Monday, May 31, 2010

Judicial Watch Statement on Sestak Scandal

The non-partisan government watchdog group Judicial Watch is concerned about the pattern of ethical violations by the Obama Administration, leading up to the Joe Sestak bribe offer.

Judicial Watch is demanding the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate the matter.

The group released the following statement:
This latest bribery allegation reflects a disturbing pattern by the Obama White House. We still don't have all the details about involvement of Obama administration officials in the sale of Obama's former Illinois U.S. Senate seat by Rod Blagojevich. And we still don't have answers about the charge that Obama Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina offered a federal job to Colorado Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff to keep him out of the Senate race. There is also the report that President Obama tried to push disgruntled White House Counsel Greg Craig out of the White House by offering a federal judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. And now we have Joe Sestak.
Read the full statement at the link below:

Judicial Watch Statement on Sestak Scandal

Joe Pitts: A Memorial Day Reminder

A Memorial Day Reminder

By Congressman Joe Pitts

In the past year, there have been stark reminders of why our Armed Forces are engaged in foreign battles and why many have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

The Christmas Day bomber nearly killed hundreds in the sky over Detroit. Just a few weeks ago, a terrorist trained in Pakistan tried to detonate a car bomb in Times Square. These attempts make it clear that terrorists are still plotting to use civilians around in the world and in the U.S. as targets. They hate free societies, and especially our own, the most free and prosperous nation in the world.

Indeed, today's battlefield is even being fought on American shores. Sadly, in the past year, we lost 13 of our fighting men and women and one unborn baby in an attack by a deranged Army officer who had embraced a radical Islamic ideology.

Those who lost their lives had come together from across the country to serve in our Armed Forces and for the cause of liberty. Their hometowns ranged from Spokane to Pittsburgh and they were both officers and enlisted personnel. Some were on their way to the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, and others had just returned from overseas.

Unfortunately, Major Nidal Hasan chose to make Fort Hood, Texas, a battlefield. His attack was cowardly as none of his victims were armed. Despite having no weapon to defend himself, Capt. John Gaffaney charged Hasan during the shooting spree but was mortally wounded. All 13 American soldiers died as heroes, even though they certainly did not expect to fight within their own home base.

The terrorist attacks and attempts here at home reinforce the need for our military to root out our enemies overseas. It reminds us why our soldiers are fighting al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world.
From their bases in Afghanistan, with the full support of the Taliban government, al Qaeda was able to plan and execute the attacks on September 11, 2001. These attacks are not ancient history, but we must not forget what a dedicated terrorist organization can do when they have safe haven and the tacit support of a government.

In the coming weeks, our troops will undertake a campaign to root out the Taliban from Kandahar, the site of the Taliban's first successful military campaign in 1994. As their virtual capital, Kandahar serves as a major stronghold for the Taliban. This is expected to be the most difficult phase of the new strategy in Afghanistan.

Some question the need for our fight in Afghanistan and, instead, call for negotiation with the Taliban. I believe it is dangerous for us to consider withdrawal or compromise as long as the Taliban embrace international terrorism.

Our success during the surge in Iraq went hand-in-hand with the Anbar Awakening, a movement in which domestic Iraqi groups chose to disassociate from al Qaeda in Iraq. Only after their rejection of terrorism, were we able to work with the Anbar groups to work toward a more peaceful society.

I visited Afghanistan shortly after U.S. forces initially secured the country in 2002. I met with women and children who were brutally oppressed by the Taliban. I witnessed girls eagerly attending school for the first time, delighted by the opportunity to learn and flourish in a freer society. It is my firm belief that we should not abandon the people of Afghanistan to the terrorists who brutalized the country for many years.

The Taliban hope that our resistance to their rule will crumble, but I know that we have dedicated men and women who will stay until we have achieved security for the people of Afghanistan and for our families here at home. They have strong examples of American troops gone before them who fought against persistent and stubborn enemies and returned home victorious.

This Memorial Day we remember those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy freedom. We also think about those who are in harm’s way and pray for their safety and for their families here at home. For those families who lost loved ones the war never ends. We will enjoy that freedom with barbeques and swimming pools, but we must also take the time to honor those who have given the full measure so that we can enjoy the fruits of liberty.

U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts is a Republican who represents Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District in parts of Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties.

Friday, May 28, 2010

An SOS from America's job creators

An SOS from America's job creators - Michael Steele - POLITICO.com

Government Reform Forum at Ursinus College

From the office of Montgomery County state Rep. Mike Vereb:
COLLEGEVILLE — Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) encourages residents of the 150th Legislative District to attend his Government Reform Forum on Tuesday, June 1, at Ursinus College.

"When I was first elected to the House in 2006, it was on wave of voter outrage over the way things were being done in Harrisburg," Vereb said. "As a member of the Speaker’s Reform Commission last session, I worked hard to reform government operations and make state government more transparent. However, there is still much to be done. This forum will provide constituents with a chance to have an open dialogue with our panel to discuss what's next for the reform movement in Harrisburg and throughout the state. I encourage my constituents to come to the forum and let their ideas and opinions be heard."

