Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bringing People Together For The RIGHT Reasons!

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price  recently assembled dozens of conservative leaders today at the White House to discuss the multi-faceted effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. 
The Vice President and the Secretary highlighted the work being accomplished through legislative and regulatory efforts to end Obamacare’s government takeover of healthcare and provide market-based reforms that will lower costs and provide more choice to Americans. 
They also invited conservative groups to continue offering their ideas for improving healthcare in America and agreed to keep communication channels open as the President and Congress work to fulfill the promise of repealing and replacing the flawed Obamacare law. 
The following individuals participated: 
Thomas Binion, Heritage Foundation 
Melissa Ortiz, Able Americans 
Mia Heck, ALEC Jason Pye, FreedomWorks 
Brian McManus Matthew Schlapp, American Conservative Union 
Nan Swift, National Taxpayers Union 
Richard Manning, Americans for Limited Government 
Grace Turner, Galen Institute 
Kenneth Cuccinelli, Senate Conservatives Fund 
Jennifer Butler, State Policy Network 
Daniel Schneider, American Conservative Union 
John McKechnie, ABA Health Savings Account (HSA) Council 
Stephen Keen, National Federation of Independent Business 
Lisa Nelson, ALEC 
Jennifer Hatten, ABA Health Savings Account (HSA) Council 
David Bozell, For America 
Phil Kerpen, American Commitment  
Peter Sepp, National Taxpayers Union 
Timothy Chapman, Heritage Action 
Bradley Close, National Federation of Independent Business 
Kent Lassmam, Competitive Enterprise Institute 
Jennifer Martin, Tea Party Patriots 
Shonda Kalra, Tea Party Patriots 
Amanda Moorhead, National Federation of Independent Business 
Bill Pascoe, Tea Party Patriots 
Christopher Jacobs, Texas Public Policy Foundation 
Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks 
Michael Cannon, CATO 
Bob Carlstrom, Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) 
Andy Roth, Club for Growth 
Heather Curry, CATO

Celebrating A Rich History And Varied Heritage . . .

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the 20th Annual Cultural Heritage Mass. The Liturgy will feature participation from groups representing approximately 29 different national, ethnic, and/or Eastern Catholic Church traditions.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Procession (1:30 p.m.)
Mass (2:00 p.m.)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

This Mass highlights the rich history and cultural diversity of the Catholic community in the five-county Archdiocese, which is comprised of people who trace their origins to Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Brazilian and Native American communities.

Several participants will dress in native attire and process in the opening procession behind banners that display their country of origin. Additionally, 7 choirs will provide multilingual music throughout the Mass. Scripture readings and prayers will be proclaimed in eight different languages including Malayalam, Tagalog, Swahili, Korean, Mende, Gaelic, Indonesian, and Portuguese. Including English, 14 different languages will be spoken or sung at the Cultural Heritage Mass this year.

All are welcome to attend the Cultural Heritage Mass .

The More You Think About It, The Truer It Seems!

A Stellar Choice Leaves No Room For Rejection!

President Donald J. Trump kept his promise to nominate an exceptionally qualified individual to the Supreme Court of the United States. It's time for the Senate to confirm Judge Gorsuch. Those members of the Senate who turn their backs on this fine jurist do so at their own peril.

Fighting The Good Fight For ALL Of Us; Oh, Yeah!

New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) continued the fight for a fair share of state school aid for massively underfunded school districts at today’s public budget hearing held by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee in Newark.

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Sen. Jennifer Beck was joined at today’s public state budget hearing by dozens of parents, superintendents and school officials who are united in calling for a fair share of state school aid for underfunded districts and permanent school funding reform. (SenateNJ.com)
Beck was joined by Freehold Borough Superintendent Dr. Rocco Tomazic, Freehold Borough Councilwoman Sharon Shutzer, Freehold Borough Education Foundation President Jean Holtz, as well as Red Bank Borough Superintendent Dr. Jared Rumage, Red Bank Board of Education President Dr. Fred Stone, and numerous parents from those districts.

“We have over 100 underfunded school districts that have seen significant enrollment growth without a corresponding state school aid increase, leading to substantial educational challenges.” Beck said “At the same time, approximately 200 school districts that are more than 10 percent above the funding standard continue to receive more state aid despite enrollment loss. This school funding disparity is a critical issue that the Legislature must address to protect both students and property taxpayers.”

