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  • McCain shakes off GOP's anti-immigration right [cold shoulder to Barletta of Hazleton]

    09/22/2008 3:15:43 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 113 replies · 500+ views
    The Boston Globe - Political Intelligence ^ | 2008-09-22 | Sasha Issenberg
    SCRANTON, Pa. -- During the Republican primaries, John McCain delicately balanced his record of pushing for immigration reform with satisfying his party's new appetite for harsher restrictions. Now in a general election against an opponent who broadly shares his views on the issue, McCain is showing greater ease asserting his distance from the anti-immigration right.
  • Poll: 12-term incumbent Kanjorski trails Barletta 44% to 35% (Scranton Times)

    09/17/2008 9:10:38 PM PDT · by Night Conservative · 8 replies · 195+ views
    Lou Barletta for Congress ^ | September 17, 2008
    Republican congressional candidate Lou Barletta has opened a substantial lead over U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski in their battle to represent Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and other local municipalities in Congress, according to a Franklin & Marshall College/Times-Shamrock Newspapers poll. In a survey of 547 registered voters, Mr. Barletta had the support of 44 percent to 35 percent for Mr. Kanjorski, a Democrat, in their 11th Congressional District race. Another 21 percent were undecided. The poll is the clearest independent confirmation that Mr. Kanjorski’s re-election is seriously at risk in a year most political experts expect Democrats to do most of...
  • Democrats Pairing Barletta with Bush

    09/01/2008 6:22:17 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 6 replies · 159+ views
    Citizens Voice (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 9/1/08 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    Lou Barletta is George Bush. In a nutshell, portraying the Republican Hazleton mayor as the local version of President Bush is the main Democratic strategy so far in the 11th Congressional District race between Barletta and U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, the incumbent Democrat. And this isn’t the only place where Democrats are betting on the wildly unpopular Republican president to lead them to victory. As the Republican National Convention gets under way, Democrats all over the country are doing their best to play up ties between the president and Republican congressional candidates, especially incumbents, in hopes of increasing Democratic...
  • Kanjorski in trouble, report says (Dem may lose 12 term House seat)

    07/30/2008 10:15:35 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 18 replies · 130+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 7/30/2008 | BILL O ’ BOYLE
    Paul Kanjorski’s re-election campaign could be in trouble, according to a Washington, D.C., political handicapper. The non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report has changed its analysis of the 11th Congressional District race between Kanjorski and Republican challenger Lou Barletta to “Toss-up/Tilt Democratic.” The contest previously was described as leaning Democratic. Kanjorski, a 12-term Democrat from Nanticoke, is airing early ads to “try to boost his standing,” according to the latest Rothenberg report. Barletta, the Hazleton mayor, challenged Kanjorski in 2002. Kanjorski won by 22,000 votes in the heavily Democratic district. A Republican has not held the seat since Jim Nelligan rode Ronald...
  • Lou Barletta live on Freedom Radio

    07/20/2008 10:54:20 AM PDT · by HonestConservative · 13 replies · 177+ views
    Blog Talk Radio ^ | July 20, 2008 | Honest Conservative
    Honest Conservative welcomes our distinguished guest Mayor Lou Barletta, the Republican candidate for the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. His Honor has been a campion of citizens rights to a secure environment and fair government. We will discuss his campaign, its progress and the changing environment as it relates to illegal immigration, energy exploration and the failure of the democrat leaders to do their duty to protect the people they are sworn to protect. The importance of electing dyed in the wool conservatives to the House can not be overstated!
  • Democrats Launch First '08 Congressional Attack Ad (Kanjorski vs "Mayor Lou" Barletta)

    07/16/2008 10:24:39 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 88+ views
    ABC News ^ | 7/14/08
    ABC News’ Karen Travers Reports: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has purchased ad time in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District targeting Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, the Republican challenger who is looking to unseat Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski. This is the first ad of the general election cycle from the DCCC, which has already reserved advertising time in 31 congressional districts at the cost of about $35-million. Those ad buys are scheduled to begin airing on television between early September and early October and run through Election Day. The DCCC ad in Pennsylvania ties Barletta to President George W. Bush, stating that...
  • Kanjorski pushes ‘dump the pump’

    06/17/2008 6:15:31 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 46 replies · 689+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 6/17/08 | Steve Mocarsky
    WILKES-BARRE – U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski on Monday blasted members of OPEC and the U.S. petroleum industry and asked the public to “dump the pump” and refrain from pumping gas and driving on Thursday unless absolutely necessary. Kanjorski said that by cutting down the consumption of petroleum products by a few percentage points, Americans would send a message that “we’re aware of the fact that we’re being taken advantage of, and that this $135-a-barrel oil and $4-plus gasoline has to cease.” Joined by Luzerne County Transportation Authority Director Stan Strelish at a press conference on Public Square, Kanjorski promoted public...
  • Mayor Lou Barletta joins Freepers HonestConservative and eeevil conservative LIVE on Freedom Radio

