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    Wed, December 27, 2017

    Mueller Investigation Does Harm

    As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation grinds on, it's obvious the real collusion has occurred among the Clinton campaign, the Obama Administration, the so called "Deep State" ...

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    Thu, December 14, 2017

    Mueller Investigation Flawed

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has revealed no evidence the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.

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    Wed, November 01, 2017

    Who Colluded with Russia: Hillary Clinton

    So it's Hillary Clinton - and not Donald Trump - who "colluded" with the Russians to throw the 2016 presidential election.

    Hillary's campaign employed a ...

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    Tue, October 10, 2017

    A Moment for Serious, Bold Change

    President Trump: Tax and Spending Reform, A Moment for Serious, Responsible and Bold Change

    I find the tax reform plans of the Republican Party confusing. As a ...

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    Wed, September 13, 2017

    Good News for Trial Lawyers, Bad News for Job Seekers

    The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform just announced its ranking of states’ legal climates and the news is not good for Pennsylvania.

    Pennsylvania ranks a ...

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    Thu, September 07, 2017

    Trump Made Right Call on DACA

    President Donald Trump's decision to end former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a bold defense of the Constitution, the rule of law, and it puts ...

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    Mon, August 28, 2017

    GOP About to Commit Suicide

    All this talk about Trump this, and Trump that, masks a far bigger political controversy. The Republican Party leadership in Washington, D.C., has fundamentally betrayed its constituents and they are ...

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    Mon, August 21, 2017

    America, Land of Second Chances

    President Trump won the election due to many Americans’ deep dissatisfaction with our country’s trajectory. Some Americans have been left behind by the rapidly changing global economy. Many are ...

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    Thu, August 17, 2017

    Evaluating Damage from Trump's Ambivalence

    The last five days have been terrible for this country.

    And the sad reality is that President Trump has not only failed to make those days better, he has ...

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    Fri, August 11, 2017

    Trump Faces First Foreign Crisis

    It is generally believed that foreign adversaries deliberately try to test a new U.S. president early in the first term. Just past the 200-day mark for President Trump, we had not yet seen a major ...

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    Thu, August 03, 2017

    Trump Endorsed Immigration Plan Has Merit

    There may be no policy issue on which President Trump is more clearly defined than immigration.

    Throughout the campaign, his hardline views on ending sanctuary ...

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    Mon, July 24, 2017

    Health Care Reform Not Dead Yet

    There is no doubt that the pathway to repealing and replacing Obamacare has been rockier than expected.

    Yes, it is complicated.

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    Thu, July 13, 2017

    A PR Lesson for Donald Trump

    (This article first appeared in the Washington Times.

    I served as press secretary to Montana Sen. Conrad Burns in 2006, a particularly rough year for Republicans that ultimately ...

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    Thu, July 13, 2017

    Trump Stood Strong in Europe

    (This article first appeared on

    President Donald Trump's second international trip was a great success for the White House, for his America First ...

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    Thu, July 13, 2017

    Why We Need a Medicaid Work Requirement

    Faced with a budget deficit that exceeds $2 billion, the House this week passed a welfare reform bill that I sponsored, which would establish work requirements for people on public assistance and ...

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    Fri, June 30, 2017

    Its Time to Kick PA's Gambling Habit

    The clerk recorded the final vote to legalize casino gambling in the state House of Representatives at 1:39 am on July 4, 2004--thirteen years ago this week.

    I ...

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    Wed, June 28, 2017

    How Long Will Left Condone Violence?

    (This article first appeared on

    Accused Capitol Hill shooter James Hodgkinson walked up to a man leaving the parking lot where Republicans were ...

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    Wed, June 14, 2017

    Yes, Comey Exonerated Trump

    (This article first appeared on

    Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony last week before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is a total ...

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    Tue, June 06, 2017

    Health Care Reform Must Include Medicare Reform

    At this point it is clear that Republicans have no intention to repeal ObamaCare "root and branch" as so many promised on the campaign trail. Many congressional Republicans have ...

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    Wed, May 24, 2017

    House Considers Charter School Reform

    Over the past few weeks I have read many articles and emails that contain falsehoods regarding my comprehensive charter reform legislation (HB97) that passed the House of Representatives with ...

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    Mon, May 01, 2017

    Getting Right on Crime

    Criminal justice reform advocates are pessimistic about the prospects for federal sentencing reform under the new presidential administration. Federal sentencing, however, is only one component of ...

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    Thu, April 27, 2017

    Trumpcare 2.0 Could Keep Obamacare Alive in PA

    After failing to receive support from the Freedom Caucus, the House of Representatives Republican leadership is trying to revamp their Obamacare replacement bill to make it seem not as much ...

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    Fri, April 21, 2017

    Cleaning Up the Chesapeake Bay

    There has been a lot of talk about how Pennsylvania can clean up its share of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

    But it sure sounds like the same old rhetoric from ...

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    Wed, April 19, 2017

    Stack Behavior Dismays Pennsylvanians

    Last week I joined a number of fellow dismayed Pennsylvanians in watching the pathetic press conference held by Lieutenant Governor Stack, during which he addressed the Inspector General ...

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    Thu, April 06, 2017

    A Salute to Local Leaders

    Note: This op-ed is in recognition of Pennsylvania Local Government Week, April 10-14.

    Whether you live in a township that's large or small, it takes a team to run ...

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    Wed, April 05, 2017

    Moderate Republicans Blocking Obamacare Repeal

    Moderate Republicans Are Stopping Obamacare Repeal… Again

    "This is big-government liberalism at work among House Republicans and Speaker Ryan is letting ...

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    Thu, March 23, 2017

    Scrap Ryancare

    (This article first appeared at

    As Republicans brace themselves for an expected vote this Thursday on U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan's Obamacare ...

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    Thu, March 23, 2017

    Face it Haters: Trump Just Got Vindicated

    You just have to love it.

    Just when the media thought they had President Donald Trump cornered because of his now-famous tweet that former President Obama had ...

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    Tue, March 21, 2017

    Paycheck Protection Won't Stop Unions

    Conservative groups advocating for "Paycheck Protection" legislation in Pennsylvania are well-intended and naive. Stating that government resources (payroll deduction) should not be used by ...

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    Wed, March 08, 2017

    Bathroom Issue Nothing to Do with Education

    (This article first appeared at

    The mother is calling upon "everyone in the school system to be trained just on what transgender is, what gender fluid is" so they ...

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    Tue, March 07, 2017

    The One Thing Every Tax Proposal Needs

    (This article first appeared on

    While the president's joint address to Congress didn't give detail on his tax reform approach, the debate is coming. ...

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    Wed, March 01, 2017

    PA Budget Unstainable

    As the General Assembly begins another budget season, it's time to admit that Pennsylvania needs to overhaul state government.

    In the midst of a 21st-century ...

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    Wed, February 15, 2017

    Business Leaders Opposed Wolf Budget

    Even though consolidation was the name of the game in Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget, his plan for Pennsylvania still includes about a billion dollars in new taxes.

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    Tue, February 07, 2017

    Judge Who Halted Trump Travel Ban Made Wrong Call

    Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart issued a temporary restraining order, requested by the states of Washington and Minnesota, blocking President Donald Trump's executive order ...

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    Tue, December 20, 2016

    ALEC Takes Aim at Pension Fund Cronyism

    Pensions are a valuable non-wage benefit that a large majority of state and local governments offer their employees as part of their compensation packages. With approximately $3.8 trillion in total ...

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    Tue, December 06, 2016

    How the Mainstream Hoodwinked America

    It has been said that a lie travels around the world before the truth can get its pants on. Sadly, that adage has never been more apparent than during this election cycle. Mercifully over, it ...

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    Wed, November 30, 2016

    Wagner: No Rubber Stamp for Waste

    Click here for the original source -

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    Mon, November 21, 2016

    Political Games

    Last Wednesday the PA State Senate had one session day — Senate Leadership for the next legislature session was elected and there were several bills that were considered. One bill that caught ...

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    Mon, October 24, 2016

    Right to Work: Whose Right is It?

    By definition: The right to work is the concept that people have a human right to work, or engage in productive employment, and may not be prevented from doing so. The right to work is enshrined in ...

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    Fri, September 09, 2016

    Remember Iran's Role in 9-11

    Forgetful officials should not be rewarding Tehran for its deadly actions with gifts like sanctions relief.

    By Joseph I. Lieberman

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    Tue, September 06, 2016

    Last Conversation with First Lady of Conservatism

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    Fri, August 26, 2016

    The GOP We Should Aspire to Be

    The Republican Party, of which I have been a member for over 30 years, has lost its way. At a time when most Americans believe the country has serious domestic and natural security problems, many of ...

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    Thu, August 11, 2016

    A Common Sense Reform

    Recent events show that Pennsylvania has had its fair share of problems with a lack of transparency in government, especially in the state Attorney General's office.

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    Fri, July 22, 2016

    Harrisburg Has to Change

    Harrisburg has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. How many times have I made that statement in the last two years? I could probably do some back-of-the-napkin math to calculate an estimate, ...

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    Tue, June 21, 2016

    Restoring Consent of the Governed

    Every American student learns that our government has three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. The legislature makes the law, the executive enforces the law, and the judicial branch ...

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    Tue, June 21, 2016

    Bowing at the Altar of Political Correctness

    Just over a week ago, the horrific attack at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida demonstrated something many of us sadly already know: our nation is at war. From 9/11 to the Boston Marathon, from ...

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    Mon, June 20, 2016

    What's Really Gone Wrong in Higher Ed

    ON MAY 31, The Virginian-Pilot editorialized that legislators in Virginia
    should keep "hands off higher ed." The Pilot took the position that the
    General Assembly should not ...

