Dems mailer crossed the line in 158th race

Both parties deserve hit for tone and conduct of 2016 campaign By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times And so, finally, it comes to an end. There’s little glory to be had by either party — whether you look at the national operations, or the local county parties — as no one has much to be proud of for the their conduct and willful deceptions in advertising. While there is a price to be paid for that...

Letter: Hogan should recuse himself rom Roe investigation

To The Editor, Last week, the Chester County Democrats filed a complaint providing serious and concrete evidence that Republican Candidate Eric Roe has committed voter fraud. Following the appropriate legal avenues, they filed a complaint detailing Roe’s years of living in Washington D.C. and overseas both with the Chester County District Attorney and the Attorney General’s office, whose offices...

Things heating up in final days of election season

With 10 to go, intensity picks up; pension efforts fail again By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Well, we’re getting down to the end of it, just 10 more days and Election 2016 will in the history books. And make no mistake, it will be one for the history books. Or maybe, the horror section. And no, don’t ask me to email it to you. From filing what appear to be criminal charges against a state representative...

Letter: Politics column is nothing more than wishful thinking

To The Editor, I recently read Mike McGann’s column regarding the 2016 election. Let me say first that I have generally been impressed with your political analysis, which (while having a Democrat tilt) was generally unbiased and on the mark. Any pretense of that type of balanced analysis, however, seems to have been lost in the divisiveness of this year’s election. Case in point is your recent...

Political news and notes: 2014 legislative races kicking off

Final write-in results show poor turnout, participation in 2013 By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The political news cycle never seems to end these days, on the heels of the final write-in election results being posted Friday, we have a batch of new candidate announcements or pending announcements in 2014 state legislative races — and even, it seems — an early hint about a 2016 race. First to the...

Coatesville area new state house district upheld by courts

New state house, state Senate districts for many — new district, the 74th in Coatesville area The new State House districts for Chester County, including the new 74th District, centered around Coatesville. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court has upheld a new legislative redistricting plan, Wednesday, meaning the proposed district changes — including...

GOP turns back Democratic tide locally

Republicans hold all nine Chester County state house seats, Romney wins narrow victory By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Among Tuesday’s legislative winners in Chester County, from top left: State Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-19), State Sen. Dominic Pieleggi (R-9), from middle left: State Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-26), State Rep. John Lawrence (R-13), State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160), from left left, State...

Column: My take on the area legislative races

Is competency more important that ideology? I think so. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times We had some internal discussions about doing our first endorsements as a publication this year, something I decided was probably not the right thing to do in 2010 or 2011. And while we were split — at the end we still decided that the negatives outweighed the positives. It is a position we will revisit in 2013,...

Letter: Rzucidlo alerts voters in the 158th of voting issues

To The Editor: As an advocate, I have worked for many years to assist  families and individuals in the region navigate the complicated Education, Human Services, and Veteran services programs in Pennsylvania. I  help people find services they need and teach them how to they can in turn help others as well. I am also a candidate running for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the...

Rzucidlo doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer

State Rep. candidate has spent more than two decades fighting the system By Mike McGann, Editor, CoatesvilleTimes.com Susan Rzucidlo, Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 158th District. NEW GARDEN — Susan Rzucidlo says she knows she can rub some people the wrong way, especially if they get between her and something she’s fighting for, whether it be for her own disabled child, or...