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CF Finalist for International Award--Thanks to You!

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Dear CF Friend, Every year, the Atlas Network honors one nonprofit for a major contribution to the global free market ...

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Knowles to Host Tamaqua District Office Open House and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Sept. 28

TAMAQUA – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) cordially invites residents of the 124thLegislative District to join him on Friday, Sept. 28, for ...

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Chicago Democrats Harass Food Truck Vendors

                    ~ Liberty Planet Chicago has a higher than average crime rate, serious pension problems and a host of other issues; even ...

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'Obama Built a Legacy Built on Sand': Chaffetz Explains How Trump Demolished Obama's Legacy

MADISON DIBBLE | IJR John Gress/Reuters/Mark Wilson/Getty Images Former President Barack Obama laid into President Donald Trump, breaking the longstanding tradition of presidents abstaining from political ...

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Another Leftist Attacks a Republican

The MSM continues to give Maxine Waters's rhetoric and antifa violence a pass. By the Political Editors · at the Patriot ...

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TDS: College Professor Shoots Himself in Class to Protest Prez


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Beginning to Worry about the Safety of the President 

                   By The Common Constitutionalist   President Donald J. Trump arrives at the Inaugural Parade ...

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Peter Hasson | Reporter/ The Daily Caller A Republican Party office in Wyoming was set on fire just two days after ...

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Police Respond to Mass Shooting Threat at MAGA Event at Trump Hotel

Jack Posobiec / TwitterPolice patrol outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday after a Twitter user threatened ...

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Peter Hasson | Reporter from The Daily Caller California man Farzad Fazeli was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to stab a ...

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Not Much for Conservatives to Love in No Child Left Behind Rewrite



Lindsey Burke / / from The Daily Signal

There isn’t much for conservatives to love in the policies put forward in the proposed rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization currently moving through Congress.

Proponents of the No Child Left Behind rewrite have argued that the proposal would prohibit the education secretary from encouraging states to adopt Common Core and would otherwise rein in the Department of Education.

On the Common Core question, states have already adopted the national standards and tests, and it is now up to states to fully exit Common Core. Moreover, there were already prohibitions in three federal laws against the federal government being involved in curriculum-setting. It is unlikely that yet another

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5 Gimmicks in Highway Trust Fund Bailout


Michael Sargent -from The Daily Signal


On Thursday the Senate sent yet another short term extension of the Highway Trust Fund to the president’s desk (the fourth this year). This latest short term extension means that members of the highway bill conference have until Dec. 4th to pass a bailout through hammering out the small differences between what has passed in the House and Senate.

Unfortunately, neither the House, nor the Senate plan offer any meaningful reforms that would address the trust fund’s chronic overspending that has already required $73 billion in bailouts since 2008.

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Was the PA Senate Vote on SB76 a set-up?



On Monday, November 23rd, the Pennsylvania Senate conducted its’ debate and vote on SB76-the School Real Estate Tax Elimination Act. The Senate had placed an Amendment to SB683 to insert the provisions of SB76 into that piece of legislation.

The debate was interesting, and the vote was exceptional at 24 yea and 24 nay with the Senate President, Lt. Governor Stack, casting the deciding nay vote making the outcome 25-24 against giving Pennsylvania taxpayers the much needed School Tax break. Those opposed to 76 made many arguments about not raising the Income Tax and Sales Tax which SB76 would have done to eliminate School Real Estate Taxes. However, those slight increases would have been minor compared to the savings in School Taxes.

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Pennsylvania State Senator Wagner on SB76 Vote


Elimination of School Property Taxes One Vote Short

Monday night an historic vote was taken in the Senate on a measure to permanently eliminate all school property taxes in Pennsylvania and establish a fairer way to fund public schools.

The vote to amend House Bill 683 to include provisions from Senate Bill 76, known as the Property Tax Independence Act, failed by a vote of 24-25 with Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, who presides over the Senate, breaking a 24-24 tie.

To replace the revenue the property tax currently provides to public schools, the legislation would broaden the base of the state sales tax to include more services

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Pennsylvanians’ Safety Must be Top Priority



The Weekly Roundup By John McGinnis

While the plight of Syrian refugees is a compelling one crying out for a humanitarian response, the best approach is one that provides them assistance and protection near their homeland until the civil war there is resolved. I am against forcing the Pennsylvania taxpayer to provide benefits and aid, but highly recommend we all care for our fellow man in ways we choose to and think best.

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From PA State Representative Metcalfe-Failures of Governor Wolf



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Regarding Senate Bill 76 – The Property Tax Independence Act.



Senator Scott Wagner’s

Good Afternoon:

This week has been busy with many people visiting my Senate office in Harrisburg and many emails received regarding Senate Bill 76 – The Property Tax Independence Act.

If SB76 is passed it would eliminate school taxes on all real estate.

To be clear – local county and municipal taxes would remain in place.

The elimination of school taxes would apply to all real estate in Pennsylvania – residential, commercial and industrial.

To completely eliminate school taxes on real estate in PA the legislature has to find between $12-14 Billion Dollars of revenue from other sources.

Other sources mean new taxes, increased taxes, and lifting exemptions on goods or services not currently taxed.

There is no

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New Book on the Pennsylvania Pension Crisis


Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania

Rep. John McGinnis (R-Blair County) is the author of a new book, Future Forsaken: PENnscam and the Demise of the Commonwealth. The book details the causes and fixes for the Pennsylvania pension crisis. Rep. McGinnis is uniquely qualified to tackle this subject. He is a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and has a Ph.D. in Finance. He has done a fantastic job of making a fairly complex topic interesting and accessible to the general public. Here is an excerpt:

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