QVGOP Think Tank

Paid Parental Leave

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Editorials

Can Environmental Mandates Reverse Pittsburgh’s Decline?

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    June 6, 2017 |  Elizabeth Stelle   President Trump summed up his opposition to the Paris Climate Accord by saying he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris. In response, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order honoring Pittsburgh’s commitment to the climate agreement. Peduto remarked: “This exposure will show Pittsburgh as a shining example […]

Editorials

Chairman Raja Supports President Trump on Paris Accord

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Press Release from RCAC Raja, chairman of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County (RCAC) supports President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and also the President’s decision to look out for “Pittsburgh, not Paris.” According to Raja, “The Paris Accord is a BAD deal for Americans, and President Trump’s action to remove […]

Editorials

President Trump Withdraws from Paris Climate Accord

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On the afternoon of June 1, following serious deliberation, President Trump announced in a thoughtful, informative speech that he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. The accord is a non-binding agreement between 190 countries to devise self determined targets and plans for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. President Trump explains that, despite its […]