Thursday, June 30, 2011

Citizens Bank and the Phillies Announce Phans Feeding Families Initiative to Fight Hunger

Gov. Corbett Signs Workers' Compensation Reform Bill to Aid Small Businesses

Obama's Timetable

Gov. Corbett Signs 5 Bills Into Law

State Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Website Launches for Frustrated Motorists, Just In Time for 4th of July Road Trips

Gov. Corbett Signs 'Fair Share Act,' Important Tort Reforms Now Law

Gov. Corbett Announces Confirmations, Appointment

Coalition Applauds Introduction of Legislation to End Sunday Hunting Ban in PA

Archie Bunker on Democrats

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Corbetts Invite Pennsylvania's Children to Name First Family's New Puppies

Pennsylvania Announces May Welfare Fraud Adjudications

Business Leaders Praise 'Fair Share Act' Passage in Pennsylvania

Monday, June 27, 2011

Obama Recovery Is WORST EVER Since Great Depression

Shovel Ready

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Give PA voters final say on school taxes

Why are school property taxes so high in Pennsylvania?

Nathan Benefield of The Commonwealth Foundation has a theory:
Every state in the nation limits the ability of school boards to raise property taxes. Eleven states don't give school boards taxing authority; 36 states require voter referendum on school budgets, property tax increases or all bond issues; and three states without referenda place a cap on school taxes. Pennsylvania counts among those with a referendum requirement — but our law is a toothless tiger that has become "referendum in name only."
The ideal solution would be the elimination of school property taxes in Pennsylvania. Short of that, the voters should get the final say on taxes.

Read the full column at the link below:

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Columnist: Blacks Hit Hardest By Obama’s Liberal Agenda

Interesting column by Jerome Hudson that shows the voters who supported Barack Obama the most in 2008 are the ones getting hurt the most by his socialist policies.

Blacks Hit Hardest By Obama’s Liberal Agenda - HUMAN EVENTS

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Weekly GOP Address: 2.3M Jobs Lost Since Obama Took Office

Take that, Al Gore

Best comment from today's Sound Off column in The Mercury:
We are fortunate to have lived through a 30-year spell of unusually agreeable weather and now they get hysterical over every weather event. Like our ancient ancestors we superstitiously believe that our behavior is responsible for bad weather. If you think we are a bunch of weak-minded fools, you are correct.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Video: Rescuing Kids When Schools Have Failed

Bill O'Reilly: The Great Palin Email Hunt

Bill O'Reilly says every time the liberal media hounds Sarah Palin, it actually helps her popularity.
Americans know when a person is being persecuted. Like her or not, Mrs. Palin does not deserve the level of scrutiny being foisted upon her and her family. She's just a politician, people, not Kim Kardashian.
Bill O'Reilly: The Great Palin Email Hunt

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Gov. Corbett Signs 2 Bills

Senate Bill 274 promotes youth hunting. House Bill 442 prohibits private transfer fees in real estate transactions in Pennsylvania.

Governor Corbett Signs Two Bills

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PA Banking Department Warns Consumers of Suspected Scam

Poll: Americans Believe Reporters Push Liberal Agenda

For all those reporters out there pretending they're not putting a liberal spin in their coverage, the American public is on to you.

From Rasmussen Reports:
Voters still think most reporters are politically biased and tend to view them as more liberal than they are.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that most reporters, when covering a politician campaign, try to help the candidate they want to win. Only 21% think most reporters put the emphasis instead on trying to offer unbiased coverage. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

A plurality (46%) of voters continues to feel that the average reporter is more liberal than they are. Eighteen percent (18%) say the average reporter is more conservative than they are, while 22% think their views are about the same. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.
46% Say Average Reporter Is More Liberal Than They Are


Greece Is Broke

Vereb bill to reform PA gambling industry passes House

Castor, Brown fire opening salvo of fall campaign

The calendar may say June, but Bruce Castor and Jenny Brown, the Republican candidates for Montgomery County commissioner, are thinking November, when they hope they will form a new majority on the three-member board.

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PA Congressional Dems Support Illegal War Against Libya

Liberal hypocrisy at its finest. Some of the very same Congressional Democrats who criticized President Bush now turn a blind eye to Barack Obama's illegal war in Libya.

From The Associated Press:

House Roll Call: on use of force in Libya

WASHINGTON — The 295-123 roll call Friday by which the House rejected a resolution authorizing the limited use of force in support of the NATO mission in Libya. A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the resolution.

Voting yes were 115 Democrats and 8 Republicans.

