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  • Harrisburg residents freed from school property taxes in Wolf's budget plan

    03/03/2015 8:55:57 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 13 replies
    PennLive ^ | March 3, 2015 | Christine Vendel
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal unveiled Tuesday drastically changes education funding and represents a windfall for Harrisburg residents, said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. The new governor's proposal completely wipes out school property taxes for Harrisburg homeowners. School taxes currently represent the bulk of homeowners' property taxes. "This is news everyone in Harrisburg needs to hear," said Papenfuse, who could hardly contain his enthusiasm. Harrisburg was among several distressed cities whose residents would get to zero out their school property taxes. Specifically, Harrisburg is in line for a 155-percent property tax reduction. That means the state would provide relief representing...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 49 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • Guns and grub in Emmaus (Pennsylvania)

    03/02/2015 3:24:02 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 11 replies
    Perhaps you're in the market for a new pistol, rifle or shotgun. Maybe you're craving some slow-smoked beef brisket, pulled pork or chicken wings. Either way, you'll find both types of goods at Emmaus' new Defcon 1 Armory & The Chow Hall BBQ Pit. The business, which opens today at 620 State Ave. (across from Kelly Buick GMC), is both a Class III firearms dealer — offering everything from BB guns to machine guns — and barbecue restaurant — offering everything from smoked chicken legs to pork bellies. Customers can buy, sell or trade guns; enjoy Southern-style eats; or do...
  • Upstate towns threatening to secede from New York

    03/02/2015 9:49:11 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/2/15 | By Leonard Greene
    Upstate towns threatening to secede from New York By Leonard Greene More than a dozen upstate towns are threatening to try to secede from New York and become part of Pennsylvania because of projected economic losses over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking. The town leaders from New York’s Southern Tier region said they would be better off in the Keystone State after Cuomo put the kibosh on natural-gas drilling here. Towns on both sides of the state border have the same geology, but only the businesses in Pennsylvania, where fracking is allowed, have been thriving, said officials from...
  • Will Smith Gets Candid About Racism, Gun Culture & Hints About Hip-Hop Return w/Help From Kanye West

    02/24/2015 2:11:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | February 15, 2015 | Taylor Gordon
    As the nation continues discussions about police brutality and how it pertains to racism, acting veteran Will Smith is also addressing the way America’s overall obsession with gun culture is leading to many early deaths in the Black community. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has also sparked rumors that he may be making a return to the music business with the help of one of hip-hop’s biggest stars, Kanye West. Smith has spent more than 25 years in the acting business, something that often leaves big stars disconnected from the issues impacting people who don’t benefit from fame and...
  • Secession talk in New York State continues: 4 counties upstate pondering adoption by Pennsylvania.

    02/24/2015 8:45:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/24/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Lawmakers in fifteen towns across four counties in upstate New York are pondering the possibility of seceding from the Empire State and being adopted by Pennsylvania. Fifteen towns in upstate New York have expressed interest in secession after the state banned fracking, according to an interest group researching the economic benefits of such a move.The Upstate New York Towns Association said 15 towns expressed interest breaking away to join Pennsylvania, which allows fracking, according to television station WBNG. Although the group declined to name specific towns involved in the effort, WBNG reported the towns are located in Broome, Delaware, Tioga...
  • DA Kearney: Wolf's death penalty moratorium a slap to victims' families

    02/17/2015 5:34:41 PM PST · by lightman · 29 replies
    The York Dispatcj ^ | 17 February AD 2015 | Thomas L. Kearney, Sr.
    After much thought and careful consideration, I am deeply saddened and disturbed at the actions taken by our governor this past Friday. Gov. Tom Wolf elected to place his own personal beliefs above the law of this commonwealth. As an elected district attorney, I took an oath to uphold the constitution of our commonwealth as well as the Constitution of the United States of America. Gov. Wolf recently took a similar oath; however, he has decided to usurp the roles of our Legislature, our courts, and the will of the people of this commonwealth. What Gov. Wolf does not understand...
  • Frank Rizzo of Philadelphia Dies at 70; A 'Hero' and 'Villain'