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    Thu, May 26, 2016

    All Eyes on Legislative Democrats

    No they don't control the calendar, nor do they own either chamber, and they are
    not driving the agenda, but legislative Democrats are in fact the most powerful
    people in state ...

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    Mon, April 11, 2016

    Say 'Thank You' to Your Township Supervisors

    You may read about them in the newspaper or see them along local roads, plowing snow in the winter or patching potholes in the spring.

    They're your township ...

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    Wed, April 06, 2016

    Regulating PA Out of Business

    Rural Pennsylvania's chances to ever have a strong economy again are severely at risk. Gov. Tom Wolf filled the leadership posts of two agencies – the Department of Environmental Protection and ...

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    Tue, April 05, 2016

    Cruz v Sanders: The Debate America Needs

    "May you live in interesting times." This apocryphal saying sums up the state of politics in America in 2016. It is a time of upheaval, and as Tocqueville reminds us, the most dangerous ...

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    Wed, February 17, 2016

    How GOP Can Court Millennials

    It is often suggested that the generation known as "Millennials" are the generation that lack the drive to be politically involved; that millennials want a hand out and want everything for ...

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    Thu, February 11, 2016

    Wolf Wants More of Your Hard Earned Money

    More money -- $3.6 billion to be exact. That is the amount of additional tax revenue Gov. Tom Wolf wants from you to fund his tax and spend budget.

    To that I ask, "How dare ...

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    Mon, February 01, 2016

    The Budget Negotiating Table

    Over the last seven months, the public has heard from both sides of this budget debate. Political pundits, elected officials and special interest groups have all done their best to give their ...

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    Mon, February 01, 2016

    Carry for Protection

    According to a September 2015 Association of American Universities study, one in four females who spend four years at a college have been sexually assaulted.

    When will Pennsylvania allow ...

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    Wed, January 27, 2016

    Ending Policies That Trap People in Poverty

    Representative Stephen Bloom
    199th District
    By Pennsylvania State Reps. Stephen Bloom and Tom Murt

    Imagine you're a single mom or dad working and struggling to lift your family ...

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    Tue, January 26, 2016

    Why Paris Climate Accord Will Fail

    Premised on a heavy dose of international peer pressure, the final Paris Agreement reached last December includes a combination of both binding and non-binding provisions. The agreement is meant to ...

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    Thu, January 07, 2016

    Trip to ER Can Steal Your 2nd Amendment Rights

    No one wants a violent person with a serious mental illness to own a gun. But state and federal laws have become so strict that one day of personal crisis can prevent an otherwise upstanding and ...

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    Thu, December 10, 2015

    ISIS Pilots Training in Libya

    ISIS is now training pilots for future terrorist missions on an imported flight simulator in Libya, according to Arabic media reports citing Libyan and Egyptian military officials.

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    Wed, December 02, 2015

    Obama Plays Politics, Christian Refugees Suffer

    In his zeal to shame Republicans for suggesting U.S. refugee policy in Syria should focus on Christians, President Barack Obama has revealed his ignorance of U.S. refugee law when he claims there is ...

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    Tue, November 10, 2015

    In Defense of the Filibuster

    There is a growing chorus of conservatives – especially members of the House of Representatives, but also presidential candidates and other conservative leaders – calling for the ...

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    Mon, October 05, 2015

    In PA: Carson, Trump Tie in Mercyhurst Poll

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    Wed, September 16, 2015

    Jeff Lord Emerges as CNN 'Conservative Rock Star'

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    Tue, September 15, 2015

    Iran Deal May Lead to War

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., came out in favor of the administration's Iran deal on Sept. 2, making her the 34th Senate Democrat support the deal.

    While I disagree ...

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    Mon, September 14, 2015

    Sen. Wagner on Budget Impasse

    It appears that newspaper editorial departments across the state are offering their opinion on the PA State budget. Let me set the record straight — the legislature met its obligation to pass a ...

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    Wed, August 12, 2015

    Crisis of Lawlessness

    On July 22, 2015, I reintroduced my resolution to impeach the Democrat Pennsylvania State Attorney General Kathleen Kane for a pattern of abuse and misbehavior in office. Then last week she was ...

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    Tue, August 04, 2015

    Mandate or No Mandate?

    Politicians love mandates and often lay claim to them. But the key to actually wielding a political mandate is that other politicians must both acknowledge it and acquiesce to it.

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    Mon, August 03, 2015

    Scarnati on Budget Impasse

    Throughout his campaign and during the first few months of his Administration, Governor Wolf consistently voiced that he was going to be a different type of Governor. He said he wanted to work with ...

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    Thu, July 23, 2015

    Haters of 'All Lives Matter'

    Back in March, the pundits expressed horror at the alleged extremism of the Conservative Political Action Conference.

    On ABC, NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts ...

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    Tue, July 21, 2015

    PA Must Get Education Spending Under Control

    I have spent a lot of time learning about the education system since I was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate. I have visited the majority of the schools in my district, as well as many others. I ...

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    Thu, July 16, 2015

    Wolf's Taxing Budget

    The 2015-16 fiscal year is officially underway, and with no state spending plan in place, it seems as if we are reverting to the old days of budget impasses and standoffs.

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    Tue, June 30, 2015

    Fair Trade or Free Trade?

    As a matter of priorities, the Berks County Patriots (BCP) Legislative Committee focuses on state issues, realizing to invest time debating national issues is like being the preverbal fly on the ...

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    Mon, June 29, 2015

    Philly Finally Figures Out How to Sell Properties

    The city recently auctioned 89 vacant properties, expecting to bring in $1 million but took in $1.78 million. Could this be The Answer?

    Maybe, but it also raises a few questions.

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    Wed, June 10, 2015

    No Need for a Prison With a View

    Let's say you owned some prime riverfront property. What would you do with it?

    Perhaps you could attract some port-related businesses. Such enterprises have no ...

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    Wed, May 20, 2015

    In Memorium: Dr. John M. Templeton

    Dear Friends and Colleagues:

    It is with great sadness that we announce that John M. Templeton, Jr., M.D., president and chairman of the John Templeton Foundation, ...

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    Thu, May 07, 2015

    Santorum to Announce Presidential Bid

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    Thu, April 30, 2015

    Deflation Mania

    If there is one conclusion that can be made from the past 7 years of economic turmoil it is this: Economists are not nearly as expert as they think. Economists, just like everyone else, are subject ...

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    Mon, April 20, 2015

    Sharyl Attkisson Addresses PLC

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    Tue, April 07, 2015

    Townships: Getting the Job Done

    You may read about them in the newspaper or see them along local roads, plowing snow in the winter or patching potholes in the spring.

    They're your township ...

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    Thu, April 02, 2015

    Getting Millennials Invoved

    Guest Post: Getting Millennials Involved

    By Carmen Foskey
    Pennsylvania Field Coordinator,
    Turning Point USA

    Every ...

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    Tue, March 31, 2015

    Gov. Wolf's Misuse of Power

    By State Representative Daryl Metcalfe

    The new governor is off to a tumultuous start as the chief executive of Pennsylvania. It seems that he and other top Democrat officials believe they ...

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    Wed, February 04, 2015

    Rendell's City Building Ignores Middle Class

    (This article first appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer.)

    When the Kimmel Center opened in 2001, the performing-arts venue signaled the 21st-century ...

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    Fri, January 23, 2015

    Philly Protects Tax Deadbeats

    It seems like a simple concept. A bill requiring that any tax payment more than a year overdue in Philadelphia be automatically turned over to a debt collector. The City of Philadelphia doesn't do ...

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    Mon, January 19, 2015

    Penn State Deserves More

    Last week, under pressure to perform at an adult, professional level, the senior staff at the NCAA folded right before appearing in court.

    The discovery phase of a ...

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    Fri, January 16, 2015

    Municipal Pensions: The Rest of the (Untold) Story

    by David M. Sanko
    Executive Director, Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors

    Make no mistake: Pennsylvania is in the midst of a public pension ...

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    Thu, January 08, 2015

    Don't Wait on Wolf for Pensions

    On Tuesday, the General Assembly embarked on a new legislative session.

    But since last November's election, we have heard the chorus of special interest groups ...

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    Wed, January 07, 2015

    Supreme Court Weighs in on Philly Gas Works

    The state Supreme Court recently came down with an unsurprising ruling that the Municipal Tort Claims Act is constitutional. This is the statute that states that most municipalities are only liable ...

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    Wed, December 03, 2014

    Expanding Presidential Power

    President Obama's recent executive order on immigration directs executive agencies of the federal government to refuse to enforce the law of the land. And his reason for this order is remarkably ...

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    Wed, December 03, 2014

    Steve Bloom: Suggestions for Governor Wolf

    The founders envisioned government serving as a thorough reflection of its citizens. Our state and federal constitutions were designed to prevent any person or group of people from dominating, so ...

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    Thu, November 13, 2014

    All-or-Nothing Bad Approach to Immigration

    "The president must abandon his my-way-or-the-highway approach and instead work constructively with Congress."

    There is a viable path to meaningful ...

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    Fri, November 07, 2014

    Killing PGW Deal Bad for Philly

    City Council has announced that they are killing the proposed sale of PGW without holding a hearing and without taking a vote. The city is not selling PGW? This is the stupidest thing that City ...

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    Thu, November 06, 2014

    Would JFK Be a Republican Today?

    One cannot help but wonder how liberals continue on with their destructive policies after such a thorough rejection by the voters of their icon and patron saint, Barack Hussein Obama.

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    Wed, November 05, 2014

    Return of the Zombie Congress

    With the midterm elections just behind us, Americans might think they can finally stop worrying about politics for a while. Not so fast! Now is when they need to be more vigilant than ever.

