Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Gov. Wolf vetoes no-tax-hike Republican budget for third time

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday he will use his line-item veto
power on the $30.8 billion, no-tax-hike budget passed by the
Republican-controlled Legislature. So the big question is why didn't
Wolf do this on July 1 when the first budget was sent to him by the
Legislature? The answer: Wolf wants to raise taxes on working
Pennsylvania families so he held the budget hostage for the past 6
months in the hopes of forcing the Legislature to raise taxes. His ploy
didn't work. So here we are - six months into the new fiscal year -
without a budget, thanks to Wolf and his far-left staffers who want to
spend more than the state takes in.

Gov. Wolf vetoes Republican budget, will release funds for schools

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GOP Grinches Set Up Wolf Pre-Christmas Tax Hike in Pa.

Twenty-one Republicans in the Pennsylvania House joined with Democrats to set up a massive tax hike right before Christmas. Who are these Grinches? The watchdog group Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania has a list on its website. You can contact them now or remember their names on the 2016 ballot.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Donald Trump Headlines Event for PA GOP BigWigs

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump will headline the Pennsylvania GOP's Annual Commonwealth Club Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 11, according to Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason.

'Donald Trump is a successful and dynamic businessman and we are excited to hear about his vision for the future of our country," Gleason said in a statement posted on the PA GOP's website Wednesday. "The importance of Pennsylvania to the presidential campaign is clear and Donald Trump addressing Pennsylvania Republicans puts us in the middle of the national stage."

If you don't have a ticket for the luncheon, you're pretty much out of luck in hearing what Trump will have to say. Following tradition, the Commonwealth Club Luncheon will be closed to the press, Gleason said.

By the way, the event is being held in New York City, one of those head-scratching decisions by Pennsylvania's political elites to gather outside Pennsylvania for big party events.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Rep. Joe Pitts will not seek re-election to Congress in 2016

A fixture in Congress since 1997, Republican Joe Pitts has announced he will not seek re-election to the House in 2016. Pitts, 76, has been consistently ranked among the most conservative members of Congress since he went to Washington. In recent years, he has won re-election to his 16th District House seat representing parts of Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties by wide margins. The district is a GOP stronghold and should remain in Republican control if the party can find a well-known name to run next year.

Although he's leaving Congress, Pitts said he plans to stay active, intending to focus on human rights around the world.

"As a person of faith, and a follower of Jesus, I believe that we are called to pursue justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves," Pitts said. "I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom, both domestic and international, as well as on matters of culture and the American family. My passion for these issues has been influenced by the examples of President Reagan, Chuck Colson, as well as great legislators like the 18th Century Member of the British Parliament William Wilberforce, and former colleagues like Henry Hyde, Frank Wolf, and Tony Hall."

Rep. Joe Pitts will not seek re-election to Congress in 2016

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Republicans pad majority in Pennsylvania Senate with victory

Republicans picked up another seat in the Pennsylvania Senate on
Tuesday, giving the GOP a 31-19 majority. There's a reason Pennsylvania
voters elected larger Republican majorities in both the state House and
Senate - they're tired of big government in Harrisburg. But liberal
Democrat Tom Wolf apparently still hasn't gotten the message. Another
bad legislative election cycle for Democrats - like the ones they had in
2012 and 2014 - and Republicans will have enough votes to override any
of Wolf's vetoes. 

Republicans pad majority in Pennsylvania Senate with victory

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Campaign Sign Confusion at Berks County Polling Site

Voters who pulled up to the Exeter Community Library today to cast ballots may have been scratching their heads as they walked into the building. Voters were greeted by campaign signs asking them to support Mark Gillen for State Representative. The problem? Mark Gillen's name isn't on the ballot. State representatives are elected in even-numbered years in Pennsylvania. Last time I checked my calendar, it's 2015. My theory is that somebody working for the Berks County Republican Committee who was tasked with bringing campaign signs to polling sites went a little too far into the warehouse and scooped up Gillen For State Rep signs by mistake.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker Wins Straw Poll at GOP Event in Pennsylvania

A straw poll taken at the 2015 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference held in Philadelphia  shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with a runaway lead over any other 2016 GOP presidential candidate. More than 600 party leaders and activists attended the event.

Below are the Top 5 finishers of the straw poll, according Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Rob Gleason:

Scott Walker – 25.3%
Chris Christie – 11.6%
Marco Rubio – 11.0%
Rick Santorum – 9.6%
Jeb Bush – 9.6%

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NBC's Chuck Todd Blasts Hillary Over Press Access

Chuck Todd Blasts Hillary Over Press Access | Truth Revolt

Pa. House says no, 193-0, to Gov. Wolf's tax plan

To say that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's plans to raise taxes in Pennsylvania laid an egg would be an  understatement. Not a single member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, including members of Wolf's own party, case a positive vote for Wolf's plan.