Voting no were 70 Democrats and 225 Republicans.

Democrats — Altmire, Y; Brady, Y; Critz, Y; Doyle, Y; Fattah, Y; Holden, Y; Schwartz, Y.

Republicans — Barletta, N; Dent, Y; Fitzpatrick, N; Gerlach, N; Kelly, N; Marino, N; Meehan, N; Murphy, N; Pitts, N; Platts, N; Shuster, N; Thompson, N.

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Newspaper: Thorns to Hoeffel, Matthews for 'political ploy'

Obama in Pittsburgh: One Year Later

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania released a web video today called "One Year Later" regarding President Obama's visit to Pittsburgh.

PA GOP Chairman Rob Gleason issued the following statement:

"Nearly one year ago, President Obama spoke at Carnegie Mellon University to defend his administration's poor handling of the economy. We took to the streets and found that with high unemployment and gas at nearly $4 a gallon, Pittsburgh residents don't believe that the economy has gone in right direction since President Obama took office. It's becoming clearer every day: President Obama can't keep his job if millions of Americans continue to lose theirs," Chairman Rob Gleason said.

According to a poll conducted in June of 2011 by Pennsylvania-based Susquehanna Polling and Research, 48% of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of the job that President Obama is doing versus only 41% who approve. 50% believe that it's time to give a new person a chance, versus only 44% who say that Obama should be reelected.

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Taxpayers Win: Humiliating Defeat for NJ Unions

The tide has turned against Big Labor. The taxpayers win one for a change thanks to Gov. Chris Christie.

Humiliating Defeat for NJ Unions - HUMAN EVENTS

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Newspaper: Thorns to politicians who vote for bills they never read

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tom Quigley vs. Bernard Hopkins

It's crunch time in Harrisburg as the Pennsylvania Legislature works to meet the June 30 deadline for completing the 2010-11 budget, but there's always down time in the Legislature as the rank-and-file members wait for direction from the leadership.

During a break, State Rep. Tom Quigley, R-146th Dist., mugs for the camera with Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins, who was visiting the state Capitol this week.

Hopkins, a Philadelphia native, was honored by the House and Senate for his boxing achievements and community activities. The 46-year-old boxing legend recently won the WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship, becoming the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title.

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Extreme Emergency

Taxes: Study - $1,400 Tax Hike Needed to Fund U.S. Pensions

Can you spare another $1,400 in taxes every year so public sector workers can enjoy lifetime pensions?

Taxes: Study - $1,400 Tax Hike Needed to Fund US Pensions - CNBC

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Pennsylvania, unioniozed workers reatch tentative agreement

Pennsylvania and the union representing 45,000 state workers have a reached a deal on a new contract.

Governor Corbett Announces Tentative Agreement with AFSCME Council 13

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Your daily dose of liberal media bias

Julia Hearthway confirmed as PA Labor Secretary

Pottstown attorney Julia K. Hearthway has been confirmed by the state Senate as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

See earlier story about Hearthway's nomination in The Mercury.

Governor Corbett Announces Senate Confirmations

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Gov. Corbett Signs Bill Banning 'Bath Salts,' Other New Drugs

Cartoonists' Worst Nightmare

The Public Pension Time Bomb

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New CBO Projections Should Spur Action on Fiscal Reform

Obama Fudging Jobs Data Again

Barack Obama claims he created 2.1 million jobs since taking office. Economists say the U.S. has lost more than 2 million private sector since Obama took office, according to Investor's Business Daily, one of the nation's leading business publications. Would Obama lie?

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Gov. Corbett Announces Nominations

Mitt Romney ... Comedian

Draining The Congressional Swamp

Who Is Gary Johnson?

Libertarian columnist John Stossel thinks Gary Johnson would make a great president of the United States. Too bad nobody has ever heard the man.

John Stossel: Who Is Gary Johnson? - HUMAN EVENTS


Herbert Hoover Obama

Walter Russell Mead, writing at The American Interest, says Barack Obama reminds him a lot of Herbert Hoover. You know, the guy who spent four years pretending the economy wasn't as bad as it was ... and that led to The Great Depression.

From Mead's column:
The Great Recession is not as crushing as the Great Depression, but President Obama's problems in the face of economic turmoil are beginning to look Hooveresque. The stimulus program on which he hung his hat may, as its friends argue, have prevented an even worse economic debacle. Clearly, however, the $800 billion plus stimulus failed to jump-start an economic recovery. Many of the administration's pet stimulus programs have joined Jerry Ford's "Whip Inflation Now" buttons on the junkpile of history: green jobs, cash for clunkers, debt relief for homeowners, and now, by the President's own admission, 'shovel-ready' infrastructure projects.

