FERRO – AFP 2/20; JANET – CFL Meeting 3/2/16.
JOHN BATCHELOR/HANSON – The Trump Boom.
GOP: John McCormick & Terrence Dopp
PA: KNEPPER – Floating money; SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
END NOTES: Campaign Gossip; Apple; MARK LEVIN (02/18/16)
Kathryn Ferro, AFP: “Americans for Prosperity’s February Day of Action – Saturday, Feb. 20”
Americans for Prosperity’s February Day of Action – Saturday, Feb. 20
Hello Freedom Fighters: I don’t mean to clutter your inboxes; however, with Governor Wolf’s new budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year looming, we once again undertake the important task of keeping our leaders in check. So, for this month’s day of action, we will be switching gears from paycheck protection legislation (as originally planned) to the budget; namely, staving off tax hikes and doing our best to keep government spending under control. Therefore, this Saturday will focus on making budget patch-through calls to target districts in the southeast, encouraging constituents to call their legislators and demand that taxes and spending be limited. It’s a daunting task, but somebody’s got to do it!
Also, please consider coming out to another AFP event coming up in our region:
21st Century Education Summit, March 5th (rescheduled from January due to snow)
Penn State Great Valley inside the Conference Center
30 E. Swedesford Rd. Malvern, PA 19355
9:00am – 1:30pm
Speakers and breakout sessions: come find out what your options are as a parent in PA, and support the important issues of school choice and education reform.
Find full agenda and register at: https://afpfpaeducationsummit.eventbrite.com
Thanks again! Best Regards,
Kathryn Ferro | Field Director – Southeastern Pennsylvania | Americans for Prosperity – PA
m: 267.315.3585 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org | @AFPPennsylvania
**New Office Location:
550 American Ave. Suite 201
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Janet: Citizens for Liberty
Wednesday, March 2 at 7 PM – 9 PM
170 Allendale Rd, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
We are honored to present Mr. Kim Stolfer, Chairman, Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC). With all of the talk about shredding our 2nd Amendment, is this a possibility, can this actually be taken away from us? What about law-abiding citizens and our God-given and Constitutional rights? Remember, everything Hitler did was legal! Find out EXACTLY what YOU can, and can not do as an American citizen, right in your OWN backyard. What is legal, what is illegal, what are your rights? Have YOUR questions ready! FOAC is a non-partisan, non-connected Political Action Committee (PAC) organized to empower ‘all’ gun owners, outdoor enthusiasts, and supporters of the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, and Article 1, Section 21 and 25 of the PA Constitution, with the tools and information necessary to protect Freedom from transgression. FOAC philosphy: In a free society, no citizen should ever have to justify the assertion of a fundamental right. Indeed, unless there is a compelling reason, government should never inhibit exercise of privilege either. A very general premise is that the best government is the least government. Kim will inform us of the controversial Reciprocity, and the so-called gun show loophole. We will also be informed of any and all pertinent information of gun control in PA and the country, as a whole. *JOE GALE *Meet Joe Gale. The new Montgomery County Commissioner. A historic victory. Find out exactly why this campaign made national news, and what Joe is doing today! The newly elected Montgomery County Commissioner will speak to us about his HISTORIC and NATIONALLY KNOWN campaign, for this seat. The PA political establishment tried to ruin his spotless reputation. Joe now claims victory, and puts people over politics. Meet Joe. Hear his story. Up close and personal! -We will introduce several more PA candidates vying for a place on the primary ballot. Names to be announced. -Once again, we will be collecting gently used men’s and women’s clothing (please no frayed, or noticeably worn), warm blankets, canned food (please no out-dated) and bottled water, as well as toiletries, for the 15 homeless veteran encampments in Bucks County, and 1 in Valley Forge National Historical Park. We literally collected a couple thousand items at our February event that were delivered to Salute2Service for distribution. And if you can lend a hand transporting to the person distributing items please contact Janet Warnsdorfer at email@example.com or call (610) 469-3268. FREE potluck dinner buffet. Bring a snack or a dish to share, or just come and enjoy!
“Forget we’re talking about a cell phone. Think of it as a safe. The FBI is not asking Apple to go to the terrorists’ house and open it with the combination they know the safe has and then let the FBI look around. The FBI is asking for the combination. The FBI is asking the company that makes the safes to give them the combinations of all the safes that they have made and will make in the future, because they don’t want to have to go to Apple every time they need to get inside some potential criminal’s phone. They want the key.”
