Saturday, October 31, 2009

Democrat unclear what office he's running for



Charles Corbit has never held political office (although he worked for the John Kerry and Barack Obama campaigns in the last two presidential election cycles) but he wants to make all sorts of changes in the Berks County Prothonotary's Office.

Corbit wants to bring "hope and change" to the office by ousting four-term incumbent Marianne R. Sutton, the Republican seeking reelection. But as this new ad shows, Corbit may not know much about the office he is seeking.

H/T Bucks County Conservative Examiner

Pelosi Halloween Health Announcement Hides a Trick on American Gun Owners

Pelosi Halloween Health Announcement Hides a Trick on American Gun Owners, says Washington Senior Rights Activist

Sarah Palin was right on 'death panels'

Remember all the grief former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin received from the liberal media when she pointed out that the health care reform bills pushed by Democrats included provisions for the so-called "death panels" to advise elderly Americans on alternatives to medical treatment after they reach a certain age?

Guess what? Sarah Palin was right. The House bill touted by Nancy Pelosi includes end-of-life counseling by government-sponsored "death panels."

From The Associated Press:
It's alive! End-of-life counseling in health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's alive.

The Medicare end-of-life planning provision that 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said was tantamount to "death panels" for seniors is staying in the latest Democratic health care bill unveiled Thursday.

The provision allows Medicare to pay for voluntary counseling to help beneficiaries deal with the complex and painful decisions families face when a loved one is approaching death.

For years, federal laws and policies have encouraged Americans to think ahead about end-of-life decisions, and make their wishes known in advance through living wills and similar legal documents. But when House Democrats proposed this summer to pay doctors for end-of-life counseling, it touched off a wave of suspicion and anger.

Prominent Republicans singled it out as a glaring example of government overreach.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, at the time a lead negotiator on health care legislation, told constituents at a town hall meeting they had good reason to question the proposal.

"I don't have any problem with things like living wills, but they ought to be done within the family," he said. "We should not have a government program that determines you're going to pull the plug on grandma."

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Job Creation, The Home, The Family

Job Creation, The Home, The Family

60 Plus Association: Pelosi Plan Will Hurt Seniors

Statement from 60 Plus Association President Jim Martin on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's New Health Care Proposal

House Health Care Bill Funds Abortion

AUL's Statement on New House Health Care Bill

FRC Responds to Dept. of Education Request, Urges Kevin Jennings Removal

FRC Responds to Dept. of Education Request, Urges Kevin Jennings Removal

All Tricks and No Treats in NY

Group: Obama Abandons Small Businesses

The American Small Business League has issued the statement on the Obama Administration's broken promises:
Last week, President Obama announced his administration's plan for a, "New Small Business Lending Initiative." The new initiative is the next installment in a series of speeches by President Obama, which have yet to yield any results for the small business community.

In his speech President Obama stated, "This administration is going to stand behind small businesses. You are our highest priority because we are confident that when you are succeeding, America succeeds." (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-small-business-initiatives-landover-md) Over the past year, President Obama promised to restore the Small Business Administration's (SBA) budget, restore the SBA Administrator to a cabinet level position, implement the 5 percent set-aside goal for women owned firms, and stop the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants. To date, none of these promises have been honored. (http://www.barackobama.com/2008/02/26/the—american—small—business—le.php)

Since the recession began, the government has spent roughly $2.8 trillion to stimulate our nation's economy. (http://money.cnn.com/news/storysupplement/economy/bailouttracker/) President Obama stated that stimulus spending has led to small businesses receiving $13 billion in new loans and $4.3 billion in federal contracts, for a total of $17.3 billion. That means small businesses have received only 0.6 percent out of the $2.8 trillion in stimulus funds invested by the government. In comparison, AIG received $180 billion in taxpayer money, while America's 27 million small businesses have received $17.3 billion.

Regarding the new initiative, Keith Girard in Allbusiness.com stated, "Whether they 1/8Obama Administration3/8 will get desperately needed capital to small businesses in a meaningful way is problematic at best." (http://www.allbusiness.com/economy-economic-indicators/economic-conditions-depression/13271042-1.html) On the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington stated, "If this were really a high-priority for the administration, it could, you know, actually do something about it. Right now. The executive branch has plenty of weapons at its disposal to force banks still dependent on billions of dollars in taxpayer funds and guarantees to change behavior." (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/barack-obama-is-doing-my—b—334631.html)

Last year President Obama stated that for every billion dollars spent, 40,000 new jobs would be created. (http://bit.ly/2eiyas) Based on the Obama Administration's estimates regarding job creation, stimulus spending to date should have created 640,000 jobs, however, a recent report has revealed that only 30,383 jobs have been created. (http://www.recovery.gov/Pages/home.aspx)

On August 18, President Obama announced a government-wide plan led by SBA Administrator Karen Mills and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to increase contracting opportunities for small businesses. The plan included over 200 events nationwide within 90 days; over 70 days after the announcement no schedule of these events has been released. (http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/sba—homepage/news—release—09-58.pdf)

Governor Rendell Signs Warrants for John Amos Small and Antoine Ligons

Gov. Ed Rendell signed two more death warrants this week, bringing the number signed during his tenure as governor to 99. And the number of death row inmates executed since Rendell became governor remains at 0.

In fairness, it's not Rendell's fault that nobody has been executed in Pennsylvania for decades. You can thank liberal judges who refuse to uphold the law and allow executions to take place.

