Friday, April 30, 2010

PA Tax Amnesty Collections Exceed $12 Million in First Week

PA Tax Amnesty Collections Exceed $12 Million in First Week

Bauer and Rose Launch 'KeepIsraelSafe.com' With New Advertisement and Nationwide Petition

Bauer and Rose Launch 'KeepIsraelSafe.com' With New Advertisement and Nationwide Petition

Amnesty Redux: Reid, Schumer and Menendez Offer Amnesty to Illegal Aliens and Empty Promises to the American People

Amnesty Redux: Reid, Schumer and Menendez Offer Amnesty to Illegal Aliens and Empty Promises to the American People

Pennsylvania Agriculture Department on Twitter

Pennsylvania Agriculture Department Moves to Cultivate Following, Promote Industry with New Twitter Page

Governor Rendell Proclaims May as 'Older Pennsylvanians Month'

Governor Rendell Proclaims May as 'Older Pennsylvanians Month'

Door-to-Door Visits Begin for 2010 Census

Door-to-Door Visits Begin for 2010 Census

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GOP Leader: 100 House seats in play

How many House seats will Republicans pick up in November? John Boehner says at least 100 of the 435 seats are at play. Can you say Speaker of the House John Boehner?

From POLITICO:
How many seats are in play for the Republican Party to pick up in November?

John Boehner says at least 100. You read that right: 100 seats — or 23 percent of the entire House — could be gobbled up by Republicans on Boehner's dream election day scenario.

The House minority leader, speaking on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" on Friday, said that the "playing field" for the 2010 elections is wider than "anything we’ve seen around here during my 20 years."

"At least 100 seats," Boehner told NPR's Steve Inskeep, when asked how many House districts are up for grabs. “You think there are 100 seats in the United States that could change hands?" Inskeep asked.

"I do," Boehner responded.

"Well typically, you are correct there would be some limited number of seats in play," Boehner said. "Let me remind you that Scott Brown won the Ted Kennedy Senate seat in Massachusetts. If Scott Brown can win in Massachusetts, there isn't a seat in America that Republicans can't win."

Republicans need 40 seats to win the majority — a number some pundits believe to be out of reach. If they win 100 seats, they would be deep in the majority and in commanding control of the lower chamber.
Read the full story at the link below:

Boehner: 100 seats in play for GOP - Jake Sherman - POLITICO.com

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

PLCB Recognizes Pennsylvania Students for Educating Peers about Healthy Alternatives to Underage Drinking

PLCB Recognizes Pennsylvania Students for Educating Peers about Healthy Alternatives to Underage Drinking

Video: Which Party is Arlen Specter?

Obama Administration Report is a Devastating Critique of ObamaCare

Obama Administration Report is a Devastating Critique of ObamaCare

Newspaper: Onorato is bad for business

Dan Onorato's hometown newspaper says don't buy those slick TV ads that depict the Democratic candidate for governor as "business friendly." The reality is far from what Onorato is selling.

Onorato & business - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Rohrer endorses Maloney in 130th State House Race

Sam Rohrer is probably the most popular political figure in Berks County right now so when he decides to endorse a fellow Republican for the 130th state House District, it could tip the race to David M. Maloney.

Two Republicans - Maloney and Tammy Gore - are seeking the GOP nomination on May 18 to run against two-term incumbent Democrat David Kessler, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

From the Maloney for State Representative campaign:
Gubernatorial candidate Sam Rohrer has endorsed David M. Maloney's run for the state house. Maloney's campaign made the announcement Wednesday. Maloney is a candidate for the 130th State Legislative Seat in Berks County.

Sam Rohrer said "David Maloney is a man I will be able to count on to help me in the state house when I am governor. We will have a tremendous amount of work to do, difficult decisions to make on many important issues. I will be very glad to have David in my corner in Harrisburg."

Maloney said "Sam's endorsement means a great deal to me. I have come to know and respect Sam Rohrer over the years and I truly believe Sam is the right man to be our next governor." Maloney is a self employed carpenter and home remodeler. He is a former Oley Valley School Board member living in Pike Township, Berks County. "Sam's agenda for Pennsylvania is exactly what we need. Sam Rohrer's defense of the family, life, and freedom will be my model as a legislator."

Maloney and Rohrer agree that the keys to economic recovery in Pennsylvania are removing government roadblocks to job creation, reducing the cost of state government and the elimination of school property taxes.

