After a tough spring, Democrats look like they have momentum on this Labor Day

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa Happy Labor Day! (Well, tomorrow, actually). As we political junkies know, Labor Day is the traditional start of the political season, so it is always with some excitement when the first ridiculous claim of the campaign season is thrown out. Back in May and April, when it looked like the sky was falling on Democrats and President Joe Biden, I suggested...

Democrats throwing mud in primary may hurt efforts in the fall

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa For a number of weeks, I’ve been wanting to write a column about the dysfunction in the Democratic race for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania — but every time I’d be poised to do so, the Republicans in either or both the gubernatorial or U.S. Senate race would do something so out there it could not be ignored. But the fact of the matter is while the GOP...

Fetterman formally announces run for U.S. Senate

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman BRADDOCK — Literally the biggest thing in Pennsylvania politics — 6-foot-8 Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, made it official Monday, formally announcing his run for U.S. Senate in 2022. The seat will be open with the retirement of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R). Fetterman, gifted in his use of social media, had started an exploratory committee before filing formal campaign paperwork late...

No peace, love and understanding, it is time for a reckoning

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa What happened Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol had the feeling of the inevitable if you were willing to pay attention. Those of us who issued the alarm years ago were dismissed as having “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” We were ignored right up until the point where Donald Trump incited a riot and attempted a coup d’etat as Congress moved to certify the...

Moore, Trump put local Republicans at severe risk

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times As we head into the 2018 election season, we see that the two major political parties find themselves at crossroads, with one party seemingly finding its roots after years of wandering and pandering and another so lost, to as be unrecognizable from just a few years ago. For Democrats, heading into 2018 with a wind at their back — and locally, the biggest series of...