A panel of local and county government officials, as well as news reporters who cover the different levels of government, will be on hand to give their view on what government reforms need to be enacted and to answer questions from the audience.

The evening's panelists include: Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County district attorney; Jenny Brown, Lower Merion township commissioner; Stan Huskey, Norristown Times-Herald editor; Tony Phyrillas, Pottstown Mercury city editor; Alex Roarty, PoliticsPA correspondent; and Chris Freind, an independent columnist and investigative reporter based in Philadelphia.

This is an interactive event, with residents encouraged to submit questions for the panelists throughout the evening. Residents who are unable to attend are invited to submit questions for the panelists via Rep. Vereb's Web site, www.RepVereb.com

The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guest should use the Ninth Avenue entrance to enter the Ursinus College campus. Signs will be displayed throughout the campus to direct residents to Kaleidoscope Hall.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Governor Rendell Issues Memorial Day Flag Order

Governor Rendell Issues Memorial Day Flag Order

When the foxes guard the hen house

Denial is not just a river that runs through Egypt. It's a way of life along the banks of the Susquehanna River, where a professional class of politicians continue to burn through $300 million dollars a year in tax money.

A 34-page report by a grand jury outlining massive public corruption within the Pennsylvania Legislature has been met with predictable response from the very same Legislature: Denial.

From a story in today's Philadelphia Inquirer:
Leaders there said the report does not reflect the legislature of today - one that has made a number of changes in its rules and operations to address some of the ills that grand jurors detailed in their scathing report released Monday.

The report said the General Assembly lives in a " 'time warp' of public corruption" and needs to cut staff, institute term limits, and go part-time, among many other changes. It was written by the grand jury impaneled two years ago by Attorney General Tom Corbett's office to investigate corruption, including the so-called Bonusgate scandal.

Brett Marcy, spokesman for House Majority Leader Todd Eachus (D., Luzerne), said of the jury's findings: "It seems to be based largely on perceptions of the past and incorrect assumptions about the legislative process, rather than an accurate reflection of today's legislative operations."

Steve Miskin, spokesman for House Minority Leader Sam Smith (R., Jefferson), said there was a keen awareness among most lawmakers that the public mistrusted government. He noted that the House GOP had pushed a package of bills aimed at making the legislative process more open and accountable. "This report is a time warp," said Miskin. "It was a picture of the legislature a few years ago."

That is, said Harrisburg-based activist Tim Potts, exactly the response he expected to hear.

Potts, cofounder of the group Democracy Rising Pennsylvania, said his and other advocacy groups have pushed for years to get the legislature to reform itself, shrink its ranks, and open up its finances to public inspection. He said that after the outcry over the pay raise that legislators approved for themselves in 2005, they made changes to their operations. But Potts, a former legislative aide, called those "window-dressing."
Read the full story at the newspaper's Web site.

Honor Our Military Memorial Day Weekend

Honor Our Military Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

GOP launches America Speaking Out



Visit the Web site at http://www.americaspeakingout.com/

Reading My Teleprompter

Rep. Mike Vereb to host Government Reform Forum

From the office of Montgomery County state Rep. Mike Vereb:
COLLEGEVILLE — Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) encourages residents of the 150th Legislative District to attend his Government Reform Forum on Tuesday, June 1, at Ursinus College.

"When I was first elected to the House in 2006, it was on wave of voter outrage over the way things were being done in Harrisburg," Vereb said. "As a member of the Speaker’s Reform Commission last session, I worked hard to reform government operations and make state government more transparent. However, there is still much to be done. This forum will provide constituents with a chance to have an open dialogue with our panel to discuss what's next for the reform movement in Harrisburg and throughout the state. I encourage my constituents to come to the forum and let their ideas and opinions be heard."

A panel of local and county government officials, as well as news reporters who cover the different levels of government, will be on hand to give their view on what government reforms need to be enacted and to answer questions from the audience.

The evening's panelists include: Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County district attorney; Jenny Brown, Lower Merion township commissioner; Stan Huskey, Norristown Times-Herald editor; Tony Phyrillas, Pottstown Mercury city editor; Alex Roarty, PoliticsPA correspondent; and Chris Freind, an independent columnist and investigative reporter based in Philadelphia.

This is an interactive event, with residents encouraged to submit questions for the panelists throughout the evening. Residents who are unable to attend are invited to submit questions for the panelists via Rep. Vereb's Web site, www.RepVereb.com

The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guest should use the Ninth Avenue entrance to enter the Ursinus College campus. Signs will be displayed throughout the campus to direct residents to Kaleidoscope Hall.

Two in Five Americans Support the Tea Party, But Just One in Ten Consider Themselves Members

Two in Five Americans Support the Tea Party, But Just One in Ten Consider Themselves Members

Judicial Watch Sues Obama Justice Department for Documents Regarding Decision to Dismiss Voter Rights Act Claims Against New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense

Judicial Watch Sues Obama Justice Department for Documents Regarding Decision to Dismiss Voter Rights Act Claims Against New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense

Name That Party

Name That Party: Kwame Kilpatrick (Dem, Former Detroit Mayor) Gets Up to 5-Year Sentence (See Updates) | NewsBusters.org

Sestak and the White House Continue Deflecting Bribe Offer Questions



Somebody is lying here. Is it Joe Sestak or the Obama White House?

