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  • City leaders picture full-service schools

    11/24/2015 5:01:32 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/24/2015 | Kristen A. Graham
    Speaking with one voice Monday, the city's education leaders said Philadelphia School District buildings ought to be crowded with essentials for urban children and their families: social services, health care, job training. Actually, Council President Darrell L. Clarke said, that sort of full service is already happening. In Philadelphia's jails. "You can't tell me that we can deliver these services in a prison and we can't deliver them in schools," Clarke said.
  • In America's Little Syria, a divide on accepting refugees (Syrian Americans don't want refugees)

    11/23/2015 9:04:48 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 13 replies ^ | November 20, 2015, 12:55 PM | AP
    AP November 20, 2015, 12:55 PM In America's Little Syria, a divide on accepting refugees ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A few days ago, a pastor asked Syrian-born restaurant owner Marie Jarrah to donate food to a welcoming event for recently arrived Syrian refugees. Jarrah, who said she regularly helps people in need, declined. Like many of Allentown's establishment Syrians, she doesn't think it's a good idea to bring refugees to the city. She clung to that view even before last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. "Problems are going to happen," said Jarrah, co-owner of Damascus Restaurant in a heavily Syrian enclave....
  • Followers Of A Mysterious Turkish Islamic Cleric Have Donated Heavily To Hillary’s Campaign...

    11/23/2015 2:14:34 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/23/15 | Chuck Ross
    Members of a secretive Turkish Islamic movement that is at the center of a congressional ethics committee investigation have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and to her family’s charity, a Daily Caller investigation has found.The largest donation from a leader of the Gulen movement, which is operated from Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains by a moderate Muslim cleric named Fethullah Gulen, came from Recep Ozkan. A former president of the Gulen-linked Turkish Cultural Center, Ozkan gave between $500,001 and $1,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent months, the charity’s website shows. He also served as a national...
  • Lehigh University professor and wife convicted of cheating NASA (Globe'Bull Fraud)

    11/21/2015 10:40:42 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 6 replies
    Morning Call (Allentown, PA) ^ | 11/21/2015 | Peter Hall
    Lehigh University engineering professor Yujie Ding and his wife, Yuliya Zotova, appeared to be talented researchers dedicated to advancing science, jurors in their federal fraud trial said. But the Upper Saucon Township couple's commitment to a $700,000 NASA research program turned fraudulent, jurors said, when Ding and Zotova failed to tell the space agency that Zotova's role in the project had ended. The jury Friday found Ding and Zotova guilty of six out of 10 counts of wire fraud for sending NASA fake invoices from the research company Ding owned and Zotova controlled.
  • In America's Little Syria,A Divide On Accepting Refugees

    11/20/2015 12:38:22 PM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | November 20, 2015 | Breitbart News
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A few days ago, a pastor asked Syrian-born restaurant owner Marie Jarrah to donate food to a welcoming event for recently arrived Syrian refugees. Jarrah, who said she regularly helps people in need, declined.
  • News photographer's tripod mistaken for gun prompts 911 call

    11/20/2015 5:53:14 AM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 20 nov 2015
    Police were called to a central Pennsylvania office building after someone mistakenly thought a photographer's tripod was a gun. LNP reports the incident happened about 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Griest Building in Lancaster. The caller thought a machine gun was carried into the building, so police conducted a floor-by-floor search only to find the photographer and her tripod.
  • Obama Scorecard Not Inclusive

    11/19/2015 10:39:45 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 19, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When President Obama unveiled the U. S. Department of Education's new college scorecard, he indicated it would be inclusive, reviewing every school. Well, they missed three--Christendom, Hillsdale and Grove City College. Officials at the Department of Education informed Hillsdale's administrators that they didn't make the list because the college did not confer enough 4-year degrees, something Hillsdale has been doing since the 19th Century. The DOE claimed that Grove City College (GCC) did not make the list because the college did not provide Title IV funds, GCC president Paul McNulty said at the Heritage Foundation on Monday November 16. Ironically,...
  • Man Rapes Sleeping 6-Year-Old Girl in Bedroom: Police (Illegal)

