Friday, February 27, 2015 - The Philly GOP’s Youth Movement

The Philly GOP’s youth movement: ‘You have to turn people into Republicans… It can be done.’

    • February 26, 2015
    •  at 1:17 pm
Yes, Virginia, there is a Republican Party in Philadelphia. And the members of the Grand Old Party in the City of Brotherly Love say they’re looking to the past for their future.
As the Republicans try to recover from more than 60 years of near-irrelevance in representative government, the local party’s executive director, Joe DeFelice, sees legendary Democratic mayors Joseph Clark and Richardson Dilworth as reverse models for success.
“Even though they’re the guys that eventually defeated the Republican party,” DeFelice says, “they also give us hope that people will eventually get fed up with one party’s stranglehold on the city.”
In the last few years the Republicans have been as far away as ever from holding the mayor’s office, let alone most measures of significance in local politics. But as Philadelphia changes, growing younger and filling up with outsiders, the Republicans want to gain support by running candidates who DeFelice says are similar: Young outsiders.
Two of three Republican mayoral candidates and four City Council candidates age 40 or under plan to run for election this year, and a 26-year-old woman is running as a Republican in the March special election for the 170th District state house seat in Northeast Philly. Only one of six Democratic mayoral candidates is under 50, Doug Oliver, and three of 10 new at-large Council candidates are 40 or under. Whether this youth movement is another sign of weakness or the start of something good for the Republicans is yet to be seen, but political observers would likely agree Philadelphia needs a strong Republican party.
“I say this as a Democrat,” says Larry Ceisler, a longtime political strategist and principal of Ceisler Media. “The city is worse for not having a viable and credible opposition party.”
Right now local Republicans are practically invisible. They have the mandated two at-large positions on Council in David Oh and Dennis O’Brien, and longtime councilman Brian O’Neill in the Northeast’s 10th District and haven’t had more than three Council members since the 1991 election. They have Al Schmidt as City Commissioner, and John Taylor as the lone Philadelphia Republican in the PA House.
Philly Democrats have the Mayor, 14 City Council positions, two City Commissioners and 23 members of the state house and all of Philadelphia’s state senators.
This current Republican state is a low for the city. Republicans put together competitive mayoral candidates like Frank Rizzo in 1987, and Sam Katz in 1999 and 2003, and had four PA House members as recently as 2008. In the 80s and early 90s, Ron Castille was a Republican district attorney. And in the 90s, even when the Republican Party was unpopular, about 200,000 people were registered Republicans. There are now about 120,000.
Blame the shift from weak to dead on the national Republican Party’s increased lean to the right, scaring away urban conservatives, and the local party itself. From 2009 until about 2012, Philly Republicans couldn’t even unite. Disagreements over the party’s direction led to ward battles and that were finally put to rest with Taylor rising to chair of the local party and DeFelice to executive director. The party decided to promote a more moderate theme that contrasted with many national Republicans and enter the 21st century technologically, finally using social media and email to spread their message.
DeFelice says the situation is better now and if unity translates to strength in the next few years, then it’s coming at a good time. Philadelphia could use a Republican or two because of the GOP’s ownership of the state house and senate. The city has one person, Taylor, to represent the House majority and none on the Senate at a time when area schools could use more funding from the state.
“When the Republican majority Senate caucus meets and there’s nobody from Philadelphia there,” Ceisler says, “they don’t care about Philadelphia.”
Says Martina White, 26, who’s running for state representative in the 170th District: “My voice would be part of that majority caucus and could provide our people with a much louder voice than any other particular candidate.”

Thursday, February 26, 2015


FEBRUARY 26, 2015

 Martina White Endorsed by Major Philadelphia Labor Unions in Race for 170th
Signals strong labor support because of White's commitment to working families

PARKWOOD – Martina White, the Republican nominee for the special election in Pennsylvania's 170th Legislative District, today received the endorsement of more than a dozen local public and private section labor unions.  The special election will be held on Tuesday, March 24th.

