This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: PA Budget Battle


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

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PA Independent.com
  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association is joined by Kevin Shivers from the National Federation of Independent Business-PA and by Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation for a Capitol Watch look at the ongoing state budget battle
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on how the large field of GOP candidates could become a ‘team of rivals’
This week's focus is on Pennsylvania's budget battle!

This week’s focus is on Pennsylvania’s budget battle!

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with William Yeatman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute about a Supreme Court ruling that will benefit electric consumers
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on Presidential candidate Chris Christie’s record on pro-growth issues
  • Eric Boehm and Evan Grossman have a Watchdog Radio Report on a Supreme Court case that could make Right to Work the law of the land
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on Justice Anthony Kennedy and same sex 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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A New ‘Team of Rivals’


Once again this week the field of contenders for the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination continued to grow. There is great diversity in what is shaping up to be a historically large field of would-be presidents.  Diverse not just by gender, race and ethnicity, but collectively the candidates bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the contest.

A few years back the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin penned a book entitled Team of Rivals which went into great detail as to how President Abraham Lincoln brought those who competed against him during the nomination process into his cabinet.  President Lincoln was both secure enough in his own abilities, and wise enough to recognize his erstwhile opponents had talents the country sorely needed.

If Republicans reclaim the White House, the large field of contenders will give the new president a deep pool of qualified individuals from which to pick his, or her, cabinet.   Just for fun, let’s take a look at the Republican presidential contenders and see how they might fit into a new administration:

The big four cabinet posts are State, Defense, Treasury and Justice.  U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has emerged as one of the leading voices on foreign affairs making him well qualified to become the next Secretary of State.  Both the current Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton had competed for their party’s presidential nomination and served in the U.S. Senate prior to becoming the nation’s top diplomat, so Rubio would be following a well-worn path.

For Secretary of Defense U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham would be a perfect fit.  He, along with Senator John McCain, for a decade now have traveled extensively to the mid-east and other areas of global conflict.  He would be well positioned to begin restoring the confidence in America’s resolve which has been lost over the past six years.  And George Pataki, the former New York governor who led his state in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, would be an excellent fit for Secretary of Homeland Security.

Nobody on the campaign trail speaks as well or argues as effectively as the U.S. Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz.  His passionate defense of conservative principles and strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution would make him an ideal candidate to become the next Attorney General of the United States.  And, who better to be Secretary of the Treasury than the man who has made an $8 billion personal fortune – The Donald, Donald Trump?

As we continue to build the ideal GOP presidential cabinet let’s put the former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.   Santorum cares passionately for families and could walk in the innovative footsteps of another conservative icon, Jack Kemp, who proved that housing policy could be compassionate and realistic at the same time.  Along those lines, Dr. Ben Carson – a highly respected neurosurgeon, would be an ideal fit as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

For Secretary of the Interior, former Texas Governor Rick Perry would be ideal. Western states need an Interior secretary who will fight for their interests. Perry is steeped in the issues, a passionate and effective advocate for his causes, and as a westerner would be widely acceptable in that role.  Alternately, he would fit well as Secretary of Energy.

Conservatives would applaud the appointment of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as Secretary of Labor.  Walker has successfully battled the labor unions in Wisconsin and intrinsically understands how the nation’s current labor policy environment is hindering the economic recovery.  Pair him with Carly Fiorina as Commerce Secretary and they could put the nation’s economy back on the right track.

His support for Common Core standards aside, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was an innovator and strong supporter of school choice making him a good pick for Secretary of Education.  Ohio Governor John Kasich would be effective as White House Chief of Staff.  And, to really make liberal heads spin, let’s put Senator Rand Paul on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Finally let’s appoint New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as Secretary of Transportation.  Who better to rebuild our nation’s roads and bridges . . . OK, well, maybe not.

Those are my presidential cabinet picks.  Of course, one of these folks would have to end up as president, and another likely vice president, but the bottom line is the GOP has a wealth of talent which could be called into service if the party prevails in November of 2016.

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

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Growing PA Into Prosperity


Radio Program Schedule for the week of June 27, 2015 – July 3, 2015

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with Keith Naughton of Silent Majority Strategies about solving Pennsylvania’s fiscal crisis by growing the state’s economy
  • Joe Geiger from the First Nonprofit Foundation has Nicole Schnovel from Berks Connections Pre-Trial Services in the Community Benefit Spotlight
  • Beth Anne Mumford of Americans for Prosperity-PA has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on a new poll regarding state tax hikes

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Dr. Paul Kengor author of the book Takedown about the progressive assault on religion and the family
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the impact of the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare
  • Eric Boehm and Mary Tillotson have a Watchdog Radio Report on a union challenge to a California court ruling on teacher lay-offs
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on why the rising national debt is hurting the middle class

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: State Budget Update


Radio Program Schedule for the week of June 20, 2015 – June 26, 2015

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • David Taylor of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association is joined by Kevin Shivers from the National Federation of Independent Business-PA and by Nathan Benefield from the Commonwealth Foundation for a Capitol Watch update on the state budget process
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on why a House race in Delaware County is heating up the political scene

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This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Jonathan Williams of the American Legislative Exchange Council about his State of the States report
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on Jeb Bush’s economic record
  • Eric Boehm and Art Kane have a Watchdog Radio Report on the Small Business Administration giving loans to luxury car dealers
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on fundamentally changing America

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

http://www.lincolnradiojournal.com

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Delco Special Could be Scott Wagner Sequel


While all eyes are riveted on the looming state budget deadline in Harrisburg, the political story of the summer is now playing out in Delaware County where a special election for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing internal GOP battle between union-leaning southeastern Republicans and the party’s pro worker freedom grassroots.