Like Hoover, President Obama now finds himself (at least temporarily) without the ability to shape national economic policy. His opponents in Congress will block the kind of second stimulus his instincts and allies propose, and the Fed is not at this point particularly impressed by the White House’s recovery plan and is acting on its own. Like Hoover, President Obama faces the possibility of a devastating second downturn due to economic problems in Europe — and like President Hoover, President Obama can't do much to prevent it. Like Hoover, President Obama is harried by a domestic populist revolt against his leadership and the policies he supports and like Hoover, President Obama's once unassailable popularity is being slowly ground down by economic bad news.
Read his very insightful analysis of the failure of Obamanomics here.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Group: Bernanke to Invent New Term for Printing Money

Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance

A dedication to the NBC staffer who decided to edit the words "under God, indivisible" out of the Pledge of Allegiance.


Quigley Bill Gets Tough on Retail Theft

The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Quigley that would grade repeat violations of retail theft with greater severity for individuals who have completed an Accelerated Rehabilitation Program (ARD).

The Republican lawmaker said the legislation was prompted by repeated arrests for retail theft at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, which is part of Quigley's 146th Legislative District.

"The ARD program is valuable for individuals who made a one-time mistake, but completion of the program should still be considered as a first offense if an offender shows repeated contempt for the law," Quigley said in a press release. "Retail theft is not a victimless crime. Businesses lose billions of dollars annually to retail theft, and it’s the paying customers who absorb those costs."

Quigley said his legislation is in reaction to the case of Commonwealth v. Graeff, in which the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that because the definition of second offense in the retail theft statute did not include participation in ARD, a subsequent offense must be considered another first offense.

House Bill 1603 would correct this multiple first offense loophole, allowing prosecutors to charge defendants who participated in ARD but continue to break Pennsylvania’s retail theft law with a second-degree misdemeanor, Quigley said.

Quigley noted that this is consistent with how Pennsylvania treats DUI offenses, where second and subsequent offenses recognize completion of ARD as a first offense.

Limerick Township Police Chief William J. Albany supports Quigley's bill.

"This is an important bill that closes a loophole in the law which allows second-time retail theft offenders to receive a more lenient sentence reserved for first-time offenders," Albany said. "I would like to thank Rep. Quigley for the expeditious manner in which he addressed this issue after it was brought to his attention by Limerick Township police detectives."

The bill now goes before the full House for debate and consideration, according to Quigley.

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The Dick Morris Poll: Gov. Rick Perry Weak in GOP Field

Considering he's not even an announced candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry scored higher than Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman in this poll.

The Dick Morris Poll: Perry Weak in GOP Field

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The State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces July Programming

Police: 'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn was driving 130 mph before crash

Poll Finds Politics Increasingly Uncivil

Way More Golf

Democrat seeks in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

Hey, Pennsylvania taxpayers, how would you like to fork over more money so we can send illegal immigrants to college? That's a state lawmaker from Philadelphia wants you to do.

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Your daily dose of liberal media bias

Groundwater monitoring program introduced by Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Health Department has unveiled a new groundwater monitoring program that officials say "will be instrumental in assessing water quantity trends locally, thereby allowing for county issuance of preliminary drought status instead of waiting for official state declarations."

From a Health Department press release:
In the past, several county-wide drought emergencies emphasized the impact water quantity has on the health and welfare of county residents. Therefore, the Division of Water Quality Management (WQM) worked in collaboration with the United States Geological Service (USGS) to plan, develop and implement a groundwater monitoring program throughout the county.

Data collection for the program began in 2005 and includes a network of nineteen (19) wells located on both public and private properties. The selected wells currently are not in use or impacted by large groundwater withdrawals and are monitored by WQM staff monthly.

The results collected from wells participating at least five years in the program are currently available for review on the MCHD website at in the Programs section.

The results will assist WQM staff in developing localized drought status levels such as Watch, Warning and Emergency during times of extended low precipitation and will allow them to offer recommendations for residents to reduce non-essential water use.

For questions regarding the program, please contact Kyle Schmeck at 610-278-5117 X6725.


Gov. Corbett Announces Confirmations

Video: NewsBusted 6/21/11


Monday, June 20, 2011

Your daily dose of liberal media bias

Never Bet Against The House

Pennsylvania casinos are raking in the dough. Too bad Pennsylvania taxpayers are not getting much benefit under former Gov. Ed Rendell's gambling schemes.

