Letter: Study the candidates and you’ll find Ruggieri is the best for 13th District

To the Editor, 2020 is an election year and I feel safe in writing that it will be unlike any other because of the Covid 19 epidemic. I also feel pretty certain that the election may not be, at this moment, in the forefront of your mind. As you probably know Pennsylvania moved the date of the primary from April 28th to June 2nd. Another reason why this election will be so unique is that Pennsylvania’s...

COVID-19 Update 3-27: Cases continue to climb in Pa.; primary election formally delayed

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The steady growth in cases of COVID-19 and deaths continues in Pennsylvania, while growth in Chester County appears to have slowed for one day, while state government continues to add legislation and programs in order to aid the fight against the deadly virus. The new numbers, as of midday Friday from the state Department of Health said that there are 531 additional...

Leland announces run for the 167th

Wendy Graham Leland The 2020 election season is kicking off with the first local announcement of a challenge in a Chester County state legislative district — with a military veteran announcing late Monday night, Veterans Day, that she would seek the 167th State House seat. Describing herself as a “dedicated community leader and combat veteran,” retired Army Col. Wendy Graham Leland announced...

Feeling a bit bluer than usual after Election Day

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times So, what to take away from Tuesday’s election results? While the county’s Congressional races and even State Representative races weren’t a surprise (regular readers will note I felt pretty strongly that Democrats could win all but three state house districts unless the national wave was immense, which it was not, and they did), you have to think that the state...

Op/Ed: Time for legislative candidates to take the ‘No Nonsense’ pledge

By Susan Rzucidlo, Special to The Times Susan Rzucidlo Ethics in politics. It’s not an oxymoron or at least, it shouldn’t be. However, given Pennsylvania’s long and recent history of corruption scandals among members of both parties, well, sometimes I wonder. Will they ever learn? Will we – the voters – ever learn? All too often, it seems like integrity is the exception to the norm in Harrisburg....

Anti-Gerrymandering bill takes hit, but supporters continue fight

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times State Rep. Eric Roe (R-158) speaks at a forum last month on ending Gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. Gerrymandering—what it is, how it’s done, how it disenfranchises voters, and how to end it—was the subject of two April town halls held jointly by State Representative Eric Roe (R-158) and Fair Districts PA Chair Carol Kuniholm. Because of population shifts,...

Op/Ed: Vote No on Tuesday

By Lisa Longo, Member, the Phoenixville School Board and Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times We urge voters to vote NO on the ballot question on the back of Tuesday’s ballot.  Why? Well, generally tax reform is a good thing, but in this case, it might not be. So when you hear the word “reform,” it’s time to ask questions… and there are quite a few we need to ask. The PA constitution...

Pryor announces bid for 74th District state house seat

Frank Pryor EAST FALLOWFIELD — A township man announced Wednesday he will seek the 74th District State Representative seat in 2018. Frank Pryor said he would seek the democratic nomination for the seat currently held by State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74). “As State Representative, I will advance opportunities for jobs & economic development, advocate for quality education and state of the art...

Is a ‘cross-fire hurricane’ bearing down on the 6th District?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times “I was born in a cross-fire hurricane And I howled at the morning driving rain But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas But it’s all right. I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash It’s a gas, gas, gas” — The Rolling Stones, Jumpin’ Jack Flash. It’s pretty clear that politics over the next 18 or so months will be anything but calm, as...

Time for Costello to show just a hint of courage

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Sometime later this afternoon, U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R-6) will hold a town hall meeting. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he’s holding it in Historic Courtroom 1, limiting it to 100 people, it was announced Thursday and filled up within minutes — and no one can record the video. Some sort of modern-day Stasi will be at the door, demanding “papers,...