FERRO – AFP 3/5; JANET – CFL Meeting 3/2/16; CPAC, March 2-5.
DEBATE: ERICKSON – Serial rapist; ANTLE – Gloves off.
GOP: O’Neil – Rubio stands for ISR; INVESTORS – WaPo assaults Donald; JOHNSON – Mitt gossips about Don’s taxes.
LEADS: MARTEL – More boats in South China Sea; SAVAGE – BO wants to share data; GERAGHTY – Liberal Sri.
PA: KNEPPER – Ghost teachers; SNYDER – Politics PA.
END NOTES: LEVIN (02/25/16)
Kathryn Ferro, AFP: 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
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**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!
CPAC: March 2-5
SPEAKERS: CRUZ, FIORINA, LOVE, TRUMP, BECK, BOLTON, SCHLAPP, LEVIN, McFARLAND, MALKIN, LOESCH, CHANG, HANNITY , WALKER, CARSON . . . AND BUCKETS MORE!!!!
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“Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to Trump: We’re “Not Paying For That F***ing Wall”
Update: In tonight’s GOP debate, Donald Trump responded, saying after Fox’s comments, the wall just got ten feet higher.”
DEBATE. . .
Erick Erickson, Resurgent: “Donald Trump: Serial Rapist of Truth”
“The white supremacists who back Trump had to be crying a bit into their swastikas tonight. Trump said nice things about Israel. (NOTE: Not all Trump supporters are white supremacists, but a hell of a lot of white supremacists are Trump supporters)
“But for most of the night, Donald Trump physically sweated as Cruz and Rubio tag teamed him. Rubio, frankly, did a better job of keeping his eye on the prize. Cruz let a few opportunities go without attacking and got distracted by trying to make points about Rubio. But, that might have been intentional because it let Rubio then get an extra thirty seconds to attack Trump.
“It was a brilliant tag team leaving Kasich and Carson mostly on the sidelines thankfully.
“Kasich came across as his standard jackass self.
“Carson is just a non-entity who not seems more con artist taking advantage of people than a hero surgeon.
“Trump came across as a massive liar. Cruz caught him in lies about healthcare. Rubio caught him in lies about spending. Trump lied and lied and lied some more. Trump raped the truth repeatedly. He left the truth abused, battered, and in a dumpster.
“Rubio and Cruz showed what their tag teaming Trump can do. But they have to keep doing it. They cannot think this is a one night thing. They absolutely must sustain the tag team over the next few weeks. They need advertising to highlight Donald Trump raping the truth. They must unite in this fight still.
“Between the two, Marco Rubio did better than Cruz at holding Trump accountable and making Trump uncomfortable repeatedly. But Cruz did very well.”
James Antle III, Washington Examiner: “Rubio and Cruz take the gloves off against Trump”
“Marco Rubio took on Donald Trump like never before at the Republican presidential debate Thursday night, with Ted Cruz not too far behind.
“The Florida senator challenged Trump’s sincerity on his signature issue, immigration. He suggested that if Trump hadn’t inherited $200 million from his family, he would be “selling watches on the street in Manhattan.” And he may have even pulled a Chris Christie on Trump.
“Rubio worked to draw out Trump’s lack of command over policy details. He called attention to Trump repeatedly saying he would replace Obamacare by eliminating the ‘lines’ around states, seemingly a reference to allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines.
“When Trump shot back that he watched Rubio ‘melt down’ on the stage in the debate before the New Hampshire, the Floridian quipped, ‘I watched you repeat yourself five times five seconds ago.’
“By getting into these exchanges with Trump, Rubio was able to do two things: increase his speaking time and try to position himself as the anti-Trump candidate in a contest that may be defined by whether another candidate can consolidate the vote against the front-runner.
“A clash over immigration came early in the debate. Trump tried to draw Rubio and Cruz into a fight with each other over the Gang of Eight, but they both went after the Republican front-runner at their first opportunity. . .”
GOP . . .
