Posts Tagged ‘voting’

Voter Registration Deadline Days Away! Are You Registered?

March 16, 2012

This year, the Pennsylvania Presidential Primary is a competitive one. Make sure you get out to vote in April!

You’ll get to vote for president of the United States, but will also vote on offices closer to home: your state representative and state senator, US representative in Congress and US senator.

Read the news on any given day and you’ll find that often it is local officials that make decisions that directly affect you, your family, your business, your church and your neighbors.

How are your elected officials doing to represent your values? You can become part of the answer only if you’re firstregistered to vote by March 26th, then get out and vote on Election Day! If you’ll be 18 by Election Day, make sure you register as well!

Are you registered to vote? How about your family, friends and church? Did you know polls show that as many as half of those sitting around us in our churches either are not registered to vote or don’t show up at the polls?! You can help change that!

Hold a “Voter Registration Sunday.” The registration deadline is next Monday, March 26, so you only have this Sunday, March 18 and next Sunday, March 25, advertise it in your church bulletin with the help of your pastor, set up a small table with the forms and information and you’re set! Just be sure to get those forms back to the county elections offices by March 27th.

You can find voter registration forms at your local County board of elections or online at

Watch for Pennsylvania Family Institute’s 2012 Primary Voters’ Guide for the April 24 Primary Electionavailable online at before the election.

Gary Bauer has it right.

November 3, 2010

From Gary Bauer: “The American people have issued a restraining order against a political party that for two years has attempted to do violence to the constitutional principles of limited government and individual liberty.”

We’re hosting Gary Bauer for an election debriefing on Tues Nov 16 in Lancaster, PA. Send me a message if you’d like more information.


November 3, 2010

– Corbett, Toomey Win in Statewide Races
– GOP Gains 5 Pennsylvania Seats in Congress
– State House Goes to Republican Control

Good morning! Election Day 2010 is finally in the history books, and while there are a number of races in other states still too close to call, Pennsylvania voters spoke loudly and clearly with a decisive win in the Governor’s race for Tom Corbett. The race for U.S. Senate was much tighter, with a 51% – 49% victory for Pat Toomey.

For U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans picked up five seats from the Democrats, with Reps. Dahlkemper, Carney, Kanjorski, and Murphy all going down to defeat, and the open seat vacated by Rep. Joe Sestak going to Republican Pat Meehan.

The Pennsylvania Senate remained firmly under Republican control, while the House of Representatives flipped back to the GOP, with Republicans gaining at least eight seats (with 3 needed to switch control. Notable was the defeat of Democrat House Majority Leader Todd Eachus to political newcomer Tarah Toohil in the 116th State House district race in Luzerne County.

More details and analysis to come at

For statewide and local vote tallies, go to:

Leader of PFI’s Sister Organization in Virginia Highlighted

September 30, 2010

Pennsylvania Family Institute is part of a network of about 35 independent state-based family policy councils around the country — all working to influence policy, strengthen families and advocate for truth. Victoria Cobb, Executive Director of PFI’s sister organization in Virginia, was recently highlighted in this magazine article:

If You Could Talk to the Candidates, Just Imagine It

March 30, 2010

Actually, you don’t have to be Dr. Doolittle to talk with candidates for public office. You just have to be willing to try. Opportunities abound — whether at campaign events, stopping by their offices, or calling them on the phone.

On behalf of hundreds of thousands citizens across Pennsylvania who count on Pennsylvania Family Institute’s Voter’s Guide, I’m asking you to try to talk with the candidates.

Each year, an unfortunately large number of candidates (especially incumbents) refuse to answer our voter’s guide survey. For whatever reason, they choose to ignore our repeated mailings, telephone calls and emails. Apparently they would prefer to hide their positions on issues during election season, and run on name recognition only.

Alas, we have found that when constituents make the contact, the response rate goes up dramatically. So we are actively seeking volunteers who will take a little bit of their time to directly contact the candidates in your local area, and ask them to answer our survey. It’s a great public service, and an experience that will help you as a citizen and voter.

If you can help, please contact Emily Shaheen in our office at (800) 597-9605, or email her at

And now, with apologies to Dr. Doolitle,

If we could talk to the candidates, learn their languages
Think of all the things we could discuss
If we could walk with the candidates, talk with the candidates,
Ask for thoughts on issues from the candidates,
Then they could take some time and write those answers down and send to us.