Endorsing White's candidacy for the State House are:

                        FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, LODGE 5
                        IAFF 22 - PHILADELPHIA FIREFIGHTERS
                        IUPAT DISTRICT COUNCIL 21
                        AFSCME DISTRICT COUNCIL 33
                        TEAMSTERS LOCAL 500
                        GAS WORKERS, LOCAL 686
                        DRYWALL FITTERS LOCAL 1955
                        IATSE STAGEHANDS LOCAL 8
                        GLAZIERS LOCAL 252
                        SPRINKLER FITTERS, LOCAL 692
                        UA STEAMFITTERS, LOCAL 420
                        PAINTERS 2011
                        PLASTERERS LOCAL 8

"Martina has a strong financial background and the professional experience to hit the ground running as a new State Representative and fight for local working families," said Joe Ashdale, Business Manager for District Council 21 when explaining why White received the endorsement of so many unions.  "She is a moderate, common sense Republican who we trust to be part of the majority in Harrisburg giving a voice to the issues that matter to our members."

A lifelong resident of the Northeast, White is a professional financial advisor who works with working-class families to help them reach their financial goals – be it saving for a child's education, retirement, or simply paying off their home.  Her family has strong ties to the trades, including her grandfather who has operated a union trucking business for decades.
FOP President John McNesby said, "Martina White shares our values and our vision for strong and safe neighborhoods for every resident.  That's why the men and women of our police and fire fighters are giving her our support." 

As part of her campaign, White has put forth an agenda focused on four main areas: promoting new jobs and economic growth; keeping neighborhoods safe; making schools more strong and effective; and, protecting taxpayers through improved fiscal discipline in Harrisburg.

"Martina White represents one of the best and brightest our city has to offer.  She'll stand up for working families and be a vocal advocate for bi-partisan cooperation that puts our families ahead of political gamesmanship," said Joe Schulle of the Philadelphia Firefighters Union.

White – who has already been endorsed by prominent Northeast leaders John Taylor and Brian O'Neill – was grateful for the support offered today.

"Since day one of this campaign, I've said I care only about what's best for the people of the Northeast – not politics, and not partisanship," White stated. "I think these endorsements send a strong signal to the people of the Northeast that I stand with working families, with our seniors, and with our kids.  I am humbled and thankful for this support and will work hard everyday to honor the trust you have placed in me."


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NE Times: City Councilman Brian O'Neill Endorses Martina White

                               *City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill en­dorsed Mar­tina White in the March 24 spe­cial elec­tion in the 170th Dis­trict.
City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill (R-10th dist.) en­dorsed fel­low Re­pub­lic­an Mar­tina White in the March 24 spe­cial elec­tion in the 170th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict.
“Mar­tina was born and raised in our com­munity and knows the con­cerns of our fam­il­ies and seni­ors. She has the ex­per­i­ence, ideas and un­der­stand­ing to stand up for the North­east in Har­ris­burg,” O’Neill said.
O’Neill, a nine-term coun­cil­man, ad­ded that, “Hav­ing someone in Har­ris­burg who is 100-per­cent fo­cused on the is­sues that af­fect the North­east and re­fuses to play par­tis­an games is vi­tal to the fu­ture of our neigh­bor­hoods. I am sure Mar­tina is that per­son.”
A fin­an­cial ad­viser, White’s agenda in­cludes pub­lic safety, sup­port for schools, cre­at­ing good jobs and look­ing out for tax­pay­ers.
“I am honored to have the sup­port of Coun­cil­man O’Neill and look for­ward to work­ing with him to make the North­east stronger, safer and more af­ford­able,” she said.
White faces Demo­crat Sarah Del­Ricci in the spe­cial elec­tion.
Read More Here

Monday, February 23, 2015

PhillyMag: The GOP Is Not Philly’s Problem Party

The GOP Is Not Philly’s Problem Party

Opinion: Democrats should take responsibility for their own corruption.
Are Philly Democrats really in a position to lecture Republicans? |
(Editor’s note: This op-ed submission from Joseph DeFelice is in response to Citified insider Jay McCalla’s critique of the city’s Republican party. DeFelice is executive director of the Philadelphia Republican Party.)
Recently, your website posted an opinion piece from former Democrat City Councilman Rick Mariano (yes, that Rick Mariano) Chief of Staff Jay McCalla about how bad the Philadelphia Republican Party sucks. While I appreciate his snark and sarcasm, he may want to look inside his own party to see who truly “sucks.”

