Monday, March 31, 2014

PoliticsPA: Philly GOP Makes Democratic Blunder Bracket

Philly GOP Makes Democratic Blunder Bracket

philly gop march
As March Madness whittles down to the final four teams, the Philadelphia Republican Party took advantage of the excitement and drew up a bracket of their own. This one, however, has a political angle.
Entitled “The Underhanded 8,” the Philadelphia GOP took the recent blunders that their Democratic counterparts have committed in the month of March and positioned them in an Elite Eight-style bracket.
“Usually the month of March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb; however in Philadelphia, the lion continues to roar,” said Joe DeFelice, the Philadelphia Republican Party Executive Director.
“Right before the month started, State Rep JP Miranda was indicted for having a ghost employee on his payroll and ethical issues continue to abound for Philadelphia Democrats as recently as this last week when it was reported that State Rep. Pam DeLissio claimed a homestead exemption in Harrisburg as her primary residence while also registering her car there for insurance reasons. The blatant disregard these individuals have for their voters is ridiculous. We have had our own version of March Madness and thereby we introduce the ‘Underhanded 8.’”

Saturday, March 29, 2014

March Madness: The Underhanded 8


Philadelphia Republican Party

www.phillygop.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone: 215-756-4158 (mobile)
Email: josephjdefelice@phillygop.com

The Underhanded 8
On the Road to the Floundering Four

Philadelphia, PA, March 28, 2014: Philadelphia Republican Party Executive Director Joe DeFelice issued the following statement: “Usually the month of March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb; however in Philadelphia, the lion continues to roar.  Right before the month started, State Rep JP Miranda was indicted for having a ghost employee on his payroll and ethical issues continue to abound for Philadelphia Democrats as recently as this last week when it was reported that State Rep. Pam DeLissio claimed a homestead exemption in Harrisburg as her primary residence while also registering her car there for insurance reasons.  The blatant disregard these individuals have for their voters is ridiculous. We have had our own version of March Madness and thereby we introduce the ‘Underhanded 8.’”


- State Rep. Ronald G. Waters, Birthday Boy Region Champion accused of accepting $7,650 in cash and not reporting it on his Statement of Financial Interest.  When informant Tyron Ali handed Waters an envelope, Ali told him: “Hey, there’s $1,000 in there, bro.”  Waters replied: “My man, happy birthday to Ron Waters.”[1]

- State Sen. LeAnna Washington, Birthday Girl Region Champion, was charged with using legislative staff to raise money for her campaigns. [Staffer Jamilla] Hall told the judge that her primary duty was to assist with preparing for Washington’s political campaign birthday party fundraiser each year. She resigned in 2012 after she “couldn’t take it anymore.”[2]

- State Rep. Louise Bishop, the Reliable Reverend Region Champion, accused of accepting $1,500 and then denying to knowing the person. When Chairman of the Democrat Party Bob Brady was asked if he spoke to her, he replied “She’s a reverend, I believe her.”  However, it has since been shown that Bishop did not report the “gift” on her Statement of Financial Interest from 2010.[3]

- State Rep. Vanessa Brown, the Ooowee Region Champion,  was allegedly given $2000 in an envelope to which Brown replied "Yo, good looking . . . Ooo-wee."[4]

- State Rep. J.P. Miranda, Ghost Region Champion; a probe found that Miranda created [a] no-show position for Timothy Duckett, a former campaign worker and part-time driver, to funnel money to his sister, Michelle Wilson. [5]

- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee, Lack of Clout Region Champion, accused of accepting $3,500 in cash. When asked about it replied, “I don’t recall taking any money from him.” [6]

- Former President Judge of Philadelphia Traffic Court Thomasine Tynes, Tiffany Region Champion, accused of accepting a $2,000 Tiffany’s bracelet from someone seeking a contract.[7]

- State Rep Pam DeLissio, Homestead Region Champion, who has been staving off both a primary challenge and challenge to her nominating petitions.  Allegedly registered her car insurance and driver’s license in Dauphin County rather than in Philadelphia where her legislative District is as well as claiming a homestead exemption in Harrisburg.[8] 

            Therefore we give you the “Underhanded 8”; a bracket, in the spirit of March Madness, which highlights the shortcomings and underhanded acts of eight Philadelphia Democrat Politicians.


