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For people who have a problem, it’s pretty tough

Posted by Patrick Schurr | November 28, 2014

There wasn’t much news today and the Senate offices were closed. Many of the stories these days are about Governor-Elect Wolf putting together his cabinet, transition team, and other appointments. He’s got eight weeks before his inauguration and a lot … Read more>

Thank God for all of the blessings

Posted by Patrick Schurr | November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Charlotte, Johnny, and me. Hope that everyone had a great time with family and friends, watched a parade and some football, but most importantly, took time to thank God for all of the blessings received personally and … Read more>

Having part of a county makes things a little more challenging

Posted by Patrick Schurr | November 26, 2014

This is the transitional week for new members, outgoing members, and for all of the adjustments to re-districting.  Due to the boundary changes, we closed the Huntingdon County office.  As it turns out, newly-elected State Rep. Rich Irvin has decided … Read more>

It’s the right thing to do

Posted by Patrick Schurr | November 25, 2014

I ran in shorts for the third straight time this week. I don’t think that will happen tomorrow. The weather reports say that we’re in for snow, but not as much as some other parts of the state. It is … Read more>

I hope to tackle a little work

Posted by Patrick Schurr | November 24, 2014

I was up before 5:00 to make a trip to the Fall Conference of the County Commissioner’s Assoc. in Hershey. I was the opening speaker and provided an overview of the new legislature and the dynamics between it and Governor-Elect … Read more>

The Democrats don’t like that

Posted by Patrick Schurr | November 23, 2014

The weather for this afternoon’s Winterfest Parade in Hollidaysburg was about as good as it gets for late November. They had an unusually large crowd, presumably because of it or maybe it was because Charlotte was the parade emcee? I … Read more>

I am very proud to represent them

Posted by Patrick Schurr | November 22, 2014

My first Winterfest parade was this morning in Martinsburg. Fortunately, the rain held off until the trip home. This evening, the Friends of Meadow Grounds Lake had a gun raffle at the McConnellsburg American Legion. They are supposed to raise … Read more>

It’s interesting to see this develop

Posted by Patrick Schurr | November 21, 2014

Another former Rendell cabinet secretary was named to a post today by Governor-Elect Wolf. Estelle Richman, former DPW Secretary, was named to the transition team to work with Medicaid expansion. Observers are watching to see how many of Rendell’s former … Read more>

When that trust is broken, it can’t be easily restored

Posted by Patrick Schurr | November 20, 2014

I’ve had some interesting experiences with the media this week. I was the subject of the Altoona Mirror’s editorial today. They criticized me for a comment I made last week to the Blair County Chamber about having the legislature set … Read more>

I’m glad someone took this problem to a state agency

Posted by Patrick Schurr | November 19, 2014

There was a complaint filed yesterday by a teacher in Williamsport with the PA Labor Relations Board. The complaint addresses the use of union dues for campaigning by the PSEA (teachers union). The complainant’s husband received a campaign mail piece … Read more>