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Will the Harrisburg-Amazon deal be lost to official egos and political agendas?

By: Sean M. Guay

Harrisburg, PA – “The announcement that Amazon would build a $5 billion facility supporting 50,000 jobs immediately lit up social media. Some local citizens and officials suggested that the sprawling, for-sale Harrisburg State Hospital grounds off Cameron Street would be a perfect fit.” – theBurg

However, varying political agendas almost squashed the deal before it gained traction. An essential component of the proposal requires cooperation between Harrisburg Mayor and the president of the Regional Chamber, among other opposing forces.

David Black, president of Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and CREDC initially said: “Harrisburg is too small to put in a bid, but I do think there’s an opportunity to put in a bid with partners in York and Lancaster.”

Harrisburg City Councilman Westburn Majors expressed motivation to engage local government and private entities together in this process. “It is my hope that the administration can work with the county, the commonwealth, local business groups such as the Chamber, CREDC, etc., to determine if putting in an application is something that they would consider,” Majors said.

Brandon Flood and Beau Brown, who are both active in local & state politics, also engaged in the social media conversation. Brown expressed deep interest and insight into the potential Amazon deal, and began drafting preliminary concepts for a proposal in front of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Meanwhile, Bruce P Weber (HBG City Director of Finance) who is very active on social media, often echos the perspective of Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. The tone of Weber seemed to brush off the Amazon deal as a no-go.

Jennie Jenkins makes an excellent point that preparing and proposing to Amazon executives would serve as a terrific protocol for organizing forces in Harrisburg, and potentially bringing future investment to the region.

Beau Brown flips the script on Weber when he compares former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed to the short-falls of the current administration. The City of Harrisburg was transformed under Mayor Steve Reed. He had an unmatched love for Harrisburg and equal drive & determination to get results.

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A bold proposal was made by Beau Brown, who offered free services to help draw 50,000 Amazon jobs to Harrisburg. Brown published an advertisement for his proposal stating that in fact Harrisburg can fulfill the requirements, and the posting was circulated around on social media.

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Perhaps Harrisburg leaders and CREDC heard the calls of the community, because within 2 weeks, a new twist to the story was reported by Pennlive on 9/25/2017 when David Black says: “We’re pulling apart the RFP Amazon issued to see what we need.”

Harrisburg will partner with Lancaster, York, Cumberland & Lebanon counties to fulfill the metro requirement of the RFP.

Brown says that this is an opportunity to get face-time and build rapport for Harrisburg in front of one of the most powerful corporate owners in the world. Also, this experience will serve as excellent practice for pitching our region to investors. He also makes the point that proposing to Bezos would only be to the potential benefit of Harrisburg and the entire region. We should not pass up such an opportunity, as we are negotiating with an unpredictable entrepreneur, not a legislative body with strict rules to follow.

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Beau Brown is uniquely qualified. He has a Reed-like drive and passion for the City of Harrisburg. Brown’s advocacy for the city is evident through the multiple published reports and editorials that have appeared in the Central Penn Business Journal, including this following article where Brown lays out a road map plan to land a deal such as the Amazon headquarters.

If Harrisburg and regional leaders are serious about this huge proposal, Brown’s negotiating and real estate experience should be utilized in making this deal.

Here, in a rare moment of clarity, Weber comes to his senses and recognizes the brilliance and potential in Brown’s proposal:

Original report by theBurg:

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The Racial Divide in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Part I

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Harrisburg, PA – As reported by The Washington Post in 2008, the idea of a racial divide in the City of Harrisburg is not new to the election cycle, locally. In fact, the tense racial history of this city goes back for centuries.

Currently, in the aftermath of a local election which featured some smear campaigns, and became chippy at times, the incumbent Mayor Papenfuse has been reelected as the Democratic nominee for the upcoming general election, this fall. Now, ‘racial divide’ has resurfaced as an issue that has not yet found resolve in the fair city.

In a post-election interview, Mayoral challenger Lewis Butts issued a statement on his willingness to work with Papenfuse on the racial divide, and the need to make sure that all cultures are embraced:

 

From the follow-up commentary of the video, respondents describe a variety of opinions. One person said:

All cultures are not at a disadvantage, but black folk issues cannot be clumped with everyone else issues. We need to focus strictly on our own issues as black folk.