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    Wed, November 05, 2014

    Philadelphia: Closed for Business

    Last week Philadelphia City Council made it clear that "Philadelphia is closed for business". Not only is Council walking from a good deal, but they are doing so in manner that must be ...

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    Tue, October 28, 2014

    Obama Administration: A Zero Sum Game

    Net number of workers added to U.S. employment rolls under the Obama Administration. ZERO [actually, negative numbers — lowest labor participation rate in four decades]

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    Mon, October 20, 2014

    Return Highway Money to the States

    he Highway Trust Fund, into which gas tax revenue is placed, is a politician's dream.

    Not only is raising the gas tax misguided, but we should not even have a ...

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    Tue, September 30, 2014

    Kane Playing Politics With E-Mail-gate

    By Simon Campbell

    The state Capitol has been buzzing with the news that between 2008 and 2012 scores of current and former employees of the Attorney General's ...

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    Fri, September 12, 2014

    Unfinished Business

    Let's imagine you were instructed by your employer to accomplish a task. I know this isn't very hard to do. Many of us have been there. We were hired for a purpose because of specific skills and ...

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    Thu, September 04, 2014

    GOP Control of State Senate Likely

    Democratic State Senate Leader Jay Costa declared in a recent Post-Gazette article that his party was "on the cusp" of taking back control there. Could that happen in November? ...

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    Wed, September 03, 2014

    Ground Zero: Perry County

    Perry County, Pennsylvania, may be a deeply rural and tranquil place with just one traffic light, but it is Ground Zero for the latest battle over your Constitutional gun rights.

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    Tue, August 19, 2014

    Scandalous Lobbying in PA

    In a recent constituent email, Sen. Scott Wagner highlighted an ABC27 investigation outlining the intimate relationship between the influential lobbying firm of Long Nyquist ~Associates and the ...

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    Mon, August 11, 2014

    Perry County Gun Suit Has No Merit

    Perry County has been the source of much ribbing over the years, due to its heavily rural landscape and character, as though its residents are not sufficiently "citified."

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    Tue, July 15, 2014

    House GOP Leads by Example

    Light has long been shining from some corners of Harrisburg as policies driving sustainable job growth, budgetary responsibility, unparalleled investments in education, and consumer choices have been ...

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    Tue, July 01, 2014

    Templeton: Pass Paycheck Protection Now

    I have never met Joe Connolly, but I respect him.

    Connolly works at a public high school not far from Gettysburg. Every day, Connolly and his colleagues exercise ...

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    Thu, June 26, 2014

    Kane's Back-Handed Exoneration of Corbett

    While acknowledging that Corbett, previously as AG himself, investigating Jerry Sandusky, did not politicize the Sandusky investigation, Kane still called Corbett's choices in that investigation ...

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    Wed, June 25, 2014

    Saccone: No Severance Tax

    There is a renewed effort by "tax-everything" proponents and their ilk to offer an extraction tax on the Marcellus Shale gas industry as a panacea to the budget shortfall we are ...

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    Thu, June 12, 2014

    Cantor Loss Not Shocking

    Yes, yes, yes, Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) was an important man, high up, famous, powerful…blah blah blah. And he lost his five-million dollar primary campaign to a grass roots candidate ...

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    Tue, June 03, 2014

    Criticism of Corbett Gas Policy Partisan, Unfair

    If you have been following the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Fund lawsuit against the Commonwealth, over its natural gas policies on public lands, then you've no doubt been reading the testimony ...

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    Wed, May 28, 2014

    Corbett's Ten Percent Challenge

    Looking at the statewide vote results (votes Corbett received compared to votes Jim Cawley received) and at counties where Bob Guzzardi appeared on the ballot opposite governor Tom Corbett, it ...

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    Mon, May 19, 2014

    Dick Scaife: Newspapers Are Important

    Nothing gives perspective to life so much as death.

    Recently, doctors told me I have an untreatable form of cancer.

    Some who ...

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    Mon, May 12, 2014

    The Question of 'Resign to Run'

    There is an important question on the ballot on May 20. City Council wants to change the City Charter to eliminate the requirement that Council members and other city elected officials resign if they ...

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    Thu, April 24, 2014

    Nutter the Nanny

    Some of City Council's worst ideas pass unanimously. I think we've seen that again.

    City Council has passed an ordinance that adds e-cigarettes to its existing ban ...

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    Mon, April 21, 2014

    Equal Pay for Equal Work

    Equal pay for equal work, what does that mean? If you believe that it means all people, male or female, performing the same job should receive the same amount of compensation, I disagree with you. ...

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    Thu, April 17, 2014

    Michael Reagan Urges Conservatives to Support Tom Corbett

    Be careful, Pennsylvania people.

    You can't afford to blow it this fall.

    Your great state is, I'm sorry to say, already not so ...

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    Wed, April 16, 2014

    The Spending Bender

    (Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the Wall Street Journal)

    A $250-a-year subsidy for those who commute to work using New York's "bike ...

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    Tue, April 01, 2014

    U.S. Should Embrace Superpower Status

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) authored a new op-ed published in today's Washington Times calling for a proactive leadership role in world affairs by the United States ...

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    Fri, January 31, 2014

    A Ruling for Liberty

    Harrisburg attorney Marc Scaringi has long been uncomfortable with the troubling trend of eroding American freedoms in the name of national security. This has not always been a popular opinion to ...

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    Fri, December 27, 2013

    Conservatives Needs Leaders Who Will Fight

    The conservative base of the Republican Party is ready to follow leaders who it knows will fight. Unfortunately, most Republican leaders today are go-along-to-get-along collaborationists awaiting ...

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    Thu, December 26, 2013

    What Difference Does it Make?

    This year's election is history. The epitaph can be summed up from a plethora of citizens offering lame excuses why they didn't vote. "What difference does it make?!"

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    Fri, November 08, 2013

    Heating Assistance Rises in PA

    Slightly more than one in every ten Pennsylvania households is expected to get federal taxpayer assistance in paying their heating bills this winter, based on state data.

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    Thu, October 31, 2013

    NSA Snooping an Attack on American Principles

    By Marc Scaringi of Scaringi ~Scaringi, P.C. on Thursday, October 31, 2013.

    So the Obama Administration is listening in on the telephone conversations of the ...

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    Fri, October 25, 2013

    Philly Council Asks Voters to Vote Blind on Bond Issue

    City Council Asks Voters to Vote Blind on Bond Issue
    Republicans Recommend a "NO" Vote
    By J. Matthew Wolfe

    The Philadelphia Republican City ...

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    Fri, October 11, 2013

    Do Gooders Run Amuck

    About twenty years ago my friend Tom Nickeson was raising prize-winning sheep on his farm along Stoney Fork Road outside Wellsboro in Tioga County. On a clear but bitter cold day an impatient series ...

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    Thu, September 26, 2013

    Healthy PA Plan Another Blow to Taxpayers

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania -- Regrettably, Governor Tom Corbett has reversed his earlier decision and has announced his acceptance of President Obama's offer of federal dollars to expand health ...

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    Wed, August 21, 2013

    HB 300 and the Threat to Religious Liberty

    The stated purpose of House Bill 300 is to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or sexual identity. Unfortunately, both the text of the bill and the actions of proponents of ...

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    Fri, August 09, 2013

    A Summer Rembrance

    Back during my elementary school days I usually spent each summer vacation with my Reichert grandparents in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. It was during this period that my grandmother Reichert's younger ...

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    Wed, August 07, 2013

    What's the End Game for Obamacare?

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    Wed, August 07, 2013

    Defunding Obamacare: Q ~A


    "What do you mean by defunding Obamacare?"

    Defunding Obamacare means attaching a legislative rider ...

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    Wed, July 10, 2013

    Corbett Strikes Out

    Commentary: Corbett strikes out on PA budget
    By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

    HARRISBURG — As he signed his third state budget late Sunday evening, Gov. ...

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    Tue, July 09, 2013

    No Tax Should Leave You Homeless

    By Senator David G. Argall (R-29)

    Senator Mike Folmer (R-48)

    Senator Judy Schwank (D-11)

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    Sat, July 06, 2013

    Americans Still Embrace Spririt of '76

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    Sat, July 06, 2013

    Born, Possibly Died on the Fourth of July

    One hundred and fifty years ago today, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, America
    's most hallowed ground was established. Over fifty thousand casualties
    among both Union and Confederate ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 24, 2013

    Time to Teach Philly 'How to Fish'

    Once again it's budget time and Philadelphia is asking the State Legislature for a fish. It's about time that the legislature teaches them how to fish.

    This year ...

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    Tue, June 11, 2013

    How to Commit Fraud and Not Go to Jail

    By John D McGinnis,
    PhD, Finance
    Representative House District 79

    What if we had an honest accounting of where the taxpayers stand with respect to our state pensions? The ...

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    Tue, March 19, 2013

    Property Tax Elimination, Right to Work ~Public Pensions

    The world and even our nation are in a state of turmoil and uncertainty the magnitude of which has not been felt since WW II.

    Nationally we are facing illegal ...

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    Fri, March 08, 2013

    State Official Threatens Citizen Over Gun Vote

    Just over a week ago, newly minted New York State Representative Didi Barrett (NY-106th) twice attempted to have an inquisitive citizen jailed or intimidated by Red Hook police for exercising his ...

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    Mon, February 18, 2013

    George Washington: America's First Entrepreneur

    Published February 17, 2013

    Did you know that in February, America celebrates the birthday of one of the country's earliest business ...

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    Mon, February 18, 2013

    Ten GOP Lawmakers Forego Pensions

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 18, 2013

    Toomey on the Fast Track

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    Fri, January 04, 2013

    Guns: An Individual Right

    Along with other beautiful stained glass windows dedicated to free speech and religion, "Militia" is just another large, elaborate stained glass window in the Pennsylvania State Capitol ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 19, 2012

    Pension Reform: Consolidation Not the Answer

    Pennsylvania's pension funding problem didn't happen overnight, and you can't fix it overnight. Recently, there's been a lot of buzz about pension reform, and rightfully so. Pennsylvania is on the ...