When asked about Republican chances of success in November, Maloney said "Right now, we have momentum on our side here in Pennsylvania. We have strong candidates led by Sam Rohrer. For me personally, I have the energy and the volunteers and the organization behind me to win back the 130th seat, and at the same time I will do whatever I can to help Sam Rohrer become the next governor of Pennsylvania."
Former state Rep. Dennis Leh, who held the 130th House District seat for 20 years, is also backing Maloney and is serving as Maloney's campaign chairman.

For more information about Maloney, visit his campaign Web site, http://www.maloneyforpahouse.com/

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Pennsylvania State Police to Honor 93 Fallen Troopers in Hershey

Pennsylvania State Police to Honor 93 Fallen Troopers in Hershey

Crowd at Kutztown University cheers Rohrer in bid for governor

Crowd at Kutztown University cheers Rohrer in bid for governor

Playground committee in need of volunteers

Playground committee in need of volunteers

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Weekly GOP Address: No More Bailouts



In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison warns about Democrats' financial regulation bill not stopping future bailouts.

Sen. Hutchison says, "Republicans are working to ensure the bill would forbid any future bailouts of Wall Street banks.... The Democrats pushed a bill through the Senate Banking Committee that does not stop future bailouts. Republicans have been attacked for speaking out against it and asking for bipartisan negotiations before allowing the bill to be debated on the Senate floor. But to be clear, we will stand firm against a partisan bill that exposes ordinary taxpayers to future bailouts or favors big companies over community banks across America. The tactics the Democratic leadership used to pass the health care bill must not be repeated."

She adds, "The fact is a growing number of experts on both sides of the ideological spectrum are coming to see what Republicans have been saying all along: the Financial Regulation Bill contains serious flaws. We believe this bill can be fixed, with a sincere bipartisan solution."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

ACORN's Bertha Lewis loses it

Fmr ACORN head calls Tea Parties "bowel movement" and claims "they're coming after you" | Washington Examiner

Tea Party Goal: Return to Reaganism

An interesting perspective on the Tea Party movement by CNBC's Larry Kudlow:
As I read this Contract, Tea Partyers are reminding all of us of the need for the Constitution to protect our freedoms. They're calling for a renewal of constitutional values, including — first and foremost — a return to constitutional limits on government.

The Tea Partyers who responded to this poll are demanding a rebirth of the consent of the governed. The government works for us, we don't work for it.

All this makes me think of President Reagan, who never quite succeeded in gaining a constitutional amendment for a balanced budget, or for limits on spending, or for a two-thirds congressional majority for any new tax hikes. But throughout his presidency, and for many years before, the Gipper argued for constitutional limits on government, especially government spending.

And now this message is being echoed perfectly in the tea-party Contract From America. In effect, it picks up where Reagan left off.

The Tea Partyers, whom I call free-market populists, desire a return to Reaganism. In particular, their demands for a balanced budget (third plank), for restoring fiscal responsibility (fifth plank), for ending massive government spending (sixth plank), and for stopping the pork (ninth plank) all underscore the populist revolt against runaway government spending, and therefore runaway government power.
Read the full column at the link below:

Tea Party Goal: Restore Limits Of Constitution - Investors.com

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Taxing Power of Obamacare | Robert A. Levy | Cato Institute: Commentary

The Taxing Power of Obamacare | Robert A. Levy | Cato Institute: Commentary

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We Are All Tea Party Members Now!

A new polls find 4 out of 5 Americans mistrust the federal government.

So much for the "fringe" right-wing protesters that the lunatic fringe on the left and its media allies keep talking about.

The Tea Party Movement is Democracy in action.

Pew poll: Rage against government - Tim Alberta - POLITICO.com

Rotten Egg

Rohrer stumps on 3 E's: economy, education, ethics

Rohrer stumps on 3 E's: economy, education, ethics

2 Republicans vying to succeed Rohrer agree with him: Ax the property tax

2 Republicans vying to succeed Rohrer agree with him: Ax the property tax

Republicans attack each other's records in race to challenge Kessler

Republicans attack each other's records in race to challenge Kessler

Congressional Pay Grows 15 Times Faster Than Social Security Checks

Congressional Pay Grows 15 Times Faster Than Social Security Checks

New Design for the $100 Bill

U.S. Government Unveils New Design for the $100 Note

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Real Dan Onorato

Nobody knows the real Dan Onorato, the leading Democratic contender for Pennsylvania governor, like his hometown newspapers.

Onorato's 'record' - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Also check out Dan's Land Of Make Believe, an anti-Onorato blog that launched in March.