Governor Rendell Signs Warrants for John Amos Small and Antoine Ligons

TreeVitalize Coupons Available to Homeowners in South-Central PA

TreeVitalize Coupons Available to Homeowners in South-Central PA

PA Fire Commissioner: Change Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries This Weekend

State Fire Commissioner: Change Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries This Weekend

'Talking Politics' on the radio today

Tune in to "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus" today at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM for a preview of the key races in the Nov. 3 General Election.

You can call the station with questions or comments at 610-326-4000.

If you can't receive the radio signal, you can listen to the broadcast online at www.pottsmerc.com or www.1370wpaz.com'

Rohrer Bill Targets Unfunded State Mandates

Rep. Sam Rohrer (R-Berks) has unveiled the Emergency Mandate Suspension Act (EMSA) to provide financial relief to school districts, counties and municipal governments struggling to pay for unfunded state mandates.

"Essentially, if there is no money, there will be no mandate," Rohrer said at a Harrisburg news conference, flanked by members of groups representing local governments and school boards. "Local authorities would be given the option to opt out of expensive unfunded mandates. This is the fastest and most direct way that we can help school districts, local governments and the taxpayers who must fund them."

Under Rohrer's measure, if the state mandates a program but then fails to provide adequate funding to implement it, counties, municipalities and school boards would be able to temporarily opt out of the spending initiative.

Rohrer was joined Wednesday by representatives from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, who all lent their support to Rohrer's legislation.

From a press release issued by Rohrer after the news conference:
According to the Pennsylvania Economy League, 45 of the 53 "third-class cities" in Pennsylvania can be categorized as "financially distressed." CCAP reports that an average of 60 percent of a county's budget is made up of directives from outside entities.

"The burden of unfunded mandates is real and it is something that must be addressed," Rohrer said. "The old ostrich-head-in-the-sand approach is no longer an option. The governor and state Legislature cannot sit by and watch as more and more local governments and school boards are pushed over the cliff of financial distress. The problem is unfunded mandates and the solution is the Emergency Mandate Suspension Act."

Rohrer's legislation would empower local authorities to temporarily - for a period of up to five years - opt out of unfunded state mandates. The local authority would be permitted to suspend local payments for the qualifying programs.

In addition, the bill provides for a similar temporary suspension of reimbursable mandates. If the state fails to reimburse local authorities for a mandated program, the local authority could suspend local payments for it. This would apply to programs for which the state ordinarily provides adequate funding to cover costs but, for whatever reason, has failed to provide that funding. This provision would apply if the Commonwealth missed two consecutive payments - as happened recently in many instances due to the state budget stalemate.

"Too often, leaders in Harrisburg have adopted a law and passed the costs on to local leaders," Rohrer said. "They take credit for the idea but pass responsibility for funding it on to our local governments and school boards. It is time for elected leaders at all levels of government to acknowledge the economic consequences facing taxpayers. This bill does more than talk about the problem. It identifies and proposes a solution. Now, it's time for lawmakers in Harrisburg to roll up our sleeves to make this policy a reality."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Use VotesPA.com to Prepare for Voting on Nov. 3

Use VotesPA.com to Prepare for Voting in Nov. 3 Pennsylvania Municipal Election

New Poll Shows Americans Want Medical Liability Reform

New Poll Shows Americans Want Medical Liability Reform

What if George W. Bush had done that?



Josh Gerstein of POLITICO recaps some of the outrageous behavior of Barack Obama that has gone "unnoticed" by the state-run liberal media.

From POLITICO:
A four-hour stop in New Orleans, on his way to a $3 million fundraiser.

Snubbing the Dalai Lama.

Signing off on a secret deal with drug makers.

Freezing out a TV network.

Doing more fundraisers than the last president. More golf, too.

President Barack Obama has done all of those things — and more.

What's remarkable is what hasn't happened. These episodes haven't become metaphors for Obama's personal and political character — or consuming controversies that sidetracked the rest of his agenda.

It's a sign that the media's echo chamber can be a funny thing, prone to the vagaries of news judgment, and an illustration that, in politics, context is everything.

Conservatives look on with a mix of indignation and amazement and ask: Imagine the fuss if George W. Bush had done these things?
Read the full story at the link below:

What if George W. Bush had done that? - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO.com

The case for Chris Christie

Columnist Kevin Ferris makes a strong case for why New Jersey needs to elect Chris Christie as governor over Obama puppet Jon Corzine.

From Ferris' column:
Christie had a sterling reputation as a corruption-fighting U.S. attorney, having put away 130 politicians, Republicans and Democrats, during his seven-year term. He certainly had positions on issues - lower taxes, leaner government, less spending - but mostly he just had to not be the increasingly unpopular Corzine.
Ferris also chastises limousine liberal Jon Corzine for waging a negative campaign, including TV ads essentially calling Christie "fat." That's real professional for a governor who can't even spell his own first name.

Read Ferris' full column at The Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.

Monday, October 26, 2009

AHIP Statement on Government-Run Plan

AHIP Statement on Government-Run Plan

Obama Emulates Hugo Chavez



Read more at NewsBusters.com

Leading newspapers back Joan Orie Melvin for PA Supreme Court

The biggest race on the Nov. 3 ballot is to fill a vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which is now split 3-3 among Democrats and Republicans. The candidates are reform candidate Jane Orie Melvin, a Republican, and Jack Panella, the Democratic Party machine candidate, who is running attack ads against Orie Melvin instead of giving voters a reason to support him.

