Gay Extremist Gift Gets Wagner Grief — A $5,000 contribution by a gay extremist in 2015 to a political action committee headed by Scott Wagner is getting the GOP gubernatorial hopeful quite a bit of grief.
The money was given by Tim Gill to Reform PA PAC, which Wagner chairs. Wagner won an historic write-in special election in March 2014 to represent the York County-centered 28th District. He campaigned as a Tea Party candidate against corruption, cronyism and indifference by the Republican establishment.
He won a full term that fall.
While Wagner has been outspokenly good on certain issues such as the state’s scandalous pension system, he seems to have managed to get himself most identified with a bizarre crusade to prohibit businesses and institutions from making distinctions based on biological sex.
He has co-sponsored a series of “bathroom bills“, a term with which Wagner wrongly takes issue as there is no doubt that these bills would grant by-right access for males calling themselves female to women’s restrooms and girls’ school sports.
Wagner has said that ending privacy for women (and girls) was not his intent and that he merely wants to stop LGBQWHATEVER people from being discriminated by business.
That’s almost as bad, Scott. The elimination of the concept of “protected groups” should be the goal of decent, thinking people, not their expansion.
Being a member of a “protected group” is not helpful. Business owners — as we’d expect you to understand — base the vast majority of hiring decisions on whether the employee will make life easier. Protected group membership is something that makes business owners walk on eggshells and that is, by far, the main reason protected group members face — understandable — discrimination.
Gays, who are not yet a protected group, certainly aren’t facing economic hardship in this country and that gets us to Tim Gill.
Gill is the mega-rich gay extremist who wants to “punish” those who question his lifestyle choices. This always means stifling debate about legitimate concerns and usually means personal destruction. He is a bad, corrupting man.
“It is not because we care about children, and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective because we have power.”
These were sad and shocking admissions made by Bob Chanin, a leader of the National Education Association, an organization of which the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) is a member and significant funder.
I think it’s time Pennsylvanians have a serious conversation about the PSEA.
Protecting power — not kids, teachers and taxpayers — is what drives the PSEA. And the PSEA is Tom Wolf’s largest union funder.
Worse yet, in Pennsylvania, public sector employees — like teachers — don’t get to choose whether or not they pay dues. Dues are taken from their paychecks and sent to the unions — like the PSEA — whether teachers like it or not.
This method of collecting union dues has made the PSEA very, very powerful.
And I’ve seen firsthand how the PSEA uses teachers’ dues against them, and against students and taxpayers. They block every effort that would benefit these stakeholders — like solving the pension crisis so that money can actually go to the classroom, and eliminating school property taxes so hardworking people can keep their homes.
Back in February, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed a bill that would stop the PSEA from collecting involuntary dues, and curb their ability to block what’s good for stakeholders. Senate Bill 166 (Paycheck Protection) passed with a vote of 28 (Y) to 22 (N), and upon passage was sent to the House for a vote. This past week, however, the State House defeated the bill by a vote of 102 (no) to 90 (yes).
The PSEA doesn’t like me much — and I’m not particularly fond of the way they work against teachers, students and taxpayers — but make no mistake. When I’m governor, changing this power dynamic will be a top priority of my administration.
Unlike Bob Chanin and the PSEA, as the governor of Pennsylvania, I will be representing children, teachers and taxpayers from day one, because for me, it is about children, and it is about having a great public school for every child, every teacher and every taxpayer.
Last Sunday I attended an event in St. Louis, and I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Steve Bannon. And oh boy, the liberals have come completely unglued, especially Tom Wolf.
The Governor was so unnerved, that he scampered right over to his computer and “cried racist” — again. This time in an email to supporters.
Let’s call this exactly what it is: a classic liberal distraction. He wants to change the focus — and who can blame him?
If I was Governor Wolf, I’d want to change the focus, too.
If I was Tom Wolf, I’d want to talk about anything other than his inability to balance a budget — which has earned him his second credit downgrade since he took office, and left local governments scrambling for the funds they need to operate.
There are many things Governor Wolf would rather not discuss.
Where does a broke, big-spending governor, with bad credit and no conscience look for more money? If you guessed your wallet, you guessed right.
Tom Wolf would prefer not to get into those details.
I’m on a mission to get rid of career politicians that attach themselves to government and drain the wallets of hard working Pennsylvanians. I see a new day for the citizens of this commonwealth and an end to epic mismanagement, waste, fraud and abuse.
