Houlahan highlights threat to local economy posed by Spotted Lanterfly

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan speaks at a media event Monday to highlight the threat to the local economy from the Spotted Lanterfly, as Braeloch Brewing owner Ken Steeves looks on. KENNETT SQUARE — If you are a beer or wine lover — or a fan of Chester County’s great agricultural products — you have a new Public Enemy, No. 1: the Spotted Lanternfly. This...

Pa., Chesco, municipalities to get funds from American Rescue Plan

Chester County and its municipalities are expected to receive an estimated $153 million in total federal pandemic relief through the recently passed American Rescue Plan (ARP), state Senator Carolyn Comitta said. According to estimates from the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee, Chester County will receive $101.82 million in estimated relief and its 73 municipalities will...

Houlahan backs effort to raise the minimum wage

U.S Rep. Chrissy Houlahan WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-6) announced she was a co-sponsor of the Raise the Wage Act of 2021. The legislation will phase in an increase to the minimum wage to $15/hr by 2025, which will give nearly 32 million Americans and nearly 100,000 Pennsylvanians right here in our community a raise. Rep. Houlahan also sponsored this legislation...

It’s happening: Democrats to outnumber GOP in Chester County

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Well, it finally happened. By Monday, it is very likely that for the first time since before the Civil War, there will be more registered Democrats in Chester County than Republicans. Last week, the gap had closed to less than 65, and Democrats had been picking up a couple of hundred registered voters a week in recent weeks. Obviously, electorally,...

Wolf’s conduct on the pipeline is impossible to explain

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times It runs like a scar across Chester County, a tear far more than a flesh wound, winding across the middle of the county as a reminder that the rich and the powerful can always buy off government at the expense of the people. It is, of course, the Mariner East II pipeline. It is appears to be back under construction because of a waiver from the Wolf Administration...

Letter: Pelosi’s drug pricing plan will hurt innovation and access

To the Editor: For people living with chronic illness, daily life can be excruciatingly difficult. But if your child is the one suffering, like my daughter who has POTS, gastroparesis, and celiac disease, life is often challenging because you feel useless. No parent wants to feel like they cannot help their child. Fortunately, our medical researchers are finding new treatments every day. Progress...

Emmons announces run for Congress

John Emmons Businessman John Emmons announced his candidacy for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District, Wednesday. Speaking to a group of more than 100 supporters at the VFW Hall in Parkesburg, Emmons kicked off his campaign: “The 2020 election will be a fight for the soul of our country, and as most of you know, I’m not afraid of a fight. We need strong, unwavering...

Rep. Houlahan: It’s time to start the impeachment inquiry

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times You may or may not have heard much about the testimony of former FBI Director and Special Counsel Robert Mueller this past week before Congress. While many in the media seem fixated on the optics — Mueller wasn’t showy, and demurred on answering a number of questions — for those who paid attention (and read his 400-page plus report), it is increasingly evident...

Don’t blame Trump for all of this chaos

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times I remember taking my mother to the hospital in December of 1992. X-rays showed a mass in her lung. By June, 1993, she was gone. We blamed the cancer. But in truth, it was all those years of smoking Pall Mall Gold 100s — as a kid, she used send me down to the local deli to pick up a couple of packs, which she smoked every day until about five years before she...

Meehan resigns, will repay costs of employee settlement

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-7) U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-7) announced Friday that he would immediately resign from office and repay costs from a severance agreement to a former staffer of his who claimed that Meehan had attempted to initiate a romantic relationship with her, and then, when rebuffed, mistreated her. Meehan — who was facing a House Ethics Committee investigation over the incident...