    11/17/2015 3:22:32 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 73 replies
    NBC News (Philly) ^ | 11/11/2015 | David Chang
    A man was arrested after he allegedly broke into a suburban Philadelphia apartment and raped a 6-year-old girl who was sleeping in her bedroom. Oscar Rivera Herrera, 28, is charged with rape, rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, indecent assault, burglary, criminal trespass, terroristic threats and simple assault --snip-- "He's a really great father," Dutter said. "That's what blows my mind. He has a kid of his own that same age. How could he do something like that?"
  • Refugees headed to 180 towns, but avoid D.C. and other expensive cities

    11/17/2015 10:18:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    As President Obama presses communities to accept Syrian refugees, his current hometown of Washington, D.C., is likely to be spared much of the pain. There are about 180 communities across the U.S. that welcome refugees, but some of the more obvious cities, including San Francisco, New York and, yes, Washington, aren't high on the list because they are just too darn expensive for the refugees. Instead, the top major cities are places such as Atlanta, San Diego, Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Boston, the State Department says. And there are a host of medium-sized cities as well: Boise, Idaho, Nashville, Tennessee,...
  • [Philly] Mayor Nutter: US Gun Violence is Also Terrorism

    11/17/2015 2:36:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 11/17/15 | Errin Haines Whack
    Philadelphia's mayor on Monday called gun violence in American cities "domestic terrorism" that is no different from international terrorism.Mayor Michael Nutter said in a phone interview after a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington that citizens want to feel safe, no matter where they live."Domestic terrorism is international terrorism," Nutter said. "There is really no level of distinction between the violence that goes on, on the streets of America on a daily basis and the episodic acts of international terrorism that also take place — primarily in cities."Mayors from Washington,...
  • White woman refuses to have kids because they would be white

    11/16/2015 4:05:53 PM PST · by markomalley · 97 replies
    Spero News ^ | 11/16/15 | Mari Jon
    A white female professor at the University of Pennsylvania, in an article posted at the Huffington Post, said that she has chosen to never have children because her children would thus inherit white privilege.  Ali Michael, who teaches at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, was inspired by Rachel Dolezal: a white woman who identifies as black and who was the leader of Spokane’s NAACP branch. That Dolezal sought to forsake whiteness for a black identity, Michael said,  is actually routine among white people who oppose racism and white privilege.   “I sometimes don’t want to be...
  • Syrian Refugees Still Welcome in Pennsylvania

    11/16/2015 10:48:34 AM PST · by oldmomster · 49 replies
    Lancaster Online ^ | 11/16/2015 | Tom Knapp
    Syrian refugees still welcome in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf says; some states slam doors on further resettlement TOM KNAPP | Staff Writer Updated 5 min ago Comments Syrian refugees are still welcome in Pennsylvania. As several governors this week closed their doors to refugees in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, Governor Tom Wolf said Pennsylvania will continue to accept refugees who have been properly screened. Pennsylvania has a rich, multi-century tradition of accepting immigrants, Wolf said, and that that should continue. “We must not lose sight of the fact that families leaving Syria are trying...
  • Clarion University Play Canceled Over Actors’ Race (Liberalism is a mental disorder)

    11/13/2015 7:44:18 AM PST · by simpson96 · 32 replies
    CBS Pittsburgh ^ | 11/12/2015 | Brenda Waters
    CLARION (KDKA) - A group of students at Clarion University were set for the opening night of a stage production. Then, they got the news - "the show must not go on.""We've put in all of this work and can't finish the last section, like nothing is going to get finished," said Courtney Chaplin, the stage manager for the play "Jesus in India."Clarion University was told to cancel the play by the playwright.The set hasn't been torn down yet, but the marquee outside Little Theater reads, "This production has been canceled." The playwright cited "ethnic composition." Marilouise Michel, Clarion University...
  • The Taqiyya Factor: Be Aware that institutionalized lying is one of the key tools of jihad

    11/12/2015 7:39:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/12/2015 | Carol Brown
    Here are three among a seemingly infinite number of examples of taqiyya in action. The first example is of taqiyya played out at the highest levels of politics and world affairs, as Raymond Ibrahim recalled an anecdote brought to his attention by Daniel Pipes. Back in the 1980s, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, the president of Pakistan, explained to Ronald Reagan how it was no problem for the Pakistanis to sign the Geneva agreements and yet continue supplying weapons to the Afghan jihadis (“freedom fighters”) combating the Soviet Union. Why wasn’t it a problem? According to Zia, “We’ll just lie about it. That’s what...
  • Council OKs bill to make single-stall restrooms gender-neutral