    02/16/2015 11:00:28 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 59 replies
    NyTimes.com ^ | July 17, 1991 | DENNIS HEVESI
    Famous "Night-Stick in Cumerbund Shot" Mr. Rizzo was one of those seemingly larger-than-life figures, destined to be hero to some and villain to others. One view was that the former Police Commissioner and two-term Mayor was the last bastion against threats to middle-class residents of the city's row-house neighborhoods. The other view was that Mr. Rizzo was a barely educated former police officer who used a hard line on crime and tactics bordering on the dictatorial to suppress opposition and keep blacks out of middle-class neighborhoods. 'Tough Cop' Image That he was a "tough cop" -- an appellation that particularly...
  • GOP Strategist: Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush Carry Same Odds in 2016

    02/16/2015 9:53:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 16, 2015 | Drew MacKenzie
    A leading Republican consultant has ranked the top 10 presidential candidates for 2016 while claiming that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has about the same odds of winning the party’s nomination as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, The Washington Post reported. The unnamed strategist divided the GOP race for 2016 into "four lanes" — establishment, tea party, social conservative and libertarian, according to the newspaper. Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the leading candidates in establishment, the largest lane, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is battling it out with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum...
  • (PA) State legislators seek to shut down vaccine loophole

    02/15/2015 7:47:57 AM PST · by disclaimer · 11 replies
    http://www.philly.com ^ | Saturday, February 14, 2015, 1:08 AM | Amy Worden and Stacey Burling
    State Rep. Becky Corbin (R., Chester) knows about the ravages of contagious disease. ... Corbin, who said she still bears the physical scars from measles, went on to become a pharmaceutical chemist. ... Corbin and other lawmakers say they want to close what they call a "loophole" that has allowed parents to opt out of vaccinations based on philosophical objections, which along with medical and religious, are the three allowable exemptions. Pennsylvania is one of roughly 20 states that has a philosophical exemption, while New Jersey does not.
  • Pa. governor says death penalty flawed, imposes moratorium

    02/13/2015 10:12:14 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    WPXI ^ | February 13, 2015
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Newly elected Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is imposing a moratorium on the death penalty. He calls the state's current system of capital punishment "error-prone, expensive and anything but infallible." The Democrat had announced during his fall campaign he intended to issue such an order. Wolf said Friday the moratorium will remain in effect at least until he receives a report from a legislative commission that's been studying the topic for about four years.
  • Middle school students given 'Fifty Shades of Grey' puzzles

    02/12/2015 5:15:21 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 5 replies
    WKRG.COM ^ | 12 FEBRUARY 2015 | AP
    MONESSEN, Pa. (AP) - Parents in a Pennsylvania school district are turning 50 shades of red over word search puzzles given to middle school students based on an erotic novel and movie. The students in Monessen were given puzzles based on "Fifty Shades of Grey" that contained terms including "spanking," ''submissive," ''leather cuffs" and "bondage." Other words on the list were more explicit. Parent James Carter complained about it at Tuesday night's school board meeting, saying he tried to question the school's principal and dean of students, but they refused to talk when he insisted on recording their conversation. "I...
  • Fearing lawsuit, Allentown repeals sections of gun ordinance

    02/11/2015 8:44:13 AM PST · by RBW in PA · 22 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | February 11, 2015 | N/A
    <p>ALLENTOWN, Pa (AP) — The city of Allentown is repealing sections of its gun ordinance in an effort to avoid being sued under a new Pennsylvania law. The Morning Call of Allentown reported that the city council last Wednesday voted unanimously to overturn a ban on weapons in parks, reverse a prohibition on weapons on city property and end a requirement that people report when their guns are lost or stolen. The city also is adding new language to protect the use of weapons in self-defense and to say the ordinance doesn't apply to lawful hunting and trapping. A state law passed last year gives the National Rifle Association and similar groups the ability to challenge illegal gun laws. Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and other cities have already been targeted for legal challenges.</p>
  • Planned Parenthood president ready to work with (Gov.)Wolf