Rep. Eric Cantor blasts Dems on taxes, spending



Rep. Eric Cantor: "The Democrats control every lever of power in Washington and they've never met a tax they didn't like or found a dollar they couldn't spend. Their economic plan? You pay, they spend, your children owe. You deserve better."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Richard Viguerie: Tea Party Represents Revolt of the Middle Class

Richard Viguerie: Tea Party Represents Revolt of the Middle Class, Unfettered New Force

Obama Attempts to Alter the Terms of His Broken Tax Pledge

Obama Attempts to Alter the Terms of His Broken Tax Pledge

Meet Tony Phyrillas Friday at MCCC

Tony Phyrillas, The Mercury's award-winning political columnist and blogger, will be the featured speaker at the Fifth Annual Healthy Lifestyles Expo Friday, April 16, at Montgomery County Community College, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

Phyrillas, pictured here with state Rep. Tom Quigley, will be taking part in a Q-and-A from 11 a.m.-11.:45 a.m., followed immediately by a free lunch.

The Expo, co-sponsored by state Rep. Quigley, Montgomery County Community College, the TriCounty Community Network and The Mercury, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Other Expo highlights include caricatures by Alan MacBain, Pipper The Clown, musical performances by the Pottstown Middle School Woodwinds Ensemble and Pottstown High School Show Choir, as well as five $100 cash drawings.

All programs, health screenings, demonstrations and entertainment are free to the public. A special section in The Mercury will list all the events as well as the full calendar of events.

How Fast Is Harrisburg Spending Your Money?

How fast is Harrisburg spending your money? So fast, it will make your head spin.

From PleaseNoMoreTaxes.org:
Pennsylvania state government is spending $65,857,000,000 of YOUR money this fiscal year at a clip of

* $180,430,000 per day.
* $7,520,000 per hour.
* $2,088 per second.
Check out PleaseNoMoreTaxes.org, a site created by The Commonwealth Foundation, to find out where your money is going, sign a petition to end the madness (and see how you can get a free bumper sticker, too).

From POLICY BLOG:
Federal, state, and local taxes consume about 28% of the income earned by Pennsylvania residents, in the aggregate. This represents 103 days - meaning Pennsylvanians worked from January 1 until April 13 to earn enough money to pay their tax bill. Pennsylvania has the 11th latest Tax Freedom Day in the country.

If you think your taxes are high enough, request a bumper sticker with the rallying cry PLEASE NO MORE TAXES!

Happy Tax Day!

State Sen. Bob Mensch Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign

From Friends of Bob Mensch:
Schwenksville, PA – Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) today formally kicked off his re-election campaign for the Pennsylvania Senate representing portions of Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton counties. Mensch chose April 15th, "Tax Day," to announce his re-election campaign because keeping government spending in check and opposing tax increases on working families are two of his top priorities in the Pennsylvania Senate.

"As we struggle through the current economic crisis and widespread unemployment, Pennsylvania residents are increasingly being asked to do more with less," said Mensch. "Yet Democrats in Harrisburg want to increase state spending by $1.5 billion, even as state revenues are declining. They have coupled this budget proposal with a massive expansion of the state sales tax to 74 new items and services for the first time. Non prescription drugs, newspapers and magazines, coal and firewood, even children's textbooks would all be taxed under the Democrats’ proposal. That means more money out of the pockets of Pennsylvania taxpayers to pay for continued largess in state government."

"This isn't just a nickel here and a nickel there either," said Mensch. "New sales taxes on residential electric, gas, oil, water, and basic television services will cost households hundreds of dollars per year. And for those individuals who may buy or sell their home, thousands of dollars in new costs could be imposed due to new taxes on a range of professional services. If Pennsylvanians are being told to live within their means, our state government should be forced to do the same."

"According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, Pennsylvania has the 11th highest state and local tax burden in the country," said Mensch. "We also have the 2nd highest corporate net income tax in the nation, which stifles efforts to attract new businesses to our state and create jobs. Harrisburg needs to be looking for opportunities to cut taxes in order to remain competitive with other states, not looking for new opportunities to raise taxes. With the support of voters, I will continue to fight for fiscal responsibility and some level of sanity in the state capital."

Mensch noted that when he is out speaking with voters, many are surprised to learn that he is seeking re-election this year, particularly since he was just elected to his first term in the Senate in September 2009. That election, however, was a special election to fill the vacancy left by Senator Rob Wonderling, who stepped down to become President of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Mensch is running unopposed for the Republican nomination in the May primary, but will likely face a Democrat opponent in the November general election.

