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Posted: July 25th, 2014
Kerith Strano Taylor/ETN file photo

Kerith Strano Taylor/ETN file photo

Kerith Strano Taylor, the Democratic challenger for Congress in the 5th District, has been endorsed by the Women’s Campaign Fund.

The nonpartisan organization states on its web site, www.wcfonline.org, that it is dedicated to “dramatically increasing the number of women in elected office who support reproductive health choices for all.”

Strano Taylor will face U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, of Centre County, R-5th Dist., in the Nov. 4 general election. The sprawling district includes eastern and parts of central Erie County.

Clare Bresnahan, political and programs director for WCF, said in a statement released by Strano  Taylor’s campaign: “With her experience running her own business, her legal background and her demonstrated commitment to standing up for Pennsylvania women and their families, Kerith is incredibly qualified to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Further, this is another incredible opportunity for Pennsylvania women to ensure that they have at least one voice representing them in Congress,” she said.

The only woman in Congress from Pennsylvania, U.S. Rep.  Allyson Schwartz, is leaving the lower chamber in January. Schwartz ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for governor in the May 20 primary.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: July 14th, 2014
Kerith Strano Taylor/ETN file photo

Kerith Strano Taylor/ETN file photo

Kerith Strano Taylor, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 5th District, has gained the endorsement from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.

Strano Taylor, of Brookville, Jefferson County, will face U.S.  Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Centre County, in the Nov. 4 election. The sprawling 5th  Congressional  District includes most of eastern and central Erie County. 

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is the largest labor organization in the state, representing more than 800,000 unionized workers.

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale said in a statement: ”We highly recommend Kerith Strano Taylor for Pennsylvania’s working families. We are confident that she will support us as we fight to grow and protect jobs and support policies that will improve opportunities and the quality of life of working families.  She is committed to keeping workers on a level playing field and moving Pennsylvania forward.”

Strano Taylor said, “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Pa. AFL-CIO. They fight for the working people of Pennsylvania every day.  We need to stand up for the people on Main Street and push back against the corporations on Wall Street.  I will do that in Washington and I look forward to working with the AFL-CIO through November and while in Congress.”

– John Guerriero

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Posted: May 7th, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson have picked up another endorsement in their bids for re-election.

Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., and  Thompson, Howard Township, Centre County, R-5th Dist., gained the backing of The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small-business association.

Kevin Shivers, executive state director of NFIB Pennsylvania, said in a statement, that the group supports candidates who support small business. He said that both Kelly and Thompson, who split the representation of Erie County, earned 100 percent voting records so far in Congress.

He said that both congressmen have “supported Main Street Pennsylvania by consistently voting for legislation that would help our small businesses grow and create jobs.”

NFIB has 15,000 small business members in Pennsylvania representing a cross-section of the state’s economy. Its endorsements come from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the association’s political action committee, and are based on positions regarding small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.

Both Kelly and Dan LaVallee, his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 4 election, are unopposed for their respective party’s nominations in the May 20 primary.

Thompson is unopposed for the GOP nomination May 20. His general election opponent will be one of two Democrats: Kerith Strano Taylor of Brookville, or Thomas Tarantella, of Renovo, Clinton County.

– John Guerriero

 

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Posted: February 12th, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

Wondering how Erie County’s two U.S. representatives voted on extending the nation’s debt ceiling without concessions and their reasons for it?

Both Congressmen Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., and Glenn Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, R-5th Dist., voted against it, though the measure gained enough GOP support to pass the House, 221-201.

Thompson’s spokesman, Braden Parish, said that “given the federal government each year spends hundreds of billions of dollars more than it takes in, the congressman believes allowing further federal borrowing without taking some action to reduce spending would be irresponsible.”

Here is Kelly’s full statement on the issue:

My constituents in Western Pennsylvania sent me to Washington because government spending has reached a crisis level, and I gave them my word that I would to do everything in my power to reverse course. While it’s true that my House colleagues and I have succeeded in cutting federal spending over the past two years for the first time since the Korean War, our national debt still totals more than $17 trillion — higher than any other point in American history.

“Our historic debt and deficits are merely the symptom; over-spending of the American people’s money is the disease. Responsible leadership demands that elected leaders stop our nation’s decent toward bankruptcy, and treat our spending crisis as the threat to our economy, our security, and our future that it truly is. This especially holds true for those of us charged with bearing the power of the purse in the ‘People’s House.’

“When it comes to the solemn task of preserving the American dream for the next generation, I cannot in good conscience support adding more debt to the backs of our children and grandchildren without a meaningful solution to Washington’s spending addiction in sight.”

– John Guerriero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted: January 28th, 2014
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

James Franklin/AP file photo

James Franklin/AP file photo

Congressman Glenn Thompson has broken the huddle and announced his guest for tonight’s State of the Union address.

It’s new Pennsylvania State University Football Coach James Franklin.

