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Weekly Session Wrap-Up--State Senator Mensch's Report

      Week of June 11, 2018 In this Edition: Mensch Urges Governor to Sign Bill Promoting Employment of People with Disabilities Senate ...

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Smucker and Foxx Urge Department of Labor Action to Fight Opioids

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) and Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) today sent a letter to ...

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Conservative Icon Charles Krauthammer Faces Death with Dignity

~ Conservative Zone The former Democrat who emerged as a leading conservative voice influenced American thought through words and inspired millions ...

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Study: Fewer Children of Divorce Get Degrees

Research considers impact of divorce on professional degree achievement Getty Images BY: Charles Fain Lehman/ the Washington Free Beacon The children of divorced parents ...

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Man Gets 6 Years in Prison for Threatening Sen. Joni Ernst

AP   Katherine Rodriguez/Breitbart News Network A judge sentenced an Iowa man to six years in federal prison on Wednesday for sending a ...

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Justice Department IG Report: FBI Agents Regularly Received Free Handouts From Journalists

Joe Simonson / @SaysSimonson / The Daily Signal Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, speaks at a press conference on the ...

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Kerry Picket | Reporter The Daily Caller Former FBI Director James Comey and other bureau employees told investigators they thought Department of Justice prosecutors ...

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Major Revelation From Recent IG Report Shows Obama Had DIRECT ACCESS To Hillary’s Illegal Email Server

by Doyle Alexander /en-volve     A recent report compiled by U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz makes public new allegations and contradicts ...

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Where’s The Justice?! Obama Appointed Judge Pulls One Straight Out Of The Russian Play Book, JAILS Manafort

by Doyle Alexander /envolve   In a soviet-style court-move leftist Obama appointee Judge Amy Berman known for hatred of Trump and conservatives said, “I ...

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Report: GOP Leaders Hammer Rosenstein Over ‘Intimidation’ Tactics and ‘Chilling’ Threats

By Chris Agee /WJ Some Republicans are ratcheting up the rhetoric against Rod Rosenstein following recent reports. The deputy U.S. attorney general, who assumed ...

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Judicial Watch Statement on Supreme Court ‘One-Person, One-Vote’ Evenwel Ruling


From Judicial Watch

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch reacted to today’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court in finding that the “one-person, one-vote” principle under the Equal Protection Clause allows States to use total population only, rather than voter population, when apportioning state voting districts. Judicial Watch said that the decision was “political” and would “not stand the test of time.”

The Supreme Court ruled this morning unanimously that Texas was constitutionally justified in drawing state electoral districts based on total population.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated:

The Supreme Court’s Evenwel decision undermines the principle of “one man, one vote.” The decision will encourage politicians to fill their legislative districts with more non-citizens and fewer voting

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Philadelphia Hit With Lawsuit for Concealing Election Records


City has failed to provide information on possible non-citizen voters


BY: at the Washington Free Beacon

The city of Philadelphia is being sued in federal court for refusing to provide information about possible non-citizen voters.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), a firm based out of Indiana, filed a lawsuit on April 4 on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), an Alexandria, Va.-based election integrity group, against the Philadelphia City Commissioners for their failure to respond to inquiries about voter roll maintenance

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Senate Appropriations Committee Report


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Senate Appropriations Committee Report April 2016 Committee Website General Fund Revenue Collections, $86.7 Million, or 2.0%, Above the Monthly Estimate

General Fund revenue collections for the month ended March 2016 totaled $4.49 billion, which was $86.7 million, or 2.0%, above the monthly estimate. Fiscal year-to-date collections total $22.2 billion, which is $147.4 million, or 0.7%, above estimate for the year. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund revenue collections are $529 million, or 2.4%, ahead of last year at this time. March is typically the largest revenue collection month of the year.

Corporate net income (CNI) tax collections were $17.1 million, or 3.7%, below estimate for the month. Regular (i.e. annual)

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Donors Decline to Back More Fracking Research After Study Finds No Link to Water Contamination


Workers unload fracking fluids from a tank truck in 2011 at an injection well in Youngstown, Ohio, where the fluids will be pumped deep underground. (Photo: Jim West/Newscom)


The lead researcher in a study that concluded that fracking in Ohio didn’t contaminate groundwater told The Daily Signal that, contrary to her previous remarks, donors to the study did not pull funding because of “specific disappointment” with those results.

Amy Townsend-Small, an assistant professor of geology at the University of Cincinnati who conducted the three-year study, did acknowledge that some financial backers “have declined to continue funding past the initial study period.”

However, Townsend-Small said in an

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16 Democrat AGs Begin Inquisition Against ‘Climate Change Disbelievers’


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks alongside former Vice President Al Gore. Neither Gore nor the “AGs United for Clean Power” has any concern over the First Amendment or the stifling of scientific debate. (Photo: Reuters/Mike Segar/Newscom)

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Hans von Spakovsky is an authority on a wide range of issues—including civil rights, civil justice, the First Amendment, immigration, the rule of law and government reform—as a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and manager of the think tank’s Election Law Reform Initiative. Read his

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6 Reasons Not to Celebrate Obamacare’s 6th Anniversary



6 Reasons Not to Celebrate Obamacare’s 6th Anniversary

Problems Persist as Health Care System Flounders

HARRISBURG, Pa.—Lower costs? Improved access? Promises made—and broken—in the six years since Obamacare became law on March 23, 2010.

“The past six years have not brought the health care fixes promised to Pennsylvanians,” commented Elizabeth Stelle, director of policy analysis for the Commonwealth Foundation. “In fact, we’ve seen just the opposite—higher costs, less access, and lower quality care.”

Stelle provided six reasons Pennsylvanians won’t be blowing kazoos for this anniversary.

Higher Costs – Pennsylvania insurers asked for approval to hike premiums by up to

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Press Release from PA House of Representatives



PA Rep. Daryl Metcalfe

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Ty McCauslin



April 12, 2016

Pennsylvania Must Join with Majority of States in Restoring Right to Work

HARRISBURG — State lawmakers, leaders from organizations across the Commonwealth and other individuals dedicated to making Pennsylvania America’s next right-to-work state officially reintroduced the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative (House Bills 1750-55) on Tuesday.


“With the recent addition of neighboring West Virginia, there are now more right-to-work states in the U.S. than compulsory-union states,” said Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler). “The governor can mislead all he wants about the so-called structural deficit or the need for recurring revenue (massive tax increases), but

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House Passes Historic Government Union Contract Transparency


Would Lift Veil of Cost Secrecy from Government Union Deals

From The Commonwealth Foundation

HARRISBURG, Pa.—Today, the state House passed SB 644 (108-83) to bring much-needed cost transparency to government union contracts—contracts Governor Wolf is negotiating behind closed doors right now.

“Last week, Gov. Wolf called for expanded government transparency, claiming, ‘special interests still wield too much power and influence in Harrisburg’,” commented Matthew Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation. “Now, Wolf has a chance to put his money where his mouth is. Wolf himself is currently negotiating contracts worth a combined $3.6 billion with 18 government unions, several of which donated millions to his election campaign.”

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