Editorial: An electoral shock to the system needed to save GOP

As has been the case since the earliest days of The Times, we had planned to make endorsements in all of the 2018 elections. We expected, again, to endorse a combination of Democratic and Republican candidates — based entirely on who we saw as likely serving as the best possible public servants. While we often did not agree with a candidate’s ideology, we were able to credit work ethic, honesty...

OpEd: In 2018, Republicans are fighting for the future

By Val DiGiorgio, Chairman, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Val DiGiorgio A lot has changed in our national political landscape—some for the good, some for the bad—but for the first time in over a decade (thanks in large part to Republican achievement) a record-low number of people are concerned about the economy.  Republican-led tax cuts and deregulation have created an economic boom in...

If Socialism comes to the U.S., it will be brought on by Republicans

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times HAVANA, Cuba — While walking the streets of this alleged “workers paradise” it was a bit hard not to see the irony when into my email box popped this messaging winner: “PA GOP asks Democratic Congressional candidates whether they support Pelosi, Socialists, and/or Maxine Waters.” This genius move come from Pennsylvania GOP Chair Val DiGiorgio, who decided...

Costello’s withdrawal leaves GOP in a tough spot

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Well, okay, then. By now those of you following local politics know that U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello announced he would not seek reelection and then withdrew from the May 15 primary. He’s been on TV and offered print interviews blaming President Donald Trump, liberals, redistricting and so on as being to blame. Whatever. Regardless of the why, Costello’s departure...

Chesco GOP: Rivera gets nod in 158th; Toomey offers praise

The county’s Republicans gathered Thursday night to endorse a wide slate of candidates — with little in the way of drama, as the vast majority of candidates were incumbents running without primary opposition. The one in-county race that was contested — the three-way fight for the 158th State House District endorsement — went to Kennett Square attorney Lenny Rivera, who seeks to face off...

Kichline appointed to replace Costello as County Commissioner

Democrats cry foul, claim judges playing politics, again Updated: 8 a.m. 12/10 with comments from Democratic committee By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Michelle Kichline WEST CHESTER — Michelle Kichline, a former Tredyffrin township supervisor and the Vice-Chair of the Chester County Republican Committee was appointed Tuesday as the replacement for Ryan Costello on the Chester County Board of...

Op/ED: SE GOP leaders back Corbett on pension fight

Editors Note: This op-ed was submitted by Patricia Poprik, Chair of the Bucks County Republican Committee; Valentino DiGiorgio, Chair of the Republican Committee of Chester County; Andrew Reilly, Chair of the Delaware County Republican Committee; Mike Vereb, Chair of the Montgomery County Republican Committee; and John Taylor, Chair of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee; Michael Meehan,...