The drama began to unfold when State Representative Joe Hackett resigned at the end of April.  Despite having been re-elected just months earlier, Hackett decided he wanted to return to his old career in law enforcement.  That set the stage for a special election which will be held on August 4th.  Nominees in legislative special elections are chosen by the respective political parties rather than by voters in a primary.  Thus, a candidate not selected by committee members has no recourse other than to run a write-in campaign. Such write-in campaigns had previously proven to be fruitless, until Senator Scott Wagner scored a historic write-in victory in a special election in York County last year.

The Delaware County committee members participating in the selection of a nominee for Hackett’s 161st district seat chose a candidate who has riled grassroots conservatives across the commonwealth.  They picked as their candidate Paul Mullen who is president of the Delaware County AFL-CIO and business manager of IBEW Local 654.  In doing so, the committee passed over Lisa Esler, a local school board member and co-founder of the Delaware County Tea Party Patriots.

As a labor union boss, Mullen can be expected to oppose most of the pro worker freedom agenda being advanced by the Republican-controlled legislature in Harrisburg.  Pension reform, liquor privatization and paycheck protection are but three important issues that enjoy widespread support among the GOP grassroots and in the Republican caucuses in the legislature.  Progress on all three of these reforms has been blocked by the labor unions.  Worse, Mullen supported Barack Obama, Joe Sestak against U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, and Tom Wolf over Governor Tom Corbett, making his selection by the GOP even more curious.

The Mullen pick lit a power key of fury among conservatives.  Esler has stepped forward and will challenge the union boss in the upcoming special election by running a write-in campaign.  Her efforts should be taken seriously for two reasons: the Wagner win proves it can be done; and the district is almost evenly divided by party registration meaning this is more than just a GOP intramural competition

Senator Wagner’s election has changed the political landscape in a number of ways.  Most notably party domination of special elections is now a thing of the past.  With active and highly effective conservative groups now operating in the state, a write-in candidate such as Esler now has access to funding, consultants and grassroots workers previously unavailable to such challengers.

The Wagner write-in victory in York County, the first time in state history a write-in candidate won a special senate election, proved the playing field has been leveled.  Wagner was well funded, had substantial grassroots support from the local Tea party and benefitted from a voter backlash over the high-handed campaign run by those supporting the party’s nominee.

All of those factors are at play in the Delaware County race.  In what will be a low turn-out election in a small geographic district, Esler will be a force with which to be reckoned.  The outcome will have no impact on party control of the legislature. The GOP has a historically large majority, but it will impact the GOP caucus.  A small group of southeastern Pennsylvania Republican representatives, out of step with a majority of their caucus, have sided with Democrats on labor power issues. Those looking to enhance worker freedom in the state will be anxious to prevent another member from being added to their number.

And that is how what should have been a routine, sleepy special election in the dead of summer could turn out to be the political battle of the year.

(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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Senator Jake Corman and Representative Bryan Cutler to headline Quarterly Briefing


pennsylvania leadership conferencePennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and State House Majority Whip Bryan Cutler will headline the June 29th Quarterly Briefing presented by the Pennsylvania Leadership Council from 9 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the PMA Building, 225 State Street, Harrisburg, PA.
With the constitutional deadline for adopting the state budget just two days away, the June 29th briefing will afford attendees an inside glimpse at the progress (or lack thereof) of the state budget process by key leaders in the senate and the house.

Both Senator Corman and Representative Cutler have spoken in the past at the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. There are parts of a new team of leaders in the general assembly fighting the massive tax and spending increases proposed by Governor Tom Wolf.

In addition to remarks by Senator Corman and Representative Cutler, the PLC Quarterly Briefing will also include a panel presentation on the state budget and related policy issues.  Moderated by Lowman Henry, Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute, the panel will include presentations by David Taylor, President of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association; Gene Barr, President of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry; Matthew Brouillette, President of the Commonwealth Foundation and Kevin Shivers, Executive State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

A question and answer period will follow the panel presentation.

Attendees are asked to arrive early and be seated by 9 A.M. as Senator Corman will be the first speaker and is on a tight time schedule due to budget negotiations.

There is no charge to attend the PLC Quarterly Briefing, but advance registration is required.

Please REGISTER TODAY at www.paleadershipconference.org.

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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Mike Vereb Talks Death Penalty


Radio Program Schedule for the week of June 13, 2015 – June 19, 2015

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with State Representative Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery County) on implementation of the death penalty in Pennsylvania
  • Eric Montarti and Frank Gamrat have an Allegheny Institute Report on the various property tax reform plans being considered in Harrisburg
  • Beth Anne Mumford from Americans for Prosperity-PA has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on ending the Export-Import Bank
Representative Mike Vereb joins us this week on Lincoln Radio Journal to discuss the death penalty!

Representative Mike Vereb joins us this week on Lincoln Radio Journal to discuss the death penalty!

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with New York Time sreporter and Digital Gold author Nathaniel Popper about the promise and pitfalls of Bitcoin
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the impact of a crowded GOP presidential field
  • Eric Boehm and Rob Nikolewski have a Watchdog Radio Report on a move by some New York counties to secede to Pennsylvania
  • Beth Anne Mumford of Americans for Prosperity has an American Radio Journal commentary on putting the Export-Import Bank out of business

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

http://www.lincolnradiojournal.com

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