    02/09/2015 7:30:36 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    postgazette.com ^ | February 7, 2015 | Kate Giammarise
    HARRISBURG — The president of Planned Parenthood pointed to the recent election of Gov. Tom Wolf as a good sign for advocates for women’s reproductive choice, calling Mr. Wolf “the first governor in the history of the country who was also a former Planned Parenthood clinic escort.” Speaking Friday evening in Harrisburg, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was speaking at the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit in Harrisburg, a gathering of left-leaning activists and elected officials. “It’s pretty darn exciting to see a state where you actually bucked the national trend,” she said to the crowd, referring to...
  • Pennsylvania teen charged with murder after police find selfie he took after killing victim: report

    02/08/2015 12:31:59 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 8, 2015 | Joel Landau
    A 16-year-old accused murdered was caught after taking a selfie next to the dead body, police said. "I've never seen it before," 30-year Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant." Authorities received the selfie Maxwell Marion Morton took next to the body of Jeannette High School classmate Ryan Mangan in the victim's home. Morton was charged Friday with first-degree murder, homicide and possession of a firearm by a minor, the newspaper reported. He will be charged as an adult. Mangan was shot in the...
  • Shooting outside Pittsburgh - Monroeville Mall (vanity)

    02/07/2015 5:37:15 PM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 93 replies
    02/07/2015 | Me
    We to Monroville Mall about an hour ago. There were three ambulances and a few cops cars outside one of the Macy's entrances....I parked at an adjacent Macy's entrance. As I put the car in park and grabbed my purse, I noticed large numbers of people streaming from all the exits in my view, and the cars around mine suddenly came to live & drove off. I got my 7 year old out and was heading inside when a nice, older blonde lady with broken English said "don't go in....they shoot". As soon as we returned to the car, massive...
  • Suspected Measles Case in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

    02/07/2015 6:05:51 AM PST · by Morpheus2009 · 53 replies
    ABC 6 Action News ^ | February 7, 2015 | ABC6 Action News
    The Montgomery County Health Department said on Friday it is investigating a report of a possible measles case. They call it a case of "physician-suspected measles." The patient is a 15-year-old boy. There was no immediate word as to where the boy lives, with the health department is only saying he is from Montgomery County. "The patient has been evaluated and testing has been conducted in order to determine if this is a true case of measles. Specimens are currently being delivered to the State Public Health Laboratory," the health department said in a statement. "The patient is self-isolating at...
  • Colorado rejects right-to-die legislation

    02/06/2015 10:01:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2015 12:03 AM EST | Ivan Moreno
    Colorado lawmakers rejected a proposal to give dying patients the option to seek doctors’ help ending their lives, concluding a long day of emotional testimony from more than 100 people.For one lawmaker who voted no, the issue was personal. Tearfully telling her colleagues she was a cancer survivor, Democratic Rep. Dianne Primavera recalled how a doctor told her she wouldn’t live more than five years. But she found a doctor who gave her a different opinion. […] A House committee considering the bill voted 8-5 against it after dozens of people with serious illnesses and others who have seen relatives...
  • Boehner: Pope Francis to address Congress on Sept. 24

    02/06/2015 6:54:19 AM PST · by don-o · 21 replies
    Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of the House and Senate on Sept. 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. "We're humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people," Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters. Boehner is Catholic and extended the invitation for the pope to speak to lawmakers. During his planned trip next fall, Francis is also expected to visit the White House as well as speak at the United Nations in New York and participate in a...
  • Allentown repeals local gun laws to avoid Tea Party lawsuit

    02/05/2015 4:04:57 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    Taking the advice of Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Allentown City Council unanimously voted to repeal some of its firearms ordinances to comply with a new Pennsylvania law Wednesday night. The city faced a lawsuit by the Lehigh Valley Tea Party if it did not repeal those gun laws, because that new state law allows organizations to sue municipalities. The city repealed its gun laws so it would not be sued.
  • Will Brian Williams Get Away With 'Misremembering' a War Story? Well, Hillary Clinton Did.