National Debt Tops $13 Trillion Under Obama

Another milestone set by the Obama Administration: The Outstanding Public Debt as of May 25, 2010, has topped $13 trillion for the first time, according to the U.S National Debt Clock.

The estimated population of the United States is 308,438,503 so each citizen's share of this debt is $42,156.59, according to the Web site.

The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $4.12 billion per day since September 28, 2007.

Under Obama, the annual federal budget deficit is more than $1 Trillion a year, so that $13 Trillion will just keep growing.

Heckavu job, Barack.

Keep track of the National Debt Clock here.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mercury staffers win press awards



Staff members of The Mercury were among newspaper employees across Pennsylvania honored recently with awards at the Pennsylvania News Conference in Harrisburg.

Award recipients from The Mercury included (pictured above): Evan Brandt, Brandie Kessler, Nancy March, Tony Phyrillas, along with Carl Hessler Jr. and John Strickler.

Read more about the awards at the newspaper's Web site.

Are You Ready For Global 'Cooling'?

Are You Ready For Global 'Cooling'? - Investors.com

PennDOT: New Vehicle Titling System Will Protect Consumers, Curb Fraud

PennDOT: New Vehicle Titling System Will Protect Consumers, Curb Fraud

New PA Highway, Bridge Report Card Confirms Unmet Needs; Adds Urgency for Prompt Action by General Assembly

New PA Highway, Bridge Report Card Confirms Unmet Needs; Adds Urgency for Prompt Action by General Assembly

Montco D.A.: Action needed in Harrisburg to save lives

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman makes the case for passage of tougher teen driving laws in Pennsylvania.

Read her op-ed in Sunday's edition of The Pottstown Mercury

Guess which party runs this city

The Reading Eagle, one of the most liberal newspapers in Pennsylvania, has a nice editorial in its Sunday edition about an $11.5 million budget fiasco in the City of Reading that will lead to massive property tax hikes for a city already bankrupt and facing a state takeover under Act 47.

But the newspaper never bothers to mention that the people in charge of the city's finances -- the mayor, all seven members of City Council and the city auditor -- are all elected Democrats.

The newspaper says mistakes were made but there's no reason to point fingers at the culprits. Excuse me? Nobody is to blame for an $11.5 million mistake?

What if Republicans were running the town? You'd better believe there would be plenty of blame to go around.

Another classic example of liberal media bias.

Read the editorial for yourself ... but just remember that every city official involved in the scandal is a Democrat.

Fix problem, not blame, on improper city borrowing (5/23/10)

Originally posted at
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ABC News Absolves Obama of Oil Spill Blame by Bashing Sarah Palin

ABC News Absolves Obama of Oil Spill Blame by Bashing Sarah Palin | NewsBusters.org

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Why Voters Will Get a Lot Angrier

Why Voters Will Get a Lot Angrier - Rick Newman (usnews.com)

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Pennsylvania Applies for $1.6 Million for High-Speed Rail Planning Study

Pennsylvania Applies for $1.6 Million for High-Speed Rail Planning Study

Toomey Clear Choice TV

Weighing in on Rohrer's loss to Corbett

Weighing in on Rohrer's loss to Corbett

Rohrer wants role in continuing movement that aided campaign

Rohrer wants role in continuing movement that aided campaign

Low turnout doesn't shock Berks political leaders

Low turnout doesn't shock Berks political leaders

Gerlach slams Trivedi for 'recycled attacks'

Manan Trivedi has never held political office and it's beginning to show. Trivedi, the surprise winner in Tuesday's Democratic primary, better get up to speed if he intends to give U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach a legitimate run for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District seat.

Gerlach is a seasoned pro when it comes to campaigning, having fought back tough Democratic opponents in all four of his Congressional runs.

Trivedi at least has to get his facts straight before criticizing Gerlach. Claiming Gerlach supported the Iraq War when Gerlach wasn't even in Congress when the vote was taken is an amateurish mistake.

Trivedi also needs to find out more about his opponent's voting record before recycling Democratic Party talking points that previous opponents attempted to use against the moderate Republican.

For example, linking Gerlach to George W. Bush was tried unsuccessfully by losing Democratic challengers Lois Murphy in 2004 and 2006 and Bob Roggio in 2008.

It's time for Trivedi to come up with some new material.

From the Jim Gerlach for Congress campaign:
Manan Trivedi, far-left liberal for Congress, yesterday ignored the clear facts while attacking Congressman Gerlach for voting to send U.S. troops into Iraq. The problem for Trivedi is that Jim had not even been elected to Congress on October 10, 2002 when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to authorize President Bush to use military force against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. While Jim was not in Congress when an overwhelming majority of Republicans and Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and then-Senator Joe Biden authorized sending troops into Iraq, Gerlach has been a strong supporter of our military to ensure they have the resources, funding and equipment to complete their mission.