Pa. House says no, 193-0, to Gov. Wolf's tax plan

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Gov. Wolf: Some Pa. residents may lose homes to pay for his higher taxes

If this report is accurate, Gov. Tom Wolf said he doesn't care if some Pennsylvania residents lose their homes because they have to pay higher taxes to support his agenda.

Gov. Wolf talks funding, education with school, local officials at Pocono Mtn. West Jr. High

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Growing calls for resignation of PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Two of Pennsylvania's biggest and most influential newspapers are calling for embattled Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane to resign in the wake of numerous scandals that have plagued her tenure since she took office in 2013. It also speaks volume that both The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Harrisburg Patriot-News endorsed Kane for election in 2012 and are among the most liberal newspapers in Pennsylvania, typically giving Democratic politicians the benefit of the doubt. But there's no doubt among the editorial boards of both newspapers that Kane can no longer do her job while facing potential criminal charges and revelations that she has interfered with criminal investigations of Democratic political figures.

From Philly.com: Kane should step down

From PennLive.com: Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign: Editorial

From PennLive.com: Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign: Dennis Roddy

Weekly GOP Address on Cyber Security Crisis

Joe Sestak: Oops, He's Driving Again

Friday, April 3, 2015

Losers Welcome: To win Senate, Dems turn to candidates already rejected by voters

To win Senate, Dems turn to candidates who've lost before

Pa.'s Largest Newspaper Calls For AG Kathleen Kane's resignation

From the editorial pages of The Philadelphia Inquirer, which never met a Democrat, including Kathleen Kane, it didn't endorse for office:
Pennsylvania's self-destructing attorney general, Kathleen Kane, should resign. This week alone, The Inquirer has reported that she disrupted a second political corruption case, while the Supreme Court upheld a probe into her dissemination of grand jury information that could yield criminal charges.
It's now clear that since her early days in office, Kane's attempts to protect legitimate law enforcement targets and smear rivals have been at odds with the public interest.
Editorial: Kane should step down

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Poll: 66% Reject Obama's Call For Mandatory Voting

Americans want voting to be easier, not mandatory, according to a new poll.

Americans: Make it easier to vote, but not mandatory | WashingtonExaminer.com

Guest Column: Don't Be Fooled: Gov. Wolf's Budget Will Cost You

These days, April Fools' isn't the only day you have to be on guard for potential pranks. As we move through budget season in the state legislature, don't be tricked by phrases like "holistic budget" or "property tax relief."

In fact, under Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget, the last thing middle-class, working families and small businesses will feel is relief. What's really in Gov. Wolf's budget plan for Pennsylvania? Billions in new taxes and borrowing to support historic levels of government spending.

Last month, the governor presented his ideal state spending plan, a $33.8 billion budget that relies on major tax increases and increased borrowing. As proposed, Gov. Wolf's budget would spend state taxpayer dollars at unprecedented levels, and represents a 16 percent increase with $4.7 billion in new spending this year alone.

Just how much does he want to spend? If Gov. Wolf's plan is enacted, the Commonwealth will spend $92.6 million in state dollars every day. That equates to $3.9 million per hour, over $64,307 per minute or $1,071 per second.

To pay for this huge increase in government spending, Gov. Wolf is looking to you, the taxpayer. His plan would raise the Personal Income Tax (PIT) by 21 percent and increase and expand Sales and Use Tax revenues by over 40 percent for more state spending. The result? An outrageous, every-thing-in-the-kitchen-sink budget that is balanced on the backs of hard-working, middle-class families and small businesses which account for more than 95 percent of all employers in Pennsylvania.

In addition to raising existing taxes, Gov. Wolf is also proposing to effectively create 550 new taxes, many of which would negatively impact our most vulnerable citizens. Products and services that were not taxed before, like diapers, baby wipes, child care, personal hygiene products, veterinarian services, non-prescription drugs, caskets and burial vaults, home health care services and assisted living services, will now be taxed at 6.6 percent.

What will Pennsylvanians get in return? Gov. Wolf has promised his plan will provide much-needed property tax relief, but will it? Not likely. The governor's plan would raise $6.8 billion in taxes, but only put $3.7 billion toward property tax relief. As proposed, taxpayers in more than 400 of the state's 500 school districts would pay more in personal income and sales taxes than they would receive in property tax relief.

Additionally, the governor's distribution of wealth plan disproportionally benefits urban districts, which already receive the highest allocation of state education funding.

