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The Unpopular Vote

What matters in a presidential election, and what will matter in the 2016 election?

This simple question has produced a virtual cornucopia of theories, suppositions and hypothesis, all developed to explain why one party's candidate is elected while the other party's candidate is ...

Posted on 2 July 2016 Keep Reading...

Alexander Hamilton and American Independence

As we celebrate the 4th of July, Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton" is lionizing the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton. "Hamilton" won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, a Grammy Award for best musical theater album, the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and the ...

Posted on 1 July 2016 Keep Reading...

Senate Budget Hides Millions in New Spending

Millions in Corporate Welfare Funding Moved Off the Books

Jun 30, 2016, HARRISBURG, Pa.–Yesterday, the state Senate made several tweaks to the House-passed budget–hiding the plan's true cost in the process. Though the publicized spending level, $31.55 ...

Posted on 30 June 2016 Keep Reading...

Five Major Flaws in House Budget

Five Major Flaws in House Budget
Unsustainable State Spending Threatens Family Budgets

June 28, 2016, HARRISBURG, Pa.–Today, the state House passed a $31.6 billion spending plan, representing a $1.5 billion increase over current-year spending. While the ...

Posted on 29 June 2016 Keep Reading...

When in the Course of Human Events

This is the time of year when Americans celebrate the anniversary of our declaration of independence from Great Britain. It is ironic that the United Kingdom itself a few days ago found it necessary "for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another." ...

Posted on 28 June 2016 Keep Reading...

Housing Task Force Punts on Appeals Policy

(June 28, 2016)--Earlier this year the City of Pittsburgh withdrew over 1,000 appeals of property values that it planned to appeal for being too low. In announcing the decision, an April 18th press release from the Mayor's office stated "…the moratorium will remain in effect for the ...

Posted on 28 June 2016 Keep Reading...

House Budget: Massive Spending Increase

House Budget: Massive Spending Increase Would Target Poor for Higher Taxes
Proposal Side-Steps Broad Taxes but Relies on Unreliable Cigarette Tax Hike

June 28, 2016, HARRISBURG, Pa.–Monday night, the state House Appropriations Committee passed a $31.6 ...

Posted on 28 June 2016 Keep Reading...

Toomey: Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today continued his fight to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are in the U.S. illegally by introducing the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act. In a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Toomey marked one ...

Posted on 28 June 2016 Keep Reading...

Toomey Outraged Over Blocking of Vets Funding Bill

TOOMEY OUTRAGED BY SENATE DEMOCRATS BLOCKING FUNDING FOR VETERANS, ZIKA, AND PITTSBURGH'S 911TH AIRLIFT WING

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa) today voted for important funding to provide health services to our veterans, $1.1 billion to ...

Posted on 28 June 2016 Keep Reading...

Conscience and GOP Convention Delegate Voting Rules

Over the weekend a reporter on Fox News said something that struck my attention: "There is a move to have the Republican Convention Rules Committee enact a measure that would prevent bound delegates from abstaining from votes on the first ballot, based on their conscience." This reference ...

Posted on 28 June 2016 Keep Reading...

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