Three of the state's leading newspapers (and among the most liberal newspapers at that) are urging voters to support Orie Melvin.

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason congratulated Supreme Court candidate Judge Joan Orie Melvin on receiving the endorsement of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Patriot News on Sunday.

From a Republican Party of Pennsylvania press release:
"Judge Joan Orie Melvin is an incredibly impressive candidate and I am pleased to read that The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Patriot News all agreed," Gleason said. "In their endorsement, The Philadelphia Inquirer noted Judge Joan Orie Melvin's 'outsider's viewpoint' and credited her call to create an independently appointed agency to monitor corrupt judges. Clearly, with the story of the Luzerne County judicial scandal still dominating headlines, Pennsylvania voters are looking to elect a Supreme Court justice that will seek to root out corruption, not stand idly by while it takes place."

"The Philadelphia Inquirer's endorsement also criticizes Democrat candidate Jack Panella for his 'special interest campaign war chest' which has come through sizable donations from trial lawyers and big labor groups. We agree that the donations he has received raise serious questions about whether or not Jack Panella, if elected, will be beholden to these special interest groups who have donated so generously to his campaign."

"Judge Joan Orie Melvin's strong work ethic, distinguished record and judicial temperament make her the only choice for Supreme Court on November 3rd, and I am overjoyed that so many Pennsylvanians, including three of our state’s largest newspapers from the western, eastern and central Pennsylvania, are voicing their support for her campaign."

The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsement of Judge Joan Orie Melvin for Supreme Court reads:

Of the two appellate judges vying for Supreme Court, Joan Orie Melvin of Pittsburgh edges out Jack A. Panella, her Easton colleague on the state Superior Court. Melvin, 53, earned the state bar's highest rating and was cited for being "genial and fair- minded" with a "solid record of performance" on the bench over a 24-year period. ("Editorial: Best judicial choices," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/25/09)

Click here to read the text of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s full endorsement.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsement of Judge Joan Orie Melvin for Supreme Court reads:

The other consideration is one dear to our core principles. If Judge Panella wins this race, the court will be down to six men and one woman (Justice Debra McCloskey Todd). The other female justice, Jane Cutler Greenspan, agreed not to seek a full 10-year term after Chief Justice Ralph Cappy retired last year.

Advantage, Judge Melvin, who would strike a small but important blow for gender balance by keeping the number of female justices at two.

The Post-Gazette endorses Judge Joan Orie Melvin for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. ("Supreme Court: In a duel of two top jurists, it's Judge Melvin," The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Click here to read the text of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s full endorsement.

The Patriot News endorsement of Judge Joan Orie Melvin for Supreme Court reads:

But on Nov. 3, voters can choose only one, and after meeting with the candidates and reviewing their records, our choice is Judge Joan Orie Melvin.

She has experience at all levels of the judiciary, having served as a judge in the municipal courts in Pittsburgh, Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County and has been on the Superior Court since 1997. ("Pennsylvania Supreme Court judge: Our choice is Orie Melvin," The Patriot News, 10/25/09)

Click here to read the text of The Patriot News' full endorsement.
For more information about Orie Melvin, visit her campaign Web site, www.judgeoriemelvin.com

Crowded field for Montco judges

Fourteen candidates are seeking seven open seats on the Montgomery County Court of Common Please. Reporter Carl Hessler Jr. offers a roundup of all 14 candidates.

Crowded field for Montco judges - The Mercury News: Pottstown, PA and The Tri County areas of Montgomery, Berks and Chester Counties (pottsmerc.com)

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Also check out the Judges for Montgomery County Web site, http://www.judgesformontgomerycounty.com/

ATR Launches Massive TV Ad Campaign Urging Sen. Nelson to Keep Tax Pledge



ATR Launches Massive TV Ad Campaign Urging Sen. Nelson to Keep Tax Pledge

Friday, October 23, 2009

Applications for Absentee Ballots Due to Counties by Tuesday

Applications for Absentee Ballots Due to Counties by Tuesday

Meehan Sighting



A couple of Montgomery County businessmen were spotted chatting with Congressional candidate Pat Meehan at a fundraising event on Wednesday, October 21, at The Café located at 2011 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Meehan, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is seeking the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District. Pictured from left to right: Geoffrey McKernan of Blue Bell, President and CEO, NSM Insurance (headquartered in Conshohocken); Pat Meehan; and Mark O'Connor of Haverford, Co-Proprietor of the Irish Pub and The Café in Philadelphia.

No Free Lunch: The True Cost of ObamaCare Report Released

No Free Lunch: The True Cost of ObamaCare Report Released

Pence Defends Conservative Media

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rafferty to chair Senate Transportation Committee

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has appointed Sen. John C. Rafferty, Jr., (R-44) to chair the powerful Senate Transportation Committee.

Rafferty, who has served in the Senate since 2003, replaces former Sen. Rob Wonderling, who resigned earlier this year.

"I look forward to using this new position to help improve our transportation system, which is crucial to protecting public safety and also expanding our economy," Rafferty said in a written statement. "Transportation issues affect every resident in Pennsylvania, whether it involves a daily commute to work or a bus ride on the public transit system or the movement of goods. Our goal is to have a modern, efficient system that meets the needs of its users."

Scarnati said Rafferty was chosen because of his knowledge of the issue and his interest in taking on new transportation challenges.