"It's a new year, a new face, but the same old recycled attacks from a liberal Democrat so out of touch with the families, small business owners and seniors in our district that he has to resort to distorting the truth," said Gerlach Spokesman Mark Campbell. "It's pretty clear that Mr. Trivedi is following exactly the same failed script, with the same failed attacks that voters in our district have turned their backs on time and time again. The only thing new about Mr. Trivedi is the record-time it took him to ignore the facts."

Additionally, as Mr. Trivedi predictably dragged out the tired attack lines against George Bush, as well as comments made in today's Daily Local News stating the "Jim Gerlach votes with blinders on and in lockstep with the Republican Party," Trivedi ignores the fact that Jim has a long documented record of being one of the most independent Republicans in Washington. As an example, National Journal identified Jim as one of the "centrists" in the US House of Representatives (2/27/10).

"What we didn't hear from Mr. Trivedi was any push-back on the far-left policies he has publicly supported which our campaign outlined yesterday. That's because he is in full agreement with the misguided, big government agenda of the far-left and MoveOn. No wonder he wants to talk about George Bush - once voters understand the far-left policies he supports, his campaign will collapse before it even gets started," added Campbell. "Again, Trivedi's belief that the government didn't go far enough in taking over our health care system, his support of amnesty for illegal immigrants, and pledging never to be a part of the moderate Blue Dog Democrat coalition in Congress means this tax-and-spend liberal is way out-of-step with this district and unelectable in November."

Bishops Urge Congress to Support Bill to Remedy Abortion, Conscience Flaws in Health Care Reform Law

Bishops Urge Congress to Support Bill to Remedy Abortion, Conscience Flaws in Health Care Reform Law

Warning Issued on Bogus 'SIPC Checks' Targeting U.S. Consumers

Warning Issued on Bogus 'SIPC Checks' Targeting U.S. Consumers

National Missing Children's Day Is May 25

National Missing Children's Day Is May 25

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Richard Viguerie: Kentucky Elections Results are a Vote of No Confidence in Senator McConnell

Richard Viguerie: Kentucky Elections Results are a Vote of No Confidence in Senator McConnell

GOP accuses Critz of illegally campaigning inside polling sites

The heated race to replace the late John Murtha continues to draw controversy even on Primary Election Day.

Pennsylvania Republican officials say that the Democratic candidate, former Murtha aide Mark Critz, broke state election laws by campaigning inside a polling location.

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania even submitted the photo of Critz inside a polling location in the 12th Congressional District.

From a PA GOP press release:
HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Spokesman Mike Barley released the following statement regarding Democratic Congressional candidate Mark Critz campaigning inside polling places in Cambria County.

"I guess Mark Critz has picked up some pointers from President Barack Obama, namely Chicago-style politics," Barley said. "Reports have come in from voters who have seen Mark Critz showing up and campaigning inside a number of polling locations all over Cambria County."

"Get out of the polls Mark! Your presence breaks the law, intimidates voters and election workers and could influence the outcome of this election.

"If Mark Critz refuses to follow the law as a candidate, how can we trust him to represent the people of the 12th Congressional District in Pennsylvania? There is no room for these types of Chicago-style politics in southwestern Pennsylvania."

Democratic Congressional candidate Mark Critz was spotted campaigning inside a number of Westmont polling locations in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

According to the Pennsylvania Election Code, 25 P.S. Section 3060, campaigning inside the polling place is illegal.

(C) No person, when within the polling place, shall electioneer or solicit votes for any political party, political body or candidate, nor shall any written or printed matter be posted up within the said room, except as required by this act.

New Obama Expose Rocks NY Times Bestseller List

New Expose Rocks NY Times Bestseller List

Revenue Department Provides PA Tax Amnesty Update

Revenue Department Provides PA Tax Amnesty Update

Richard A. Viguerie Announces Formation of the Stalwarts Club

Richard A. Viguerie Announces Formation of the Stalwarts Club

Bauer Says not all Incumbents in Danger This Year... Only Gluttons of Government Power and Money

Bauer Says not all Incumbents in Danger This Year... Only Gluttons of Government Power and Money

PennDOT News Readily Available Through Online Twitter Feed

PennDOT News Readily Available Through Online Twitter Feed

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pennsylvania's pension crisis: Taxpayers to face painful reality

Pennsylvania's pension crisis: Taxpayers to face painful reality

Toomey predicts Sestak win on Tuesday

The man who drove Arlen Specter from the Republican Party last year predicts his one-time foe will go down in defeat in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Democratic primary.

Republican Pat Toomey, who nearly beat Specter in the 2004 Republican primary, told Chester County Republican officials last weekt that he expects U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak to emerge victorious in Tuesday's election.

From a story in Sunday's edition of The Mercury:
Speaking to an audience of more than 200 party officials at the Desmond Hotel in East Whiteland, Toomey predicted that U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-7th, of Edgmont, Delaware County, would win Tuesday's Democratic primary and be his opponent in November.

"Joe Sestak is a card-carrying liberal's liberal … he is totally signed up to turn America into a European-style socialist state, because I guess he thinks Greece is a good example," Toomey told the audience.

