John Lawrence Wants Another Barrier For School Board Candidates

John Lawrence Wants Another Barrier For School Board Candidates — Lois Kaneshiki, who was a Hollidaysburg school director from 2015-2019, has let us know that one of our Pennsylvania GOP favorite LOLs State Rep. John Lawrence (R-13) is trying to place more barriers up for ordinary citizens running for school board.

He announced he is will be sponsoring a bill that will require Background Checks for School Board Candidates.

These background checks are simply unnecessary for candidates.

They are time-consuming and costly to comply with, and require getting fingerprinted by the FBI.

For candidates?  Really?

This is simply a tactic to further discourage community members who want to participate in the governance of their local schools to get involved.

Even once elected, school directors almost never have direct contact with students.  Most of their activity involves attending official meetings and occasional school functions just like the general public).

Why should they all have to get background checks, unless they are going inside the schools?

Everyone who cares about making elected school board positions available to ordinary citizens should contact their state legislators and ask them to oppose to this bill.

John Lawrence Wants Another Barrier For School Board Candidates
Don’t forget the LOL
John Lawrence Wants Another Barrier For School Board Candidates

Kim Ward Becomes Temporary Lieutenant Governor

Kim Ward Becomes Temporary Lieutenant Governor

By Bob Small

For about two weeks, Pennsylvania will have a Democratic governor and a Republican lieutenant governor.  Since John Fetterman resigned as lieutenant governor on Jan.4 Kim Ward, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, was sworn in to the position.  Her term will last until Jan. 17 when Austin Davis will be sworn in.

Ms. Ward is the first female to serve as President Pro Tempore.  She was chosen by her fellow GOP members who hold a 28-22 majority in the State Senate.

Undser the Pennsylvania Constitution,” the president pro tempore handles all the duties of the office of lieutenant governor, which include presiding over the state Senate sessions, chairing the state pardons board and chairing the state emergency management committee.”

Kim Ward Becomes Temporary Lieutenant Governor
Kim Ward, first female majority lead in Pennsylvania

Kim Ward has been the State Senator for District 39 since 2009.  District 39 includes Latrobe, Pa. (home of Rolling Rock Brewery and Fred Rogers) along with 37 other towns in Westmoreland County. 

Kim Ward is the first woman to be elected majority leader in either the Pennsylvania House or Senate.

Prior to her election to the state House, she was a Westmoreland County Commissioner and on the Hempfield County Board of Commissioners.

She lists her accomplishments as helping to pass laws on “reducing spending on state-subsidized methadone treatment transportation,”  and “implementing the federal E-Verify program to ensure workers on publicly funded construction projects are legally permitted to work.”

She also helped to “extend benefits to the families of campus police officers who die in the line of duty”.

Prior to elective office, she worked as a board-certified Respiratory Therapist at Allegheny General Hospital, Vanderbilt University Hospital, and Hershey Medical Center.

She and her husband Dr. Thomas Ward have three sons.

She is a breast cancer survivor and stresses how important screenings are.

Kim Ward Becomes Temporary Lieutenant Governor

Carmela Explains Abortion In Podcast

Carmela Explains Abortion In Podcast — Carmela Ciliberti discusses — graphically, be warned — abortion techniques and fetal develop in her latest podcast which can be found here or below.

She also describes the incredibly callous indifference — or if one wants to be charitable mind-blowing ignorance — of Pennsylvania Democrats with regard to the lives of others.

Among those called out is state Sen. Kati Muth, whose 44th district consists of parts of Berks, Montgomery and Chester counties.

Give it a listen.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/2038515/11306940

Carmela Explains Abortion In Podcast

Pennsylvania Constitution Must Reading For Pennsylvania Patriots

Pennsylvania Constitution Must Reading For Pennsylvania Patriots — Delaware County’s Bill Denison has been holding on-line classes regarding the Pennsylvania Constitution and generally promoting the reading of it.

To our embarrassment, reading it was not something we’ve ever done and so a few weeks ago we did.

You’d be surprised at what you find.

Consider Article II concerning the legislature which includes reapportionment:

d)  Any aggrieved person may file an appeal from the final plan directly to the Supreme Court within 30 days after the filing thereof. If the appellant establishes that the final plan is contrary to law, the Supreme Court shall issue an order remanding the plan to the commission and directing the commission to reapportion the Commonwealth in a manner not inconsistent with such order.

(e)  When the Supreme Court has finally decided an appeal or when the last day for filing an appeal has passed with no appeal taken, the reapportionment plan shall have the force of law and the districts therein provided shall be used thereafter in elections to the General Assembly until the next reapportionment as required under this section 17.

When the state Supreme Court ordered that Pennsylvania’s congressional districts be withdrawn in 2018, was that more or less than 30 days after they were approved on Dec. 22, 2011?

Based on the Pennsylvania Constitution, the state legislature should have immediately begun impeachment proceedings for every judge who vote aye for the new districts.

If the citizenry was aware of the what the law was they would have supported the action.

Did you know that there is a specific section regarding absentee voting?

