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Sharyl Attkisson to headline 2015 PA Leadership Conference

Acclaimed broadcast journalist Sharyl Attkisson, who was targeted by the Obama Administration for her investigative work into the Benghazi scandal and coverup, is coming to Pennsylvania next spring as a headliner for the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, the annual gathering of the state's leading conservatives.

From the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference:

Sharyl Attkisson, investigative journalist, and author of the best-selling book Stonewalled, will be the featured dinner speaker at the 2015 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference to be held April 17-18 at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), Pennsylvania.
For 20 years (through March 2014) Attkisson was a correspondent for CBS News. In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on The Business of Congress.  She also received Emmy nominations in 2013 for Benghazi: Dying for Security and Green Energy Going Red
Additionally, Attkisson received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.
In September 2012, Attkisson also received an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for the Gunwalker: Fast and Furious Story.  She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigation into TARP and the bank bailout.
She is author of the current New York Times Bestseller, Stonewalled (Harper Collins) which addresses the unseen influences of corporations and special interests on the information and images the public receives every day in the news and elsewhere.
Attkisson will join a who’s who of luminaries in headlining the annual conference.  In recent years featured speakers have included Jonah Goldberg, Steve Hayes, Frank Luntz, Charles Krauthammer, Dick Morris, Michael Reagan, Ann Coulter, Michele Malkin, Joe Scarborough, and Laura Ingraham.  The conference also features appearances by state and national leaders, interactive panel presentations, and exhibits by numerous conservative organizations.
The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is the premier gathering of conservatives each year in the Keystone State.  It is the largest and longest-running of the state-based conservative conferences regularly attracting a long list of conservative elected officials, scholars, journalists and activists for two days of speeches, panel presentations, workshops and networking.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Another pay raise for the Pa. House of Lords

The median household income in Pennsylvania is $52,000, but thanks to
automatic pay raises they gave themselves since 1995, Pennsylvania
state legislators now get a base salary $85,356, plus  unlimited expense
vouchers, plus Cadillac health plan, plus free car and gas, plus
lifetime pensions.

The House of Lords is actually located in Harrisburg, not London.

Cost-of-living raises boost salaries of top Pa. officials

Tom Wolf bought and paid for by Big Labor

If there was any doubt in your mind that Pennsylvania Democratic Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf is a puppet of Big Labor, consider this:


Government unions pumped more than $7 million directly to political candidates across Pennsylvania—including $2.7 million given to Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf — and at least $1.6 million in election-related TV ads.

The most recent campaign finance reports show seven Pennsylvania government unions gave $7.2 million in campaign contributions in 2013-2014. That’s up from the $4.7 million during the last election cycle.

Topping the list were PSEA: $3,037,756; SEIU: $2,119,312; AFSCME: $1,178,197; and UFCW: $385,179.

Government unions funneled an additional $1.6 million to Pennsylvania “SuperPACs” like PA Families First, which ran several TV ads in support of Wolf.
POLS ON THE STREET: Fattah’s Fate Is Key To Other Seats

An Imperial Presidency

#UNCONSTITUTIONAL: Barack Obama on executive orders

Newspaper: Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane's credibility is gone

The Kathleen Kane chronicles: The Pa. attorney general's credibility is gone

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GOP Coup Ousts Pileggi as PA Senate Majority Leader

Dominic Pileggi, arguably the most powerful political figure in Pennsylvania in recent years, has been ousted by fellow Republicans as Senate Majority Leader. Pileggi was widely criticized for bottling up Gov. Tom Corbett's reform agenda in the GOP-controlled Senate, which in turn may have contributed to Corbett's defeat on Nov. 4 to liberal Democrat Tom Wolf.

A conservative team of state Senators publicly denounced Pileggi, a moderate Philadelphia-area state lawmaker and sought his ouster. With the addition of three more seats, the Republican majority in the 50-member PA Senate is now 30-20. The new Senate Majority Leader is Sen. Jake Corman of Centre County.

Corbett sought to privatize the state's liquor monopoly and revamp public pensions, but both measures died in the Senate because Pileggi refused to bring them up for a vote. Pileggi also would not allow a vote on SB 76, which would have eliminated Pennsylvania school property taxes.

Pileggi was often referred to as a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by Harrisburg observers. The Wall Street Journal today called Pileggi's ouster as a "setback for Pennsylvania Democrats" because of Pileggi's willingness to work with Democrats and incoming Gov. Tom Wolf.

