Spahr announces run for 160th District

Cathy Spahr addresses supporters during her campaign kickoff last week. UPPER CHICHESTER —  Cathy Spahr, an environmentalist, political activist, and mother to twin sons Charlie and Julien, announced her campaign to unseat Steve Barrar, Pennsylvania State Representative for the 160th Congressional District this past week. Spahr said she is running, “to fight for those without a voice and...

Parkland slaughter should hit home in Chester County

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times If you had a pit in the stomach this morning when you sent your kids off to school, you were probably not alone. I certainly did. Yesterday’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida should hit home for folks here in Chester County. Like so many of our community high schools, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is in an affluent suburb. The school has an average SAT...

Andrew announces run for 160th State Rep.

Anton Andrew Anton Andrew announced Wednesday that he will seek election to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. Andrew will be seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Stephen Barrar representing the 160th district, which covers parts of Chester and Delaware Counties. The district includes Kennett Square, Pennsbury, and Pocopson Townships in Chester County, as well as Chadds Ford, Concord,...

It’s on: U.S. Supreme court paves way for Congressional redistricting

The 7th District as we knew it is no more, following Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider a stay to a state Supreme Court ruling that said the state’s Congressional district violated the state Constitution. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Nah, nah, nah, — nah, nah, nah — heeeeeey, goodbye. No, we’re not talking about the Patriots’ hopes for a Super Bowl...

Vitali announces bid for 7th Congressional District

State Rep. Greg Vitali (D-166) HAVERTOWN – Today, State Representative Greg Vitali (D-166) announced he is running for Congress in the 7th congressional district of Pennsylvania. “Climate change is the single greatest long term threat to our world,” Vitali said. “I cannot sit idly by as Donald Trump and the current Congress endanger our future and make this problem worse. The time is...

Sometimes real life means more than politics

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Hello from the Coastal Bend of Southeast Texas — which hopefully will be the home of the new Times’ Texas bureau — where folks are bit more concerned about real life and less about politics and the political silliness that comes from places such as Washington or Harrisburg or Austin. Here, folks are about one thing: recovery. When...

Town Hall: opioid abuse, Gerrymandering top Roe’s priorities

By JP Phillips, Staff Writer, The Times State Rep. Eric Roe (R-158) listens to a constituent question, Thursday night. EAST MARLBOROUGH — First-term Pennsylvania State Representative Eric Roe held his ninth open meeting with a friendly crowd Thursday at the East Marlborough township building.  According to Roe’s staff, postcard invitations were sent to all households in the local area. The...

Meehan won’t seek reelection in the 7th

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-7) Amidst a scandal involving alleged sexual harassment of a staffer and a public payout of funds to settle, U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-7) announced Thursday that he would not seek reelection for his seat in Congress from the 7th District. Meehan came under increasing pressure this week after a New York Times story detailed an alleged harassment incident with a now...

Happy New Year! Surf’s up, baby!

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Happy 2018! Who’s got their surfboards ready? Because, yeah, it is becoming increasingly likely that our friends in the Republican Party might not just be facing a wave, but rather a tsunami. But before you rush out and scream “that dirty so-and-so Trump” (as apparently so many West Wing staffers seem to do daily, per Michael Wolff’s controversial new book),...

GOP Congressman laud tax bill, Democrats decry ‘gift’ for wealthy, donors

The U.S. Senate last night passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — a sweeping revision of U.S. Tax code, that depending on who is talking is either a spark for job and wage growth or a massive, deficit busting giveaway to the rich, political donors and corporate America. The House voted Tuesday to approve the package, but will have to revote Wednesday because of three provisions in the original bill...