Friday, October 31, 2008

RNC: Obama's Promise Breaker

RNC: Obama's Promise Breaker

RNC: The Choice

RNC: The Choice

Election Day Spirit



Most people have a campaign sign or two on their lawn, but this Berks County homeowner has put a lot more work in her display, decorating her front yard with life-size cardboard cut-outs of candidates and other assorted characters. The woman behind the display is Reading-area artist Vickie Rhodier, whose political cartoons have been featured on this blog.

Heritage Calls on TV Stations to Stop Airing Obama's False Ad

Heritage Calls on TV Stations to Stop Airing Obama's False Ad

Republican National Committee: The Chicago Boys

Republican National Committee: The Chicago Boys

Obama the Cheapskate

"Barack Obama would 'spread the wealth' as president, but until lately the Obamas were giving less than 1% of their own high incomes to the needy and neglecting even poverty-stricken blood relatives," says Investor's Business Daily, which has found another serious character flaw in the would-be president.

From an editorial in Investor's Business Daily:
Sen. Barack Obama is apparently quite a cheapskate when it comes to giving to charity. From 2001 to 2004, the tax returns for Mr. and Mrs. Ebenezer Obama show less than $8,500 in donations out of the nearly $1 million they made.

In 2005 and 2006, with book royalties making them millionaires, their charitable contributions rose to about 5% of income. But how "charitable" are some of the causes Obama supports? In 2006, for instance, he gave more than $20,000 to the notorious Rev. Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Imagine that. Giving tens of thousands of dollars to someone who preaches "not God Bless America; God damn America!" from the pulpit. It remains incomprehensible that John McCain chose not to hammer home Obama's close association with Wright. The Wright issue has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with radical ideology.
Read the full editorial, "All Charisma, No Heart," at the newspaper's Web site.

Anti-Obama Activism Planned in 50 Cities

Anti-Obama Activism Planned in 50 Cities; "'Main Street' America Unite: Obama is not 'Main Street!'" Sunday and Monday, Nov. 2 & 3

Thursday, October 30, 2008

LA Times has its hands full

National Taxpayers Union: It's Your Money, So Vote That Way

National Taxpayers Union: It's Your Money, So Vote That Way

'King of the Infomercial' Pans Obama's Half-Hour Special

'King of the Infomercial' Pans Obama's Half-Hour Special

Pennsylvania's $400 million question

By Matthew J. Brouillette

How will you vote on Tuesday, November 4th?

No, I'm not talking about the race for the White House. Nor am I talking about the Congressional or state House and Senate races. I'm talking about the "Water and Sewer Improvements Bond Referendum."

I know, I know, it's not the kind of election stuff you find on the front page of newspapers, but how you vote will determine whether or not you will put your children and my children further into debt.

Right now, the average citizen in Pennsylvania has a state and local government debt burden of nearly $9,000. But our politicians in Harrisburg want to add more to the $110 billion you already owe. $400 million more.

Here's the question you'll see on the ballot:

Do you favor the incurring of indebtedness by the Commonwealth of $400,000,000 for grants and loans to municipalities and public utilities for the cost of all labor, materials, necessary operational machinery and equipment, lands, property, rights and easements, plans and specifications, surveys, estimates of costs and revenues, prefeasibility studies, engineering and legal services and all other expenses necessary or incident to the acquisition, construction, improvement, expansion, extension, repair or rehabilitation of all or part of drinking water system, storm water, nonpoint source projects, nutrient credits and wastewater treatment system projects?

Most likely, voters will overwhelmingly approve this measure, just as they have in the past. Whether it was the $625 million for Growing Greener II in 2005 or the $20 million bond issue to compensate Persian Gulf veterans in 2006, voters don't seem to have much trouble allowing lawmakers to put us further into debt.

Of course, Governor Rendell and the General Assembly are OK with asking you for approval of more spending on questions like "Do you want clean water?" or "Do you support the troops?" Who can vote against those things?

But those same politicians never ask you if we want to go into massive bonded debt to pay $45 million for a soccer stadium in Chester, $35 million for a baseball stadium in Lackawanna County, $250 million for a cargo airport in Hazle Township, $12.5 million for a 200-room lodge in Tioga County, or a slew of other pork barrel projects. They just do it, like they did to pay for these projects last July — when they borrowed over $3 billion on the taxpayers’ credit card.

Citizens should rightly wonder why they are not given the opportunity to vote "YES" or "NO" on bonded debt for corporate welfare and other pork barrel projects, and are only asked about bonds for municipal water and sewer projects — a generally accepted responsibility of government. Politicians don't ask because they already know the answer to the former and they can pass the buck on the latter.

You should also know that there’s some fine print that doesn't appear at the bottom of the ballot question. That $400 million debt is really closer to $621 million. Just like any other loan, taxpayers will have to pay back both the principal and the interest over a 20-year period for this new bonded debt.

Our calculations at the Commonwealth Foundation suggest that — after all the debt is issued ($11.2 million and $23.1 million in 2009-10 and 2010-11, respectively) — the annual taxpayer costs for the next two decades for just this ballot issue will be approximately $31 million.

For the average family of four in Pennsylvania, their share will be another $130 in new debt payments which will be paid back with General Fund revenues (i.e. state income, sales, and business taxes). That may not sound like a lot, but when you add in the debt service for the other $110 billion in outstanding debt we're beginning to talk about some real money. Furthermore, given that Pennsylvania is already facing a budget shortfall — some lawmakers estimate it to be as high as $3 billion by the fiscal year’s end — is now really the time to be adding another mandated cost to the taxpayers?

So how will you vote on November 4th? It is unfortunate that you didn't get to vote on the billions in pork-barrel debt you've already been strapped with, but next Tuesday you will get to decide if you can afford another spending program. For you, that's the $400 million question.

Matthew J. Brouillette is president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation (www.CommonwealthFoundation.org), a public policy research and educational institute located in Harrisburg.

Check out Economists For McCain Web site

Check out the Economists For McCain Web site to see what hundreds of leading economists have to say about the John McCain tax plan versus the Barack Obama tax plan.

FRC Action PAC Launches Newspaper, Radio Ads in Five States

FRC Action PAC Launches Newspaper, Radio Ads in Five States

RNC: Obama and Guns

RNC: Obama and Guns

RNC: Obama/Khalidi Relationship Rundown

RNC: Obama/Khalidi Relationship Rundown

RNC: Hall Adviser Fired, Linked To Ohio Voting Fraud Probe

RNC: Hall Adviser Fired, Linked To Ohio Voting Fraud Probe

Republican National Committee: Possible Voter-Fraud Cases Keep Cropping Up

Republican National Committee: Possible Voter-Fraud Cases Keep Cropping Up

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Conservative blogs dominate 'Influence' rankings

Conservative bloggers continue to dominate the Pennsylvania's Most Influential Political blogs listing at BlogNetNews.com, holding four of the Top 5 spots and seven of the Top 10.

Here's this week's list:

1 Pawatercooler.com
2 TONY PHYRILLAS
3 GrassrootsPA
4 Save The GOP
4 PolitickerPA
6 THE CENTRIST
7 POLICY BLOG
8 Comments From Left Field
9 Lehigh Valley Ramblings
10 The College Politico

Guest column: End pay-to-play cronyism in Harrisburg

By Rep. Doug Reichley

As the 2007-2008 legislative session concludes, reformers in Harrisburg can list few true accomplishments that have fundamentally altered the atmosphere in Harrisburg. We failed to restrict cronyism and end "pay-to-play," two aspects of an old boy network that continues to run rampant in the halls of the Capitol.

In late September, state Reps. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), Glen Grell (R-Cumberland), Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery) and I introduced a package of bills, along with legislation previously introduced by Rep. Craig Dally (R-Northampton), to end the "Pay-to-Play" mindset that has descended on Harrisburg during the Rendell administration. However, House Democrats turned their backs on this attempt at sweeping reform of blatant governmental abuses.