[1] http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-17/news/48269238_1_bracelet-ali-state-rules
[2] http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/cityhall/LeAnna-Washington-to-see-her-day-in-court-.html
[3] http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-24/news/48495031_1_primary-ballot-sting-operation-zack-stalberg
[4] http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-24/news/48495033_1_waters-fraud-case-west-philadelphia
[6] http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-17/news/48269238_1_bracelet-ali-state-rules
[7] http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-17/news/48269238_1_bracelet-ali-state-rules
[8] http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2014/03/27/roxborough_review/news/doc533389b1db9cf101853837.txt

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Philly GOP Coverage in this week's Northeast Times

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We received some really good coverage in this week's edition of the Northeast Times with four separate hits LINK
••
Bas­ket­ball fans say the mean­ing of March Mad­ness is the up­set vic­tor­ies by teams like Dayton and Stan­ford.
The Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee de­scribes it as the em­bar­rass­ment that Phil­adelphia Demo­crats are bring­ing to the city. The loc­al GOP poin­ted to the re­cent in­dict­ment of state Sen. LeAnna Wash­ing­ton, who al­legedly told an em­ploy­ee ques­tion­ing the use of of­fice staff to plan a birth­day party fun­draiser for her that, “I am the f–– sen­at­or, I do what the f– I want, and ain’t nobody go­ing to change me.”
Also, state Rep. J.P. Mir­anda faces cor­rup­tion charges. And, four state rep­res­ent­at­ives are ac­cused of tak­ing money and a judge is ac­cused of ac­cept­ing an ex­pens­ive brace­let in a sting.
“They con­tin­ue to show they have no re­spect for the of­fices and du­ties to which they are elec­ted,” said Joe De­Fe­lice, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee. “It truly is mad­ness.”
The Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty is ur­ging the Gen­er­al As­sembly to al­low for the cre­ation of an in­de­pend­ent coun­sel to de­term­ine why state At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Kath­leen Kane dis­missed a three-year sting op­er­a­tion that al­legedly cap­tured four state rep­res­ent­at­ives on tape ac­cept­ing money from an un­der­cov­er in­form­ant.
The In­de­pend­ence Hall Tea Party is call­ing on the state le­gis­lature to re­move Kane from of­fice.
“Ms. Kane’s re­fus­al to do the right thing in or­der to pro­tect her polit­ic­al al­lies and friends is even more fright­en­ing than the bribery it­self,” said Teri Adams, pres­id­ent of the loc­al Tea Party.
Kane has said she ended the probe, in part, be­cause the sting’s tar­gets were mostly black law­makers. She also noted that the in­form­ant had charges dropped against him in an un­re­lated case.
••
State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) is pleased with the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Labor and In­dustry’s re­port that the state’s un­em­ploy­ment rate is down to 6.2 per­cent, be­low the na­tion­al rate of 6.7 per­cent.
“Since Gov. Corbett took of­fice, I have been proud to work with him in Har­ris­burg to re­duce taxes and bur­dens on the private sec­tor so we can put more hard­work­ing Pennsylvani­ans back to work,” he said. “Gov. Corbett’s en­ergy and pro-jobs agenda stepped in to save the Phil­adelphia-area re­finer­ies, and have cre­ated new op­por­tun­it­ies to make our shipyards the busiest in dec­ades. Pennsylvania is on the right track, and it couldn’t have been done without Gov. Corbett’s lead­er­ship.”
••
The Phil­adelphia Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee un­an­im­ously nom­in­ated West Phil­adelphia’s Matt Wolfe as its can­did­ate to fill the at-large City Coun­cil seat va­cated by School Re­form Com­mis­sion Chair­man Bill Green.
Wolfe is a long­time ward lead­er and former deputy state at­tor­ney gen­er­al.
The Demo­crats nom­in­ated state Rep. Ed Neilson to avoid a House primary with fel­low Rep. John Sabat­ina Jr.
••
The newly formed Phil­adelphia Teen­age Re­pub­lic­ans will meet on Thursday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee headquar­ters, at 3525 Cottman Ave. in May­fair.
Joe De­Fe­lice, a May­fair res­id­ent and ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the loc­al GOP, has met with the lead­er­ship of the group, in­clud­ing in­ter­im chair­man Kyle Adams, a seni­or at Fath­er Judge High School.
Speak­ers at the meet­ing will in­clude state Rep. John Taylor, chair­man of city com­mit­tee; Dar­in Bartho­lomew, chair­man of Pennsylvania Col­lege Re­pub­lic­ans and stu­dent body pres­id­ent at Temple Uni­versity; and Phil In­nam­or­ato, vice chair­man of the Phil­adelphia Fed­er­a­tion of Young Re­pub­lic­ans.
“We are ex­cited by the en­ergy these young men and wo­men bring to the table. Many of us first star­ted in polit­ics at a young age with no dir­ec­tion from the or­gan­iz­a­tion. Hope­fully, the cre­ation of this group will bet­ter ease their as­cend­ance in­to the Phil­adelphia polit­ic­al struc­ture,” Taylor said. ••

