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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Cleaning Up the Chesapeake Bay


Radio Program Schedule for the week of December 10, 2016 – December 16, 2016

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Dominic Bassani from the Coalition for Affordable Bay Solutions about cost effective policies to clean up the Chesapeake Bay
  • Eric Montarti and Frank Gamrat have an Allegheny Institute Report on financial challenges at the state’s symphony orchestras
  • Anna McCauslin has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on things to be thankful for as 2016 draws to a close

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Robert Graboyes from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University on why states should focus on health care delivery, not insurance
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on how congress can repeal and replace Obamacare
  • Eric Boehm of Reason magazine says future President Trump will control the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has an American Radio Journal commentary on the death of Fidel Castro

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: Labor Bosses Lose Big


Radio Program Schedule for the week of December 3, 2016 – December 9, 2017

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Matthew Brouillette from the Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs and Neal Lesher from the National Federation of Independent Business-PA have a Capitol Watch look at labor union losses in this year’s elections
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on the latest state budget skirmish

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Phil Kerpen of American Commitment about how the GOP will go about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act
  • Dough Sachtleben of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the upcoming U.S. Senate race in Louisiana
  • Eric Boehm of Reason magazine talks with Collin Roth from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty about occupational licensing reforms
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on the Trump transition process

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: Public Sector Labor Climate


Radio Program Schedule for the week of November 26, 2016 – December 2, 2016

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Elizabeth Stelle of the Commonwealth Foundation about their new report on Pennsylvania’s public sector labor climate
  • Joe Geiger from the First Nonprofit Foundation has Risa Paskoff of Aaron’s Acres in the Community Benefit Spotlight
  • Beth Anne Mumford from Americans for Prosperity-PA has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on Pennsylvania’s Economic Freedom Partners

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Brittany Hughes producer of the Media Research Center’s new film Collateral Damage: Forgotten Casualties of the Left’s War on Coal
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on issues that will dominate the first 100 days of the Trump Administration
  • Eric Boehm of Reason Magazine talks with Christina Sandefur of the Goldwater Institute about Chicago’s attempt to regulate AirBNB
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on illogical government

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: Challenges Facing Governor Wolf


Radio Program Schedule for the week of November 19, 2016 – November 25, 2016

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • David Taylor of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and Matt Brouillette from the Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs have a Capitol Watch look at challenges facing Governor Tom Wolf
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on election winners and losers who were not on the ballot

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with John Philip Sousa, IV of the 2016 Committee about how Donald Trump won a larger percentage of minority votes
  • Doug Sachtleben of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on possible return of congressional earmarks
  • Eric Boehm of Reason magazine takes a look at Republican dominance of state legislatures
  • Dr. Paul Kengor from the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College reflects on the real meaning of Thanksgiving on his American Radio Journal commentary

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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Leo Knepper has Election Results on Lincoln Radio Journal


Radio Program Schedule for the week of November 12, 2016 – November 18, 2016

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with Leo Knepper from the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania examining General Election results
  • Dr. Jake Haulk and Eric Montarti have an Allegheny Institute Report on why the lack of job creation is creating a state revenue shortfall
  • Beth Anne Mumford of Americans for Prosperity-PA has a Lincoln Radio Journal commentary on the upcoming lame duck session of congress

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with John Gizzi of Newsmax about the impact of the presidential election on the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the policy agenda for the first 100 days of the Trump Administration
  • Eric Boehm of Reason magazine and Matt Kittle of Wisconsin Watchdog discuss how Wisconsin and Pennsylvania put Donald Trump into the White House
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on why Trump won

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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Winners and Losers


One of the many quirks of our political system is that each year there are winners and losers among politicians whose names are not actually on the ballot.  This year is no exception.  Neither Governor Tom Wolf nor State Senator Scott Wagner was up for election this year, but results of the balloting sent their career paths in opposite directions.

Governor Wolf has had a tough first two years in office dealing with a Republican-controlled legislature. His efforts to dramatically expand government spending, and to implement the historic tax hikes needed to pay for that agenda resulted in the longest budget stalemate in state history.  Legislative Republicans won.

Tuesday voters rewarded the GOP with even larger legislative majorities. Democrats in the state senate are now on life support.  Two Democratic incumbents were defeated by challengers; a third Democrat seat went Republican after the incumbent gave up several months ago and resigned from the ballot.  Combined, the three seats give Republicans a 34-16 edge and something rarely if ever seen in state government: a veto proof majority.

Meanwhile, across the rotunda in the House of Representatives Republicans saw their already historically high majority expand by three seats as four incumbent Democrats and one incumbent Republican lost.  The Republican pick-ups came in southwestern Pennsylvania which has been trending toward the GOP for several election cycles.  In fact, the most endangered species in Penn’s Woods might well be the non-urban legislative Democrat, with only a handful of Democratic lawmakers representing districts outside of the state’s urban cores.

All of this matters because next year’s state budget battle is shaping up to be even tougher than the first.  Republicans caved into Governor Wolf’s spending demands this year, but failed to fully fund the budget.  That coupled with revenue sources that either never materialized or have failed to meet projections presages a major fiscal fight next year.

Not only have Republicans added to their numbers, but this year’s legislative elections moved both chambers further to the Right.  Moderate state senators like Cumberland County’s Pat Vance and Lancaster’s Lloyd Smucker have been replaced by far more conservative legislators.  The continued drift of the House GOP caucus from moderate southeastern dominance to conservative central and western Pennsylvania influence means tougher sailing for those wanting to raise either taxes or spending.

Governor Wolf also saw his agenda rejected in another race; that the battle for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat.  The Democratic nominee, Katie McGinty, was Governor Wolf’s first chief of staff and architect of the tax and spend plan that triggered the epic budget battle.  Incumbent U.S. Senator Pat Toomey made hay of that effectively painting McGinty as out of touch with the financial needs of average Pennsylvanians. He won, she lost.

How then do the fortunes of one state senator rise on all of this? Senator Scott Wagner was an establishment pariah when he ran for an open seat in York County in 2014.  Shunned by his own party Wagner accomplished an historic first in Pennsylvania: He won a special election on a write-in defeating both party nominees.

The upstart senator has quickly gained clout and was tapped by his colleagues to lead the Senate Republican Campaign Committee.  The SRCC as it is known is tasked with recruiting, funding and electing Republicans to the state senate.  After playing a major role in helping to win several seats two years ago, Wagner effectively recruited candidates like Senator-elect John DiSanto of Dauphin County who upended Democratic incumbents last week.  Much of the credit for the senate’s now veto-proof majority goes to Wagner.

This is important because Scott Wagner has made no secret of his desire to run for governor in 2018 and is widely expected to announce his candidacy within weeks.  Having built a strong senate majority gives him a leg up both on the Republican nomination and on a grassroots organization for the battle against Tom Wolf who is expected to seek re-election.

Thus the 2016 election has set the stage for the beginning of the next big electoral battle in Pennsylvania. Political fortunes have risen and fallen. And the never ending cycle of campaigns has already begun anew offering no respite for weary voters.

(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 American Radio Journal: Sally Pipes Talks ACA Death Spiral on American Radio Journal


Radio Program Schedule for the week of November 5, 2016 – November 11, 2016

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • David Taylor from the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs have a Capitol Watch look at what did and did not get done before the end of the General Assembly session
    Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on why elements of the tax code foster job creation

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute about premium hikes under the Affordable Care Act
  • Andy Roth from the Club for Growth has the Real Story on unfinished business awaiting the return of congress
  • Eric Boehm of Reason magazine takes a look at early childhood education programs
  • Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.) has an American Radio Journal commentary on the Veterans Administration

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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