    02/05/2015 10:14:32 AM PST · by aimhigh · 39 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 02/04/2015 | Jesse Walker
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on [March 25, 2008, that] she made a mistake when she claimed she had come under sniper fire during a trip to Bosnia in 1996 while she was first lady. In a speech in Washington and in several interviews last week Clinton described how she and her daughter, Chelsea, ran for cover under hostile fire shortly after her plane landed in Tuzla, Bosnia. Several news outlets disputed the claim, and a video of the trip showed Clinton walking from the plane, accompanied by her daughter. . . "I did make a mistake in talking...
  • Ex Pa Treasurer to plead guilty to federal charges

    02/03/2015 5:42:34 AM PST · by Renegade · 1 replies
    AP ^ | 2/3/2015
    Just resigned state treasurer Rob McCord to plead guilty to federal extortion charges.
  • Abortions drop in York County, across Pennsylvania

    02/02/2015 3:01:57 PM PST · by Morgana
    yorkdispatch.com ^ | : 02/02/2015 | MOLLIE DURKIN
    The number of abortions performed in Pennsylvania and York County dropped in 2013. There were 32,108 abortions performed in the state that year, down from 34,536 in 2012 and 36,280 in 2011, according to data from the state Department of Health. The department says 2013's figure is the lowest annual number on record. Statewide, the number of abortions has dropped each year since 2008. Locally, 671 abortions were performed in York County in 2013, and 580 county residents had abortions that year. Those numbers are down from 763 and 629, respectively, in 2012, but the county hasn't seen a consistent...
  • Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord (D) abruptly resigns, plea-bargains.

    02/01/2015 3:34:28 PM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    RedState ^ | January 30th, 2015 | Moe Lane
    You almost have to feel sorry for new Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf (D). The man’s just moved into Harrisburg, gotten his voice mail straightened out, starting to get a feel for the morning commute, and then WHAMM! – his (Democratic) Attorney General (Kathleen Kane) is on the verge of being indicted for perjury and his (Democratic) Treasurer (Rob McCord) is resigning, not to mention preparing to plead out on extortion charges:
  • I Come To Bury Renewable Fuel Standards

    02/01/2015 9:50:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Few congressional observers ever expected that U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) would cosponsor the “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act,” to abolish the corn ethanol Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires that increasing volumes of this biofuel be blended into gasoline. Their collaboration again proves the adage that politics often makes strange bedfellows. The RFS was a mistake when enacted ten years ago. Since then, despite attempts to curtail it, the program has expanded and had more lives than Freddy Krueger. Perhaps the senators are now paraphrasing William Shakespeare and Marc Antony, saying “I come to bury...
  • Pennsylvania reinstates drilling moratorium

    01/30/2015 11:05:46 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    upi.com ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | Daniel J. Graeber
    A decision to ban oil and gas drilling on state land in Pennsylvania was met with praise and criticism, with an industry leader describing it as a "lose-lose." Louis D'Amico, president and executive director of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, said the moratorium struck a blow against an industry that's already returned more than $700 million in revenue to the state in the last seven years. "This is a lose-lose for Pennsylvania's taxpayers and energy consumers," he said in a statement Thursday.
  • A-Treat soda halts operations after nearly 100 years (Allentown PA)

    01/29/2015 7:15:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Easton Express-Times via LehighValleyLive.com ^ | January 23, 2015 at 6:34 PM | Edward Sieger
    A-Treat Beverages has shut down operations after nearly a century of business in the Lehigh Valley. The company, headquartered at 2001 Union Boulevard in Allentown, notified its customers Friday afternoon that it had ceased operations, according to Eric White, a spokesman for Redner’s Warehouse Markets. A-Treat, a Lehigh Valley staple, had notified Redner’s chief operating officer, and White said he learned of the closing about 3:30 p.m. The A-Treat products currently on store shelves will be the only ones available to retailers, White said. A-Treat self-distributes, meaning each Redner’s branch was on its own delivery schedule, so White couldn’t say...
  • Pennsylvania Governor Appoints First Transgender Woman to Top Cabinet Position

