Montco Commissioners Grilled About Unsupervised Ballot Boxes
By Pauline Braccio
Election integrity was the subject of most of those speaking before Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Sept. 1, and many questions involved the unsupervised ballot drop-boxes placed around the county.
Also, the manner and place where the mail-ballots will be counted was brought up. As well, as the length of time people will have to vote. The mail-in ballots are slated to go out starting on Sept. 19.
That means more than 7 weeks of early voting.
Another hot topic is the unlawful interpretation of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Law. The Sunshine Law governs the way public meetings are held. The law is not being followed. Josh Stein, the current county solicitor, is the author of the Rules for Public Comment. It has been brought to his attention on several occasions in the past several months that he is violating not only the Sunshine Law, but the US Constitution, as well. Objections were raised while he was reading the “Rules.”
The new justice center is also of debate. The commissioners approved a building that will cost the residents $500 million over the next three to five years. That is half a billion! Is it any wonder taxes are climbing and will continue to do so? There was no information given as to why this colossal building is necessary. No building plans made public. This is the dream of Judge Thomas DelRicci. He is still a judge on Court of Common Pleas. DelRicci just stepped down as the President Judge.
Please come to the next meeting in person. It is 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept 15 at One Montgomery Plaza, 425 Swede St, Norristown. It is directly across Swede St from the courthouse. The meeting is held on the 8th Floor.
If you attend through Zoom, you will not have the ability to voice an objection during the meeting because your mic will be muted. This is also a violation of the Sunshine Law.
Start at minute marker 17:31 to get to the beginning of the Public Comment portion and Josh Stein is reading the rules for public comment. What follows are the comments from those in attendance and on Zoom.
Montco Commissioners Grilled About Unsupervised Ballot Boxes
My column was inspired by Josh Shapiro Tweets Toni Shuppe in which he calls Mrs. Shuppe “dangerous.” The only way Pennsylvania is in danger is if Shapiro becomes governor. I can’t speak for Delco, but here in Montgomery County we have a rapist as the chair of the Board of Elections. That would be Ken Lawrence who is also the vice-chair of the Board of Commissioners. The Board of Elections consists of the three commissioners hence also includes Republican token Joe Gale as vice chair and Valerie Arkoosh, who is commissioner chairwoman.
Valerie and Ken were picked to be county commissioners by Shapiro — Valerie before Shapiro left and Ken as his replacement when he became state attorney general.
They will do what it takes to see that Little Josh will prevail in Montco. Remember, Josh lives in Abington, Montgomery County.
If Josh becomes governor, he will appoint Valerie as Health Secretary. Her medical license listed her as anesthesiologist until December 2020 when it was changed to surgeon.
Valerie Arkoosh has kept up the Covid mandates in Montco long after Wolf backed off and the CDC ended vaccine status discrimination. She is still, at nearly every meeting, insisting that people continue getting vaxxed. Is this foreshadowing what she will recommend for PA when she is the health secretary?
Josh will also take Ken for whatever position in Harrisburg.
Ken’s “work history” consists of sitting on different boards. For a time, he was on the Judicial Conduct Board as vice-chair, but you won’t see that in his bio. He resigned when it was determined that he would become a member of the Montco Board of Commissioners in May 2015. Shapiro thought it best so there would be no appearance of a conflict of interest.
Currently, Ken is on the board of SEPTA. I am sure that fact has been instrumental in helping SEPTA with the new rail line from Philly to Reading. Also, Ken is the treasurer of the committee formed to oversee the progress of the new SEPTA line. No conflict of interest there?
Go to the Montco website to see other boards of which Ken has been a member. I do believe he is/was on the Merck Board, but that is not listed in his bio.
Ken Lawrence, Jr is a rapist. How do I know this? He raped me. This has been written about and made public. Right after I told my story, Shelly R. Smith, the former County Solicitor resigned. Ken’s Administrative Assistant, Shannon, a young woman, quit. A township supervisor in Montco and long-time good friend of Ken’s, cut off all contact and support for his campaign in early 2019. She and I met at her request and she told me about their conversation when she confronted him. She did not know me at all until she met me. She said Ken never denied raping me.
He cannot be trusted to do the moral and legal options when it involves anything to do with the elections.
Yet, there he sits as the Chair of the Board of Elections.