What were we trying to accomplish with this legislation? Over the last two years, the governor has utilized loopholes in state laws regulating how contracts for the purchase of goods and professional services are issued. Simply put, our legislation sought to prevent the governor from awarding lucrative no-bid contracts to political supporters and former associates.

The first glaring example of this was revealed last year with the award of a contract for more than $1 million to the governor's former law firm Ballard Spahr under the "emergency provisions" of the procurement code. Taxpayers footed the bill for legal work to write the law which would have imposed tolls on the I-80 federal highway and increased the very unpopular Pittsburgh drink tax. Not only was this contract improper in light of the dozens of lawyers employed by the governor, the Department of Transportation, and the four legislative caucuses, but there was not anything resembling an "emergency" to justify the award of this no-bid contract to the law firm which currently employs the governor's former chief of staff, former deputy chief of staff, and the husband of the woman the governor chose as State Treasurer.

The governor's questionable no-bid handouts also resulted in a computer systems company winning the contract for a data powerhouse with the Department of General Services. This contract was extended without allowing competitors to bid on the contract, which is worth more than $4 million. This no-bid award was justified on the grounds it was in "the best interest of the Commonwealth," even though there were other service providers who wanted to submit a bid on the project, but they never found out about this opportunity until after the contract was extended.

Finally, the no-bid reward process hit a new low this year when the governor's Office of General Counsel gave a contract without competitive bidding to a Texas law firm to handle a lucrative lawsuit on behalf of the Commonwealth against a drug manufacturer. This same firm donated $26,000 to the governor's last campaign in 2006, provided the use of a personal jet worth $14,000, and donated another $10,000 to the Democratic Governors Association which happened to be headed by Rendell at the time. Was this just a coincidence?

These are not just petty examples of the unbridled use of power in the Capitol. Attorney General Tom Corbett has uncovered allegations of the assignment of contracts worth millions of dollars by both House caucuses which were awarded on a no-bid basis. Our legislation would be an important step to improve transparency in the operations of state government, but would also result in savings to taxpayers by obtaining competitive bids from prospective vendors.

We attached three of our bills as amendments to a procurement code bill on the House calendar, but House Democrats led my Majority Leader Bill DeWeese ignored these good government measures at a time when people have had it with the cronyism in Harrisburg.

DeWeese and House Democrats shunned the outcry to clean up Harrisburg in the most substantive way in the last two years. Based on this record, does anyone really believe Rep. DeWeese and the House Democrats can be leaders for reform in the Capitol.

State Rep. Doug Reichley is a Republican who represents the 134th House District in Berks and Lehigh counties.<

RNC Denounces ACORN's Charges of Voter Suppression

RNC Denounces ACORN's Charges of Voter Suppression

RNC: Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations

RNC: Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations

RNC: Ex-Subprime Bank Executive Finances Obama

RNC: Ex-Subprime Bank Executive Finances Obama

Taxpayer group grades Congressional candidates

Before you vote on Nov. 4, find out how Congressional candidates voted on fiscal issues.

Taxpayer Group's Database Tracks Hundreds of Congressional Candidates' Stances on Fiscal Issues

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

ACORN Owes Millions in Taxes

ACORN Owes Millions in Taxes

Authors, Publishers, and Google Reach Landmark Settlement

Authors, Publishers, and Google Reach Landmark Settlement

'ACORN Uses Public Funds to Steal Elections, Now Your Gun Rights,' Says SAF

'ACORN Uses Public Funds to Steal Elections, Now Your Gun Rights,' Says SAF

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Keep The Change'

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Keep The Change'

'Jane Roe' reminds voters that control of Supreme Court at stake on Nov. 4

'Jane Roe' Releases Video for JustONEJudge.com Encouraging Millions of Americans to Vote a Week From Today to support a culture of life

VotesPA.com Ranks Among Top 5 State Elections Web Sites

VotesPA.com Ranks Among Top 5 State Elections Web Sites

RNC Announces Pennsylvania Swing of 'Victory 2008' Bus Tour

RNC Announces Pennsylvania Swing of 'Victory 2008' Bus Tour

Workers and the Economy Will Be Biggest Losers Under Democrat's Rule in DC, Warns EmployerReport.com

Workers and the Economy Will Be Biggest Losers Under Democrat's Rule in DC, Warns EmployerReport.com

Newspaper: Vote 'NO' on PA ballot question

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is urging Pennsylvania voters to reject a request by the Rendell Administration to borrow $400 million for water and sewer projects.

From an editorial in today's edition:
The language of the referendum is too vague. And its proceeds are ripe for political machinations. The money is tied to no specific project. What's to prevent Gov. Ed Rendell or legislative friends of the nearly half-billion dollars in new borrowing to direct this money to pet "economic development" projects in, say, the Poconos?

So, we're "against" infrastructure help, right? Wrong. It's just that there are better ways to finance these vital upgrades without yet again diving into the taxpayers' pockets so deep that the soles of their feet are cut.

Government-types are delusional if they don't think there's $400 million in state budget waste. And what about all that glorious be-all and end-all money from slots machines?
Read the full editorial at the newspaper's Web site.

I also recommend a NO vote to send a message to Harrisburg that elected officials have to start living within their means.

Republican National Committee: Liberals in Lockstep

Republican National Committee: Liberals in Lockstep

Glenn Beck is voting for Sarah Palin

Salena Zito of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review has an interesting post today about where popular radio talk show host Glenn Beck stands on the 2008 presidential race.

Beck has endorsed Sarah Palin (and by extension, John McCain).

Beck says he considered all the presidential candidates and found them all lacking:
I don't see any of them that actually believe in you, who actually is you, except Sarah Palin. So I'm going to pull the lever for John McCain and let the Lord sort it out. I want somebody that just, whose compass points north. Even though all these candidates think their compass points north, it doesn't. It's pointing east and some places it's pointing south. In Barack Obama it is pointing south. He says that it's pointing north, it's to you, but it's not. It's to the government, it's to Washington, it's to the special interests. John McCain I think points somewhere maybe northeast. It's in the right direction but it's not right. Sarah Palin points to you. I'm casting my vote for Sarah Palin.
Read the full post at Zito's blog.

RNC: Obama's 'Redistribution' Constitution

RNC: Obama's 'Redistribution' Constitution

A guide to Pennsylvania rednecks

In response to recent comments by U.S. Congressman John Murtha that his constituents are racists and/or rednecks if they don't vote for Barack Obama, radio host and political commentator Doug Giles offers his own guide to Pennsylvania voters.

From Giles' column:
I have a question for my readers: Do you think Murtha works on being consistently ridiculous or does it come naturally? I think it's a natural gifting that's right up there with Gary Busey's brilliance.

Look, if not buying Barack's gobbledygook makes one a redneck then all I have to say is ... Yee-frickin'-haw! Slap some Charlie Daniels on the CD player, boil some crawdads and pass the moonshine, Jedediah, because I too ain't buying what he's a sellin'.
Here's a sampling from Giles designed to help Pennsylvania voters decided where they stand.

* If you think "socialism" when you hear Barack say "change," then you might be a redneck.

* If you think there's nothing about San Francisco that a rise in the ocean level could not cure, then you might be a redneck.

* If you think slick politicians who rise from a political dung heap like Chicago might not be the fresh breeze they purport to be, then you might be a redneck.

* If you think Michael Moore is John Murtha and Joy Behar's love child, then you might be a redneck.

* If you actually believe Obama's close buddy Bill Ayers when he says he's an anarchist, a Marxist and is unashamed of bombing the Pentagon and the Capitol building, then you might be a redneck.

* If you think Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor for 20 years, is more unhinged than a spider monkey that just had turpentine poured on its butt, then you might be a redneck.

