Five Republican candidates; 3 of whom are seeking re-election to the General Assembly, and the other 2 campaigning for the offices of Pennsylvania Attorney General and State Treasurer, made their case before a receptive audience at the Sept 10 meeting of Susquehanna Valley Conservatives.
Representatives Linda Schlegel-Culver (108th Legislative district) and Fred Keller (85th), and Senator Gene Yaw (23rd Senatorial district) were in agreement that jobs and the looming crisis in funding for public pensions were among the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth. Schlegel-Culver and Keller both reaffirmed their commitment to spending their constituent’s tax dollars wisely as well as the close ties they have to their respective communities.
In response to a question about reducing the size of the legislature, each explained their position. Schlegel-Culver indicated she could not support the bill as presented because there was no specific language that set any kind of target for cost reductions commensurate with the reduction in number of representatives. Yaw indicated he did not support the bill because the people of Pennsylvania had set the size of the legislature years ago and he felt that they should be given the opportunity to do so again if that was their wish. Keller (sponsor of the bill) felt that savings would accrue.
David Freed; candidate for Attorney General, led off by stating that the five candidates present ‘all recognize that we work for you.’ He indicated his record as a prosecutor showed that he is tough on crime; however, he spoke more passionately about the success of his efforts with Fight Crime/Invest in Kids; an early intervention, educational program aimed at giving young offenders options and opportunities before they become life-long criminals.
He also spoke of his innovative solution for dealing with DUI cases by making the process more efficient, and as a result, foregoing the need for additional staff.
Perhaps the highlight of the evening was the presentation by Diana Irey Vaughan – candidate for State Treasurer. The word ‘discipline’ was used repeatedly throughout her presentation, and when she listed her accomplishments during her 17 year tenure as County Commissioner in Washington County, it became evident that her success is indeed due to the personal discipline and commitment that distinguish her.
During her service she balanced Washington County’s budget 7 consecutive times without increasing taxes. She played a major role in economic development, resulting in the addition of 6,000 jobs in her county. In 2011, The U S Department of Labor ranked Washington County 3rd in the nation for job growth. According to Vaughan, that success / growth is due to low taxes.
The state treasurer is responsible for the oversight of $120 billion in Commonwealth assets. If elected there is no doubt Vaughan will provide superb leadership.
As a side note, her husband, Lt Colonel Robert Vaughan, U. S. Army, was introduced. He received a standing ovation when it was announced that he recently returned from his 5th deployment to Afghanistan.
SVC National Debt Tracker
Debt at Beginning of Meeting $ 16,064,453,190,441
Debt at End of Meeting 16,064,793,435,573
Increase in Debt During the Meeting $ 340,245,132
Increase per Minute * $ 3,780,501 Our National Debt increased at the rate of $ 3.78 MILLION DOLLARS PER MINUTE during the 90 minutes of this meeting ! If this does not alarm you…..
Next Monthly Meeting
Next monthly meeting will be held Monday October 8 at the Campus Theater in downtown Lewisburg. (See below)
Save The Dates – Mark Your Calendar
Monday, October 1 at 7:30PM in the Trout Auditorium (Vaughn Literature Building) at Bucknell University
Dinesh D’Souza will speak about multiculturalism and his New York Times bestseller – “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” – which served as the basis for the movie, ‘2016 Obama’s America’. He is being hosted by the Bucknell University Conservatives Club. Plan to hear Dinesh D’Souza and show your support for the BUCC.
Monday, October 8 at 7:00PM at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg
“A Vision for America—the Conservative versus Liberal Perspective“
Moderator Dr. Gary Sojka
Conservative panelists Andre Harper & Ana Puig
Liberal panelists Peter Kresel & John Peeler
Panelists will present their “vision for America”, challenge the opposing panelists, and take questions from the audience.
DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT