Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.The American Conservative Union, that venerable institution founded by the late William F. Buckley, is out with its annual legislative scorecard. But some of our friends on the right are scratching their heads over the absence of what they believe is a notable metric.Namely, last November's vote on a .3 billion transportation funding package that lifted the cap on Pennsylvania's wholesale gasoline tax, which is expected to boost the price of gas statewide by about 28 cents a gallon over the next five years.Turns out there's a pretty simple explanation for that: before the vote was cast.But that didn't stop Watchdog Wirefrom wondering whether big-time Charlie Gerow, the big-time Corbettista and GOP consultant who sits on the American Conservative Union's board, had his thumb on the scale.The spokesman for the American Conservative Union shot down that speculation as well.For those of you playing along at home, state Reps. John D. McGinnis, R-Blair; Marcy Toepel, R-Montgomery and Dan Truitt, R-Chester, netted 100 percent ratings on the scorecard making them "Defenders of Liberty" in the group's eyes.In the state Senate. similar honors went to Sens. Rich Alloway, R-Franklin; Dave Argall, R-Schuylkill; Mike Brubaker, R-Lancaster; John Eichelberger, R-Blair; Mike Folmer, R-Lancaster; Randy Vulakovich, R-Allegheny and Don White, R-Indiana.Here's the text of the full report:
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What Goes On (Nakedly Political Edition).11:30 a.m.: Fundraising luncheon for state Rep. Mario Scavello.6 p.m: House Republican Campaign Committee's Women's Event.8 p.m.:March Madness hosted by Sens Chuck McIlhinney Rich Alloway.Ride the circuit and give at the max of this trio of events and you'll part with ,500 today.
As the primary approaches ...Women make up half the population, but they're dramatically underrepresented in the ranks of Pennsylvania's elected officials.
Today (April 7), you can join the conversation on how to turn those numbers around when thePennsylvania Women's Forumlaunches "Run, Win, Serve," its firstSolution Seriesluncheon on the campus of Widener University Law School in Susquehanna Twp.
Join speakersChristine Torettiof Indiana County and one of Pennsylvania's representatives on the Republican National Committee, as well asSiobahn "Sam" Bennett, the president and CEO of the Women's Campaign Fund, as they examine ways to encourage more women to run for office.
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Cost:, which includes lunch; for studentsNo charge for reporters.Attendees can pay in advance or at the door.
The Pennsylvania Women s Forum is a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, fiscal sponsor. More information about the PWF can be found at pawomensforum.org.You Say It's Your Birthday Dept.Best wishes go out this morning to longtime Friend O'the Blog, new Dad, Harrisburg GOP consultant and all-around good guy Ray Zaborney. Enjoy the day.
Heavy Rotation.So who says you can't combine strings and dance beats? Here's UK trio Clean Bandit and "Rather Be.."
Monday's Gratuitous Baseball Link.The Orioles salvaged their weekend series with Detroit,, as the Os Adam Jones' sacrifice fly gave the Birds the go-ahead run.
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