 

Of Papenfuse, another citizen mentioned:

[Papenfuse] needs a visionary, such as Lewis Butts, in his ear.

 

Of Butts, recent School Board Director elect, Carrie Fowler said:

Lewis Butts deserves a seat in [Papenfuse’s] administration. Harrisburg and it’s citizens would profit from his vision.

 

At a local polling center, city resident Beau Brown takes direct action towards unity, on the day of the election. Brown, and Tim Rowbottom are pictured here with the team of Gloria Martin-Roberts, an opposing challenger:

Brown comments:

Many of us had a great time running from poll to poll yesterday! While there was some mild tension (kind of fun), there was a lot of collective love for Harrisburg City.

Many of the Jennie Jenkins team had very great interactions, and discussions with members of the Gloria Martin-Roberts team while visiting these polls.

Mr. Eric R. Papenfuse – respectfully sir – this is how you heal divides. Just go talk to each other.

 

In another perspective on race, local BLM activist Katherine Lugaro, who is not happy about Papenfuse being reelected, also recently posted her disapproval of Sheriff David Clark joining forces with President Trump:

Exclusively for Harrisburg100, Lugaro offers a very in depth perspective on the controversy surrounding Sheriff David Clark:

Sheriff Clarke is a fascist that launched his career on Fox News as a self hating- black hating contributor. This is a trend at Fox, where they will pay/hire a self hating black gov’t official to come smear Black Lives Matter. Sheriff Clarke’s black hate reminds me of the old “Is WE sick boss” house negro, who will lay his life down for his white master and sell his fellow black slaves down the river. It’s the sickness of the House Negro, who runs the plantation and functions on the plantation as a free man…why would he want to upset the apple cart? Clarke is a fitting addition to the Trump Administration. No doubt about it…Clarke validates all the stereotypes held by rich white males in this country…why wouldn’t they love him? The list of reasons of why Clarke is a gross and telling pick for the Trump Administration goes on and on…. starting with Clarke seriously claiming that Black Lives Matter is going to work with ISIS to take over the country.

 

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Challengers Take the High Road, While City ‘Leaders’ Squabble

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By: Sean M. Guay

Harrisburg, PA – In the days leading up to the primary election for our local city government, the Mayoral candidates debate for a third and final time.

Consistently at the debates, and through their public speaking, the calm patience and logical reasoning of the less experienced candidates has been on display. It is the elder city politicians who have shown the truth about their ill-temperament, and inability to collaborate towards the good of the city. These attitudes of the old guard politicians in Harrisburg have led to gridlock, and the dysfunction of our city government.

For the voters of Harrisburg, it is time to move on from these negative campaigners, and look to the new up-and-coming candidates, who represent the political movement that is underway in our fair city.

Lewis Butts Jr., Anthony Harrell, and Jennie Jenkins represent the voices of Harrisburg citizens that have been silenced for too long.



In the opening minuets of the final Mayoral Debate, our so-called ‘leaders’ fight on stage while squabbling over Facebook postings, they debate who is more old guard, and discuss Papenfuse’s Midtown establishment:

 

Through the lofty romantic ideas, and extravagantly chivalrous action of Lewis Butts in these debates, and his public interviews, he continues to display his personal honor, generosity, courtesy, as well as his genuine passion for the City of Harrisburg. 

Here, Butts chimes in on the ill-temperament of the experienced candidates, as they squabble over their past differences. He makes a huge point about the need to maintain civility, to enable the new candidates discussion about the future potential of Harrisburg:

 

Jennie Jenkins explains the problem of Harrisburg’s flawed crime reporting to the FBI. As it turns out, the ‘reduction‘ in city crime coincides with the implementation of the new computer system that has reduced the ability of the officers to properly complete police reports. These incorrectly reported statistics have been used by Mayor Papenfuse to tout his administration’s success in reducing crime within Harrisburg.