In 2023, the commissioners are up for reelection. If Doug Mastriano wins, will Valerie and Ken run? If they do, we must not let them win.
If you want to witness how the commissioners violate the Constitution, break the PA Sunshine Law, and other antics, come to the next Commissioners Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15. It is held at 10 a.m. in One Montgomery Plaza, on the 8th Floor. The address is 425 Swede St, Norristown. The building is directly across from the Courthouse.
Stan Casacio sent us a copy of the speech he made after the Montgomery County Republican Committee’s election of officers, last night, along with a letter to supporters.
Liz Preate Havey was re-elected as party chairwoman in a surprisingly close election.
We are publishing Stan’s comments.
Being the chairman of a party especially ours is like herding cats everybody is pulling and tugging you in many different ways.
For 50 years I’ve supported our great Republican Party. I’ve been standing on the poles since the days of hard hat for Nixon and yes my hair did stick out from underneath the hard HAT.
I’ve always tried to emphasize the positive aspects of our Republican message Which is a common sense pragmatic conservative moral message.
We understand that inflation, government corruption and crime does not discriminate. Many of you have been to my house and HAVE enjoyed many of my events.
I have offered time on my radio show to our candidates to speak anytime
Diane and I have entertained everyone from national leaders to local candidates to Tuskegee pilots to Tiffany Trump and everyone in between
But enough about me. the question IS why we are here tonight.
We are here tonight because we all know that’s something is not right.
We are here tonight because our grand old party continues to SNATCH DEFEAT from the victory.
We are here tonight because we are tired of our leadership ignoring the needs of the people.
We are here tonight because we are tired of getting an echo instead of a choice AND BEING Disenfranchised.
We ARE here tonight to say that the insanity of doing the same thing over and over again and hoping to get a different result ends tonight.
We are here tonight because TONIGHT we are going to begin to start to win.
We are here TONIGHT to state that the American dream is not dead and that we the people are in charge of our destiny.
We begin tonight to unite this party like it has never been united before
We begin tonight to be like our founding fathers and not back down And not to accept that BS that we are the radicals when in fact the progressive liberal Democrat party are the radicals of destruction
AFTER tonight we will begin TO take back our schools, our government and have fair elections.
After tonight we will take back and recognize real science SO That IN Montgomery County transgender men will not compete in women sports or get changed in women’s locker rooms.
And we ARE HERE TONIGHT TO SHOUT OUT THAT ALL LIFE IS IMPORTANT AND WE will always err on the side of life.
WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO SAY THAT little Nero Josh Shapiro with his Laurel CROWN ON his head will no longer be able to fiddle while crime sores and our state burns.
I end on this though –in the movie FM Peter Finch at the end OF the movie is so fed up with what is happening he and demands everybody go to their windows and stand up shout out and say we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore.
We are in a revolution IN WHICH THE democratic leftist party is destroying Our county our state in our country and it’s up to us to shout out that we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore.
I ask you to stand and make this pledge that we are mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore .
Please vote for me let’s make change happen.
Thank you letter
I would like to take a moment and thank everybody who took time out of their day and engaged in the process to try to make our Grand Old Party better. I also want to thank all of you personally for supporting me and supporting the movement that, I hope, in some small way helps us to become winners.
As I stated, Republicans have the message. We should not run from it. We have the historical data that proves the common sense pragmatic conservative moral based message works. The real antagonist to our American dream is the now socialist progressive Liberal Democrat party, that somehow believes that laws, voting systems and government can be changed to meet their globalist view. Our constitution is meaningless to them. The Success or failure of individual Americans does not matter to them.
As to the meeting, at best it was confusing, at worst it was chaos. That is not to say I question the outcome but I do question the process. As a relatively successful businessperson, I am always looking to do things better so that we can obtain better outcomes. It was mentioned to me after the meeting by one person, who joked, “How can this party correct our voting system when it cannot even conduct a coherent voting process”.
There is no question that the by-laws need to be changed. That the election of three most important positions chairman, vice chairman and treasurer, should be held as individual elections. Then a candidate for one can be nominated for other positions if they lose in the initial position. The reason for that is quite clear, generally that person has generated enough interest by party members to have other alternatives open to that person.
Another suggestion that should be made in the bylaws is that there is truly a need for a recall provision. By having the recall provision, a chairman, a vice chairman and a treasurer, will know that a majority of Republican Party committee people will need to be satisfied and the success or failure of the leadership’s agenda can be changed. Four years is a long time to put up with a failed administration. Example -Joe Biden!
