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Rafferty Releases Plan to Protect PA Farmers

Rafferty for AG Releases Plan To Protect Pennsylvania Family Farmers

Josh Shapiro Voted Against ACRE LAW

HARRISBURG – The Rafferty for Attorney General campaign released his record of supporting Pennsylvania family farmers and his plan to continue doing so as our next Attorney General:

“In Pennsylvania, agriculture is our number one industry, and as Attorney General I will do everything I can to protect our farmers and their families,” Rafferty said. “I voted for the ACRE law, my opponent, Josh Shapiro did not. I will fight overregulation by the government, Josh Shapiro supports more regulation. Unlike my opponent, I will fight for our farmers, Josh Shapiro will fight against them.”

Protecting Our Family Farmers:

  • Stand up to the EPA and DEP Overregulation: Unlike Democratic Attorney General candidate Josh Shapiro, John Rafferty does not support overregulation. President Obama’s administration, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection have issued radical regulations that are hurting Pennsylvania farmers. John Rafferty will stand up for the Pennsylvania agriculture community and protect them from aggressive government overreach that negatively impacts our hardworking farmers who are working to feed our Commonwealth.
  • Continue Support of ACRE Law: As a State Senator, John Rafferty voted to implement Pennsylvania Agriculture and Rural Environment Law (ACRE) that allows family farms to challenge local municipal ordinances with the Office of Attorney General. His opponent, Josh Shapiro, as a member of the StateHouse voted against the ACRE law. (PA HB 1646 of 2005, 6/30/05)
As Attorney General, John Rafferty will work to ensure our local family farmers have the freedom to operate without government overreach by ensuring the ACRE program is more transparent and accessible to both farmers and local governments.
  • Death Tax: John Rafferty was proud to vote to eliminate the Death Tax for family farmers.
  • Identity Theft: John Rafferty will propose creating an Identity Theft Protection Unit that will focus on protecting and assisting all Pennsylvanians from identity theft, including Pennsylvania’s farming families.

John Rafferty is the Republican nominee for Attorney General.  As a State Senator, John represents the 44th District, which includes parts of Montgomery, Chester, and Berks counties.  John previously served as a Deputy Attorney General where he worked in the Criminal Law Division in the Medicaid Fraud Unit.  John’s campaign has been endorsed by a number of influential organizations, including the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association, the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter, Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania and the Western Pennsylvania Operators and Engineers and the recommendation of Firearms Owners Against Crime.

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Rafferty for AG: Launch School Safety Task Force

Part Two of our Back to School Safety Week

HARRISBURG –Attorney General candidate John Rafferty released the following statement announcing his plans to launch a new School Safety Task Force focused on ensuring the safety of our children while they are attending school.

“As Pennsylvania students head to back to school for another year of education, there is no greater priority than protecting the safety of our children and the men and women who teach them,” Rafferty said. “With the risk of natural disasters and the growing threat of violence and terrorist attacks, it is critical that each school district and building has specific plans for how to respond to one of these events. Proper training and preparation is key to saving lives and that is why I plan to launch a School Safety Task Force in the Office of Attorney General. This Task Force will focus on assisting school districts, law enforcement, first responders, administrators, teachers, parents and students with coming up with specific plans to ensure we are doing everything possible to protect the safety of our children.

“Additionally, my office will be a leader in assisting administrators, parents, teachers and fellow students in recognizing when an individual is showing signs of having a serious issue that could lead to someone harming another person or themselves at school or at home.

“As our next Attorney General, I will stop at nothing to keep our schools and children safe.”

Pennsylvania State Troopers Association President Joe Kovel added, “Law enforcement stands united behind John Rafferty’s candidacy for Attorney General because of his experience and tireless commitment to keeping Pennsylvanians safe. Helping to implement and coordinate school safety preparedness plans will help law enforcement and first responders better perform their duties and save lives in the event one of these tragedies occurs.”

Fraternal Order of Police President Les Neri continued, “John Rafferty’s plan to launch a School Safety Task Force to coordinate plans with local law enforcement, first responders, school districts, parents, and students will help save lives in the event of one of these emergency situations. Having the Office of Attorney General take a leadership role in coordinating safety plans, sharing best practices and educating teachers, parents and students on ways to identify individuals who are seeking to harm themselves or others are critically important. John Rafferty will make protecting our children a top priority.”

Karen Hermann of Chester County said, “As a teacher and school board member, there is no responsibility I take more seriously than ensuring the safety of our children when they are at school. We live in a dangerous world and I am thankful that John Rafferty is going to prioritize school safety when he is elected Attorney General.”

When elected to the Office of Attorney General, John Rafferty will employ a School Safety Task Force in the Office of Attorney General who will advise staff on draft plans, coordinate and train local authorities, school administrators, teachers, parents and students on what to do in the case of a natural disaster, violent event or terrorist situation. Having a well-defined plan saves lives. Additionally, the Office of Attorney General will be a leader in helping authorities, administrators, parents, teachers and fellow students in recognizing when a child is showing signs of having a serious issue that could lead to someone harming another person or themselves.