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    Thu, October 18, 2012

    Confessions of a Debate Viewer

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    Thu, October 04, 2012

    We Have Met the Enemy

    For several decades we watched national public school test score averages continue to plummet despite throwing larger amounts of our treasury at the problem. What's gone wrong? This is a question I ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 01, 2012

    The Audacity of Pandering

    President Obama is correct to be concerned about the student-loan crisis. Last year, the total amount of student debt exceeded $1 trillion, while unemployment of recent college graduates has stayed ...

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    Tue, September 11, 2012

    Koch: Corporate Cronyism Harms America

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 28, 2012

    From Compassion to Dependence

    Eighty years ago during The Great Depression an all too familiar sight throughout the country was long lines of unemployed men patiently waiting for a monthly government issued food allotment. My ...

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    Fri, August 24, 2012

    Stength ~Courage Jewish Education Series, Part I

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 10, 2012

    Neither Rain, Nor Sleet . . .

    Stopped by the Roaring Branch post office the other day to check my PO box. In
    addition to the mail there was a notice from the Postal Service that outlined the possibility of that small but ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, August 09, 2012

    The First VJ Day Celebration

    On August 14th 1945, jubilation and relief broke out all over the United States. The Japanese Imperial government finally threw in the towel and agreed to unconditional surrender. The West ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 07, 2012

    Keeping Military from Voting in Ohio

    Numerous military veterans groups have expressed consternation over a recent lawsuit filed by Obama for America as well as the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party against the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 26, 2012

    CAP: PA's Capitalist Revolt

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, July 15, 2012

    Renewable Resources: Myth and Reality

    There are a few good things associated with growing older and one of them is gaining insight from life's experiences. You don't need the intellect of Albert Einstein to possess wisdom. Normal ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 12, 2012

    A Republic: If You Can Keep It

    With the Summer now upon us, I am oft times reminded of the words attributed to Benjamin Franklin following the Constitutional Convention when he was asked by a passerby what the convention had ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, July 03, 2012

    Fast, Furious and Really Dumb

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 18, 2012

    Looking Toward November

    In an article published on October 11, 2010, Time Magazine was surprisingly tough on Obama.

    They wrote, "Barack Obama is being politically crushed in a vise. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 11, 2012

    Job-Killing Regs Hiking Electric Bills

    With more than 12 million Americans unemployed and a national debt on pace to top $16 trillion this year, the problems facing our future are very clear - and, regardless of party affiliation, cannot ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 04, 2012

    An Angel I Once Knew

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 25, 2012

    Voting Records Matter

    The Tea Party won Election Day 2010, shifting the Congressional party balance about 15 percent — the most it can move under gerrymandering. In the Senate this November, Republicans will almost ...

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    Tue, April 17, 2012


    Most ranchers raising cattle in the South West are familiar with Locoism, a term that goes back to the 1870's cattle drives. Pioneer trail drivers began to notice cattle straggling from their herds ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 17, 2012

    PA Human Relations Commission Allows Terror-Tied Group to File False 'Bias' Incidents

    Tasked with administering and enforcing the state's anti-discrimination laws, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has become entangled in aiding an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood ...

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    Mon, March 26, 2012

    The Path to Tyranny

    Call it "fear-mongering", call it "paranoia", call it what you will — but the March 16 Executive Order issued by President Obama, innocuously called National Defense ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, March 16, 2012

    Health Care Mandates Alarming

    I have observed with concern the growing public debate over the Health and Human Services mandate that would force private health insurance plans to provide access to contraceptives, including ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 12, 2012

    Right to Work: Is it a Constitutional Right?

    This past August 16th, the PA House Labor and Industry Committee held hearings on the issue of Right to Work. The question was, should a person be required to belong to or pay a fee to a union to ...

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    Fri, March 09, 2012

    Sympathy for the Devil

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    Tue, March 06, 2012

    Sounding the Alarm to Save PA

    A four-alarm fire threatens to engulf Pennsylvania's economy. If we don't regain control of the state debt, corrections costs, public welfare growth and government employee pensions, our state ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 13, 2012

    The Demagoguery of Taxing the Rich

    The national debt just exceeded $15.3 trillion and is currently projected to increase at approximately $1 trillion per year for at least the next several years. Currently, Americans are borrowing on ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, February 05, 2012

    Endorsement Drives Wedge Between GOP Establishment, Grassroots

    DyinThe recent decision by the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee (PAGOP) to
    endorse a candidate for US Senate is yet another reminder of the chasm that exists between the conservative ...

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    Fri, January 20, 2012

    Marcellus Shale Rules Should Be Fair

    "Leaders in Harrisburg would be wise to avoid the temptation of crafting policy in a vacuum and instead design a fee and regulatory structure that not only provides heightened safeguards to the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 15, 2011

    'Growth Gap' Can Be Closed With More Investment

    Last week's European Summit shows how difficult it is for the European Union to confront its fundamental economic problems. Since 2007, many European Union countries have suffered loss of their rates ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 21, 2011

    Integrity's Ground Zero

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, November 03, 2011

    Boiling Point Forum Held in Valley Forge

    Conservative members of tea parties and various other organizations got together on Tuesday night, November 1, at the Dolce Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia, Pa., to express their dedication to ...

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    Tue, September 27, 2011

    2012 I Guess

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 21, 2011

    Strong Economy Best Weapon Against Terror

    Sept. 11, 2001, was a glorious morning on Capitol Square in Richmond. The day before, I had been in Manhattan, next to the World Trade Center, but on the morning of the terrorist attack I was back in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 26, 2011

    A Higher Calling

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 12, 2011

    Social Insecurity

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, July 29, 2011

    Wag More Bark Less

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 28, 2011

    Time for Feds to Tighten Belts

    As the clock continues to tick closer and closer to the "deadline" established by the Obama Administration for resolving the debate over increasing the American debt limit, it is important ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, July 27, 2011

    1991: It Was A Very Bad Year in PA


    Most of us have good days and bad days. But can entire years be good or bad?

    Englishman John Dryden believed so as far back as 1666. His famous poem,
    ³Annus ...

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    Sun, July 10, 2011

    Corbett Budget:: Change in Direction

    For the first time in eight years, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has passed a
    budget, which was on time and, in total, began to put the breaks on spending.

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, July 10, 2011

    Judiciary Committee Launches Probe of Kagan

    ( - The House Judiciary Committee is launching an inquiry to
    probe the involvement that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan had in "health
    care legislation or ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, July 04, 2011

    When in the Course of Human Events . . .

    Declaration of Independence

    Here is the complete text of the Declaration of Independence.
    The original spelling and capitalization have been retained.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 29, 2011

    A Line in the Sand

    During the 1990's and the Tom Ridge era, the Republicans had full control of the House, Senate and the Governor's mansion. This was sometimes referred to as the do nothing era. The Republicans ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 23, 2011

    Santorum for Vice President?

    It's an old political proverb: no one runs for vice president except everyone running for president. Okay, we made up that last part.

    The actual adage is shorter: no one runs for vice ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 21, 2011

    Cut, Cap, Balance


    The U.S. debt is now above its current limit of $14.3 trillion, a figure so large that it is nearly impossible for ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 16, 2011

    A Diamond in the Rough

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 19, 2011

    Obama and Aid to Jordan

    The Jordanian People Get the Wheat and the American taxpayers Get the Shaft
    On Tuesday, President Obama bestowed a gift upon the King of Jordan - a pledge of $1 billion in additional US ...

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    Thu, May 12, 2011

    Casey Wrong on Pakistan

    Casey is Wrong About Pakistan - She is Not Our Indispensable Partner and We Should Eliminate Foreign Aid to Pakistan
    US Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...

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    Tue, May 10, 2011

    Tax on Miles Driven: Wreck to Be Avoided

    (This article first appeared at

    A 17th-century French minister of finance, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, was once famously quoted as saying that ...

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    Mon, May 09, 2011

    Economic Pitfalls of Taxing Marcellus Shale

    The governor has taken a firm stance against taxing Marcellus gas, raising the ire of the "tax-everything" proponents and their ilk. Fortunately for the future of Pennsylvania, the ...

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    Mon, May 02, 2011

    Why SB#1 and EITC Matter

    Ask Andrea Lieber about her school community and she'll say much the same as those who run similar schools across the commonwealth: "They're such good people, but they struggle to make ends ...

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    Tue, April 26, 2011

    Raising Taxes Won't Cut Deficits

    Credit former Vice President Walter Mondale. His call last Sunday for higher taxes in a national opinion column comes as bold and clear as his infamous 1984 pledge to the Democratic National ...

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    Wed, April 20, 2011

    DeMint Fights for Balanced Budget Amendment

    Today Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) announced he will block any effort to raise the ceiling on the debt limit unless the Senate passes a Balanced Budget Amendment. I applaud Senator DeMint for taking ...

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    Wed, April 06, 2011

    Real Culprit in Rising Higher Ed Costs

    Since Gov. Tom Corbett proposed his state budget, one of the areas generating the most publicity and, quite possibly, the most misinformation, is the planned cuts to higher education.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 07, 2011

    Public Employee Unions and Government

    The day may have finally arrived when the confrontation between public unions and government is being resolved. Ever increasing public salaries, benefits, guaranteed pensions and employment, with ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 01, 2011

    President Obama Has It Backwards

    The Public Unions Are Assaulting the Taxpayers

    President Obama calls the effort by Wisconsin Governor Walker to curtail some of the power public unions have over ...

