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.