§ 14.  Absentee voting.
        (a)  The Legislature shall, by general law, provide a manner
     in which, and the time and place at which, qualified electors
     who may, on the occurrence of any election, be absent from the
     municipality of their residence, because their duties,
     occupation or business require them to be elsewhere or who, on
     the occurrence of any election, are unable to attend at their
     proper polling places because of illness or physical disability
     or who will not attend a polling place because of the observance
     of a religious holiday or who cannot vote because of election
     day duties, in the case of a county employee, may vote, and for
     the return and canvass of their votes in the election district
     in which they respectively reside.
        (b)  For purposes of this section, "municipality" means a
     city, borough, incorporated town, township or any similar
     general purpose unit of government which may be created by the
     General Assembly.
     (Nov. 5, 1957, P.L.1019, J.R.1; May 16, 1967, P.L.1048, J.R.5;
     Nov. 5, 1985, P.L.555, J.R.1; Nov. 4, 1997, P.L.636, J.R.3)

        1967 Amendment.  Joint Resolution No.5 renumbered former
     section 14 to present section 11 and amended and renumbered
     former section 19 to present section 14.
        1957 Amendment.  Joint Resolution No.1 added present section
     14 (formerly section 19).

One with knowledge of the words in Constitution would have demanded that the addition of the category of “mail -in elector” would have required amending the Constitution rather than merely changing the Election Code as per Act 77 of 2019.

Where you aware that witnesses in contested elections may not withhold testimony upon the ground that it may criminate himself or subject him to public infamy.

The Constitution is not fun reading but even skimming it and being aware of the table of contents is a significant upgrade in understanding.

You can read it here.

The citizenry of this state better start learning how to be citizens.

Thanks Bill Denison for the inspiration.

Pennsylvania Constitution Must Reading For Pennsylvania Patriots Power And Nuclear Plants

Larry Krasner Impeachment Looms

Larry Krasner Impeachment Looms — The Pennsylvania Legislature appears to be about to impeach Larry Krasner — the guy George Soros hand-picked as Philadelphia District Attorney —as just revealed on WPHT’s Dom Giordano Show.

Murders during Krasner’s reign have risen from 317 in 2017 to 562 last year, a record.

Larry Krasner Impeachment Looms
A face only a Soros can love.

They are on a pace to hit 660 for 2022 according to Dom.

The Republicans control both chambers. The House, which has a 112-89 R edge, can impeach Krasner with a simple majority. Two-thirds of the Senate, though, is required for removal. The Republican advantage, there, is 28-20 with one independent who caucuses R, and one vacancy.

Will the R’s hold together? The guy behind the push is Senate Pro Tempore Jake Corman of the 34th District, so that seems likely.

Will four Democrats join them? Don’t rule it out. There are still Democrats who represent conservative areas that don’t hate police.

Regardless, I think Corman just got our vote for Governor.

Sorry Donna 🙂

Larry Krasner Impeachment Looms

Shapiro Lets Lawbreaker Pension Remain

Shapiro Lets Lawbreaker Pension Remain

By Leo Knepper

Last week, Representative Margo Davidson (D-164) submitted her letter of resignation to House Speaker Brian Cutler. She resigned due to criminal charges filed by Attorney General Josh Shapiro. The criminal charges Ms. Davidson faces are related to the misuse of campaign funds and legislative expenses. According to media reports, she received reimbursement for overnight stays in Harrisburg paid for by her campaign account (getting paid twice for the same expense). She also filed for reimbursement for nights she didn’t stay in Harrisburg (receiving money she wasn’t owed). Ms. Davidson, according to court documents, also asked witnesses to lie for her and cover up the criminal activity.

Shapiro Lets Lawbreaker Pension Remain
Protecting Democrats and other cronies

All the alleged criminal activity is a massive breach of public trust and clearly an abuse of her position as a Representative. However, she will likely not only keep her pension, but Davidson and her husband will also continue to be eligible for the taxpayer-funded health plan and long-term care insurance. 

You are probably wondering how on earth any government employee, let alone a Representative or Senator, convicted of crimes like these can still be a drain on taxpayers for the rest of their lives. Former-representative Davidson will likely receive the taxpayer-funded benefits because the crimes she will probably be convicted of don’t result in losing them. Enter Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Shapiro, a Democrat, and an all-but-announced candidate for Governor charged Davidson with crimes that fall below the threshold for pension forfeiture. The criminal conviction must be related to a crime specified by the Public Pension Forfeiture Act 1978-140 and be over the severity threshold. According to an article by the Harrisburg Patriot-News:

“However, the second-degree misdemeanors of theft and hindering apprehension or prosecution misdemeanors of which Davidson is charged fall below the threshold of the crimes when the state’s pension forfeiture law applies...The House comptroller said the chamber’s policy on forfeiture of medical benefits aligns with the pension forfeiture law….” (Emphasis added)

Why did the Attorney General’s office and Josh Shapiro not pursue more serious charges? It seems like this is an open and shut case. Did Shapiro level less serious charges specifically to prevent Davidson from losing the pension and healthcare benefits? If he plans on running for Governor, the public has the right to find out the answers to this and other questions about Shapiro’s record.