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    Mon, February 28, 2011

    PA Needs Legal Reform

    Governor Tom Corbett and the Pennsylvania General Assembly are unanimous in
    their belief that we must deal constructively with the budgetary and fiscal
    issues that confront the Commonwealth ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 18, 2011

    Is Tom Corbett a Revolutionary?

    Revolutionary, radical, iconoclast, insurrectionist–these are not words one usually uses to describe Pennsylvania's new governor, Tom Corbett. Yet if Corbett achieves most or all of his ...

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    Fri, February 18, 2011

    Multiculturalism Threatens America

    Americans have become accustomed to our presidents standing tall in times of peril. So when warnings of the looming threat posed by multiculturalism to national identity and security are made, it is ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 17, 2011

    Wake Up and Smell the Gauwa

    You may get your news and perspective from the morning television, radio, paper, or internet while sipping your morning coffee with a muffin. Or, you may get it from a group of Bedouin men while ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, February 16, 2011

    Obama Budget: Abdication of Duty

    As our nation teeters on the edge of financial ruin, President Obama today released his budget proposing $1.6 trillion in deficit spending this year alone, $8.7 trillion in new spending and $2 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, January 28, 2011

    You Don't Say: Santorum and Rendell

    Dual biographies have achieved enduring favor in American politics. Popular personalities have included Hamilton and Burr, Grant and Lee, Lincoln and Davis, Brandeis and Frankfurter, Nixon and ...

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    Mon, January 24, 2011

    Do Not Increase Debt Limit

    From bailouts of failed businesses and banks on Wall Street, to massive deficit spending to "stimulate" the demand for consumer spending, to borrowing and printing money to pay for it all, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, January 21, 2011

    Is it Going to be Different This Time?

    In 2006, in the wake of the infamous pay-raise scandal, two dozen incumbent Pennsylvania legislators were defeated at the polls, including the two highest-ranking Republicans in the state Senate. The ...

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    Tue, January 18, 2011

    How to Freeze Debt Ceiling Without Default

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, January 13, 2011

    Tax Cuts - What Do We Do With Them?

    There is agreement — people disagree on the propriety of the Bush-era tax cuts! I am not going to join the fray of support or opposition. Why invest the energy? The Bush-era tax cuts have ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 10, 2011

    Politically Uncorrected: The Rendell Legacy

    Dictionaries define legacy as something someone has handed down or is remembered for. By its nature a legacy is important, lasting and often unique.

    This ...

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    Thu, January 06, 2011

    The U.S. Constitutional Convention and TV News

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 04, 2011

    PA Environmental Lobbyist Misleads

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011
    Contact: Paul Chesser, or (202)670-2680

    Pa. Environmental Lobbyist Misleads on ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 04, 2011

    It's the End of the World as We Know It

    A friend just told me about an article that said it's healthy to be pessimistic. I instantly got very excited about my extremely bad attitude.

    On my way to one of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 03, 2011

    Cleaning Up the Philadelphia GOP

    By way of introduction, my name is Kevin Kelly and I am the founder of a grass roots organization known as The Loyal Opposition. Formed 3 years ago, a number of concerned citizens reacted to the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 30, 2010

    Obamacare Ruling: Step to Restoring Constitution

    I applaud the recent decision by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson declaring the individual mandate provision of the Obama/Casey health law unconstitutional. This decision takes a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, December 28, 2010

    A Bad Year for Some Good Lessons

    It may be an ill wind that blows no good, but it's a positively rotten political year that presents no teachable moments. By that standard, 2010 was a great year. Here are eight enduring political ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 20, 2010

    Ode to Veterans

    As Tea Parties and Patriots assemble across our state and nation exercising their first amendment right, privilege an even duty to speak out and assemble to voice their opinions when it is evident ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, December 14, 2010

    Specter's Legacy: A work in Progress

    At the end he was ridiculed by some, disliked by many, and ignored by most. But at his prime and in his time, he was among the most powerful politicians in America, widely respected, frequently ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, December 14, 2010

    Toomey Speech on Monetary Policy

    Allentown — On Saturday, December 11th, Senator-Elect Pat Toomey delivered a speech on the country's monetary policy to Pennsylvania's Manufacturers' Association, the Keystone State's leading ...

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    Thu, December 09, 2010

    Casey Fracking Proposal Wrong for PA

    The development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas find is of vital importance to the economic resurgence of Pennsylvania. It is already creating jobs by the tens of thousands. However, Senator ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 06, 2010

    New Energy Taxes Threaten Economic Recovery

    Pennsylvania has a history of energy innovation. Since the first oil well was drilled in Titusville in 1859, more than 350,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania. We are once again ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 29, 2010

    A Tax Cut Deal That could Work

    As luck would have it, the first trial of conservative resolve by victorious congressional Republicans will be one of their most important tests: preventing the so-called Bush era tax cuts from ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 22, 2010

    The Great TSA PAT-Down Smackdown

    Cementing his image as a friend of the traveling public, TSA Director John Pistole recently proclaimed, "If they don't like it, they don't have to fly."

    The "it," of ...

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    Tue, November 16, 2010

    What Do We Do Now?

    It was a famous line in a famous movie uttered by a famous actor. The actor was Robert Redford, the movie was The Candidate, and the line was unforgettable. In the film's final scene, Redford, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 15, 2010

    Big Brother's Fingers Reach into College Files

    Pennsylvanians recently learned of one of the largest security breaches of personal health information in modern history. A computer flash drive containing the names, addresses and personal health ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, November 12, 2010

    Develop Marcellus Shale Correctly

    It's an honor to join my fellow Pennsylvanians in welcoming
    Gov.-elect Tom Corbett and his team to Harrisburg in this new
    capacity. While we have a new administration, many challenges ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 26, 2010

    Halloween and the Derivatives Goblin

    Halloween is approaching with ghosts, goblins and witches galore. This year the Democrats will not be pointing to the ghost of George Bush as they did in 2008, because he is just not that scary ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 26, 2010

    Time to End Public Sector Indentured Servitude

    Public service is one of the few places where one still can find a defined benefit pot of gold at the end of their employment. Although defined benefit pensions are all but extinct in the private ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 25, 2010

    America's Great Disconnect

    National Public Radio has its critics and its champions. It's likely, however, amidst NPR's controversial firing of Juan Williams for commenting about Muslims on Fox News, that the champions are ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 11, 2010

    The President's Nun: Obamacare Scandal Explodes

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, October 08, 2010

    All Politics is Local: Except When it Isn't

    All politics is local, the late Tip O'Neill famously remarked. To which must be appended a necessary caveat: except when it isn't. And it definitely isn't in 2010. Case in point: Pennsylvania's ...

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    Tue, October 05, 2010

    Scarnati, Pileggi Defend Leftist Agenda

    The Senate Republican Caucus continues to pursue common-sense conservative principles of fiscal responsibility and limited government, despite claims made in a recent column distributed by the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 05, 2010

    Big Decisions Ahead for PA

    Contact: Dan Massing
    House Republican Public Relations
    (717) 772-9845
    October 5, 2010

    Big Decisions Ahead for ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, September 30, 2010

    More Federal Mingling in a Wrecked Economy

    (AP 9/28/10. Senate bill on exporting jobs fails)

    Tax legislation that would have punished U.S. firms that export jobs has failed in the Senate. The bill was a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 17, 2010

    Pennsylvania's Wacko Winners

    Tom Corbett and Pat Toomey, the GOP's candidates for governor and U.S. senator this year, respectively, are undoubtedly emitting collective sighs of relief.

    Earlier in the month, Governor ...

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    Wed, September 15, 2010

    Obama Creates State-Controlled Economy

    When then-candidate Barack Obama declared, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America," the majority of Americans were unaware of what he truly ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, September 02, 2010

    Obama's Best Bad Option

    One of Shakespeare's most popular plays is "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a comedy, focused on magic and distinguishing fantasy from reality. Right about now, President Obama is probably ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 24, 2010

    Politically Uncorrected

    That Other Tax Problem

    Taxes increasingly occupy the national mind. Should we raise them, lower them, let them alone, or just talk about them? Certainly we are doing enough of the latter.

    The Obama ...

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    Fri, August 20, 2010

    Medical Marijuana and Pennsylvania

    On August 3, a coalition of mostly liberal activists initiated a national campaign to legalize marijuana using the slogan, "Just Say Now." The first test case occurs this fall in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, August 19, 2010

    More Taxes = Less Jobs

    COMMON SENSE says that if you impose a massive tax on a product, that
    product will be more expensive. And if that product is essential to a
    particular sector of our economy, then we will ...

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    Mon, August 16, 2010

    Forced Merger Bill Slap to Founding Fathers

    Townships Rally to Protect the Rights of Their Constituents

    An Op-Ed by David M. Sanko
    Executive Director, Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, August 16, 2010

    Brownouts at Philly Fire Houses Unsafe

    BROWNOUTS, THE closing of some firehouses on a rotating basis, are stupid. Fires don't decide when to start in any geographical pattern that can be predicted with the certainty to allow specific ...

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    Thu, August 05, 2010

    Dumb ~Dumber

    Somebody needs to check Pennsylvania's water supply. Perhaps it's something those guys are drinking, or maybe smoking, that explains the faux pas outbreak spreading in the Keystone State. Either way, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, July 27, 2010

    PA's Long-Running One-Act Play

    All sorts run for governor of Pennsylvania. There have been mayors,
    prosecutors, congressmen, judges, state legislators, businessmen, statewide
    elected officials, and even a lieutenant ...

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    Thu, July 15, 2010

    Sanctum Santorum

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    Wed, July 07, 2010

    Can You Afford Tomorrow?