"As a member of the committee, John demonstrated a broad understanding of the major issues we are facing regarding transportation, and as chairman I know he will work well with the members, the House and the Administration to improve our vast transportation network," Scarnati said in a written statement.

Rafferty's Senate district stretches across Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties. His elevation to the chairman's seat should help move Southeastern Pennsylvania transportation issues to the front-burner.

For more about Rafferty, visit his Web site, www.senatorrafferty.com

FRC: Where Is the Protection and Tolerance for Marriage Defenders?

FRC: Where Is the Protection and Tolerance for Marriage Defenders?

Young Professional Leaders To Discuss America's Unsustainable Fiscal Path

Young Professional Leaders To Discuss America's Unsustainable Fiscal Path

Which Tax Hikes in Senate Health Bill Violate Obama's Tax Promise?

Which Tax Hikes in Senate Health Bill Violate Obama's Tax Promise?

Online State Watchdog Directory

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has launched a new directory of state-based good government groups to assist activists and journalists in holding public officials accountable for abusing the public trust.

The guide, Directory of State-based Government Watchdogs, lists organizations focusing on state and local government in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to CREW.

The directory can be found online at statewatchdoggroups.org

More from a CREW press release:
State-based organizations are fighting corruption by exposing the unethical and illegal activities of state and local officials, by educating the public and by working for government reform. The 213 groups listed in the directory have different missions, but share common goals including: civic education, campaign finance reform, election reform, and transparency.

The directory is made up of profiles of watchdog efforts in each state that include: examples of corruption in the state, a list of watchdog organizations that recites each group's mission and contact information, and links to news sources and blogs tracking state and local government.

Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW, said today, "Americans lose faith in government when officials are not held accountable for their misconduct. For the first time, citizens will have access to a comprehensive directory of organizations across the country working to keep public officials honest."
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions.

For more information, visit www.citizensforethics.org

Toomey headlines Montco GOP dinner

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey will be the feature speaker at the annual Fall Reception and Dinner sponsored by the Montgomery County Republican Committee.

The event is Thursday, Oct. 22.

The festivities begin with a reception at 5 p.m. at O'Neill Properties at 211 S. Gulph Road in King of Prussia. Tickets are $300.

The dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. at Westover Country Club in Jeffersonville. Tickets are $40. A ticket to the dinner is included with a reception ticket.

Call MCRC at 610-279-9300 to reserve a ticket. Or email Brittany at btressler@montcogop.com

In addition to Toomey, the seven candidates for Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas as well as other federal, state and local elected officials and candidates will be attending.

ATA Warns Cap-and-Trade Will Increase Costs But Won't Reduce Truck Emissions

ATA Warns Cap-and-Trade Will Increase Costs But Won't Reduce Truck Emissions

Auditor General Jack Wagner Calls for Reform of State's Methods for Awarding Vendor Contracts

Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner Calls for Reform of State's Methods for Awarding Vendor Contracts

Sen. Mensch unveils new Web site

On his first full day in office, Pennsylvania's newest state senator, Bob Mensch, unveiled his new Web site.

The Web site is: www.senatormensch.com

The site includes information about the 24th Senate District, pending legislation, state laws, agencies and programs, special sections of interest to senior citizens, veterans and kids, as well as links to other governmental and civic organizations.

"There is a wide variety of information available on my Web site," Mensch said in a written statement announcing the launch. "The Internet is a good way to keep constituents informed about what is going on in state government and tell them about programs that are available. The Web provides an excellent way for busy people to keep track of what's going on in state government and how it affects their everyday lives - when it is convenient for them."

Mensch, a Republican who spent three years in the state House, won a special election on Sept. 29 to fill the remainder of former state Sen. Rob Wonderling's term.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Video: No Jobs, No Recovery

Mensch joins Pennsylvania Senate



Bob Mensch was sworn in today as Pennsylvania's newest state Senator, giving the Republican Party a 30-20 majority in the chamber.

Mensch, who represented the 147th House District over the past three years, is now the state Senator representing the 24th Senate District.

Mensch won a special election on Sept. 29 to complete the term of former state Sen. Rob Wonderling, who resigned to become president/CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

The 24th Senate District covers about 240,000 residents in Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties.

Mensch was sworn into office during a 3 p.m. ceremony in the Senate Chamber.

"I look forward to continuing the work I started as a state Representative to develop legislation and policies that improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians and promote economic development and create new jobs," Sen. Mensch said in a written statement. "We are in a crucial time in the Commonwealth as we work to restore our economy. We must work to keep young people here. It is essential that we take whatever steps necessary to make Pennsylvania a good place to live, work and raise a family."

As a member of the House of Representatives, Mensch authored legislation amending the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law, along with bills focused on health care quality improvement.

A native of Pennsburg and resident of Marlborough Township since 1975, Mensch is married to his wife of 38 years, JoAnn, who together have raised two children, and now enjoy being grandparents to 14-year-old Zackary. He holds a business degree from Valley Forge Military College.

No decision has been made on a date for a special election to fill the remainder of Mensch's House term.