My mission makes Tom Wolf extremely uncomfortable.
He sees the freight train coming. Of course he’s alarmed. Of course he cries “racist.”
Tom Wolf can call me whatever he wants — until we defeat him in November of 2018.
You would have to be living under a rock to not know that we have a pension crisis in Pennsylvania. On May 25th, the Auditor General completed an audit of the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) pension fund for the 2016 year, and it isn’t pretty. It isn’t pretty at all.
In 2016 the PSERS pension fund saw an astonishingly low return of 1.29% on $49.2 billion in assets. In dollars, the return was $634.6 million — which may look like a lot on paper, until you factor in that PSERS paid $416 million to money managers. It looks like a lot of money until you recognize that in 2016 most 401k retirement programs saw more than an 8% return. It was an exceptional year for everyone except Pennsylvania taxpayers
An 8% return would have yielded an additional $3.3 billion — which is more than enough to solve our budget problems.
PSERS could have put their money in a bank CD and received a better return (1.45%) — but who in the world would do that — and who would pay $416 million to money managers who would yield such a shameful return on investment?
I’ll tell you who would do that. A governor who’s asleep at the wheel, inept, or just doesn’t care.
Tom Wolf’s mismanagement is the biggest sham against honest, hardworking people that there ever was.
Why is Pennsylvania state government so bad at managing its employees’ money? If I were the Governor of Pennsylvania I would demand the answer to that question – but only after I fired the money managers at PSERS.
Where is our Governor? When he was running for election back in 2014, Tom Wolf presented himself as a “brilliant businessman,” and yet here we are paying $416 million for a return that we could have walked into a local bank and gotten ourselves.
PS: It is no secret that the PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association) fiercely hates me and has instructed their teacher members to hate me also. Isn’t it ironic that I am criticizing the PSERS pension fund performance demanding better returns so that all of the Pennsylvania teachers get their pensions paid?
Pennsylvania is among the worst places in the nation to start a business, according to a study released by Fox Business. Back in the summer of 2014 Tom Wolf touted that he would be good for Pennsylvania because he was a private sector business owner, but under his leadership state agencies are outright hostile to small businesses.
Tom Wolf will go down in history as a one of the most ineffective and failed Governors our state has ever seen.
And it’s no wonder. Tom Wolf knows nothing about what it takes to start a business from scratch, make it healthy and keep it thriving. I’ve been doing it for 40 years.
If there is one thing I learned from building successful businesses from the ground up, it’s that you must take care of your current customers. Tom Wolf has failed to take care of existing Pennsylvania business owners.
When I become Governor of Pennsylvania, I will work closely with the House and Senate to enact many of the reforms needed — and I will not hesitate to exercise executive order powers.
It has become crystal clear that Tom Wolf did not, and does not possess the leadership skills to be the Governor of Pennsylvania. He and his policies are the enemy of employers, job seekers and the economy. My administration will empower entrepreneurs to invest, create jobs and provide better incomes for our families.
It has been a blur of time since I announced my candidacy back on Jan. 11.
I have been extremely busy traveling around the Commonwealth meeting people, and learning issues that are important to them.
People keep asking me what my campaign is about and what is my plan to beat Governor Wolf.
If you are interested in learning more about my plan and activities as I travel around our great Commonwealth, please visit my website by clicking here: www.wagnerforgov.com.
My calendar is packed with events, meetings, and fundraising events until the end of the year and we continue to add more each week.
I am not running to be the next Governor of Pennsylvania because I think the job is fun or I need something to do – I am on a mission to make Pennsylvania greater than it is today.
Each and every day as I meet people and business owners across Pennsylvania I become more energized to clean up Harrisburg and solve problems and seize opportunities.
One question which a few people have asked is: “What has Scott done since he arrived in Harrisburg, he doesn’t to seem to have accomplished much?”
To answer that question I would ask that you click here to view my SCORECARD of activities and accomplishments: http://wagnerforgov.com/gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/WagnerforGov_Scorecard.jpg
It might be important to some Pennsylvanians to have a legislator who introduces hundreds of pieces of legislation that just clog the system in Harrisburg.
I was not elected to introduce meaningless legislation every day so I feel good and it impresses my constituents.
I made a decision to run for Governor because I witnessed first-hand as soon as I arrived in Harrisburg in April of 2014 the dysfunction that is blocking Pennsylvania from moving forward.
