• Young Republicans in Pennsylvania Supports an Independent Judiciary and the Rule Of Law | Manny Jones

    Written By: Manny Jones

    These are difficult times. The country has split into partisan camps on an issue that should unite us all—defending our democracy against foreign interference.

    The question is the special counsel probe, which some Republicans fear will reflect badly on the President. This has led to uncharacteristic behavior, such as encouraging the White House to undermine an independent investigation. As a party, we should abandon this line of attack.

    Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick has been a leader in this regard. He was among the first to co-sponsor legislation to protect our justice system by making it difficult to fire Robert Mueller without cause. I supported his action, primarily because such congressional clarity would ease Americans’ minds and tamp down unhelpful media speculation. Their hype and intrigue has only polarized opinion instead of instilling the public confidence respected lawman, former Marine, and longstanding Republican Robert Mueller so fully deserves.

    We need to correct the record. The special counsel probe centers on Vladimir Putin, and Mr. Mueller should be allowed to follow the facts right to his door. Surely we can all exhibit a little more patience while the investigative team completes their work. It is, after all, in our best interest to obtain a full accounting of Russian actions relative to the 2016 election so we can protect ourselves in 2020 and beyond.

    This will require some Republican leaders to take a stronger stand against the executive branch intervening in the constitutionally separate justice system. It may be a tough choice politically, but I’ve always believed independence is as much an asset in an elected official as it is a necessity in the judiciary. I suspect many voters will recognize the courage it takes to do what is right.

  • Young Republicans Urge President Trump to Focus on Policy and Leave Mueller Alone | Reagan McCarthy

    Written By: Reagan McCarthy

    Young people across the state are working hard to elect Republicans to office at all levels of government. One barrier, however, is the concern expressed by many people about the future of the special counsel investigation. Many voters aren’t comfortable with the idea of the President personally interfering in the justice process and, potentially, firing an individual appointed to look into Russian actions that may have touched his own campaign. As a result, they’re looking to Democrats as a check on his impulses.

    That’s why it’s so important that President Trump refrain from dismissing Robert Mueller and vow never to do so. Polls indicate the special counsel probe has the support of a majority of Americans, so threats to shut it down will only cost Republican support among centrist and swing voters.

    Instead, we should focus on our strong suits, including our leadership on national security and issues of law and order. Here, a positive stance relative to the Russia probe can be an asset. Far from implicating President Trump, the special counsel investigation has uncovered wrongdoing by more than a dozen Russians. Should foreign powers increase their election interference efforts in 2018 and 2020, our country could be compromised, with leaders selected to advance the interests of Russia, China, or another adversary.

    We must prevent this outcome. The special counsel isn’t the only avenue by which we will learn the truth about Russian election tricks, but it is an important source of facts on which to base an effective response. It must, therefore, be allowed to continue.

  • Let Mueller End The Collusion Narrative With His Findings| Carnell Harley

    As a Republican Party leader, I’m thrilled with the results of President Trump’s economic polices.  Unemployment numbers are at an historic low for African Americans, the stock market is at an all-time high and our GDP is on the rise.  Those of us who supported candidate Trump in 2016 predicated an economic turnaround if he won, but even the most optimistic of us did not think we would witness an economic expansion this strong this soon.

    I’m confident that with the policies that President Trump has enacted our economy will continue to grow and expand job opportunities.  Only a political misstep by the president could stop the growth.

    One issue that concerns me, and other Republicans, is that the president will interfere with the Russian collusion investigation or fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, especially before the mid-term elections.

    I understand that the length of the investigation frustrates the president.  Most Republicans also are frustrated and believe that the president did not collude with the Russians.  However, the best way for the president to prove that and get this issue behind him is to let Mueller finish his investigation.

    By letting Mueller, who is a life-long Republican and a man of unquestioned integrity, finish the investigation, the president can unequivocally state that there was no collusion with him or his campaign in 2016.   It will emphatically prove to the American people that the president supports the rule of law, the independence of the Justice Department and, most importantly, allow him to continue focusing on growing our economy.





  • Avoid The Mueller Road Block and Continue Economic Progress| McKean

    As an active Republican in Erie County and northwestern Pennsylvania, and like so many Americans, I’m thrilled with the economic growth that our nation and region is experiencing. Unemployment is at a nearly 50-year low, manufacturing jobs are coming back and the stock market has reached all-time record highs.

    President Trump and the Republican-led Congress, including our own Rep. Mike Kelly and Sen. Pat Toomey, deserve much of the credit for helping to pass the historic tax cuts and eliminating job-killing regulations.