The Politics of Deceit. (Is that redundant?)

March 22, 2010

My good friend Lee Wishing of Grove City College’s Center for Vision and Values wrote a great piece on last night’s Obamacare vote, and the deceitfulness of those who advanced it. It appears in today’s WORLD magazine blog.

Read it here.

Big Money Aimed at PA Legislative Races

March 17, 2010

Clear evidence that all eyes are not on Washington in the critical 2010 elections; the Huffington Post reports that the national Democratic Party will pump $20 million into state legislative races in targeted states, including Pennsylvania. At issue: who draws the district maps for redistricting following the 2010 elections.
Read about it here.

How Senators Hide the Truth

March 16, 2010

As we fully expected, some Senators who today voted to table SB 707, the Marriage Protection Amendment, are now telling constituents “there was no vote on SB 707” or “I didn’t vote against it.”

Contrary to the purpose of the motion to table, in the case of SB 707 lawmakers voted to table to kill the bill, with the intent of then telling constituents they did nothing of the sort. Here are the facts of what happened on SB 707 today:

Late last week, Senate Bill 707 was placed on the official calendar of the Senate Judiciary Committee to be voted today.

At today’s meeting, when the bill was brought up for consideration, Sen. Daylin Leach (D) Montgomery, made a motion to table the bill. The motion was seconded, and the chairman of the committee took a roll-call vote on the motion to table.

There were eight senators who voted AYE on the motion to table (thereby in effect killing SB 707 for this session), and six who voted NAY. We notified Senators and citizens that we considered an AYE vote on a motion to table be a vote AGAINST SB 707.

Unfortunately, many legislators prefer voting on procedural motions (like tabling), so that they can avoid being held responsible for the defeat of a bill. That, we contend, is the case with today’s vote to table SB 707

The vote today by the Senate Judiciary Committee was to table SB 707. By tabling the bill, it halted advancement of the marriage amendment in PA and likely ended its chances of being passed this legislative session. Indeed, a press release from the chief opponent of SB 707, Sen. Daylin Leach this afternoon stated:

Sen Daylin Leach announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning defeated a bill that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

1vote to defeat it. We believe that legislators should be held accountable for that vote.

The Marriage Protection Amendment, is vital to protect marriage in Pennsylvania.. Any vote taken against the SB 707, whether by tabling, amending or directly voting against, is rightly viewed as an action against protecting marriage.

The bottom line: SB 707 would give the citizens of Pennsylvania the opportunity to vote on marriage. The votes of 8 Senators today denies them that opportunity.

SB 707 and The Politics of Personal Destruction

March 16, 2010

The “tolerant” folks who support “same-sex marriage” seem more than willing to publicly threaten legislators who won’t vote their way. This week, a blogger at the PA Progressive website posted the following, referring to SB 707, the Pennsylvania Marriage Protection Amendment:

“I spend a fair amount of time in Harrisburg. I know who is closeted. Any closeted Senator who votes for Eichelberger’s bill will be outed. I also know a State Senator who is wildly homophobic and is also an alcoholic. One of her rants will also be made public depending on her vote. This is fair warning.”

[UPDATED: to correct number of senators]
Who this woman Senator they threaten is we don’t know; there are four female Senators on the Judiciary Committee; three voted to kill SB 707 by tabling it. Whatever the case, it is “exhibit A” in the politics of personal destruction engaged in by many “same sex marriage” supporters.

8 Senators Tell PA: “No, You May Not Vote”

March 16, 2010

The latest polling in Pennsylvania indicates a vast majority of citizens believe they should have the opportunity to vote on a marriage protection amendment. Today, eight State Senators voted to deny us that opportunity.

Here are the Senators who voted to deny you a vote on marriage:

Sen. Lisa Boscola, District 18- Bethlehem (610) 868-8667
Sen. Patrick Browne, District 16- Allentown 610-821-8468
Sen. Jay Costa, District 43- Pittsburgh 412-241-6990
Sen. Jane Earll, District 49- Erie 814-453-2515
Sen. Wayne Fontana District 42- Pittsburgh 412-344-2551
Sen. Daylin Leach District 17- Del, Mont Cos. 610-768-4200
Sen. Mike Stack District 5- Philadelphia 215-281-2539
Sen. Mary Jo White Dist. 21- Franklin, Butler, etc (814) 432-4345