Ask yourself this question – “Are you better off today since Governor Wolf has been in office”?
If you want school taxes eliminated, better high paying jobs, less regulations, better treatment of veterans and seniors, to name a few examples, then please consider supporting me.
Harrisburg is screaming for a Governor who understands the private sector business world and issues that affect jobs being eliminated, or issues that affect jobs from being created – I am a private sector business owner who started several businesses from scratch – I know the issues inside and out affecting businesses that employ Pennsylvanians.
Harrisburg is screaming for a Governor who is a proven leader and is a visionary.
Harrisburg is screaming for a Governor who understands the importance of people, promotes communication, building teams, setting goals, measuring success or failure – people want to know how well they are doing and to be a part of something great.
Harrisburg is screaming for a Governor who can and will solve the issues in Pennsylvania.
That leads me to the single largest issue in Pennsylvania, and that is the heroin and opioid crisis.
Shortly after I was sworn into the State Senate, I was supplied first-hand information on the heroin and opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.
In July of 2014, The York County Heroin Task Force was formed by David Sunday from the York County District Attorney’s office, York County Coroner Pam Gay, law enforcement officials, community leaders and victims relatives.
What I have learned since joining the Senate, and what I continue to learn each and every day about this crisis leads me to be willing to estimate the cost to Pennsylvania’s citizens and businesses – minimum $25 billion annually and rising.
When I become Governor, I will have an emergency meeting with the district attorneys and law enforcement officials from across the state to determine what I can do as the governor of Pennsylvania to assist them to deal with this crisis.
The heroin crisis is getting worse by the day and it needs action immediately.
Click here for an article from June 8th in the Wall Street Journal: http://wagnerforgov.com/gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/WSJ_DrugGangsOpen…6.8.17.pdf
There is another issue in Pennsylvania, and that is the issue of the death penalty – within weeks after Governor Wolf took office in 2015, he imposed a moratorium on the current death penalty in our state.
I pledge to the law enforcement community that within the first three days that I am sworn in as the next Governor of Pennsylvania, I will reverse by executive order, the moratorium on the death penalty imposed by Tom Wolf.
Click here for an article that was published on June 7 titled – “Effort Expands to Boost Punishment for Police Killers:” http://wagnerforgov.com/gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/WSJ_EffortExpandstoBoost…6.7.17.pdf
Click here for an article about a case from 1995 that claimed the lives of three women, one from York County – the killer who committed these murders has been sitting on death row for over twenty years: http://wagnerforgov.com/gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/ABC27_FormerDetectiveReflects…-2.4.15.pdf
If we expect law enforcement folks to be on the front line battling violent drug dealers and other ruthless criminals and killers, I will be the first person to stand up and give them back the death penalty.
Bathroom Bill Back Or Scott Wagner How Could You? — An attempt to make “gender identity” and “sexual expression” civil rights is again being made by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, via SB 613.
The bill would allow men to use ladies rooms if they say they are feeling like a woman. It would allow boys to compete on high school girls sports teams and share their locker rooms. It would be one more obstacle for small business owners in dealing with disruptive or unsatisfactory employees.
It’s bad, pointless unnecessary legislation and very bad politics especially for those who want to be governor, Scott Wagner. Wagner, of the 28th Senatorial District, is one of the sponsors.
Target stock is tanking after it loudly instituted an “inclusive” restroom policy. It’s a rather under-reported story. The loss of shoppers is not due, or entirely due, to a boycott by religious people. It’s mostly because people — especially women — don’t want to frequent creepy places where they feel discomfort and tension. If that’s how the vote is being made with pocketbooks how does one expect votes to be made with votes?
The bill’s prime sponsor is Republican Patrick Brown of the 16th District.
By every measure, Pennsylvania’s economy is lagging behind other states. People are struggling to find good-paying jobs, our young people are leaving for better opportunities, and industry is floundering.
Pennsylvania’s number one roadblock are the crushing government regulations and restrictions on Pennsylvania’s job providers.
When I started my first waste company in 1985, there were five regulations we had to comply with. We kept them in a single manila folder.
Fast forward to 2017, there are almost 100 regulations that we have to comply with, and these are just transportation regulations. What I once kept in a flat manila folder, we now keep in a three and a half-inch thick binder.
There are several other binders of regulations that are in our human resources department that we must comply with just to employ people.
Government regulations are crushing businesses, jobs, and wage levels.
