Scalia’s death puts Toomey in an impossible position

Plus: more juvenile budget behavior and the Kane show that will never end By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times After this past week of watching Pennsylvania politics, I almost wish I was back on the serious pain meds I took after my recent back surgery — because it wasn’t exactly a week that covered the commonwealth with glory and it hurt a bit to watch it all. From the juvenile tussle over the...

Does 161st election prompt worry for GOP?

Also, Kane must go; thoughts on GOP presidential debate By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times It’s still August, and as much as we want to cling to our icy-cold beverages, sun screen and the amazing scent of meat grilling in the back yard, like a storm front, politics, both local and national keep pulling us forward into the fall political season. We’ll dig into the Kathleen Kane issue, the Republican...

Rafferty to run for Attorney General

State Sen. John Rafferty (R-44) State Sen. John Rafferty (R-44) — who represents parts of Chester County — announced Wednesday he would run for state Attorney General in 2016. The post is currently held by Kathleen Kane, a Democrat. Rafferty made his announcement in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania State Troopers Headquarters in part to highlight a number of high-profile endorsements he received...

Don’t expect much political change in 2015

Although new approaches seem badly needed, expect the ‘same old, same old’ this year By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times New year, same old politics. As 2015 dawns, even with new majorities in state and federal legislatures, as well as a brand new governor and a new county commissioner, things are arguably more the same than different. In terms of the federal government, it’s not just...

Same-sex marriage is happening. So?

The less time we spend on this, the more we might realize what sort of mess we’re in By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Same sex couples, it would seem, can drive a short distance from Chester County and obtain a marriage license. At the same time, our state Attorney General is refusing to defend the state’s defense of marriage act — a law that defines marriage as being between a man and...

Milne Op/Ed: Kane must uphold her legal duties

Attorney General can’t decide which laws to enforce and defend, she must defend all By Duane D. Milne, Special to The Times State Rep. Duane Milne Pennsylvania State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has apparently decided to approach her elected post as if it was one of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books that were popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Kane is now selectively choosing which...