McCalla, who excoriates patronage but whose own resume reads like a "who's who" of patronage employers, should be well aware of bad government, himself a former Chief of Staff to a convicted criminal. As a matter of fact, in the last few years, we have seen the following Democrats investigated (or worse) by state and federal authorities: State Sen. LeAnna Washington, State Rep. J.P. Miranda, State Rep. Vanessa Brown, State Rep. Ron Waters, State Rep. Michelle Brownlee, Rep. Louise Bishop, Treasurer Rob McCord, Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Justice Seamus McCaffrey, Judge Thomasine Tynes, Judge Robert Mulgrew, Judge Joe Waters, and of course, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
Rather than focus on city Republicans' inefficiencies, and there are some, why not focus on the utter corruption of the city's Democratic Party?
As a matter of fact, it was our candidate for District Attorney, Daniel Alvarez, that pressed Seth Williams on his lack of prosecutions for public corruption and lo and behold, Williams was spurred into action this past year, after decades of prosecutorial inaction by him and predecessor Lynne Abraham, now a Democratic mayoral candidate. Continuing on that theme, the current mayoral bunch on the D side reads like a list of B and C team players.
Tell me again who is doing the people of Philadelphia a disservice?

Read more HERE

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NE Times: Martina White Letter to the Editor

Tax dol­lars to good use
Dur­ing my ca­reer as a fin­an­cial ad­viser I have helped hun­dreds of hard-work­ing fam­il­ies plan for a bet­ter fu­ture. I found most of the people I met had sim­il­ar goals. They want to pay off their debt, have a sav­ings, ac­cess to a qual­ity edu­ca­tion for their kids and save enough for re­tire­ment. Those goals are get­ting harder and harder to achieve.
I saw so much of the fam­il­ies’ in­come go­ing to­ward taxes and tu­ition costs that I de­cided I needed to do something more pro­act­ive to help people. That’s why I am run­ning for state rep­res­ent­at­ive in a spe­cial elec­tion on March 24. We have too many politi­cians who are more in­ter­ested in lin­ing their own pock­ets than help­ing the people who are count­ing on them. 
I’m run­ning be­cause I know Har­ris­burg needs my fin­an­cial ex­pert­ise. Too many people there look at our tax money as “rev­en­ue” for them to spend on polit­ic­al fa­vors in­stead of the over­time people are work­ing just to pay the mort­gage. I un­der­stand the dol­lars the state has to spend came out of your pock­et first and I will hold them ac­count­able on how they spend it. We de­serve bet­ter, that’s why I’m ask­ing for your vote.
Can­did­ate for State Rep­res­ent­at­ive
Read it HERE

Thursday, February 12, 2015

2nd Annual Philly GOP Cigar Night - 3/31/15 URC 6-8:30PM


Tuesday March 31, 2015


United Republican Club

$95 includes cigars, open bar, food, free valet parking, jazz trio. 

T.H.E. Catering Company

Cigar Event Menu 
Fresh Fruit, Crudité and Cheese Display with Watermelon Carving

Seasonal fruit paired with Vanilla Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Julienned Vegetables with Creamy Ranch Dressing
Cubed Cheddar and Jack Cheese with Crackers and Assorted Mustard

Hors d’ Oeuvres
Coconut Prawns with a Mango Cocktail Sauce
Spanakopita (spinach & feta)
Pigs in a Blanket
Crab Balls
Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NE Times OPED: Sen. Pat Toomey - Law enforcement officers deserve to be treated with respect