The other legitimate question that I was asked was why in the end did I challenge Liz Havey. Clearly as a vote total showed, there was a large group of active Republican Committee people, who are in the trenches every day, wanted a change. I felt that given those circumstances it was important to at least have the opportunity for those people to vote. That is the great thing about a democracy in which people have choices. Under a fair voting system, The act of voting becomes a relief valve which can prevent much broader chaos.
So once again thank you for being there, thank you for expressing your support and thank you for all that you do for our great party. Remember the real antagonists, the real radicals are not Republicans, are not conservatives and they truly are not the American people but is this radical socialist progressive Democrat party that has brought chaos and turmoil to our cities, has redefined the nature of science, and is now driving the American family into poverty.
LET US WIN TOGETHER
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Liz Squeaks By In Montco — Liz Preate Havey maintained her seat as Montgomery County Republican Chairwoman beating Stan Casacio in an apparent squeaker of an election, last night, June 23.
Casacio said it was agreed that the final total would not be disclosed.
Nancy Becker will remain as vice chairwoman.
Casacio said it was the most passionate meeting the party has had in a while.
“Room was so packed you couldn’t even move,” he said.
Mrs. Havey, who works for the generally Democrat-supporting Center City law firm of Dilworth Paxson, said several times during the night that she will strongly back Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano over Democrat Josh Shapiro, a fellow Montco resident who also worked for a Center-City law firm, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, before becoming Pennsylvania’s attorney general.
That she had to say it shows why there was a contest.
Faceus Features Elaine Mickman — Elaine Mickman of Lower Merion will be interviewed, 9 tonight, Oct. 20 on F.A.C.E.U.S. radio regarding her book, Court-Gate…the Courts “Divorced from the Law” : Without Liberty or Justice at all, which concerns her experiences with the Montgomery County, Pa., courts.
The show is co-hosted by Luanne Fleming, Robin Austin, Marci Friedman and Hillary Hogue and can be heard here.
Elaine is a full-time mother to 5 children. After 21 years of marriage, she was blindsided when her ex-husband filed for divorce. Four months later she found herself trapped in the eroded court system where not one court order was based on fact or law. After eight years of litigation, the court never divided the marital assets. All appeals, including those from orders that proved fraud, were denied.
Pauline Braccio Continues Demand For Justice — Pauline Braccio began accusing Montgomery County (Pa) Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence of rape at the September 2018 county commissioner meeting.
She said the rape occurred in 1990 while they were both students at Montgomery County Community College during a student government retreat in Pike County in the Poconos.
She said Lawrence and another man drugged a drink and egged her on to take it. She said she felt woozy. Lawrence offered to walk her back to her cabin. She passed out and awoke to find Lawrence raping her. You can read the details here, in her sworn affidavit.
Lawrence would have been 18 at the time.
Pauline was inspired to come forth by the MeToo Movement and the Cosby trial which had turned Norristown into a circus that spring.
She pledged to attend every meeting until Lawrence resigned.
And she did for the next several months bringing the matter up during public comments.
In June 2019, Lawrence finally responded saying the allegation was false and the incident never happened. He didn’t offer any details as to why it was false. If he could show, for instance, that he never met Pauline or did not attend MCCC with her or never went on the retreat with her, he would certainly have our sympathy and Pauline’s name would never again appear on these pages.
But he didn’t. He just muttered a lame denial and hoped the matter would disappear, which it would have as he is a Democrat and protected by the establishment media.
Except Pauline was not going to let it disappear. She continued attending the commissioner meetings and speaking forth in public until Oct. 3 2019, when she was manhandled out by a large deputy sheriff and charged with disorderly conduct.
Again not a peep of protest from any media or “women’s advocacy” group.
Pauline fought the charge but was found guilty at hearing on March 4, 2020. Naturally, she appealed. The appeal was finally held last week on Sept. 9. Please note that is a year-and-a-half after the hearing.
Pauline said she was not allowed to directly examine witnesses she had subpoenaed, and that the arresting officer whom she wanted to question was given permission not to attend due to a vacation.
Naturally, the conviction was upheld.
Pauline has now filed a motion for reconsideration to Montco’s Court of Common Pleas.