Governor George Pataki Announces Formation of Revere America

Governor George Pataki Announces Formation of Revere America

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monday is Deadline to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania's May Primary

Monday is Deadline to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania's May Primary

Family Research Council Fellow to Join Panel Discussion at Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

Family Research Council Fellow to Join Panel Discussion at Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Endorses the Usual Suspects

For what it's worth, the state's largest labor union has announced its endorsements for Pennsylvania Lt. Governor, Pennsylvania Senate and Pennsylvania House in the May 18 Primary.

All but one of the 28 endorsements went to a Democrat, which shows how serious labor unions take endorsements. The endorsement of Republican incumbent state Rep. Karen D. Beyer in the 131st state House District makes you wonder if the union is trying to get rid of Beyer. Union endorsements usually go to candidates who support government spending and higher taxes. I'm not sure Beyer wants voters to know the AFL-CIO is behind her.

Read the full list of endorsements at the link below:

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Endorses Jonathan Saidel for Lieutenant Governor and State Legislative Candidates for May 18th Primary

Santorum tells Berks GOP to stand and deliver

Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, spoke to a packed house at the annual Berks County Republican Dinner Tuesday.

From a story by Mary Young in the Reading Eagle:
Republicans must turn the energy and enthusiasm generated by opposition to President Barack Obama into the political capital needed to win state and federal elections, former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum said Tuesday.

Santorum, who served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and two terms in the U.S. Senate before losing a re-election bid in 2006, delivered that message to about 200 people at the Berks GOP's annual spring dinner in the Crowne Plaza Reading hotel, Wyomissing.

In 2008, Republicans weren't doing a great job. Frustrated with government, people wanted change and elected Obama, Santorum said.

What they got is a government that is like the drug dealer on the corner who wants to get people hooked, he said.

Obama and his supporters are getting people hooked on entitlements, such as stimulus funding and health care, which make people more dependent on the government, Santorum said.

Not only is government growing, but also Democrats are trying to change its foundation by convincing people that their rights are given to them by the government, he said.
Read the full story at the newspaper's Web site:

Santorum tells Berks GOP to stand and deliver

Pat Meehan marks Tax Freedom Day



From the Meehan for Congress campaign:
DREXEL HILL, PA – Former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan, a candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, held an event yesterday to mark Tax Freedom Day, the day on which Pennsylvanians have met their federal, state, and local tax burden for the year. Tax Freedom Day in Pennsylvania falls four days later than the national average of April 9, ranking Pennsylvania as the 11th highest tax burden in the nation.

"While the fact that the first 103 days of the year were spent paying the cost of taxes is certainly sobering, my major concern is that this date does not take into account the growing budget deficit and national debt," said Meehan

"My opponent Bryan Lentz was unwilling to hold the line on spending and taxes as a state legislator. Just last year, Lentz voted for a state budget that would have increased state spending by $1 billion and raised taxes on Pennsylvanian residents and businesses in already difficult economic times."

"In order to prevent huge tax increases in the future, we need to implement fiscal responsibility in Washington, DC now. I support a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution for the federal government because I recognize that our elected officials in Washington are incapable or unwilling to make the tough budget decisions that are necessary."

Groundbreaking Set for National Law Enforcement Museum

Groundbreaking Set for National Law Enforcement Museum

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Far left agitators to infiltrate Tea Party gatherings

The story isn't getting the coverage it deserves from the corrupt mainstream media but the far left is so worried about the growing Tea Party movement that it is going public with plans to "infiltrate" Tea Party gatherings.

Obama disciples are being dispatched to Tea Party gatherings across the country to disrupt rallies and make Tea Party protesters look bad by shouting racial and anti-gay slurs or displaying signs with misspelled words to make Tea Party members look like "morons."

Jason Levin, founder of the Web site www.crashtheteaparty.org, told The Associated Press that the group has 65 campaign leaders in major cities across the country who are trying to recruit members to infiltrate tea party events for April 15.

Tea party groups are planning hundreds of demonstrations on Tax Day to protest runaway government spending, massive debt and higher taxes.

"Do I think every member of the tea party is a homophobe, racist or a moron? No, absolutely not," Levin told AP. "Do I think most of them are homophobes, racists or morons? Absolutely."