    01/29/2015 12:57:07 PM PST · by RBW in PA · 44 replies
    RH Reality Check ^ | January 19th, 2015 | Nina Lizz-Schultz
    Rachel Levine, a doctor dedicated to diversity and LGBTQ health who is a transgender woman, has been appointed physician general by Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf. If chosen to serve in the governor’s cabinet, Levine, who has worked in the fields of pediatrics, psychiatry, and behavioral health for three decades, would become the highest-ranked transgender woman ever in the Pennsylvania government. Though he couldn’t say for certain, a spokesperson from Wolf’s office told Philadelphia magazine that “he believes Levine is the first transgender woman to hold the title of physician general.” Levine is the chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine...
  • Is Pennsylvania AG and Democrat thug Kathleen Kane on her way to federal prison?

    01/29/2015 9:10:49 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/28/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    After an exhaustive eight month investigation, Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s Democrat “Girl Wonder” Attorney General may finally be facing the criminal charges she so richly deserves. A Grand Jury has recommended Kane be indicted for perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction of justice. While these crimes are serious when lodged against an ordinary public servant, they are bombshell quality when brought against a sitting State Attorney General. The charges stem from allegations that Kane leaked Grand Jury confidential memos in an effort to embarrass her Republican political enemies. Among those enemies was Tom Corbett who was the then State AG...
  • Can Pennsylvania have a Selma-like moment this year for the LGBT community?

    01/28/2015 9:43:18 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 31 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Charles Thompson
    Gov. Tom Wolf stood with a small group of lawmakers Wednesday morning to rally new efforts behind bills that would extend basic anti-discrimination protections statewide on the basis of sexual orientation. For Pennsylvania, a state where in most municipalities a person can still be fired from his job or denied housing because of his or her sexual orientation, Wolf said the extended anti-discrimination bills fit the state's heritage perfectly. "Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn on the basis of tolerance. On the basis of religious freedom," Wolf noted. U.S. District Judge John Jones gave the LGBT movement a push with...
  • Senate Democrats give Obama an Iran deadline (Menendez still ticked)

    01/27/2015 3:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Kristina Wong
    Ten Senate Democrats warned the White House in a letter Tuesday that they will support legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran if a framework to roll back the country’s nuclear program isn’t reached within two months. "In acknowledgement of your concern regarding congressional action on legislation at this moment, we will not vote for this legislation on the Senate floor before March 24," said the letter, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is the co-author of Iran sanctions legislation. "After March 24, we will only vote for this legislation on the Senate floor if Iran fails to reach agreement...
  • Senate Democrats bow to Obama, pull support for immediate new Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 6:05:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    U.N. gives mixed signals on Tehran cooperation as nuclear talks intensifySenate Democrats on Tuesday backed away from a bipartisan push for immediate new sanctions on Iran, bowing to President Obama’s call not to undercut international talks to get Tehran to curb its nuclear programs in the coming weeks. The shift, announced Tuesday by Sen. Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat and one of the party’s outspoken hawks on Iran, came amid a series of mixed signals from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency over the question of whether Tehran was honoring promises to put its suspect nuclear programs on hold as...
  • OBAMA, BOB MENENDEZ FIGHT OVER IRAN SANCTIONS GETS PERSONAL

    01/24/2015 7:25:57 AM PST · by LSUfan · 61 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 16 Jan 15 | Dan Reihl
    Everyone involved seems to be trying to put the best face on it, but Barack Obama went so far as to suggest senior Democrats like Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who take a hard line on Iran, are doing so purely to appease their donors. Obama said that as a former senator himself, he understood how outside forces — like special interests and donors — can influence senators to act, one of the senators recounted.
  • Obama-Menendez dispute shows Dem Iran rift

    01/18/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KETK NBC ^ | 1/17/15
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the U.S. should reimpose sanctions on Iran amid ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two senators who were in the room. Menendez, the leading Democrat pushing for additional sanctions against Iran, forcefully pressed Obama on the need for additional sanctions during a meeting in which Obama urged Menendez and other senators to drop their efforts to pass sanctions legislation. Additional sanctions, Obama argued, could torpedo ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The unusually sharp exchange, between...
  • Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'VIDEO

