John's Blog

Better to wait for my report

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 17, 2018

It’s my final session day, and what a day it’s been.  I chaired a Local Government Commission meeting at 8:45, then testified at a hearing on my Article V Resolution to reign in the overreach of the federal government, then … Read more>

Sometimes we Cha-cha-cha

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 16, 2018

Another full schedule of committee meetings and hearings, floor votes and a long caucus.  As legislation is pushed through, amendments are coming out of the blue and the changes are difficult to follow.  Today we caucused against two amendments then … Read more>

A nice break after a difficult day

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 15, 2018

The House and Senate are both back in session and there are a lot of bills going through committees and the floor of both chambers.  I’ve seen several bad pieces of legislation get through committees today, without my vote.  There … Read more>

An all-or-nothing attitude

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 14, 2018

Not much in the papers today, mostly stories about the gubernatorial race.  I got a little shooting in and spent some time with Charlotte; it’s her birthday.  As my mom used to say, she was 39 and holding.  I did … Read more>

It’s a hectic time

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 13, 2018

Although the forecast was for a cool, dry day, it rained on and off, most of the time.  I got a little mowing in this afternoon, but cutting wet grass never turns out as well.  I ran errands and did … Read more>

Not sure how my score card will look

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 12, 2018

There are a lot of bills expected to go through the legislature next week and many people were making last-minute plans to get their legislation passed.  During the course of the day, I spoke with other legislators by phone and … Read more>

As they usually are

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 11, 2018

I was the speaker at the Blair Chamber Breakfast this morning and enjoyed seeing friends that I hadn’t seen for a while.  I have had a great relationship with all of our Chambers over the years and will miss many … Read more>

Experiences in the Senate

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 10, 2018

Looks like possibly the last nice day of Fall weather, at least for a while.  I got 8 miles in again this morning and hit a lot of office work.  I spent time this evening with a couple of gentlemen … Read more>

Nice to have a home-cooked meal

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 9, 2018

Another nice weather day and I got an 8 mile run in this morning before doing some office work.  This afternoon I went to a tour of the Allegheny Twp. Municipal Building expansion and remodeling.  They did a great job … Read more>

Every session day is critical

Posted by Patrick Schurr | October 8, 2018

Happy Columbus Day!  Hard to believe that saying Happy Columbus Day is not “politically correct” these days, but then, neither is Merry Christmas, and I’m not going to stop saying that.  The Senate offices were closed today, but I had … Read more>