Monday, March 24, 2014

Upcoming Events

Tue Mar 25, 2014
6pm - 8pm Republican City Committee Cigar Night Fundraiser
Where: United Republican Club, Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, United
States
Description: Philadelphia Republican City Committee cordially invites you to its inaugural Cigar Night, with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, PA State Rep. John Taylor, and former Flyer Bernie Parent. Fine Cigars and Libations!  Entertainment * Hors D'oeuvres *Free Valet Parking $95 per guest Proceeds to benefit Philadelphia Republican City Committee. Call 215-561-0650 or email PhillyFYR@gmail.com for Tickets.

Wed Mar 26, 2014
6pm - 8pm Beverly Plosa-Bowser for Congress Fundraiser
Where: Home of Donna Parisi - 1408 Plymouth Blvd 19462
Description: rsvp to midiesel@comcast,net $75 per friend $150 supporter $250
Contributor

Thu Mar 27, 2014
730AM- A Red State of Mind Breakfast Series with Ed Turzanski
Where: Racquet Club (16th and Walnut)
Description:  Turzanski will speak on foreign affairs, specifically Crimea, Ukraine and Russia.

6pm - 7pm Philadelphia Teenage Republican Inaugural Meeting
Where: Philadelphia Republican City Committee 3525 Cottman Ave
Description:  Speakers include: State Rep John Taylor - Chairman Philly GOP Darin
Bartholomew - Chair PA College Republicans Phil Innamorato - Vice Chair
Philadelphia Young Republicans Email Teenage Republican Chair Kyle Adams at Cadet.adams@yahoo.com


Sat Mar 29, 2014
7pm - 10pm Shrimp Night at the URC
Where: United Republican Club, Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Description: Shrimp Night is back. $30 for shrimp, beer, wine, music and fun. As
Always we have Tom Schickling the DJ and Tracy will be downstairs at the bar. Doors open at 7 and the downstairs bar will be going until 2am. Reserve tables now.



Tue Apr 1, 2014
6pm - 9pm Republican Happy Hour April
Where: United Republican Club, Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Description:  Comedy Night at The URC! This month's Happy Hour will be Hilarious!  Come join us for some real laughs. If you ever wanted to be a comedian
THIS IS YOUR NIGHT!

Sat Apr 12, 2014
8pm - 12am Fundraiser for Mike Tomlinson for State Representative
Where: Knights Of Columbus Hall 3330 Knorr St Philadelphia, PA 19149
Description:  Fundraiser for Mike Tomlinson for State Representative Cost: $35.00
Includes: Beer, wine, set-ups, great food, DJ

Tue Apr 15, 2014
7pm - 8pm Mike Tomlinson Candidate for State Representative Candidate Announcement:
Where: Holmesburg Recreation Center 4500 Rhawn St (Rhawn & Ditman Sts)
Description: Mike Tomlinson Candidate for State Representative Candidate
Announcement: Town Hall

Thu May 8, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm Dominic Pileggi Fundraiser
Where: Park Hyatt at the Bellevue
Description: $1000 per person christine@dominicpileggi.com


Friday, March 21, 2014

PHILADELPHIA GOP CHAIRMAN JOHN TAYLOR STATEMENT ON IMPROVING UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UNDER CORBETT ADMINISTRATION LEADERSHIP


For Immediate Release:
Friday, March 21, 2014
Contact: Billy Pitman
717-215-3844

PHILADELPHIA GOP CHAIRMAN JOHN TAYLOR STATEMENT ON IMPROVING UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UNDER CORBETT ADMINISTRATION LEADERSHIP

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chairman of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee and State Representative John Taylor (PA-177) today released the following statement regarding the latest unemployment report showing that Pennsylvania’s jobless rate continues to improve under Governor Tom Corbett’s leadership.  The unemployment rate now stands at 6.2 percent, which is the lowest level since November 2008 and remains below the national rate of 6.7 percent.  The latest numbers come on the heels of another positive jobs report from earlier this month that put the jobless rate at 6.4 percent.
 