Governor Rendell: Pennsylvania Has Made Payments Delayed by Budget Impasse

Governor Rendell: Pennsylvania Has Made Payments Delayed by Budget Impasse

Consumer Watchdog Names 'Top 5 Time Bombs' in Senate Health Plan

Consumer Watchdog Names 'Top 5 Time Bombs' in Senate Health Plan

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Rise and Fall of ObamaMarketing

Game News to Return to Schools and Public Libraries

Game News to Return to Schools and Public Libraries

Secretary Shinseki Designates 41 Regional Veterans Day Sites

Secretary Shinseki Designates 41 Regional Veterans Day Sites

FRC Stands With 53 House Members; Calls on President to Remove Kevin Jennings

FRC Stands With 53 House Members; Calls on President to Remove Kevin Jennings

PA unemployment rate hits 8.8%

Pennsylvania employers shed another 10,300 jobs in September, according to new employment figures released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

The Rendell Administration is attempting to put the best possible spin on the continuing bad news by pointing out that Pennsylvania's 8.8% unemployment rate "remained below the United States' unemployment rate, which rose one-tenth of a point to 9.8 percent."

Doesn't that make you feel better, especially if your unemployment benefits are about to run out?

The bottom line is that Ed Rendell, Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats have done a terrible job dealing with economic issues, resulting in record unemployment.

From the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry:
Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted civilian labor force -- the number of people working or looking for work -- rose by 9,000 in September to 6,368,000.

Employment was unchanged in September, while resident unemployment rose by 9,000. The Pennsylvania labor force was down 55,000 from September 2008.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.8 percent in September. The state rate remained below the United States' unemployment rate, which rose one-tenth of a point to 9.8 percent.

Pennsylvania's rate was up 3.2 percentage points from September 2008, while the U.S. rate was up 3.6 percentage points in the 12-month period.

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs count dropped by 10,300 jobs in September. The majority of the job losses were among service providing industries, however, the Professional and Business Services sector added 2,700 jobs.

Pennsylvania job count was down 198,100, or 3.4 percent, since September 2008. Nationally, jobs were down 4.2 percent over the same time period.
For a breakdown by employment categories, click on the link below:

Pennsylvania's Employment Situation: September 2009

'Talking Politics' with Rep. Tom Quigley

State Rep. Tom Quigley, R-Montgomery, will be the guest on "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus" today at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

Quigley will address the passage of the PA budget after a 101-day delay and take questions from listeners on various state issues.

You can call the station with questions or comments at 610-326-4000.

If you can't receive the radio signal, you can listen to the broadcast online at www.pottsmerc.com or www.1370wpaz.com

IRS warns of e-mail scammers

The IRS office in Philadelphia is warning Pennsylvania residents about a cam e-mail that sends malicious software to recipients' computers.

Play it safe. Delete any e-mail that references the IRS. The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mails to taxpayers.

From a press release issued by the IRS:
In recent weeks, a phony e-mail claiming to come from the IRS has been circulating in large numbers. The subject line of the e-mail often states that the e-mail is a notice of underreported income. The e-mail may contain an attachment or a link to a bogus Web page directing taxpayers to their "tax statement." In either case, when the recipient opens the attachment or clicks on the link, they download a Trojan horse-type of virus to their computers.

Malicious code (also known as malware), of which the Trojan horse is but one example, can take over the victim’s computer hard drive, giving someone remote access to the computer, or it could look for passwords and other information and send them to the scammer. The scammer will then use whatever information they gather to commit identity theft, gain access to bank accounts and more.

The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mails to taxpayers about their tax accounts. Anyone who receives an unsolicited e-mail claiming to come from the IRS should avoid opening any attachments or clicking on any links. People can report suspicious e-mails they receive which claim to come from the IRS to a mailbox set up for this purpose, phishing@irs.gov. Those who believe they may already be victims of identity theft should find out what do by going to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Web site, OnGuardOnLine.gov

More information on e-mail scams may be viewed at http://www.irs.gov/

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Defeat The Debt Pledge

Curt Schroder raises $100,000 for Congressional bid

Chester County state Rep. Curt Schroder, a Republican candidate for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District, announced Tuesday he has raised more than $100,000, exceeding his fundraising goals over the past six weeks.

"I am humbled by the outpouring of local support that I have received," Schroder said in a press release. "Over 320 individuals helped us raise nearly $110,000, the overwhelming bulk of which came in during the last 30 days."

Schroder emphasized that the bulk of his contributions came from individuals within the 6th District and not from far flung national PAC's representing special interests or a personal check.

"Clearly the taxpayers in our region know me, my record and what I stand for. They know that as their Congressman I will go to Washington and place their interests first"

Taking a shot at one of his opponents, Steven Welch, who doesn't live in the 6th District, Schroder noted: "I have lived in the 6th District since its inception and the Downingtown area my entire life. I understand the values, needs and priorities of the people who live here. The out-pouring of grass roots support clearly demonstrates that the people who live here recognize that"

Schroder has represented Chester County's 155th District in the state Legislature since 1994.

The 6th District Republican nomination is up for grabs in 2010 after incumbent Republican Jim Gerlach announced he would not seek a fourth term. Instead, Gerlach is running for governor of Pennsylvania.

For more on the campaign, visit Schroder's Web site at http://vote4curt.com/

Americans United for Life Statement on Finance Committee Vote

Americans United for Life's Statement on Finance Committee Vote

Pennsylvania Farm Show Named Best Local Festival

Pennsylvania Farm Show Named Best Local Festival

ProtectStudentChoice.org Urges Senators Specter and Casey to Save Pennsylvania



ProtectStudentChoice.org Urges Senators Specter and Casey to Save Pennsylvania

Bringing the Holidays to Military Men and Women

Bringing the Holidays to Military Men and Women

Pakistani Christians Speak Out at the United Nations

Pakistani Christians Speak Out at the United Nations

Monday, October 12, 2009

Greek Food Bazaar in Reading this weekend

The largest ethnic food festival in Berks County makes its return to Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading on the weekend of Oct. 16-18.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the 40th Annual Greek Food Bazaar to enjoy Greek food, pastry, wine, arts and crafts and live music.