    The international outlook, both financially and politically, is in disarray at best, and on the verge of collapse at worst. Greece and Spain have been saved temporarily from bankruptcy with a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, July 06, 2010

    Silly Syllogisms and Serious Politics

    Syllogisms are mesmerizing little mind games; the sort lonely logicians might play on long, languid evenings. The rules are simple: combine a major premise with a minor premise and draw a conclusion. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 23, 2010

    Toomey-Sestak: Made for Hollywood

    If the Pat Toomey-Joe Sestak Pennsylvania Senate race was a movie, it would
    be a cinch for an Academy Award nomination. Its an electoral show that has
    everything: two controversial, ...

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    Thu, June 17, 2010

    Coaching Fotbol

    I coached "the beautiful game" (aka fotbol) in Africa from 1963-65. As I watch the World Cup unfold on the dark continent, my thoughts frequently return to those thrilling, enchanting, and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 01, 2010

    Corbett vs. Onorato: A Scheduled 15 Rounder

    Pennsylvania, in the lingo of political science, is a "competitive two-party state." In plain English, it's a state where elections are frequently close, usually hard fought, and often hard ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, May 19, 2010

    Arlen Specter's Perfect Storm

    The political world watched almost stupefied as the national melodrama played itself out. The pre-primary polls told the startling story while the astonished pols read the increasingly clear tea ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 13, 2010

    Two Parties, One Election, No Choices

    It's been a yawner–a saccharine affair that has excited few, numbed many, and bored most. We refer, of course, to the alleged Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary "contest" blessedly ...

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    Sun, April 25, 2010

    PA TEA Party Brewing for Years

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, April 25, 2010

    There is Only One Gettysburg

    For nearly 150 years, generation after generation of Americans have honored this ground. Every generation before us has instinctively, by common consent and in shared decency, refrained from doing ...

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    Wed, April 21, 2010

    Stop the Spending Addiction

    Every college student graduating today will leave their carefree university days behind with $30,000 of debt on their shoulders. No, I'm not talking about student loans, but their share of the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 20, 2010

    The Admiral Hits an Iceberg

    According to sage Yogi Berra, "it's tough to make predictions, especially about the future."

    Nevertheless, we boldly made one about a year ago appraising ...

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    Fri, April 09, 2010

    A Laboratory of Democracy

    "We have to rethink some basic ways how our political institutions work, because they are increasingly incapable of delivering effective solutions."

    This ...

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    Mon, April 05, 2010

    The Resurrection of Rick Santorum

    It was only a matter of time. Apparently that time has arrived. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, once the U.S. Senate's resident enfant terrible, and more recently think tank habitu and ...

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    Mon, March 29, 2010

    Good Change, Bad Change

    The American people elected President Obama on the basis of his vague promises of "change," which was assumed by the majority of voters to be something good for our nation.

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    Mon, March 15, 2010

    Government Policies Hinder Business Growth

    As in the medical profession, when it comes to the federal government's job-creation efforts, the first principle ought to be "Do no harm."

    As businesses and workers struggle in ...

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    Thu, February 25, 2010

    Pension Liabilities Cannot be Ignored

    The first rule of getting yourself out of a hole is to stop digging. This rule can be equally applied to getting out of the pension "hole" in which Pennsylvania finds itself.

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    Wed, February 24, 2010

    Lincoln-Reagan Day

    Every February, Republicans across America honor our party's first — and many would argue the greatest ever — president, Abraham Lincoln. Homage is paid in the form of a feast known as ...

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    Thu, February 18, 2010

    The 99 Percent Rule

    Call it the 99 percent rule. 99 percent of criminal trials only matter to a
    small cadre of participants. Defendants, victims, judges, defense lawyers,
    and prosecutors all play their ...

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    Thu, January 28, 2010

    Politically Uncorrected: The Candidate Myth

    "Voters," political scientist V.O. Key famously remarked, "are not fools." By and large that's true. The specious corollary drawn by many ...

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    Fri, January 22, 2010

    Pennsylvanians Want a True GOP Gubernatorial Primary

    The grassroots have awakened.

    Scott Brown carries the day in Massachusetts by a solid margin. Chris
    Christie prevails in New Jersey's governor race. Bob ...

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    Wed, January 20, 2010

    $700 Billion Bailout Turns in Congressional Slush Fund

    If the Democratic-controlled Congress is looking for a New Year's resolution, here is a suggestion: No more bailouts.

    The past year and a half was dominated by a string of taxpayer funded ...

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    Fri, January 15, 2010

    Sam Rohrer is a Viable Candidate

    Congressman Jim Gerlach announced last week his withdrawal for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor.

    In newspaper accounts of his announcement, there ...

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    Tue, January 12, 2010

    Restoring Confidence

    It's pretty grim. The successive crises of the last several years have produced the greatest erosion of public confidence in the Pennsylvania legislature in modern history. The low confidence levels ...

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    Thu, December 31, 2009

    One Nation, Under God

    Ever since getting involved in New Jersey politics I've had an uncontrollable urge to understand self-service masquerading as public service. I thought that I'd be fine once moving back to Bucks ...

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    Mon, December 28, 2009

    The Eight Year Cycle - Believe It!

    Some believe in it. Many doubt it. Most don't understand it.

    The "it" in question here is Pennsylvania's so-called eight-year cycle — the octennial oscillation in state ...

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    Thu, December 17, 2009

    Teens Still Politically Active Year After Presidential Election

    During the 2008 presidential election, the political process was reinvigorated not only by the landmark circumstances and the appealing promises of change, but also by the surge of young people who ...

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    Mon, December 14, 2009

    A Liberal by Any Other Name

    Those on the Left side of the political spectrum have always wrestled with labels, wearing them proudly until they become dirty words and then throwing them quickly to the curb. Nonetheless, in ...

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    Thu, December 10, 2009

    Huckabee Hysteria: A Costly Obsession

    Nine years after a dubious decision that eventually freed future cop killer, Maurice Clemmons, the once and no longer future presidential candidate is taking his lumps. All hell has broken loose for ...

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    Tue, December 08, 2009

    Democracy Risings PA Newsletter

    More Support for a Constitution Convention
    Support for a Constitution convention continues to grow, including the first current lawmaker. She's Rep. Barbara McIlvaine-Smith, D-Chester. You may ...

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    Fri, December 04, 2009

    Obama Should Act on Iran to Spare Us Next Afghanistan

    In Washington, it is all too common for members of one political party to attack the position of the president from the other party, more or less automatically, especially when the president's ...

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    Mon, November 30, 2009

    The Freedom of Conservatism Briefly Explained

    I have a few questions to ask my generation. Aren't you tired of having someone tell you what to do? Or how much money you should earn? Or putting your personal security at risk? If you're like most ...

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    Thu, November 19, 2009

    A Bi-Partisan Health Care Fix

    THE HOUSE of Representatives has now voted for the largest possible
    government takeover of health care, despite bipartisan opposition.
    Thirty-nine House Democrats, including two from ...

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    Tue, November 17, 2009

    Murtha Continues to Undermine Troops

    In recent interviews defending President Obama's slow decision making on Afghanistan, Congressman John Murtha continues to undermine our troops, embolden our enemies, and place our country in greater ...

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    Mon, November 16, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Tom Corbett's Problem

    By G. Terry Madonna & Michael L. Young

    Attorney General Tom Corbett has a problem. More precisely, he had a problem. More about that in a moment!

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    Fri, November 06, 2009

    Cap ~Trade Vs. PA:

    We can protect the environment without losing thousands of jobs

    Two important and interrelated events occurred recently that mean bad news for tens of thousands of Pennsylvania workers and families.

    On Oct. 15, the federal ...

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    Fri, October 30, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected:

    Pennsylvania's Churchillian Problem

    By G. Terry Madonna ~Michael L. Young

    Let's be frank. Pennsylvania's long running dilemma about selecting judges is here for the duration. It's been around a long ...

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    Fri, October 30, 2009

    Prop 8 One Year Later

    Traditional Marriage Supporters Subjected to Discrimination

    By Colin A. Hanna
    President, Let Freedom Ring

    It's been a year since Californians said YES to Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative preserving ...

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    Thu, October 29, 2009

    Pennsylvanians Agree Courts Not the Place to Make Laws

    Pennsylvanians Agree That the Courts Are Not the Place to Make Laws
    By Brian Guthrie and Nathan Fox

    A recent Federalist Society poll of Pennsylvania voters of ...

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    Thu, October 22, 2009

    Until the Bitter End

    Call it gubernatorial chic!

    Since 1970 Pennsylvania has had an unbroken string of two term governors — Milton Shapp, Dick Thornburgh, Bob Casey, Tom Ridge, ...

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    Wed, October 07, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected: Is PA Nation's New Future?

    By G. Terry Madonna ~Michael L. Young

    Why? Why has Pennsylvania now failed for some four months to enact an annual budget spending plan, making it, excepting ...

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    Fri, October 02, 2009

    The Partisan Divide

    By G. Terry Madonna and Berwood Yost

    The Franklin and Marshall College National Poll released last week has President Obama's job performance at 51 percent ...

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    Thu, October 01, 2009

    Republican Liberty Caucus Newsletter

    Republican Liberty Caucus Newsletter

    In This Issue
    News from the RLC

    Fight the Florida Party 'Purge'!

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    Fri, September 18, 2009

    Does Obama Know Who Our Friends Are?

    A wise person once said "if you cannot tell the difference between your friends and enemies, you will have only enemies." This is true for both individuals and nations, and reflects the ...

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    Wed, September 16, 2009

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    My D.C. TEA party experience

    I arrived in Washington DC on Thursday, 9/10/2009. My hotel was full of The Free Republic people in Arlington. Wearing my TEA STAFF t shirt I visited a few congressional offices that day. One was ...