“Today’s jobs update shows more encouraging signs for Pennsylvania’s continued path towards a brighter future under Governor Tom Corbett,” said State Representative John Taylor (PA-177) and Chairman of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee.  “Since Governor Corbett took office I have been proud to work with him in Harrisburg to reduce taxes and burdens on the private sector so we can put more hardworking Pennsylvanians back to work. Governor Corbett’s energy and pro-jobs agenda stepped in to save the Philadelphia-area refineries, and have created new opportunities to make our shipyards the busiest in decades. Pennsylvania is on the right track and it couldn’t have been done without Governor Corbett’s leadership.”
 
For more information on the Corbett-Cawley campaign of less taxes and more jobs, please visit www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com

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Mike Tomlinson for State Rep - Upcoming Events





Fundraiser for Mike Tomlinson for State Representative
 
Date:     April 12, 2014
Time:     8pm to midnight
Location: Knights Of Columbus Hall
          3330 Knorr St (Knorr and Rowland Aves)
          Philadelphia, PA  19149
Cost:     $35.00
Includes: Beer, wine, set-ups, great food, DJ

Mike Tomlinson Candidate for State Representative Candidate Announcement:
 
Town Hall Meeting
 
Date:        Tuesday April 15, 2014
Time:        7:00 PM
Location:    Holmesburg Recreation Center
             4500 Rhawn St (Rhawn & Ditman Sts)
             Philadelphia, PA  19136

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Monthly Breakfast Series with Ed Turzanski

The Republican Party of Philadelphia

Presents

 “A Red State of Mind “

Monthly Breakfast Speaker Series

Featuring

LaSalle University Prof. Ed Turzanski
Discusses the Crisis in Ukraine


Thursday, March 27, 2014
Doors open at 7:15 am--Program starts at 7:45 am 
at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia
215 South 16th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

2014 Speaker Series Sponsors

Frederick W. Anton III, Esq.
Michael A. Cibik, Esq.
John DePaul
Robert A. Gleason
Rick Hellberg
Lee M. Herman, Esq.
Lt Col Kevin Kelly
Mark Kerschner
Andrew Terhune
Terry Tracy

A light breakfast will be served.   Attire is business casual.
The event is free of charge.   Reservations are required as space is limited.
RSVP to Denise Furey at  denise.furey@wolfe.org or 215-387-5641


Edward A. Turzanski is a Professor of Political Science and History at La Salle University, and a Senior Scholar with the American Institute for History Education.  He is also the Templeton Fellow and Co-Chair of the Center for the Study of Terrorism at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  He served with the U.S. Intelligence Community in postings throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe during the Reagan Administration; and he was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Anti-Terror Advisory Committee during the George W. Bush Administration. Since 9-11, he has regularly offered commentary on national security, political, intelligence and terror-related issues on more than four-dozen media outlets.  In 2011, he was named the first Scholar-in-Residence for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, and is a panelist on Philadelphia ABC affiliate WPVI TV 6’s “Inside Story.” In addition to his academic and media work, serves as Counsel to the President of La Salle University, President of the Board of Directors of the National Aerospace Training and Research Center Educational Foundation, a Member of the Aria Health Foundation Board, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Union League of Philadelphia.  He holds a B.A. La Salle University, an M.A. Villanova University and attended the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar.

Philly GOP Launches Teenage Republican Chapter

                                Philadelphia Republican Party
www.phillygop.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)
Email:              josephjdefelice@phillygop.com


Philly GOP Launches Teenage Republican Chapter

Philadelphia, PA, March 21, 2014.  Today State Representative John Taylor, Chairman of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee announced the creation of a Philadelphia Chapter of the Teenage Republicans stating “We are excited by the energy these young men and women bring to the table.  Many of us first started in politics at a young age with no direction from the organization.  Hopefully the creation of this group will better ease their ascendance into the Philadelphia political structure.” 


Executive Director Joe DeFelice has met several times with the leadership of this group, including interim Chairman Kyle Adams, a senior at Father Judge High School in Holmesburg and has coordinated an initial meeting to be held at Republican City Committee headquarters at 3525 Cottman Ave in Mayfair.  The event will occur on March 27, 2014 at 6PM with Speakers such as Chairman John Taylor, PA College Republican Chairman and Temple University Student Body President Darin Bartholomew and Philadelphia Federation of Young Republicans Vice-Chairman Phil Innamorato.  

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