John Rafferty’s campaign for Attorney General has earned the endorsement of law enforcement and first responders, including the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, FOP Lodges 1, 7, 11, 14, 16,27, 53 and 91, the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association, the Philadelphia Fire Fighters and Paramedics, IAFF Local 22, Scranton Fire Fighters, IAFF, Local 60 and Pittsburgh Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1.

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I’ll restore trust and integrity to the Attorney General’s Office: John Rafferty

PennLive Op-Ed

By John Rafferty

The act of casting a vote for someone to serve in an elected office comes with an inherent agreement that the person elected to serve will do so while upholding the highest ethical standards.

According to voters, trust in those elected to represent us in office is at an all-time low. And with good reason.

On the national level, we have a former Secretary of State whose use of a private email server, along with recurring questions about the relationship between the state department and the Clinton Foundation, continue to fuel questions about her ethics and her respect for the law. Voters can have no trust in a candidate who conducts themselves in that manner.

Here in Pennsylvania, we have our own crisis of confidence and trust with those we elected to serve us.

When two former state treasurers are indicted or awaiting sentencing and a former U.S. Congressman convicted of corruption is also awaiting sentencing something is terribly wrong.

A jury convicted our most recent attorney general of two felony perjury and abuse of power charges. She resigned in disgrace. All of that is unacceptable.

At a time in our country and our commonwealth when we face so many threats, both domestically and internationally, it is my firm belief that we must hold our public officials to a standard of conduct that is beyond reproach.

In Pennsylvania, we face a heroin and opioid epidemic that is now the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania.

Our state economy is struggling under the weight of overregulation and the threat of higher taxes from both the federal and the state governments. We see our police, those who serve to protect us, attacked and killed.

We are under a constant threat from terrorists who wish to do us harm simply for being American, to name only a few of the many issues we will face on the national and state levels.

There can be no questions from our constituents as to whether those in elected office are operating in a “gray area,” or are allowing conflicts of interest to become a question mark in their decisions.

We know what happens when a politician, responsible for keeping us safe and looking out for our interests, chooses their own political ambitions over making the best decisions for the citizens of Pennsylvania.  Sadly, this is an issue for my opponent.

Throughout his political career, and especially in this race, prosecutors and members of his own party have accused Josh Shapiro of questionable practices, including awarding government contracts to top donors and taking contributions from individuals with a checkered past.

Josh Shapiro accepted and then, under force, returned donations from individuals with corruption convictions. Some current Shapiro donors are even paying lawsuit settlements to attorneys general in other states.

Add to that his refusal to step down from a role where, as an agent of the state, he is in a position to give grants to potential political backers, and it would appear that Shapiro has, at the very least, the appearance of an ethics problem.

Would he earn your trust? I am convinced he would not.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania deserves an attorney general who is there to be exactly that, the top law enforcement officer of the state.  That is why I pledged from day one of my campaign that if elected I will not seek higher office and I will not use the Office of Attorney General to run for governor.

I will guide all of my decisions and policies by my desire to keep you and your family safe and to uphold the law in Pennsylvania.

I will make sure there will never be a need for anyone to question my ethics. My opponent will not make this pledge because his political aspirations go far beyond the Office of Attorney General.

 

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Rafferty for AG: Protecting Our Children From Predators Will Be Top Priority

Part One of our Back to School Safety Week

HARRISBURG –Attorney General candidate John Rafferty released the following statement pledging to work with local authorities in order to perform increased audits of the Megan’s Law website and his efforts to prioritize protecting children from predators.

“The Megan’s Law site is a critically important tool in helping to protect our state’s most vulnerable citizens, our children, from sexually violent predators who seek to steal the innocence of our youth,” Rafferty said. “Too often, despite best efforts to ensure these predators are registered with accurate information, people are in the system with old addresses. We will work with local prosecutors, state and local police, sheriffs and other local officials to organize and perform increased audits of the Megan’s Law database to ensure we have accurate contact information for dangerous predators.  If predators are not found at the address they have listed, we will find them.  The Office of Attorney General must serve as a leader in helping to ensure this information is correct.

“Pennsylvania’s schools, colleges and universities and families count on this information to be correct.  If your family lives next door to someone who has committed one of these despicable crimes, we want you to know that important information.”

The prevention and prosecution of child abuse will be a top priority in a Rafferty administration.  In the State Senate, John Rafferty has supported strengthening Megan’s Law to ensure that the public knows when registered sex offenders move into your neighborhoods. John Rafferty also played a critical role in the passage of Jessica’s Law that increases penalties for those who sexually abuse our children.  As Attorney General, Rafferty will work to ensure that the Pennsylvania State Police’s Megan’s Law website has up-to-date information so we know where every predator is currently living.

