QVGOP Think Tank

Politics in the Classroom? Yes or No?

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Representative Will Tallman announced in September 2018 his intention to introduce legislation to create a Teacher Code of Ethics designed to constrain political and ideological influence over public school classrooms.  This Teacher Code of Ethics would officially characterize support, opposition or endorsements of officials, candidates, legislation, court cases, party platform and national policy as speech […]

National Scene

What is the Magnitsky Act?

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The average American probably hadn’t heard of the Magnitsky Act until the term was thrust into the headlines in July 2017 when Donald Trump Jr. took a brief meeting with Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who purportedly wanted to speak about “the adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act.”   More recently,  members of Congress […]

History Bite

Are you sure you want Democracy?

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Are you sure you want Democracy? The Iranian people are rising up in protest against the current authoritarian regime which they view to be transforming their nation into an ideological, un-Iranian crusade.  The people are calling for a national referendum to establish a secular democracy which they believe will protect liberty, justice and opportunity.  This […]

Editorials

Progressive Vets Campaign for Lamb in PA

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Progressive vets, gun control advocates join forces on the campaign trail By Alex Roarty aroarty@mcclatchydc.com Democrats are ready to play offense on the issue of gun control — led by a coterie of veteran candidates competing in competitive districts. A pair of organizations — one led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, another that supports progressive […]

History Bite

Birth of the Republic

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Birth of the Republic Look at any country, any people at any period in human history and witness man’s eternal problem with government.  How man governs himself has always been and continues to be a complex dilemma.  The constitutional republican form of government enjoyed in America since her founding was a culmination of thoughts and […]

Stateside

A creative solution to put retired officers in our schools, HB 2563

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Creativity is still alive and well in the Pennsylvania legislature.  Representative Karen Boback (R) has referred to committee the Real Property Tax Credit for Security Services Act which would authorize school districts to establish programs permitting retired law enforcement officers to volunteer to provide security services within the school district in exchange for real property […]

Local Matters

Sewickley Heights Borough Response

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While the borough produced an excellent response to the Fetterolf lawsuit which all engaged members of the height community should read, there remain some questions to be answered: When were the Zoning Regulations written? (all 192 pages) Who voted to pass the regulations? Were they organically generated or state or federal mandate? Who constitutes the […]