It’s called ‘merit selection of judges,’ but it would take away your ability to vote for PA Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Court judges. How would those judges be chosen? The Governor would get to choose from a list handed him by a 13-member panel and then confirmed by a simple majority in the PA Senate. HB 111 would do just that and it’s in the House Judiciary Committee right now!
Who has endorsed the candidates for statewide races for PA Supreme Court, PA Superior Court and PA Commonwealth Court? A lot is revealed about the judicial philosophy of a candidate by those who endorses him or her.
Today is the National Day of Prayer and President Trump took advantage of the day to sign an executive order protecting religious liberty. The executive order focused on the Johnston Amendment in an effort to weaken its strangle hold on churches and other religious organizations.
Judge Neil Gorsuch has been voted out of the Judiciary Committee strictly along party lines and is now headed for a vote before the full Senate. However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised a filibuster of the nominee and our Senator Casey supports this threat and has also vowed to vote against Judge Gorsuch on the floor!
President Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the nation’s next EPA Administrator. Attorney General Pruitt has a history of forcing reluctant corporations to comply with commonsense environmental laws and regulations, but also has publicly condemned EPA tactics and regulations that target individuals and small businesses.
January 20th has arrived and we’ve witnessed the swearing in of the 45th President of the United States. We’ve seen partisan politics play out as about seventy Democrats in the US House chose not to attend the inauguration and the left is already complaining about the new White House website
The confirmation hearing for President-elect’s nominee for US Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions, began today and will continue through tomorrow. He has been viciously attacked and accused of being a racist and anti-immigrant. However, his voting record proves the exact opposite!
Today is the day — the Pennsylvania legislature was sworn into office. Two hundred and two of the House’s 203 seats will be filled today. The resignation of Rep. Leslie Acosta (D-Philadelphia), so she can plead guilty to federal money laundering charges, creates the lone vacancy. There will be 121 Republicans and 81 Democrats to be sworn in. Twenty-two of those are brand new members to the House, while eight more will be sworn into their first full legislative session, having won special elections sometime during the 2015-16 session.
Behind closed doors the US House will seek to lift the ban on earmarks. An amendment will be offered by three GOP members of the House to lift the 2010 ban on earmarks. Will we see more “Bridges to Nowhere” like in Alaska?
Today’s the day America chooses its course – not just for the next four years, but for generations to come. Much depends upon the outcome of this election — religious freedom, the lives of unborn babies, Second Amendment, over-regulation, more government over-reach, the economy, etc., etc.