    We have to keep the momentum going. One thing that I believe could stop the progress we have made is if the President or his administration attempts to interfere with the Russian collusion investigation. Even worse would be if the President fired Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    I certainly want this investigation to be over, but I think it best for President Trump and the country to let Mueller finish his job. As Sen. Toomey said, “I have every confidence that Robert Mueller will execute these responsibilities with integrity and professionalism.”

    By letting Mueller finish uninterrupted, President Trump will demonstrate that he supports the rule of law and puts the issue behind him. Doing anything else will distract him from growing the economy and give the Democrats the fodder they need to help derail his presidency.

    Kathey Scheuer

    McKean, Pa.

  • Keep Focus on the Economy

    Written By: Mitchell Snyder, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans

    Young people across the state are working hard to elect Republicans to office at all levels of government. Whether we’re going door to door or engaging in debates with our peers, we’re trying to spread the word about what the GOP stands for.

    One barrier, however, is the concern expressed by many people about the future of the special counsel investigation. Many voters aren’t comfortable with the idea of the President personally interfering in the justice process and, potentially, firing an individual appointed to look into Russian actions that may have touched his own campaign. As a result, they’re looking to Democrats as a check on his impulses.

    That’s why it’s so important that President Trump refrain from dismissing Robert Mueller and vow never to do so. Polls indicate the special counsel probe has the support of a majority of Americans, so threats to shut it down will only cost Republican support among centrist and swing voters.

    Elections are what we spend time talking about. Instead of wasting that valuable time talking about the Russia probe, President Trump and Republicans should instead focus on our strong suit — the economy. More than 3 million jobs have been created since Trump took office, unemployment is less than 4 percent, GDP growth is above 4 percent for the current quarter and the markets are at all-time highs. Economic growth is the key to happy citizens and in turn electoral success.

    This election, Republicans up and down the ballot should spend less time talking about Russia and more about the economic successes of the last two years. Hopefully, the President will let them stay on message and allows the special counsel investigation to conclude without interference.

  • Why Congressman Lou Barletta’s Senate Bid Can Work

    Written by: Derek Wagner, PAFCR Communications Team | @wagski7

    Congressman Lou Barletta has won the Republican nomination to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate. However, Barletta faces a difficult opponent in Senator Bob Casey, an incumbent with a track record of neither controversy or efficiency, but rather lukewarm invisibility. Putting Barletta in the Senate will be challenging, but a victory will both oust a malignant obstructionist and insert a powerful advocate for the Republican values and policies.

    There are very few reasons for voters to keep Casey in Congress and plenty of reasons for Republicans to want him replaced. A consistent party-line Democrat, Casey’s only function has been to quietly #Resist against Republican proposals and nominations, and cosponsor all of his Democrat compatriots’ bills. Casey’s lack of substantive work has garnered him a pitiful reputation as one of Congress’s least effective legislators, with only two percent of sponsored bills passing. Given that he has voted with progressive pariah Elizabeth Warren 93 percent of the time, Casey’s voting habits are clearly out of sync with the desires of most Pennsylvanian citizens, who recently helped give Donald Trump the presidential mandate.

    Unfortunately, despite his flaws, Casey is not an exceptionally unpopular candidate. According to data from Morning Consult, Casey had a 43 percent approval rating in the last quarter of 2017 — not a great mark, but not one of the lowest in the country. Casey’s middling ratings show that his reputation for party-line voting and mediocre legislating has killed enthusiasm for him but have not raised particular rancor. Casey lost nine percentage points on his approval rating over the course of 2017, displaying serious jadedness among his constituency, but his approval rating is still above his disapproval rating, meaning that the statistically illiterate political media will peg Barletta as an underdog.

    In the face of the statistical disparities, Barletta cannot lean too heavily on the national party apparatus, though he can expect strong support from the PA GOP. According to RealClearPolitics, there are eight “toss-up” Senate races this November; given a large number of safe seats currently held by Republicans, the GOP need only win a handful of these seats to retain their Senate majority. The generic ballot, while still showing a 4-point Democratic lead in the most recent RCP average, has been trending very positively for Republicans, incentivizing national party leaders to spend aggressively on the newly closer races. While the speculative “blue wave” is quite dubious, and the GOP has plenty of cash to pour into multiple races, Barletta must not rely on being prioritized by the national party should other races command national media attention.

