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Re-assessment of testing in Pennsylvania. Yes, let’s do it!

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An honest, thorough re-examination of our Pennsylvania assessment and accountability system is needed if “fixing our broken education system” in Pennsylvania is truly a priority.  Query as to whether or not the SAT is an appropriate assessment of mastery of subject matter; nevertheless transparent, concerted evaluation of our academic accountability measures is well worth the […]

History Bite

What beautiful thing came out of the Johnstown Flood?

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On May 31, 1889, extremely heavy rainfall pushed the already weak and poorly maintained South Fork Dam to its limits causing its fatal collapse unleashing 20 million tons of water.  The angry torrent traveled rapidly downstream to the town of Johnstown where the unsuspected flood took the lives of 2,200 people and caused massive damage. […]

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Right to Try Act of 2017

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As citizens of a free society, one of our duties in the maintenance of our system is to constantly seek a balance between government intervention and individual liberty.  The debate over HR 878, the Right to Try bill, is an appropriate illustration of how government and liberty must be balanced in order to best serve […]

QVGOP Think Tank

Who’s waging war on our meritocracy?

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The traditional American system of cultivating fertile grounds of opportunity in which effort and ability fuse thus giving rise to qualified, skilled citizens prepared to take their unique place in society is eroding at an astounding rate. What is contributing to the erosion of our merit-based system? It is the rise of the “diversocrat.” Diversity […]

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Gina Haspel’s Service

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Gina Haspel, four time CIA station chief and agent of clandestine, counterterrorism operations is Donald Trump’s nomination for the nation’s premier American intelligence agency.  As has been true with many of President Trump’s nominations, Ms. Haspel is also meeting resistance in the confirmation process yet, with support, she plans to face the political headwind. Ms. Haspel’s […]

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STOP School Violence Act of 2018

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In the wake of the Parkland High School shooting, Republican bill HR 4909, known as the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, passed the House on March 14 with nearly unanimous, bi-partisan support (407-10).  The Student, Teachers, Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 extends funding of $50 million per year through 2028 for the […]

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Turnpike Pilots Cashless Zones

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At the end of April, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will implement a cashless tolling program across the state to include I-576  in Washington and Allegheny counties.  Four locations on the Turnpike have been selected to operate as “cashless zones.”  A “cashless” toll location will simply no longer offer coin baskets or be manned by toll […]

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Meet the AR-15

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With so much controversy surrounding the AR-15, it might be interesting to consider its history. First,  the AR in AR-15 does not stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle” but rather it represents the name of the company responsible for its initial design, ArmaLite. In 1954, a division of the Fairchild Engine and Aircraft Corporation known […]

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Trump’s nomination for the EECO, meet Chia Feldblum

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In December 2017, President Trump renominated the current Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Chia Feldblum, to serve a third term extending her service through July 2023. Prior to serving as Commission of the EEOC, Ms. Feldblum was a professor of law at Georgetown University’s Law Center where she founded the Law Center’s […]