Friday, April 13, 2012
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PA GOP Vice Chair Questions Democrats Record on Women
From RNC Research: The Big Fail: Obama’s Record On Women. Democrats Accuse Republicans Of Waging A War On Women, Hypocritically Ignoring The Facts. http://bit.ly/IDJQ8O
I recently attended The Spirit of Lincoln Dinner at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The speaker was Governor Tim Pawlenty. I was able to sit with the Governor durning dinner and have an interesting discussion about his run for the office of President. It was particularly interesting that it was just the day after the televised FOX Republican Candidates’ Debate. Many people at the event greeted him and commented on his professional showing at the debate.
The dinner was one of the first major Pennsylvania events that a 2012 candidate attended. Last week both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich attended the National NRA (National Rifle Association) Convention in Pittsburgh. Both were featured speakers at that event.
Allegheny County has the distinction of having more registered Republicans than any other county in the Commonwealth. Even though Pennsylvania’s 2012 primary is not until April, the Commonwealth will play an important role in selecting the GOP candidate as PA has 20 electoral votes. Pennsylvania is designated a swing state that the Republican candidates hope to win. The campaign has officially begun in Pennsylvania. We expect to see many more candidates in the months to come.
After years of reckless spending and increased taxes that shrank Pennsylvania’s economy while growing its debt, voters in the Commonwealth were ready for a major shift in the Governor’s mansion. Governor-elect Tom Corbett took a major step toward delivering this new approach in convening his 400-plus-member gubernatorial transition team this week.
Here’s what the Associated Press had to say: “Corbett on Tuesday characterized the collection of more than 400 business leaders, veterans of past Republican administrations, conservative activists, legislators and even a few Democrats as “a fresh set of eyes” with which the architects of his administration can size up state government and recommend new ways of doing things.”
That should be welcome news to the people of PA.
You can read the entire article here: http://hosted2.ap.org/PAGRE/0a89e7b56b4a4012884cd23a6b24dcc7/Article_2010-11-30-Corbett-Transition/id-cf7c6a7fce6e464ab9a2f5e394a31037
It’s worth noting that Tom is starting out his administration with some experienced Democrats on his team, including Sen. Anthony Williams and Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham.
Many Centre County gun owners have expressed concern that a recent newsletter from the NRA did not show a rating for Joyce Haas. Please rest assured – this was an error. Joyce has received an “A” rating from the NRA based on her answers to its issues questionnaire. Don’t believe distortions being put out by the opposition. If given the privilege of representing you in Harrisburg, Joyce will vote to defend our Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.
You can confirm Joyce’s “A” rating at the NRA website: http://www.nrapvf.org/upcoming-elections/Pennsylvania.aspx
You can also read more about Joyce’s positions on gun issues here: http://joycehaas.com/sportsmen/
Local businessmen Paul Silvis and Dan Hawbaker employ hundreds of workers in Central Pennsylvania.
They know a thing or two about job creation. And they also know a thing or two about Scott Conklin’s record. Conklin votes with Pennsylvania’s small businesses only 25% of the time. As employers, they are supporting Joyce Haas, because she will help local businesses grow and create more good, family-sustaining jobs.
Take it from REAL job creators, on Election Day, The Choice is Joyce!
Channel 6 WJAC-TV recently invited candidates from around the region to record a brief statement, introducing themselves and their campaign to voters. Their segment featuring Joyce Haas will air this evening (Wednesday, October 27th) between 5:20 and 5:30pm. But you can watch Joyce’s statement now (or any time) online.
Click on the image below to watch Joyce’s statement about her campaign for a more fiscally-responsible government.
This is the last week, the final push. Joyce Haas has spent the last 10 months traveling up and down the 77th District, knocking on doors and speaking with voters. All of the effort and energy of this campaign will come together over the next 10 days to decide what sort of representation we will have for the next two years.
If you believe we need new perspective, better solutions, and stronger leadership to bring Pennsylvania back from the high unemployment and $5 BILLION budget deficit left behind by Ed Rendell, then please pledge a few hours of your time to supporting Joyce’s campaign to change Harrisburg.
The Centre County GOP Victory Center is operating a robust voter contact and turnout program. You can help Joyce by volunteering and putting these resources to work on her behalf. For information on how to volunteer, click here: http://centregop.org/events/
ON ELECTION DAY – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd – THE CHOICE IS JOYCE!!
The Centre Daily Times asked both candidates running to represent the people of the 77th District to respond to a series of questions. The paper recently published their answers, which can be found here: http://www.centredaily.com/2010/10/13/2268427/jobs-economy-dominant.html
Joyce Haas lays out a platform that rejects the tax-and-spend failures of the last eight years in favor of genuinely business-friendly job creation strategies. While her opponent claims to favor lower business taxes and support small business, he has faithfully backed Ed Rendell’s deficit spending and votes in favor of small businesses only 25% of the time, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). That’s why both the NFIB and PA Business Council have endorsed Joyce Haas, the best choice to help turn around Pennsylvania’s economy.
The full text of Joyce’s responses can be found below:
What is the biggest challenge for Pennsylvania and what will you do about it?
Joyce Haas: Before tackling the looming pension crisis, we must first lower unemployment and grow Pennsylvania’s economy. This is a critical challenge, but not as daunting as it sounds.
With its wealth of natural resources, central location among the nation’s urban hubs, and some of America’s smartest, hardest workers, our Commonwealth should be a destination point for job-creating businesses. We simply need new leadership with fresh perspective. I will oppose efforts to stunt responsible natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale. We are blessed with a resource that could bring previously unimaginable opportunity and prosperity to areas where people are struggling, like Philipsburg locally. My opponent recently voted with big-city politicians for the nation’s highest gas tax. I believe we must welcome and nurture this unique opportunity, not chase companies away with high taxes. That is the old, tax-first mentality of the last eight years that created the problem.
What was the top achievement and the biggest disappointment of Gov. Ed Rendell’s eight years in office?
Joyce Haas: As a former teacher, I believe the governor deserves credit for his continued support for early childhood education. Despite cutting education funds elsewhere, he always prioritized these important programs.
However, there have been many disappointments: the political pay-for-play culture that has dominated Harrisburg for the last eight years, refusal to follow through on Gov. Tom Ridge’s plan to phase out the capital stock and franchise tax, and his failure to pass a single state budget on time. Perhaps the greatest, though, has been the out-of-control spending that saddles future generations with crippling debt. Rendell spent like he had a blank check from taxpayers. As a member of the Appropriations committee, my opponent was with Rendell every step of the way, voting for bloated budgets that ballooned the state’s deficit. Thanks to Rendell’s and Conklin’s irresponsibility, Pennsylvania’s elected officials now face difficult, but necessary decisions to protect the future of the commonwealth.
Will you vote to raise taxes in 2011?
Joyce Haas: No.
Today marks another crucial point in the campaign to change Pennsylvania for the better. In exactly three weeks – on Tuesday, November 2nd – voters will head to the polls around the Commonwealth and across the nation with a chance to make a bold statement about the need for fresh perspective and new solutions. Out-of-control government and reckless deficit spending must come to an end. We owe this to our children and grandchildren. It begins with November 2010.
Won’t you take an opportunity today to pledge a few hours of support for Joyce’s campaign to transcend career politics and business-as-usual in Harrisburg?
You can sign-up online to volunteer with the campaign, become a Fan of the campaign on the official Facebook page, and make a secure, online donation to help support the crucial final push that will spread Joyce’s message to every corner of the district. Please take action now to let your fellow voters know that Your Choice is Joyce!