Election Recap: Dems See Momentum Heading Into Midterms

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  For months, Democrats have been positioning the 2017 “off-year” elections as an early referendum on the Trump administration and in three closely-watched states – Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey – the strategy seemed to have worked, at least for the time …

Turning Purple To Red

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  Since 2006, Pennsylvania has enjoyed bipartisan representation in the United States Senate. After years of Republican control with the late Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum, the watershed election of 2006 opened the door for Democrats in many states, including Pennsylvania.  Voters …

ABC PA Summit Focuses on Policy, Political Endorsements

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  Last week’s meeting of the five ABC chapters throughout Pennsylvania brought a rare opportunity to work with some uncommon coalition partners and hear from candidates who will appear on the ballot in 2017. Much of the Legislative Summit was focused on …

State Budget Talks Collapse As Legislature Heads Home

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  After more than three months, Republican lawmakers are still searching for viable solution to the Commonwealth’s unfinished budget, which has started to affect operations and the state’s financial standing. In late June, the Republican-controlled legislature passed a nearly $33 billion spending …

Pennsylvania Becomes Ground Zero for Trump Referendum

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  Historically, midterm elections have not gone well for sitting Presidents. Only two years into a term, Presidents have lost seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in 9 out of the last 10 elections.  In the Senate, the party of the …

PennDOT Drops Efforts At First Ever Project Labor Agreement

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  August 30, 2017 In early 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) indicated that they had plans to include a project labor agreement (PLA) in their bid process for a road reconstruction project in Montgomery County. The effort would be a …

ABC Files Suit to Halt PennDOT Project Labor Agreement

Kristi Pronovost The Merit Shop Advocacy Blog, The Merit Shop Spokesman Blog

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone For months, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie Richards has been hounded by members of the General Assembly and construction industry groups about the reconstruction of U.S. Route 202 in Montgomery County. While the project itself is nothing out of …