From the Journal's Political Diary:
Notwithstanding the Republican governor's 10-point defeat to Democrat Tom Wolf, Republicans picked up eight seats in the state House and three in the Senate. The gains bolster the GOP majority in the Senate to 30-20 and 119-84 in the House. That's not strong enough to override a veto, but Democrats will now have a hard time passing legislation merely by picking off some moderate Republicans.

Many of Mr. Corbett's governing priorities, such as pension reform and liquor-store privatization, foundered in the statehouse because of intraparty squabbles between his caucus's moderate and conservative wings. Public unions were able to block reforms by bribing or browbeating a couple of Republican senators or a dozen or so House members. Democrats often used Mr. Pileggi as their liaison.

The Senate Majority leader was known to act as a double agent, publicly backing legislation while working behind the scenes to kill it. Former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell has described Mr. Pileggi as "the most powerful person in Harrisburg." Conservative state Sen. Scott Wagner described him earlier this year as "the number one obstacle in the Senate."
The only holdover in leadership positions is Senate President Joe Scaranti, who holds a largely ceremonial position. Because of the defeat of Republican Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, a Democrat, newly-elected Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, who is also a state senator, will now preside over the Senate. Stack has said he plans to keep both his senate seat and his new post as Lt. Gov., but there are questions about the constitutionality of holding two elected offices at once.

Over in the House, where Republicans also bolstered their majority, ultra-conservative state Rep. Mike Turzai was elected Speaker of the House, another blow to liberal Tom Wolf's chances of getting any of his tax-and-spend agenda through the Legislature.

The bloodless coup staged by Senate conservatives effectively makes Gov.-elect Tom Wolf a lame duck even before taking office. Republicans will now set the agenda for the next four years.

Here's a release from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania congratulating the new Senate leadership:
PA GOP Chairman Gleason Congratulates New State Senate GOP Leadership Team

HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding the reorganization session of the State Senate Republican Caucus.
"Congratulations to President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, Majority Leader Jake Corman and our entire State Senate Republican leadership team on their elections," Gleason said. "At such an important time in the history of our Commonwealth, it's important to continue the tradition of strong Republican leadership that will stand up for the Republican principles of individual freedom and economic opportunity in our state Senate.
"I congratulate the new state Senate Republican leadership team, and look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."
Today, State Senate Republicans chose the following officials to serve as members of their leadership team:
President Pro Tempore – 25th District Senator Joe Scarnati
Senate Majority Leader – 34th District Senator Jake Corman
Senate Appropriations Chairman – 16th District Senator Pat Browne
Senate Majority Whip – 27th District Senator John Gordner
Senate Majority Caucus Chairman – 24th District Senator Bob Mensch
Senate Caucus Secretary –  33rd District Senator Rich Alloway
The following State Senate Republicans were appointed to serve in leadership positions by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati:
Senate Caucus Administrator – 10th District Senator Chuck McIlhinney
Senate Majority Policy Committee Chairman – 29th District Senator David Argall

Gallup: By 17-point margin, public wants GOP Congress, not Obama, to lead nation

By 17-point margin, public wants GOP Congress, not Obama, to lead nation | WashingtonExaminer.com

'Democrats need new ideas, new leadership and new ideas' but cling to Reid, Pelosi despite midterms drubbing

Reid, Pelosi hang on to power after Dems' drubbing | WashingtonExaminer.com

Under Obama, illegals get driver's license, credit cards, Obamacare

Under Obama program, illegals get driver's license, credit cards, Obamacare | WashingtonExaminer.com

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Every Newly Elected GOP Senators Campaigned on Repealing Obamacare

100% of Newly Elected GOP Senators Campaigned on Repealing Obamacare | CNS News

Conservatives Want To Oust Pileggi as PA Senate Majority Leader

With Republicans holding commanding majorities in both chambers of the Pennsylvania Legislature, the real power-brokers in Harrisburg over the next two years will be legislative leaders and not newly-elected Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. With that in mind, conservatives are mounting a challenge to Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, who is blamed for scuttling much of Gov. Tom Corbett's first-term agenda and leading to Corbett's defeat on Election Day. At least two state Senators - Scott Wagner of York County and Sen. Donald White of Armstrong County - have  publicly called for replacement of Pileggi, who represents parts of Delaware and Chester counties. And now Sen. Jake Corman of Centre County, the current Senate Appropriations Committee chairman, has announced he will challenge Pileggi for the top leadership post.

