Lincoln Institute launches
‘Pennsylvania’s Marketplace of Ideas’
The Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, Inc. has spearheaded development
of a new web site unifying public policy research conducted by a wide range
of free market organizations throughout the state into one site on the worldwide
Patterned after the Heritage Foundation’s highly successful www.townhall.com
site indexing national organizations, www.patownhall.com presents the current
work of Pennsylvania-based groups. Policy papers, polls and surveys, opinion
columns, and news releases from member groups are available on www.patownhall.com.
“The Internet has become the tool of choice for researchers, public
policy makers, journalists, political operatives, and citizen activists,” said
Lowman S. Henry, Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute. “Our new
web site www.patownhall.com makes the job of finding the latest state-level
free market policy, polling, and opinion materials easy to find by consolidating
it on one site.
Among the organizations whose work is posted on www.patownhall.com are the
Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, the Commonwealth Foundation
for Public Policy Alternatives, Pennsylvanians for Right to Work, the Allegheny
Institute for Public Policy, the Susquehanna Valley Center for Public Policy,
the Shenango Institute for Public Policy, the Pennsylvania Family Institute,
the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, Inc. and Citizens Against
Higher Taxes. More member organizations will be added over the coming months.
In addition to participating organizations, www.patownhall.com carries opinion
columns by a number of conservative authors including: “Somedays” commentaries
by Al Paschall, Lowman Henry’s “Keystone Commentary,” regular
columns by Ralph Reiland of Robert Morris College, education columns by David
Kirkpatrick of the U.S. Freedom Foundation, and opinion columns by WILK Newradio
talk show host Barrie Singer.
The web site also provides hot links to audio of the Lincoln Institute’s
weekly public affairs radio program, Lincoln Journal; a link to video of Behind
the Headlines, a weekly public affairs television program produced by the Susquehanna
Valley Center and the Commonwealth Foundation; a link to the PMA Bulletin which
is published each week the state legislature is in session; and a link to the
Insider, a political newsletter written by veteran journalist Al Neri.
The web site includes a regular weekly reader poll, Al Bienstock’s
Right Wing Limericks, and book reviews by Leslie Carbone. There are also hot
links on www.patownhall.com to a wide range of other web sites of interest.
“This new web site is yet another way for those involved in protecting
our free market liberties in Pennsylvania to reach out to a broader audience,” Henry
concluded. “It is our hope that www.patownhall.com becomes one of those ‘favorite
sites’ people check every day.”