ABC PA Hosts Hundreds At NYC Reception

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By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs Since the late 19th century, native Pennsylvanians have gathered in New York City to discuss politics and current events of their home Commonwealth. In the early 20th century, that gathering became more formalized and evolved into the Pennsylvania Society, an organization that meets …

Keystone Chapter Highlights National Apprenticeship Week

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By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone  Two years after completing a massive $5.3 million renovation, the Keystone chapter was on display this week in a celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, a week long focus on the importance of apprenticeship and skilled training across the nation. The Keystone …

Election Recap: Dems See Momentum Heading Into Midterms

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 PA Denounces Discriminatory Project Labor Agreement by PennDOT

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For more information, contact Brent Sailhamer 717.653.8106 or brent@abckeystone.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 3, 2017 (HARRISBURG, PA.) For the first time, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has decided to actively exclude nearly 90% of the construction workforce in a pre-hire agreement known as a project labor agreement (PLA) on …