Taxpayers can see how their school district fares under the governor's budget at www.TaxpayersThatPay.com

Think about it: It took this Commonwealth 200 years to reach a budget of $20 billion. Eight years under infamous spender, Gov. Rendell brought us to $28 billion. Our new governor blows those numbers out of the water, looking to spend an $8 billion more in the next two years alone. Just as you struggle to live within your means to balance your household budget, we as state government must also live in reality.

As state representatives who promised to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, we cannot support a budget that raises billions of dollars in new taxes but fails to address the state's well-known, impending pension crisis or rein in government spending. With our economy finally on the rebound, we need a budget that addresses government waste, fraud and abuse, continues to grow our economy and, most importantly, protects taxpayers.

This April Fools' Day, don't let a wolf pull the wool over your eyes with promises of "jobs that pay, schools that teach and government that works." The only guarantee that comes with Gov. Wolf's spending plan is that taxpayers will certainly pay.

Rep. Kerry Benninghoff is the Majority Policy Chairman, and Rep. Bryan Cutler is the Majority Whip of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Both are Republicans.

Poll shows Clinton slipping in trustworthiness among voters

Poll shows Clinton slipping in trustworthiness among voters

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stop the Presses! A Republican wins in Philadelphia!

It hasn't happened in a quarter-century.

Republican Martina White has won the special election to fill a vacant seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Philadelphia's 170th State House District.

The seat was held by Democrat Brandon Boyle, who resigned after he was elected to Congress. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1 in this Northeast Philadelphia legislative district (which isn't as bad as the rest of Philadelphia, where Dems enjoy a 7-to-1 registered voter advantage.)

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement:

"Congratulations to Martina White on becoming the first newly elected Republican to represent a Philadelphia-based State House District in twenty-five years," Gleason said. "Martina White's strong work ethic and background in finance helped Martina to earn the support of the voters the 170th State House District. Martina's roots in the Northeast, focus on Northeast Philadelphia's local issues and  diverse coalition of support will make her a terrific state Representative and member of the Republican Caucus.

"The Republican Party of Philadelphia has turned the corner with Representative-elect Martina White's victory today. The hard work of Republican Party of Philadelphia is paying off, and I am confident that tonight’s win will be the first of many victories to come for the Philly GOP.

"I want to congratulate Philadelphia GOP Chairman and State Representative John Taylor, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, Majority Leader Dave Reed and all of the volunteers and supporters who helped to make Martina’s victory possible. I look forward to watching State Representative-elect White use her voice to make a difference in her District with the now 120 member Republican House majority.

"In the first election after the Democrats announced their plans to hold their 2016 National Convention in Philadelphia, Republicans have delivered a resounding welcome with a huge win."

More than 100,000 federal employees owe back taxes

Obama's lawless administration has set the bar for Washington, D.C. The political elites don't have to follow our laws ... or pay their taxes. Thanks, Obama.

More than 100,000 feds owe back taxes | WashingtonExaminer.com

Ted Cruz for President Launches First Political Ad

Monday, March 16, 2015

DC Matic: The Hillary-Approved Email Server!

Website exposes Pa. Gov. Wolf's property tax scheme

Republican state lawmakers want Pennsylvania residents to understand the property tax shift scheme Gov. Tom Wolf proposed in his 2015-16 budget.

The House Majority Appropriations Committee on Monday launched a website --  www.TaxpayersThatPay.com -- that provides details on how Pennsylvania taxpayers in each of the state's 500 school districts would fare under Wolf's proposed property tax shift plan.

"Despite what the governor has been saying, his property tax shift proposal would cost many taxpayers across the Commonwealth far more than it would provide in property tax relief," state Rep. James R. Santora (R-Delaware) said. "Once it's fully implemented, the governor's plan would raise more than $8 billion in new taxes, but only put $3.6 billion toward property tax relief."

Read the full release here:

PA House Republican Caucus - House Majority Appropriations Committee Launches 'Taxpayers That Pay' Website, Santora Says

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Poll: Fox News The Most Trusted Source For News; MSNBC Dead Last

If you're getting your news from CNN or MSNBC, you're better off turning to the Cartoon Network or the Comedy Channel. A new poll by a prestigious university finds more Americans by far trust top-rated Fox News than all the other networks, including ABC, CBS, CNN and CNN. MSNBC finished dead last in the poll, just like it does in the ratings.

Here's the link to the poll results from the recent Quinnipiac University results showing Fox News way ahead of all the other networks in trustworthiness:

National (US) Poll - March 9, 2015 - Fox News Has Most Trusted Cove | Quinnipiac University Connecticut