Rich Lowry, NRO: “The Coming Anti-Trump Onslaught” “The anti-Trump onslaught is coming. Perhaps within weeks. Just not necessarily from Republicans.
“Almost as soon as Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee — which may be as early as March 15 — Democrats will surely start to churn out their negative ads.
“They will attack Trump’s credentials as a tribune of the little guy by focusing on a money-grubbing venture like Trump University, designed to extract as much cash as possible from people who thought they would learn something from the shell of a school.
“They will dissect his business record. They will fasten on his failed casinos and the bankruptcies he used to stiff creditors while maintaining a lavish lifestyle.
“They will fry him for hypocrisy on immigration by pointing out that Trump Tower was built by illegal Polish immigrants worked to the bone and that, according to news reports, illegal immigrants are helping build his new hotel in Washington.
“They will make the cheap threats he throws at anyone who crosses him a character and temperament issue. They will hound him about his unreleased tax returns. And, of course, they will use decades-worth of controversial statements to portray him as racist and sexist.
“This will all be in the tradition of the early Democratic ad campaigns that successfully knee-capped Republican nominees in 1996 and 2012 (Bob Dole and Mitt Romney, respectively). A Democratic campaign to disqualify Trump would seek to make his unfavorable rating (already 60 percent with the general public) not merely alarming, but completely radioactive.
“How will Trump fare against such ads? Maybe he will prove impervious to all such criticism, or maybe he will wilt under the assault. Who knows? . . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431947/donald-trump-republican-nomination-democrats-will-tear-him-apart
Tyler O’Neil, PJM: “Marco Rubio Hits Trump, Takes Strong Stand for Israel”
“Florida Senator Marco Rubio gave a powerful defense of Israel in Houston, Texas, on Thursday. He attacked President Obama and Republican front-runner Donald J. Trump for not supporting the Jewish state. If elected president, he promised “a foreign policy of moral clarity,” and that America would take sides (“we’re going to be on Israel’s side”).
Investors: “The Washington Post Becomes Unhinged On Donald Trump”
“Media Bias: Donald Trump has many personal and policy flaws, and we disagree with him on trade and other issues. But one of the stronger cases for Trump for president is that the left absolutely reviles him.
“It’s almost fun to watch them squirm and even become unhinged at the idea of Trump becoming the Republican nominee, let alone the occupant of the Oval Office. The Washington Post’s latest anti-Trump tirade was classic media bias on full display.
It tells the GOP leadership to “do everything in your power” to stop the “unthinkable” of a Trump presidency from happening because it signifies the “debasement of the party.” He is “a menace” and a “bullying demagogue,” the Post hisses.
“OK, they’re certainly entitled to their opinion. But then the editorial turns vile and vapid: ‘He would round up and deport 11 million people, a forced movement on a scale not attempted since Stalin or perhaps Pol Pot.’
“Really? Trump is another Stalin or Pol Pot, the butchers of millions and millions of people? Amazingly, the left always talks about raising “the level of discourse” in America and then they write this slur of a candidate who has the support of millions, if not tens of millions of voters.
“Are Trump’s supporters fascistic, bigoted advocates of mass genocide too? Are there any grown-up editors left at the Washington Post? . . .”
Bridget Johnson, PJM: “Romney Predicts ‘Bombshell’ in Trump’s Unreleased Tax Returns”
“. . . Cavuto noted that Romney has not made an endorsement yet; Mitt said he’d ‘like to see a number of things from the candidates’ first.
“‘I’d also like to see their back taxes. I’d like to see where they filed their taxes in the last several years. I’m not talking about their taxes this year. I’m talking about the taxes that have already been filed with the IRS. And Donald Trump and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, none have shown us their back taxes,’ Romney said. ‘You know, this was an issue in my campaign.’
“‘Just looking at the past two years that have already been filed, the governor predicted, ‘will give us a real sense of whether these people are on the up and up and whether they’ve been telling us things about themselves that are true or not.’
