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Pennsylvania (GOP Club)

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  • Outlaw Teacher Strikes (Pa)

    11/17/2010 7:36:25 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Today's Delaware County Daily Times had a tough editorial calling for the abolition of teacher strikes. The Times points out that teachers in Moon Area School District across the state in Allegheny County went on strike after being offered a 2.88 percent raise. The Times points out that teachers in the Bethel Park School District, also in Allegheny County, who get salaries of between $45,700 and $92,548 are striking, offended by the district's request that they pay 2 percent of their individual health plans and 4 percent of their family ones. They now pay 0.5 percent and 0.9 percent respectively....
  • Pa. Gen Theft Bill Passes

    11/15/2010 2:49:55 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 13 replies
    The Pennsylvanian Generation Theft Bill -- termed by its supporters "needed pension reform" -- was approved by the State House this afternoon 165-31. It goes on to Gov. Ed Rendell for his certain signature. It was strongly supported by government unions such as the PSEA. The first time the House passed HB 2497 on June 16 the vote was 192-6. The Senate passed it Oct. 16 by a 41-8 vote, however, it tacked on amendments which required a new vote in the House. On Nov. 5, lame duck Speaker Keith McCall announced that his assembly would be quitting for the...
  • Delco Tea Partyers (Pa) Take Stand Against Gen Theft Bill

    11/12/2010 4:29:58 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 3 replies
    The Delaware County (Pa) Patriots, the county's tea party group, has taken a stand against HB 2497 , which state House Finance Committee Minority Chairman Sam Rohrer has called "generational theft " . The bill attempts to resolve the severe funding shortfalls of Pennsylvania's largest pension plans -- Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) and State Employees Retirement System (SERS) -- by deferring pension payments and increasing the unfunded liability by tens of billions of dollars. Rohrer of the 128th District was only one of six to vote against HB 2497 when it passed the Democrat-controlled House on June 16....
  • Early A.M. Tea Party Was SRO

    11/11/2010 11:20:50 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 1 replies
    A standing-room-only crowd of 50 attended this morning's post-election meeting of Philadelphia-area tea party groups for a panel discussion moderated by journalist Chris Freind at a conference room at The Union League of Philadelphia. The panel was Diana Reimer of the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots, Jennifer Turner Stefano of the Conservative Leadership Coalition, Lisa Esler of Delaware County Patriots, Diane Canney of Valley Forge Patriots, Teri Adams of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association, and Kevin Kelly of The Loyal Opposition, which hosted the event. Before the discussion started the group was given a bit of good news from the...
  • If Palin runs for presidency, it will be 'to win it'

    11/09/2010 9:36:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | November 9, 2010
    PLUMSTEADVILLE, Pennsylvania — Sarah Palin teased yet another audience about whether she will seek the presidency in 2012, but the US conservative powerhouse insisted that if she did run, she would be "in it to win it." Palin, the Republican 2008 vice presidential candidate, told several hundred people at a fundraiser for a Christian school in Pennsylvania that she would need to take "prayerful consideration" of a White House bid and acknowledged such a move would require "great sacrifices" from her family. "I wouldn't do it just to shake it up," she said when asked whether she was considering a...
  • It's Always Groundhog Day In Pa.

    11/09/2010 10:40:07 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 1 replies
    Punxsutawney Samuel H. Smith of the 66th District was elected Speaker of the Pennsylvania House by his fellow Republicans this morning. He assumes the role when the new legislative session starts Jan. 4 in which the Republicans will hold a 21-seat majority in the 203-member House. Smith's name is the first among the submitters of the infamous 2005 pay raise.
  • The Battle Against Altmire

    10/28/2010 12:26:03 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 3 replies
    The pundits say Jason "Glory Grabber" Altmire will be among the few Dem congressional incumbents who won't be sweating on Tuesday but there those in his Pennsylvania 4th District who still have hopes to change that. (snip) And those pundits? The most recent Susquehanna poll showed Altmire ahead of Rothfus 47 percent to 35 percent. It seems any well-known incumbent under 50 percent ought to sweat a little.
  • Sestak Opponents Drown Out Admiral Joe At Delco Rally

    10/24/2010 5:25:58 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 11 replies
    Seeking to pick up some steam for the last stretch of his senate bid, Congressman Joe Sestak held a rally at 5 o'clock today in the heart of his 7th District in Media Borough which is the Democrat-sympathetic Delaware County seat. He was greeted by 25 Republicans and tea party protesters which was not all that much smaller than the pro-Sestak contingent estimated to be about 100 at the time of the speech but included several supporters of other candidates. Since the Sestak rally was in the parking lot of a vacant car dealership -- an unwise and poorly planned...
  • Burns Has Money Edge In Homestretch

    10/18/2010 1:33:11 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 5 replies
    GOP Challenger Tim Burns has the edge in dollars for the final sprint in Pennsylvania's 12 District congressional race. As of Sept. 30, he had $409,735 in the bank compared to $263,182 for incumbent Democrat Mark Critz.
  • Ed Rendell: Help me beat Sarah Palin in Iowa

    10/07/2010 7:32:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 7, 2010 | David Catanese
    DUBUQUE, IOWA — Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is throwing down the gauntlet in the first-in-the-nation state of Iowa. The former Philadelphia mayor and chairman of the Democratic National Committee is calling on Democrats to help him match the political star power of Sarah Palin. In an e-mail to Iowa Democrats, the tough-talking Rendell is promising to draw a bigger crowd at the state party's upcoming Jefferson-Jackson dinner than Palin was able to muster at the GOP's annual Ronald Reagan dinner last month. "Sarah Palin was able to get 1,300 people to show up at the Republican Party of Iowa’s dinner...
  • Pa FOP Gives Nod To Toomey