Toomey directed most of his criticism at Sestak, making only brief mention of incumbent U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat who is battling Sestak for his political life.

The most recent polls show Sestak with a slight lead over Specter in the primary. Polls also show Toomey beating both Sestak and Specter in a November matchup.

Toomey warned Republicans, however, that Sestak could see a media-fueled jump in the polls if he beats Specter on Tuesday.
Read the full story at the newspaper's Web site.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Record Number of Pennsylvania Taxpayers File Electronically

Record Number of Pennsylvania Taxpayers File Electronically

Stand for PA Rally Set For May 15

Pennsylvania Freedom Foundation endorses Rohrer, Diamond

The Pennsylvania Freedom Foundation today announced its unanimous support for two candidates in the May 18 Republican Primary: Sam Rohrer for Governor and Russ Diamond for Lt. Governor.

"These two candidates represent the true spirit of reform desperately needed here in Pennsylvania," said Foundation spokesperson Tom Lingenfelter. "We believe Rohrer and Diamond best represent the unique and historic mandate of our Constitutional government to defend, preserve, and promote personal freedom and responsibility. Anything less, or anything else is bad government."

Read the full release at the link below:

Pennsylvania Freedom Foundation Endorses Rohrer and Diamond

POLITICO: Holder hasn't read Ariz. immigration bil

POLITICO: Holder hasn't read Ariz. immigration bill - Josh Gerstein - Holder hasn't read Ariz. immigration bill

Governor Rendell Vetoes Senate Bill 81

Governor Rendell Vetoes Senate Bill 81

Pennsylvania Freedom Foundation Endorses Rohrer and Diamond

Pennsylvania Freedom Foundation Endorses Rohrer and Diamond

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Taxpayer groups back Rohrer, Wagner for PA governor

From the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition, which represents 36 grassroots taxpayer groups working for the elimination of school property taxes in the Keystone State:
The time for choosing has arrived! This Tuesday, May 18, is the date for the Pennsylvania primary election.

As you know, the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition (PTCC) and The Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations (PCTA) have endorsed Sam Rohrer for Governor because of his unwavering efforts for property tax elimination and his promise to accomplish this if elected. PLEASE be sure to vote for Sam on May 18 if you’re a registered Republican. I know that many of you have changed your party affiliation so you can vote for Sam and your help is greatly appreciated.

If you're a Democrat, please consider voting for Jack Wagner for Governor. His stance on property tax elimination is not nearly as definitive as Sam's but at a gubernatorial forum in Hershey a few weeks ago he said about property taxes, "Sam Rohrer has some great ideas and it's really time to listen to him." This is more than any of the other Democratic candidates have offered and it's great to hear a possible Democratic opponent considering Sam's plan.

All 203 seats in the PA House of Representatives are up for grabs as well, although there are not very many primary election contests. If you live in a district where there is a primary opponent, please do some research before you vote to determine who supports property tax elimination. Remember, "relief" and "reform" are not what you want to hear. ELIMINATION is the only acceptable word!

One last note on the election: This Saturday, May 15, at 10:00 AM, Sam Rohrer will be having a rally on the Capitol steps in Harrisburg with country music star Aaron Tippin. It's going to be a great event, the weather forecast is for a beautiful day and a huge showing should get lots of media attention, so please attend, bring some friends, and help to swell the crowd! There will be buses available from some areas to make transportation simple. Details of the rally are here: http://www.samrohrer.org/stand-for-pennsylvania.html. It's free!

Newspaper: Rohrer 'as conservative as they come'

If you're looking for the conservative candidate in Pennsylvania's race for governor, look no further than Berks County state Rep. Sam Rohrer.

From a profile published this week in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the state's most- read liberal newspaper:
State Rep. Sam Rohrer is as conservative as they come.

The Republican candidate for governor believes in unalloyed gun rights. He sees zoning laws as an infringement on private property. He calls himself a strict defender of the 10th Amendment, which he says makes it unconstitutional for the federal government to get involved in schools or health care.

But Rohrer is not Glenn Beck; he is not angry.

He is not Rush Limbaugh; he does not mock opponents.

If you ask him for his views on a hot-button issue, he'll tell you. But he'd prefer to talk about the boring-but-important stuff - what the state must do to avoid a budget crisis year after year (cut expenses) and what it must do to address its collapsing employee pension systems (cut benefits).
Read the full story at the newspaper's Web site.

Tea Party PAC Endorses Jim Gerlach for Congress

Four-term U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach is considered a moderate Republican, but he has the right stuff, according to the Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, which has endorsed Gerlach in Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District.

The PAC is supporting Gerlach because it says he shares the group's goals of fighting against big government, new spending and higher taxes.

From a press released issued today:
(Philadelphia, PA) -- The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC has voted unanimously to endorse Republican Congressman Jim Gerlach in the Republican Primary for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District, a seat he has held since 2002.

Don Adams, President of the Independence Hall Tea Party PAC said, "We appreciate Congressman Gerlach's commitment to limited government and fiscal responsibility, as evidenced by his votes against ObamaCare, Cap and Trade, and the so-called "Stimulus Bills."