Read the full list, "Pennsylvanian Voters: You Might Be a Redneck If ..." at Gile's Web site, http://clashradio.com/

Follow the leader

Monday, October 27, 2008

Richard Viguerie: Stevens Conviction Symptomatic of Culture of Corruption in Politics

Richard Viguerie: Stevens Conviction Symptomatic of Culture of Corruption in Politics

RNC: Acorn Linked to Voter Irregularities

RNC: Acorn Linked to Voter Irregularities

Rendell signs dog bill into law

PA's New Dog Law Provides Better Protections for 'Man's Best Friend,' says Gov. Rendell During Ceremonial Bill Signing

Trick-or-Treat Obama style



The cartoon above is the work of William Warren and is distributed by Americans for Limited Government. In recent years, William has swept the college cartoonist awards, and last year, upon graduation from Wake Forest, he was presented with the highly coveted Charles M. Schulz Award by the Scripps Howard Foundation. For more information about Americans for Limited Government, visit www.getliberty.org

Republican National Committee: Obama's Redistributionist Economics

Republican National Committee: Obama's Redistributionist Economics

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Report says Obama Inaugural Address already written

Don't bother to vote on Nov. 4, folks. The liberal media and ACORN have already elected Barack Obama as president.

The Democratic Party nominee is so sure he's got this election in the bag that he's already written his inaugural address, according to none other than The New York Times, the official newsletter of the Obama Campaign.

RNC: AUDACITY WATCH: Obama Inaugural Address Already Written

The Election Choice: Taxes

The choice is simple on Nov. 4.

If you want to pay more taxes, elect Barack Obama.

If you want to pay less taxes, elect John McCain.

The Election Choice: Taxes

More Democratic Party dirty tricks?

RNC: Government Computers Used to Find Information on Joe the Plumber

Tax group backs Jim Gilmore for Senate seat in Va.

Political Action Arm of Nation's Largest Taxpayer Group Supports Jim Gilmore for Senate

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) says Dems will raise taxes, cut defense spending

A peak into the future if Barack Obama is elected. Higher taxes and a cut in defense spending are in order. That means a return to the Jimmy Carter era. A weak economy and humiliation from our enemies.

Republican National Committee: They Said It! Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on Increasing Taxes and Cutting Defense Spending

Radio Address by President Bush to the Nation

Radio Address by President Bush to the Nation

Obama to U.S. Companies: "Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out"

Obama to U.S. Companies: "Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out"

Friday, October 24, 2008

SE PA business groups endorse in Legislative races

The board of directors for SEPAC, the Political Action Committee from multiple chambers of commerce in Southeastern Pennsylvania has announced its endorsements for the Nov. 4 election.

Endorsements are based on the candidate's voting records and positions on business issues, SEPAC board chairman Ken Russell said in a written statement.

"The candidates endorsed by SEPAC recognize the needs of businesses in Southeast PA and across the Commonwealth.," Russell said. "They understand what is required to improve the business climate in Pennsylvania, including addressing increasing healthcare costs, the lowering of business taxes, putting an end to overreaching business regulations and promoting sound energy policies."

SEPAC members represent the Delaware County, Main Line and TriCounty Area Chambers of Commerce (which has members in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties.)

"These three chambers of commerce represent over 5,000 members across four counties, and are the premier business advocacy organizations within Southeastern Pennsylvania," Russell said. "Our Board feels a thriving economy impacts the residents, municipalities, and institutions of the area, as well as all of Pennsylvania. Support of pro-business policies will go a long way towards keeping Southeastern Pennsylvania a great place to live, work, and raise a family."
ENDORSED CANDIDATES FOR GENERAL ELECTION 2008

William Adolph (R), 165th District - - Incumbent, State House of Representatives

Steven Barrar (R), 160th District - - Incumbent, State House of Representatives

Guy Ciarrocchi (R), 157th District – Candidate for State House of Representatives

Mario Civera (R), 164th District - - Incumbent, State House of Representatives

Michael Gerber
(D), 148th District - Incumbent, State House of Representatives

Richard Gokey
(R), 130th District – Candidate for State House of Representatives

Timothy Hennessey (R), 26th District - - Incumbent, State House of Representatives

Thomas Killion (R), 168th District - - Incumbent, State House of Representatives

Lynne Lechter (R), 149th District – Candidate for State House of Representatives

Bob Mensch (R), 147th District - - Incumbent, State House of Representatives

Nicholas Miccarelli (R), 162nd District - - Candidate for State House of Representatives

Nicholas Micozzie
(R), 163rd District - - Incumbent, State House of Representatives

Duane Milne (R), 167th District - - Incumbent, State House of Representatives

Thomas Quigley
(R), 160th District - - Incumbent, State House of Representatives

Douglas Reichley
(R), 134th District - - Incumbent, State House of Representatives

Michael O'Pake (D), 11th District - - Incumbent, State Senate

Dominic Pileggi (R), 9th District - - Incumbent, State Senate

Republican National Committee: They Said It! Obama on Spreading the Wealth

Republican National Committee: They Said It! Obama on Spreading the Wealth

American Small Business League backs McCain

McCain's Website Demonstrates His Uncanny Power to Understand the Need of American Small Business Owners

PA GOP Reveals New Witness in ACORN Suit

State GOP Reveals New Witness in ACORN Suit

Thursday, October 23, 2008

An inside look at the corrupt liberal media

A reader tipped me off to an excellent op-ed written by Orson Scott Card about the sad state of American journalism. It's very long, but worth reading. Below are highlights from the column, "Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?" by Orson Scott Card, a Democrat and a newspaper columnist.
An open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America:

I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know.

This housing crisis didn't come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration.

It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor people. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were authorized to approve risky loans.

This was completely foreseeable and in fact many people did foresee it. One political party, in Congress and in the executive branch, tried repeatedly to tighten up the rules. The other party blocked every such attempt and tried to loosen them.

I have no doubt that if these facts had pointed to the Republican Party or to John McCain as the guilty parties, you would be treating it as a vast scandal. "Housing-gate," no doubt. Or "Fannie-gate."

Instead, it was Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, both Democrats, who denied that there were any problems, who refused Bush administration requests to set up a regulatory agency to watch over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and who were still pushing for these agencies to go even further in promoting sub-prime mortgage loans almost up to the minute they failed.

Now let's follow the money ... right to the presidential candidate who is the number-two recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae.

And after Freddie Raines, the CEO of Fannie Mae who made $90 million while running it into the ground, was fired for his incompetence, one presidential candidate's campaign actually consulted him for advice on housing.

If that presidential candidate had been John McCain, you would have called it a major scandal and we would be getting stories in your paper every day about how incompetent and corrupt he was.

But instead, that candidate was Barack Obama, and so you have buried this story, and when the McCain campaign dared to call Raines an "adviser" to the Obama campaign — because that campaign had sought his advice — you actually let Obama's people get away with accusing McCain of lying, merely because Raines wasn't listed as an official adviser to the Obama campaign.

If you who produce our local daily paper actually had any principles, you would be pounding this story, because the prosperity of all Americans was put at risk by the foolish, short-sighted, politically selfish, and possibly corrupt actions of leading Democrats, including Obama.

If you who produce our local daily paper had any personal honor, you would find it unbearable to let the American people believe that somehow Republicans were to blame for this crisis.

If you had any principles, then surely right now, when the American people are set to blame President Bush and John McCain for a crisis they tried to prevent, and are actually shifting to approve of Barack Obama because of a crisis he helped cause, you would be laboring at least as hard to correct that false impression.

Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth. That's what you claim you do, when you accept people's money to buy or subscribe to your paper.

But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie — that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain, and the Republicans. You have trained the American people to blame everything bad — even bad weather — on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.

If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth — even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate.

Because that's what honorable people do. Honest people tell the truth even when they don't like the probable consequences. That's what honesty means. That's how trust is earned.

So I ask you now: Do you have any standards at all? Do you even know what honesty means?