    The biggest advantage that Barletta has is his association with President Trump. An ardent supporter of Trump, Barletta rode to victory in the primary election with the help of Northeastern and Central PA Trump supporters (including a particularly energized Luzerne County, in which Barletta pulled 94 percent of the vote). With the economy thriving and Korean peace talks bearing fruit, Barletta is poised to gain a boost thanks to the President. Barletta also benefits from being a generally agreeable candidate, which will improve voter perception of both Barletta and Trump.

    None of this means that Barletta cannot win the general election in November, but it does mean that Barletta’s best chance at victory will come through strong grassroots activism and energized volunteers. Barletta can find the voters to beat Casey, but if he is to achieve the turnout required to beat an incumbent whose party has the national edge at the moment, Barletta must get those voters out to the polls, especially in Western PA. Nearly 26,000 voters cast ballots for Barletta’s opponent, Jim Christiana, in Allegheny County alone, mostly due to Christiana’s Western PA background. There is a goldmine of Republican voters out west, and if Barletta can engage with them successfully, he will unearth the votes he needs to make the otherwise one-sided election into a dogfight.

    Flipping Casey’s Senate seat is going to require dedicated efforts on the ground despite potential funding issues. Therefore, one of the best tools in the PA GOP’s arsenal is the College Republicans. Located on campuses across the Commonwealth, CR chapters have the potential to boost the Barletta campaign and make a real impact on our nation’s politics. If Pennsylvania’s Republican students rise to the challenge and campaign effectively for Lou Barletta, we can be the deciding factor in one of the most impressive upsets in recent American politics.

  • Media Mania: The Portrayal of President Trump’s Latest Comments

    Written by: Reagan McCarthy, PAFCR Executive Director | @Reagmccarthy

    Democrats and the mainstream liberal media are once again in an irrational uproar about comments from President Trump.

    During a roundtable meeting with politicians against sanctuary cities and federal immigration officials, President Trump rightfully condemned the MS-13 gang as “animals.” The White House Transcript gives this exchange between Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and President Trump:

    SHERIFF MIMS: Thank you. There could be an MS-13 member I know about — if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it.

    THE PRESIDENT: We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.

    MS-13 is present in 42 out of 50 states and holds between 6,000 and 10,000 members, operating as one of the most violent transnational gangs. According to the FBI, members perpetrate an array of horrific crimes, including but not limited to murder, rape, drug distribution, prostitution, robbery, immigration offenses, home invasions, and vandalism. The gang’s motto? “Kill, Rape, Control.”

    Keeping to one of his major campaign promises, President Trump has tasked federal law enforcement with targeting MS-13 members and boosted this effort with an executive order on transnational criminal organizations. Of course, Democratic lawmakers and pundits cringe at the idea of President Trump succeeding, and cannot stand his bold leadership to crack down on illegal immigrant crime and call violent members of the MS-13 gang exactly what they are: animals.

    It took the New York Times all but three hours after President Trump’s roundtable meeting to release a fake story that misrepresented the president’s words and claimed that he referred to all undocumented immigrants “animals.”

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also joined in on the spreading of this false narrative against the president:

    In all irony, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke in a press conference about the repercussions of President Trump not acknowledging the human dignity of MS-13 members:

    “So when the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘These aren’t people, these are animals,’ you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity, and worth of every person?” Pelosi said.

    This hypocritic sentiment comes from the woman who denies life in the womb, supports abortion at any stage of pregnancy, including inhumane procedures such as dismemberment and partial birth abortions.

    Democrats in the media and in the chambers of Congress are irrationally furious at President Trump for condemning MS-13, a violent gang with murder and rape at the center of their mission, so much so that these opponents of the president are falsely spinning his words, yet again.

    Defending the violent MS-13 gang is not the hill that the Left and its allies in the mainstream media want to die on, and this stunt is certainly not a great midterm message for the Democrats as their lead on the generic ballot narrows more each day.

  • Dear America: Focus on the Real News

    Written by: Molly Mazeine, PAFCR Communications Team | @MollyMazeine

    The past few weeks have been groundbreaking in terms of our relationship with the Korean Peninsula. For the first time ever, the leader of North Korea has agreed to meet personally with the President of the United States to discuss denuclearization and possible peace talks. On the domestic front, tax season has drawn to a close, and President Trump made it clear that next year will not consist of skyrocketing brackets and complicated paperwork. It’s been an eventful, productive spring for the Trump administration.

    Yet, my Twitter and Facebook feed is still clogged up with salacious news of Stormy Daniels. This scandal is being drawn out and has officially been deemed irrelevant by anyone who cares about or understands politics. An affair from nearly twenty years ago is being dug up and magnetized by the extremely liberal media, distracting the American public from the actual good works that the government is creating. We should not be focused on an unfaithful act from decades ago when President Trump was not even considering running for president. It’s unproductive and distracting that 60 Minutes hosted Stormy Daniel’s exclusive interview when there are a million things more important going on.

