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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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School Personnel in These Gun-Control States Are Trained in Firearms Use


Ohio teachers learn to shoot in an NRA training session in 2013. (Photo: Sebastiano Tomada/Sipa USA/Newscom)

Mark Zilinskas, a high school math teacher in Pennsylvania, took firearms and emergency response training even though his state prohibits guns in school.

“To say teachers shouldn’t carry guns because they aren’t police officers is comparable to saying teachers shouldn’t drive because they aren’t NASCAR drivers,” Julian Petzold says.

Allowing teachers to have access to firearms at school became a national issue after President Donald Trump advocated it in response to the Feb. 14 massacre of 17 at a Parkland, Florida, high school.

Pennsylvania is one of a few traditionally pro-gun control states where school

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Spring Cleaning Event–Rep Eric Roe’s Report


Facebook Website Bio Latest News State Forms Photo Gallery Contact Spring Cleaning Event  

On Saturday, April 21, from 9a.m. – noon, I will be hosting a spring cleaning event at Bradford Heights Elementary School, 1330 Romig Road, Downingtown. At this event a shredding truck will be available to give residents an opportunity to securely destroy any personal documents that could make them a victim of identity theft.

Identity theft is an insidious crime that impacts more than 15 million individuals in the United States alone at a cost of more than $16 billion. It’s

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New Beaver and Slippery Rock Town Halls–Rep. Bernstine’s Report


Facebook Website Bio Latest News State Forms Photo Gallery Contact Join Me Next Week for Town Hall Meetings New Beaver Borough and Slippery Rock Borough

My first two spring town hall meetings will take place next week in New Beaver and Slippery Rock Boroughs.

The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 3, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the New Beaver Borough Building, located at 778 Wampum-New Galilee Road, New Galilee.

The second meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Slippery Rock Borough Building, located at Continue reading…

Mike’s Memo Week of April 2, 2018




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Welcome to“Mike’s Memo,” an update on what’s happening in the 48th Senatorial District and the State Capitol. If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to visit my website to learn more about my legislative priorities issues that may affect you and your family.

Week of April 2, 2018 Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing on Redistricting Legislation

If you missed the Senate State Government Committee’s public hearing on redistricting legislation, including Senate Bill 22 (Boscola), Senate Bill 243 (Leach), Senate Bill 464 (Blake) and Continue reading…

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)–State Senator Mensch Reports



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Many taxpayers are not aware that they may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Below you will find information on how to find out if you are eligible, how to apply, and more.

What is an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?

The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund.

Married couples and individuals may be eligible for $510 to $6,318 in federal tax

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Bernstine Announces Spring Town Hall Meeting Series


Bernstine Announces Spring Town Hall Meeting Series

ELLWOOD CITY – Continuing his efforts to stay in touch with the people who hired him to be their voice in Harrisburg, state Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today announced his latest series of town hall meetings, which will take place around the 10thLegislative District this spring.


The meeting locations and dates are:

New Beaver Borough Town Hall – Tuesday, April 3, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the New Beaver Borough Building, located at 778 Wampum-New Galilee Road, New Galilee. Slippery Rock Borough Town Hall – Wednesday, April 4, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Slippery Rock Borough Building, located at 306 E. Water St., Slippery Rock. North Sewickley Township Town Hall – Wednesday, April 25, from

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State Representative Daryl Metcalfe Calls on the Governor to come clean



Representative Daryl Metcalfe

12th District

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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March 27, 2018

Metcalfe Confirms Time Is Up for Wolf Administration to Produce Information on Illegally Voting Foreign Nationals

HARRISBURG — House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) sent another open letter to Gov. Tom Wolf demanding that his administration comply with the March 28, 2018 deadline to release all communication and records between former PA Department of State Secretary Pedro Cortes and his staff regarding voter registration and/or illegal voting by non-citizen foreign nationals.


The letter reads as follows:


“Dear Governor Wolf:


“Tomorrow marks the

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Making the tough calls–The CAP Report


Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania Making the Tough Calls

Dear PA Citizen

Someone has to call out power-hungry elected officials.

Since our inception Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania has proven time and again our willingness to do just that. Rather than cozying up to lawmakers – even those we’ve supported – we believe our allegiance belongs to you: the taxpayer.

Most recently we’ve found ourselves on opposite sides of the budget battle from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. To put it bluntly, Wolf’s most recent proposed budget was a disaster:

Wolf believes taxpayers should spend more money on public education, while we think more accountability should precede any additional funds from taxpayers. Wolf wants to levy an additional natural gas tax on our state’s

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