For GOP, the call is coming from inside the house

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Those of you old enough to remember 1980s slasher movies (or those of who have seen countless Internet memes) might be able to relate to both local and national Republicans when I note it appears that “the call is coming from inside the house.” Yes, Bob Woodward’s Fear and the now-famous Op/Ed in The New York Times display a litany of Republicans willing,...

Осенью этого года у местных республиканцев может быть только российская проблема

Translation: This fall, local Republicans may have a Russian problem By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times So, comrades, how was your week? If you happen to be a Republican, and hold public office locally, the guess here is: not too great. Between the missteps, lies, new infidelity claims (and tapes, lordy) and policy decisions of El Presidente For Life Donald J. Trump (seems about right for a would-be...

For GOP candidates the question is: To Trump or not to Trump?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times With summer bearing down on us (finally!), it seemed like a good idea to take one quick snap shot of the local political scene before moving into our summer hiatus (and yes, we already skipped an edition of Politics as Unusual (PAU), sensing something of a politics overload for you, the reader). As this could well be the final edition of PAU until — gasp —...

Wagner, Barletta win statewide; Andrew, Roe, Williams win local nods

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Voters across Chester County — and Pennsylvania — made their choices Tuesday in the primary elections that settle both statewide and local legislative races in a typically low turnout election, but one that saw local Democrats turn out at a higher rate than their Republican counterparts, a break from recent primary election in the county. While Gov. Tom Wolf...

Op/Ed: Young people marched on gun safety, we must listen

By Tom Wolf, Governor, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Young people marched for their lives. We need to listen – and act. The March for Our Lives brought together young people from across the country and Pennsylvania to demand safer schools and stronger gun safety laws. Their passion and activism took many forms in an historic show of solidarity, and they have inspired millions to join them in their...

Election: Beyond Wolf win, Democrats crushed countywide

GOP storms to win in all Congressional, state legislative races By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times While Tom Wolf may have carried Chester County, Tuesday, as he easily defeated Gov. Tom Corbett, Republicans swept every other race in the county, including a handful of state legislative races expected to be close, on a day when Democrats were pummeled coast to coast at the ballot box. In what might...

Corbett makes final pitch in Chester County

GOP brings out heavy hitters to make argument for governor’s reelection By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times Gov. Tom Corbett makes his case for reelection Monday at the Helicopter Museum in West Chester. The governor, who faces a tough reelection battle with Democrat Tom Wolf, was supported by a “who’s who” local, regional and statewide elected Republicans. WEST CHESTER...

The Times endorsements: Governor & State Senate

This represents the final installment of The Times’ first-ever political endorsements. Friday, we offered our take on the U.S. Congressional races and Saturday we offered our thoughts on six state representative races in Chester. We welcome your comments and thoughts.   Governor: Tom Wolf Barring a meteorite strike, Tom Wolf is almost certainly going to be the next governor of Pennsylvania....

Could attacks on Pileggi doom Pa. GOP?

If Republicans move right, will they lose moderates — and control? By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Is state Sen. Dominic Pileggi in danger of becoming a former Senate Majority leader? If you ask a couple of his fellow Republican senators, who have both issued scathing letters condemning the senator, yes. But Pileggi, who represents a large swath of southern Chester County, seems ready to seek...

The silliest of silly seasons cranks up

Playing the Walker ‘blame game’ and hijinks in the Sixth race By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times It’s just one month until election day and the gloves have come off, from dueling ads (of questionable veracity at times), protests, endorsements, temper tantrums and worst of all: the lawyers have been unleashed. So, in other words, it’s a pretty typical October, when politics goes from...