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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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Pennsylvania Liberty Alliance VP to Address CEPTA




Ron Boltz will be CEPTA’s Guest on Tuesday evening.

Ron Boltz meets with citizens on 76

Ron Boltz, Vice President of the Pennsylvania Liberty Alliance and a Pine Grove School Board member, will be the guest speaker at the May 17th CEPTA meeting. The meeting is held at the Emmaus Fire Hall, Sixth and Broad Streets in Emmaus at 7:30 pm.

Mr. Boltz will be speaking on the benefits of SB/HB 76-the School Real Estate Tax Elimination Act and the political activism needed to get this bill passed. As you may recall, last November the Pennsylvania Senate voted 24 to 24 on SB76 with Governor Wolf’s Lt. Governor casting the critical “no vote” to defeat the bill. Four SB76 Senate

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Commonwealth Foundation -Action Alert


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

In a crucial victory for both students and teachers, the Protecting Excellent Teachers Act passed the Senate yesterday with a vote of 26 to 22.

HB 805, championed by Rep. Stephen Bloom, provides that public school teachers are retained based on effectiveness in the classroom—not merely seniority—in the unfortunate event of furloughs. A seniority-based system punishes young, effective teachers who excel in the classroom but have not racked up sufficient service time. This is unfair. HB 805 ensures our best teachers remain in the classroom, helping every child reach their maximum potential.

The legislation now moves to Gov. Wolf, whose options are clear: Side with the teachers’ unions which oppose the bill or

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A Prayer taken from the Internet and sent to us by a Loyal Reader


There is nothing better than older people praying for you. We’re not getting older, just getting closer to home! The instructions are to pick four people.

The prayer:


Father, Thank You for each and every day You have blessed us here on earth. Thank You for Your tender mercies. Thank You for giving us friends and family to share joys and sorrows with. I ask You to bless my friends, relatives, brothers and sisters in Christ and those I care deeply for, who are reading this right now.


Where there is joy, give them continued joy. Where there is pain or sorrow, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence. Where there is need, fulfill

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The Commonwealth Foundation’s Weekly Update


Pennsylvania State Capitol Building

Monday, May 9, 2016

Dear CF Friend,

In March, we alerted Pennsylvanians to the $700 million price tag of corporate welfare in the state.

Two months later, the buzz around these wasteful business subsidies is still going strong.

Recently, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review exposed how our tax dollars are “cushioning a billionaire’s wallet.”

Our own VP of policy, Nate Benefield also had a commentary in the Philadelphia Inquirer highlighting some of corporate welfare’s greatest failures.

And CF’s director of policy analysis, Elizabeth Stelle, recently called for an end to corporate welfare in an op-ed that, to date, has appeared in nine outlets dotting the state.

In short – from

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.. Senator Mike Folmer’s Report


State Senator Mike Folmer

48th Senatorial District

Another Step Toward Reform


In the year since being named chairman of the Senate State Government Committee, I’ve worked hard to advance reforms that are consistent with my “Promise to Pennsylvania”: legislative and political reforms, tax and spending reforms, and labor law and legal reforms.

During this time, nearly 150 bills have been referred to the State Government Committee and about one-quarter have been reported to the full Senate for consideration, including: proposed Constitutional amendments to reduce the size of the General Assembly; Right to Know law updates; expansions of the Ethics Act, the Sunshine Law, and the Election Code; Civil Service and Procurement law changes; “paycheck protection”; lobbying disclosure requirements; medical cannabis;

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SSA Putting Millions of Americans at Risk for Identity Theft


Agency correspondence uses Americans full Social Security Numbers

Wikimedia Commons

BY: at the Washington Free Beacon

The Social Security Administration puts millions of Americans at risk for identity theft by putting their full Social Security Numbers on letters sent in the mail.

The agency’s inspector general released an audit this week warning the government that by sending hundreds of millions of letters containing individual’s Social Security Numbers it puts them at risk for identity theft.

“According to [the Social Security Administration] SSA, in 2015, it mailed about 233 million notices that included individuals’ full SSN,” the inspector general said. “We recognize

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House Committee to Examine Blight in Chester County, Say Petri, Lewis



State Rep Scott Petri

News Advisory

Office of State Rep. Scott Petri

May 9, 2016


House Committee to Examine Blight in Chester County, Say Petri, Lewis

WHAT: Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks), chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee, will hold a public hearing in Chester County that will focus on issues involving blight, including code enforcement and the redevelopment of blighted properties in the Commonwealth. Recent laws, enacted to address blight and its impact on public safety, property values and local tax revenue, have given municipalities additional tools to put blighted properties back into re-use and on the tax rolls. The committee is being hosted by Rep. Harry Lewis (R-Chester).


WHO: Petri, Lewis and other members of the

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Job creation, economic competitiveness with NJ, NY explored in Argall’s latest TV program



For Immediate Release

May 3, 2016

Job creation, economic competitiveness with NJ, NY explored in Argall’s latest TV program

HARRISBURG – Potential improvements to Pennsylvania’s economic development strategy and how to expedite job creation efforts are highlighted in the latest edition of Senator David G. Argall’s (R-Schuylkill/Berks) monthly television show.


The show featured testimony from a recent bipartisan joint hearing of the Senate Majority and Senate Democratic Policy committees that examined Pennsylvania’s burdensome permitting process and lack of economic development incentives compared to neighboring states.


“I recently met with a group of business leaders in Berks County who detailed several roadblocks preventing them from creating more jobs and expanding or relocating in Pennsylvania,” Argall said.

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