Not content with taking your vote away, apparently Republicans also want you to die

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa This was going to be a column about the non-trivial issue of politicians seeking to disenfranchise millions of voters literally because they didn’t like how the election went, but COVID-19, being COVID-19, the virus pushed itself back to front and center in the headlines again Thursday. With cases spiraling — especially in the central part of the...

GOP members in Pa. legislature — again — want to throw out your vote

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa It’s been a month since Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump for the presidency — as it turns out by some seven million votes and more than 70 electoral votes, the biggest win by a challenger for the presidency since Franklin Roosevelt defeated Herbert Hoover in 1932. And yet, too many seem convinced that somehow state legislatures, the U.S. Supreme Court...

Republicans screaming about ‘voter fraud’ know they’re lying

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Rudolph Giuliani came to Pennsylvania this week for one reason: to lie. State Sen. Doug Mastriano held a publicity event in Gettysburg — it wasn’t a hearing — for one reason: to lie. President Donald Trump continues to rant and rave on social media (and now, during press conferences), gibberish about he actually won Pennsylvania. That, too, is a...

We will remember who is backing this coup

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa This madness is not just on President Donald Trump, who continues to to make ridiculously false claims about the election. This is not about Rudolph Giuliani, who went into federal court this week, literally seeking to set aside your vote in Pennsylvania, with crazed conspiracy claims untethered from reality. Yes, they spew ridiculous conspiracy theories...

As pandemic rages, we can’t give up the fight

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The election is over — Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States. You know what’s not over? The COVID-19 pandemic. More than 180,000 new cases were reported Friday, some 5,500 in Pennsylvania. Over the last week, Chester County is averaging 100 new cases a day — and generally speaking, we’re doing better than average, But still...

Letter: We must defend the nation against sedition in trying to overturn election

To The Editor, We are witnessing an attempt to subvert our election process through demagoguery and disinformation. While we understand that in every election there are winners and losers, never before in our National history have we seen such dishonesty and blatant attempt to deceive in order to overturn the results of an election. Now we must ask, at what point do such acts become sedition? Are the...

Trump, Pa. Republicans trying to steal an election they lost

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa In the last few days, Chester County has become famous — just maybe not in the way most of us would like. In the fevered dreams of some, Chester County’s officials are part of a vast conspiracy to prevent Donald Trump from being reelected President. Social media is roaring — people from thousands of miles away lecture me on what happened in my home...

Even with overwhelming Biden win in Chesco, Democrats have concerns down ballot in coming elections

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa To be blunt: what the @#$% was that? Looking over the Chester County election results there were a couple of head scratchers — and races that defied the polling and conventional wisdom (especially mine). While Joe Biden winning Chester County by a remarkable 17 points was a bit of a surprise, he had virtually no coattails. Typically, such a blow out...

If you haven’t voted yet, you can vote safely Tuesday if you use a little caution

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa On Tuesday, many of us will vote. Of course, here in Chester County, more than 100,000 people have returned their mail-in ballots (that number is probably low — I assume many more ballots will have shown up, maybe 40,000 more, by the time you read this — if you have a ballot, please take it to a drop off box right away). Still, it is safe to assume...

Lies, damn lies and our legislative Republicans

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa If you or I left work early for vacation with a ton of work undone, we’d probably be in trouble — me with readers and advertisers, you with your boss. Yet, our beloved state House of Representatives bailed on their work in Harrisburg, with a stack of work undone, so they can go home and campaign for to keep the job so many of them seem unwilling to...