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This Week on Lincoln Radio Journal: State Spending During Budget Impasse


Radio Program Schedule for the week of December 12, 2015 – December 18, 2015

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • Lowman Henry has a Newsmaker interview with State Representative Chris Dush co-author of a Report on State Spending During the Budget Impasse
  • Eric Montarti and Frank Gamrat have an Allegheny Institute Report on demise of the proposed severance tax on Marcellus shale drillers
  • Beth Anne Mumford has a guide to dealing with that progressive who comes home for the holidays

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Veronique de Rugy from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University about abolishing the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Doug Sachtleben of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the federal budget stalemate
  • Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle have a Watchdog Radio Report on a Wisconsin prosecutor run afoul of campaign finance laws
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on President Obama’s ISIS speech

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 Impasse Continues


Radio Program Schedule for the week of November 21, 2015 – November 27, 2015

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association hosts a Capitol Watch roundtable discussion on the latest developments in the state budget impasse with Kevin Shivers from the National Federation of Independent Business-PA and Nathan Benefield of the Commonwealth Foundation
  • Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on Harrisburg’s spending problem

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Justin Johnson of the Heritage Foundation about options for dealing with ISIS in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on the record of presidential candidate Carly Fiorina
  • Eric Boehm gets details of skyrocketing Obamacare premiums from John Davidson of the Texas Public Policy Foundation on this week’s Watchdog Radio Report
  • Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA has an American Radio Journal commentary on why words matter in the fight against ISIS

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 Rep. Michael Tobash Talks State Budget


Radio Program Schedule for the week of September 12, 2015 – September 18, 2015

This week on Lincoln Radio Journal:

  • Eric Boehm has news headlines from PAIndependent.com
  • David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association is joined for a Capitol Watch discussion on how pension reform is key to resolving the state budget impasse with Neal Lesher from the National Federation of Independent Business-PA and State Representative Michael Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin)
  • Lowman Henry asks: Is Congress Obsolete? on his Town Hall Commentary

This week on American Radio Journal:

  • Lowman Henry talks with Lori Sanders of R Street about federal policies that discourage marriage
  • Andy Roth of the Club for Growth has the Real Story on a possible challenge to House Speaker John Boehner
  • Eric Boehm and Jon Cassidy have a Watchdog Radio Report on the federal Drug Enforcement Agency snooping into private medical records
  • Lowman Henry has an American Radio Journal commentary on the relevance of congress

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

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!

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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

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!

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