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...

County GOP says Corbett boosted ed. funding

County Republicans hold event to defend Governor’s education record By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Sheriff Bunny Welsh speaks at Monday’s press conference defending Gov. Corbett’s record on funding education. WEST CHESTER – At a press conference at the Historic Courthouse on Monday morning, Chester County Republicans said that under Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania...

Op/Ed: Rendell (and Wolf) shouldn’t escape pension blame

By Kelly Lewis Kelly Lewis I have read about 5% of the noise surrounding the upcoming Governor’s race in Pennsylvania. As a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I’m always amazed at what issues become amplified, minimized, and often buried. Less than 1% of the voters will read this little note, but as a son of teachers, and a friend to many current and retired...

Numbers, both in polls and finance reports tell a story

While Corbett’s numbers suggest a Democratic opportunity, can they raise enough $$ to take advantage? By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Not to beat a dead horse, but there are even more bad poll numbers this week to make even the stoutest of Republicans more than a tad worried about not just the fate of Gov. Tom Corbett, but whether an electoral tsunami could hurt down-ballot candidates,...