    11/09/2015 5:06:16 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 50 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 10, 2015 | Julia Terruso
    The words men and women are soon to come off many Philadelphia restrooms, thanks to a bill passed Thursday. City Council unanimously approved the ordinance requiring that single-occupancy public restrooms be labeled as gender-neutral, and that men or women be dropped from signs. The bill, introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla, applies to single-occupant bathrooms open to the public and not to multiple-stall restrooms. Mayor Nutter, whose Office of LGBT Affairs drafted the bill, is expected to sign it. "For business owners, the only impact is taking down one sign and putting up another," said Nellie Fitzpatrick, the office's director. "But...
  • Susquehanna U drops Crusaders nickname to ensure school is 'welcoming and inclusive'

    11/08/2015 5:39:26 AM PST · by rktman · 45 replies ^ | 11/5/2015 | Brianna Buczkowski
    Susquehanna University is the latest institution whose mascot, the Crusaders, must go due to concern over potential offensiveness and negative connotations. The school president is leading several discussions among SU students, alumni and staff to determine what the new nickname and mascot will be. In a recent poll of students, a squirrel mascot won over 50 percent of the votes.
  • GOP candidate line-up announced for Fox Business Network/WSJ debate

    11/06/2015 5:08:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Fox ^ | November 6, 2015
    Fox Business Network on Thursday announced the candidate line-up for the Nov. 10 Republican presidential debates. The candidates qualifying for the prime-time, 9 p.m. ET debate are: Billionaire businessman Donald Trump; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; former HP CEO Carly Fiorina; Ohio Gov. John Kasich; and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. The candidates qualifying for the earlier, 7 p.m. ET debate are: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. The criteria were different than for past...
  • Porn scandal: Top prosecutor keeps releasing raunchy emails (PA)

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Facing criminal charges, relieved of her law license and threatened with removal by the Legislature, Pennsylvania's attorney general seems to have decided that if she has to go, she's going to take others down with her. Since all three branches of state government began moving against her over the past year, Kathleen Kane has released hundreds of sexually explicit or otherwise crude emails that had been sent or received by current or former public officials on their government accounts. The tangled scandal has led to the downfall of a state environmental secretary and shamed a state police...
  • Pennsylvania officer acquitted in shooting of suspect lying in snow

    11/05/2015 6:21:24 PM PST · by Wolfie · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 5, 2015
    Pennsylvania officer acquitted in shooting of suspect lying in snow HARRISBURG, Pa.- A Pennsylvania jury on Thursday acquitted a police officer of all charges in the fatal shooting of a suspect as he lay in the snow, knocked to the ground by her stun gun. After deliberating for close to 11 hours, the jury acquitted Officer Lisa Mearkle, a veteran of the Hummelstown police department, of third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter in the death of David Kassick, 59, of Hummelstown. A centerpiece of the case against Mearkle, 37, was a videotape recorded by the Taser she used to...
  • Analysis: Bevin Win in Kentucky Underscores Decimated Democratic Party Under Obama

    11/04/2015 2:30:55 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 24 replies ^ | 11/4/2015 | Guy Benson
    Last night's off-year elections produced a number of noteworthy outcomes, none larger than Republican Matt Bevin's upset victory in Kentucky's gubernatorial race. Bevin ran as a hard-charging outsider conservative, warts and all. Public polls gave his opponent, Democrat Jack Conway, a modest but stable lead throughout the race's home stretch, averaging out to a three-point Conway advantage in a three-way contest. They were off by double digits. Bevin won handily:DailyKos tweet at link ... Bevin, boosted by a massive investment from national Republicans and help from his former nemisis Mitch McConnell, nationalized the race, tying Conway to President Obama at...
  • Allegheny Co. public works supervisor accused of stealing 11,000 lbs. of aluminum

    11/03/2015 8:04:15 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 24 replies ^ | Nov. 2, 2015 | uncredited
    ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA - Channel 11's Joe Holden confirmed Monday that a regional maintenance supervisor for Allegheny County Region 1 has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property. According to the criminal complaint, James Schrott is accused of stealing more than 11,000 pounds of aluminum signs. County police said the signage is valued at more than $21,000. Schrott has been suspended without pay, a county spokeswoman said. The criminal complaint named Steven Beswick as Schrott's accomplice. According to arrest papers, county workers set up a sting and were able to track the aluminum to a local scrap yard. Investigators...
  • Several pipelines planned for central Pennsylvania