This claim of reduced city crime statistics is widely disputed by the actual experiences of Harrisburg residents. The vast inconsistencies that exist between citizen reporting, versus police reporting of crime incidents, have recently come to light:

 

Papenfuse is “proud to lead the resistance” against the leader of the free world, while pitting Harrisburg at ground zero in his bosses war on Republicans:

 

Gloria Martin-Roberts explains her lack of knowledge regarding the major city failure of the Harrisburg Incinerator Debacle that took place under her watch, while leading city council.

Papenfuse rebuts her claims of ignorance, and admits that he regrets his controversial Pennlive ban:

 

New Video Coming Soon: Lewis Butts Calls Out PennLive for their heavily biased journalism, and their remarks about his “Quixotic bid for mayor.”

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Update: In a facebook posting today, as for the fate of the failed attempt by our current city administration to produce a completed Comprehensive Plan ($200,000 wasted), Beau Brown updates the city on the efforts of Mayoral Candidate Jennie Jenkins to make right the lack of due diligence by Papenfuse and his out-of-town associates.

Jenkins plans to work with the contracted Engineer to complete the plan, and to keep the city out of court.

 

 

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Harrisburg Police Ordered to Stand Down

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By: Sean M. Guay

Harrisburg, PA – You can ask any citizen around town, and they will tell you that crime is the number one most pressing issue in the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Bottom Line.

“Officers were ordered not to make vehicle stops, due to the national media inflaming certain interactions between police and the community.” – Jennie Jenkins

Harrisburg100 has received an Exclusive press release from Mayoral Candidate Jennie Jenkins.

Jenkins Said:

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“The new police computer system is cumbersome. Because of this, officers are less inclined to take a report, especially near the end of a long shift, after several hours of work, and due to certain crimes being unsolvable. This is why it appears that crime is down. There is no time for reports.

Therefore the reporting to the FBI is flawed.

They are reporting only what they can respond too, and not on what is actually happening in the streets. That’s why people don’t believe the statistics.

Furthermore, officers were ordered not to make vehicle stops, due to the national media inflaming certain interactions between police and the community.”

Harrisburg Police were basically ordered to NOT do their jobs!

This problem is not exclusive to Harrisburg, it is part of a phenomenon surrounding police departments nationwide, as described by Sheriff David Clark Jr. in his new book, “Cop Under Fire.” Sheriff Clark explains how all over the country cops are ordered to stand down. While the leaders put cute hash tags out.

Like #HarrisburgNotAWarZone

 

This story was first reported by Harrisburg100 on Facebook.

The Endorsement

Thank you to Jennie Jenkins, for exposing the root of this computer problem during the first Mayoral Debate, last week, and today for this breaking news about HPD being ordered to stand down.

Jenkins, who is the most experienced candidate, as it relates to crime in the City of Harrisburg, issued this statement today in response to a weekend shooting, that was witnessed and reported by city councilman Ben Allatt on facebook. Local residents have expressed concerns that these shootings incidents often have no record of being reported in the police log.

likeAgJenkins is the only candidate who understands what the great officers of this city are up against, and is the only candidate that has an actionable plan to motivate and empower the citizens, also to Restore, Rebrand and Rebuild this great city.

 

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Mayor Papenfuse Attacks Gloria Martin-Roberts – Harrisburg, PA

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By: Sean M. Guay

Harrisburg, PA – The campaign of Eric Papenfuse for Mayor has been under heavy fire this week. His team has been accused of forging signatures to get on the ballot, and challenger Gloria Martin-Roberts has called out the Mayor’s conflict of interest involving the mixing of tax dollars and Papenfuse’s personal investiments in Midtown.

The day prior to the debate, in an attempt to divert attention from his many wrong-doings, Pennlive released an article that was critical of the Mayoral Challenger, by tying the Gloria Martin-Roberts for Mayor campaign to Steve Reed and Linda Thompson.

It was Mayoral candidate Jennie Jenkins who stood out in the Midtown Democratic Debate, last week. Of all the candidates, she has also been the most actively involved within the community.

Now, as a follow-up to the debate, Papenfuse’s exclusive publisher, Pennlive, has painted a picture in support of the incumbent, while tarnishing the reputation of his opponents, Martin-Roberts and Jennie Jenkins. To stay on the offensive and avoid being targeted for his repeatative failures, Mayor Papenfuse directly attacked Gloria Martin-Roberts and her Campaign Treasure in Tuesday nights Mayoral deabte.