Speaking of morons, Levin apparently did not hear about the recent Gallup Poll that found that 51% of Tea Party members are independents or Democrats, most of them have college degrees and most of them earn good salaries. This dispels the liberal myth that Tea Party activists are uneducated far-right extremists.

A majority of Americans also agree with the Tea Party movement's call for lower taxes and lower spending, according to several recent polls. So, who's further away from mainstream America, Mr. Levin?

Read the radical left's manifesto at www.crashtheteaparty.org

Thanks Hugo!

Tea Party Protests Across Pennsylvania

POLICY BLOG has compiled a list of nearly 20 communities across Pennsylvania where Tea Party protests will be held on Tax Day, April 15, and the upcoming weekend.

Here's your chance to send a message to Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats that you pay enough taxes.

Also check out Pennsylvania Tea Party Patriots for the latest updates on Tea Party activities.

Pennsylvania Lottery Announces Retirement of Super 7 Game

Pennsylvania Lottery Announces Retirement of Super 7 Game

Monday, April 12, 2010

Phyrillas to speak at MCCC on April 16

Tony Phyrillas, The Mercury's award-winning political columnist and blogger, will be the featured speaker at the Fifth Annual Healthy Lifestyles Expo Friday, April 16, at Montgomery County Community College, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

Phyrillas will be taking part in a Q-and-A from 11 a.m.-11.:45 a.m., followed immediately by a free lunch.

The Expo, co-sponsored by state Rep. Tom Quigley, Montgomery County Community College, the TriCounty Community Network and The Mercury, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Other Expo highlights include caricatures by Alan MacBain, Pipper The Clown, musical performances by the Pottstown Middle School Woodwinds Ensemble and Pottstown High School Show Choir, as well as five $100 cash drawings.

All programs, health screenings, demonstrations and entertainment are free to the public. A special section in The Mercury will list all the events as well as the full calendar of events.

U.S. Bans 'Islam' and 'Jihad' -- PC or Strategic Censorship?

U.S. Bans 'Islam' and 'Jihad' -- PC or Strategic Censorship?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Weekly GOP Address: $2 Trillion Tax Hike Ahead



In the Weekly Republican Address, Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) laments Democrats' focus on their unpopular health spending bill when Americans want Washington to promote job growth.

Sen. Kyl says, "The American people have been telling Washington that promoting job growth must be the first priority. But, for more than a year, Congress and the President have focused instead on a controversial health spending bill which a majority of Americans said they didnt want."

He gives an alternative to the big spending and big taxing ways of Washington Democrats, explaining, "Republicans have a better plan. We believe the best course is to encourage job creation by private companies. And the way to do that is to limit intrusion by Washington and to keep taxes at a manageable level."

Friday, April 9, 2010

Rick Santorum to headline Berks County GOP Dinner

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) will be the headline speaker at the Berks County GOP Spring 2010 Dinner.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, at the Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Reading), located at 1741 Papermill Road in Wyomissing.

"It will be great to be back in Berks County and visit with many friends who I worked with during my time in the Senate," Santorum said in a written statement. "With the recent government takeover of our health care system and the administration's lack of commitment to our nation's security, our country is in need of a course correction. I am looking forward to sharing my views on these critical issues at this gathering."

The dinner begins at 6:45 p.m. Santorum is scheduled to speak at 7:15 p.m.

For tickets, call Christine Gordon at 610-587-9917.

The annual dinner is the Berks County Republican Committee's major fundraiser and also helps introduce Republicans candidates to party supporters.

For more information about the Berks County GOP, visit the party's Web site at http://berks.mygopsite.net/

Michelle Bachmann backs Sam Rohrer for PA governor

Clinton Reject Robert Rubin returns

Robert Rubin returns - Eamon Javers - POLITICO.com

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dick Morris: GOP Will Win House and Senate

GOP Will Win House and Senate

Democrats' special-election scramble

Democrats could lose two more Congressional seats in special elections next month, including one in Pennsylvania. Of course, Democrats will definitely lose dozens of seats in November when all 435 House seats are up.

Democrats' special-election scramble - Alex Isenstadt and Josh Kraushaar - POLITICO.com

Déjà vu all over again for Rendell

Didn't Gov. Ed Rendell solve the state's transportation funding crisis in 2007 when he signed Act 44 into law? No? That was just another Rendell scam? The governor is now calling for a special session of the Legislature to solve the problem he pretended to have solved three years ago.

Governor Rendell Announces He Will Call Special Legislative Session to Address Transportation Funding

Gallup Poll: Tea Party Members Are Fairly Mainstream

A new Gallup Poll shatters the myth that the Tea Party movement is made up mostly of right-wing extremists. Sorry Mainstream Media. You've been caught with your pants down again.

