Legislature Looks to Change Rules for Work Stoppage

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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 protections for smaller entities and […]

November Showdown Set as Primary Day Comes to a Close

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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 wild twist, Democrat voters only […]

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

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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 and the merit shop. Every […]

House Looks to Lancaster for New Leadership

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By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs The Keystone region could get a supercharged dose of leadership in the state House next year, if everything goes as planned. Late last year, current House Majority Leader Dave Reed announced that he would not be seeking another term at the state level, but would instead pursue the […]

ABC Endorses Candidates Ahead of 2018 Primary Election

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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. Judy Ward (R-Blair), who currently […]

Republican Candidate Forum Sets The Stage for Campaign Showdown

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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 & Contractors of Pennsylvania, which […]

Sparks Fly In Gubernatorial Primary as ABC Debate Approaches

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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 some of that to get […]

Federal Court Seals Fate in Redistricting Case

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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 challenge claimed that districts were […]

Democrats Declare Victory in Special Election

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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 and Republican Rick Saccone spent […]

Free Enterprise Day in Harrisburg is YOUR Chance to Meet with YOUR Legislators

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By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs With an historic election in the books and another one right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to participate in ABC’s advocacy programs. With a number of committees, programs, and opportunities to get involved, the easiest is just a few weeks away! Free Enterprise Day […]

Supreme Court Shakes Up 2018 Elections

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By Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Pennsylvania is in the national spotlight just weeks after an initial ruling by the Commonwealth’s highest court that invalidated the district maps for eighteen Congressional districts.  It’s the first time that a gerrymandering suit has been validated by a court and has thrown the 2018 election cycle into […]

Gov. Wolf Rejects Congressional Redistricting Map – State Supreme Court to Draw Final Lines

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By: Christina Fulponi, Government Affairs Coordinator Rushing to meet the court ordered February 9, 2018, deadline, top Republican leaders House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Joe Scarnati submitted a new map for Pennsylvania’s 18 Congressional districts on Friday evening. The redistricting case began on January 22, 2018, when the state Supreme Court ruled Pennsylvania’s […]