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Five false claims about Casey: Trump in Wilkes-Barre

Among whoppers: They never met. The senator wants to abolish ICE. He wont debate Barletta.

August 04, 2018

By Chris Brennan

Fact-checking a speech by President Trump that spans more than an hour can be a tough task.

Sometimes the president helps out by raising doubts about his own claims and posting proof that they are false on the […]

2018-08-16T22:01:59+00:00

Raucous Rally: Trump In Wilkes-Barre

FAMILIAR FOES: Clinton, Mueller, and media attacked.

August 03, 2018

By Chris Brennan

and Kelly Brennan

WILKES-BARRE – President Trump returned to Northeast Pennsylvania on Thursday night to savor his 2016 victory, rehash familiar grievances with the “fake news” that he says refuses to credit his successes, and to stump for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, the Hazleton […]

2018-08-16T22:02:32+00:00

Barletta’s balancing act in Senate race

His support of Trump plays well in much of Pa. In the Phila. area, he has to carve a separate identity.

July 24, 2018

By Chris Brennan

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum had sensed a shift in the political winds recently in favor of Republicans running in November’s midterm election.

That would have been good news for U.S. Rep. […]

2018-08-16T22:03:12+00:00

How the Barletta brand was born in Pennsylvania

His complaints about immigrants in Hazleton drew attention – but didn’t keep more Hispanics away.

July 18, 2018

By Chris Brennan

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta slowed his GMC Denali on East Chestnut Street to tell the story of how Derek Kichline died and a law to restrict illegal immigration was born.

It is a story Barletta has been telling […]

2018-08-16T22:04:21+00:00

Kamala Harris visits to support Casey

The California senator is third on a Washington Post list of potential 2020 presidential candidates.

July 15, 2018

By Chris Brennan

Was that an electoral echo resounding across West Philly on Friday?

Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, came to town to court voters with Sen. Bob Casey, a Scranton Democrat seeking a third term this […]

2018-08-16T22:04:47+00:00

Brexit leader to appear for Barletta

Nigel Farage will be at a campaign stop in the small town of Harveys Lake.

July 03, 2018

By Chris Brennan

In Harveys Lake, a tiny borough wrapped around its namesake in northern Luzerne County, a transatlantic tiff has erupted around a U.S. Senate seat, claims of anti-Semitism, and – oddly enough – Britain’s “Brexit” from the European […]

2018-08-16T22:05:15+00:00

No budget, no pay for Pa. lawmakers who miss deadline | Editorial

 April 16, 2018 

Approving a balanced budget each year is a fundamental responsibility for the governor and members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. But they have become heedless about meeting the June 30 budget deadline.

State legislators have missed that deadline in all three of Gov. Wolf’s annual budget negotiations so far, part of six […]

2018-04-18T16:30:31+00:00

Pa. Legislature needs to shrink | Editorial

March 20, 2018 

Some Pennsylvania legislators pulled off a devious little trick last week, appearing to support a governmental reform measure while actually setting back that effort.

The state House voted, 109-80, to reduce its size from 203 members to 151 . That’s a sensible reform, since Pennsylvania has the largest full-time legislature in the country.

But […]

2018-04-18T16:12:14+00:00

Be a city of winners | Editorial

Feb. 06, 2018

The trophy has been hoisted. The green confetti has fluttered. And the Macy’s mannequins have been liberated from their window displays.

Wait, what?

It’s been a topsy-turvy time in Philadelphia since the Super Bowl LII clock ran down to zero Sunday night and the Eagles secured a 41-33 victory over the New England […]

2018-02-15T20:59:14+00:00