Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEW WEB VIDEO: “#IDK” Highlight Wolf’s Answers for Pennsylvanians

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NEW WEB VIDEO: “#IDK” Highlight Wolf’s Answers for Pennsylvanians
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Find this release on pagop.org
Contact: Megan Sweeney
717-234-4901
 
Click here to view the PA GOP’s latest web video “#IDK.”
HARRISBURG – The Republican Party of Pennsylvania has released a new web video detailing Tom Wolf’s repeated attempts to duck questions about the details of his own policy proposals at last week’s debate in Hershey. Entitled “#IDK,” the video provides the highlights of Secretary Wolf’s numerous attempts to avoid discussions about any of his proposed plans for our Commonwealth.
“When it comes to details about his policy proposals, Tom Wolf’s adopted a strategy of purposeful ignorance,” PA GOP Chairman Rob Gleason said. “Tom Wolf has spent more than a year running for Governor, so why doesn’t he have details for his own campaign promises? How much is Tom Wolf going to raise taxes on Pennsylvania families? What’s Tom Wolf’s plan to address PA’s $47 billion state pension crisis?
“Does Tom Wolf really believe that voters should mortgage their futures on him without knowing as many facts as they can about his policy proposals? Does Secretary Wolf realize that Pennsylvania’s biggest problems are not solved by ‘wait and see’ rhetoric? Is Tom Wolf’s idea of ‘fairness’ hiding the details of his liberal agenda from the public?
“Tom Wolf has demonstrated a stunning lack of command regarding the biggest challenges facing our Commonwealth.”
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Robin Gilchrist Fundraiser October 9, 2014


Monday, September 15, 2014

Upcoming Events

PHILLY GOP Calendar
Mon Sep 15, 2014
7:30pm - 9:30pm Gary Cobb for Congress Fundraiser
Where: Field House, 1150 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA

Thu Sep 18, 2014
7:30am - 10am
Red State of Mind Breakfast with Kelvin A. Jeremiah, CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority
Where: The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA

6pm - 9pm Annual Kildare's fundraiser for "Friends of Bill Pounds"
Where: Kildare's Irish Pub 4417 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

Thu Sep 25, 2014
5:30pm - 8:30pm Philly Wards Host Dee Adcock for Congress
Where: Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub, 9241-43 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia

6pm - 9pm Megan Rath Fundraiser
Where: Waterfall Room, 2015 S Water St, Philadelphia, PA

7pm - 8pm Robin Gilchrist Fundraiser 10th, 22nd and 50th Wards
7 6-9PM at the Commodore Barry Club  Thursday October 9th. $50.00.

Fri Sep 26, 2014
6pm - 9pm PAGOP Fall Dinner with Gov. Chris Christie
Where: Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA

7pm - 11pm Kevin Pasquay 30th Anniversary as Ward Leader $50
Where: United Republican Club, 3156 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Sat Sep 27, 2014
2pm - 5pm 58th ward fundraiser
Where: Currans Irish Inn 6900 State Road, Philadelphia, PA 19135

Mon Oct 6, 2014
All day Last day to Register before the November General Election

5:30pm - 7:30pm Fundraiser for Gary Cobb and Armond James
Where: Commodore Barry Club 6815 Emlen St. 19119

Sat Oct 11, 2014
7pm - 11pm Shrimp Night at the URC
Where: United Republican Club, 3156 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Thu Oct 23, 2014
6pm - 9pm 64th Ward Fall Fundraiser $30
Where: Parish Pub 3508 Cottman Ave Philadelphia, PA 19149

Fri Oct 31, 2014
All day
Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee  ballots

Sat Nov 1, 2014
9am - 3pm Election Board Training Seminar Make up Date
Where: Philadelphia voter registration office Delaward and Spring Garden

9am - 3pm Election Board Training Seminar Make up Date All Wards Event
Where: Aspira Inc, 6301 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA

Sun Nov 2, 2014
9am - 3pm Election Board Training Seminar Make up Date
Where: South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Tue Nov 4, 2014
7am - 8pm Election Day Vote Republican

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Armond James blasts Fattah for ‘corruption’

Opponent blasts Fattah for ‘corruption’

