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
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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. ••

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