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    Fri, September 11, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected:

    The Goldilocks Principle in American Politics

    In politics, text and subtext don't always tell the same tale. This time, however, they do. The text in question can be found in almost any story this summer about the Obama administration. Some ...

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    Sun, September 06, 2009

    Reconsidering John McCain

    The televised memorial service the evening of Aug. 28 for Ted Kennedy was mesmerizing.

    For nearly 3 1/2 hours, political figures, personal friends and family ...

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    Mon, August 31, 2009

    Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

    There was a game show on television for children that taught geography by hiding a character somewhere in the world and giving hints to the children as to his location. Right now many of us are ...

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    Wed, August 26, 2009

    Psychiatry Goes Back to the Future

    2009 B. K. Eakman

    The New York Times' Benedict Carey reported this week that the Army "plans to require that all 1.1 million of its soldiers take intensive ...

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    Wed, August 26, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    The New California? Not!

    By G. Terry Madonna ~Michael L. Young

    "Pennsylvania: The New California!" That jarring headline ricocheted around the nation this week courtesy of CNN, as ...

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    Mon, August 17, 2009

    The Final Solution

    Historically, when a Leftist totalitarian leader assumes power, it is accompanied by purges. This was true with the Nazi and Communist regimes. Either with bullets, contrived famines or Zyklon B ...

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    Tue, August 11, 2009

    Government Health Care Will Wrap Patients in Red Tape

    Over the past decade, Americans have struggled as the price of health care has soared at a much faster pace than workers' earnings and the general rate of inflation. In Pennsylvania alone, premiums ...

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    Fri, August 07, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected:

    PA's odd man out

    As a society we ask many probing questions about our politics and our politicians. Sometimes, however, we miss the obvious one — the question so self evident, so plain, and so clear that we ...

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    Tue, August 04, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    The Phony-Baloney Budget

    By G. Terry Madonna ~Michael L. Young

    What do you call a budget that isn't really a budget? Or what do you call a budget bill that isn't to be taken ...

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    Sat, August 01, 2009

    Obamacare: Cure or Curse?

    With recent news that the "Blue Dog Democrats" - Congressional Democrats reputed to be fiscally conservative or 'moderate' - have reached an agreement with liberal Democrat leader Henry ...

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    Wed, July 29, 2009

    Michael Moore May Prevail on Health Care

    It is time a Conservative looks dispassionately at Michael Moore and his documentary entitled "Sicko" First of all I would like to run him down for carrying far too many supersized meals ...

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    Mon, July 27, 2009

    House GOP Leader Sam Smith: No Reason for State Tax Increase

    Pennsylvania is now embroiled in the longest budget stalemate since 1991. A budget bill is finally in position to go to a conference committee - typically one of the last steps before a budget ...

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    Tue, July 14, 2009

    Governor Rendell Misses Deadline to Push His Spending Ways

    Once again, this commonwealth has been held hostage at budget time. This comes as no surprise as this has been the standard operating procedure of the Rendell administration for the last seven years. ...

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    Fri, July 10, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    A Different Budget

    It's different. Almost everyone agrees about that. Pennsylvania's perennially late and politically outrageous budget process isn't like
    the previous six perennially late and politically ...

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    Fri, July 10, 2009

    Rendell: Tighten Your Belt

    Governor Ed Rendell is insisting taxpayers further "tighten their belts" while the government waistline continues to expand.

    The Pennsylvania Governor is ...

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    Wed, July 08, 2009

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    An analysis of same-sex marriage and civil unions

    The politics of polarization and partisanship, often at the expense of moderation and compromise, has driven much legislative behavior since the 1980s. No issue exemplifies this way of conducting ...

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    Mon, June 29, 2009

    Hip to Be Square

    The younger voting demographic targeted by president Barack Obama this past election appropriately labeled the GOP as "the party of old white men" but could like wise be stereotyped as ...

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    Fri, June 19, 2009

    Collegiate Gender Equality Scorecard

    The North Texas Mean Green repeated as the national champions on the sixth annual Gender Equity Scorecard. The Mean Green of the Sun Belt Conference was the only school of 115 Division 1-A colleges ...

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    Thu, June 18, 2009

    Philadelphia Sales Tax Hike: Just Say No

    Editor's Note: J. Matthew Wolfe is a member of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania, representing the 8th Senatorial District in Philadelphia and writes for The Loyal Opposition, a ...

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    Wed, June 17, 2009

    Restoring Confidence in the Department of Public Welfare

    By Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster)

    Recently I reintroduced legislation, House Bill 1638, to prevent future fraud in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) because our ...

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    Mon, June 15, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Deja Vu All Over Again

    "It's like dj vu all over again." These weighty words from the well known philosopher Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra nail precisely the way most Pennsylvanian's feel as they ...

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    Thu, June 04, 2009

    The Danger of One-Party Rule in Washington

    It is natural for political parties to seek power. As a Republican, I root for Republicans to win as many elections as possible. But I hope I am objective enough to recognize that our country is ...

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    Tue, June 02, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Giant Killer

    Joseph A. Sestak!

    A household name across Pennsylvania he is not. Yet Congressman Sestak, who represents Pennsylvania's seventh congressional district (largely ...

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    Mon, June 01, 2009

    Is Revolution Brewing?

    Looking back at the causes of the American Revolution, one must wonder if any Spirit of 1776 still exists. Onerous taxes and restraint of trade by the Navigation Acts and Stamp Act along with the ...

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    Wed, May 13, 2009

    Welcome to Our Tent

    THE GOP has plenty of room for honest debate

    Arlen Specter's defection to the Democratic Party provoked a firestorm of debate about the future of the Republican Party and its ability to become a majority party once again in America. Many on the ...

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    Mon, May 11, 2009

    War of Words:

    The Assault on the First Amendment

    Yesterday in Washington DC, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) "Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age" open the most unabashed assault on the First ...

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    Wed, May 06, 2009

    School Choice Surveys

    Four years ago, in January 2005, the Friedman Foundation published a report of a poll in Arizona. This was followed by one for Florida, in January 2006 and one for Georgia in April of 2007. Then, ...

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    Wed, May 06, 2009

    Why Jack Kemp Matters

    In tributes since he succumbed to cancer last week, Jack Kemp has been rightfully called a statesman, patriot and visionary. The architect of a key pillar of the Reagan Revolution. But, as I look ...

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    Tue, May 05, 2009

    Malpractice Lawsuit Costs Still a Huge Issue for PA

    Nearly 40 Pennsylvania hospitals, maternity units and other major medical facilities throughout Pennsylvania have closed in just more than a decade, most under Gov. Ed Rendell's watch.

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    Mon, May 04, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    The Endangered Republicans

    What a difference a few years can make! Earlier this decade (2001) we wrote an article that resonated widely with observers of state politics.
    It was entitled "The Endangered ...

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    Thu, April 30, 2009

    Teacher Unions - Rhetoric vs Reality

    Teacher unions often d o not stand alone in their opposition to reform - or to deregulation. Unions generally oppose reforms and deregulation outright, while school board associations may say they ...

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    Wed, April 29, 2009

    Specter's Homecoming

    Now that US Senator Arlen Specter has finally decided to come out of the closet and embrace his liberal side, it should come as no surprise that the Democrats are playing up the party switch as a ...

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    Fri, April 24, 2009

    Corruption: No Longer an Iffy Proposition in PA

    The question is no longer a speculative one. No longer can we ask "if"
    corruption, widespread and systematic, is returning full bloom to Pennsylvania. Instead, it is now time to ask ...

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    Wed, April 22, 2009

    What the GOP Must Do to Attract the Tea Party Movement

    "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

    One would have to be comatose not to realize that while the Democrats have turbocharged social program ...

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    Wed, April 15, 2009

    Grading Education

    A review of Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right by Richard Rothstein, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Tamara Wilder. Published by the Economic Policy Institute (Washington, DC.) Teachers College ...

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    Fri, April 10, 2009

    Inside the Tea Party Movement

    With literally thousands of Tax Day Tea Parties springing up all over the country, many of you may already be involved in organizing or planning to attend one of these events. Ostensibly all these ...

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    Wed, April 01, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    A Specter to Behold

    It's a specter to behold. Pennsylvania's most successful politician in modern times is on the ropes and engaged in what looks like the fight of his life.

    Arlen Specter, running for an ...

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    Thu, March 26, 2009

    Reflections on Bucks County Politics

    I finally figured out that Bucks County politics is becoming the movie "Walking Tall". This is a favorite where Buford Pusser returns to his hometown after serving in the Marine Corps to ...

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    Thu, March 19, 2009

    Battle Plan

    Maybe I run in more militant Conservative circles than most, but I have heard comments to the effect that the Republican Party has no cojones. The Democrats do everything in their power to attack ...

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    Wed, March 18, 2009

    The Public School Myth

    It has been said that if something is said loud enough, long enough and consistently enough it will likely be widely believed. Especially if contrary views are not forthcoming.

    Such is ...

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    Tue, March 17, 2009

    Specter Will Vote Against Card Check, Because He Must

    There have been media reports that Sen. Specter will switch party registration to become a Democrat to gain massive union support or to have Ed Rendell 'clear the field' or that he will run as an ...

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    Tue, March 17, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Fumo's Fini

    Finally it's fini! The state's most extensive public corruption trial in a generation is over after five months, more than 100 witnesses, and some 1,300 exhibits. The jury's verdict, ending one of ...

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    Wed, March 11, 2009

    Teacher Unions: An Observation or Two

    In their collective roles as represented by their unions, the last thing teachers are about to do is take on the status quo. When the unions talk about reforms they favor they invariably include ...

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    Tue, March 10, 2009

    Card Check, Mr. Specter

    An important bill is going to be voted upon in the Senate soon, and you, Mr. Specter may once again have a pivotal role in the course of history. You relish this position because all the kleig lights ...

