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The GOP's Real Dilemma

What has happened to the GOP — and what should be done about it?

Clearly the party is on the precipice of a disaster. But it's a precipice familiar in the history of American political parties. What is happening to Republicans is not pleasant, but it is not unique. At least four times ...

Posted on 13 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Will Wolf Side With Bad Teachers?

Pennsylvania is one of only six states to use teacher seniority as the only factor considered when making layoff decisions. On May 9th, the Senate passed HB 805 to correct this problem.

Commonly referred to as "last in, first out" or "LIFO". A ...

Posted on 12 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Growing Chorus for Seniority Reform

May 12, 2016, HARRISBURG, Pa.–Thousands of Pennsylvania teachers put in extra hours, study the latest education research, and work tirelessly to change the lives of students across the state. These teachers go above and beyond mere job descriptions because they see teaching not simply as a ...

Posted on 12 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Bringing Fiscal Discipline to Pittsburgh

The Mayor Offers a Good Idea: Some Suggested Improvements

(May 12, 2016)--From the Office of the Mayor of Pittsburgh comes a proposed ordinance that aims to bring greater fiscal discipline to initiatives proposed by City officials. Following the lead of an Act 47 recommendation (drawn from ...

Posted on 12 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Senate Dem's Tax Plan Assault on Small Business

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CONTACT: Suzanne Collins Stoltenberg, NFIB/PA Communications Director 717-232-8582 suzanne.stoltenberg@nfib.org

Pennsylvania Senate Democrats' Tax Plan an Assault on Small Business
Could hinder job growth, stunt hiring and hurt the middle ...

Posted on 11 May 2016 Keep Reading...

When the Left Liked Conscientious Objection

Editor's note: This article first appeared in Crisis magazine.

Do you remember the name Daniel Berrigan?

Berrigan was a Jesuit priest well-known for his protests of the Vietnam War. He became a household name in the 1960s, along ...

Posted on 11 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Bill to Keep Best Teachers Heads to Governor

HARRISBURG — Legislation to keep Pennsylvania's best teachers in the classroom and boost student achievement by ending the practice of seniority-based layoffs passed the Senate today and is now on its way to the governor, Majority Leader, Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana County) said.

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Posted on 10 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Toomey on Trump

Donald Trump has dominated the political discussion for the better part of the last year. While I would prefer to focus on my work in the U.S. Senate, and on my own campaign for reelection, there is an unlimited interest in all-things Trump, so I'll offer a few thoughts about the presidential ...

Posted on 10 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Who is Watching the Watchers?

Who is Watching the Watchers?

(May 9, 2016)--Three weeks ago, we reported on the abject failure of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) to comply with the financial reporting requirements set out in the law that established the Authority, Act 11 of 2004. Under Section 207, the ...

Posted on 9 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Registering Women for the Draft, a Charade

The Armed Services Committee (ASC) recently approved a measure requiring American women aged 18 to 26 to register for the draft and sent it to the full House for consideration. If this measure becomes law it will do nothing to enhance gender equality in the Department of Defense that recently ...

Posted on 9 May 2016 Keep Reading...

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