    11/02/2015 5:38:48 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Trib Live ^ | Oct. 30, 2015 | Candy Woodall
    While the last decade of oil and gas development has been largely contained to the shale regions of Pennsylvania, the next phase will tunnel through the midstate. Company men have been showing up at doorsteps throughout the region, asking for pieces of private property where pipelines can be built. After 10 years of drilling, shale operators have more natural resources than the infrastructure to deliver it. There's now more supply than demand, and pipeline builders are seizing the opportunity and submitting plans for an underground network to move through Pennsylvania. "These projects are absolutely crucial, especially given the fact that...
  • Market employees shoot and kill masked robbers in Reading (Score Two for the Good Guys!)

    11/01/2015 1:58:06 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    Police: "It appears as though this will be a case self defense and the shootings will be justified." According to witnesses and video evidence, Reading police say it looks as though three masked males entered the market. One male was armed with a pistol, which he fired inside the market, and another male could be seen pointing a stun gun at one of the employees. Police do not know if the third male was armed. According to Reading police, sometime during the robbery both employees pulled out their own guns and fired several shots at the masked males, striking two...
  • Butler County homeless shelter vows to not sign anti-discrimination contract...

    10/31/2015 2:37:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 10/28/15 | Rick Willis
    Butler County's only homeless shelter, which opens for the winter season Sunday, could lose more than half of its funding because of a spat over a government contract. The faith-based Grace Youth and Family Foundation's Winter Relief Center was in line for about $35,000 from the Butler County Department of Human Services, provided it sign a contract promising not to discriminate based on race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or non-job related handicap or disability. The county says the contract is standard for any nonprofit - faith-based or not - that gets government funding. Bill...
  • Foundation Run by Kerry's Wife Funds Anti-Israel Eatery

    10/30/2015 9:28:06 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    News Max ^ | 10/25/15 | John Blosser
    A foundation chaired by Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, who is deeply involved in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, is funding a radical anti-Israel, anti-American snack bar near the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh University campuses. The restaurant, Conflict Kitchen, which proudly boasts that it serves food only from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict, received a $50,000 grant from the Heinz Endowment in April to assist it in moving locations. However, the restaurant lately has been serving its hummus and baba ghanoush sandwiches in propaganda wrappers that carry quotes from Palestinians opposing the...
  • Pentagon confirms Army blimp was shot down

    10/30/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 29, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    The massive Army blimp that broke free from its mooring and drifted from Maryland to Pennsylvania is "actually still deflating," a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. "I am not able to give you the mechanics of exactly how they're deflating it," said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. The blimp traveled almost 200 miles north at 30 miles per hour, reaching an altitude of 16,000 feet before it lost altitude and speed, landing in northeastern Pennsylvania. Another Pentagon spokesman confirmed reports that the 240-foot blimp was shot down, but did not know how close to the ground the blimp was when it happened....
  • Syrian man sues Penn State over his suspension

    10/29/2015 12:20:49 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 39 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh Area) ^ | 29 October 2015 | Debra Erdley
    A Syrian man who was suspended from Penn State for violating the student code of conduct last week after a university investigation of sexual assault allegations against him is suing the school. The 21-year-old engineering student, identified in court filings as John Doe, says Penn State's new model for handling such complaints violated his right to due process. Doe says the university's decision to suspend him for two semesters has left him at risk of losing his student visa and being deported to his war-torn homeland. His complaint, filed in federal court in Harrisburg this week, asks for reinstatement as...
  • Pennsylvania Primary Poll: Trump 23 Carson 22 Rubio 13 Cruz 4 Bush 3

    10/29/2015 12:01:00 PM PDT · by I Hired Craig Livingstone · 22 replies
    Franklin & Marshall ^ | 10/29/2015 | Franklin & Marshall / Center for Opinion Research
    Donald Trump 23% Ben Carson 22% Marco Rubio 13% John Kasich 6% Ted Cruz 4% Jeb Bush 3% Chris Christie 3% Carly Fiorina 3% Mike Huckabee 1% Bobby Jindal 1% Rand Paul 1% Rick Santorum 1% Lindsey Graham -- George Pataki -- Don’t know 20%
  • Runaway U.S. military blimp wreaks havoc in Pennsylvania