Total Table Games Revenue Exceeds $50 Million for Third Consecutive Month

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PA Residents Encouraged to Participate in Appalachian Bat Survey

Democrats Budget Plan: 'Blank Check'

PA Lottery Now on Facebook, Twitter

10 Reasons Obama is a One-Term President

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Misery Index Under Obama Worst In Nearly 30 Years

How's this for change? Living in Barack Obama's America is a miserable experience for most Americans. Economic conditions under Obama are the worst in 28 years, according to economists. So much for Obama's promise of hope.

How Miserable? Index Says the Worst in 28 Years - CNBC

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Weekly GOP Address: Obama Failure Is Complete

While Barack Obama continues to push his failed job-killing agenda, Congressional Republicans are baking pro-jobs, pro-growth policies.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Weiner Pension, Benefits Could Top $1 Million

He may be a Weiner, but he's set for life thanks to the generous pensions and perks members of Congress give themselves.

Weiner's Pension, Benefits Could Top $1 Million : Roll Call News

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Columnist: Why Do Liberal Men Hate Sarah Palin & Michele Bachmann?

Krauthammer: Who is killing U.S. jobs?

Columnist Charles Krauthammer says Barack Obama and his Big Labor cronies are the biggest culprits in the lack of jobs in the United States.

Union Owned and Operated - HUMAN EVENTS

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Needs A Little Spice

Run, Rick, Run!

A growing number of conservatives, including Deroy Murdock, want Texas Gov. Rick Perry to enter the presidential race.

Run, Rick, Run! - HUMAN EVENTS

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Unemployment Worse than Obama Predicted Without Stimulus

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Obama Blames ATM's For Current Unemployment

The Kool-Aid drinkers on the far left keep insisting Barack Obama is the smartest guy in the room, but every time he opens his mouth, you have to wonder if he's playing with a full deck.

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Greek Madness

The socialist nightmare in Greece could be headed to the United States if Obama's policies are no reversed, argues Victor Davis Hanson.

Thoughts on the Greek Madness - By Victor Davis Hanson - The Corner - National Review Online

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Columnist: Gov. Rick Perry's Moment Has Arrived

Promises ... Promises

Pennsylvania Unemployment Drops to 7.4%

Pennsylvania added 44,300 jobs in May, helping to bring the state's unemployment rate down to 7.4% - down from 7.5% in April.

Pennsylvania's Employment Situation: May 2011

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Gov. Corbett Announces Recent Appointments

Pew Report: Looking For Voters? Check Out Facebook, LinkedIn

More politicians are using social networking to get their message to potential voters, according to a new study. - Pew Report: Looking For Voters? Check Out Facebook and LinkedIn

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White House Defends Government Appointments of Big Obama Donors

Change? Sounds like business as usual as the corrupt Obama Regime continues to reward campaign donors with cushy government jobs. - Carney Defends Government Appointments of Big Obama Donors

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Video: NewsBusted


Sarah Palin Documentary Coming Exclusively to AMC Theatres on July 15

Delaware River Sojourn Highlights 'PA Rivers Month' Activities

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Extends Moratorium on All Retail Price Increases

Pennsylvania Seeks Public's Help in Curbing Elder Abuse

Weiner On The Run

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Obama: You Always Hurt The Ones You Love

How's this for karma?

Chad Stafko, writing at American Thinker, says Obama's policies have hurt the people who helped get him elected: African-Americans, College/Young Professionals and Low Income Families.

Will they support Obama in 2012 even though a vote for Obama is a vote against their own economic interests?

Stafko writes:
Barack Obama benefited from strong support among a number of demographic groups during his 2008 presidential campaign. In an economic sense, after two-and-a-half years of his presidency, those same groups which showed him the greatest support have suffered disproportionately more than others in the United States. Three Groups: African-Americans, College/Young Professionals, and Low Income Families. All have seen disproportionately more economic challenges than the general population during Obama's term in office. If the economy is their top issue, then they cannot support the man who has made their lives worse since he took office.
Read the full article at the link below:

Articles: How's That Hope and Change Working Out for Obama Supporters?

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Poll: PA Voters Support Natural Gas Drilling By 2-1 Margin

Check out the latest Quinnipiac University Poll results on a variety of Pennsylvania issues here.

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1.9 Million Fewer Americans Have Jobs Today Than When Obama Signed Stimulus

What do you get when Obama/Pelosi/Reid spend $1 trillion to have the government "create" more jobs? Higher unemployment, of course.

