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Pennsylvania (GOP Club)

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  • Rep. Lawrence Nixes Pension, Per Diems

    12/18/2010 2:08:03 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 11 replies
    John Lawrence, the Tea Party Republican who beat incumbent Democrat Tim Houghton in November to represent the 13th District in the Pennsylvania House has declared that he will accept neither per diems nor pension. “The citizens of Chester County are tired of rhetoric and are looking for action,” he said. “If we are truly going to reduce the financial burden on taxpayers and get a handle on excessive state spending, then it is incumbent upon me as a lawmaker to lead by example.” Lawrence advocates replacing the current defined benefit plans for government workers with a defined contribution plan akin...
  • Corbett Taps 2 Tea Partyers For Transition Team (Pa)

    12/04/2010 10:34:30 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 4 replies
    Gov.-elect Tom Corbett has tapped Diana Reimer, a co-founder of the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots and statewide coordinator for the national Tea Party Patriots organization, as a member of the Budget, Pensions and Revenue Committee of his transition team. He also picked Ana Puig, who co-chairs the Kitchen Table Patriots of Bucks County, for a spot on the teams' Education Committee.
  • Pileggi Stays To End In The Lions Den (Pa)

    12/02/2010 9:47:35 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 1 replies
    Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Domenic Pileggi (R-9) entered the den that was Avondale Presbyterian Church, Dec. 2, to face about 130 lions associated with Chester County Tea Party groups. He answered generally unfriendly questions without getting flustered then stayed long after the event ended to field more. The event was sponsored by Coalition for Advancing Freedom . That's not to say the questions were always answered completely or clearly. Pileggi began with a description of what to expect in the next legislative session in which the Republicans will control the state house, senate and governor's office. He touched on redistricting...
  • Bobby Casey Aye On Porkmarks

    12/01/2010 8:17:43 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Little Bobby Casey, who is Pennsylvania's other Democrat senator, voted no yesterday, Nov. 30, on an attempt to place a three-year moratorium on earmarks. Earmarks are a legislative provisions that directs approved funds to be spent on specific projects, or that directs specific exemptions from taxes or mandated fees. They are also known as pork, which makes it puzzling why Little Bobby would vote for such an unpopular thing as he is not known for being able to bring home the bacon. Of course, he is known for being able to take orders so it's probably not that puzzling. Bobby...
  • Pa. Impoverishment Act Could Be In Tea Party's Sights

    11/29/2010 4:52:39 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 4 replies
    The Pennsylvania Legislature jumped on the big green bandwagon in 2008 and overwhelmingly passed the Pennsylvania Impoverishment Act otherwise known as Act 129. The law mandates a 3 percent reduction in the retail consumption of electricity -- 4.5 percent for peak demand -- by May 31, 2013 and creates an unelected commission that is empowered to make further demands as it sees fit. The baseline is the electric power consumed between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010.
  • Tea Party Ponders Opposing Expected Pa. Speaker

    11/22/2010 12:50:40 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 21 replies
    Rep. Sam Smith of the 66th District got the nod to be Speaker of the Pennsylvania House at a closed door meeting of the soon-to-be-in-control Republican caucus on Nov. 9 but the official vote comes Jan. 4 and it will be done in the open. Bob Guzzardi of LibertyIndex.Com notes that if all Democrats and 11 Republicans vote against Smith, he will not get the job. Smith was the man who submitted the infamous 2005 legislative pay-raise bill. To his credit, though, he voted against the recently passed Gen Theft Pension Bailout Bill. (snip) The state's Tea Party movement is...
  • 39 Ayes For Unconstitutional Law

    11/20/2010 1:25:35 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 2 replies
    HB 2497 aka Gen Theft was sent to the governor's desk for a signature Nov. 15 after a 165 to 31 vote in the Pennsylvania House. The sick thing is that 32 minutes earlier a vote to declare the bill unconstitutional passed the House on a 128-68 vote. This means that 39 legislators ended up voting for a bill they had voted to be unconstitutional.
  • 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.