    It is appalling that many of my peers are more educated about this sex scandal than pertinent international and domestic issues. Daniels is so desperate for the spotlight and the liberal media is so desperate for negative news about President Trump that they are willing to prioritize trashy tabloid material over educating the American public about issues that actually concern them. CNN and other news outlets should be covering important things: the president’s meeting with Japan, the approaching North Korean meeting, the tariff situation with China, or the missiles we recently launched in Syria despite Russia’s involvement. These are the things that should clutter my social media pages.

    The bottom line is this: read the real news. Whether the outlet is or against the president’s agenda, it’s imperative that the American people read the real news, which is relevant, interesting, and pertains to our lives. A porn star’s former relationship with our president should be the furthest thing from CNN’s headline.

  • PA-18: A Not-So Special Election

    Written By: Arnaud Armstrong | @Arnaud996

    It’s been a very busy week for our friends in the mainstream media.

    Taking a short respite from their daily shrieking about President Trump’s faux-pas du jour, those in the business of delivering comically skewed distortions of current events so as best to bolster the image of the Democratic Party and diminish that of the GOP (sometimes referred to as “journalism”), gleefully jumped at the opportunity to cover a “surprisingly” competitive special election for a congressional seat that, thanks to the regal dictate of the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, no longer exists.

    The election was hard fought, and in the end, the Democrat, Conor Lamb, very narrowly beat the Republican candidate, Rick Saccone. The victory has no significant consequences, however. Unlike Scott Brown’s Massachusetts Senate win in January 2010, one of the very few special elections I can think of that have garnered such an intense degree of media attention, this changes virtually nothing about the legislative dynamics of Congress, with the GOP still holding a very large majority in the House.

    This, however, didn’t stop the media from breathlessly offering a litany of uniformly identical opinions on the results, explaining that the race represented a cataclysmic disaster for the GOP, and that the lesson of the race is that the Party should dramatically change (presumably to become far more like the Democrats) if it wants to cling to any hope of retaining control of the House.

    There are, of course, a handful of modest corrections which ought to be pointed out to those advancing the conventional wisdom this past week, namely that the entire story is a ludicrous farce.

    Let’s start with the most common talking point; this was a district that went for President Trump by 20 points. This is a factoid that’s been repeated ad nauseam, but that stubbornly ignores some far more prevalent statistics, namely the fact that every single county in the district had a Democratic registration advantage. To repeat, there were significantly more Democrats in the district than Republicans, including in the counties that went for the Republican. Much to no one’s surprise, however, those in the media preferred headlines more like “Republican humiliated in district Trump won” than “Republican impressively outperforms in majority Democrat district.”

    But surely I’m just being paranoid; it’s not as though those in the business of crafting headlines would ever exhibit a blatant partisan bias. After all, we can at least expect that if a titanic anti-Republican wave is forming in Pennsylvania, a significant shift in party registration would be seen. For example, between 2004 and 2008, a period when PA Republicans were dealt a series of serious blows, Democrats increased their registration advantage by four percent, equivalent to hundreds of thousands of votes. To illustrate the similar GOP collapse in 2018 we can just compare registration data released last week to the data from late 2016. Doing so, we can see that Democrats have dramatically increased their numbers by… oh, my mistake, they’ve lost 200,000 voters.

    At the very least, though, Democrats can surely argue that this election was a referendum on the performance of President Trump, given that he won a majority in this district in 2016. As such, this race served the Democrats splendidly, illustrating that they can sweep Pennsylvania races simply by making an issue out of the President. But a cursory review of the pre-election polls for the district tell a different story. Had journalists taken a moment to peruse the polls rather than simply pointing to those polls which had Conor Lamb ahead and declaring that it spelled doom for the President, they might have noticed that the polls showed Trump with positive approval ratings in the district.

    I’ll let the good folks at Emerson elaborate: “Trump currently has a 47% job approval in the district with 43% disapproving, despite 46% of the district being registered Democrat. Similarly, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi only has a 20% approval rate, with 57% disapproving.” A separate poll by Gravis was even better for the President, with 49% approving and 42% disapproving.

    Now, surely, if this was a referendum on the performance of the President, wouldn’t one expect that Rick Saccone would have won by a fairly comfortable margin?