Is getting people to vote for Barack Obama so important that you will throw away everything that journalism is supposed to stand for?

If you do not tell the truth about the Democrats — including Barack Obama — and do so with the same energy you would use if the miscreants were Republicans — then you are not journalists by any standard.
You can read the full column by clicking here.

Gerlach, Williams earn key endorsements

Here's a shocker. The Philadelphia Inquirer, the state's most liberal newspaper, has endorsed two Republican candidates for Congress. You heard it right.

The newspaper is backing GOP challenger Craig Williams for Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District over incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak.

Here's what the newspaper says about Williams:
Voters, though, have an equally impressive choice in Williams, 44, who saw military service with the Marines in Operation Desert Storm and also as a military lawyer. Williams' star factor stems from having spent his high school years in Alaska, where his brother eventually went on to write speeches for Gov. Sarah Palin. Palin gave Williams a shout-out in a campaign ad.

On issues, Williams brings a welcome fiscally conservative outlook. Electing CRAIG WILLIAMS also would help assure balance in the House under the Democratic ascendancy that appears to be under way.
The Inquirer is also urging voters to re-elect Rep. Jim Gerlach in the 6th Congressional District over Democratic challenger Bob Roggio.

Here's what the newspaper says about Gerlach:
Always a thoughtful lawmaker dating back to his years as a state senator and state representative, Gerlach, 53, seeks a middle ground in the GOP caucus. It means he's strong on the environment, transit and other infrastructure investments, but in step with the Bush administration's tax cuts and other core Republican policies of limited government. A measure of his success is support from labor as well as business interests.

Former business executive Bob Roggio has made politics a second career and avocation, but he still may be to the left of this district on a range of issues. If JIM GERLACH can maintain his independence, he's best for the 6th District.
Read the full endorsement editorial on SE Pennsylvania Congressional races at the newspaper's Web site.

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Completes Category 3 Resort Licensing Hearings

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Completes Category 3 Resort Licensing Hearings

Barney Frank has friends in the housing industry

Isn't this nice? The man who had more to do with the collapse of the housing market in the United States is being honored by the housing industry.

Congressman Barney Frank to Receive Award and Deliver Speech at National Housing Forum October 28

Cortes Responds to Voter Fraud Suit Allegations

Cortes Responds to Voter Fraud Suit Allegations

Ex-ACORN Worker: 'I Paid the Price' for Voter Registration Fraud

Ex-ACORN Worker: 'I Paid the Price' for Voter Registration Fraud

Blunt: Democrats' Long History of Rewarding ACORN

Blunt: Democrats' Long History of Rewarding ACORN

Over 2.5 Million Watch CatholicVote.com Video

Over 2.5 Million Watch CatholicVote.com Video

Tony Phyrillas on the radio

Tune in for predictions on state and national races on this week's edition of "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas and Mike Pincus" Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

You can join the conversation by calling the station at 610-326-4000.

"Talking Politics" can also be heard live online at http://www.1370wpaz.com/ and http://www.pottsmerc.com/

Vote NO for more PA debt

Pennsylvania voters will be asked Nov. 4 to approve $400 million in new borrowing for water and sewer infrastructure projects.

I'm voting NO on the referendum question and urge my fellow Pennsylvanians to do likewise.

The well has run dry for Gov. Ed Rendell. He has increased state spending my more than $7 billion since taking office in 2003. He has increased state debt by another $3 billion.

It's time to take away his credit card.

There are probably many worthwhile projects that need to be funded in Pennsylvania, but Gov. Ed Rendell and the free-spending state Legislature have squandered their credibility on spending issues. I don't trust Rendell or the Legislature with my money. I will not support handing the Harrisburg bunch another $400 million.

Joe Hilliard, writing at The Lehigh Valley Political Blog, has similar sentiments:
Government is out of control. At all levels. And it is both parties that have contributed to the explosion of spending and debt at all levels of government. Politicians fund deficit spending with borrowed money, which will have to be repaid sometime. And for any debt incurred, double the cost to reflect the repayment obligations. Think the sub-prime mortgage market created a financial disaster? Wait till all levels of government collapse and can not borrow or borrowing costs explode. We are living beyond our means. We can either accept our responsibility to future generations and ease off our living on credit cards. Or we can keep maxing out our plastic until the bills MUST be paid and suffer grave consequences.
Read Hilliard's full analysis "What's another $400 million?" at The Lehigh Valley Political Blog.

Former PA Governor Tom Ridge Joins 'Victory 2008' Bus Tour Through Keystone State

RNC: Former PA Governor Tom Ridge Joins 'Victory 2008' Bus Tour Through Keystone State

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pennsylvania Game Commission 2009 Calendar on Sale



Pennsylvania Game Commission 2009 Calendar on Sale; Game Commission Urges Hunters to Consider Sharing Venison

Rendell aide: No ACORNs here

Despite growing evidence that ACORN has brought its voter registration fraud campaign to Pennsylvania, the state official in charge of overseeing elections says everything is fine in the Keystone State. Did I mention that he's a Democrat?

Cortes Responds to Republican Allegations

Green Party First to Endorse Election Integrity Pledge

Green Party Becomes First Political Party to Endorse Election Integrity Pledge

Sarah Palin on 'SNL'

Sarah Palin on 'SLN'

Republican National Committee: Obama's Troubling Judgment

Republican National Committee: Obama's Troubling Judgment

Republican National Committee: In Case You Missed It - It Doesn't Compute: Obama's Tax Plan a Ruse

Republican National Committee: In Case You Missed It - It Doesn't Compute: Obama's Tax Plan a Ruse

Republican National Committee: Obama and the Tax Tipping Point

Republican National Committee: Obama and the Tax Tipping Point

RNC: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

RNC: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Voter registration reaches record 8.7 million in PA

A record-setting 8.73 million Pennsylvanians are registered to vote as of Oct. 20, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Of that total, 4.4 million voters registered as Democrats; 3.2 million as Republicans; 458,617 under no affiliation; and 568,065 as "other."

There were 8.36 million registered Pennsylvania voters prior to the 2004 General Election, according to a state press release.

Despite growing reports of voter registration fraud allegations involving the group ACORN, the Rendell administration says it does not anticipate any problems with the Nov. 4 election.

That brought a sharp rebuke from the Pennsylvania Republican Committee, which filed a lawsuit on Friday against the state and ACORN, claiming that ACORN has filed fraudulent voter registration forms.

"The U.S. District Attorney's office is investigating fraudulent voter registrations in Philadelphia and local law enforcement officials and agencies are investigating issues in several other Pennsylvania counties," PA GOP Chairman Robert Gleason said. "Why aren't Governor Rendell and Secretary Cortés questioning the activities of a group that has burdened county election officials with potentially bogus registrations which will prevent legitimate registrations from being cast on Election Day?"

To read the full statement by the PA GOP, visit the party's Web site, http://www.pagop.org

Change or more of the same?

Steve Fuhs, the reform candidate for Pennsylvania's 11th state Senate District has come up with catchy way to remind Berks County voters that they can make a huge change in state politics this year.

Simple signs stating, "After 40 years, it's time for a change," have sprung up all over Berks County.

The signs refer to Fuhs' opponent, state Sen. Mike O'Pake, who has served in the state Legislature for the past 40 years. O'Pake wants another four years in Harrisburg.

Fuhs supports the elimination of property taxes, lower state spending and reduction in business taxes to stimulate the state's economy and create jobs. He also supports a variety of reform measures in state government.

For more on Fuhs, visit his campaign Web site.

Online Tax Calculator Reveals How Much Obama Tax Hikes Will Cost You

Americans for Tax Reform and Rutledge Capital Release Version 2.0 of Obama-McCain 401(k) Tax Calculator

Conservative blogs dominate 'Influence' rankings

Conservative bloggers hold 4 of the 5 spots in the Top 5 ... and 6 of the Top 10 spots in this week's Influence ranking at BlogNetNews.com

No change at the top with PAWaterCooler.com and TONY PHYRILLAS holding 1-2 for the second week in a row.