Analyst agree that any securely seated incumbant mayor ought to take the high road, by touting their accomplishments, while showing respect to the challenging candidates. The actions of Papenfuse are not becoming of a Mayor who is expected to be looked up to for leadership in the beautiful Capital City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Papenfuse took a jab at both Ellison and Martin-Roberts later in the debate when he was asked whether bankruptcy would have been better for the city than entering the state’s Act 47 program for financially struggling cities.

The mayor noted that Martin-Roberts on city council, and Ellison, as chair of the Harrisburg Authority, both voted in 2007 to double the incinerator debt by pursuing a retrofit. – Pennlive

Indirectly on the behalf of Eric Papenfuse for Mayor, Pennlive also used its publishing power as an opportunity to tear down the genuine integrity of Jennie Jenkins, by giving Papenfuse the spotlight, when in the debate it was Jenkins who first mentioned ideas about the significance of fixing the parking deal.

As it currently stands, it is a $286 Million deal that was absoluitely wrong for the city, and has ruined Harrisburg’s downtown economy.

Previously Reported:

Following the Midtown Mayoral debate, trouble has surfaced with the incumbent Mayor Papenfuse’s campaign tactics of using forged signatures to secure his position on the Mayoral Ballot.

The initial report is here: FOX43

According to a Harrisburg Citizen: “The lady who was arrested identified herself by name to a resident who resides on Market Street, who attempted to get her signature. The arrestee was told, “no thanks, I am supporting GMR”, and the arrestee did not want to leave her property.”

We are seeking clarification on this, check back for an update.

Also breaking today is a video interview of Gloria Martin-Roberts calling out Papenfuse’s conflict of interest with his ownership of multiple Midtown properties, while using city resources, and tax dollars to fight for his personal interest in that area.

  • $8 Million has recently gone towards Midtown projects
  • Papenfuse owns 8 properties in Midtown

Eric Papenfuse has no comment today. Or ever.

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Jenkins was Unchallenged at Mayoral Debate – Harrisburg, PA

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By: Sean Guay

Harrisburg, PA – This evening at the Harrisburg Area Community College Midtown campus in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Democratic candidates squared up for the Mayoral Debate. Of the many topics, candidates debated on how to deal with exiting ACT 47, and potential Home Rule.

From left to right, the candidates are Lewis Butts, Gloria Martin-Roberts, Eric Papenfuse, Anthony Harrell, and Jennie Jenkins.

Socialist candidate Chris Siennick made a cameo guest appearance as well.

The moderators where John Misek – Pennlive; Christine Vendell – Pennlive; & Robb Hanrahan – cbs21.

If elected as Mayor, candidate Lewis Butts‘ first move will be to “bring in Gloria Martin-Roberts” as his Personal Assistant. This remark drew a big laugh from the crowd. “She can have anything she wants.”

Butts is listed #1 on the election ballot. He covered a lot of territory, most of which he refers to from his comprehensive plan, one that he boasts as the only completed comprehensive plan for the city. Butts explained more detail and benefits of his proposed hydro-electricity dam, that he says will be funded by Voith Hydro in York. He also covered the benefits of his city-wide Wifi-program.

I won’t bother to mention this guy because Pennlive will write 25 columns about him in the next 2 weeks. One thing of note that he did mention was how Lewis Butts has a good plan to enlist a Police Academy into the Harrisburg High School.

“I’m here to support MY candidate.” – J. Ellison

At the height of the debate, the moderators sunk in deep on candidate Gloria Martin-Roberts’ questionable associations with former Mayor Linda Thompson, and with her current campaign Treasure, James Ellison.

It has also been reported that Martin-Roberts has been endorsed by former Mayor Steve Reed.

In addition to Reed, one of Martin-Roberts’ campaign advisers, James Ellison, a local attorney, also has been controversial. He was investigated for alleged over-billing at a school district and chaired the former Harrisburg Authority that financed millions of dollars of incinerator-related debt.

Papenfuse said the support of Ellison and Reed behind Martin-Roberts represents the city’s old guard trying to regain power again.