The conservative American Future Fund Political Action issued the following statement on the pending leadership fight within the GOP caucus:
"This past Tuesday, while Republicans across the nation were celebrating landmark victories, Pennsylvania Republicans were facing the first defeat of an incumbent Governor in the Commonwealth's history," said Nick Ryan, Chairman of American Future Fund Action. "One of the main causes of the defeat of Governor Corbett was the inaction, ineptitude, and impotence of the Republican leadership in the Pennsylvania State Senate."

"For four years, Governor Corbett was unable to pass virtually any legislation that would have moved Pennsylvania in the right direction. The cause was simple, members of the Republican State Senate cared more about union bosses in Philadelphia than their constituents or the good of the Commonwealth as a whole. The blame for all of these problems lies at the feet of Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi. Pileggi's Philadelphia Boss-Style politics has no place in the leadership of the Republican Party should we hope to govern based on principles rather than our campaign coffers," concluded Ryan.
With Republicans controlling 30 of the 50 seats in the Pennsylvania Senate, a majority vote of 16 is needed to win the post of Majority Leader, which Pileggi has held for the past eight years.

Expressing Condolences to Democrats

Economist: 75% of Obamacare Costs Will Fall on Backs of Middle Class

WSJ Chief Economist: 75% of Obamacare Costs Will Fall on Backs of Those Making Less Than $120K a Year | Human Events

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

90 Percent of Iraq's Orthodox Christians Are Displaced by Muslim Attacks

90 Percent of Iraq's Orthodox Christians Are Displaced, Only 30 of 600 Orthodox Families Remain in Baghdad

Antietam School District says it has new superintendent lined up

Berks County's smallest school district will have a new leader next year. The Antietam School Board has hired Melissa G. Brewer as assistant superintendent with the understanding that she will take over as superintendent in 2015 when current superintendent Larry Mayes retires. Brewer knows the school district well. She served as principal of the Antietam Middle-Senior High School from 2003 to 2006, and from 2010 to 2013 before taking a job with the Berks County Intermediate Unit.

Antietam School District says it has new superintendent lined up | Reading Eagle - NEWS

Mount Penn, Lower Alsace Township voters to decide on merger

Mount Penn, Lower Alsace Township voters to decide on merger | Reading Eagle - NEWS

Ryan Costello Launches First TV Ad in Pa. 6th Dist. Congressional Race

Study: Voter Fraud By Democrats May Have Swung Key 2008 Elections

Research Shows Voter Fraud May Have Swung Key 2008 Elections

One of the Greatest Political Speeches of All-Time by Ronald Reagan

Obama’s Foreign Policy Is on the Ballot

2 pro-Democratic Party newspapers won't endorse Tom Wolf for governor

2 newspaper endorsements Tom Wolf won't get

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Weekly Republican Address: TX-23 Challenger Will Hurd

Democrat Tom Wolf wants to expand welfare rolls if elected Pa. governor

Wolf says he'll end food-stamp asset test if elected governor

Ryan Costello endorsed by Philadelphia Inquirer

Here's a mild surprise. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania's largest newspaper but with a left-leaning editorial board, has endorsed Republican Ryan Costello for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District. There's no doubt that Costello is far more qualified than his Democratic challenger, but the Inquirer endorses Democrats 99 percent of the time.

Read the full endorsement editorial here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tom Wolf severence tax would hurt Pa. county budgets

Pennsylvania counties have received millions of dollars from the natural gas industry in the form of "impact fees" in recent years but Democrat Tom Wolf, who is running for governor, wants to impose new taxes on the industry, which would reduce the impact fees or eliminate them entirely. Wolf's plan would funnel more money into public education (already getting $10 billion from the state) but would reduce money for county and municipal governments.

Earlier today, State Rep. Tom Murt, R-152nd Dist.,, Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor and former Montgomery County Commissioner Tom Ellis held a press conference on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown to discuss the benefits of the impact fee in Montgomery County.

The presentation was one of 50 that took place across Pennsylvania as part of the "Commonwealth Day of Truth" campaign organized by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.

Democrat Worth Millions Plays Poor in New Campaign Ad

Dem Worth Millions Plays Poor in New Campaign Ad

Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to the Digital First Media editors

Monday, October 13, 2014

Memo to Tom Wolf: Size matters

Further proof that Democrat Tom Wolf doesn't have a clue about
Pennsylvania government. Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Baer
can't believe Wolf doesn't think the Pennsylvania Legislature is too
big. (It's the largest full-time state legislature in the country and
costs Pennsylvania taxpayers more than $300 million a year. The bloated
size of the Legislature - 253 members - allows do-nothing politicians to
hide in the crowd.) 