Here's this week's Top 10 with conservative blogs highlighted.

Pennsylvania's Most Influential Political blogs

Rank Blog Prev
1 Pawatercooler.com 1
2 TONY PHYRILLAS 2
3 Lehigh Valley Ramblings 4
4 GrassrootsPA 7
5 POLICY BLOG 3
6 Suburban Guerrilla 5
7 THE CENTRIST 6
8 PolitickerPA 9
9 Save The GOP 11
10 The Lu Lac Political Letter -

Rendell Orders Continuation of Parole of Non-Violent Offenders

PA Governor Rendell Orders Continuation of Parole of Non-Violent Offenders

Marriage Referendum Leads 52% to 43% Among Likely California Voters

Marriage Referendum Leads 52% to 43% Among Likely California Voters

They Said It! Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) On Raising Taxes

Republican National Committee: They Said It! Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) On Raising Taxes

RNC: John McCain and an Army of Joes

RNC: John McCain and an Army of Joes

ATR: Obama's 'Spread the Wealth' Plan Raises Taxes on Two-thirds of Small Business Profits

ATR: Obama's 'Spread the Wealth' Plan Raises Taxes on Two-thirds of Small Business Profits

RNC: ACORN's Voter Registration Sloppiness Could Create Problems Come Election Day

RNC: ACORN's Voter Registration Sloppiness Could Create Problems Come Election Day

RNC Launches New Web Site: 'RNCDonors.com'

RNC Launches New Web Site: 'RNCDonors.com'

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Obama Blurs the Facts on Born Alive Infants Protection Act

Obama Blurs the Facts on Born Alive Infants Protection Act

Republican National Committee: FBI Investigates ACORN for Voter Fraud

Republican National Committee: FBI Investigates ACORN for Voter Fraud

RNC: 200,000 Voting Registrations In Doubt

RNC: 200,000 Voting Registrations In Doubt

RNC Launches New Ad: 'Chair'

RNC Launches New Ad: 'Chair'

'Demand a Character Check from Obama'

It's Time to Demand a Character Check from Obama

By William Owens Jr.

What in the world is going on within the minds of all Americans? How much more questionable association and potentially illegal activity do we need to witness regarding Senator Barack Obama before we seriously consider the implications of the risk that he poses against this country’s safety, independence, and patriotism?

There is a reason for this "rush to the edge of socialism" of the part of Obama. The American people have simply forgotten about our history. We have simply lost focus on who we are, based on where we have come from.

On June 23, 1775, on the day George Washington left the city to take command of the Continental Army Reverend William Smith said, "Religion and liberty must flourish or fall together in America. We pray that both may be perpetual."

In 1774, Thomas Jefferson said, "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time."

The very axiom of America's identity is founded upon freedom of choice, freedom of religion, and freedom to think the way we choose to think, not being coerced into believing any message that is void of these fundamental ideals.

Truth is, Obama talks so much about his fundamental differences, but says nothing about where they come from. If you look closely at his character and the character of others that he espouses and associates with, you will find not simply a problem but a REAL DANGER! Because Obama is evasive about so many things you have to surmise that he is lying. Yes – lying. Consider this:

- For example, while Obama promises to give tax cuts to 95% of middle class America, he refuses to make clear that only 40% of Americans would even qualify for such a tax cut. This is a fallacy.

- When he tells us that we will receive the same medical coverage as him and his wife, he fails to tell us that supply (doctors) and demand (patients) makes this mathematically impossible, unless GOVERNMENT decides who gets the operation or medicine and who doesn't. This is socialized medicine!

- When he justifies the rights of women to have choice regarding the child that is in their wombs, he most definitely ensures that the race of Black Americans continues to decline.

- When he denies association with an un-repented terrorist—and then admits his association only after the evidence of it comes to the forefront — he simply validates how he would bring corruption within the highest office of the world.

Obama's campaign strategy is definitely not to bring unity among Americans. Rather, it is to create division through class warfare by articulating the grievances of the people to the people in hopes of creating himself as the agent of "change." However, he fails miserably in articulating a clear administration that will guide this country with a firm, experienced outlook that embraces the sentiments of Jefferson and Reverend Smith. We must never forget that ours is the oldest Republic in the world and could never exist outside of the Judeo-Christian faith based Constitution and Bill of Rights that we hold dear.

Obama's old playbook of socialistic adopted politics is patterned after a socialistic regime. He adopts the practices of a "global mindset" rather than an American one. Teenage boys don militant style uniforms and chant, "Yes, we can!" (See WorldNetDaily). They might as well yell, "Hail Barack." Once we began to hail anyone, we lose our identity and instead, forget how to think and act for ourselves. Think back to communistic Europe; it's the same pattern and will have the same effect.

I say, "Demand character references from Obama;" I say, "Validate his integrity based on his record," and I say, "Prove his associates by demanding a thorough inquisition on who they are, what they believe and what they have done." If the sum total does not equal life liberty and the pursuit of happiness — while celebrating the divine nature of the Constitution — Obama (and no man who does not qualify) should become president of these United States of America, land of the free, and home of the brave.

William Owens Jr. is author of seven books, including "Obama: Why Black America Should Have Doubts." He is president and founder of Higher Standard Enterprises Inc., a multi-media company focusing on publishing books and developing productions that speak to the issues of country and community. He has been featured on radio and TV shows throughout the country regarding numerous issues within the scope of politics and religion. He resides in North Carolina.

20,000 visitors

Another milestone at THE CENTRIST. My site counter has recorded 20,000 unique visitors since the site was launched in 2005. Traffic to this blog has doubled in just the past seven months. Thanks for spending time here ... and come back again.

Catch Phyrillas on radio today

Tune in for predictions on state and national races on this week's edition of "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas and Mike Pincus" Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

You can join the conversation by calling the station at 610-326-4000.

"Talking Politics" can also be heard live online at http://www.1370wpaz.com/ and http://www.pottsmerc.com/

Five Things You Might Not Know About Obama's Small Business Tax Hikes

Five Things You Might Not Know About Obama's Small Business Tax Hikes

Obama: 'Spread the Wealth'

Richard Viguerie: Obama's 'Spread the Wealth' Blunder Reveals His Real Goal for America - Socialism

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Five Things You Might Not Know About Obama's Small Business Tax Hikes

Five Things You Might Not Know About Obama's Small Business Tax Hikes

McCain refines economy plan in Montgomery County stop

John McCain made a campaign stop at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell Tuesday to unveil a new package of economic initiatives to help middle class families.

From a story about the visit published in The Mercury:
McCain closed his speech by assuring that America will continue to lead the world's economies and America will prosper and will be safer. Yet it cannot be done unless we are prepared to act swiftly, boldly and with courage and wisdom, he said.

"I know what fear feels like -- it is a thief in the night who robs your strength. I know what hopelessness feels like -- it is an enemy who defeats your will," he said. "I felt those things once before. I will never let them in again. I'm an American and I choose to fight."

"Fight for a new direction in our country. Fight for what's right in America. Fight to clean up the mess of corruption. Fight to get our economy out of the ditch and back in the lead," McCain said. "Fight for justice and opportunity for all. Stand up to defend our country from its enemies. Stand up, stand up and fight. America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history. Now let's go win this election and get this country moving again!"

Read the full story and watch video highlights of the visit at The Mercury Web site.

Conservative bloggers dominate 'Influence' rankings

Not much movement on this week's "Influence Rankings" at BlogNetNews.com other than PaWaterCooler and TONY PHYRILLAS trading the 1-2 spots in the Top 10 and THE CENTRIST moving all the way to No. 6, the highest ranking ever for this blog.

Conservative bloggers hold six of the Top 10 spots on this week's list.