The PAC's Board of Directors weighed the platform, credibility, and viability of the primary candidates and voted, without dissent, to endorse Congressman Gerlach.

The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, formed in February, 2009, is one of only seven federally registered Tea Party PACs in the nation.

The PAC's Board is comprised of representatives from 15 Congressional Districts in the tri-state (PA, NJ, DE) region.

PennDOT Offers Safety Tips After Bicyclist Deaths Rose in 2009

PennDOT Offers Safety Tips After Bicyclist Deaths Rose in 2009

Close Megan's Law Loopholes, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Urges Legislators

Close Megan's Law Loopholes, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Urges Legislators

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Newspaper: Constituent anger fails to bring about legislative change

What's wrong with Pennsylvania voters? Despite having the most expensive, least productive and arguably the most corrupt state legislatures in the country, only 1 in 4 incumbents will face a challenger in the May 16 primary election.

From an editorial in today's edition of The Pottstown Mercury:
Every school district in the commonwealth is crunching numbers to achieve cuts that would balance their budgets. Music programs are being eliminated in the face of passionate pleas to keep them; positions in the classroom are being reduced from full- to half-time; programs are being cut back, including some schools that instituted full-day kindergarten only to be forced now to take it away.

The school boards are painfully aware of the pain property owners will endure in higher tax bills unless they balance school budgets with cuts.

Legislators, however, who can reform the funding mechanism for public schools, fail to take action that would alleviate some of the pressure.

Even the looming teachers' pension crisis which will increase pension costs to local schools by as much as 700 percent over the next few years is not being addressed by legislators.

A state budget crisis in existence for much of the past two years goes on unaddressed. And, even the seemingly simple tasks of outlawing the use of cell phones for talking and texting while driving require heavy lifting in Harrisburg.

No wonder people are angry.

But, at the end of the day, the anger doesn't translate to action. The number of uncontested races in Pennsylvania assures that little if anything will change.
Read the full editorial at the newspaper's Web site.

Double Standard Anyone?

Double Standard Anyone? Ten Times More 'Conservative' Labels for Alito than 'Liberal' Tags for Kagan | NewsBusters.org

Can't Blame This One on Bush

AP Won't Dare Compare: April Deficit Report Ignores Huge April '07 and '08 Surpluses, Covers Up Chilling Receipt Drops | NewsBusters.org

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Video: The Switch

Kiss of death for Arlen Specter?



Is this the kiss of death for Arlen Specter?

Based on Barack Obama's track record of campaigning for Democrats in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, his endorsement of Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter probably means Specter goes down in the May 18 Pennsylvania primary.

Sen. Piccola: Charter schools follow 'Freedom Road'

Sen. Piccola: Charter schools follow 'Freedom Road'

Islamic Terminology Banned From Times Square Bomber Investigation?

Islamic Terminology Banned From Times Square Bomber Investigation?

War Memorial Torn Down by Vandals!

War Memorial Torn Down by Vandals!

PA State Police Make Record Number of DUI Arrests in 2009

PA State Police Make Record Number of DUI Arrests in 2009

Berks County Man Wins $225,000 From PA Lottery's Cash 5

Berks County Man Wins $225,000 From PA Lottery's Cash 5

Letter Carriers Food Drive Tops 1 Billion Pounds in 18 Years of Helping to 'Stamp Out Hunger'

Letter Carriers Food Drive Tops 1 Billion Pounds in 18 Years of Helping to 'Stamp Out Hunger'

Red Cross Launches Relief Efforts for Oklahoma Tornado

Red Cross Launches Relief Efforts for Oklahoma Tornado

Supreme Court Pick Elena Kagan Exposed in New Book: 'The Manchurian President'

Supreme Court Pick Elena Kagan Exposed in New Book: 'The Manchurian President'

Monday, May 10, 2010

Elena Kagans most notable foray into public life was kicking military recruiters off of Harvard’s campus

Elena Kagan’s most notable foray into public life was kicking military recruiters off of Harvard’s campus | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

Bauer Notes That 'Divider In Chief' Has Struck Again With Kagan Nomination

Bauer Notes That 'Divider In Chief' Has Struck Again With Kagan Nomination

Judicial Watch Statement Regarding Solicitor General Elena Kagan's Appointment to the Supreme Court

Judicial Watch Statement Regarding Solicitor General Elena Kagan's Appointment to the Supreme Court

Census Bureau News - Geographical Mobility: 2009

Census Bureau News - Geographical Mobility: 2009

Supreme Court Pick Elena Kagan Exposed in New Book: 'The Manchurian President'

Supreme Court Pick Elena Kagan Exposed in New Book: 'The Manchurian President'

Anti-Military Views Place Elena Kagan Well Outside the American Mainstream

Anti-Military Views Place Elena Kagan Well Outside the American Mainstream

Governor Rendell Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Airman First Class Austin H. Gates Benson

Governor Rendell Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Airman First Class Austin H. Gates Benson

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cyprus has a long and ingrained Greek history

An excellent letter to the editor from the Cyprus Action Network of America published in The Washington Times answering Turkey's illegitimate claims on the island-nation of Cyprus.

