This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Taxpayer Protection Amendment


Radio Program Schedule for the week of April 24, 2015 – May 1, 2015

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association joins with Kevin Shivers from the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business and with Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation for a Capitol Watch roundtable discussion of the proposed Taxpayer Protection Amendment
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on why the date of the Pennsylvania Presidential Primary should be moved

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Gary Scott Smith author of Religion in the Oval Office about the faith of U.S. Presidents
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the congressional battle over fast track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership
  • Eric Boehm talks with Joe Luppino-Esposito of State Budget Solutions about public pension woes in the states
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on why it is time to sunset the U.S. tax code

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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Time to Move the PA Presidential Primary


The 2016 Presidential race has officially begun.  Over the past couple of weeks Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton have formally announced their candidacies. The field of Republican candidates likely will total a dozen or more.  Hillary Clinton’s early stumbles make the entry of former Virginia Senator Jim Webb and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley more likely.

With no incumbent president in the race, voters in both the Republican and Democratic primaries will actually have a choice in 2016.  It is a contest voters in Pennsylvania will likely watch from the sidelines.  By the time our state’s late April primary is held results of primaries and caucuses elsewhere will have determined the eventual nominees.

Only one time in recent years, 2008, has the Pennsylvania primary actually mattered.  That year Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battled for the Democratic nomination until June before Mrs. Clinton conceded.  Democrats had a choice, but John McCain had been ordained the GOP nominee months earlier.

Every four years the debate begins anew about Pennsylvania’s lack of clout in the presidential nominating process owing to the lateness of its primary.  And, every four years absolutely nothing is done to correct the problem.

Pennsylvania is the sixth largest state in the nation.  More so than perhaps any other state we are a microcosm of the nation as a whole.  With Philadelphia we have a large eastern city, while Pittsburgh has more of a mid-western orientation.  We have large, thriving suburbs and expansive rural areas.  Our population is diverse. Statewide elections in Pennsylvania tend to be competitive with both parties having shown recent success.

An early primary in Pennsylvania would be a much more accurate indicator of voter preference than Iowa or New Hampshire which are smaller and less diverse.  Those two states lead off the balloting in late January.  February 2nd is shaping up as a mini “Super Tuesday” with New York, Minnesota, Colorado and Utah holding primaries on that date.  It would be an ideal time for primary voters in Penn’s Woods to go to the polls and give us a real say in the nomination process. Instead, nearly three more months and 24 other states will hold primaries or caucuses before Pennsylvanians vote. All of this means Keystone state voters will have virtually no say in which candidates the parties nominate.

Making matters worse, Pennsylvania’s presidential primaries are essentially beauty contests in that the outcome of the balloting has little or no impact on the selection of delegates to the party nomination conventions.  Delegates are selected in separate elections, and/or by party state committees meaning presidential candidates must line up slates of delegate candidates months before the primary. This is a process they tend to by-pass in favor of focusing their efforts on the early primary and caucus states.

Moving Pennsylvania’s primary to an earlier date poses a logistical challenge.  It would require holding a separate primary in February for presidential balloting and a regular primary in May for selecting congressional and legislative nominees. Or, the entire process could be moved from April to February. Holding two primaries would increase costs, while holding congressional and legislative elections in February would advance the start of the process into the previous year’s holiday season.

The cost of an additional primary must be weighed against the economic benefits it would generate.  New Hampshire public radio, based on a study of the 2000 presidential primary when both party nominations were up for grabs, estimated the economic impact at $230 million. The economic benefits to Pennsylvania, a much larger state, would be significantly higher.

Dollars aside, the major drawback to Pennsylvania’s late presidential primary is the absence of our voters having any real say in the selection of party nominees.  We are a large state and we deserve better, but it is a problem nobody in Harrisburg seems willing to address.

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address is lhenry@lincolninstitute.org.)

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Rep. Cris Dush Talks Subpoena Power


Radio Program Schedule for the week of April 18 – April 24, 2015

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with State Representative Cris Dush about granting subpoena power to state House committees
  • Joe Geiger from the First Nonprofit Foundation has Danita Sturgis from Hope Within Ministries in the Community Benefit Spotlight
  • Beth Anne Mumford from the PA Chapter of Americans for Prosperity has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on tax freedom day

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with James Carafano from the Institute of World Politics about the proposed nuclear deal with Iran
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has details about new white papers on GOP Presidential candidates
  • Eric Boehm has a Watchdog Radio Report on making Freedom Day a national holiday
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on white privilege

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Union Money Grab


Radio Program Schedule for the week of April 11, 2015 – April 18, 2015

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association, Kevin Shivers from the National Federation of Independent Business – PA, and Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation have a Capitol Watch roundtable discussion on Governor Wolf’s executive order effectively unionizing home care workers
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on Pennsylvania Democrat’s growing corruption problem

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with John Gizzi of Newsmax about the entry of U.S. Senator Rand Paul into the presidential race
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the soon-to-be-passed federal budget
  • Eric Boehm and Benjamin Yount have a Watchdog Radio Report with Jonathan Williams of the American Legislative Exchange Council on the latest Rich States/Poor States report
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on redefining marriage

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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PA Dems Flounder on Shoals of Corruption


There are two ways to remove a Band-Aid; in one sharp motion getting the pain over quickly, or pulling it off slowly allowing the pain to linger.  Democrats in Pennsylvania appear to subscribe to both approaches when it comes to dealing with the misdeeds of their statewide elected officials.