“The old Harrisburg political machines have all circled around Gloria Martin-Roberts,” he said. “That’s what got the city into trouble in the first place. They all want back in.” – Pennlive

Jennie Jenkins was strong on her crime knowledge and the downfalls of the insufficient computer system that the police depend on. She was vocal on her bid to fight crime, blight and trash. In the lightning round, she received a full round of applause for her comment about changes made by Papenfuse, “We should have listened Dan Miller.”

Jenkins did well on all questions, and to be specific on the primary topics of crime, finance and the truth about Act47 she went unchallenged. She mentioned again the fact that she will be working on re-acquiring the parking due to the inadequacy of the deal and the now, junk bond status of the bonds. She said “There is no way the deal lasts another 37 years.”

The moderators did press Jenkins on her previous tribulations while working for the police department. Due to the current legal status of the her case, she is not able to disclose all of the information at this time, but thus far her outcomes from the courtroom have vindicated her innocence. In her hand, Jenkins sat prepared with the transcripts from court that were intended to shut down the idea that she stole any money. That was not the outcome of those charges.

It was a great community turnout on this 2nd day of May, 2017, and the moderators asked a variety of great questions on ACT 47, Home Rule, residency requirements for police and so much more that will be discussed in follow-up reports.

I was personally moved by the political newcomer, Anthony Harrell‘s speech on unity for the city as all of us being equal as American. “We keep forgetting that we are all American patriots.” He continues, “As a soldier we speak that we are all as one.” Harrell continues “And we all have one common goal in Harrisburg, to make it all great.”

“Hey whats up yall, ✌🏽 I’m Chris Siennick

In the closing minutes of the debate, Chris Siennick stole the show when he crashed the party, with his skateboard in hand to announce his Independent campaign for Harrisburg Mayor in the November election. At this point the entire crowd was shocked and broke out in full laughter.

“I’m the youngest candidate, so if you want to help get young people in power, vote for me in November.”

His was quickly removed from the stage with little resistance.

Moderator: “SIR, Your wasting value time that the candidates need..”

Here is the debate video

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Chris Siennick & Lewis Butts Steal the Show at Mayoral Debate – Harrisburg, PA

By: Sean Guay

Harrisburg, PA – This evening at the Harrisburg Area Community College Midtown campus in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Democratic candidates squared up for the Mayoral Debate. Of the many topics, candidates debated on how to deal with exiting ACT 47, and potential Home Rule.

The moderates where John Misek – pennlive; Christine Vendell – pennlive; & Robb Hanrahan – cbs21.

If elected as Mayor, candidate Lewis Butts‘ first move will be to “bring in Gloria Martin-Roberts” as his Personal Assistant. This remark drew a big laugh from the crowd. “She can have anything she wants.”

Butts is listed #1 on the election ballot. He covered a lot of territory, most of which he refers to from his comprehensive plan, one that he boasts as the only completed comprehensive plan for the city. Butts explained more detail and benefits of his proposed hydro-electricity dam, that he says will be funded by Voith Hydro in York. He also covered the benefits of his city-wide Wifi-program.

I won’t bother to mention this guy because Pennlive will write 25 columns about him in the next 2 weeks. One thing of note that he did mention was how Lewis Butts has a good plan to enlist a Police Academy into the Harrisburg High School.

“I’m here to support MY candidate.” – J. Ellison

At the height of the debate, the moderates sunk in deep on candidate Gloria Martin-Roberts’ questionable associations with former Mayor Linda Thompson, and with her current campaign Treasure, James Ellison.

It has also been reported that Martin-Roberts has been endorsed by former Mayor Steve Reed.

Jennie Jenkins was strong on her crime knowledge and the downfalls of the insufficient computer system that the police depend on. She was vocal on her bid to fight crime, blight and trash. In the lightning round, she received a full round of applause for her comment about changes made by Papenfuse, “We should have listened Dan Miller.”

Jenkins did well on all questions, and to be specific on the primary topics of crime, finance and the truth about Act47 she went unchallenged. She mentioned again the fact that she will be working on re-acquiring the parking due to the inadequacy of the deal and the now, junk bond status of the bonds. She said there is no way the deal lasts another 37 years.