Rank Blog Prev
1 Pawatercooler.com 2
2 TONY PHYRILLAS 1
3 POLICY BLOG 8
4 Lehigh Valley Ramblings 4
5 Suburban Guerrilla 16
6 THE CENTRIST 12
7 GrassrootsPA 3
8 Capitol Ideas 11
9 PolitickerPA 6
10 gunservatively! 9

Guest column: Decision

To: Friends of Responsible Government

Subject: Decision

Dear Friends,

Obama-Biden or McCain-Palin? Decisions – Decisions! That is the question some of us are now deciding on. I received the following email from Ireland from several friends sometime ago. What are we thinking?

”Thoughts from across the pond: An e-mail from Ireland to the brethren in the States ... a point to ponder despite your political affiliation:

'We, in Ireland, can't figure out why people are even bothering to hold an election in the United States! On one side, you have a pants wearing woman lawyer, married to a lawyer who can't keep his pants on, who just lost a long and heated primary against a lawyer who goes to the wrong church who is married to yet another lawyer who doesn't even like the country her husband wants to run.

Now ... On the other side, you have a nice old war hero whose name starts with the appropriate "Mc" terminology married to a good looking younger woman who owns a beer distributorship.

What in Lord's name are ye lads thinking over there in the colonies??”

After much consideration; I've made my decision that the Irish in Ireland are correct. The McCain-Palin ticket has much more to offer. Based on the text of the above email, you be the judge.

It’s been nearly two months since I last wrote a letter, and that one was critical of all the so-called reformers we elected in 2006 to reform our legislature. Now its two years later and we're still waiting for that promised reform. Hopefully I'll receive the answer in another e-mail from Ireland.

I emulated our legislature and took a couple of months off. I may do it again as I discovered it to be a good way of life. The Senate isn't scheduled to return until next year and the House has only 4 days scheduled in November. What a life!

We did some traveling and I had a period of illness to contend with. I'm pleased to report I'm back and feeling much better. I'm feeling so good that I expect to vote early and often as the ACORN Organization promotes. We'll see if it works.

An OLD voter,
Bill McIntyre
Camp Hill
Who still believes his vote counts

Jesse Jackson confirms Obama is anti-Israel

Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Executive Director Matt Brooks issued the following statement today on remarks made by Rev. Jesse Jackson:
"Jesse Jackson confirmed the Jewish communities long-standing concerns with Barack Obama's policies on Israel and the Middle East," said Brooks.

As reported by the New York Post, Jackson said at the World Policy Conference last week, that Obama would bring "fundamental changes" to US foreign policy in the Middle East. The Post also reported that Jackson said, "'decades of putting Israel's interests first would end. Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades would lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House."

Obama national campaign co-chairman Gen. Tony McPeak echoed Jackson's sentiments in a 2003 interview with The Oregonian. McPeak said progress had not been made in the Middle East peace process because of the Jewish community in New York City and Miami. "We have a large vote -- vote, here in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it," said McPeak.

"That those with such virulent anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views support an Obama presidency continues to be deeply troubling to the Jewish community. It highlights why Obama continues to have problems in the Jewish community," said Brooks.

RNC: Obama Tells the Tax Truth

RNC: Obama Tells the Tax Truth

Castor backs Rogers for state Senate

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. has endorsed Lance Rogers for the vacant 17th District seat in the Pennsylvania Senate.

Castor, who served two terms as Montgomery County District Attorney, also took some shots at Rogers' opponent, state Rep. Daylin Leach.

Rogers, a moderate who was an independent before he won the Republican nomination in April, is facing Leach, one of the most liberal members of the Pennsylvania House, in the race to succeed Sen. Connie Williams, who is not seeking re-election.

The Republican Party has an opportunity to add to its majority in the state Senate by picking up this traditional Democratic seat. And the seat Leach is giving up in the House, the 149th District, will likely go to Lynn Lechter, a Republican.

Here is Castor's endorsement:
As Montgomery County Commissioner and former District Attorney, I have closely followed the races for Pennsylvania State Senate in our region. One race in particular has captured my attention due to the back and forth between the candidates on an issue that is of great importance to law enforcement. The issue is Pennsylvania's DUI law and I am writing to set the record straight. Lance Rogers is correct. Daylin Leach did attempt to weaken our DUI law in 2003.

In 2003, I worked with other District Attorneys throughout the Commonwealth to craft amendments toughening Pennsylvania's DUI law to help make our streets safer. Our legislation proposed a zero tolerance policy for illegal drug use by drivers. Specifically, the legislation provided that any driver caught with illegal drugs, e.g., cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, etc., in their bloodstream would be required to serve a mandatory minimum 7 day jail sentence.

Our legislation was ultimately approved, making it illegal in Pennsylvania to drive a motor vehicle after using illicit drugs. The law, however, was not without its critics. On July 7, 2003, State Representative Daylin Leach proposed an amendment which would have destroyed our zero tolerance standard by making it legal for drivers to operate a motor vehicle while they had been using illegal drugs. When introducing his amendment, Mr. Leach stated that he felt that the zero tolerance standard went too far and was unfair. Not surprisingly, Mr. Leach's amendments engendered criticism from both his Democrat and Republican colleagues. He consequently withdrew his proposal. I reviewed a word for word transcript of the House proceeding where Mr. Leach attempted to weaken our bill. That transcript is part of the public record for all to see.

Mr. Leach's claims that he authored legislation which actually strengthened Pennsylvania's DUI law is false. His proposed amendment would have eliminated Pennsylvania's zero tolerance standard and would have weakened Pennsylvania's DUI law by making convictions far more difficult to obtain. It is not surprising that my law enforcement colleagues from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) have chosen to withdraw their previous support for Mr. Leach and endorse Mr. Rogers.

Instead of directly addressing these facts, Mr. Leach claims that Mr. Rogers has engaged in negative campaigning. As a former District Attorney, I can tell you that Pennsylvania's zero tolerance policy plays an important role in making our streets safer. I am relieved that Mr. Leach's amendment was not adopted. Voters need and deserve to make an informed decision in this race and there is nothing negative about informing voters of a candidate's true record.

Bruce Castor
Montgomery County Commissioner
Former Montgomery County District Attorney
For more on Lance Rogers, visit his campaign Web site, http://www.lancerogers.com/

RNC: Spreading the Virus

RNC: Spreading the Virus

RNC: The Coming Liberal Thugocracy

RNC: The Coming Liberal Thugocracy

ACORN Voter Fraud in Minnesota

RNC: ACORN Voter Registration Questions Surface in Minnesota

Why does Obama get a free pass on abortion?

AUL Action to Bob Schieffer: Americans Want to Hear a Question About Abortion

RNC: Biden Routes Campaign Cash to Family, Their Firms

More of the same from the ultimate Washington, D.C., insider, Joe Biden.

RNC: Biden Routes Campaign Cash to Family, Their Firms

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Reform candidate for 95th House seat challenges incumbent to give up perks

Reform candidate Lon Emenheiser has challenges his opponent, state Rep. Gene DePasquale, to "match all my reform promises and pledges."

If elected, Emenheiser, the Republican candidate in the 95th state House District, says he will refuse a legislative pension, COLA pay raises, and taxpayer-paid vehicle. He challenges DePasquale to give up the perks her currently enjoys.

More from a press release from the Emenheiser campaign:
Reform candidate Lon Emenheiser is challenging his opponent and government insider Rep. Eugene DePasquale to match all 13 of his reform promises and sign the same three reform pledges as candidate Emenheiser. Emenheiser also urges Rep. DePasquale to repay any unconstitutional funds he may or may not have received while in office. Candidate Emenheiser stated, "I am the only reformer in the 95th house race. I pledged that I will not accept any perks, legislative pension, or any unconstitutional pay raises. I will impose a 10 year term limit on myself, pay for my own healthcare at the same rate as other state employees, and use my own personal car to drive to work. Rep. DePasquale's taxpayer funded car has cost us $7,758 over his two-year term. I've pledged to vote NO to increasing any taxes, tolls, or fees while in this office. I promise to remain in this office and will not take another appointment or resign just because I may lose a future election. I promise to repay to the general fund the 2005 unconstitutional pay raises of Rep. Steve Stetler and the 2008 unconstitutional COLA pay raise of Rep. Eugene DePasquale out of my own pocket over a 2 year term. These two pay raises total $11,738."