    09/08/2010 4:08:37 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, today, endorsed Republican and former Congressman Pat Toomey, who represented the 15th District, for U.S. Senate over Democrat Congressman Joe Sestak who represents the 7th District.
  • Grim Signs for Democrats in OH and PA

    09/01/2010 10:33:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Politics 365 ^ | September 1, 2010 | Charles Ellison
    Distressing signals for Democrats keep streaming in as key polls in two major electoral bellwether states show the prospect of major gains for Republicans in November. Long considered two critical and accurate measures of the electorate’s mood in Presidential and other federal races, recent polls in Ohio and Pennsylvania are showing signs of voter disappointment with Democrats, particularly in hard fought Senate and Gubernatorial races gaining national attention. In a soon-to-be-released survey by Raleigh, NC-based Public Policy Polling, a majority of Ohio-based respondents surveyed claim they’d prefer former President George W. Bush in the White House than current President Barack...
  • Lingenfelter Off Ballot In Pa-8

    08/21/2010 4:31:54 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 9 replies
    The Republican's road to returning as the party representing Pennsylvania's 8th District in Congress got a little easier after a successful petition challenge knocked conservative independent Tom Lingenfelter off the ballot, Thursday. Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini ruled that 769 signatures on the petition were invalid because they were obtained by circulators who lived outside the district. snip Among those circulating the petitions for Lingenfelter were two interns working for Democrat incumbent Patrick Murphy. The Republican in the race is former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, who Murphy beat by 1,518 votes in 2006.
  • Judge Told To Unseal Orie Info

    08/19/2010 1:46:08 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 9 replies
    The state Supreme Court, yesterday, ordered the trial judge to unseal documents relating to the cases of state Sen. Jane Clare Orie (R-40) and her sister, Janine Orie. The Ories have been charged in Allegheny County with theft of service and other crimes relating to the allegation that they improperly assigned state employees to work on the successful election campaign of their sister Joan Orie Melvin to the state Supreme Court last fall. The 40th District includes part of Allegheny County. The District Attorney is Stephen Zappala, a Democrat and a political enemy of the Ories.
  • Site Flunks Delco (Pa) GOP On Liberty

    08/17/2010 1:29:36 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 2 replies run by Bob Guzzardi of Bryn Mawr is a fascinating site full of useful information where each bill passed by the Pennsylvania legislature since 2003 is analyzed with regard as to how it effects the liberty of the residents of the Commonwealth. The legislators are then graded on their support for liberty based on their votes. The site defines The Liberty Index rating as an "assessment of whether a piece of legislation advances or restrains individual liberty, particularly, economic freedom to spend your money the way you think best." The highest grade for a Delaware County legislator is the...
  • The 3rd-Party Candidates In Pa. Races

    08/03/2010 7:29:33 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 4 replies
    Pennsylvania's filing deadline for minor and independent candidates for state-wide races was yesterday. Among those who appear to have acquired the needed number of signatures are John Krupa, who is running for governor under the "Tea Party" banner; engineer Douglas Jaimson who is running for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian; and York County homosexual activist Marakay Rogers who will be the Libertarian candidate for governor. Ms. Rogers running mate will be Kat Valleley.
  • Pa. Republicans stumble in cash race

    08/01/2010 9:53:36 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies · 4+ views
    The Politicio ^ | July 19, 2010 | Alex Isenstadt
    Republican House candidates in Pennsylvania, a state expected to be rich with electoral prizes for the GOP this fall, have fallen almost uniformly short in the competition for cash, imperiling their party's prospects in a knot of crucial congressional battlegrounds. In five districts, Republican challengers ended the second quarter of 2010 vastly outgunned in the fundraising department. Democratic Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, who represents the 3rd District, reported having $1 million in the bank at the end of June, compared with $104,000 for challenger Mike Kelly, who raised a meager $79,000. In Rep. Jason Altmire's 4th District, the incumbent had $1.5...
  • Pa. In Top 4 In Legislative Pay

    07/28/2010 8:43:04 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Pennsylvania's state legislators are the fourth best paid in the nation, according to The Pew Center of the States. At $78,314, it puts the wonders of Harrisburg just behind third place New York ($79,500) and second place Michigan ($79,650) but with a ways to go to catch the champ which is California at $95,291. What's interesting about the rankings is that it correlates nicely with the listing of states with the greatest fiscal problems.
  • Joe, Give Back The Dough

    07/23/2010 9:13:01 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 7 replies · 2+ views
    GOP senate nominee Pat Toomey has sent a letter to Dem opponent Congressman Joe Sestak (D-Pa7) asking he return $119,650 in campaign contributions. Why? The donor has received federal earmarks through Sestak's office and Sestak says "If an organization or individual has made a request for an appropriations project, and has made a contribution to his campaign, he returns that contribution"
  • Blood From Stones In Springfield (Pa)

    06/29/2010 12:56:31 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 1 replies
    Here are two of the four homes for sale in the 100 block of West Springfield Road, Springfield, Pa. Note, that's just in the 100 block. The tax pain suffered by the people of this state can be laid solely at the feet of government corruption; mostly by Democrats but the Republicans are far from innocent bystanders. It's only going to get worse and, no, the pending reform is not going to help.Enshrine this in gold: it is every bit as decent and moral to cut a public employee's pension as it is to force someone to sell their home...