The moderators did press Jenkins on her previous tribulations while working for the police department. Due to the current legal status of the her case, she is not able to disclose all of the information at this time, but thus far her outcomes from the courtroom have vindicated her innocence. In her hand, Jenkins sat prepared with the transcripts from court that were intended to shut down the idea that she stole any money. That was not the outcome of those charges.

It was a great community turnout on this 2nd day of May, 2017, and the moderators asked a variety of great questions on ACT 47, Home Rule, residency requirements for police and so much more that will be discussed in follow-up reports.

I was personally moved by the political newcomer, Anthony Harrell‘s speech on unity for the city as all of us being equal as American. “We keep forgetting that we are all American patriots.” He continues, “As a soldier we speak that we are all one.” Harrell finishes by saying “We all have one common goal in Harrisburg, to make it all great.”

“Hey whats up yall, ✌🏽 I’m Chris Siennick

In the closing minutes of the debate, Chris Siennick stole the show when he crashed the party, with his skateboard in hand to announce his Independent campaign for Harrisburg Mayor in the November election. At this point the entire crowd was shocked and broke out in full laughter.

“I’m the youngest candidate, so if you want to help get young people in power, vote for me in November.”

His was quickly removed from the stage with little resistance.

Moderator: “SIR, You’re wasting value time that the candidates need..”

Here is the debate video

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Papenfuse Hatred for Trump is Greater than his Love for Harrisburg

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By: Sean M. Guay

Harrisburg, PA – Instead of standing up on behalf of the tax paying citizens in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Mayor Papenfuse wants to engage in a battle of political ideology. This is a battle that he cannot win. Taking on President Trump through the Mayors Office is not a political maneuver that city residents stand to gain anything from.

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Also happening this week, Papenfuse and Harrisburg Police have been quiet on a horrible Robbery/Murder crime that has rattled the community. In a tragedy that went down looking like a broad daylight execution style murder in the heart of a residential community in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, city residents have not yet been reassured of their safety by the Mayor. Harrisburg citizens haven’t been made aware of any new measures to combat the violence associated with the heavy drug trade that is plaguing this city.

Papenfuse has not issued any statement on this recent event, it has been 5 days. This tragedy is one that still has a surreal feeling to the affected families, as well as the neighbors in the community that are being impacted by this drug related violence.

In a move that has backfired dreadfully for the Mayor, he has ignored the tragedy that occured in the neighborhood, and instead attemtped to use the stage of the Presidetial Visit to our city, as a platform for him to help others launch a stand against the ideology of our United States President.

Exclusive for Harrisburg100 Mayoral Candidates Jennie Jenkins, and Anthony Harrell have issued statements in response to the tragedy that occurred Tuesday April 25 at the intersection of N. 3rd & Muench Streets.

Jennie Jenkins

As a former Police Officer in the City of Harrisburg, crime reduction is a primary objective of Jenkins campaign. With her real life experience of how things actually work in the tough streets of Harrisburg, Jenkins qualifications exceed those who are relying on text book knowledge.

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Jenkins says: “It’s a terrible thing to hear of someone being murdered, whether it is from Harrisburg or any other city in the world. It’s too early to say if they came to Harrisburg specifically to cause trouble, or to murder, because that would be interpreted as premeditated. The truth is that this senseless and cowardly act did occur in Harrisburg City. I believe that the Harrisburg Police are among the best in the country, and they have an excellent track record of successful investigations. I pray that all family and friends of both the victim and alleged persons who committed this murder, can find calm during this time.”

When I suggested to Jenkins that the shooter might want “payback” on the victim for a previous bad drug deal, and that also, there is supposedly another female co-conspirator who was in on the current drug deal and maybe helped set up the robbery, Jenkins replied: “Now I believe that, based on previous incidients in Harrisburg.”

Look for the Harrisburg100 follow up on the Robbery/Murder case very soon, included exclusive interviews with the witnesses.