John Batchelor; Thursday 18 February 2016 / Hour 2, Block B:
Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover; in re: The Trump boom. Napoleon spoke of needing an authoritarian protector; the people turned over the rains [sic!] of govt and in five years had a full-fledged tyrant. Trump keeps mum on policies lest the electorate disagree with any specific. Isn’t this what Obama did? They both love the first-person pronoun – I , me, my; and personalizes relationships with world leaders. Thus the US is veering from one unknown to another. “Hope and change:” is banal; now we have “I’ll make American great again.” Every program – abortion, Social Security, take the whole list – and he’s a Democrat on all policies. He’s taken the Limousine Liberal and turned it on his head. “I’m your man of the people.” Last eve, a GOP source remarked that Trump probably is not a Republican, and what there is of policy from Trump is that of a Democrat. Both parties are fragments. The strong man is rising in Ankara, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo, Paris . . . Nations in the Middle East that once aligned with America are now indifferent. Interests who opposed the United States grow defiant. Fence-sitting countries that calibrated their policies to the perception of U.S. strength are leaning toward our adversaries. Chaos is the result. The upheavals in the Middle East reflect a shared perception that the U.S. cannot or will not promote pro-Western forces in the Middle East. Obama’s foreign policy is written off as either confused or reformulated to favor revolutionary societies that are deemed more authentic and legitimate that traditional U.S. allies. Three landmark events over the last four years fueled the general Middle East chaos . . . http://www.hoover.org/research/speak-loudly-and-carry-twig –and this prescient piece from last fall: Is Trump Our Napoleon? (2 of 2)
GOP . . .
John McCormick & Terrence Dopp, Bloomberg: “Presidential Contests Down to the Wire in Nevada, South Carolina”
“Two key presidential contests on opposite ends of the nation come down to their final full day Friday, ahead of weekend elections that will shape the tone and duration of the Republican and Democratic races.
The six remaining Republicans face off Saturday in South Carolina’s primary, where Donald Trump holds a commanding lead in the polls, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will compete three time zones to the west in the Nevada caucuses.
The latest chapter arrives with its share of twists—a staple of the 2016 presidential race. Thursday brought a rare criticism of a White House candidate by a pope.
“Condemning Trump’s hardline immigration agenda, Pope Francis singled out the New York real-estate developer and suggested that he ‘is not Christian’ because of statements he’s made about building a wall on the Mexico border. Trump responded by calling the pope’s actions ‘disgraceful,’ but at a CNN town hall held in Columbia, South Carolina, hours later had softened his tone.
“‘I like his personality,’ Trump said of the pope. ‘I like what he represents. And I certainly have respect for the position.’
“The dispute between the billionaire and pontiff dominated the campaign Thursday, but it wasn’t clear it would have staying power, at least in South Carolina. Catholics represented just 13 percent of state’s Republican primary electorate in 2012, according to exit polls. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the race’s fiercest Trump critic and a Catholic himself, said Friday on MSNBC it was “inappropriate for the Pope to intervene in the height of a primary.”
“Late Thursday night, in another twist, Michael Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent, Bloomberg LP, spoke at a book party and elaborated on why he is considering a third-party bid for the presidency but didn’t announce any such candidacy.
“This really has been a race to the extremes,” Bloomberg said of the current field of candidates, according to a transcript of his remarks. . .”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “How Much More Money is Floating Around?”
“A couple of weeks ago, Sen. Scott Wagner pointed out the $129 million “Swiss Bank Account” operated by the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The massive cash reserve was brought to light by a report from the Auditor General just in time to avoid an unnecessary tax increase. It is reasonable and prudent for school districts to maintain a rainy day fund. However, Pennsylvania school districts are ready for a biblical flood. They have a combined $4 billion in reserves socked away, but that doesn’t prevent them from crying poverty at every opportunity.
“There are other, more disturbing, examples of off the books pools of money that came to light during the budget crisis. Even in the absence of a budget, Governor Wolf managed to spend over $30 billion. This spending got the attention of several Representatives last year and what they found was eye-opening. One of the accounting tricks employed by the Governor was the use of waivers:
‘Their digging uncovered that $2.7 billion in waivers, which is money left over from previous budget years, had been spent in the four months after the 2014-15 fiscal year ended at the end of June.’
As we enter another budget season, Representatives and Senators need to determine how much more money is floating around off the books. Money left over from previous budgets does not belong to government agencies, it belongs to the taxpayers. Having an accurate assessment of the amount of unspent, previously allocated funds could save taxpayers billions of dollars going forward and plug that “structural deficit” the Governor keeps mentioning.”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 02/19 Ups & Downs
“Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General finally had to face reality on Tuesday. Kane held a press conference and announced that she would not be running for re-election. The AG cited the familiar cast of villains to explain her decision as well as a desire to spend more time with her kids. Immediately, those candidates trying to become her successor sought to throw in their two cents. A few days later, Terry Madonna identified the four character traits that hampered her success. While the post-mortems continue, however, this saga is far from over as it now appears there could be some connection to the Rob McCord case. The past week has only been the latest chapter in this long-running drama.