This past week I had an opportunity to meet three experts from the Mercatus Center, which is associated with George Mason University.
They gave me a policy brief, which was titled A Snapshot of Pennsylvania Regulation in 2017.
To put in perspective the rules and restrictions Pennsylvania businesses are forced to navigate, consider the following statements contained in the brief:
It would take an ordinary person almost three years to read the entire code of the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) which contained over 103 million words in 2012.
The sheer size of the CFR poses a problem not just for the individuals and businesses that want to stay in compliance with the law, but also for anyone interested in understanding the consequences of this massive system of rules.
The Pennsylvania Code contains 153,661 restrictions, or roughly 12.8 million words. It would take an individual about 713 hours – or just under 18 weeks – to read the entire Pennsylvania Code. That’s assuming the reader spends 40 hours per week reading and reads at a rate of 300 words per minute.
In 2016, there were over 1.08 million additional restrictions in the federal code.
This business-restrictive environment is putting Pennsylvania out of business and it’s time for Pennsylvanians to wake up and realize how these regulations and restrictions are affecting their daily lives, their families, and the companies they work for.
I joined the Pennsylvania State Senate for this very reason. I was fed up with the non-stop pile on of regulations and restrictions created mainly by state and federal lawyers working in various government agencies.
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Resources has approximately seventy-five, in house attorneys who write regulations each and every day that impact Pennsylvania businesses – and YOU.
Some regulations and restrictions are necessary, but Pennsylvania does not need 153,661 restrictions that contain 12.8 million words.
It’s madness and it has to stop.
That is why I’m running to be the next Governor of Pennsylvania. I am the only candidate who has real life experience dealing with all of the federal and state regulations.
The time is now for all of us to wake up to the fact that the Pennsylvania’s economy will not grow and good income producing jobs will not materialize.
Our hopes and dreams of prosperity will continue to die a slow, painful death unless we stop the regulation madness.
As the next Governor of Pennsylvania, my administration will immediately stop new regulations until we review each and every regulation currently on the books.
When I announced that I was running for Governor of Pennsylvania, I knew Tom Wolf and the left would throw every dirty trick in the book at me.
If I’ve demonstrated anything during my write-in campaign and subsequent three years in the PA State Senate, it’s that I have zero tolerance for thugs who think they can harass, intimidate, and bully me into backing down.
Since announcing my candidacy, state and national Democrats have been sending one to two trackers to every event I attend. They know I am the biggest threat to their Kingdom.
For those who do not know what a “tracker” is, it is an individual who is hired by the opposition to video a candidate’s every move with the intent to get them on camera saying something that can be taken out of context and then later used in a negative attack ad.
O, May 2, I was scheduled to speak at a private event on private property.
A Democrat tracker gained entry to the event under false pretenses.
The tracker then recorded the conversations at this private meeting without the consent of those in attendance. Consent is required by Pennsylvania law before a conversation can be recorded. As a public official I am used to being recorded, but no one else in that room had consented to having their discussions with me recorded by the tracker. To the contrary, they thought they were attending a private event.
When it became clear that the tracker would not stop recording and leave the event, I took the initiative to remove the camera until the police could arrive. I requested that the Country Club of York call the police and escort the tracker from the premises.
The tracker’s employer, American Bridge, is a leftist political organization that is a tool of the Obama and Clinton machines.
American Bridge is financed by a who’s who of liberal donors, including the Democrat Party’s sugar daddy, billionaire George Soros, who contributed one million dollars in March of 2016.
American Bridge’s mission is to disrupt conservative gatherings and intimidate Republicans – just like they attempted to do this past Tuesday. I’m not afraid of them, and I will not allow them to disrupt my events and intimidate my constituents and supporters.
American Bridge is welcome to send their trackers to my public events and record every word of my no-nonsense, conservative message. I hope they distribute it far and wide because it’s a message that is going to win the Governor’s office back for the people of Pennsylvania.
What they are not welcome to do – and what I will not allow them to do – is trespass on private property, gain entry under false pretenses, intimidate my constituents and supporters and record them without their consent.
My candidacy makes Governor Wolf’s campaign, state and national Democrats very nervous, because they believe I pose a critical threat to the future of their regime. On that point, they are right.
For too many years liberal politicians have been cheating the people out of their hard earned money, while allowing special interests to control our government. One of the reasons I’m running for Governor is to end that culture, and trust me, I will not back down.
It should be no secret to them that I am not going to be intimidated.