Damon C. Williams Tribune Staff Writer | Posted 
As problems mount for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah — including the recent federal plea bargain by his former chief of staff, Gregory Laylor, and the surrender of his son, Chaka “Chip” Fattah Jr., to answer to federal corruption charges — political opponents are trying to take advantage.
Armond James, a candidate for Fattah’s 2nd district congressional seat, released a statement blasting Fattah for allowing corruption to foster.“Corruption under any circumstances is troubling. However, it is especially troubling that while our schools are struggling, Congressman Fattah’s son and chief of staff have been charged for using much-needed funds for personal gain,” James said. “They have been accused of stealing from our schools and from our children. The interests of the citizens of the 2nd congressional district have been ignored in favor of personal financial gain, and our resources taken. Congressman Fattah has failed us all.”James is a graduate of Temple University and mentored at-risk children at an advocacy program before embarking on a congressional run. A Republican, he will face Fattah in the November general election. They are the only candidates on the ballot.James’ campaign doubled down on that assessment in a release it circulated to the media.“Now is the time to get rid of corruption and restore integrity to our district,” the release shared. “We need a fresh start with fresh leadership. We do have a choice.”
Fattah hasn’t responded to inquiries related to James’ claims. James may seem like the longest of long shots, but Fattah may have as well when he upset Lucien Blackwell in a 1994 Democratic primary election for the congressional seat.
http://m.phillytrib.com/news/article_53aef574-ab05-5aae-ad65-87177ee83030.html?mode=jqm

Philly Public Record - Solid Philly GOP Coverage

POLS ON THE STREET: Assessing The Fallout From Fattah’s Woes

Filed under: Latest News,Pols on the Street | 
BY JOE SHAHEELI/ It’s been a cruel summer for Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.). The Congressman’s son was indicted earlier this month for defrauding the IRS and stealing from Philadelphia schools.
Now, his former Chief of Staff Gregory Naylor has pleaded guilty to several counts of campaign-finance fraud.
Based on news reports following Naylor’s guilty plea, the Congressman is heading into rough waters. But no matter how bad the press, odds still favor the reelection of Congressman Fattah. His district is almost 10-to-1 Democratic.
The only way he could lose his seat is if a federal indictment came down on him within the election deadline, which would then give the 2nd Congressional Democratic Caucus ward leaders the opportunity to pick a replacement. The Republicans have Armond James in place on the November ballot.
Republican City Committee Exec. Dir. Joe DeFelice was quick to outline the parameters of the funding network in which the Congressman is involved. He writes, “There are three main nonprofits attributed to Fattah: Education Advancement Alliance, American Cities Foundation and CORE Philly. EAA is the nonprofit linked to the recent corruption scandal of Gregory Naylor, whose firm, Sydney Lei & Associates, Inc., also employs Fattah’s daughter as a ‘Management Consultant’. EAA is also run by the spouse of a prior Fattah staffer.
“The second nonprofit, ACF, is run by a prior Fattah staffer: Sandra Dungee Glenn. Glenn was a former Commissioner of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission and later appointed to the Pennsylvania Board by Gov. Ed Rendell. It is also interesting to note that Fattah rents his District Office, 2401 N. 54th Street, out of a building this nonprofit owns.
“The final major nonprofit associated with Fattah is CORE Philly. This is another education/scholarship nonprofit linked to EAA in a Dept. of Justice audit in 2013.”
DeFelice concluded, “The pattern that is developing of Fattah and his nonprofit allies is disappointing as it appears they were tugging at the heartstrings of parents as education advocates while their main purpose may have been their personal benefit. This could end up being very painful if we find out that money was stolen from our education system and our children.”
Now, if Armond James had money, a lot of it, the scenario could be different, since it seems the major media have been keeping Fattah’s problems on the front burner. But he doesn’t, and won’t be getting any, since all Republican coffers are pouring into keeping the reelection hopes of Gov. Tom Corbett alive.
James styles himself “an educator for education reform.” For more information visit him at www.armondforcongress.com.
Rumors rife in the Democratic ranks place State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-W. Phila.) as the strongest contender for a vacancy if one should occur. His senatorial district occupies half of Congressman Fattah’s district. Then there are hundreds of potential candidates, all citizens of Philadelphia, all of whom are eligible since you don’t have to live in a congressional district to run for it. But who among this group has the money the Kennedy clan had in fostering the ambitions of their family members?