For the 2016-2017 school year, Freehold Borough Schools were 572 students over capacity and funded 38 percent below adequacy. Similarly, Red Bank has had 22.9 percent enrollment growth over the past seven years, and is funded 34 percent below adequacy. Both districts have a student body where more than 75 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch. Beck has worked extensively with underfunded school districts, including Red Bank and Freehold Borough, to secure additional state funding and permanent changes to the state school funding formula.

“Because we have been denied our fair share of available state aid, both of our districts are understaffed in teachers, overcrowded in classrooms, and filled with mostly at risk students being denied proper educational support” said Red Bank Superintendent Rumage. Freehold Borough Superintendent Tomazic continued, “Our goal is that when our students move on to their regional high schools, where they will sit side-by-side with their more affluent peers, that they will be competitive with their skills and will be confident of their academic abilities. It is on behalf of our students that we ask for their legally established fair share of resources.”

“This issue is larger than just Red Bank and Freehold Borough. With approximately 140 school districts more than ten percent below adequacy we must address the funding formula to ensure that districts with triple-digit enrollment growth don’t receive less funding than those losing enrollment.” Beck stated.

YES! Expressing Our Strong, Unequivocal Support!

Honored to sign S.442 today. With this legislation, we support 's scientists, engineers, and astronauts in their pursuit of discovery!

So, What Prompted The Inquiry In The First Place?

Comey: I have no information to support Trump's tweets. But we have been conducting an ongoing investigation into him. Hello..? 🇺🇸

Ensuring Resources To Protect Free Assembly!

Fulfilling his commitment to protect all New Jersey residents from both foreign and domestic threats, Governor Chris Christie today made $1 million in grants available for non-profit organizations and religious institutions determined to be at high risk of terrorist attack in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem, and Warren counties.

“Unfortunately, as incidents in the past few weeks have shown, every area of New Jersey is vulnerable to threats and possible attacks, making these additional resources crucial in our efforts to enhance security in certain parts of the state that had not previously received federal security grant funding,” said Governor Christie. “During these trying times, my administration remains committed to ensuring that nonprofits across our entire state have the resources they need to ensure our citizens may gather freely and securely.”

Governor Christie announced the grants at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton after several bomb threat incidents at Jewish community centers (JCCs) around the state recently, including the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, Camden County, which was evacuated on February 27 as part of a rash of bomb threats to JCCs that day throughout the country.

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security (OHSP) will provide the new Security Enhancements Countering Unmitigated Risk in New Jersey (SECUR-NJ) grants to eligible nonprofit organizations. Eligible nonprofit organizations are those organizations described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 which have been determined by New Jersey’s Director of Homeland Security to be at high risk of terrorist attack and are located within one of those nine counties. Interested applicants will be eligible for an award not to exceed $50,000 and no matching funds are required.

Nonprofit organizations in New Jersey’s other 12 counties already are eligible to receive similar security funding through the US Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which OHSP also administers.

“I encourage eligible nonprofits to apply for these grants to pay for security measures that will keep them safe and give their members peace of mind,” said Governor Christie. “We intend to turn this around quickly and send this funding out by summer.”

The new SECUR-NJ grant will reimburse awardees for allowable costs for the acquisition and installation of security equipment, specifically to prevent and protect against terrorism, such as physical security enhancement equipment and inspection and screening systems.

Applications will be reviewed by OHSP and the Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force. Grant awards will be allocated based on risk analysis, effectiveness, and integration with broader state and local preparedness efforts, such as:

· Identification and substantiation of prior threats or attacks by a terrorist organization, network, or cell against the applicant based on the applicant’s ideology, beliefs or mission;

· Symbolic value of the site as a highly recognized regional, national, or historical institution that renders the site a possible target of terrorism;

· Findings from previously conducted threat or vulnerability assessments.

OHSP will host an information session on April 19, 1-4 p.m. at the Burlington County Office of Emergency Management in Westampton for organizations interested in applying for SECUR-NJ. Applications must be e-mailed to OHSP at grants@njohsp.gov by close of business on May 24. Awardees will be notified in July. For more information on SECUR-NJ, visit njhomelandsecurity.gov/securnj.