Granted the charge against her is relatively minor but the injustice being done is not. Really, if she was raped and the guy who did it is sitting there in a position of power smirking as the now infirm and elderly woman is hauled away by a large sheriff, well, that’s kind of wrong don’t you think?
Lawrence should be compelled to treat the matter seriously. Did he know her in college? Did they serve together in student government? Did they go on a retreat together? What did happen that night?
A moral society would demand he answer those questions.
The biggest disappointment is Lawrence’s fellow commissioner Joe Gale, the board’s token Republican whom we once admired. He sat silently during Pauline’s rough treatment and has yet to utter a word in her defense.
Hey Joe, you think Lawrence would be quiet if the shoe was on the other foot?
Can you say cuckservative? We knew you could.
Grow a pair like Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend and stand by Pauline.
Pauline’s Motion for Reconsideration
IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY,
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA :NO. CP-46-SA-0000357-2020
PAULINE BRACCIO :
DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
TO THE HONORABLE CHERYL L. AUSTIN, COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF
Defendant’s Motion for Reconsideration should be granted because the court misconstrued and/or overlooked the following:
1. The arresting deputy, Deputy Sheriff Craig Sisca, was not present for the trial.
2. Defendant was denied Direct Examination of Solicitor Josh Stein and RobertRobbins, Director of Security.
3. Defendant’s subpoenas were quashed.
1. Deputy Sheriff Craig Sisca, the arresting officer, wasn’t present to testify. He was the most important witness for the Court to hear and his testimony would contradict the video and the three witnesses, Stein, Robbins, and Lehmann. On August 24, 2021, ADA Pisarcik emailed to the Court and the Defendant that her witnesses would be the same three county employees that testified in the District Court on March 4, 2020. They were Solicitor Josh Stein, Security Director Robert Robbins, and Deputy Sheriff Craig Sisca. After Stein and Robbins testified, the ADA announced that Sisca was “on vacation” and would not appear. Was this a trick? The Defendant, Ms. Braccio, was not informed of this change prior to the trial. The Courtwould not continue the trial until Sisca could attend. The Court would not allow the law that dictates whether the Deputy had the authority execute a warrantless arrest. PA Title 42 at 8902 (a) and 8902 (b). From the moment Ms. Braccio was grabbed at the podium then brought to the hallway was less than a minute, a mere 56 seconds. This does not constitute “ongoing” behavior. Therefore, the arrest itself was unlawful and the charges should have been thrown out. (See Exhibit A, B)
2. Although Defendant had subpoenaed Stein and Robbins, and those subpoenas had not been quashed, the Court would not allow Defendant to direct examine either of them. By not being allowed direct examination, Defendant was prevented from bringing in new information that would shed more light on the situation that took place on October 3, 2019. Also, she was not allowed to introduce the violation Stein had committed by not following the law, PA Statute 65, also known as the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, section 710.1.c. (See Exhibits C1, C2, D)
3. The Defendant had only nine days to subpoena any witnesses that were needed for the Defense. Three of those days were over the Labor Day weekend. The subpoenas were delivered by a process server on the morning of Tuesday, September 7, 2021, well before the required 48 hours of the trial that was to begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday the 9th. They were delivered to Commissioners Arkoosh, Lawrence, Gale, COO Soltysiak, Solicitor Stein, and Robert Robbins. This is in accordance with Rule 214 – PA Code 246. However, it took until the morning of the trial for County Solicitor Maureen Calder to request the Court to quash the subpoenas for all but Josh Stein and Robert Robbins. Although Defendant objected, The Court quashed them with an off-hand remark that if Defendant really needed to have one of them appear that maybe that person would be called, even though they had been served properly and in plenty of time. The people who were subpoenaed, with the exception of AG Joshua Shapiro, had direct knowledge of what transpired at the October 3, 2019, Commissioners Meeting. They were present in the boardroom when Commissioner Arkoosh gaveled the meeting, and were together in the room adjacent to the boardroom where the decisions were being made and knew why the public meeting was being held up. Since the process to subpoena law enforcement personnel was more involved, there was not enough time for a subpoena to be approved and served to Deputy Craig Sisca. Defendant had not received the final decision for the trial date until August 31st, and being aware that the ADA had already stated, in writing, he would be there, she did not even for a moment imagine that would not be the case. (See Exhibits E1-4, F)