1.9 Million Fewer Americans Have Jobs Today Than When Obama Signed Stimulus |

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Lockheed Martin to Eliminate 1,200 Positions

Forget about a Recovery Summer for these folks as the Obama Recession continues to kill U.S. jobs. Most of the Lockheed Martin cuts will come in Pennsylvania, California and Colorado.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems to Eliminate Approximately 1,200 Positions

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Military Stretched Too Thin?

Gov. Corbett Announces Confirmations

Obama on Congresswoman: She's 'Charming,' Has 'Cute Smile'

Imagine if a Republican politician had made sexist comments about a member of Congress. The liberal media would have a field day. But this is Barack Obama talking, so it's OK.

Obama on Congresswoman: You Want Her 'In Your Foxhole' Because She's 'Charming,' Has 'Cute Smile' |

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Where Obama and I agree

This might be the first and only time I agree with Barack Obama. One term is definitely enough.

Obama: There Are Days Where I Say One Term Is Enough - HUMAN EVENTS


Columnist: 2,500 more jobs not saved or created by Obamanomics

Long May She Wave

Today is Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.


Monday, June 13, 2011

The Obama Economy: Worst Since the Depression

How much more damage can Barack Obama do to the U.S. economy? It depends on how much longer American voters can tolerate his failure.

The Obama Economy: Worst Since the Depression | The Weekly Standard

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Michele Bachmann: I'm Running for President

Democrats - The Real Party of 'No'

It is now more than two years since Senate Democrats passed a budget. Two years! In fact, if you’re keeping count, the last time Harry Reid actually did his duty as majority leader and adopted a budget was back on April 29, 2009, which is more than 760 days ago.

Nothing since.
Read the full editorial at the link below:

Democrats - The Real Party of 'No' - HUMAN EVENTS

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Weiner and Frank

Something Stinks in Washington, D.C.

This is what happens when the fox is guarding the hen house.

Something Stinks in Washington, D.C.


Obama Laughs About Miserable Job Numbers

There's nothing funny about 20 million Americans being out-of-work, including the 3 million who lost their jobs since Barack Obama took office.

Follow the link below to watch a video of President Obama cracking a joke about the nation's unemployed.

Obama Laughs About Miserable Job Numbers - HUMAN EVENTS

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Columnist: Obama borrowing $58,000 per second

George F. Will: A government borrowing $58,000 a second cannot afford Obama's policy of Stimulus Forever, and there is this problem with TAA at any level: It is unjust to treat some workers as more entitled than others to protection from the vicissitudes of economic dynamism.

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Rep. Joe Pitts: Obama policies cost U.S. jobs

Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Pitts says Barack Obama's policies are preventing U.S. firms from hiring.

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Who you gonna call?

Whatever happened to Obama's 'Recovery Summer'?

Was it just a year ago that Barack Obama promised us a "Recovery Summer" after his first two failed years in office? Now, he's saying it's going to take years to see an economic recovery. Do you get the feeling this guy is selling snake oil?

Obama says it will ';take years&' for the economy to recover fully - The Oval: Tracking the Obama presidency

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Your daily dose of liberal media bias

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Rep. Jim Gerlach: Fix Medicare before it's too late

Medicare is expected to run out of money in 9 years, but Democrats continue to play political games intead of sitting down with Republicans to fix the program.

Congressman Jim Gerlach recaps how Republicans plan to save Medicare in this op-ed.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weekly Republican Address: Job Creation is Job One

Friday, June 10, 2011

Newspaper: End strikes by Pennsylvania teachers

Pennsylvania is No. 1 in the nation in teacher strikes. Republican state lawmakers have introduced a bill to outlaw strikes, just as 37 other states have already done.

The Scranton Times-Tribune is the latest newspaper to support the legislation.

Editorial: End strikes by teachers, level field Bills propose incentives to achieve contracts - Opinion - The Times-Tribune

Also check out Stop Teacher Strikes in Pennsylvania for more information.

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Chamber Backs Nullification of Gainful Employment

Economist Warns of Age Discrimination, Quality Loss in Obamacare

'Captain Underpants'

PA League of Women Voters Endorses National Popular Vote

Gov. Corbett Announces Recent Nominations

Area lawmakers oppose Route 422 tolling

Five Republican members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives whose districts border Route 422 say they will oppose any efforts to turn the highway into a toll road between Pottstown and King of Prussia.

The lawmakers said the tolling plan introduced by Democrat Joe Hoeffel will do little to ease traffic congestion on Route 422 but will force more traffic onto local roads.