All the food is cooked on premises by church members using traditional Greek recipes.

The most popular dish is Athenian-style chicken, which comes in a platter with a side of rice pilaf or pastitsio (layered Greek pasta, seasoned with chopped beef topped with béchamel) and Greek-style string beans cooked with tomatoes and seasonings, a Greek salad featuring feta cheese, and roll and butter. The price remains $10 for the platter.

On Friday, Plaki (fresh fish fillet baked with vegetables, herbs and wine) is available as a main dish in the platter served in the main dining hall.

There are also a la carte items, such Gyro (marinated beef and lamb slices) and Souvlaki (pork shis-ke-bob) sandwiches, Calamari (squid)cooked in tomatoes and wine; Moussaka (eggplant casserole) and Arni Psito (roast lamb) as only the Greeks know how to make. All dishes are available to eat-in or take-out.

A variety of imported Greek wines and the popular Ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur, will be served. (Beer and soda is available for less adventurous visitors).

While enjoying a meal in the main dining hall, visitors are treated to Greek/American musical stylings of Sasha.

This year's festival also features the debut of Kefi, the youth dance troupe of Sts. Contantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, performing a variety of Greek folk dances in traditional Greek costumes.

After a hearty meal, there’s plenty to see and do on the church grounds. An Agora (Greek market) room offers packaged Greek foods and prepared dishes to go. The Kafenio (Greek coffee house) features fresh-brewed Greek-style coffee, rice pudding and pastries.

Festival-goers can shop in the gold jewelry room and Greek gift shop, featuring many items imported from Greece.

Visitors can also see one of the largest collections of Byzantine iconography in the United States in the church itself. Free guided tours of the church interior are provided on the hour.

A popular stop for all visitors is the pastry room, where you can pick between favorites such as Baklava (almonds, butter, and honey layered in flaky pastry), Teelikta (walnuts, butter and honey rolled in flaky pastry); Kourabiethes (butter cookies topped with powdered sugar), Koulourakia (Greek twisted butter cookie) and Galaktobouriko (a filo pastry filled with custard and moistened with honey syrup).

Another Greek delicacy is Loukoumathes (honey balls) a warm dough pastry topped with honey, cinnamon and chopped nuts. Honey balls are made fresh Saturday and Sunday only. Also try the Baklava Sundae for a unique taste treat.

Bazaar hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

If you can't get enough of the Bazaar, an after-hours Taverna Night has been added Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 p.m. to midnight, featuring dancing to DJ music, food and drink. A $10 cover charge applies for Taverna Night.

Admission to the Bazaar and parking are free in the church lot. Additional parking is available at the adjacent Holy Name High School. The event is held rain or shine.

The church is located at 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., about one mile from Business Route 222 South (Lancaster Avenue).

For directions, call the church at 610-374-7511 or visit the church Web site, http://www.stsconstantinehelen.org/

President Obama Ignores Election Mandate, Pushes Radical Social Policies

President Obama Ignores Election Mandate, Pushes Radical Social Policies

Obama A.W.O.L. on Afghanistan

In defense of Glenn Beck

Jonah Goldberg, author of the chilling best-seller, "Liberal Fascism," has a nice op-ed piece explaining why Glenn Beck has become Public Enemy No. 1 for the Obama regime and its left-wing media allies.

From Goldberg's column:
For a self-described rodeo clown who frequently admits he isn't that bright, Glenn Beck must be doing something right.

A de facto leader of the populist backlash against President Obama, he made the cover of Time magazine -- with his tongue sticking out, no less. His radio and TV shows have stratospheric ratings. Proceeds from his numerous ventures have him making north of $20 million a year.

But perhaps his most impressive feat is Beck's ability to unite a broad coalition of liberals, media scolds and conservatives under the single banner of Beck-hatred.
Read the full column at the link below:

In defense of Glenn Beck - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Obama Allies Continue Laying VAT Groundwork

Obama Allies Continue Laying VAT Groundwork

Pennsylvania Preserves Additional Farmland for Future Production

Pennsylvania Preserves Additional Farmland for Future Production

Deer Activity Increasing, PennDOT Cautions Motorists

Deer Activity Increasing, PennDOT Cautions Motorists

Gerlach's Pledge to PA: No More 100-Day Budget Delays

Jim Gerlach, a Republican candidate for governor, said on Thursday that Pennsylvania's broken budget process has become a national embarrassment.

On the 100th day of the state's budget impasse, Gerlach said this would never happen if he was sitting in the governor's mansion.

"We do not need to waste any more time playing political games and pointing fingers," Gerlach said in a written statement. "This dysfunctional process has resulted in a 100-day delay in enacting a budget. The Harrisburg culture of putting self-interest ahead of the public interest must end. The families of Pennsylvania understand the importance of paying your bills on time and not spending more than you can afford. For far too long Harrisburg has ignored these basic principles.