“‘Frankly, I think we have good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes,’ Romney added. ‘I think there’s something there. Either he’s not as anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is or he hasn’t been paying the kind of taxes we would expect him to pay, or perhaps he hasn’t been giving money to the vets or to the disabled like he’s been telling us he’s been doing.’
“The reason that I think there’s a bombshell in there is because every time he’s asked about his taxes he dodges and delays and says, well, we’re working on it. Hey, we’re not talking about the taxes that are coming due this year. Of course they’re working on those. They won’t be ready for months. We’re talking about taxes already filed, back taxes. . . ”
LEADS . . .
Francis Martel, National Security: “U.S. Navy Plans More Military Exercises of ‘Greater Complexity’ in South China Sea”
“Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, said Wednesday the Navy plans to expand the frequency and variety of freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea, following reports that Beijing has escalated its militarization of islands and reefs in disputed territory in the region.
“‘We’ll be doing them more and we’ll be doing them with greater complexity in the future,’ Admiral Harris told legislators, adding what has become America’s mantra on the South China Sea: ‘We’ll fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.’ He accused China of ‘clearly militarizing’ the sea, despite claims by the Chinese government that it is the United States, in operating in the region at all, that is escalating military tensions in the area. ‘China’s intent to militarize the South China Sea is as certain as a traffic jam in DC,’ Harris joked. . .”
Charlie Savage, NYT: “Obama Administration Set to Expand Sharing of Data That N.S.A. Intercepts”
“WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.
“The idea is to let more experts across American intelligence gain direct access to unprocessed information, increasing the chances that they will recognize any possible nuggets of value. That also means more officials will be looking at private messages — not only foreigners’ phone calls and emails that have not yet had irrelevant personal information screened out, but also communications to, from, or about Americans that the N.S.A.’s foreign intelligence programs swept in incidentally. . .”
Jim Geraghty, NRO: “Why Sri Srinivasan Might Not Be So Centrist or Moderate After All”
“. . .A conservative legal mind who watches the DC circuit closely writes in to the Morning Jolt, offering a cautionary note about the conventional wisdom that DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sri Srinivasan represents one of President Obama’s more centrist or moderate options for a Supreme Court nomination:
‘You mentioned Judge Sri Srinivasan as a moderate falling somewhere between Souter and Kennedy. He is not likely to be a moderate.
‘In fact, so far, his record as a judge on the D.C. Circuit has been somewhat to the left of Ruth Bader Ginsburg back when she sat on the same Circuit. She became more liberal once elevated to the Supreme Court, where she faced no chance of reversal. My guess is that any Obama appointee will become more liberal once elevated to the Supreme Court, due to the fact that Supreme Court decisions are final and can’t be reversed.’
“This legal mind notes Judge Sri Srinivasan ruled in favor of government requirements on commercial speech:
‘In a divided opinion Tuesday, a three-judge panel for the appellate court stood by its previous decision to slash the SEC’s requirement that issuers declare whether their products are ‘conflict free’ because it violates their First Amendment rights. The majority said its opinion wasn’t swayed by a separate D.C. Circuit ruling in American Meat Institute et al. v. U.S. Department of Agriculture et al., which in July 2014 upheld country of origin labeling in the interest of informing consumers because the SEC rules don’t concern advertising or point-of-sale disclosures.
‘‘The panel’s reasoning turned on its interpretation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s standard in Zauderer v. Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which dealt with compelled speech for advertising purposes. But in a lengthy dissent, U.S. Circuit Judge Sri Srinivasan said the panel had completely misread Zauderer and that the First Amendment poses “no bar” to the SEC’s disclosure obligation. He ruled the government can broadly make decisions based on race and gender…” http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/431905/why-sri-srinivasan-might-not-be-so-centrist-or-moderate-after-all
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Ghost Teachers Cost Taxpayers Millions of Dollars per Year”
“On February 24th, the Fairness Center filed another lawsuit on behalf of taxpayers against ghost teachers. Officially known as “release time,” ghost teachers are being paid by taxpayers to conduct union business. The most recent lawsuit addresses the Allentown School District where the union president has collected more than $1.3 million in salary and benefits since the year 2000. When you add in the state portion of her pension, the cost goes up even further. According to a news report on the lawsuit, teachers’ union presidents haven’t had to step foot in a classroom since 1990.