Of the local tradgey, Anthony Harrell says: “Violence is spreading all over the county, but its a Law enforcement issue and I fully support them and pray for the victims and their families”

Papenfuse Easily Persuaded

Is Papenfuse trying to protect his developer buddy Hartzler, who doesn’t want to scare away renters and buyers from midtown, and simultaneously trying to appease him by making a political stand on National Television against President Trump in his most recent public statement?
“What the Democrats are selling isn’t working” – Fox News

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Instead of building a rapport with our new President, Papenfuse instead decided to hold a counter-rally against Trump supporters, and “hopes that Trump learns from his mistake of calling Harrisburg a warzone.”

Mayor Papenfuse’s right hand man, Finance Director Bruce Weber admitted today that Papenfuse was pressured by the State Democratic Party to speak out against President Trump. He believes that Papenfuse would have preferred to stay silent on making this political.
What more can be said of a Mayor who is so easily influenced by the old-guard powers that have controlled Harrisburg for too long. It is not a good look for the implications on Papenfuse’s current bid to remain the Mayor of our fair city.
Papenfuse was quick to jump on the Democratic party bandwagon to bash Trump, at a time when Harrisburg is depending on the President and the Federal Government for emergency disaster funding as a result of the sinkhole disaster block in South Harrisburg. Residents of that street have been suffering in a state of limbo since the street collapsed in 2014.

Trump

On his 100th Day as President, Donald Trump thanked Pennsylvania for voting him into office, while Democratic Harrisburg voters thrashed back in heavy protests. It was Trump who tweeted out that Harrisburg looks like a ‘warzone,’ after his visit to the city last year. The local community is passionate about the city and will not let him live that comment down, until he does right by Harrisburg.
Tonight, in the beautiful Capital City of Pennsylvania, he did just that.

President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on trade before his rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night.

“We believe in ‘Made in the USA,’ and it’s coming back faster and faster,” Trump said. “We’ve taken unprecedented steps to bring back American wealth, American jobs and American dreams.”

One of the orders directs a review of all existing trade agreements and the second establishes an Office of Trade and Manufacturing. – CNN

Among other topics, Trump called out MS-13, the violent street gang who haunt American cities. He reviewed his plans to take back control of our country and inner cities. He cited the staggering reduction in illegal border crossing at our southern border with Mexico.

Holding firm to his ongoing feud involving the biased main stream media, President Trump ditched the tradition of attending the Correspondents Dinner, and he instead held an incredible rally for his loyal supporters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to celebrate his first 100 days in the White House.

The first order will conduct an in-depth review of our International Trade Agreements. Specifically, the order is to determine whether America is being treated fairly by its trading partners and the 164-nation World Trade Organization.

The second order will guarantee the future of American Manufacturing, by establishing an Office of Trade and Manufacturing.

Of course, these measures are not sufficient to the calls by Trump opposition. The liberal media has already portrayed Trump’s speech divisive, at a time when the country is desperate for unity.

Harrisburg

Will this be the catalyst needed to rebuild the ‘warzone’ City of Harrisburg? That remains to be seen.

South Harrisburg continues to struggle in the original so-called ‘warzone’ section where the 2014 Sinkhole Disaster occurred, for which the city is depending on the federal government for funding, but they fear Trump’s proposed cuts to HUD could hurt the Obama approved bid for assistance.

Papenfuses actions this week in no way help Harrisburg’s bid for federal assistance, when President Trump is already fed up with the childish meltdown style reactions from the Democrats ever since losing the election.

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Protests

And the activists who made up a good portion of the counter-protest aren’t happy about the way they were played by Papenfuse and the city, who abruptly ended their march against Trump at the entrance to the MaClay Street Bridge, just before the rally was set to begin.
Independent Harrisburg Mayoral Candidate Chris Siennick, organized ‘base camp’ for the resistance movement near the entrance to the MaClay Street Bridge. At the bridge shortly before the rally was to begin, Harrisburg Chief of Police Carter encountered activist and protest leader Katherine Lugaro, he informed her and the large group of angry marchers/protesters that the Federal Secret Service had halted all vehicular and foot traffic across the
MaClay Street bridge.
By doing this, the cops trapped the protesters inside the general vicinity of Uptown Harrisburg, which is fully separated from Trump’s arena by the railroad corridor and a creek.