Emenheiser would like to commend Rep. DePasquale for posting some of his office expenses online even though he was not the first to promise this if elected. Other candidates in the 2006 election prior to DePasquale's candidacy also promised, if elected to share all expenses online and promote complete transparency in government. Emenheiser said, "If elected, I will share all expenses online and make them available to anyone who wishes to review them. I would like to improve upon Rep. DePasquale's current postings, by including everything that involves tax dollars that runs through that office. It is not private money to play with, but rather hard earned tax dollars that should be disclosed in all cases."

Emenheiser believes in term limits, making the legislature smaller with remaining members on a part time status with part time pay. He supports a Constitutional Convention to make all these reforms and others that are needed permanent. Emenheiser will not accept any PAC or special interest campaign contributions. Emenheiser will fight for property tax elimination and both individual as well as business tax reductions so working families can keep more of what they make. Tax reform will start with reductions in spending. The right budget priorities will lower taxes for working families and businesses. This will grow our economy, businesses, and jobs promoting higher pay and better benefits for all Pennsylvanians. We need to grow the economy, not our government.

Emenheiser wants to end future legislative pensions and the “golden parachutes” by shifting legislators to a 401K plan modeled after similar plans in the private sector, and stop all legislative COLA pay raises. All legislative members should have to pay for their healthcare at same rate as other state employee. Candidate Emenheiser stated, "I support fair and equal 3rd party ballot access. Third party candidates should have the same requirements as other major party candidates. I will fight against government corruption." Emenheiser said, "I am the conservative, reform minded, blue collar working class candidate in this race. I just don't talk about reform. My actions will speak louder than others shallow campaign promises."
For more on Emenheiser, visit his campaign Web site, www.emenheiser95.com

FRC Action PAC Launches TV, Radio Ad Campaign on Obama's Radical Pro-Abortion Views

FRC Action PAC Launches TV, Radio Ad Campaign on Obama's Radical Pro-Abortion Views

RNC: Barack Obama's Ties To ACORN

RNC: Barack Obama's Ties To ACORN

Obama's Insufficient Funds

Republican National Committee: Obama's Insufficient Funds

Phyrillas featured in The New York Times

What is Pennsylvania's leading conservative blogger doing in The New York Times, the flagship paper of the Obama Media?

Somebody has to talk some sense into the far left.

The New York Times interviewed me Monday for an article on how bloggers are covering the political race in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania.

They also gave me an opportunity to write a guest column on the role of a conservative blogger in influencing the outcome of the race.

The story has a couple of factual errors in it, but I have to give The Times credit: Their editors did not edit my guest column.

You can read The New York Times article, "Road to November: Keystone State Bloggers,"
by Rebecca Cathcart, and my column at this link:

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/13/road-to-november-keystone-state-bloggers/

Republican National Committee: In Case You Missed It - Obama and ACORN

Republican National Committee: In Case You Missed It - Obama and ACORN

RNC: On Obama, Acorn and Voter Registration

RNC: On Obama, Acorn and Voter Registration

CCRKBA Calls on Obama to Repudiate, Reject Brady Campaign Endorsement

CCRKBA Calls on Obama to Repudiate, Reject Brady Campaign Endorsement

Monday, October 13, 2008

ACORN voter fraud in Indiana

RNC: ACORN's Fraudulent Efforts in Indiana

Elect Obama, he's STRONG and FIT!



That's the November issue of Men's Health magazine. I didn't know it was a political publication, did you? I guess the timing of the issue (a few weeks before the election) was just coincidence. And how about that not-so-subtle message? Obama is STRONG & FIT! That must mean McCain is OLD & FLABBY! Is there a magazine that hasn't featured Obama on the cover this year? Maybe Playgirl. The least Obama could have done was take off his shirt for the cover of Men's Health so we could see how STRONG & FIT! he is.

FBI looking into New Mexico voter fraud

FBI Looking Into Suspect N.M. Voter Registrations

RNC Announces New Security Measures Following Violence & Vandalism

RNC Announces New Security Measures Following Violence & Vandalism

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Guilt By Participation'

RNC Launches New Web Video: 'Guilt By Participation'

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

100 economists issue warning about Obama

One-hundred leading American economists, including five Nobel Prize winners, have released a joint statement saying Barack Obama's economic proposals would be disastrous for the United States.

"Barack Obama's economic proposals are wrong for the American economy," the statement concludes. "They defy both economic reason and economic experience."

Here is the full statement:
Barack Obama argues that his proposals to raise tax rates and halt international trade agreements would benefit the American economy. They would do nothing of the sort. Economic analysis and historical experience show that they would do the opposite. They would reduce economic growth and decrease the number of jobs in America. Moreover, with the credit crunch, the housing slump, and high energy prices weakening the U.S. economy, his proposals run a high risk of throwing the economy into a deep recession. It was exactly such misguided tax hikes and protectionism, enacted when the U.S. economy was weak in the early 1930s, that greatly increased the severity of the Great Depression.

We are very concerned with Barack Obama's opposition to trade agreements such as the pending one with Colombia, the new one with Central America, or the established one with Canada and Mexico. Exports from the United States to other countries create jobs for Americans. Imports make goods available to Americans at lower prices and are a particular benefit to families and individuals with low incomes. International trade is also a powerful source of strength in a weak economy. In the second quarter of this year, for example, increased international trade did far more to stimulate the U.S. economy than the federal government's "stimulus" package.

Ironically, rather than supporting international trade, Barack Obama is now proposing yet another so-called stimulus package, which would do very little to grow the economy. And his proposal to finance the package with higher taxes on oil would raise oil prices directly and by reducing exploration and production.

We are equally concerned with his proposals to increase tax rates on labor income and investment. His dividend and capital gains tax increases would reduce investment and cut into the savings of millions of Americans. His proposals to increase income and payroll tax rates would discourage the formation and expansion of small businesses and reduce employment and take-home pay, as would his mandates on firms to provide expensive health insurance.

After hearing such economic criticism of his proposals, Barack Obama has apparently suggested to some people that he might postpone his tax increases, perhaps to 2010. But it is a mistake to think that postponing such tax increases would prevent their harmful effect on the economy today. The prospect of such tax rate increases in 2010 is already a drag on the economy. Businesses considering whether to hire workers today and expand their operations have time horizons longer than a year or two, so the prospect of higher taxes starting in 2009 or 2010 reduces hiring and investment in 2008.

In sum, Barack Obama's economic proposals are wrong for the American economy. They defy both economic reason and economic experience.
For a complete list of the 100 economists who signed the statement, visit www.johnmccain.com

Friday, October 10, 2008

PA GOP Leaders Accuse ACORN of Vote Fraud

RNC: State GOP Leaders Accuse ACORN of Vote Fraud

Is Obama the cause of financial meltdown?

Has anyone else noticed that the bigger the lead Barack Obama takes in polls the more the stock market drops?

Investors have lost $2.5 trillion so far during the month of October. The same 10-day period corresponds with a widening lead for Obama over John McCain in most election polls.

It appears that Wall Street is signaling that an Obama presidency would spell disaster for the U.S. economy.

If you think things are bad now, wait until Obama imposes higher taxes, more government regulation, forced government-run health-care and restricts trade.

Does an Obama presidency remind anyone of the Jimmy Carter years? Double-digit inflation, interest rates at 20 percent and a malaise that hung over the U.S. economy for years.