 

Former State Treasurer Rob McCord abruptly resigned from office in late January revealing he was going to plead guilty to charges that he attempted to extort campaign funds from companies interested in doing business with the state.  The crimes occurred while McCord was battling now-Governor Tom Wolf for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination last spring.

 

The McCord denouement came swiftly.  In a town that leaks like a sieve, there was surprisingly little advance rumor of the charges; news of which McCord broke himself.  The former treasurer spared the commonwealth the usual drama which surrounds such things by accepting responsibility for his actions and promptly leaving office.  He has now disappeared from the headlines.

 

And then there is the case of Kathleen Kane.  The term “embattled” is appended to virtually every news article written about the attorney general who is currently under investigation by the Montgomery County District Attorney for allegedly leaking secret grand jury information.  Charges have been recommended by that grand jury and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled the process legal and correct.

 

Suffice it to say General Kane is in hot water.  As if that were not enough, news broke that she scuttled an investigation into a northeastern Pennsylvania casino probe.  And, the Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has successfully prosecuted another investigation Kane dropped involving several Philadelphia legislators who allegedly took bribes.  This, along with a revolving door among her top staffers has produced an agency in crisis and an attorney general in political peril.

 

Unlike McCord, Kane is fighting back.  She has hired big guns associated with her political patrons, Bill and Hillary Clinton, refuses to resign and plans to fight any criminal charges which may be filed against her.

This could not be worse news for Pennsylvania Democrats.  The party can ill afford going into a major election year with the state’s highest elected law enforcement official under a cloud, or possibly under indictment.  Add in the McCord misfire, along with the Philadelphia legislator scandal, and what you have is the image of a political party steeped in corruption.

Already the steady stream of negative headlines is having an effect.  In just the last couple of weeks Democrats lost a special election for a legislative seat in Philadelphia, something that hasn’t happened in decades.  A Quinnipiac University poll shows Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey leading likely Democratic challenger Joe Sestak by double digits.  The poll even found U.S. Senator Rand Paul leading presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by one point.  And, the poll was taken before Senator Paul’s official announcement of candidacy which likely will give him a further bounce.

Clearly the scandals surrounding Pennsylvania Democrats could have national implications.  Pat Toomey has been listed as one of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election next year, if only because of the large Democratic voter registration lead in Pennsylvania.  But, to date, he has overcome that edge.  And, there is absolutely no plausible mathematical formula for Democrats to win the White House in 2016 without carrying Pennsylvania.

It remains to be seen whether or not Republicans will be able to take advantage of the culture of corruption surrounding state Democrats.  But one thing is for sure, the slow removal of the Kane Band-Aide ensures the issue will remain alive for the foreseeable future.

(Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute and host of the weekly Lincoln Radio Journal.  His e-mail address is lhenry@lincolninstitute.org)

 

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Sharyl Attkisson


Radio Program Schedule for the week of April 4, 2015 – April 10, 2015

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with Sharyl Attkisson author of Stonewalled about her fight for truth in Obama’s Washington
  • Frank Gamrat and Eric Montarti have an Allegheny Institute Report on mass transit ridership
  • Beth Anne Mumford of Americans for Prosperity has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on how the Wolf budget takes control away from parents and local school boards
Sharyl Attkisson joins us this week on Lincoln Radio Journal!

Sharyl Attkisson joins us this week on Lincoln Radio Journal!

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Dakota Wood of the Heritage Foundation about the 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the impact of U.S. Senate retirements
  • Eric Boehm and Kevin Glass have a Watchdog Radio Report on a new conservative approach to criminal justice reform
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on what’s really in that Indiana religious freedom law

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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This Week on American Radio Journal: John Fund Talks Presidential Race


Radio Program Schedule for the week of March 28, 2015 – April 3, 2015

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • David Taylor has a Capitol Watch interview with State Representative Stephen Bloom about ending seniority when determining teacher lay-offs
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on why the GOP needs to do a better job of messaging

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with John Fund of the National Review about U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’ entry into the presidential race
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the GOP and federal spending
  • Eric Boehm and Art Kane have a Watchdog Radio Report on the Small Business Administration giving loans to big business
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has anAmerican Radio Journal commentary on the dangers of deflation

Visit the program web sites for more information about air times. There, you can also stream live or listen to past programs!

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