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Columnist: Obama has violated U.S. Constitution

Constitutional scholar Nat Hentoff, a well-known liberal activist, writes that President Obama has repeatedly violated the U.S. Constitution by using provisions of the Patriot Act.

Why hasn't the mainstream media called for Obama's impeachment?

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Local Legislators Speak Out Against 422 Tolling Plan

While the tolling proposal covers Route 422 from the Pottstown area to King of Prussia, Republican State Rep. David Maloney, whose 130th House District includes Route 422 in Berks County, is also opposed to the tolls.

PA State Rep. David Maloney - Local Legislators Speak Out Against 422 Tolling Plan

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Columnist: Democrats Stealing 2012 Election

If you can't win an election fair-and-square, just steal it.

The Obama Justice Department bolsters an organized effort to register illegals, felons and the dead as Democratic voters, says columnist Roger Hedgecock.

Stealing the Election of 2012 - HUMAN EVENTS

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

SE PA Lawmakers Reject Route 422 Tolls

Five state representatives from legislative districts along Route 422 in Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties held a press conference Thursday afternoon along the busy highway to announce their opposition to a proposal to toll the four-lane highway. The lawmakers said the tolls would force traffic onto local roads and there is no guarantee that passenger rail service would ever be built to ease congestion on Route 422. The Republican lawmakers expressing opposition to the plan being pushed by Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, include Reps. Tom Quigley, Mike Vereb, Warren Kampf, Marcy Toepel and David Maloney.

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Columnist: Why Jennifer Aniston's breasts are good for the country

Is that a great headline or what? I dare you not to read this column by Jeff Edelstein of The Trentonian.

Here's the start of Edelstein's column:
If there's a better metaphor for Generation X's sputtering start as the future leaders of America than Jennifer Aniston and her naked breasts, well, I don't know what it is.

Yep. A topless Jennifer Aniston is a shiny, bright example of where this country headed, and I believe it's a good place.

See, Aniston co-stars in the dark comedy "Horrible Bosses," a movie coming out July 8. And for the first time in her career, she filmed nude scenes. As of this moment, the director and studio heads at Warner Bros. have not publicly revealed their decision as to whether or not Aniston's naked chest will stay in the picture.

Well, without putting too fine a point on it, I believe the forward progress of this country may in fact depend on whether or not Aniston's nude scenes make the final cut.
Read the full column at the link below:

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Poll: 75% Support Voters Showing Photo ID

Public Bodies Are Paying Over $7.4 Million Annually to Lobbyists

Advocacy Group Releases Report on Benefits of Term Limits

While America Slept

Pennsylvania teachers' union releases plan to reform public education

Key PA Senator: Route 422 Tolls 'Premature'

The man who will have a lot to say about whether Route 422 in Southeastern Pennsylvania ever becomes a toll road says any talk of tolling the highway is "premature."

Sen. John Rafferty Jr. (R-Montgomery), chairman of the powerful State Senate Transportation Committee, released the following statement Thursday regarding recent news accounts that Route 422 was being considered as a future toll road:
"There is no legislation pending in either the House or the Senate calling for the tolling of any specific roadways in Pennsylvania. And any thoughts or considerations of implementing tolling on any specific roads in the state to generate transportation funding are wholly premature. As chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, I have no plans to move anything adding tolling to Route 422 or any state roadway. In fact, we are currently in a holding pattern until the Governor's Transportation Funding Advisory Committee (TFAC) makes it recommendations later this summer. Even after that report is delivered, the Committee's recommendations are just suggested courses of action, not proposals that would necessarily become law."
Rafferty's 44th State Senate District includes many of the communities along the Route 422 corridor in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties and it's unlikely any plan to toll Route 422 will gain traction without his support.

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Pennsylvania State Parks to Host 'Get Outdoors Day' Events June 11

107 Trucks, 72 Drivers Placed Out of Service During Operation SAFE

Columnist: How Obama and ACORN are Sabotaging America

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

School's Out!

PA Casino Fined $26,000 for Permitting Underage Gambling

Recount Confirms Winner in Democratic Commonwealth Court Primary Election

Newspaper: Expel Weiner If He Won't Leave Congress

Lawmakers to respond to Route 422 tolling proposal

Four Southeastern Pennsylvania state legislators will hold a press conference Thursday to discuss the proposed tolling of Route 422.

The feasibility study by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission supports a plan to toll the roadway between Pottstown and King of Prussia despite widespread opposition from area residents and lawmakers.