    10/29/2015 2:35:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:27am EDT | Joe McDonald and Phil Stewart
    A high-tech U.S. military blimp designed to detect a missile attack came loose on Wednesday and wreaked havoc as it floated from Maryland into Pennsylvania while dragging more than a mile of cable and knocking out power to thousands.
  • Live Thread: Republican Presidential Debates on CNBC 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. EDT 10/28/15

    10/28/2015 3:18:00 PM PDT · by kristinn · 2,630 replies
    Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | Kristinn
    <p>Two debates tonight on CNBC live from the Coors Event Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder.</p>
  • Breaking: 2 fighter jets track JLENS blimp that has broken free of its tether in Maryland

    10/28/2015 1:23:27 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 45 replies ^ | October 28, 2015 | Foxnews.Com
    BREAKING NEWS: A JLENS blimp that has been tethered at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland has broken free Wednesday and is being tracked by two fighter jets traveling over Pennsylvania at 16,000 feet, a NORAD spokesman said.
  • Defense Department balloon[spy blimp] drifted, unmanned and untethered, over Lancaster County,Pa.

    10/28/2015 11:20:08 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 50 replies
    Lancaster Online ^ | 10-28-2015 | Tom Knapp
    October 28, 2015Defense Department balloon drifted, unmanned and untethered, over Lancaster County by Tom Knapp A Defense Department balloon unmanned, untethered and carrying a missile detection system drifted harmlessly across the skies of Lancaster County early Wednesday afternoon. Dragging a 5,000-foot-long chain, the blimp-like balloon broke free from its base at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and headed north. At 12:26 p.m., we were notified that it was over Lancaster County, drifting northwards, Randy Gockley, director of the Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency, said. At 12:57, the military aircraft following it confirmed that it was near Reading, he...
  • Fell Charter teachers to work without pay

    10/27/2015 7:07:48 AM PDT · by namvolunteer · 5 replies
    Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | October 27, 2015 | Sarah Scinto
    Fell Charter teachers to work without pay SARAH SCINTO, STAFF WRITER Published: October 27, 2015 SIMPSON Teachers at Fell Charter Elementary School will work without pay to keep the school open as the state budget impasse continues to take a toll on public education. The Fell Charter Board of Education voted Monday night to move forward with a plan that closes the school on Fridays, dismisses students early on Monday through Thursday and delays paychecks to teachers until a state budget passes. The plan will take effect Nov. 2 if the budget funds are not released to Fell Charter...
  • Bridgestone to buy U.S. auto parts retailer Pep Boys

    10/26/2015 9:56:36 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 29 replies
    Japanese tire maker Bridgestone Corp (5108.T) said it would buy auto parts retailer Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack (PBY.N) for $835 million to expand its retail presence in the United States. The deal will boost Bridgestone's retail network by more than a third in the United States, the company said. Bridgestone operates a chain of auto care and tire stores in the United States through its Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) unit. "Bridgestone is looking to expand its market share in services and tires ... it's a little harder to understand what they might do with (Pep Boys') retail operations but...
  • Deported from Camden, a stranger in Jamaica

    10/25/2015 5:58:09 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/25/2015 | Allison Steele
    --SNIP-- Napier came to Camden at age 5 but never became a U.S. citizen. He was deported July 30 because of a 1998 drug conviction that labeled him a high-priority candidate. Napier, who once spent his time coaching youth basketball and going out to dinner with his wife, now lives with a distant cousin in St. Thomas, a rural community outside of Kingston that this year was ranked the Jamaica's most impoverished parish. It is a foreign place to Napier
  • Secret Meetings, Big Players: Who Hollywood's Underground GOP Wants for President

    10/22/2015 10:48:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | October 22, 2015 | By Paul Bond
    Jerry Perenchio backs Carly Fiorina, Mary Hart likes Marco Rubio and Ann Coulter stumped for Donald Trump in Beverly Hills, as a stealth GOP operates outside the industry spotlight. In April 2013, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus secretly met about a dozen writers, directors and producers in a suite at Loews Hollywood Hotel. The topic: How could the industry's quiet network of conservatives help elect more Republicans? GOP fans in Hollywood tend to hold their political activities close to the vest. This reporter was thrown out of a fundraiser for Rick Santorum at a $35 million mansion on Sunset...
  • Rep. Scott Perry [PA-4]: Here's why I joined the House Freedom Caucus