    Of course. But the media, with rare exception, has conveniently glossed over these obvious facts. At the end of the day, the Republican lost not because of any obvious wave, but because of the skill of his opponent and his own political deficiencies. I’m more than happy to give credit where credit is due: Conor Lamb is young and attractive, campaigned as a distinguished veteran and centrist reformer, displayed far more charisma than his opponent, attracted strong union support in a union-heavy district, and staked out conservative opinions on guns and energy, even declaring his belief that life that life begins at conception (which is pretty egregious considering that he also came out against a 20-week abortion ban, but I digress).

    The bottom line is this: Any freshman college student who’s taken a class on American politics, regardless of whether they had an opinion on the President or the GOP, could have guessed that the more moderate, charismatic candidate who belongs to the region’s majority party would win the election. Absolutely nothing about this election is surprising or even noteworthy, nevermind deserving of thorough nationwide coverage or the kind of outlandish extrapolation we’ve witnessed from increasingly unhinged Democrat columnists.

    In fact, the closeness of this race serves just as well as a warning to the Democrats as to the Republicans. Conor Lamb is a genuine centrist in a party that finds itself increasingly driven to the left by Bernie Sanders/Liz Warren wing. Come the primaries, Conor Lamb’s ideological position within his Party’s set of candidates will be the exception, not the rule. In that, Republicans can take comfort.

  • President Trump Hits the Mark on his 2018 SOTU Address

    Written by: Gabrielle Fleming, PAFCR Communications Team

    President Donald Trump presented a side of himself in his first State of the Union address on January 30, 2018 that impressed many, as he stayed on script and appeared more ‘presidential’ than usual.

    CBS found that a remarkable 75 percent of viewers regarded the speech favorably, including 97% of Republicans, 72% of Independents, and even 43% of Democrats. Over half of viewers (65%) remarked that the speech made them feel “proud.” Overall the speech was unifying, well-delivered, and particularly Reagan-esque with its use of many honored guests being presented during the speech. Democratic members of Congress and far-Left protesters outside the venue, however, unsurprisingly managed to make complete fools of themselves and reaffirmed that they do not care about the well-being of the United States and its citizens.

    While hundreds of protesters outside whined and held profane signs, Democratic Congressmen and women inside were as obstructionist as ever. President Trump repeatedly called for bipartisanship and to find commonality in the American Dream and identity, but the Democrats were more focused on their phones and staying in their seats. Democrats sat for jobs, economic growth, tax cuts, defeating ISIS, the national anthem and flag, healthcare choice, veterans benefits, government accountability, unifying America, the American dream, curbing crime, eliminating the opioid crisis and more. President Trump rightly applauded low unemployment in Hispanic and African American populations, the creation of new jobs, and rising wages. Despite all of this, the Congressional Black Caucus sat through these numbers unimpressed and uncaring. To make matters worse, Democrats audibly groaned when the President introduced the parents of children who were murder by MS-13. If that isn’t a signal of blatant disrespect for innocent lives and that Democrats don’t actually care about Americans and their safety, I don’t know what is.

    In the days leading up to the State of the Union address, the mainstream media also bothered to focus more on allegations about porn star Stormy Waters than middle class tax savings and the positive impact on earnings for families because of corporate tax cuts. Per usual, they were too busy lauding the various inefficient forms of fashion protest than focusing on the day to day bureaucratic changes that actually affect working Americans. Once again, the media proved itself to be a diversion more than a harbinger of genuinely useful insight.

    Unlike President Obama who continually suggested during his State of the Union addresses that Americans were not living up to their best natures, President Trump provided nothing but empowering messages to the American people. He boldly stated that “to every citizen watching at home tonight — no matter where you have been, or where you come from, this is your time. If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.” But according to Vogue this message is “grim.”

    During his address, President Trump reinvigorated the concept of the American Dream. He reaffirmed that America is a wonderful place that is thriving and filled with opportunity and that American liberty is a dream for billions around the globe. He is exactly right, and Democrats sat mutely and grimaced in disagreement through all of it.

    President Trump has his priorities straight. He continually stressed his commitment to serve the interests of the American people above all else. While he has sympathy for undocumented immigrants, as a leader he has genuine sympathy for American citizens as well. President Trump recognizes that it is his duty “and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans–to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American dream.”

    While Democrats may desire to risk the safety of American citizens and continue degrading the moral fiber of their families and communities, President Trump is committed to unifying our nation and ensuring it remains a country where, with hard work, individuals of all backgrounds can pursue their dreams and become successful. Unlike so many disrespectful members of the audience, President Trump recognizes that United States citizens are “dreamers too” and that it is his job to place America first and protect their physical safety and economic well-being above all else.

    To watch the 2018 State of the Union Address, visit this link.