Monday, March 20, 2017

President Trump LIVE In Louisville - Watch It Now!

President Trump is scheduled to speak at 7:30 pm.

FREE, FREE, FREE! But Today Only -- HURRY!

Hey, everybody - Dairy Queen is celebrating the first day of spring by giving away ice cream to customers on Free Cone Day TODAY.
You can pick up a small vanilla cone at participating non-mall U.S. Dairy Queen restaurants today only.

GoGoGo! This Is REALLY A Great Start!

HURRY! This Tasty Treat Is FREE Today (3/20) Only!

First Day of Spring - TODAY!

Mark the First Day of Spring TODAY with FREE Italian Ice!

For the past 20 plus years, Rita's has been giving away a free Italian Ice to each and every guest to mark the first day of spring! This is a sweet date for Italian Ice lovers, as each year, hundreds of thousands of our guests visit Rita's in search of the first taste of spring. In fact, Rita's guests showed their spring spirit and over 1.2 million cups of Italian Ice were given away in a ten hour period!

Rita's is  ready to celebrate the arrival of spring in 2017! A springtime tradition, Rita's annual giveaway is today, Monday, March 20 from noon to 9 p.m. at all open Rita's locations. This is surely a tasty tradition that you won't want to miss! So be sure to stop by your local Rita's location and celebrate the arrival of spring on us!

So, Let's Hear From Each And Every One Of Them

Chancellor's Forum - the Philadelphia District Attorney Race

Presented by the Criminal Justice Section, City Policy Committee
and Government & Public Service Lawyers Committee

Candidates Confirmed to Participate Include:
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Teresa Carr Deni
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Tariq El-Shabazz
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Beth Grossman
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Joe Khan
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Lawrence Krasner
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Rich Negrin
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John O'Neill
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Michael Untermeyer

Chancellor's Forum:
Philadelphia District Attorney Race

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Great Hall at Moore College of Art
The 12,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association will host candidates for Philadelphia District Attorney at a Chancellor's Forum on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at The Great Hall at Moore College of Art located at 20th Street and the Parkway. 
The District Attorney race is of the utmost importance and directly impacts the citizens of the City of Philadelphia. This Chancellor's Forum will be an opportunity for members of the Association and public to learn about the candidates' positions and issues, and ask meaningful questions.
Attendees are invited to a wine-and-cheese networking reception immediately following the Chancellor's Forum.
Moderated by

Kevin Harden, Jr.
Board of Governors
Philadelphia Bar Association
The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
4 - 5:30 p.m.
New Location:
Moore College of Art
The Great Hall, 20th Street and the Parkway
Philadelphia, PA
Registration Info:
This program is FREE for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $15.00 for non-members. Registration is required for all attendees.

STUNNING: 'New' Recordings From The Master!

Louis Armstrong was one of the most recognizable men in the world. His smile, his voice, his trumpet all set the standard for the one true American art form called “jazz.”

Dot Time Records’ Legends Series has unearthed a treasure of UNRELEASED RECORDINGS by Louis Armstrong. The Louis Armstrong Legacy Series will feature four productions from the Armstrong archives housed at Queens College. The first production entitled The Standard Oil Sessions will be released May 12, 2017. In addition to the regular releases, available in stores, it is just being announced that a Limited Collector’s Edition has been created and is on sale now.

This Collector’s Edition has been meticulously refined and re-mastered for the highest-quality sound value by Dot Time Records “Legends” producer Jerry Roche. It is a one-of-a-kind treasure trove of Jazz. Each edition comes with a 20-page booklet authored by Ricky Riccardi, the 21st-Century foremost authority on Armstrong, including rare photos.

Volume 1 of the Collector’s Edition, “The Standard Oil Sessions”, is now on sale only atwww.dottimerecords.com/louis-armstrong. The first release will ship on the 1st of May 2017, allowing purchasers to receive their copy prior to the official release date of the regular release available in stores.

As Wynton Marsalis said in a CBS This Morning interview, “Louis Armstrong was one of the greatest human beings to ever set foot on this planet. He gave us a feeling that persists with us. Thank you, Pops!” Miles Davis put it this way, "You can't play anything on a horn that Louis hasn't played." While Satchmo himself said it best, “My whole life, my whole soul, my whole spirit is to blow that horn...”

For more information, visit www.dottimerecords.com.