Thursday, May 29, 2014

Democrat Deputy City Commissioner Has Computer Seized

Philadelphia Republican Party

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Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
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Democrat Deputy City Commissioner Has Computer Seized

Remember “Those who count the votes decide everything”


Philadelphia, PA, May 29, 2014: Here we go again.  Today, Chris Brennan from the Philadelphia Daily News posted a story on the Philly Clout website that Democrat Deputy City Commissioner Tracey Gordon, who works for Democrat City Commissioner Stephanie Singer, “is apparently in trouble once again for engaging in prohibited political activity.”  Brennan goes on to write that Gordon’s computer was seized by the "City Commission...at the request of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics" and that this was her second offense. 

Joe DeFelice, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Republican Party, who had been heavily critical of the Commissioners’ Office under the previous reign of Marge Tartaglione, issued the following statement:

We are highly disappointed by this story.  Stephanie had run as an antiestablishment, anti-DROP and anticorruption candidate but it appears that we are getting more of the same from her office; thankfully, her fellow City Commissioners dumped her as Chairwoman of the Board last year.

With a Judge of Elections getting arrested in the 28th Ward, Joseph Cheeseboro voting in two different locations in the 26th Ward and hundreds of divisions showing more votes than voters in the Democrat Primary, how could we expect anything else from Commissioner Singer’s office?

Couple this with Willie Singletary’s numerous illicit actions, Pam Delissio’s housing issues and the acts of the Floundering Four (State Representatives Louise Bishop, Vanessa Brown, Michelle Brownlee and Ron Waters), it is more and more apparent that the Democrat Party in this City does not learn from the actions of their elected colleagues.  What is even more disturbing is that Gordon works in an office that is responsible for overseeing the vote count; I guess it was like Josef Stalin allegedly said, “Those who cast the votes decide nothing…those who count the votes decide everything.”

Inquirer: Adcock says he would donate House salary if elected

Adcock says he would donate House salary if elected

Dee Adcock

The Republican nominee for the congressional seat being relinquished by U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz said that if he is elected, he will donate his salary to charities in Northeast Philadelphia and eastern Montgomery County.
Dee Adcock, 62, a Montgomery County businessman, made the announcement Wednesday.
"If you send me to Washington, while I'm working to fix the system to restore the American dream for the forgotten worker, I will donate my entire after-tax paycheck to local charitable organizations in Northeast Philly and Montgomery County," he said.
Adcock, who lives in Abington, is president of W.W. Adcock, a Huntingdon Valley distributor of swimming pools. He made the comments at a news conference at the home of the Bustleton Bengals youth organization in Northeast Philadelphia.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Robin Gilchrist – Fixing Pennsylvania’s Public Education

Contact: Robin Gilchrist
Friends of Robin Gilchrist
Phone 267-981-9590
 
P.O. Box 54
Cheltenham, PA 19012
Friends of Robin Gilchrist
Press Release
Robin Gilchrist – Fixing Pennsylvania’s Public Education
This year voters can say “NO” to failing schools and “YES” to better, safer schools.Robin Gilchrist supports school choice; giving parents the freedom to choose the best educational options for their children.
Cheltenham, PA May 25, 2014:

Art Haywood is wrong – According to his website, Haywood states, “In 1994, my wife Julie and I made the decision to move from Germantown to Cheltenham in order to ensure our children received the best Public school education that we can provide them.” So why doesn’t he want that option of a quality education for those who can’t afford to pick up and get out of dodge? Surely those who would benefit most from a quality education are those who are trapped financially in a failing district. Art Haywood is Executive Vice President and Legal Counsel for Esperanza, a non-profit that operatesEsperanza Academy Charter School, serving a total of 1,435 students. This would seem to be a contradiction in practicing what one preaches.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Councilman David Oh Proposes Amendment to the Mayor’s Operating Budget to make additional funds available for the School District.



PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL
             OFFICE OF
COUNCILMAN AT-LARGE
             DAVID OH
Press Release
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chris Pienkowski, (215) 686-3452 or chris.pienkowski@phila.gov
Councilman David Oh Proposes Amendment to the Mayor’s Operating Budget to make additional funds available for the School District.
Philadelphia, Pa – City Councilman David Oh is proposing an amendment to the city’s operating budget of $74,160,136. For the second year in a row, Councilman Oh has analyzed the Mayor’s proposed budget to find patterns where money was allocated in excess of the needs of various departments.
“Last year, my staff and I found $48 million that I proposed could be used to offset the millage rate of real estate taxes” said Councilman Oh. “This year we were able to go through a similar analysis to find $74 million that could be used for other things such infusing the school district with much needed funding.”
The amendment to the operating budget will be offered during the Committee of the Whole as Council deliberates the passage of next year’s budget.
“I want to offer this as an option for my colleagues to consider” according to Oh. “It is completely feasible to remove the $74 million as it is currently proposed and apply that money in ways that are more impactful for Philadelphia. By reallocating this money we also protect Philadelphians from a possible tax increase if the proposed state funding does not come through.”
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J. Christopher Pienkowski
Director of Legislation and Communications
Office of City Councilman At-Large David Oh
City Hall, Room 319
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Office Phone: 215.686.3452
Direct Line:      215.686.1944
Fax:                    215.686.1925
Email:                chris.pienkowski@phila.gov

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NE Times Letter to the Editor - Just Say No to the Status Quo by Executive Director Joe DeFelice

Say no to status quo
On May 20, Phil­adelphia voters will go to the polls and cast bal­lots in primary and spe­cial elec­tions. As luck would have it, there are sev­er­al oth­er is­sues on the bal­lot that are im­port­ant to Phil­adelphi­ans. 
Per­haps one of the most im­port­ant ques­tions is Ques­tion #2, which would elim­in­ate “Resign to Run” for elec­ted of­fi­cials. Pro­ponents of a “yes” vote on this have ar­gued that such elim­in­a­tion will in­crease our clout out­side of Phil­adelphia.  Well, then, it is no won­der that Za­ck Stal­berg, him­self an in­di­vidu­al that lives out­side of Phil­adelphia in Mont­gomery County, has come out in fa­vor and has stated, “In fact, a yes vote for this bal­lot ques­tion is a step to­ward shak­ing up the polit­ic­al class.”  
We could not dis­agree more. This ques­tion was put on the bal­lot by that ex­act polit­ic­al class, i.e. our rep­res­ent­at­ives in City Coun­cil. And why wouldn’t they sup­port it? This is the type of is­sue that will pos­it­ively af­fect their polit­ic­al clout. This change in the Charter, a doc­u­ment which was writ­ten to give Phil­adelphi­ans con­trol over their gov­ern­ment and to com­bat pre­vi­ous cor­rup­tion in the same polit­ic­al cli­mate we find ourselves in today, would have us go­ing back­wards.
Such change will al­low Phil­adelphia elec­ted of­fi­cials to cam­paign for of­fice while hold­ing on to their cur­rent jobs. Polit­ic­al cam­paigns are all con­sum­ing and try­ing to do two full­time jobs, where you ap­peal to two sep­ar­ate groups of cit­izenry, is coun­ter­pro­duct­ive. 
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Matt Wolfe Endorsed by the Philadelphia Inquirer

Wolfe MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff
Bill Green's decision to leave City Council for the School Reform Commission left a void. His emphasis on fiscal issues as an at-large councilman put the interests of the whole city first.

Fortunately for voters, one candidate in Tuesday's special election to finish Green's term is well-prepared to fill that void immediately: MATT WOLFE, an attorney with experience in city and state government who can do more than talk about cutting taxes and bringing back jobs.
Read more HERE 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thank the Democrats Part 2

Philadelphia Republican Party

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Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
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Thank the Democrats Part 2
A Statement from the Philadelphia Republican Party

Philadelphia, PA, May 14, 2014:  Yesterday, Republican City Committee responded to an article by Will Bunch of the Daily News where he listed Philadelphia as the “poorest big city in America”.

The response accurately pointed out that of Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Washington, only Philadelphia has lost jobs, 25%, since 1970 and the other cities have gained over 15%. Thus, the Democrats running Philadelphia have been failing for decades.

Will Bunch did respond to this point and proceeded to supply contradictory retorts to absolve local Philadelphia Democrats from any policy failures.

First, he says “Look, we all know why jobs have grown in Washington (during both Democratic and Republican presidencies) and as for the economic success of Boston....well, that is simply one of America's most liberal cities…”

Next, he then says “Besides, most experts will tell you that federal policy tends to trump municipal policy, anyway.”

So which is it?  Did Boston have positive job growth because it is “more liberal” or because of federal policies? If it is the former, is Bunch implying Philadelphia’s surrounding counties are actually more liberal than Philadelphia since they have had much better job growth? If the latter, then it gets back to the original question of why has Philadelphia’s job market shrunk when others have grown?

It seems pretty obvious the problem stems from the policies that come out of Philadelphia's City Hall.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Poorest Big City in the US

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

Poorest Big City in the US
Thank the Democrats

Philadelphia, PA, May 13, 2014:  Today, Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News reported about Philadelphia being the poorest big city in America. He attributed this to City Hall’s decades long failure to help the poor move up and out of poverty.

We are happy that Mr. Bunch has openly acknowledged the well-documented failure of 60 years of Democratic policy in Philadelphia. 

“It’s all about jobs,” says Executive Director of Republican City Committee Joe DeFelice.  “If there are no jobs, then there is a lack of opportunity.  If there is no job growth, then we get stagnant and low income wages.”

“If there is one thing the Democrats in City Hall have been the most successful at, it is driving jobs and business out of Philadelphia.”

In January, the Center City District released a report about changes in job growth over the last 40 years. While Washington, D.C., Boston and New York all have 15-25% more jobs since 1970, Philadelphia has 25% less.

“You can’t blame the Feds when everyone else is growing,” adds DeFelice. “Philadelphia needs new solutions and new faces. The Democrats have failed to help the poor and working class, time and time again.”


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