    05/24/2008 10:23:07 PM PDT · by HonestConservative · 18 replies · 124+ views
    Blog Talk Radio ^ | May 25, 2008 | HonestConservative
    Join Honest and eeevil as we speak tonight at 8 pm est, with the Honorable Lou Barletta of Hazelton, Pa., now running for U.S. House of Representatives. See . Listen as Mayor Barletta fills us in on his perspective on the latest attempts to shove Amnesty on the unwilling citizens of the U.S. Hear the Mayor's live response to the incredible admissions his opponent made relative to Demrat plans and the War. Go to and you will see a list of links related to tonights show. Our borders are still open folks! WE will also be talking to...
  • America's Favorite Mayor Lou Barletta! (Live Interview)

    05/17/2008 7:46:24 AM PDT · by eeevil conservative · 19 replies · 127+ views
    Folks, join us on Freedom Radio and welcome to Blog Talk Radio, Mayor Lou Barletta of Hazelton, PA, now running for the US House of Representatives in PA. We need folks like Lou Barletta folks: "We need him on that wall, we want him on that wall" Drop everything Sunday night and help us make history! 8 pm est. Sunday May 18, 2008 ____________________________________________ The way to breath life into the conservative movement is to rebuild it from the bottom up, To that end visit: http;// and donate to a man of courage. Donate if you are so lead....
  • Barletta: Kanjorski energy bill can’t work

    04/30/2008 9:05:14 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 5 replies · 117+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 4/30/2008 | Bill O'Boyle
    Republican congressional challenger Lou Barletta took exception Tuesday to his opponent’s motives in announcing his proposal to tax windfall profits of oil companies. Republican congressional challenger Lou Barletta took exception Tuesday to his opponent’s motives in announcing his proposal to tax windfall profits of oil companies. Barletta says it’s a meaningless move and won’t lower gas prices. He also wonders why U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski – a 23-year incumbent – couldn’t muster any co-sponsors for House Resolution 5800. “On Monday, U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski touted a bill he readily admits will do nothing to reduce the price of gasoline for...
  • McCain rejects Barletta invite

    03/20/2008 2:31:58 PM PDT · by radar101 · 30 replies · 715+ views
    Citizens Voice ^ | 03/20/2008 | BORYS KRAWCZENIUK
    Arizona Sen. John McCain, who blamed illegal immigration Monday for Republican losses in major congressional races, has rejected Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta’s invitation to discuss the issue. “Sen. McCain truly appreciates your invitation and the valuable opportunity it represents,” Jo Black, a scheduling official in the presumptive Republican nominee’s presidential campaign, wrote in a letter to Barletta’s congressional campaign Wednesday. The letter cited “tremendous demands” on McCain’s time and a “large volume of similar requests.” Efforts to reach McCain’s campaign were unsuccessful. Last week, Barletta invited McCain and the Democratic presidential candidates, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, to come...
  • McCain snubs Barletta

    03/19/2008 10:02:08 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 79 replies · 1,214+ views
    Citizen's Voice (Wilkes-Barre, PA) ^ | 3/19/08 | Borys Krawczeniuk
    Arizona Sen. John McCain has rejected Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta's invitation to come to the southern Luzerne County city and discuss illegal immigration. "Senator McCain truly appreciates your invitation and the valuable opportunity it represents," a scheduling official, Jo Black, in the presumptive Republican nominee's presidential campaign wrote in a letter. Barletta's congressional campaign released the letter today. "Unfortunately, I must pass along his regrets as I do not foresee an opportunity to add this event to the calendar." Black said McCain has "tremendous demands on his time" and because of "the large volume of similar requests, events such as...
  • Kanjorski says he’s sorry if remarks appeared to offend (comparison to David Duke)

    03/03/2008 10:52:40 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 216+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 3/1/08 | Times Leader Staff
    The U.S. representative says he is committed to immigration reform as well. U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, sent a letter to political opponent Lou Barletta on Friday and said he meant no offense to his Republican challenger and is sorry if it appeared that way. Kanjorski wrote: “Over the next eight months, we will be talking to the press and to the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania about issues that we passionately care about. Inevitably, there will be occasions in which we misspeak or our words are misconstrued. “One such occasion occurred this week when I spoke to a reporter...
  • Area political fans get ready for real feast (Barletta, Mayor of Hazleton)

