3/31/2005

Howard Dean calls Santorum a "liar" who actually lives in Virginia

From Philly.com -
Posted on Thu, Mar. 31, 2005
Rallying Democrats, Dean blasts Santorum
By Frederick Cusick
Inquirer Staff Writer
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Dean, a former Vermont governor and former Democratic presidential candidate, called Santorum, a Republican who is up for reelection in Pennsylvania in 2006, a "liar" and "right-winger" who actually lives in Virginia.

"He doesn't tell the truth," Dean told a gathering of about 150 at Bluezette on Market Street.
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He said that Santorum should return the more than $100,000 that Santorum's declared home school district, the Penn Hills School District in Allegheny County, paid over the last few years to educate his children at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.
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Dean joked that Santorum should "stay in Virginia," although he added that the senator was "too much of a right-winger for Virginia. How about Venezuela?"
...more...

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/11273047.htm

3/30/2005

Now here's a TRICK.......Turn a PUBLIC HEARING into a....... SECRET MEETING!!!

Remember that "Public Hearing" announced by the PA Department of Education to look into the Penn Hills issue??? http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_301757.html

Well, PRESTO CHANGE-O !

NO MORE PUBLIC HEARING !!

NOW YOU SEE IT,
NOW YOU DON'T !!!


Great Trick - changing "Public" to "Private".

(Reminds us of what he wants to do to our Social Security money -take it from public control and put it in the private hands of his greedy Wall Street buddies.)

TRICKY RICKY strikes again!

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05089/479760.stm

3/07/2005

Pittsburgh CITY PAPER covers Santorum Homestead Tax Petition

From the pages of Pittsburgh CITY PAPER

News Briefs ARCHIVES
3/3/2005


Yes, Virginia, There is a Santorum Residence
Writer: MARTY LEVINE

If Benjamin Ragheb has his way, Sen. Rick Santorum will be ruled a Pennsylvania resident in name only.

Ragheb, 24, of the South Side, is de facto head of the 1,300-strong local Democracy For America group, since he has organized their gatherings via meetup.com for two years. The group, which evolved from Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, has begun to circulate a petition asking Santorum to quit claiming he lives in Allegheny County and receiving a tax break under the Act 50 Homestead Exemption.

Homestead exemptions go to property owners who live in their homes as a primary residence. As has been widely reported, the senator, his wife and their six kids do not seem to spend much time in the two-bedroom home they own in Penn Hills. In response to a City Paper query in December, Santorum’s office sent a statement, beginning “Rick and Karen have been residents of Penn Hills since 1995 …”

Ragheb and other members of the Democracy group aren’t buying it. The Santorums already face a fight with Penn Hills School District over the tuition the district has paid to a cyber charter school to educate the senator’s kids. But Ragheb’s group is staying out of that one. “Homestead exemption,” however -- them’s fightin’ words.

Copies of the petition are available at
http://www.pghdfa.org/homesteadtax/ and http://santorumcybergate.blogspot.com/
an anonymous blogger’s collection of clickable items related to the case. It includes three purported views of Santorum’s southern manse, which resembles nothing available at a Penn Hills real estate office. The petition has been passed around everywhere from Super Bowl parties to bars; organizers are hoping to troll progressive events for more signatures soon. They plan to present it to Santorum’s Pittsburgh office and to Allegheny County officials to be named later.

Not that Ragheb believes the senator, faced with the sting of a thousand signatures, will resign -- or pay his back taxes and a possible fine, as state law allows. Though the petition has no legal force, for Ragheb it’s a character issue -- and one that may contribute a few more anti-Santorum voters.

“One of the things I’ve learned is that it’s important to tailor your message to your audience,” Ragheb says. “I used to tell my parents that if Bush were re-elected, I’d become an alcoholic.”


Complete article reprinted with the permission of Marty Levine and the Pittsburgh City Paper.
http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/archive.cfm?type=News%20Briefs&action=getComplete&ref=3828

3/03/2005

It is TRICKY, but is it RICKY?

The winner of the "Oscar-in-Fido" award in the category -

"Strangest CYBERGATE Scandal Story", goes to -

Unknown pollster querying Penn Hills voters
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
By Judy Laurinatis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05061/464828.stm

Our congratulations go to Judy Laurinatis. And we sincerely hope for the sequel to appear soon!