    01/21/2015 10:45:38 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | JAN 21,2015 | Washington Free Beacon
    Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'
  • Democrats fold, of course, on Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 12:01:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27 at 1:22 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    Unless there is any doubt, the vast majority of Democrats value partisan support for a failed president over support for our own national security and for that of Israel. Hence, they want to delay once again a vote on the Menendez-Kirk bill imposing sanctions on Iran unless it agrees to an acceptable final deal. The bill was introduced more than a year ago. The timing just isn’t right, you see. Will it ever be? A letter by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) signed onto by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.),...
  • Watch: Livestream of Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 6:50:22 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 225 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/2015
    Starting Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, the Iowa Freedom Summit will be livestreamed in its entirety. Speakers include: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Steve King (R-IA), real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and many others.
  • Transgender Woman to Be Pennsylvania's Physician General

    01/27/2015 7:17:47 AM PST · by PROCON · 60 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan. 27, 2015 | Andrea Billups
    A transgender physician will soon become Pennsylvania's new physician general, the Washington Blade reported. Dr. Rachel Levine, an expert in adolescent eating disorders and behavior health, was nominated for the Commonwealth's highest medical post by progressive Gov. Tom Wolf. She made her transition from man to woman five years ago, and with her appointment will become "the highest-ranking transgender person to ever hold a position within state government," the Blade said. Levine graduated from Harvard College and Tulane University Medical School, and has practiced pediatrics and psychiatry for about three decades, PennLive reported. She has been a physician at Penn...
  • Pelosi gropes for a game plan

    01/26/2015 5:25:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 1-26-2015 | Lauren French & Anna Palmer
    Pelosi gropes for a game plan Heading into a retreat in Philadelphia, House members say Democrats have no message and no clear strategy to retake the majority. By LAUREN FRENCH and ANNA PALMER 1/26/15 5:36 AM EST Nancy Pelosi has big problems in her ranks. The California lawmaker is facing some of the most serious unrest she’s ever seen in her dozen years as the leader of the House Democrats: Members complain that the party has no message and no clear plan to retake the majority, despite good news on the economy that should have brought rewards at the polls....
  • Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

    01/26/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-25-15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10...
  • The Iowa Corral

    01/26/2015 2:43:15 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    RedState ^ | 1/26/2015 | Erick Erickson
    RedState assisted in sponsoring Rep. Steve King (R-IA)72%‘s event in Iowa this past weekend. I did not go, but made sure to pay attention to what was going on and who said what. As I have previously written, this is the most substantive field of Republican contenders since 1980. The number of Governors, Senators, and others who are running gives the GOP a deeper bench than any the Democrats can or will muster. They also agree on most topics and are trying to nuance themselves into unique positions. I appreciate Governor Perry’s desire to paint a vision for the country....
  • Trayvon Martin's mother: 'stop pretending'

    01/25/2015 9:23:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Pennsylvanian ^ | January 23, 2015 | Corey Stern
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sybrina Fulton is not a household name. But her son, Trayvon Martin, certainly is. Fulton, the mother of the teen who was fatally shot in 2012, took part in Penn's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Commemoration on Jan. 22 for an evening of awards, musical performances and a panel discussion. The crowd rose to their feet when Fulton was introduced at Irvine Auditorium. Many Penn community members and West Philadelphia residents were eager to hear from the woman whose son’s death has gained worldwide attention over the past several years. “It’s still very painful for me. But I know...
  • 'Repeal every word': Potential GOP 2016 rivals hammer ObamaCare, IRS at Iowa summit

    01/25/2015 2:40:21 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-25-2015 | Barnini Chakraborty
    “The most important tax reform we can do is abolish the IRS,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told the fired-up audience. The firebrand senator compared the EPA to a locust and got a huge reaction when he demanded to “repeal every word of ObamaCare.” Sarah Palin, too, after telling reporters she’s thinking about a 2016 run, laced her speech with snappy one-liners as she lit into the current president. Of Obama, she said: “America, he’s just not that into you.” The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee also knocked the idea of a Hillary Clinton run. “Hey Iowa, can anyone stop Hillary?...
  • Erik Arneson promises to be at work despite being fired by (new PA) Gov. Tom Wolf

