History Bite

The Birth of the “Republican”

Posted on

Most early Americans agreed that western expansion was crucial to the well being of our fledgling nation. However, incorporation of new western territories into the Union was accompanied by the controversial concern of how to deal with the institution of slavery.  For three decades, a contentious, uneasy peace had existed between the agrarian, pro-slavery South […]

QVGOP Think Tank

Paid Parental Leave

Posted on

Apparently President Trump’s budget includes a proposal to provide six weeks of paid leave for new parents (mothers and fathers).  The proposal is estimated to cost taxpayers $19 billion over a decade, adds a new entitlement and is, of course, gaining momentum. Currently, parental time off, formerly known as maternity leave, is resolved person to […]

National Scene

HR 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

Posted on

The “National Reciprocity” bill would require all states to recognize concealed carry licenses and permits issued by other states. Citizens who qualify for this right to carry across state lines must: not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law have present a valid form of identification with photo have a valid state-issued license […]

Stateside

Flushing out Ghost Teachers

Posted on

Dozens of PA teachers and school district employees do not actually work in the classroom but rather maintain full time jobs in teachers’ unions. They are compensated by the district payroll, receive health benefits, collect pension credits and accrue seniority status. SB494, sponsored by Representative Stefano, prohibits public school teachers from working full time for […]

History Bite

History of the GOP elephant

Posted on

The elephant as a symbol of the Republican Party was conceived in the imagination of cartoonist Thomas Nast.  Two unique cartoons, one in 1860 the other in 1872, connected Republicans with the elephant but the concept was galvanized in a publication in Harper’s weekly in 1874. The story goes that the Democrat Press began fear […]