“Brian Fitzpatrick. The Fitzpatrick campaign continues to steamroll the competition in the GOP PA-8 primary. Their latest coup was earning “Young Gun” status from the NRCC, which cements Fitzpatrick as the front-runner after former favorite State Rep. Scott Petri was pushed out of the race. Finally, the DCCC went after Mike Fitzpatrick’s young brother when they heard the news, the best indicator of all that they expect to face him in November.
“Pat Toomey. The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia put a number of Senators in a bind, specifically those seven Republicans seeking re-election this year in blue states. The GOP obviously doesn’t want the President to name a new Justice who will shift the balance of the Court, but that reasoning won’t work for candidates like Sen. Toomey. Initially, then, it made sense for Toomey to say (as many Republicans have) that the next President should get to decide so that the electorate will get a chance to weigh in. Yesterday, though, the Senator hurt himself by arguing against any confirmation hearings and seemingly admitting that this was about more than the candidate’s qualifications. His assertion that an 11-month vacancy on the Court would not be ‘that big a deal’ was a gaffe that his opponents are already capitalizing on and one that they will likely bring up innumerable times throughout the year.
“Stephen Zappala. The Allegheny County DA’s chief opponent in the AG Democratic primary is Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro. In order to prevail, Zappala must prevent an east/west divide from emerging as he’ll be on the side with less Democrats. Therefore, the endorsement of Philadelphia’s own Mike Stack was an important victory for the campaign. Furthermore, the Lieutenant Governor is Zappala’s highest ranking supporter and helps even the scales with Shapiro, who has the backing of former Gov. Rendell and is also a close ally of Governor Wolf’s.
“Donald Trump. Evangelicals have been a critical Republican constituency since at least 1980. Donald Trump, however, has proven he doesn’t much care for the traditional rules and norms of politics. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that a Pennsylvania religious group has some serious concerns about The Donald. When he refused to meet with them, they posted a blistering open letter to the candidate, questioning his bona fides. This was all before Trump found himself in a feud with none other than His Holiness Pope Francis yesterday. It’s in Trump’s interest to sincerely try to bridge this divide but he does not come across as the most humble of people.”
END NOTES . . .
First fact: Dear Leader will not attend Nino Scalia’s funeral but will play golf. He will send Plugs Biden as his representative. Second fact: The Hillary has recent bouts of coughing fits that overlap her falling poll numbers. Does Dear Leader want to cheat her once more by inserting Plugs into the Democrat ticket?
Apple has said “No” to FBI demands that it break encryption codes on its i-Phones. The phone was used by a San Bernardino terrorist and may have leads to his partners. Once encryption is broken, multiple nations and bureaucrats will find overwhelming excuses for why they require similar access.
We have examples of earlier government access to our lives. The TSA has been a tragicomedy of bad manners and bad management, the NSA likewise, and our friendly IRS targeted 600 conservatives but shielded Lois Lerner. Apple may be another example of Horatio at the Bridge . . .
Mark Levin (02/18/16)
“On Wednesday’s Mark Levin show, Sen. Ted Cruz calls in to defend himself against Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. For one, Trump keeps threatening these frivolous lawsuits against Cruz. Donald Trump’s lawyers are numb-skulls if they move forward with a lawsuit against Ted Cruz. A defamation lawsuit against Cruz brought by Trump would be thrown out of court. Trump is used to getting his way, by threatening lawsuits and it won’t work with Cruz who is inviting Trump to sue him. Many who support Trump would have supported Ross Perot in the 90’s.
“Also, the Republican establishment has now gotten behind Marco Rubio. It is made even more obvious because now Gov. Nikki Haley in South Carolina has endorsed him. The establishment is willing to elect Rubio in spite of his support of the Gang of 8 and pledged not to immediately rescind Obama’s executive order on amnesty.
“Later, the Democrat Party, which tried to destroy Justice Clarence Thomas and blocked Miguel Estrada, are pulling the race card yet again. It’s time that Senate Republicans push back against this race baiting and not hold any hearings for Obama’s Supreme Court nominees. Finally, Congressman Louie Gohmert calls in to discuss his Congressional race and his opponents nasty ads against him.”