Four members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Montgomery and Chester counties will weigh in on the report's findings during a 2 p.m. press conference at the 422 Business Center in Oaks.

Participating in the event are Reps. Warren Kampf (R-Chester/Montgomery), Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) and Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).

All four have expressed reservations in the past about tolling Route 422. (Rep. David Maloney, a Republican who represents parts of Berks County, is also opposed to the tolling plan but is not able to attend the press conference.)

For more about the tolling plan, check out this recent article in The Mercury.

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Poll: Majority of Americans Say Obama is Too Liberal For Them

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Columnist: Accusation That Voter ID Is Racist Demeans Blacks

Weiner Roast

Obama is cooking the books

It's far worse than Obama and his liberal media allies are telling us.

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DCNR Asks Residents to Help Win Trees for Pennsylvania State Parks

Crime Watch PA Magazine Takes Anti-Crime Messages Statewide

Gov. Corbett Announces Senate Confirmations


If you are an Obama supporter, I suggest you not watch this video or your head might explode from the realization you made a huge mistake in electing this guy in 2008.

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Experts back Sarah Palin’s historical account of Paul Revere

Score one for Sarah Palin.

Historians back her account of Paul Revere's ride, which was ridiculed last week by the liberal media. Turns out Palin was right and the Mainstream Media got it wrong ... again.

Experts back Sarah Palin's historical account

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10 Can't Miss National Park Hikes to Discover This Summer

Monday, June 6, 2011

Weiner scandal points to Democratic double standard

So Democratic U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner was caught his pants down. He was lying all along. What's the response from his fellow Democrats? Circle the wagons and shield Weiner.

If this was a Republican, he would have already resigned to spare his party further embarrassment. But he's a member of the Democratic Party, where pathological liars are embraced.

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Gov. Corbett Announces Recent Nominations

Pennsylvania's Earliest West Nile Virus Detection Reported

Weiner vs. Baloney

Democratic strategist frets about 'humanitarian crisis' under Obama

Democratic strategist James Carville says Obama's mishandling of the economy has created a 'humanitarian crisis' for the nation's growing unemployed. How's that for a ringing endorsement for 2012?

Carville: Obama faces 'very rough' election without job growth - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Report: Pa. schools hold more than $3B in reserve funds

Why are Pennsylvania school districts holding on to $3 billion at the same time most are raising property taxes?

Pa. schools hold more than $3B in reserve funds -

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3 more chances to watch 'Journalists Roundtable' on PCN

This week's edition of "Journalists Roundtable," the popular political commentary program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, is coming to you from the offices of The Mercury in Pottstown.

The one-hour program airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. and again on Sundays at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., as well as Mondays at 10 a.m.

The show is hosted by Bill Bova. This week's guests are Tony Phyrillas, City Editor/Political Columnist for The Mercury; and John Aberle of WCHE 1520 AM in West Chester.

PCN is shown on Comcast Channel 98 in Berks County, Service Electric Cable Channel 23 in Berks/Lehigh counties and Comcast Channel 186 in the Pottstown area.

Consult your cable guide for the Pennsylvania Cable Network channel in your area or check

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

PA Game Commission Seeks Public Input on Final Enhanced Public-Private Landowner Partnership Program

GOP: Obama, Big Labor Killing U.S. Jobs

PA Launches Farmers Market Voucher Program for Older Adults, WIC Participants

Friday, June 3, 2011

Limousine Liberals On A Roll

Obama Ignores Jobs Report

What do you do when the Labor Department reports that unemployment has reached 9.1 percent? If you're Barack Obama, you ignore mounting evidence that your economic policies have been a disaster.

POLITICO 44: Let's move on

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House condemns Obama's illegal war in Libya

More than 90 Democrats joined Republicans in the House of Representatives in calling out Barack Obama on his illegal war in Libya.

From The Washington Times:
Crossing party lines to deliver a stunning rebuke to the commander in chief, the vast majority of the House voted Friday for resolutions telling President Obama he has broken the constitutional chain of authority by committing U.S. troops to the international military mission in Libya.
Bipartisan Congress rebuffs Obama on Libya mission - Washington Times

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Columnist: Why Obama Wants To Raise Debt Ceiling

Charles Krauthammer explains what's really behind Barack Obama's "sky-is-falling" demand to raise the national debt limit: "Obama would like a $2 trillion debt-limit hike to get him past Election Day 2012."

