Wagner Steps Down as Race Heats Up

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs The Senate Republican caucus, which makes up 34 members of the 50-member body, is at a highwater mark, holding a veto-proof majority. On Wednesday, however, that number got a little smaller as one of the caucus’s most outspoken members announced his intention to …

Legislature Looks to Change Rules for Work Stoppage

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs In 1994, the Pennsylvania legislature passed the Contractor & Subcontractor Payment Act (CASPA), opening the door to government regulation of private construction contracting.  The law was an attempt to provide parity between the rights of all parties involved in the construction process, establishing …

November Showdown Set as Primary Day Comes to a Close

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Not long after the polls closed on Tuesday, the results were already clear:  Republicans had selected Sen. Scott Wagner and real estate developer Jeff Bartos as their team to lead the ticket in 2018, facing off against an incumbent Governor. But in a …

Want To Know Where Your Elected Official Stands on ABC Issues?

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs With less than a week to go until Pennsylvania’s May 15 primary election, candidates are working hard to get their message out to voters across the Commonwealth. ABC has always encouraged bipartisan support of candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who support free enterprise …

ABC Endorses Candidates Ahead of 2018 Primary Election

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs The Keystone chapter board of directors approved the recommendations for endorsement of six candidates last week, just weeks ahead of the May 15th primary election. In the 30th state Senate district, which extends from Blair County to Cumberland County, ABC has endorsed Rep. …

Republican Candidate Forum Sets The Stage for Campaign Showdown

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs With only four weeks to go until the Republican primary election, voters got a better idea of where each gubernatorial candidate stands on labor and economy issues this week, and as things begin to heat up, the contrast is becoming clearer. Associated Builders …

Sparks Fly In Gubernatorial Primary as ABC Debate Approaches

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs The gloves have officially come off in the contentious Republican primary for Pennsylvania Governor. Last week, incumbent Tom Wolf reported nearly $15 million in campaign funds, while the state Republican party-endorsed candidate, Sen. Scott Wagner reported roughly $6 million. But he’ll be using …

Federal Court Seals Fate in Redistricting Case

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

By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs With less than eight weeks until the May 15 primary election, Pennsylvania’s redistricting fiasco is finally over. The challenge, originated by the League of Women Voters, focused on Pennsylvania’s 18 Congressional districts that had been drawn by a bipartisan commission in 2012.  The …

Democrats Declare Victory in Special Election

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

By Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Billed as a referendum on the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, the special election to replace former Rep. Tim Murphy in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional district held true to its hype this week.  In the weeks prior to the election, Democrat Conor Lamb …