"That's why I was the first candidate for governor to propose moving to a a two-year budget cycle to cut costs, increase accountability and avoid the annual budget soap opera, which for the last seven years has resulted in increased government spending and higher taxes. And we must stop rewarding politicians in Harrisburg for failure. If the state cannot meet the Constitutional requirement of enacting a budget by July 1st of each year, then the Governor, his Cabinet and lawmakers should lose a day's pay for every day the fail to pass a budget."

In September, Gerlach released a 17-point "Pledge to Pennsylvania" that is a contract to protect taxpayers and send a very clear message that the days of rewarding failure, ignoring runaway spending and tolerating a lack of accountability in Harrisburg are over.

The entire "Pledge to Pennsylvania" is available at his campaign Web site, www.gerlachforpa.com

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Rep. Reichley Hosts Senior Expo on Oct. 16

State Rep. Doug Reichley (R-Berks/Lehigh) will hold a Senior Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, at Lower Macungie Township Community Center, 3400 Brookside Road, Macungie.

Senior citizens and family members living in the 134th Legislative District are invited to attend the event, which features more than 40 exhibitors who will be able to provide information and answer questions from older citizens and their families about local and state government programs and services available in the private sector that can help older Pennsylvanians.

"I look forward each year to learning about new services that are available locally and meeting with the many people who enjoy attending the expo," Reichley said in a press release. "We bring together so many providers into a one-stop shop that it is becoming a must-attend annual event."

Booths will be set up to provide free information to those senior citizens who can attend. Exhibitors will distribute brochures, offer services and answer questions about what they can do to assist older Pennsylvanians.

The event is co-hosted by LutherCrest Retirement Community and sponsored by St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network.

For more information or directions, contact one of Reichley's district offices at 1245 Chestnut Street, Unit No. 5, Emmaus. The phone number is 610-965-9933. Reichley's Berks County office is in Bally Brook Industrial Park on 20 N. Front Street in Bally. The phone number is 610-845-1425.

CNN fact-checks 'SNL' skit about Obama

Toomey Raises $1.5 Million in Third Quarter

U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey announced today that his campaign has raised more than $1.5 million for the third quarter of 2009.

To date, the campaign has raised more than $3.1 million from more than 20,000 contributors since Toomey announced his Senate candidacy five-and-a-half months ago, according to the Toomey for Senate Campaign.

Toomey already has 33 percent more contributors than the total number of donors amassed during the entirety of his 2004 Senate run, the campaign reports.

The most recent Quinnipiac University poll showed Toomey leading both incumbent Democratic Senator Arlen Specter and Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak in general election matchups.

"I am honored by the thousands of people who have contributed to my campaign," Toomey said in a press release. "People all across Pennsylvania are rallying to our message of fiscal responsibility and political balance. They are concerned about the reckless bailouts, extreme policies, and out-of-control debt resulting from one-party control of Washington, and they believe that the country deserves better than that. Together, I believe we will win the fight for fiscal sanity, responsible government, and economic growth."

For more about Toomey, visit his campaign Web site at www.toomeyforsenate.com

Rep. Pitts on mismanagement of U.S. aid to Afghanistan, Pakistan



Today Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16) took to the floor to call for better management of U.S. aid programs to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Corruption in these programs has allowed the Taliban to use aid to fight their insurgency against Afghan and Coalition forces.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

PA marks 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission today unveiled plans for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, including the launch of www.PACivilWar150.com

The Commission also announced a full slate of special events and traveling exhibits "highlighting the state's paramount role in the war."

Pennsylvania Civil War 150 is a unified, statewide alliance that will attract visitors and enrich their experience county by county through remarkable programming for the sesquicentennial commemoration, according to a Commission press release.

"While many of the great battles of the Civil War were epic in nature, the story of this war in Pennsylvania is much more than just tactics and strategy," said Barbara Franco, executive director of PHMC. "The Civil War also is the story of individual soldiers and of women and children struggling to survive in small towns and family farms all across the state and of African Americans working to abolish slavery and join the United States Colored Troops."

More highlights from PA Civil War 150 launch event in Harrisburg:
· PACivilWar150.com, a dynamic Web site that unlocks the incredible personal stories of Pennsylvanians both on the battlefield and at the home front, the vast Civil War collections of the state's museums and historical societies, and the state’s numerous heritage tourism attractions and trip-planning resources.

· Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show, a traveling museum experience based in a 53-foot tractor trailer that will bring interactive exhibits and unique programming to all 67 counties in the state from 2011 to 2015. The Road Show will encourage residents and organizations in each locality to share their stories and artifacts in conjunction with the traveling exhibition.

· Additional initiatives include a digitization project under the direction of Penn State University that aims to unearth and organize Civil War collections in an online format to preserve primary source materials and make them accessible to the public and to scholars. The Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh also will coordinate the publication of two books: Pennsylvania Civil War in Photographs, a collection of rarely seen photos from the Civil War era, and Pennsylvania African Americans in the Civil War Era, an account of the African American experience during the same time period.
For more information, visit www.PACivilWar150.com

Patients United Now: Survivor

National Call Congress Day

From Patients First:

On Tuesday, October 6th, Patients First is sponsoring a National Call Congress Day to send our legislators a simple message: "Hands Off My Health Care!"

This is your chance to explain why we cannot afford any bill that puts Washington between you and your doctor. Call Congress and tell them: "Hands Off My Health Care."

Find out more about the campaign at http://www.joinpatientsfirst.com/

Monday, October 5, 2009

Women's Voices in the Health Care Debate

So far, only 7 PA Congressmen support '72 Hour' rule

The Democratic majority in Congress continues to reject calls to actually read bills before voting on them.

