Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NE Times: National business group endorses Dee Adcock

National business group endorses Dee Adcock


The Na­tion­al Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pend­ent Busi­ness last week an­nounced its en­dorse­ment of Re­pub­lic­an Dee Ad­cock in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict.
Ad­cock owns a swim­ming pool com­pany and is a mem­ber of NFIB. He faces Demo­crat­ic state Rep. Brendan Boyle in the Nov. 4 elec­tion.
“Dee Ad­cock knows what it takes to run a suc­cess­ful busi­ness, make payroll and cope with all the obstacles fa­cing busi­ness own­ers today,” said Kev­in Shivers, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of NFIB Pennsylvania. “As a mem­ber of Con­gress, we know Dee will work to im­ple­ment policies that pro­mote job cre­ation, re­duce bar­ri­ers to eco­nom­ic growth, and cut un­reas­on­able and costly reg­u­la­tions al­low­ing small busi­ness to ex­pand and hire new work­ers.”
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The NFIB also has en­dorsed Gov. Tom Corbett for re-elec­tion over Demo­crat Tom Wolf.
“I am honored to have the en­dorse­ment of the NFIB, which serves as the voice of over 15,000 busi­nesses in Pennsylvania,” Corbett said. “I am proud of the work my ad­min­is­tra­tion has done to keep taxes low in Pennsylvania, which has helped to cre­ate 180,000 new private sec­tor jobs. I look for­ward to part­ner­ing with these job cre­at­ors over the next four years to build an even stronger Pennsylvania.”
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Rob Gleason, chair­man of the Re­pub­lic­an Party of Pennsylvania, is cri­ti­ciz­ing Demo­crat Tom Wolf’s cam­paign for com­ments about Corbett’s ser­vice in the Pennsylvania Na­tion­al Guard.
A spokes­man for Wolf’s Cam­paign for a Fresh Start claimed that Corbett “joined the Na­tion­al Guard to avoid go­ing to Vi­et­nam.”
“The time has come for Tom Wolf to stand up and put an end to his cam­paign’s re­peated at­tacks on the PA Na­tion­al Guard,” Gleason said. “Tom Wolf has re­mained si­lent while his cam­paign has equated join­ing the PA Na­tion­al Guard with dodging the draft. Since Tom Wolf has re­fused to com­ment on his cam­paign’s aw­ful com­ments, we can only as­sume he is com­fort­able with his cam­paign’s at­tacks on vet­er­ans.
“The state­ments made by the Wolf cam­paign re­gard­ing the Pennsylvania Na­tion­al Guard are highly of­fens­ive. It’s time for Tom Wolf to send a mes­sage that such be­ha­vi­or against our vet­er­ans is un­ac­cept­able and call for the resig­na­tion of any party who has at­tacked Pennsylvania vet­er­ans.”
Corbett served in the Na­tion­al Guard from 1971-84.
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The Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty, a non­par­tis­an watch­dog whose mis­sion in­cludes fight­ing for hon­est elec­tions and in­creased ac­cess to vot­ing, is ur­ging An­thony Clark, chair­man of the city elec­tions com­mis­sion, not to seek re-elec­tion in 2015 if he can­not dis­prove a re­port in City Pa­per that he has not voted in al­most three years.  
“It’s as­ton­ish­ing that the head of the board that over­sees Phil­adelphia’s elec­tions doesn’t vote,” said El­len Ka­plan, Sev­enty’s in­ter­im pres­id­ent and CEO. “Clark should be the first to set an ex­ample for city voters about the im­port­ance of vot­ing. He can’t cred­ibly de­liv­er this mes­sage when he doesn’t vote him­self.”
Clark earns $134,149 an­nu­ally.
The Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty wants Phil­adelphia to elim­in­ate par­tis­an elec­tions of city com­mis­sion­ers.
“Sev­enty has long sup­por­ted re­pla­cing three in­de­pend­ently elec­ted city com­mis­sion­ers with an ap­poin­ted elec­tions pro­fes­sion­al like oth­er 21st-cen­tury cit­ies,” Ka­plan said.
The Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee de­scribed Clark’s fail­ure to vote as “ap­palling yet ex­pec­ted from the Demo­crats that run this city.”
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The Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty last week urged City Coun­cil to en­act, and send to city voters for ap­prov­al, a pending pro­posed amend­ment to the Home Rule Charter to cre­ate a per­man­ent and in­de­pend­ent in­spect­or gen­er­al.
A pro­pos­al in­tro­duced by Coun­cil­man Jim Ken­ney in Janu­ary 2013 sits without ac­tion in Coun­cil’s Law and Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee.
Sev­enty’s call comes after May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter’s sign­ing of an ex­ec­ut­ive or­der to con­tin­ue the Of­fice of the In­spect­or Gen­er­al, which roots out cor­rup­tion, fraud, mis­con­duct and waste in city gov­ern­ment. The OIG’s over­sight ex­tends to all de­part­ments, agen­cies, boards and com­mis­sions un­der the may­or’s jur­is­dic­tion. City Coun­cil and the in­de­pend­ently elec­ted row of­fices are not covered.
“The OIG should have over­sight over every city de­part­ment fun­ded by the tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars,” said El­len Ka­plan, Sev­enty’s in­ter­im pres­id­ent and CEO. “Elec­ted and ap­poin­ted city em­ploy­ees, as well as city con­tract­ors, have noth­ing to fear if they are do­ing their jobs hon­estly.”
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Con­greg­a­tions of Shaare Shamay­im, at 9768 Ver­ree Road in Bustleton, wel­comes the pub­lic to at­tend a can­did­ates for­um on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m.
The syn­agogue’s Men’s Club is or­gan­iz­ing the event, which will be mod­er­ated by law­yer and edu­cat­or Ruth Hor­witz.
On Nov. 4, voters will choose can­did­ates for state rep­res­ent­at­ive, state Sen­ate, U.S. House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives and gov­ernor and lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor.
Light food will be provided. ••
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