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Pennsylvania Leadership Conference Preview

The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is convening for the first time since the Republicans lackluster midterm performance in Pennsylvania. In recent years, specifically in 2017 they were fresh off of victories from President Donald Trump and Sen. Pat Toomey, but the message of moving forward to focus on the all-important 2020 election is expected to be the point of focus.

Friday night’s keynote speaker will be Kimberley Strassel, member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, and author of The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech. The two day gathering for conservatives kicks off Friday morning at 9 am with workshops on various topics including criminal justice reform, bill of rights, and smart approaches to marijuana policy.

The conference will also include speeches from Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Scott Perry, former Congressman Keith Rothfus, state Sens. Mike Folmer and Scott Martin, plus state Reps. Kate Klunk and Daryl Metcalfe.

List of events

Friday, April 5, 2019

9:00 A.M. Workshop A:   Americans for Prosperity

Topic: Criminal Justice Reform

Presenters: Beth Anne Mumford, Americans for Prosperity

Matthew Charles, FAMM

Workshop B: Constitutional Organization of Liberty

Topic:   Bill of Rights

Presenters:   Mike Folmer, State Senator

Lou Petolicchio, COOL

Workshop C:   PA Family Institute

Topic: Smart Approaches to Marijuana Policy

   Presenters: Michael Geer, PA Family Institute

Luke Niforatos, Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Joe Peters, Former Drug Prosecutor

11:00 A.M. Break

12:00 P.M. Welcome: Lowman Henry, Pennsylvania Leadership Council

12:05 P.M. Speaker: Hon. Patrick Toomey, U.S. Senator

Intro: David Taylor, PA Manufacturers Association

12:35 P.M. Speaker: Mark Janus, Liberty Justice Center

Intro: Matt Brouillette, Commonwealth Partners

1:00 P.M. Panel Whose Money Is It, Anyhow?

Moderator: David Osborne, Fairness Center

Panelists: Kate Klunk, State Representative

Carl Marrara, PA Manufacturers Association

Francisco Molina, Plaintiff in Janus Rights lawsuit

Keith Williams, Americans for Fair Treatment

1:45 P.M. Speaker: Tim Goeglein, Focus on the Family

Intro: Michael Geer, PA Family Institute

2:10 P.M. Panel: Three Cheers for Capitalism

Moderator: Gordon Denlinger, NFIB-PA

Panelists: Gene Barr, PA Chamber Business & Industry

Rebekah Gantner, Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

Mark Hendrickson, Grove City College

Michael Kennedy, Citizens Alliance of PA

2:55 P.M. Speaker: Jimmy Kemp, Jack Kemp Foundation

Intro: Keith Rothfus, former U.S. Representative

3:20 P.M. Panel: Transformative Power of Free Markets

Moderator: Steve Bloom, Commonwealth Foundation

Panelists: Christian Leinbach, Berks County Commissioner

Scott Martin, State Senator

Donna Partin, Merry Maids

John Persinger, Erie DDC

4:05 P.M. Speaker: Kay Coles James, Heritage Foundation

Intro: Charles Mitchell, Commonwealth Foundation

5:00 P.M. Pre-Dinner Reception with Kimberly Strassel

6:00 P.M. Liberty Dinner

Featured Speaker:  Kimberley Strassel

Video:  Conceived in Liberty: 30 Years of the PLC

 John Gizzi, Newsmax

 Paul Kengor, Grove City College

M.C.:    Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring USA

National Anthem:    Rita Angelucci

Post-Dinner:  Millennial Mixer (Governors A&B)

Post-Dinner:  Dessert Reception (Exhibit Hall)

Saturday, April 6, 2019

7:00 A.M. Freedom Breakfast

Speaker: Greg Wrightstone, Inconvenient Facts

Speakers: Statewide Judicial Candidates

M.C.: Rose Tennent, Rose Unplugged

8:00 A.M. Panel: Hot Topix

Moderator: Jeff Lord, Author and Commentator

Panelists: Kim Kennedy, Conversations on the Culture

Daryl Metcalfe, State Representative

Jeremy Samek, PA Family Institute

Kim Stolfer, Firearms Owners Against Crime

8:50 A.M. Speaker: Kathy Barnett, Political Commentator

9:10 A.M. Keynote Speaker: Scott Perry, U.S. Representative

9:30 A.M. Panel: Winning Hearts and Minds

Moderator: Beth Anne Mumford, Americans for Prosperity-PA

Panelists: Matt Batzel, American Majority

Lois Kaneshiki, Blair County Republican Women

Conor Maguire, WPA Intel

Mitchell Snyder, PA College Republicans

10:20 A.M. Mini-Panel: Second Chances

Panelists: Jordan Richardson, Charles Koch Institute

Gene Barr, PA Chamber

10:40 A.M. Speaker: Cliff Maloney, Jr., Young Americans for Liberty

11:00 A.M. Break

12 NOON Leadership Luncheon

M.C.: David Taylor, PA Manufacturers Association

Speaker: Salena Zito, Author & Columnist

Straw Poll: Scott R. Davis, PA Leadership Council

1:30 P.M. Workshop

Topic: How to fight Deep State Regulators

Presenter: Patrick Hedger, Freedom Works

3:30 P.M. Conference Concludes

9 Responses

  1. The 8am Saturday lineup with d-bag Darryl Metcalfe looks like a winner. “Welcome, fellow knuckle-draggers”!!!

  2. I mean, I’d rather use franks wing sauce as lube than sit through this dumpster fire of a line up.

  3. I wonder if Val DiGiorgio will show his face after another azz beating. The Republican Party is in shambles yet people in the southeast still drink the Val Kool-Aid. Unbelievable how poorly his candidates have performed yet people still think he’s doing a good job. WAKE UP!!

  4. Why does Lt Gov John Fetterman always dress like he is in a Communist Government Position ?

    1. Actually, Fetterman and Val D. are co-presenting on Saturday before the conferences concludes. The topic will be: “Had Scott Wagner Not Worn a Tie Would He Have Won?” In a real twist, in regard to wearing ties, Fetterman is arguing “no” and Val is arguing “yes”.

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