Cartwright added 14 points and Joey Messler 13.
Democrat Matt Cartwright of Lackawanna County soundly defeated Republican challenger Matt Connolly, Bethlehem Township, Northampton County, earning a third term representing the 17th District in Congress.
According to unofficial election returns, Cartwright garnered 117,417 votes, about 58 percent, to Connolly’s 83,517.
Cartwright lingered in his room at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center until 10:25 p.m., waiting for enough votes to be tallied to call the race.
President: Hillary Clinton, Democrat
U.S. Senate: Katie McGinty, Democrat
10th Congressional District: Mike Molesevich, Democrat
11th Congressional District: Lou Barletta, Republican
17th Congressional District: Matt Cartwright, Democrat
State Attorney General: Josh Shapiro, Democrat
State Auditor General: Eugene DePasquale, Democrat
State Treasurer: Joe Torsella, Democrat
Lackawanna County Court has a new judge.
In a packed courtroom at the county courthouse Tuesday, Senior U.S. District Judge James Munley swore in his daughter, Scranton attorney Julia K. Munley, before more than 100 family members, friends and public figures — including Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, Moosic.
She is the fourth generation of the Munley family to assume a seat in public office.