Meehan introduced the special guest speaker LT. GOV. JIM CAWLEY, who reminded the crowd of the importance of reelecting Gov. Tom Corbett this November. He specifically mentioned the erroneous political ads aired by Corbett’s opponent businessman TOM WOLF that Corbett cut funding for education.
The Governor who cut state funding of education was ED RENDELL. In fiscal 2008-2009 state education funding was $9.1 billion. In 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, state funding of education was cut to $8.7 and $8.6 respectively. Yes overall funding in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 was higher than in 2008-2009, but thiswas owing to stimulus funding that spanned the two years at a total of $1.7 billion. Corbett did not have the luxury of this stimulus funding for his first budget (2011-2012) and he had the added burden of digging us out of the $4.2 billion deficit that Rendell left him.
Yet Corbett increased state funding in 2011-2012 to $9.1 billion. In the most-recent budget, education funding was the highest in the Commonwealth’s history at $9.8 billion. I guess the Democrats and the teachers’ unions are firm believers in “not letting the facts get in the way of a good story”. It is a shame that the mainstream media are complicit in this charade.
Cawley was followed on the stage by our 2014 Philadelphia candidates who were introduced by RRC EXEC. DIR. JOE DeFELICE. US Congressional candidates MEGAN RATH (PA-1), ARMOND JAMES (PA-2) and DEE ADCOCK (PA-13) addressed thecrowd. Two state House of Representative candidates, MIKE TOMLINSON (Dist. 173) and BILL POUNDS (Dist. 194), also spoke.
Pounds is running in a redrawn district seat. The seat in my opinion is competitive for a Republican, especially considering that he is running against incumbent PAM DeLISSIO, who has gotten some bad media owing to a number of missteps including claiming a homestead exemption (and thus claiming it as her primary residence) for her Harrisburg home.
DeFelice also introduced current City COUNCILMEN BRIAN O’NEILL, DAVID OH and DENNY O’BRIEN, as well as our candidate in the May special election for City Council, MATT WOLFE.When you think that the IRS scandal could not get any worse we find out that LOIS LERNER’S government supplied Blackberry was wiped clean after the US House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee started to investigate the issue. Lerner headed the IRS department that allegedly targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny when applying for 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 statuses.
First, Lerner takes the Fifth after giving a statement before the House Oversight Committee in respect to this scandal. Earlier this year we found out the computer she used during the period when conservative groups were allegedly being targeted, crashed. The IRS claimed that her emails were not backed-up contrary to government policy. Some of her emails have surfaced including ones where she expressed extreme disdain for conservative causes. Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, received information from the IRS that in fact her emails are backed up somewhere, but the IRS claims that retrieving them would be “too onerous.”
Judicial Watch and all of us have a right to see these emails through something called the Freedom of Information Act. The Dept. of Justice and the FBI have done nothing to help the House Oversight Committee get the information they have a right to obtain. Luckily for us, US District Court JUDGE EMMETT SULLIVAN, in response to a FOIA claim from Judicial Watch said the IRS needs to produce the emails.