Op-ed: Law enforcement officers deserve to be treated with respect

Senator Pat Toomey
Since 1947, the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment has partnered with res­id­ents, busi­nesses and loc­al com­munity lead­ers to run the Phil­adelphia Po­lice Ath­let­ic League, or PAL.
The mis­sion of the PAL is a simple one: “Cops Help­ing Kids.” It is how the PAL helps kids, though, that is the story.
Po­lice of­ficers from across the Phil­adelphia op­er­ate both edu­ca­tion­al and re­cre­ation­al pro­grams for kids in some of the most dan­ger­ous sec­tions of the city in an ef­fort to re­duce crime and to pro­mote a sense of self-worth. In many cases, PAL-op­er­ated fa­cil­it­ies serve as a safe place for young people from across Phil­adelphia. To date, PAL has worked with more than 15,000 kids.
A few weeks ago, while on his way home to his fam­ily after a 12-hour overnight shift, Rad­nor Po­lice Of­ficer James Galla­gh­er en­countered the scene of a ter­rible mul­ti­car crash on I-476. Stop­ping to help, he first ap­proached the car of a couple and their 1-year-old son. The hus­band had already passed away, so he turned his at­ten­tion to the moth­er and her child. Of­ficer Galla­gh­er quickly cut the car seat free and moved the child to a safe area be­fore re­turn­ing to help the moth­er. His life-sav­ing ac­tions didn’t end there, as he as­sisted ar­riv­ing emer­gency per­son­nel by con­tinu­ing to ap­proach in­volved cars to as­sess who needed help.
These are just two re­cent ex­amples of law en­force­ment of­ficers serving and pro­tect­ing our com­munit­ies. These stor­ies don’t al­ways make the head­lines or the even­ing news. It’s too bad, be­cause these are the po­lice men and wo­men we en­counter most every day. 
That said, we have seen head­lines about protests that cri­ti­cize law en­force­ment in light of events in Fer­guson, Mis­souri and Staten Is­land. These pro­test­ers have some­times made threat­en­ing re­marks about po­lice of­ficers. And un­for­tu­nately, some op­por­tun­ists are also us­ing these anti-po­lice protests to en­cour­age dis­rupt­ive acts that dam­age prop­erty and wreak hav­oc on every­day, law-abid­ing cit­izens.
Let me be clear, every Amer­ic­an has the right to peace­fully protest. And when of­ficers break the law, they should be held ac­count­able. However, those pro­test­ers cross a line when they en­dorse vi­ol­ence – par­tic­u­larly vi­ol­ence to­ward law en­force­ment.
Pro­test­ers in New York City re­cently chanted, “What do we want?….Dead cops!” as they marched. This dis­gust­ing and omin­ous chant was shouted just days be­fore two NYPD of­ficers—Ra­fael Ramos and Wenji­an Liu—were murdered.

NE Times: Martina White Letter to the Editor

More jobs leave Philly 
The Nabisco-Kraft factory owned by Mondelez Glob­al is clos­ing May 1, leaving 300 people unemployed including many union work­ers. 
Not only are these jobs be­ing lost but the an­cil­lary jobs such as pack­aging and trans­port­a­tion, res­taur­ants, and small busi­nesses in the area that ser­viced this plant will be neg­at­ively im­pacted. An es­tim­ated $15 mil­lion in lost wages to our loc­al eco­nomy is a ma­jor con­cern.
For every prob­lem there is a solu­tion. If lead­ers felt so strongly, over a year ago, that the com­pany had no in­ten­tions of stay­ing in the North­east then the fo­cus should have shif­ted to find­ing new com­pan­ies to fill the space, keep­ing our friends and neigh­bors em­ployed.  
We need to re­verse the trend of job loss and un­der­em­ploy­ment in our area and bring back good pay­ing fam­ily sus­tain­ing jobs.
Help­ing middle class fam­il­ies is a ma­jor reas­on I’m run­ning for state rep­res­ent­at­ive. If I am elec­ted on March 24, I will be mak­ing calls to pro­mote job cre­ation and get our fam­il­ies back to work.
Mar­tina White 
Can­did­ate for State Rep­res­ent­at­ive - Dis­trict 170