4. The three witnesses that did testify – Stein, Robbins, and Ms. Lora Lehmann – all testified that Defendant’s conduct was not consistent with the charges for which the “arrest” took place, according to Title 18, 5503.a.1. Also, while questioning Ms. Lehmann, on direct, the Court would not allow Ms. Lehmann to answer any questions about her contact with the detectives who informed her that Defendant had NOT been arrested that day. In ADA Pisarcik’s email which is attached, she claims the Defendant had received the Citation on the same day as the incident. That is false. The Citation was not issued until December 4, 2019, a full two months later. The key words in Title 18, 5503.a.1 are “with intent.” There was no intent on the Defendant’s part. Ms. Braccio had no control over Commissioner Arkoosh’s action of calling a recess. Any action on the Defendant’s part was reaction to excessive force exerted on her by the Deputy Sheriff and the Security Guard. She repeatedly told them they were hurting her. She did not refuse to leave, she merely wanted her belongings, which they would not allow her to collect.Ms. Braccio was removed from the meeting room and brought to the hallway in only 56 seconds. Once she had her belongings, she should have been allowed to leave. Instead, while she was calmly and quietly standing there is when Sisca decided to handcuff her. (See Exhibits A, G, H)
5. The Defendant’s Right to Know requests were not fulfilled. Lauren Raikowski, the RTK clerk, sent emails acknowledging Defendant’s Right to Know requests, however, she never followed up with a response within 5 days, as is provided by law, either to say they were ready or to say that she needed more time. The Defendant has still not received the items requested. (See Exhibit I)
6. Besides not allowing any discussion on the laws surrounding the conditions for removal and the actual legal conditions for Warrantless Arrest under the charge of Disorderly Conduct, the Court interrupted Defendant’s Closing Argument and did not allow her to finish, while the ADA was provided sufficient time to make a full closing statement.
In Summary, the Defendant was arrested without probable cause, which appears to be malicious prosecution and retaliation on the part of the commissioners because the Defendant commented about Commissioner Ken Lawrence’ raping the Defendant. When the Court allows this many irregularities and violations of the Defendant’s rights, then the miscarriage of justice that happened on October 3, 2019 will simply repeat itself Sept 9, 2021, as was the case.
Wherefore, for all of the facts and governing law, and in the interest of justice, reconsideration should be granted and the case dismissed with prejudice.
Date: September 15, 2021 _____________________________
Woman Tackles Montco Courts With Expose — Elaine Mickman of Lower Merion tells us she has launched her book describing the horrors she experienced in the Montgomery County court system relating to her divorce.
Shutdown The Shutdown Montco Reps Being Told — Sorry Bob Small. We were going through old emails and saw this one about the “Shutdown the Shutdown” event being hosted today (May 30) by the Montgomery County Libertarians with Ken Krawchuk as guest emcee.
It consists of nine rallies being hosted at the homes of Montco’s State House contingent which started at 9 a.m. for Christopher Rabb (D-200) and was followed by one at 10 a.m. for Steven McCarter (D-154). As of this writing (11:49 a.m.) a demonstration aimed at Ben Sanchez (D-153) at Jenkingtown and Meetinghouse roads.
The remaining schedule is:
State Rep Thomas Murt (R-152)
Park and meet in Boileau Park on Byberry Road near Orangemans Road
State Rep Todd Stephens (R-151)
Meet at corner of Witmer and Old Witmer
Park on side streets
State Rep Steven R Malagari (D-53)
Meet at Hancock Street Park, Hancock Road and Maple St.
Park on side streets
State Rep Matthew Bradford (D-70)
Meet at corner of Trooper and Spring Hill
Park on side streets
State Rep Tim Briggs (D-149) Meet at Crow Creek on Keebler Road.
Park on side streets
State Rep Mary Jo Daley (D-148)
Park and meet in Sabine Park, Montgomery Ave. and Sabine Ave.
Post-rally Munchies (optional, non-political, just food)
Germantown Pike and Joshua Road
Park on Joshua Road
Nearby is a Wawa, a pizza place, decent Indian take-out, and a grassy park
For information about the Libertarian Party, the public is invited to contact the Montgomery County Libertarian Party at www.MontcoLP.org, the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania at www.LpPa.org or (800) R-RIGHTS, or the National Libertarian Party at www.Lp.org or (202) 333-0008.