From Robert Romano of the NetRight Nation Blog:
If a growing number of House members that signed a discharge petition for H. Res. 554 have their way, every single bill in Congress will be held for least 72 business hours Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) prior to passage for a mandatory review by each house.

The discharge petition initiated by Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR2) has obtained 182 signatures, including the bill's sponsor, Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA3). Walden did so on the same day the Senate Finance Committee explicitly voted against allowing 72 hours to review ObamaCare once it was finally written.
Only 7 of Pennsylvania's 19 House members have signed the petition: Reps. Charlie Dent, Bill Shuster, Glenn Thompson, Todd Platts, Joe Pitts, Jim Gerlach and Tim Murphy. All 7 are Republicans.

What about your member of Congress? What are they hiding? Why do they want to rush through votes before anyone has a chance to read the bill?

For a complete list of the members of Congress who signed the petition, click here.

Safe School 'Czar' Kevin Jennings Backpedals on Ignoring Child Molestation

Safe School 'Czar' Kevin Jennings Backpedals on Ignoring Child Molestation

Americans United for Life on New Poll Results Showing Dramatic Drop in Support for Abortion

Americans United for Life Responds to New Pew Poll Results Showing Dramatic Drop in Support for Abortion

Rep. Bachmann on ACORN funding

PA voter registration deadline is today

Time is running out to register for the Nov. 3 General Election in Pennsylvania.

While there's no national races, you can pick the next Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice and decide who runs various local, school board and county offices, including Common Pleas Court judges.

Today is the last day to register. Follow the link below for more information.

Voter Registration Deadline Is Oct. 5 for November Election

Saturday, October 3, 2009

96 bank failures since Obama took office

News Item: Federal Regulators close Mich. bank; 96th failure in '09

In case you haven't been following the news, Barack Hussein Obama has been president of the United States over the past nine months. That same time period corresponds with federal regulators shutting down 96 banks.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has coughed up billions of dollars in deposit insurance to cover the debts of the failed banks.

By comparison, just 26 banks failed in all of 2008 when Republican George W. Bush was president. In 2007, also under Bush, just 3 U.S. banks failed. Ahh, the good old days.

Industry analysts predict that another 150 to 200 banks will fail. Keep that in mind next time the Obama media tells you the recession is over.

Friday, October 2, 2009

PA GOP: Pennsylvania's Democrat House of Hypocrisy

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement in response to a press release sent out by Democrat members of the state House of Representatives touting their letter to Pennsylvania's Congressional delegation that called for an investigation into the activities of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN:
"Democrats in the state House have taken hypocrisy to a new and dangerous level," Gleason said. "Just weeks after voting to support state funding for ACORN, Democrat state Reps. Tony DeLuca, Dom Costa and Bryan Barbin are now publicly calling on Pennsylvania's Congressional delegation to investigate this corrupt organization. This letter was no doubt a measure taken to calm down their constituents, who are upset that their elected officials voted to support a group that has clearly been misusing precious taxpayer resources.

"In these troubled economic times, when everyone is working to stretch our dollars as far as we can, the public deserves to know that the Democrat Party is willing to knowingly send our tax dollars to this corrupt organization. The recent videos depicting ACORN counseling people involved in criminal activities is deplorable. It is mind-boggling to me that, even with mounting video evidence piling up against this corrupt organization, every Democrat member of the state House still voted to send precious taxpayer dollars to fund the activities of this corrupt organization."

"ACORN has been exposed as a corrupt organization that should not be receiving federal or state funds under any circumstances."

Revenue Department Releases September Collections

Revenues fell short of spending for the third consecutive month of the 2009-10 fiscal years. Pennsylvania is headed for another huge deficit.

Revenue Department Releases September Collections

Rendell: All Legislators Should Remain in Harrisburg Until Final Budget is Passed

Governor Rendell: All Legislators Should Remain in Harrisburg Until Final Budget is Passed

DHS Report Shows that 90 Percent of U.S. Borders Are Not 'Effectively Controlled'

DHS Report Shows that 90 Percent of U.S. Borders Are Not 'Effectively Controlled'

Auditor General Faults Oversight of Older Adult Daily Living Centers

Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner Finds Weaknesses in Oversight of Older Adult Daily Living Centers

Kerry-Boxer is Bait-And-Switch Scam

Democrats are no longer calling it "Cap-and-Trade," but it remains the biggest energy tax in U.S. history.

Kerry-Boxer is Bait-And-Switch Scam, Says American Council for Affordable and Reliable Energy

Proposed Medicare Changes Will Increase Costs to Government, Decrease Options

Proposed Medicare Changes Will Increase Costs to Government, Decrease Options

FRC Calls on Kevin Jennings to Resign

FRC Calls on Kevin Jennings to Resign

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Proclaims October as Cyber Security Awareness Month

Thursday, October 1, 2009

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Launches Online Photo Tribute

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Launches Online Photo Tribute

Pew Research Poll: Support For Abortion Slips

Pew Research Poll: Support For Abortion Slips

'Talking Politics' on the radio today

Tune in to "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas & Mike Pincus" today at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

Topics will include Pennsylvania's unraveling budget agreement and the special election win by state Rep. Bob Mench.

You can call the station with questions or comments at 610-326-4000.

If you can't receive the radio signal, you can listen to the broadcast online at www.pottsmerc.com or www.1370wpaz.com'