Read the full column at the link below:

Our Salutary Debt-Ceiling Scare - HUMAN EVENTS

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Video: NewsBusted 06/03/11


Gov. Corbett Congratulates National Spelling Bee Champion and Third-Place Winner, Both from Pennsylvania

Gov. Corbett Announces Recent Nominations, Appointments

PA Outdoor Recreation Plan Best in Nation

Wiener of the Year

U.S. Unemployment Rate Climbs to 9.1%

The U.S. Department of Labor released the May jobs report Friday showing unemployment climbing to 9.1 percent.

So much for the stimulus. So much for the bailouts. So much for deficit spending. So much for the socialist policies.

The Obama Recession continues into its third year.

Pennsylvania Congressman Rep. Joe Pitts issued the following statement:
"Millions of Americans are looking for jobs, but are finding few new opportunities. Today's jobs report is more evidence that the economic policies of this administration have failed. Trillions of dollars in government spending had an insignificant effect on employment and nearly doubled the national debt in less than three years.

Last November, the American people called for a new direction. House Republicans have energetically proposed solutions to empower job creators: reducing energy prices, cutting government red tape and reforming a burdensome tax code. We need the Senate and the President to work together with us on these jobs bills. Getting Americans working again has to be Washington's first priority."

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Columnist: The Left Is Out of Ideas

Peter Heck, writing at American Thinker:
With a little over a year to go until the next national election cycle is complete, it has become apparent that from an economic standpoint, the SS Liberal has officially run out of steam. Hull weighted down with the barnacles of false promises and rudder crippled by the reckless mismanagement of a spendthrift captain from Chicago, she sits there floundering in a sea of unemployment and malaise not experienced since Jimmy Carter was at the helm.
Read the full column at the link below:

Articles: It's Official: The Left Is Out of Ideas

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Pennsylvania Girl Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lt. Gov. Cawley Leads Marcellus Shale Commission on Tour to See Impact of Natural Gas Drilling

Pennsylvania casinos take in $205M in May

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rep. Joe Pitts: Obamacare fails to curb costs

Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Pitts:
What we need is real competition and transparency. Something we don't get under Obamacare. We need patients to be able to make economic choices informed by their doctor, not a government board. Obamacare is doing little besides making our health care system more complex and more expensive. We have to start with repeal, and then we need real reforms. Reforms like purchasing across state lines, medical liability reform, and equalizing tax treatment for individuals. These are solutions that would truly bring down costs, improve the quality of care, and expand coverage.
Read the full column at the link below:

Obamacare fails to curb costs -

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American Crossroads Ad Mocks 'Tax-And-Spend' Democrats


Barack Obama's first (and only) term as president is turning into a repeat of Jimmy Carter's failed stay in the White House.

Editorial: Will 'Obamalaise' Create Another Downturn? -

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Pennsylvania 'surplus' grows to $540 million

Although the state is saddled with a $4 billion debt left by former Gov. Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania has collected $540 million more than anticipated with one more month to go in the current fiscal year.

Democrats want to spend every penny of the windfall, but then again, isn't that how we got into the currrent fiscal hole in the first place?

Revenue Department Releases May Collections

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'Journalists Roundtable' comes to Pottstown

This week's edition of "Journalists Roundtable," the popular political commentary program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, comes to you from the offices of The Mercury in Pottstown.

The one-hour program airs Thursdays at 8 PM and re-airs Sundays at 5 PM and 11 PM as well as Mondays at 10 AM. The show is hosted by Bill Bova.

This week's panel features Tony Phyrillas, city editor/political columnist for The Mercury and John Aberle, host of "Life Unedited with John Aberle" on WCHE 1520 AM in West Chester.

PCN is shown on Comcast Channel 98 in Berks County, Service Electric Cable Channel 23 in Berks/Lehigh counties and Comcast Channel 186 in the Pottstown area.

Consult your cable guide for the Pennsylvania Cable Network channel in your area or check the PCN website.

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Number of government-owned limos has soared under Obama

Democrats really are "Limousine Liberals."

So what if 15 million Americans are out of work? So what if 1 in 7 Americans are on food stamps? So what if home foreclosures are at record levels? So what if poverty levels have reached a new high under the Obama regime?

The liberal elites are still riding in style.

A new report by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity says the Obama Administration has nearly doubled the number of limos for the political class in Washington compared to the last year of the Bush Administration.

From the report:
According to General Services Administration data, the number of limousines in the federal fleet increased from 238 in fiscal 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 412 in 2010. Much of the 73 percent increase — 111 of the 174 additional limos — took place in fiscal 2009, more than eight months of which corresponded with Obama's first year in office.
Read the full report "Limousine liberals? Number of government-owned limos has soared under Obama" here.

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