John Baer: Memo to Tom Wolf: Size matters

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Berks County Business Group Endorses Ryan Costello for Congress

Republican Ryan Costello, running for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District seat, has received another endorsement from Berks County's leading business group. The 6th District includes portions of Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Lebanon counties. Incumbent US Rep. Jim Gerlach is retiring from Congress at the end of this year.

Here's a press release from the Costello for Congress campaign:

WEST CHESTER, PA – The Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GRCCI) announced today that it has unanimously endorsed Ryan Costello for Congress in Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District. The GRCCI -- the largest business organization in the Berks County region -- endorsed Costello based on his positions on key public policy affecting business, economic development, jobs and quality of life issues. 

Previous small business endorsements for Costello include:
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Chambers of Commerce (SEPAC)
  • Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry.
"The key to strong, vibrant local communities is a solid, competitive business environment that is able to grow and create new job opportunities for local residents," said Costello. "I have a strong record of working closely with the local business community as a county commissioner.  If elected to represent local residents in Congress, I will continue to champion policies that reduce costly, unnecessary regulations and taxes that stifle the ability of our local businesses to thrive and increase jobs."

Costello has campaigned on the theme of working to end the gridlock in Washington, DC, by building consensus on issues, particularly policies impacting the economy, business growth, and job creation. Costello has expressed his support for increasing the nation’s investment in education, particularly in areas like science, technology, engineering, and math so that American students of can better compete on a global scale. Costello also wants to review the nation's workforce development programs to ensure we are adequately preparing individuals to for the high-demand jobs of today and the future.

Democrat Tom Wolf still pushing 'big lie' about education funding cuts in Pa.

Corbett, Wolf tussle over education, state spending

Monday, September 15, 2014

PA Senate Finance Committee to Vote on Property Tax Bill

An Important Call To Action From the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 16, at 11:00 AM the Senate Finance Committee will meet to vote on SB 76, the Property Tax Independence Act.

We need to show massive support SB 76, so please call AND email EVERY Senator on the Finance Committee NOW to request their vote in committee.  In all contacts, please be respectful and non-threatening.  You have until 11 AM tomorrow to get this done. Contact information is below.

Sen. John Blake

Sen. Patrick Browne

Sen. Mike Brubaker

Sen. John Eichelberger

Sen. Stewart Greenleaf
sgreenleaf@ pasen.gov

Sen. Scott Hutchinson

Sen. Joseph Scarnati
(717) 787-7084
FAX: (717) 772-2755

Sen. Matt Smith
(717) 787-5839
FAX: (717) 772-4437

Sen. Rob Teplitz
(717) 787-6801
FAX: (717) 783-3722

Sen. Patricia Vance
(717) 787-8524
FAX: (717) 772-0576

Sen. John Wozniak
(717) 787-5400
FAX: (717) 772-0573

772,000 Americans tell the FCC: 'Do not regulate the Internet'

772,000 Americans tell the FCC— 'do not regulate the internet' | Human Events

Ryan Costello Launches First TV Ad in Pa. 6th Dist. Congressional Race

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On the eve of another 9/11: Vigilance, America

On the eve of another 9/11: Vigilance, America

Diversity? 93% of Democratic Senate or Governor Candidates Are White

93% of Democratic Senate or Governor Candidates Are White | RedState

Eric Metaxas to speak at Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown

Coventry Christian School is holding its annual Founder's Dinner on October 11, 2014. The keynote speaker will be best-selling author Eric Metaxas, best known for his biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce.

Metaxas has written several other books and is now producing a movie in Germany about the life of German martyr Bonhoeffer, who was executed by the Nazis during World War II.

Metaxas' more recent book is "Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness" which features mini-biographies of  seven prominent men of faith, including George Washington, Jackie Robinson, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pope John Paul II and Chuck Colson.

The book details their lives and how faith played an important role in their achievements.

For more information about the dinner, go to http://www.coventrychristian.com/founders2014.html

Newspaper: Burden of proof is on Tom Wolf regarding Delaware tax loophole

Burden of proof is on Wolf regarding Delaware loophole - Editorials - lancasteronline.com

Haunted: Obama's been wrong on foreign policy for five years

Tom Wolf Wants A PA Marriage Penalty

Thursday, July 24, 2014