Additionally, John Rafferty has advocated for the elimination of Pennsylvania’s current statute of limitations regarding child abuse, which would allow all victims to have their voices heard.  The Office of Attorney General must be a leader on this issue and serve as a clearinghouse to work with Pennsylvania State Police to refer cases to local prosecutors, provide technical assistance with the investigations, assist with use of grand jury or handle the cases directly when they are referred.

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Rafferty for AG: Stand With Law Enforcement (Op Ed)

Every hour of every day, brave men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line to protect us with little regard for their own safety. When these officers leave their homes to start their shifts, their loved ones say goodbye knowing they are heading into a dangerous world and there is never a guarantee they are coming home.  For our men, women and families in blue, the deaths of three Baton Rouge police officers this weekend, the tragedy in Dallas and the officer killed in Kansas City are just the latest deadly reminders of the dangers these officers face on a daily basis and the sacrifices each one of them make to keep us safe.

In the aftermath of the Dallas police shooting, at a time so many were questioning our law enforcement officers and their actions, Dallas Police Chief David Brown asked all of us to think about the role we ask our police officers to carry out. The roles these men and women play in our communities are many and the demands on both their professional and family lives are great.  We ask them to monitor traffic, keep schools safe, respond to domestic disputes, combat the heroin epidemic, protect our neighborhoods where gangs are committing violent crimes, provide life-saving treatment to those who are in need and perform a multitude of duties too long to list. With new technologies, an ever-changing world and the threat of terrorist and vigilante attacks, the list of responsibilities and dangers our law enforcement officers encounter everyday is growing rapidly.

Having worked as a Deputy Attorney General and a State Senator, I have been fortunate enough to know and develop close relationships with many individuals in law enforcement.  In the State Senate, I am honored to be one of the strongest proponents and advocates for the law enforcement community because of my great respect for the work they do and for the rule of law.  I fight for them because they fight for us.

It would be difficult to find an elected official who stands more firmly behind our law enforcement.  With that being said, I understand the necessity of talking about how the police interact with the public.  This is an important conversation but one that must take place at the local level.  The “talking heads” and national media are sensationalizing these stories, the police are being demonized by a distorted narrative and this is placing our officers and communities in danger.

Violence against law enforcement officers is deplorable and has no place in a civilized society.  For these reasons, I intend to introduce hate crime legislation in the Pennsylvania Senate for crimes committed against our law enforcement officers that are motivated by a hatred of the police.  If you knowingly target a police officer in Pennsylvania, you leave us no other choice but to remove you from civilized society.

It is time for the violence against law enforcement officers to end and for Pennsylvanians and all Americans to stand united behind our law enforcement officers.

 

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Rafferty for AG: John Rafferty Applauds Call for Special Session on Heroin Epidemic

HARRISBURG –The Rafferty for Attorney General campaign released the following statement regarding yesterday’s news conference held by Governor Tom Wolf and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai regarding a special session to address the heroin crisis:

“I applaud and support the call for a special session to address the heroin crisis.  We must do everything we can to address the deadly heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania,” said Rafferty. “Our young people are dying everyday.  As I travel the state I can categorically tell you the devastation of heroin effects every community from Erie to Philadelphia from Green County to Pike County and everywhere in between.

“I have spoken to parents who have lost a child to a heroin overdose.  Their loss and pain is unbearable.  As attorney general I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure other parents don’t have to suffer the loss of a child to heroin abuse.”

Last month, John Rafferty launched a comprehensive plan for how he will fight the heroin epidemic as our next Attorney General.  Click here to read John Rafferty’s plan to create a Heroin Strike Force in the Office of Attorney General.

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DAY 9: DOES JOSH SHAPIRO SUPPORT SANCTUARY CITIES?

HARRISBURG – Republican Attorney General candidate John Rafferty today echoed the call on his opponent Democratic Commissioner Josh Shapiro to announce whether or not he supports Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy.

“The sanctuary city policy adopted by Mayor Jim Kenney and the city of Philadelphia is dangerous and puts the lives of innocent folks living, working and visiting the city everyday,” Rafferty said.  “The role of attorney general is to enforce the laws and keep Pennsylvanians safe.

“I do not support sanctuary cities.  I am calling out Commissioner Shapiro again…  Where does he stand on the issue?  Reporters have asked him the question and he won’t respond.”

 

 

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DAY 3: DOES JOSH SHAPIRO SUPPORT SANCTUARY CITIES?

HARRISBURG – Republican Attorney General candidate John Rafferty today echoed the call on his opponent Democratic Commissioner Josh Shapiro to announce whether or not he supports Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy.

“The sanctuary city policy adopted by Mayor Jim Kenney and the city of Philadelphia is dangerous and puts the lives of innocent folks living, working and visiting the city everyday,” Rafferty said.  “The role of attorney general is to enforce the laws and keep Pennsylvanians safe.

“I do not support sanctuary cities.  I am calling out Commissioner Shapiro for the third time…  Where does he stand on the issue?”