“With the beginning of a new year, we are filled with a sense of optimism and possibility. The State of the Union offers us the chance to reflect upon the previous year and provides us with a preview of the challenges and opportunities that we face together,” Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, R-5th  Dist., said in a statement.

“Given these sentiments, it’s an honor to have Coach Franklin as my guest for this occasion,” he said.

Franklin, named Penn State’s new coach on Jan. 11, said in a statement: “I am grateful and very appreciative of Rep. Glenn Thompson’s invitation to attend the President’s State of the Union Address. I look forward to hearing the president’s vision for 2014 and beyond and what we, as citizens of the greatest union in the world, can do to help move our nation forward.”

Thompson, whose district includes eastern and southern Erie County, is a Penn State graduate.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: January 22nd, 2014
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson’s congressional district is so large that his re-election announcement tour this week covers more than 800 miles in 24 stops over 16 counties.

Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, will bring his four-day bus tour to Erie on Thursday, where he will appear at a legislative luncheon at the Manufacturer & Business Association, 2171 W. 38th St. He also will campaign in Warren, Corry, Waterford and North East on Thursday.

Thompson, 54, seeking a fourth, two-year term, was first elected to Congress in 2008. His sprawling district now includes eastern and southern parts of Erie County under redistricting.

Democrat Thomas Tarantella, 54, of Renovo, Clinton County, earlier announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 5th District.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: October 25th, 2013

How is this for a potentially interesting congressional race in 2014?

The online version of the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports that there are “fresh indications” that Jay Paterno, son of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, could enter the congressional race in the 5th District against U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County.

Here is their story.

The article also quotes Michael Federici, Mercyhurst University political-science professor.

Thompson’s sprawling district includes two thirds of Erie County’s land mass.

– John  Guerriero

 

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Posted: October 18th, 2013

The dust has settled, for now, after a 16-day partial federal government shutdown.

Some of you have wondered whether the two congressmen who divide their representation of Erie County accepted their congressional pay during the shutdown.

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

Both U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of  Butler, R-3rd  Dist., and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, R-5th Dist., did not get paid during the impasse. However, they will get paid retroactively now that the government is open for business again.

Congressional pay is $174,000 per year.

“I have always believed that you lead by example, so I sent a letter to the administrator of the House saying that I would not accept my paycheck until we get this done,”  Thompson said before he and Kelly voted to reopen the government through Jan. 15 and extend the nation’s borrowing capacity until Feb. 7.

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

In the meantime, the deal includes a plan for deficit negotiations that could avoid a repeat of the shutdown.

Before the vote, Kelly said he didn’t want to make a big deal out of not accepting his pay because he and others in Congress would get it back retroactively.

– John Guerriero and Kevin Flowers

 

 

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Posted: October 17th, 2013

The Erie area is represented by four members of Congress, only one of whom voted against the bill to reopen the government and extend the nation’s borrowing authority until Feb. 7.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., joined 17 of his Senate colleagues in voting against the bill. The vote was 81-18 in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey/ File photo.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey/ File photo.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., was among the majority who voted for the bill.

On the House side, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler,  R-3rd Dist., and U.S. Rep.  Glenn Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County,  R-5th Dist., also voted for the bill, where it passed in the GOP-controlled chamber, 285-144.

Toomey said he voted against increasing the nation’s debt burden because the law does nothing to address overspending that has caused the debt to mount.

“The one major redeeming aspect of this bill is that it reopens the government,”  Toomey said in a statement.

“I disagreed with the plan to make funding the government contingent on defunding Obamacare and I am glad this bill will get the shutdown behind us.  But I cannot support piling hundreds of billions of dollars of debt on current and future generations of Americans without even a sliver of reform to start putting our fiscal house in order,” he said.

The law includes a bipartisan plan for deficit negotiations, though similar past efforts have failed.

Democrats wasted no time in attacking Toomey’s vote.

“Tea Party Pat Toomey has once again shown his true colors by leading the most extreme wing against a policy to reopen the government and help hundreds of thousand of middle class Americans,”  Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman Marc Eisenstein said in a statement.

“Tea Party Pat Toomey wants to continue to hold the nation’s economy hostage while he fights for Tea Party policies that his constituents simply do not support. There has been no clearer indication that Tea Party Pat Toomey is completely out-of-touch with Pennsylvania,” he said.

What do you think about our lawmakers’ votes?

– John Guerriero

 

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Posted: September 19th, 2013

The Pennsylvania Republican Party’s fall dinner in Harrisburg will include prominent roles for Erie County’s two congressmen.

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson/ETN file photo

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, of Howard Township, Centre County, R-5th Dist., and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, of Butler, R-3rd Dist., will be among the seven speakers for the dinner Friday night at the Harrisburg Hilton.

The keynote speakers is John Bolton, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.

The party will hold its fall meeting on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., when it will hear from state party members, elected officials and party Chairman Rob Gleason. 

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly/File photo

– John Guerriero

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