Turkish troops have occupied parts of Cyprus since 1974 and have ignored repeated resolutions from the United Nations calling for withdrawl of its troops.

Cyprus has a long and ingrained Greek history - Washington Times

GOP objects to 108 Obama nomineesITICO.com

GOP objects to 108 Obama nominees - Meredith Shiner - POLITICO.com

Friday, May 7, 2010

Letter Carriers to Help 'Stamp Out Hunger' With Food Drive Saturday in All 50 States

Letter Carriers to Help 'Stamp Out Hunger' With Food Drive Saturday in All 50 States

Sarah Palin endorses Carly Fiorina in California

Sarah Palin endorses Carly Fiorina in California - Andy Barr - POLITICO.com

The Lonely Guy: Rep. Bryan Lentz

Poor Bryan Lentz, the state representative who is serving as token opposition for soon-to-be Congressman Pat Mehan in Pennsylvania's 7th District. Lentz's campaign has sputtered so far. A recent example of the lack of interest is a town hall meeting in which a handful of people showed up.

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania has some good-natured fun at Lentz's expense by compiling a list of "Top 10 List Of Songs For Future Bryan Lentz Town Hall Meeting."

From a PA GOP press release:
Bryan Lentz, the Democrat candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, recently had a turnout of five members of the public for two town hall meetings he hosted on Monday and Tuesday evening in Brookhaven and Radnor. In an effort to help liven up future events, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania today released a list of the Top 10 possible theme songs for Lentz Town Hall meetings.

"It's not surprising that Bryan Lentz does not seem to be generating interest from voters or even his constituents in his own state House district," said Mike Barley, spokesman for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania. "It doesn't seem like anyone in the 7th Congressional District wants to support a candidate who will be just another tax-and-spend vote in Washington, DC."

In an effort to provide some musical interludes at the otherwise deserted Town Halls, Republican Party of Pennsylvania has assembled a list of Top 10 Songs for future Lentz Town Hall Meetings. Members of the public can visit the Republican Party of Pennsylvania Web site and facebook group can suggest other appropriate songs.
"I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany

2. "All by Myself" by Shirley Bassey

3. "It's My Party (I Can Cry If I Want To)" by Lesley Gore

4. "I Ain't Got Nobody" by Louis Prima

5. "Only the Lonely" by Roy Orbison

6. "Are You Lonesome Tonight" Elvis Presley

7. "There Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" by Louis Jordan

8. "Dancing with Myself" by Billy Idol

9. "Solitary Man" by Johnny Cash

10. "Me and My Shadow" by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.



Eric Holder takes fire over no-fly list

Eric Holder takes fire over no-fly list - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO.com

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

UNITEPA endorses Rohrer for PA governor

A coalition of grassroots political activists has endorsed Berks County state Rep. Sam Rohrer for governor of Pennsylvania.

UNITEPA is a non-partisan grassroots organization comprised of five Pennsylvania chapters in Lancaster, Reading/Berks, South Eastern PA Region, Pottstown and Chester County with more than 1,000 members.

The groups are "dedicated to upholding the principles and values set forth by our Founding Fathers" and have vetted each gubernatorial candidate in accordance with those principles and values, according to a UNITEPA press release.

More from the group's endorsement of Rohrer, a Republican challenging Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett for the Republican nomination on May 18:
It has become crystal clear to UNITEPA, that Rep. Sam Rohrer, a true constitutional conservative, is the only gubernatorial Candidate that reflects our principles and values. He is the epitome of what our Founding Fathers and William Penn envisioned when they passed the baton onto the next generation of statesmen. This is an opportunity for Pennsylvania to finally see the return of a "culture of honor and integrity". Rohrer has been a humble servant to the people of Pennsylvania for over 18 years, and has a Constitutional voting record of over 20,000 votes. He wholeheartedly supports the second amendment, personal privacy rights, the 10th amendment, and the elimination of school property tax. He is a champion for the 'right to life', religious freedom, the expansion of school choice and is a sponsor for the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment.

UNITEPA's mission statement is "To educate and motivate voters to affect elections, preserve the principles and values set forth by America's founding documents and uphold the ideals of our Founding Fathers." We have educated and motivated voters and upheld the ideals of our founding fathers - it is time to affect elections by making a choice for Governor, before the choice is made for us!

This decision to "come out of the political closet" was not taken lightly as many of us are simply just concerned citizens moving into the political spectrum. But our hope is that by UNITEPA spearheading this endorsement effort, other Grassroots organization will follow suit. We are in a 'Freedom Recession' and this election is about Freedom, Liberty and Truth. With the encroachment and commandeering of the Federal Government on our Commonwealth, we have to elect a Governor that has conviction in what he/she believes. They must have humility, integrity, honor, good judgement and believe in personal responsibility. Sam Rohrer represents those values.
UNITPA goes on to say that its endorsement is a 'Principled Statement' - not a financial endorsement on behalf of the organization. "We have asked our members to support Sam Rohrer as individual citizens for the survival of our Constitution through financial contributions to his campaign and volunteering."