    01/23/2015 1:41:12 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 11 replies
    pennlive.com/ ^ | January 22, 2015 | Christian Alexandersen
    The head of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records said he plans on being at work Friday morning despite having his security pass taken away and being fired by Gov. Tom Wolf. Erik Arneson, who was appointed as executive director by Gov. Tom Corbett, was met by an attorney from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development on Thursday. Arneson said his security pass, office key and state-provided vehicle was taken from him. But that's not going to stop him from being in his office Friday morning. "[Wolf] doesn't have the authority to do it," Arneson said. "It's an...
  • “Pro-Life” Lawmakers Sabotage Vote on Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

    01/22/2015 6:38:19 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/22/15 | Steven Ertelt
    A handful of “pro-life” lawmakers have sabotaged a vote House Republican leaders planned for today to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientific evidence showing unborn babies feel pain in abortions. As LifeNews reported yesterday, Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina along with Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Jackie Walorski of Indiana — each of whom have pro-life voting records — objected to a vote on the bill on the grounds that the language in the bill did not do enough to allow women who have been victimized by rape to have abortions. Together, they reportedly...
  • Santorum: You Know That Cruz And Paul Are Really Just ‘Bomb Throwers,’ Right?

    01/19/2015 1:02:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 19, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    With 2016 rumblings abounding, we forgot about Rick Santorum. The former Pennsylvania Senator threw some early punches last week at his potential rivals, calling Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “bomb throwers,” who had no real accomplishments on their resumes (via NYT): Discussing Mr. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Mr. Santorum raised four policy issues that he said would prompt questions about Mr. Huckabee’s fealty to conservative principles. Mr. Santorum was even harsher when discussing Mr. Paul of Kentucky and Mr. Cruz of Texas, both first-term senators, dismissing them as...
  • Harrisburg sued under new Pennsylvania law targeting local gun-control measures

    01/18/2015 10:45:13 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 6 replies
    The Star Tribune ^ | January 13, 2015 | MARC LEVY and MARK SCOLFORO
    Pennsylvania's capital is facing a lawsuit believed to be the first filed under a new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a better chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances. Houston-based U.S. Law Shield and two members of its Pennsylvania chapter filed the lawsuit, asking the court to stop Harrisburg from enforcing various firearms ordinances. They include ordinances that ban possession of firearms in parks, allow the mayor to prohibit public possession of weapons in a declared state of emergency and require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to police. The 48-page complaint...
  • Stacking the Deck (2016 GOP Nominee Hopefuls)

    01/18/2015 9:40:45 AM PST · by parksstp · 15 replies
    Green Papers ^ | 01-18-2015 | parksstp
    If you're not familiar with the following website, you need to. These guys have systematically all of the data concerning the delegates and nomination process for the parties and how delegates are selected, what counts, and what doesn't count. I've reviewed the list and am currently working on an IA projection map of the caucus and potential vote but waiting until the straw poll when I can start filling in candidates. Yet, when I review the total states, I find it difficult to see how the Establishment loses if they are unopposed by other Establishment candidates. Red States for the...
  • PA: Armed Woman Stops Crime Spree

    01/17/2015 8:21:56 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 1/17/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In Lancaster County, PA, an alert and armed woman stopped a crime spree. One of the things that destroys the sense of security in a neighborhood is the proliferation of burglaries and thefts of personal property from vehicles. That is what the pair of suspects were involved in when an alert woman stopped Robert LaFleur from breaking into her car at 2:30 am and held him at gunpoint until the police arrived. It seems unlikely that LaFleur would have obeyed the woman's commands if she had not been armed. The police report that he resisted arrest when they arrived, and...
  • Fearing Lawsuits Pennsylvania Municipalities Drop Firearm Laws

    01/12/2015 4:01:45 AM PST · by Renegade · 12 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | Michael Rubinkam
    Two dozen municipalities agreed to get rid of problematic ordinances.