    10/22/2015 6:52:31 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 2 replies
    The York Daily Record ^ | October 21, 2015 | Congressman Scott Perry
    The resignation of Speaker John Boehner has sparked a much-needed debate in the U.S. House of Representatives. You'd be hard-pressed to find any American conservative, liberal, independent or otherwise who thinks Washington is working effectively on their behalf. The people I serve tell me that they're sick of the status quo. I fight this battle every single day, and that means taking a stand and advocating for real change no matter how unpopular with the powers that be. The only thing Washington understands is having enough votes to make a difference; i.e., strength in numbers. After two...
  • Report: Planned Parenthood gave governor 'talking points' on videos [Tom Wolf, D-PA]

    10/21/2015 7:31:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/21/15 | Daniel Chaitin
    Tom Wolf, the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, received "talking points" from a Planned Parenthood official on how he should react to the series of undercover videos that show employees of the women's healthcare provider discussing the methods by which they sell aborted fetal tissue to biomedical companies. In a report this week, the Tribune-Review said it obtained emails from the Wolf administration that Sari Stevens, executive director of Planned Parenthood's political arm in Pennsylvania, sent to Wolf's office on multiple occasions to impart advice. In one case, she sent "talking points" on the Planned Parenthood videos advising that the story...
  • Testimony in Fattah Jr.'s trial of living large off bank loans

    10/21/2015 3:11:09 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/21/2015 | Jeremy Roebuck
    Words such as silly and facade were deployed Tuesday by prosecutors and their witnesses as they continued to sketch the business portfolio of Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. But for Matthew Amato - Fattah's onetime business partner and former roommate at Drexel University - one word was enough to sum up his experience working closely with the son of a longtime Democratic congressman: ridiculous. --snip-- Still, he claimed to Amato that he often had to financially support his father because "he only makes $170,000 a year." And while the congressman's wife, NBC10 news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah, "makes a . . ....
  • Refugee pushback growing in multiple states

    10/21/2015 9:27:30 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    WND ^ | October 20, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Snip....... Dr. Mark Christian, a former child imam born into a prominent Muslim family in Egypt who later broke away from the Islamic faith and became a Christian, said the key actors driving the backlash against Muslim immigration are the Muslims themselves. They are using their Twitter accounts on a daily basis to communicate their agenda of hatred against Jews and Christians, and by their actions in Europe, in Israel and throughout the Middle East where they are killing non-Muslims, Christian said. People are afraid when they see what Muslims are doing on a regular basis in their own countries...
  • Charlie Dent: No truth in reports that he's considering retiring from Congress

    10/20/2015 3:55:48 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 10/20/15 | Laura Olson
    With all of the intraparty drama swirling in Congress, some moderate Republicans are said to be eyeing the exit door. Lehigh Valley congressman Charlie Dent says he's not one of them. This is despite an article in the National Journal this week that suggested he is among the fed-up Republicans who are thinking of calling it quits amid the clash over the House speakership. The six-term House lawmaker told the Washington D.C.-based National Journal earlier this week that he heard some of his colleagues are thinking retiring. The article quoted Dent as saying he's "preparing as if I'm running for...
  • Plain English Statement Re Ballot Question No.1 (establisment of LGBT affairs office)

    10/19/2015 8:24:45 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 7 replies
    Plain English Statement Re Ballot Question No.1 As Required by Section 201.1 of the Pennsylvania Election Code Submitted to the Voters By: Bill No. 150216 (approved June 2, 2015); Resolution No. 150225 (adopted May 14, 2015) Ballot Question: Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to establish and define the functions of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affairs, headed by a Director of LGBT Affairs? Statement: This proposed amendment to the Home Rule Charter would add a new Office to the Administrative branch of City government:the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affairs....
  • Illinois homeowners pay the second-highest property taxes in the U.S.

