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Mike's Memo Week of September 25, 2017

Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress of my ...

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Senator Scott Wagner

Credit Downgrade Due to Void of Leadership, Wagner says

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2017 Credit Downgrade Due to Void of Leadership, Wagner says HARRISBURG – Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) voiced his ...

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Likely Next Solicitor General Fought for Nuns, Against Disputed Obama Appointees

Fred Lucas / @FredLucasWH /The Daily Signal Noel Francisco, President Trump's nominee for solicitor general, testifies May 10 before the Senate Judiciary Committee. ...

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ECONOMYNEWS Conservatives Call for Tax Reform to ‘Put Small Businesses Back at the Heart of America’s Economy’

Rachel del Guidice / @LRacheldG / The Daily Signal “We spend more on filing taxes every year than we put into innovation in ...

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Why is anyone talking about DACA when the RAISE Act ending chain migration still has not passed?

By Robert Romano at NetRight Daily and Americans for Limited Government “Chain migration cannot be allowed to be part of any ...

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Fundamentally Wrong About Fundamental Rights

By Derek Hunter at Townhall |   Did you realize you have a right to not be offended? That you have a right to other ...

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The Mythical Constitution

Joseph Postell / @JoePostell /The Daily Signal Detail from a frieze depicting the signing of the Constitution decorates the U.S. Capitol. (Photo: Steve ...

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Does the Constitution mean what the Supreme Court says it means?

  By Bryan Fischer at Renew America Follow me on Twitter: @BryanJFischer, on Facebook at "Focal Point" Host of "Focal Point" on ...

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Taking the Red Pill: Democrats Are Losing Support Fast

~ Conservative Zone Eight years of job-killing economic policies, failure to close out the War on Terror and Hillary Clinton’s 41 ...

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Family Institute Dropped by Payment Processing Company After SPLC ‘Hate Group’ Designation

Morse: It's convenient for the SPLC to 'stand me up next to a guy with a swastika and a white ...

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Argall votes again to end budget stalemate


For Immediate Release

Argall votes again to end budget stalemate


HARRISBURG – Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of a plan to fund state government for the remainder of the 2015-16 fiscal year:


“This budget plan gives funding needed by school districts, hospitals and the agriculture community, along with several other areas that were vetoed by the governor in December. Most importantly, unlike other proposals, this plan does not jeopardize our ongoing bipartisan efforts to eliminate school property taxes, which is by far the number one issue for the residents of Berks and Schuylkill Counties.”



Budget Hearings Recap


The Senate Appropriations Committee has wrapped up three weeks of public hearings on the Governor’s proposed 2016-2017 state budget.

Below you will find videos from all of my Q&A sessions with department heads during this week’s hearings. Additionally, I have included highlights of topics covered by other members.

If you would like to take a look back at any of the previous hearings, be sure to visit the2016-2017 budget page on my website where I have prior Budget Hearing Recaps, as well as a playlist of my Q&A videos.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2016 Department of Human Services

Many of my colleagues addressed the major issues regarding the Department of Human Services, so I yielded my time for questions but

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A Conversation with my Neighbor “Sam”


By Mark Brandly at Mises Daily

Tags Taxes and SpendingU.S. EconomyU.S. History


Lately, I’ve wondered how my neighbor, Sam, affords to buy so much stuff. He appears to have an unlimited budget. When I asked him about this, Sam asked, “Do you think I’m spending too much?”

“That depends,” I said, “How much money do you make?”

“I take home $100,000 a year.”

That surprised me. I would guess that he’s spending more than that. But I tried to be encouraging, “That sounds like plenty of income. With a little planning, you should be able to budget your spending and be financially stable.”

“But my finances are a mess,” Sam replied. “I spend more than I take home.

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Sen. Joni Ernst Warns ‘ISIS Present in All 50 States’


Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks at CPAC 2016. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Newscom)

Speaking in front of a room filled with conservative grassroots activists, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, took on President Barack Obama’s foreign policy strategy, arguing that the country needs to elect a new leader who is willing to confront the “real and dangerous threats” facing the nation.

“We’ve all got to come together and find conservative leadership that will confront the very real and dangerous threats America faces in this world,” Ernst said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, outside Washington, D.C. “The reality is, the world is in turmoil, and President Obama does not want

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5 Key Exchanges From Biggest Abortion Supreme Court Case in a Decade


The justices would do well to uphold Texas’s reasonable law and reconsider the long, deadly shadow that its abortion decisions have cast over American law, medicine, and society. (Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA/Newscom)

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Elizabeth Slattery writes about the rule of law, the proper role of the courts, civil rights and equal protection, and the scope of constitutional provisions such as the Commerce Clause and the Recess Appointments Clause as a legal fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and

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Feds Not Properly Monitoring Immigrants at Risk for Carrying Zika


1. Feds Not Properly Monitoring Immigrants at Risk for Carrying Zika Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is declining to perform basic medical screenings on legal immigrants and visitors from high-risk countries. Read more


2. Ryan: House Will File Supreme Court Brief in Executive Amnesty Case House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced Tuesday that the House will vote on a resolution to file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case challenging President Obama’s authority to grant executive amnesty to millions of illegal aliens without congressional approval.Read more

3. How to Deal With More Than 11 Million Illegal Aliens: Discourage Them From Remaining (It Works) An article in the Los Angeles

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Court: American Victims of Terror Can Confiscate $9 Million From Iran


Landmark decision grants victims access to Iranian funds

An Israeli policewoman escorts a shocked woman in downtown Jerusalem following a triple explosion at Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall Thursday Sept. 4, 1997 / AP

BY: at the Washington Free Beacon

American victims of Iranian-backed terror attacks can seize Iranian bank accounts in order to pay off more than $9.4 million in damages awarded to these victims, according to a recent ruling by a California-based U.S. Court of Appeals.

The court ruled late last week in a landmark decision against appeals by the Iranian government. The ruling paves the way for other U.S. terror

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20 Highlights From Presidential Candidates’ Speeches to Conservatives


Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio joined Gov. John Kasich at CPAC 2016. (Photos: Ron Sach/CNP/Sipa USA/Newscom of Cruz and Kasich; Joshua Roberts/Reuters/Newscom of Rubio)

Three of the four remaining Republican presidential candidates made their policy pitches Friday and Saturday to conservative grassroots voters at a conference outside Washington, D.C.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas took their turns at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, in separate speeches. The fourth remaining candidate—businessman Donald Trump—canceled his planned

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