The big GOP loss no one is talking about

Could 2016 become a textbook example of win the battle, lose the war? By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Across America, Democrats wail in anguish while Republicans rejoice in total control of the federal government. Confident of the outcome of the election, Democrats were quite sure that Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump and they would regain control of the U.S. Senate. It didn’t quite...

Letter: ‘Lesser of two evils’ argument is wrong, Clinton is an easy pick

To The Editor, A grab-bag of popular phrases is making the rounds this election season; and it really puzzles me. Two statements you hear: “I don’t like either candidate.” “I guess I’ll vote for the lesser of two evils.” First, the “I don’t like either candidate” lament. It’s good to remind ourselves here that we’re electing a president – not a roommate. I say look closely...

Endorsements: Clinton is the clear choice

In most years, the decision to make endorsements is a fairly simple evaluation of both the policy and character of the individuals involved. We take for granted that the candidates up for election are driven by a sincere desire to make things better, even if they have differing opinions on how to get there. And while we feel this remains largely true for all of the down-ballot candidates this election...

The Trumpocalypse hits home

Meanwhile, local candidates gather and talk issues thoughtfully By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Well, that was a week to be proud of in politics, right? As Donald Trump continues to loom over the election of down ballot candidates much as he did over Hillary Clinton during last Sunday night’s town hall forum — frankly, all it needed was slasher movie music to make it perfect — it seems...

Holton visits West Chester to push registration, turnout

Wife of VP nominee Tim Kaine talks election, Hillary Clinton West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta shares a moment with Anne Holton, wife of Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine during a voter registration event Saturday. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times WEST CHESTER — Anne Holton, wife of Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine visited the borough Saturday with a simple message:...

Welcome to the center of the political universe

National media highlights major role of Chester County in presidential race By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Well, we told you so. For most of the summer in this space, we’ve told you that Chester County figures to be ground zero in the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — and now multiple stories from outside the region, in USA Today, The New York Times and The Harrisburg...

County Democrats display passion at local office opening

Crowds pack new Kennett Area Democrats’ campaign facility By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Democrats from around Chester County gathered Sunday to celebrate the opening of the Kennett Area Democrats’ new campaign office on East Linden Street in Kennett Square. From left: State Rep. candidate Susan Rzucidlo, Chester County Democratic Chair Brian McGinnis, Attorney General Candidate...

Trump, Clinton, Killion post big Election Day wins

Roe appears to have won write-in for 158th State House GOP nomination By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The voters of Chester County spoke loud and clear — and picked Donald J. Trump as the Republican nominee, Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president as both won statewide, Tuesday. Turnout was very strong for a primary election, with nearly 52% of registered Republicans casting...

Merry Election Season? Not so far

State House GOP budget play doesn’t seem to make political sense By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times It’s that time of year — you can see the indications of it everywhere. It’s election season. What, you thought I was talking about Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza? After just a few weeks off from the local 2015 elections, politics has moved back front and center, even if the events of 2015...