    10/18/2015 4:11:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | August 19, 2015 | Michael Lucci
    Illinois property taxes are now so high that they are equivalent to a second mortgage, according to a new study from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, a Washington-based tax-research and -education center. The report, which shows the effective property-tax rates in each state, ranks Illinois as the second-highest property-tax state in the U.S. The top spot goes to New Jersey, where the effective property-tax rate is 2.38 percent, barely higher than Illinois 2.32 percent. ... An effective property-tax rate of 2.32 percent means that if a typical Illinois homebuyer purchases a home at age 30 and lives there until the age...
  • GOP presidential race, six candidates come to North Texas (Live Stream between 3 to 7 pm CT)

    10/18/2015 9:11:26 AM PDT · by Isara · 40 replies
    WFAA ^ | October 18, 2015 | Jason Whitely
    DALLAS The Republican race for the White House comes to North Texas Sunday afternoon when six GOP candidates will attend a four-hour forum at Planos Prestonwood Baptist Church. The sold-out event runs from 3 to 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on Organizers said they expect 7,000 people to attend and hear from former Gov. Jeb Bush; Dr. Ben Carson; Sen. Ted Cruz; Carly Fiorina; former Gov. Mike Huckabee; and former Sen. Rick Santorum. Front-runner Donald Trump is not expected to make an appearance. Ted Cruz has been going after evangelicals with some success. This is an...
  • Pittsburgh moving to self-insured plan for 3,700 employees, retirees

    10/17/2015 1:21:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 13 October 2015 | Robert Zullo
    A shift to a self-insured medical plan will save Pittsburgh about $11 million next year with minimal changes for the roughly 3,700 city employees and retirees it will affect, Mayor Bill Pedutos administration said Tuesday. The change, which will have the city paying claims directly instead of premiums, also will ease the burden on employees as Pittsburgh comes into compliance with its recovery plan under the Act 47 program for distressed municipalities, the city said. That plan calls for workers to pay 20 percent of the total cost of their health care. Changes for employees will be minor, said Sam...
  • Trump's Sept. 11 Comments Draw Ire of Other Candidates

    10/17/2015 11:47:59 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 153 replies
    NBC ^ | October 17, 2015 | ELIZABETH CHUCK
    Presidential candidate Donald Trump set off another political firestorm Friday after implying that President George W. Bush was to blame for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, drawing the ire of his Republican rivals.
  • Candidate for Montgomery County register of wills wont sign same-sex marriage... (cites Kim Davis)

    10/16/2015 2:04:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Norristown Times Herald ^ | 10/15/15 | Evan Brandt
    Statements by Pottstown Mayor Sharon Thomas in the usually sleepy race for register of wills have once again put Montgomery County in the spotlight in Pennsylvanias debate about same sex marriage.Thomas, a Republican, told The Intelligencer newspaper that she will not personally issue any same sex marriage licenses if she wins the race against incumbent Democrat D. Bruce Hanes.Instead, as in the now-famous case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail after defying a court order to issue same-sex licenses, Thomas said she will seek court permission to allow the licenses to be issued by...

    10/16/2015 10:42:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/16/2015 | John Nolte
    With the latest state polls again making fools of the pundits who claimed Donald Trump’s popularity had flattened or was diminishing, the latest general election poll out of the swing state of Pennsylvania shows that Trump has a better chance of taking that state than Establishment favorites Jeb Bush and John Kasich.Currently, Trump beats Hillary 45% to 43%.Jeb Bush loses to Hillary by -5 (40-45), Kasich loses -2, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) loses -6, Santorum and Huckabee lose by a whopping -8 and -9, respectively.Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) beats Hillary by +3 (45-42), Chris Christie is up +4 (45-41), and...
  • PA moves to block public unions from withholding dues from paychecks

    10/16/2015 10:22:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/16/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We’ll never see anything like this go through at the federal level while Barack Obama is president, but the Keystone State is is mounting an effort to protect public sector workers from having dues automatically deducted from their pay and then used to fund political campaigns. It comes in the form of a bill which has passed the state senate and now moves on to the House. (Fox 34 News) Pennsylvania’s state senate approved a controversial bill Wednesday which would prevent unions from taking money from workers’ paychecks and using it for political purposes.Senate Bill 501, dubbed the “Paycheck...
  • Electability: Trump Beats Hillary In Pennsylvania; Bush, Kasich Lose

    10/16/2015 5:12:57 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 35 replies ^ | October 15, 2015
    With the latest state polls again making fools of the pundits who claimed Donald Trumps popularity had flattened or was diminishing, the latest general election poll out of the swing state of Pennsylvania shows that Trump has a better chance of taking that state than Establishment favorites Jeb Bush and John Kasich. Currently, Trump beats Hillary 45% to 43%. Jeb Bush loses to Hillary by -5 (40-45), Kasich loses -2, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) loses -6, Santorum and Huckabee lose by a whopping -8 and -9, respectively.