This is what Obama is offering and investors are reacting by pulling out of the stock market in anticipation of an Obama presidency.

Check out this post at PAWaterCooler, "100 Economists Sign Letter Opposing Barack Obama’s Economic Policies"

Republican National Committee: Attorney Investigates ACORN Registrations, From Florida Today

Republican National Committee: Attorney Investigates ACORN Registrations, From Florida Today

RNC: CNN Exposes How ACORN Steals Votes & Ties to Obama

RNC: CNN Exposes How ACORN Steals Votes & Ties to Obama

RNC Launches New Ad: 'Chicago Way'

RNC Launches New Ad: 'Chicago Way'

RNC: ACORN Group Submits Faulty Registrations, Officials Charge

RNC: ACORN Group Submits Faulty Registrations, Officials Charge

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Thursday, October 09, 2008

PA Gaming Control Board Launches Video 'FAQs'

PA Gaming Control Board Launches Video 'FAQs' to Help the Public Better Understand Agency Oversight and the Slots Industry

Two Presidential Candidates Pledge to Challenge Suspicious Elections

Barack Obama is NOT one of the candidates who signed the candidates' pledge.

Two Presidential Candidates Pledge to Challenge Suspicious Elections

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

NRA endorses McCain

You can't say this comes as a surprise. The National Rifle Association has endorsed Republican John McCain for president.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, who also serves as chairman of the NRA's political action committee, is planning to announce the group's endorsement at stops in key battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Missouri, Colorado and Nevada.

McCain "cast more than 60 votes in the Senate in support of the Second Amendment," LaPierre said.

Contrast that with Barack Obama, who supports gun control measures and has said the Second Amendment is subject to interpretation. Obama criticized the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that said the Second Amendment guarantees the right of citizens, not militias, to bear arms.

Along with the endorsement, the NRA's Political Victory Fund is planning newspaper ads and television spots to remind gun owners that McCain will protect their rights while Obama would restrict gun ownership if he's elected president.

Although McCain has not always supported legislation pushed the NRA, the fact that his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is a member of the NRA, helped the group decide who to endorse in the 2008 race.

"She's a hunter, she's a Second Amendment supporter and she's a tremendous asset to the ticket," LaPierre told The Associated Press.

Palin received an A-plus rating from the group when she ran for governor in 2006.

LaPierre also noted that the NRA doesn't always endorse presidential candidates.

The group backed President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 but did not support Bob Dole in the 1996 race against Bill Clinton or George H.W. Bush in the 1992 race against Michael Dukakis.

For more information, visit the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund Web site at http://www.nrapvf.org/

RNC: ACORN's Voter Registrations Questioned

RNC: ACORN's Voter Registrations Questioned

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Survey: Obama would be a disaster for jobs

A survey of 751 CEOs of major American companies conducted by Chief Executive magazine finds that Sen. Barack Obama's economic and tax policies would be disastrous for American workers.

CEOs surveyed said they prefer Sen. John McCain's economic plans by a 4-1 margin.

"The stakes for this presidential election are higher than they've ever been in recent memory," said Edward M. Kopko, CEO and Publisher of Chief Executive magazine. "We've been experiencing consecutive job losses for nine months now. There's no doubt that reviving the job market will be a top priority for the incoming president. And job creating CEOs repeatedly tell us that McCain's policies are far more conducive to a more positive employment environment than Obama's."

Some CEOs who responded to the survey went as far as to say this of Sen. Obama: "Some of his programs would bankrupt the country within three years, if implemented."

Obama's tax policies, which scored the lowest grade in the poll, are particularly unpopular among CEOs, Kopko said.

"Overall, many CEOs are concerned about the future of the U.S. economy and its ability to compete in the global market, but they look to John McCain and hope that this self-described political maverick may yet shake up established thinking and not give into to the tired policies of the past," Kopko said.

It's amazing that anyone with a basic understanding of economics would consider voting for Barack Obama. His plan to raise taxes on working people and investors and increase the federal debt while imposing government health-care on businesses is a recipe for disaster.

To read the full article and see more of the survey results, visit the magazine's Web site.

Breakfast with Tony Phyrillas

Guess who's speaking at the monthly breakfast meeting of Women EXCEL (Executive's Coalition for Excellence & Leadership)?

That's right. Tony Phyrillas. The topic for the Oct. 17 event is "Woman and Politics."

If the prospect of having breakfast with Tony Phyrillas sounds appealing to you or you're interested in finding out more about EXCEL, visit http://www.ywcatricountyarea.org/

Tune in to 'Talking Politics' on the radio

Dick Gokey, the reform candidate for the 130th state House District, will be this week's guest on "Talking Politics with Tony Phyrillas and Mike Pincus" Thursday at 5 p.m. on WPAZ 1370 AM

Gokey, chairman of the Amity Township Board of Supervisors, is attempting to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. David Kessler. For more about Gokey, visit his campaign Web site, http://www.gokeyforpa.com/

You can join the conversation by calling the station at 610-326-4000.

"Talking Politics" can also be heard live online at http://www.1370wpaz.com/ and http://www.pottsmerc.com/

Only the First of Many Future Bailouts

Only the First of Many Future Bailouts

New Ad Says Liberals' Support of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the Root of Financial Crisis

New Ad Says Liberals' Support of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the Root of Financial Crisis

Felon Accused of Voting Violations

Felon Accused of Voting Violations

NCPA Endorses U.S. Senator Norm Coleman for Re-Election

Sorry, Al Franken. The National Community Pharmacists Association has decided to endorse the only adult in the race for Minnesota senator. That would be Sen. Norm Coleman. Maybe Franken can get his old job back on "Saturday Night Live."

NCPA Endorses U.S. Senator Norm Coleman for Re-Election

Group: Obama Campaign Misuses Firearms Industry Media List

More dirty tricks from the Obama campaign.

Obama Campaign Unlawfully Misuses Proprietary Firearms Industry Media List Says Trade Association

Roy Blunt on Presidential Debate in Nashville

Blunt Statement on Presidential Debate in Nashville

Obama Flip-Flops on Pledge to 'End Diversion of Federal Small Business Contracts to Corporate Giants'

Obama Flip-Flops on Pledge to 'End Diversion of Federal Small Business Contracts to Corporate Giants'

RNC Chairman Duncan Responds to Presidential Debate

RNC Chairman Duncan Responds to Presidential Debate

Pennsylvania 'Victory 2008' Bus Tour

RNC Announces Pennsylvania 'Victory 2008' Bus Tour

Monday, October 06, 2008

'Fire Prevention Week' in Pennsylvania

Governor Rendell Proclaims Oct. 5 - 11 'Fire Prevention Week' in Pennsylvania

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Republican National Committee: Friend Update Added to 'BarackBook'

Fuel Costs Top Trucking's List of Industry Concerns

Fuel Costs Top Trucking's List of Industry Concerns

90 Economists Warn Coloradans Against Harmful Effects of Amendment 58

90 Economists Warn Coloradans Against Harmful Effects of Amendment 58

FEC Complaint Against Obama Campaign

Barack Obama is financing his campaign with illegal contributions from foreign nationals, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission.

RNC Files FEC Complaint Against Obama Campaign

Spirit Halloween Presidential Index Predictor of U.S. Elections

Spirit Halloween Presidential Index Predictor of U.S. Elections

Conservatives dominate 'Influence' rankings

Conservatives hold seven of the Top 10 spots on this week's Influence Index at BlogNetNews.com

Here's this week's Top 10 Most Influential Political Blogs in Pennsylvania:

Rank Blog Prev
1 TONY PHYRILLAS 3
2 Pawatercooler.com 1
3 GrassrootsPA 11
4 Lehigh Valley Ramblings 2
5 Save The GOP 11
6 PolitickerPA 5
7 WRITEMARSH! -
8 POLICY BLOG 4
9 gunservatively! 6
10 Comments From Left Field 16