No matter the storm raging around Fattah, coming back into local political focus is the fact Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf continues to maintain a strong lead in the polls over Gov. Corbett.
What is interesting is Wolf understands the needs to rally union support. That’s why he was hosted by Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 and the Communication Workers in the city this week.
He’s looking for much of labor in the Southeast to make up for the opposition from coal and oil unions he will be facing in Northeast and North Central Pennsylvania.
Corbett is clinging to faith in info from BehaviorMatrix, “which collects and analyzes actual voter-turnout data from the past three gubernatorial off-year elections in Pennsylvania.” It predicts a much-closer race with a turnout of likely voters estimated at 3,920,229 voters with the Governor trailing Wolf by 7 points instead of 20.
Philadelphia is key, no matter what!
REPUBLICAN POSTCARDS AID HOUSE CANDIDATES
It’s Democrat Mike Driscoll favored in the old State Rep. Mike McGeehan’s 173rd Legislative Dist. over Republican candidate Mike Tomlinson.


Notwithstanding both candidates answer to “Mike”, they have different approaches to garnering the attention of voters.
Driscoll is working the divisions with his Democratic colleagues, reminding voters of the good service records of his predecessor. He also has his own history of service and contributions he has given to those voters. The Driscoll name is well recognized. Add to that, the district is heavily Democratic.
Working uphill, Tomlinson has discovered the Republican House Committee has come up with a voter-attraction gimmick to aid their candidates.
For every door knocked at, answered or not, Mike and his fellow candidates throughout the Commonwealth are able to have a postcard sent with a picture of the candidate in the neighborhood with voters. The card indicates the GOP legislative candidate thanked them for answering the door and reminding them to vote for him or noted, sorry he or she missed them, with a vote for them message.
Tomlinson has set a record among his peers, with over 12,500 cards sent to families on whose doors he’s knocked. The message suggests voters cross the street and “help make a change.”
Number two in that list is another Philadelphia Republican, Roxborough’s Bill Pounds, who is nearing a thousand on his outreach campaign.
WOMEN’S CAUCUS ENDORSES RATH
The National Women’s Political Caucus has endorsed Megan Rath for Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional Dist. Rath is a health-care professional, who is a graduate of Penn State. She has worked nine years as an independent health-care sales consultant for Biomet, Inc.

NE Times: City controller wants school district art out of storage - GOP: Why Not Sell It?

City controller wants school district art out of storage



The city con­trol­ler wants the Phil­adelphia school dis­trict to take its large col­lec­tion of art out of stor­age and dis­play it some­where, which is something a spokes­man said the schools are work­ing on.
Mean­while, the city’s Re­pub­lic­an Party lead­er sug­ges­ted the cash-strapped dis­trict bag the whole idea of ex­hib­it­ing the col­lec­tion and just sell it.
Last week, Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz asked School Su­per­in­tend­ent Wil­li­am Hite to re­lease from stor­age some 200 pieces that could be worth up to $4 mil­lion. 
Many pieces of the dis­trict’s art and an­tiques col­lec­tion had been re­moved from city schools dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of CEO Paul Val­las in 2003 and 2004 and put in­to stor­age at a secret loc­a­tion.
In a let­ter to Hite on Aug. 27, Butkovitz urged him to dis­play the works he said “have been con­cealed in a stor­age fa­cil­ity for the last dec­ade.”
The dis­trict’s work­ing on it, ac­cord­ing to spokes­man Fernando Gal­lard. In an email to theNorth­east Times, Gal­lard said that, with­in the last eight months, “the school dis­trict has been in con­ver­sa­tions with a num­ber of art or­gan­iz­a­tions to identi­fy ways to dis­play and cre­ate rev­en­ue-gen­er­at­ing op­por­tun­it­ies. The con­ver­sa­tions are still on­go­ing.”
Gal­lard did not identi­fy the or­gan­iz­a­tions the dis­trict is work­ing with.
Some of the artists in the col­lec­tion in­clude Wal­ter Elmer Schofield, Henry Ossawa Tan­ner, Ant­o­nio Mar­tino and Laura Wheel­er War­ing, Butkovitz said. “This col­lec­tion con­tains paint­ings by Phil­adelphia artists who lived, stud­ied or made a dir­ect im­pres­sion and provided in­spir­a­tion to the art com­munity in our city,” said Butkovitz.
The con­trol­ler es­tim­ated the re­place­ment val­ues of the vari­ous pieces range from $100 to $385,000.  
That’s some real money, the city GOP’s ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or, Joseph De­Fe­lice, said in an Aug. 27 news re­lease, and the school dis­trict should be think­ing about trad­ing in the high art for hard cash. 
“While the dis­play of art in our schools is cer­tainly im­port­ant, the edu­ca­tion of our stu­dents should be para­mount,” De­Fe­lice wrote. “We are thank­ful that Con­trol­ler Butkovitz has found this hid­den treas­ure, however wouldn’t it be in the best in­terest of the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia to lease these pieces or even, gasp, sell them?” 
De­Fe­lice said the con­trol­ler should see what the art’s re­sale value is.
“The thought there is po­ten­tially $4 mil­lion of un­tapped as­sets sit­ting in gar­ages and stor­age fa­cil­it­ies, while the dis­trict is beg­ging for re­sources, is dis­ap­point­ing,” the GOP lead­er wrote.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Megan Rath for Congress Fundraiser


National Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Megan Rath for PA-01

September 2, 2014
For Immediate Release - Media Advisory

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 
Contact: National Women’s Political Caucus
Paula J. Willmarth, 573-694-7889 or 202-785-1100


2014 Candidate for House of Representatives committed to Women’s Rights

Washington, D.C – The National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) proudly endorses Megan Rath for Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District. Rath is a healthcare professional who is a passionate community leader looking to bring a fresh perspective to Washington.

​            “The National Women’s Political Caucus is excited to support and endorse a Republican candidate who shares our commitment to women’s rights,” stated NWPC President Linda Young. “We are eager to see her advocate for equal rights in Congress.”

Rath, a graduate of Penn State, has worked nine years as an independent healthcare sales consultant for Biomet, Inc.  Rath has a strong history of serving her community, where she dedicates her free time to working with women who have been victims of sex trafficking or prostitution.

“We are confident that Megan Rath’s compassion and dedication to Pennsylvania’s women and families will make a difference in Congress,” said Vice President for Political Planning Donna Lent. “She comes from a background separate and unique from those of a career politician".

            The NWPC is a national, non-partisan, grassroots membership organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training and supporting women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government.


Congressman Fattah and His Nonprofits

Philadelphia Republican Party


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

Democrat Chaka Fattah’s Links to Nonprofits
Philadelphia, PA September 2, 2014:  With the recent revelations about Democratic Congressman Fattah’s links to public corruption through a nonprofit he helped found as well as a political campaign fund, it makes one wonder about the integrity of other organizations he has helped found that are run by close friends or ex staffers.

There are three main nonprofits attributed to Fattah: Education Advancement Alliance (EAA), American Cities Foundation (ACF) and CORE Philly.

EAA is the nonprofit linked to the recent corruption scandal of Gregory Naylor, whose firm, Sydney Lei & Associates, Inc., also employs Fattah’s daughter as a “Management Consultant.”  EAA is also run by the spouse of a prior Fattah staffer[i] and previously had a Congressional earmark set aside to benefit the estranged husband of City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who also “maintained… that she borrowed $3,300 from Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., son of the representative, because her estranged husband had refused to make mortgage payments on their house.”[ii]

The second nonprofit, ACF, is run by a prior Fattah staffer: Sandra Dungee Glenn.  Glenn was a former Commissioner of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission and later appointed to the Pennsylvania Board by Governor Ed Rendell.  It is also interesting to note that Fattah rents his District Office, 2401 N. 54th Street, out of a building this nonprofit owns.[iii]

The final major nonprofit associated with Fattah is CORE Philly.  This is another education/scholarship nonprofit that has had rumors of being investigated for years. They are linked to EAA in a Department of Justice audit in 2013. [iv]

 “The pattern that is developing of Fattah and his nonprofit allies is disappointing as it appears they were tugging at the heart strings of parents as education advocates while their main purpose may have been their personal benefit,” stated Executive Director Joe DeFelice.  “This could end up being very painful if we find out that money was stolen from our education system and our children.”
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[i] http://articles.philly.com/2014-09-01/news/53417241_1_fattah-campaign-west-philadelphia-prosecutors
[ii] http://articles.philly.com/2013-01-31/news/36638269_1_chaka-chip-fattah-educational-advancement-alliance-howard-brown
[iii] http://property.phila.gov/#account/521364101
[iv]http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/2013/g7013005.pdf

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