If anything, the poll exposes how far left-wing extremists who populate the news media have gone to vilify the Tea Party movement.

Some highlights from the USA Today/Gallup Poll:
Tea Party supporters skew right politically; but demographically, they are generally representative of the public at large. That's the finding of a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted March 26-28, in which 28% of U.S. adults call themselves supporters of the Tea Party movement.

Tea Party members consist of 43 percent Independents and 8 percent Democrats. That's 51 percent, also known as a majority. The poll finds 49 percent of Team Party members are Republicans.

Another liberal media myth shot down: Tea Party members are uneducated. The Gallup poll finds that 65 percent of Tea Party members have some college education. The poll found 34 percent had some college background, 16 percent were college graduates and 15 percent had postgraduate experience.

From Gallup: "A separate question included in the March 26-28 poll showed that 37% of Americans view the Tea Party movement favorably and 40% unfavorably, with the remainder expressing no opinion."
Sounds like the Mainstream Media is in the minority in vilifying the Tea Party movement. They used the same tactics in 2008 to denigrate Sarah Palin. What is the media afraid of?

To review the full Gallup Poll results, click here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Columnist: Democrats reek of George Wallace

Tea-bagger epithet just the latest example of liberals' hate hypocrisy, says Washington Times columnist Ray Hartwell.

HARTWELL: Democrats reek of George Wallace - Washington Times

Monday, April 5, 2010

Survey: Four in 10 Tea Party members are Democrats or independents

Survey: Four in 10 Tea Party members are Democrats or independents - The Hill's Ballot Box

40% of Tea Partiers are Dems and Independents

40% of Tea Partiers are Dems and Independents, How Will Media Report the News? | NewsBusters.org

Wild pitch from Obama



Obama double-clutched on the mound (that's a balk) and then threw wildly left of the plate. Sums up his first year on office.

Santelli: $4 Gas, $150 Oil Coming This Summer

Santelli: $4 Gas, $150 Oil Coming This Summer | NewsBusters.org

PA Board of Education to Hold Statewide Listening Tour on Student Wellness Starting April 6

State Board of Education to Hold Statewide Listening Tour on Student Wellness Starting April 6

Tony Phyrillas wins first place award for column writing

A few years back, a left-wing blogger referred to me as a "shameless self-promoter" because I posted something about a national award I won for my newspaper columns.

If that liberal blogger is still around, he's not going to like this post either.

The Mercury won three awards in its circulation category in the annual Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors contest.

This is from The Associated Press story listing the winners:
The Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors announced winners of the group's annual writing and photo contests.

Cash awards will be presented to the first-place winners at the annual PAPME awards dinner in Harrisburg on May 14.

The entries were judged by editors at AP member newspapers in Colorado and Utah.

Judges selected a "Best of Show" winner across all circulation divisions, and a photographer to receive the Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award, in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer from Pennsylvania. Winners for both prizes will be revealed at the award ceremony.
CIRCULATION 15,000-30,000

WRITING
Column

First: Tony Phyrillas, The Mercury, "Gov. Rendell is turning into a Republican"
Second: Nancy March, The Mercury, "Telling your stories is a privilege"

Public Service
First: Centre Daily Times Staff, Centre Daily Times, "Binge Drinking"
Second: Nancy March, Evan Brandt, The Mercury, "Borough on the brink"
You can read the full award-winning entry, "Gov. Rendell is turning into a Republican," at The Mercury's Web site.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Desperate For Votes

Pennsylvania Budget Deficit Tops $719 Million

Pennsylvania collected $3.9 billion in General Fund revenue in March, which was $243 million, or 5.9 percent, less than anticipated, according to Acting Secretary of Revenue C. Daniel Hassell.

Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $19.9 billion, which is $719.6 million, or 3.5 percent, below estimate, Hassell says.

Pennsylvania Revenue Department Releases March Collections

PennDOT Reminds Customers of Easy Online Organ Donor Registration

PennDOT Reminds Customers of Easy Online Organ Donor Registration

Most State Offices Open on Good Friday

State agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction will be open for business on Friday, April 2, Secretary of Administration Naomi Wyatt said today to correct erroneous media reports.

Although many local and legislative offices will be closed for the Christian observance of Good Friday, state agencies will operate on a normal schedule.

For more information about state government offices, visit www.pa.gov