“The cost to the Allentown School District, while substantial, pales in comparison to the $1.7 million ghost teachers collected from the Philadelphia School District in 2014. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers also enjoys a rent-free office provided by the school district. An article published by Watchdog.org details some of the political work undertaken by union bosses at taxpayer expense:
“‘Hillary Linardopoulos, who has not taught in a classroom since 2009, ‘coordinates much of our political activism and legislative involvement,’ according to an op-ed penned by union members that endorses its current leadership team going into an upcoming internal election. Since leaving the classroom, her taxpayer-funded salary has almost doubled to $91,156.’
“Legislation to eliminate ghost teachers was introduced last August. The General Assembly should shift the cost of union operatives from taxpayers to the unions. Furthermore, given the blatantly political nature of the work, there is no excuse for forcing taxpayers to subsidize the activity.”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 2/26 Ups & Downs
John Dougherty. What was John Dougherty thinking? The labor leader had a banner 2015, expanding his power and witnessing his brother being elected to the State Supreme Court. Now, however, the FBI is investigating a physical altercation between Dougherty and another man. According to both versions of the story, the incident began when Dougherty saw a union sticker on the man’s truck and asked him to remove it. What a petty reason to risk one’s reputation. It’s not just Dougherty, though, who has been hurt by this story. As the prominent face of organized labor in the Keystone State, his actions have painted unions in a bad light. With one act, Dougherty hurt the cause he’s fought for his entire life.
Seth Williams. Speaking of the Dougherty case, special mention must be made of the Ray Guy of Pennsylvania. It’s becoming difficult to find an issue the Philly DA doesn’t want to punt on, whether it be the emails of Frank Fina or the conduct of John Dougherty (the former got him included in a fantastic Esquire piece from David Gambacorta).Williams has already been roundly criticized for passing the buck with this case but it’s quite astounding to consider all of his self-inflicted wounds.
Joe Sestak. When we covered last week’s debate, we considered it a draw though it was definitely a Sestak crowd as he won the post-debate straw poll. The Congressman then embarked on another of his customary statewide road-trips, this one on foreign policy. The real victory, though, was the results of the latest Franklin & Marshall poll. While the race is still very much up for grabs, Sestak now holds his largest lead of the race. For now at least, that famous determination looks to be paying off. (Lisa – Take care of this!)
Bill Shuster. Oh, how Congressman Shuster hates Politico. The D.C. outlet has been reporting on the Transportation Committee Chair’s relationship with an airline lobbyist over a year now. This week, their piece about Shuster’s efforts to change the air traffic control division was chock full of anecdotes that primary opponent Art Halvorson is using to his advantage. April 26th can’t come soon enough for Rep. Shuster.
Tom Wolf. Of course, this was anything but a good week for the Governor. Nonetheless, we wanted to take his opportunity to wish him the best in his battle against prostate cancer. It was also great to see officials from all stripes come out and publicly do the same. Good luck, Governor.
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (02/25/16)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show: The Republic that the framers created is gone. Americans will not bring it back by talking in gibberish and talking about a debate as if it were a UFC fight. Instead people need to open their eyes and stop projecting their emotions. Also, Marco Rubio hasn’t won one state primary yet and the establishment is pulling for him to win the nomination. Currently, he is campaigning not to beat the frontrunner, Trump, but the man in second place, Ted Cruz. Rubio thinks that if he takes out Cruz he will put himself in position to beat Trump. However, he can’t win the nomination because he is a full-throated supporter of amnesty. While he won’t succeed in winning the primary, Rubio may succeed in taking down the only full blown conservative man in the race, Ted Cruz. Also, Rubio is preparing for the possibility of a brokered convention.
“Later, Ronald Reagan was the most principled and articulate conservative in modern history. He was a great man of achievement and America needs a president like him.”