    02/11/2008 8:05:05 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 1 replies · 222+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 2/11/08 | Richard Connor
    AFTER A CAREER as a newspaperman in a number of different states and cities I’ve become accustomed to readers’ telling me their town is different than others. Keep that in mind as you edit our newspaper, they say, because “we really are different here.” Most often than not they aren’t and neither is the town where they reside. Not different, that is. But, there is nothing wrong with being parochial and proud of where a person lives. Feeling special and unique, even if it is just one person in a population of tens of thousands, carries its own sense of...
  • Anti-illegal immigration Hazleton mayor (Barletta) running for Congress (PA-11)

    02/07/2008 5:32:18 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 24 replies · 78+ views ^ | 2/8/08 | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    Mayor Lou Barletta, whose local crackdown on illegal immigration made him a national hero among those seeking tighter borders, said Thursday he will try to parlay that celebrity into a seat in Congress. Barletta announced that he will seek the Republican nomination to challenge 12-term Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski. He lost to Kanjorski by more than 13 percentage points in 2002, but the mayor's illegal-immigration stance has raised his profile significantly since then. "I've done as much as I can fighting illegal immigration as the mayor of a city," he told The Associated Press. "I need to take this fight...
  • SMALL TOWN DEFENDERS - Hazelton, PA taking on the illegal aliens

    12/27/2007 5:25:28 PM PST · by doug from upland · 32 replies · 309+ views
    small town defenders dot com ^ | 12-27-07 | city of Hazelton
    NOTE: there are now 100 cities across the country proposing laws similar to Hazelton. I’m Lou Barletta, the proud Mayor of the City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. I believe the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth. People who are in this country have an incredible amount of opportunities and blessings. But some people have taken advantage of America’s openness and tolerance. Some come to this country and refuse to learn English, creating a language barrier for city employees. Others enter the country illegally and use government services by not paying taxes or by committing crime on our...
  • Barletta victorious by huge margin

    11/07/2007 2:06:56 PM PST · by chicagolady · 10 replies · 86+ views
    Times Leader ^ | November 7, 2007 | Steve Mocarsky
    Republican captures third straight term, knocking off Libertarian John Medashefski. HAZLETON – Mayor Lou Barletta creamed his opponent, John Medashefski, by a 9-to-1 margin on Tuesday, according to unofficial election results. Not surprisingly, the 51-year-old Republican won his third consecutive term by a landslide, given that Barletta captured both the GOP nomination and the Democratic nod as well in the May primary with a last-minute write-in campaign. Medashefski, a 52-year-old coffee shop owner and artist, ran on the Libertarian ticket in a terribly under-funded campaign with no TV advertising. “Myself, as a newcomer, I guess expected what I got. But...
  • Mayor who targeted illegal immigrants easily wins third term

    11/07/2007 1:52:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies · 86+ views
    WHPTV ^ | 11/7/2007
    HAZLETON, Pa. - Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta easily won re-election Tuesday to a third term, and in his victory party he talked about fighting drugs and violence in the city. He also talked about the issue of illegal immigrants. He said, "We've seen what illegal immigration has done to our small town quality of life and we have said, 'No! We will not let this happen."' He said, "We will fight!" Barletta, a Republican, gained national prominence by targeting illegal immigrants living in his Luzerne County city. Yesterday, he defeated Libertarian candidate John Medashefski, a coffee shop owner who had...
  • Mayor Lou Barletta of Hazleton at immigration firestorm’s center

    10/17/2007 7:42:14 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 19 replies · 81+ views
    Reading Eagle ^ | 10/17/2007 | Mary E. Young
    Barletta, who spoke in Berks County Tuesday, backs laws penalizing landlords and businesses that exploit illegal immigrants. Senior citizens in Hazleton are afraid to sit on their front porches for fear they will become crime victims. Parents, including those who speak Spanish, refuse to allow their children to visit playgrounds for fear the youngsters will be approached by drug dealers or recruited into gangs. Those conditions were described by Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, who said they have caused him to be labeled a racist and led him into a legal quagmire over illegal immigration. Barletta said he actually is just...
  • Mayor, known for immigrant stand, may run for Congress

    08/11/2007 9:41:14 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 11 replies · 570+ views ^ | 08/12/07 | Milan Simonich
    Popular with voters in Hazleton, Louis Barletta eyes campaign against Democratic Congressman: Hazleton, Pa., Mayor Louis Barletta, whose visibility is unusually high because of his campaign against undocumented workers and their families says he will decide by January whether to run for Congress in 2008. "I'm giving it serious consideration," said Mr. Barletta, a Republican. "I like being mayor, but everybody knows I've been disappointed by Washington's inaction on immigration reform."