Timothy Rowbottom

Tim Rowbottom is also very politically active, specifically in the City of Harrisburg where he protested against Papenfuse with Siennick and Lugaro. Here is Rowbottom’s comments on the Trump rally and this protest:
“It’s understandable that there were protests. No big deal.. What I think is a disservice to the city is the mayor doing what he did. Here’s why: Last year Hillary came to Harrisburg twice during her campaign. They even moved the red lights around for better photo ops. I asked Bruce Weber if the city got paid for that. He said no. I asked him if he billed the campaign. He said not yet. He said campaigns are slow to pay anyway. Then I saw him in public and he said the reason they didn’t invoice Hilary was because when she wins she will give a $2 Million grant to the city. Well… she didn’t win. And because of that, no $2 Million dollar grant. But.. the city still needs that $2 Million, right? And they are out of the costs for accommodations for those two Hilary visits.”
Rowbottom continues: “Today, Bruce Weber insisted they are going to be billing the president first this week. How does the mayor or city, expect to pursue a $2 Million grant that the city needs still, if the mayor is out bashing the president who potentially could decide if that $2 Million came to us or not? How in all reason and honesty, has the mayor’s act helped the city as a whole. And does it not hurt the region if the city is not on track?
And what does it say, when the mayor can protest the President and expect free rein, but has the police push Kathy Lugaro and Chris Seinnick across the street while they protested him?”

Steve Johansen
Steve Johansen is a local politically active individual who is very influential in the Cumberland and York Counties. Again, Steve is a guy you would think our Mayor would want to keep as an ally. But no, Papenfuse has established no such rapport with Johansen.
Today, Johansen made comments on his impressions of Papenfuse, and his sentiments align with the general attitudes and opinions of many other locally influential political figures.
Eric R. Papenfuse is an embarrassment to the City of Harrisburg and the surrounding areas. The sitting President of The United States of America visited the midstate. I understand The Mayor is a Democrat, however, this is an unprecedented honor for our area. Rather than embrace this historic moment he choose to stand with 25-50 “anarchists” who bring nothing positive to the mid-state.
The President spoke about bringing more jobs to PA and the midstate. He spoke about hope and optimism. This “dopey” mayor is protesting that?
He is a “wannabe” Washington/NYC elitist. What a disgrace! #Dope
Local supporters quickly lined up to echo the sentiments of Johansen regarding the City of Harrisburg and its Mayor after these comments were released on the local M.A.G. fb page, a post in which he tagged Eric Papenfuse.
Look for more to come on the political fallout from the actions of Mayor Papenfuse coming soon.
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Fully Corrupted, Leveraged, or Uninformed By-Stander?

By: Harrisburg100

Harrisburg, PA – Many candidates have recently voiced their complaints of missing campaign property. Anthony Harrell posted a video to facebook from the Uptown Plaza, where he says that his signs are missing, and meanwhile Papenfuse signs have taken over the shopping center. On the other side of town, Destini Hodges makes similar remarks about her “signs disappearing too.”

“The sign placement for this election cycle has been crazy!” – Destini Hodges comment, Exclusively for Harrisburg100

For the unhappy candidates, the question is what happened to the missing campaign property, while the so-called ‘supporters’ question where did the signs come from?

Where do some of the mysterious yard signs come from? Campaign signage are appearing all over town. Most of the placement comes from the sweat of hard working grass roots campaigns, and particularly from the candidates themselves personally working the streets. Others have a large fund of money from which they pay their flunkies to post the signage. Harrisburg neighbors report that the signs are just poping up over night without notice. Of course, there are many Harrisburg citizens that do proudly display who they support based on solid research over time.

Some neighbors do not plan to display yard signs, however they may wake in the morning or return home from work to realize that these signs have found a place in their yard, previously unbeknownst to the owners. And to take them down… :-/ mixed feelings from property owners who depend on the rulings of the judge, who has the final say relating to matters of their personal financial and real estate interests.

Some feel compelled to display the signs in hopes of future favor from their candidate on issues that impact the owners. Others are just oblivious to their surroundings and have no real concept about the years of corruption and financial fraud that some of those yard signs represent. They don’t know the history about the candidates use of a bait and switch tactic to get on the ballot. When neighbors post these signs, they don’t realize that they are supporting the original makers of Reed and so many of our current city problems.

Educate yourselves.

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