For more on Rohrer, visit his campaign Web site at www.samrohrer.org

Obama biggest recipient of BP cash

Obama biggest recipient of BP cash - Erika Lovley - POLITICO.com

Toomey family welcomes baby boy!

Something tells me this is going to be a good year for Pat Toomey.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey and his wife, Kris, welcomed a new addition to the family on Tuesday.

From a Toomey for Senate press release:
Allentown – Last night, at 11:45 P.M., U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey's wife, Kris, gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Duncan Olin Toomey was born 2 weeks early and weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Both mother and baby are doing well.

Duncan is Kris Toomey's maiden name and Olin is a family name from Kris' side.

Mr. Toomey has canceled all his campaign events for today, including two editorial boards, and will be taking a short respite from the campaign trail to spend some time with his wife and three children. Pat and Kris have two other children, Bridget, 9, and Patrick, 8.

Mr. Toomey issued the following statement: "This is a very happy and exciting time for our family. There's nothing quite like the birth of a child to focus one’s attention on what really matters most in life. Both Kris and Duncan are doing very well. Duncan is a bundle of joy, and he is already being doted upon by his brother and sister. Kris and I are very grateful for all the well wishes we've received from so many people and look forward to being back on the campaign trail soon."

NY Post: An Extreme Book

NY Post: An Extreme Book

Judicial Watch Announces a Special Presentation: 'Is Obamacare Constitutional?'

Judicial Watch Announces a Special Presentation: 'Is Obamacare Constitutional?'

EPA Blunders in Calculating Global Warming Deaths

EPA Blunders in Calculating Global Warming Deaths

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What Have the Democrats Done to You?

Reid and Pelosi bear brunt of blame for economic woes

By Rebekah Rast

It is a classic mistake to compare economic data solely within the context of Presidential terms. After all, in our current economic climate, the decline coincided directly with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid's ascendancy to the leadership posts in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

In 2007, President George W. Bush was still our president, but Republicans no longer held the majority in Congress. In January of that year, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took on her new role as Speaker of the House and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) took his position as Senate Majority Leader.

As stated in the U.S. Constitution, "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives." Meaning, Congress determines what gets done in the country, so who is in charge of Congress matters.

Therefore, when looking at the state of America and how it ended up where it is today, it is important to start at the beginning, in 2007, when the first changes to this current government took place. Changes like the first bailout, the minimum wage increase, changes in tax laws and new mandates on businesses all started in 2007.

Americans for Limited Government (ALG) has put together a report showing a comparison of economic conditions since Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi took over Congress. The report reflects comparisons of unemployment numbers and the federal budget since the Democratic Party won control. For example, The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the U.S. currently has a 9.7 percent unemployment rate. In 2007, the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent. Comparatively, the number of people unemployed today is 14.8 million; in 2007 it was 7 million.

"It is devastating to look at these facts and figures and see the negative impact the Democrat tenure has had on our country," said Bill Wilson, President of ALG. "It is important to look back at these numbers and make these comparisons so we know what changes need to be made in policy—before it is too late."

America's youth has also been affected by the democratic tenure in Congress. As previously reported by ALG News, it is clear that as the minimum wage level climbs, it is now federally mandated to be $7.25 an hour, unemployment rates among teenagers have skyrocketed — especially in those states where minimum wage requirements are even higher. As the labor force becomes more expensive, those with less experience and knowledge pay the price.

"The numbers do not lie," Wilson said, concluding, "The American people need to know what has been happening the past four years. It is clear there needs to be a change in the leadership in America away from the command-and-control economy that disincentives business expansion and job creation to one that can lift government's grip from the throat of working Americans."

The current path of the nation didn’t start when the Obama Administration took office; it started with the Democrat takeover of Congress.

Rebekah Rast is a contributing editor to Americans for Limited Government News Bureau.

To download a PDF copy of the full 10-page report, "What Have the Democrats Done to You?" click here

Revere America's National Campaign to Repeal and Replace ObamaCare to Hold Public Rally, Petition Drive in Western PA, Thursday, May 6th

Revere America's National Campaign to Repeal and Replace ObamaCare to Hold Public Rally, Petition Drive in Western PA, Thursday, May 6th

Democrats lose John Murtha's war chest to charity

Democrats lose John Murtha's war chest to charity - John Bresnahan and Jonathan Allen - POLITICO.com

Another Uncontrollable Spill



There may be another mess that Barack Obama has no means of cleaning up.

Deadline to Apply for Civilian Absentee Ballot is May 11

Deadline to Apply for Civilian Absentee Ballot is May 11

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato deflects drink tax slam

Gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato deflects drink tax slam - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Few see stimulus benefits, poll finds

Are you feeling stimulated from the $787 billion Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats spent last year? No? You're not alone.

Few see stimulus benefits, poll finds - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Weekly GOP Address: Where Are The Jobs?



Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI): "Americans are asking where are the jobs? Washington's answer, trust us, rings as hollow today as it did a year ago, and a year before that. In Michigan and in Washington, sprawling government expansion has weighed heavily on the backs of people already pushed to the breaking point."