Shapiro Lets Lawbreaker Pension Remain

CAP Gives F- To 5 In Pa House

CAP Gives F- To 5 In Pa House — The Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) Accountability Index has been updated to reflect the Key Voted legislation for the first half of 2021. Neither chamber of the General Assembly performed exceptionally well. In the Senate, the highest grade was a C+. It was a grade shared by most of the Republican caucus. Senate Republicans tended to vote in a block more so than what we saw in the House. By comparison, there were six A+ grades in the House.

Was your Representative one of them? Click on the links in the above paragraph, or here.

If you don’t know who your State Representative or Senator is, click here and enter your address. We’ll find them for you.

Note that Chris Quinn of the 168th District which is most of western Delaware County; Craig Williams of the 160th District which is southern Delaware and Chester counties; Shelby Labs of the 143rd District in Bucks County; and western Pennsylvanians Abby Major of the 60th and Leslie Rossi of the 59th districts are the House Republicans who get F-.

Robert Tomlinson of the 6th District which is in Bucks County is the only Republican who gets an F in the Senate.

Craig, what’s up with that?

The scorecard will be updated in real-time through the end of the year. Check back regularly.

CAP Gives F- To 5 In Pa House
CAP Gives F- To 5 In Pa House

Turzai Stepping Down As House Speaker Says Source

Turzai Stepping Down As House Speaker Says Source — A little birdie tells us that the rumors are right and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai is quitting the Pennsylvania Legislature. Turzai, a Republican, has been Speaker since 2015 and has represented the Allegheny County -centered 28th District since 2001.

Turzai Stepping Down As House Speaker Says Source -- A little birdie tells us that the rumors are right and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai
Mike Turzai

Our source says that Turzai’s dreams of becoming governor have been dashed and that he is looking to practice law full time.

Turzai has scheduled a news conference for tomorrow (Jan. 23) and this will either be confirmed or not then.

Turzai Stepping Down As House Speaker Says Source

Pennsylvania Legislative Salaries Hit $90,300 Not Including Benefits

Pennsylvania Legislative Salaries Hit $90,300 (and this doesn’t include benefits).

By Leo Knepper

As of Dec. 1, the base salary for Pennsylvania lawmakers will increase to $90,300 per year. This pay raise comes as the result of an annual cost-of-living-increase (COLA) they receive automatically. The higher salary will be on top of any per diems, health insurance, etc. that lawmakers are eligible to receive.  

As an aside, lawmakers pay only one percent per year of their salary for health benefits. In other words, their annual premium is roughly $900 for health insurance that is second to none. There are many taxpayers whose monthly insurance bill exceeds that amount.

The $90,300 salary is the minimum for members of the General Assembly. As noted by the Associated Press:

“Lawmakers in leadership posts will top out at $141,000 for House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson. The four caucus floor leaders in the House and Senate will each make almost 130,900 while the four caucus whips and the four Appropriations Committee chairs will receive $121,100.”

The salary differences between rank and file members and “leadership” are especially noteworthy. It presents another clear example of how our beloved judicial branch ignores the plain text of the Pennsylvania Constitution. According to Article II, Section 8, “The members of the General Assembly shall receive such salary and mileage for regular and special sessions as shall be fixed by law, and no other compensation whatever, whether for service upon committee or otherwise.” (Emphasis added)

Members of the General Assembly aren’t the only ones who will benefit from taxpayers’ forced generosity in the new year. When January rolls around, members of the executive branch will also see an increase in their pay. Governor Wolf’s salary will increase to over $200,000 per year. The Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Tom Saylor, will make over $220,000 per year.

Many lawmakers will, if they haven’t already, make a show of donating their salary increase to a charity. It is a standard public relations move on their part, and has become as regular as the leaves changing colors. However, despite their righteous indignation, there is never any real interest in eliminating the automatic COLA by changing the law. Finally, for any lawmakers in the defined benefit pension plan, the higher annual salary, regardless of charitable contributions, will be used to calculate their pension benefits upon retirement.

Unlike members of the General Assembly, CAP can’t force anyone to pay for projects we want to undertake. Next year is going to be incredibly busy for us. If you value what CAP does and would like to help us continue holding Harrisburg accountable, please consider making a financial contribution to our efforts.

Pennsylvania Legislative Salaries Hit $90,300 (And This Doesn’t Include Benefits)
Pennsylvania Legislative Salaries Hit $90,300 (and this doesn't include benefits).

Mike Folmer Charged With Child Porn Possession

Mike Folmer Charged With Child Porn Possession — Pennsylvania State Sen. Mike Folmer, the Republican who represents the 48th District which consists of Lebanon County and parts of York and Dauphin counties, has been charged with possession of child porn.

If the charges hold it might help answer why no significant reforms occurred in this state when the Republicans held the House, Senate and governor’s office.

Yeah, we still allow teachers strikes. Yeah, Planned Parenthood still gets tax money.

Mike Folmer Charged With Child Porn Possession
Mike Folmer Charged With Child Porn Possession
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