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    Thu, March 05, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    What you want vs. what you get

    One of the more provocative questions in public life is whether public opinion actually matters much in setting public policy. Does what ordinary people think, say or feel about government policy ...

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    Fri, February 27, 2009

    Dick Durbin Denounced

    On February 26, the senate voted on the issue of allowing Washington DC residents voting representation in the House of Representatives. The Constitution allows for the representatives to be elected ...

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    Thu, February 26, 2009

    Academic Achievement: No Excuses Please

    It is no secret that the public school system fails millions of
    students. Reasons given for this almost invariably concern the students, their families, their communities, their lack of ...

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    Thu, February 12, 2009

    It's Official

    Well, it is official. The inmates are now running the asylum, and President Obama is operating in hyper-drive signing Executive Orders to dismantle as much as possible of what we hold sacred. His ...

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    Wed, February 11, 2009

    A Capitulation, Not a Compromise

    Thanks to three senators, Republicans have lost an opportunity

    The three Republican senators who struck a deal with the Democrats are touting the Senate's stimulus bill as a bipartisan compromise. In yesterday's Washington Post, Sen. Arlen Specter even labeled ...

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    Fri, February 06, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Rendell's Magical Budget

    "Nothing focuses the mind like a hanging," English lexicographer Samuel Johnson famously proclaimed. That's probably so! But before this year's state budget battle is over, Pennsylvania's ...

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    Wed, January 28, 2009

    Obama Administration Dismantling the Constitution

    One must wonder how far the population will tolerate the dismantling of the
    Constitution before patriots take matters in their own hands and reestablish

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    Wed, January 28, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected:

    Casey Moving into the Batting Circle

    Nature notoriously abhors a vacuum. Not surprisingly, so does politics.
    Indeed political power vacuums are filled just as certainly as they are in any state of nature. Sometimes the process is ...

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    Wed, January 28, 2009

    What Happens When the Bill Comes Due?

    While some may have misgivings about the new presidential administration of Barack Obama, legitimate concerns should be raised about the impact Obama's proposed economic "stimulus" package ...

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    Tue, January 27, 2009

    Climate Change Reality Check

    One year ago, I believed that man-made global warming was true, with temperatures rising dangerously due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere.

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    Mon, January 19, 2009

    GOP Must Play the Role of 'Loyal Opposition'

    The Republican Party must now act as the loyal opposition in both Harrisburg and Washington. Effectively, Republicans have no chance to advance an agenda. Democrats have spent the entire time they ...

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    Mon, January 19, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected:

    Gubernatorial Appointments ~Buggy Whips

    Eloquent messages can be delivered by inelegant messengers. Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois is the latest flawed messenger to remind us of that elemental truth. Blagojevich's ham-handed efforts ...

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    Tue, January 13, 2009

    High Tech Marxism Comes to America

    Deep down, most Americans once thought they were immune from blatant propaganda, government-sanctioned media-bias and psychiatric hospitals-cum-prisons – hallmarks of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich ...

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    Mon, January 12, 2009

    Joe Paterno: Seize This Opportunity

    Dear Coach Paterno,

    As a Pennsylvanian, I am writing to thank you for all you have done for college football.

    And, I am also ...

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    Fri, January 09, 2009

    Big Labor Goal: Emulate China

    Emboldened by the election of President Barack Obama and Democrat control of the House and Senate, Big Labor is no longer hiding their true beliefs. They want total control of all business in the ...

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    Mon, January 05, 2009


    In just a few weeks, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the next President of the United States. And while for a lot of people Obama's ascension to the White House gives them boundless joy and ...

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    Fri, January 02, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Bad, Worse ~Worst: The Short List of Vice Presidents Who Probably Shouldn't Have Been

    Tis the season for lists--all kinds of lists--including the best movies, top
    celebrities, most successful sports figures, even the dumbest utterances of
    the year.

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    Tue, December 30, 2008

    Card Check Will Harm Workers

    The nation's most powerful labor unions have been lobbying heavily for a law, misleadingly named the Employee Free Choice Act, that would take away workers' basic rights to a secret-ballot vote on ...

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    Tue, December 23, 2008

    The Real Meaning of Christmas

    A friend of mine sends me two or three email forwards a day — and almost every one of them is worth reading. But one that I got today was even more pertinent and poignant than usual. Here it ...

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    Mon, December 22, 2008

    The Faith of Our Fathers

    We face difficult times in America: A historic stock market crash. A deep recession. Political and financial scandals.

    How should we respond? Remembering the story ...

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    Thu, December 11, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected:

    Madame Secretary: Old Wine in a New Bottle

    Why did she do it? Why did Hillary Clinton agree to become secretary of state in an Obama administration? Many believe it effectively ends any presidential aspirations she may have, locks her into a ...

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    Mon, December 08, 2008

    Survival of the Fittest Applies to Detroit

    In a recent cartoon, a very old man with a long gray beard testifies in front of a U.S. Senate hearing on the auto industry bailout.

    Asks a senator: "So as an ...

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    Tue, December 02, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected

    Pa's Dead-End Sure Thing

    For state Republicans running for it, it's a safe bet, sure thing, shoo-in; for incumbents in it, it's a dead end, brick wall, road to electoral nowhere. We can only be describing Pennsylvania's ...

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    Wed, November 26, 2008

    Thanksgiving Message 2008

    By Colin A. Hanna
    President, Let Freedom Ring.

    On this Thanksgiving weekend, let's pause from our normal political commentary and simply say, Thank you, ...

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    Tue, November 25, 2008

    Taxing the Black ~Gold Black ~Blue

    The Rooney family's rush to complete a new ownership deal for the Pittsburgh Steelers before the new presidential administration and enhanced Democrat congressional majority can raise the capital ...

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    Tue, November 18, 2008

    Five Principles to Guide Our Commonwealth

    Remarks on Receipt of the 2008 Speaker Franklin Award of the Commonwealth Foundation, Nov. 11, 2008

    Thank you for this splendid award named for one of my favorite Pennsylvanians. In the ...

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    Mon, November 10, 2008

    Election 2008: Playing the Blame Game

    John McCain lost the election.

    Was it "fair and square"? With the antics of ACORN and questionable financial contributions to the Obama campaign, that question will be up for ...

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    Thu, November 06, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected

    The Political Hat Trick

    All elections matter, but not all elections portend change or leave us smarter about our politics. The past presidential election, however, scored the hat trick. It was one that mattered, one that ...

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    Thu, November 06, 2008

    Swing Voters Not for Big Government

    Barack Obama and congressional Democrats won big on Tuesday night, but they should not mistake their victory for a big-government mandate. The evidence tells a very different story.

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    Wed, November 05, 2008

    The Winter of our Discontent? No.

    "Now is the winter of our discontent." So begins Shakespeare's Richard the Third, and such is the refrain likely to be heard from conservatives across the country as they analyze this ...

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    Fri, October 31, 2008

    An Open Letter to Colin Powell

    General Powell, I have a tremendous respect for you and what you have done for our country. It is out of that profound respect that I am concerned about your recent endorsement of Senator Barack ...

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    Mon, October 27, 2008

    Out in the Wilderness, Finally Some Light

    As I sit lost in the deep dark wilderness for conservatives called the State of Maryland, I can not help but see a light through the extremely overgrown cover of trees. Now, I certainly hold no hope ...

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    Wed, October 22, 2008

    Reagan Right on Government

    In his first inaugural address, President Ronald Reagan delivered a line succinctly capturing the sentiment that elected him: "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the ...

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    Fri, October 17, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected:

    An Outlier in Pennsylvania

    It's no secret. Republicans are running for the proverbial hills as wave after wave of brutal economic news breaks over their political heads.
    The climate for GOP candidates is bad — bad ...

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    Fri, October 10, 2008

    Imagine Sarah Palin as President of the Senate

    The U.S. Vice President is, it seems, a part of the Legislative Branch and not the Executive Branch of the United States government. A vote on Nov. 4 for John McCain as Commander in Chief of our ...

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    Fri, October 10, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected

    Pennsylvania's Last Hurrah?

    Is it over? Could the lights be dimming on Pennsylvania's long-playing role as a national electoral battleground?

    At first blush, the question seems improbable. ...

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    Fri, September 26, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected

    Will We Screw It Up Again?

    Peggy Noonan writing recently for the Wall Street Journal captured the angst that many feel about their presidential choices this year. "Do you worry," she asked, "that neither of them ...

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    Thu, September 25, 2008

    Franklin ~Marshall College NationalPoll

    McCain Leads Obama by 2%

    For immediate release Thursday, 9/25/08

    Please find attached and below the results of the September national Franklin and Marshall College Poll produced at ...

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    Mon, September 22, 2008

    Denying American Workers Freedom of Association

    Suppose you are Jewish and attend synagogue. There is a Catholic church across the street. Members of both faiths are exercising their right to support only those private organizations that represent ...

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    Mon, September 22, 2008

    The Spider and the Fly

    "Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly,
    '"Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
    The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,

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    Fri, September 19, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected:

    The Other Woman in the Race

    If John McCain wins this race, it will be because of the woman he put on the
    ticket. That, in sum and substance, is the prevailing opinion of the
    moment-about both the presidential contest ...

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    Wed, September 10, 2008

    The Torch Has Been Passed:

    'Welcome Back Dad'

    Editor's Note: Michael Reagan will be the featured speaker at the 2009 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference March 26th and 27th at the Four Points Sheraton near Harrisburg. Get complete ...

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    Wed, September 10, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected

    The Cheneysizing of the Vice Presidency

    Its precursor was Harry Truman, it reached full stride with Richard Nixon, achieved its peak with Walter Mondale, and may have ended with Al Gore. Thus, one might eulogize the modern vice ...

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