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Steel Plant Falls in West Virginia, But No One Hears a Sound

From the Right / Salena Zito /

WEIRTON, West Virginia -- The hum is gone.

It was a sound that told locals that men and women were working. It told small businesses that have tried to hold on, after each cutback at the iconic steel mill that for over 100 years defined their skyline, that people would need their services. Services from mechanics that fixed their cars. ...Read more

The Right Sort of Nostalgia Makes Democracy Work Better

From the Right / Salena Zito /

BEDFORD, Pennsylvania -- For a brief moment, it was like stepping back in time when a series of 1920s Bentley Roadsters chugged up along the ridge of the winding Lincoln Highway in the mountains of Somerset County. The drivers and passengers alike were wearing goggles, their scarves billowing in the wind.

The smiles on their faces, so ...Read more

The Media Ignored the Anti-Biden Protest Votes Among Pennsylvania Democrats

From the Right / Salena Zito /

SOMERSET, Pennsylvania -- Just about 236 miles from here lies Montgomery County, where reporters and analysts are beside themselves (over-)scrutinizing what the message is from all those Republican primary votes that went to former U.S. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley over former President Donald Trump, the party's presumptive nominee.

...Read more

The Politics of Steel Are Center Stage in Pennsylvania

From the Right / Salena Zito /

BUTLER, Pennsylvania -- On Friday, just hours before United States Steel shareholders approved the sale of the legendary Pittsburgh-based company to Japan's Nippon Steel, Cleveland-Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves stood in front of a packed room of steelworkers at his Butler Works plant and let them know just what he thought of the pending vote. ...Read more

Democrats Should Be Jittery About Pennsylvania Voter Registration Trends

From the Right / Salena Zito /

HOOVERSVILLE, Pennsylvania -- If you are a longtime resident of Pennsylvania, it still is a bit of a jolt to the senses to drive through what was once coal country and see an oversized, cheery, red billboard sitting along U.S. 30 reading "VOTE REPUBLICAN."

However, it is a reminder of how much the people who live in these old industrial and ...Read more

Biden's LNG Export Embargo Hurts Farmers, Too

From the Right / Salena Zito /

LEBANON, Pennsylvania -- You may not be aware that there's a symmetry in Pennsylvania between farmers and the natural gas industry. But just walk into the Keystone Pork, Poultry Progress and Mid-Atlantic Manure Summit here at the expo center in Lebanon County, put your hands on the propane-shaped stress ball, and you'll start to understand it....Read more

Economic Impact of a Shortage of Plumbers Should Concern Everyone

From the Right / Salena Zito /

CORAOPOLIS, Pennsylvania -- Ed Bigley, the business manager for the Pittsburgh Plumbers Union Local 27, says the organization has been serving the region since the dawn of the industrial revolution in the 1870s, when it came under the umbrella of the Knights of Labor.

By July of 1890, it had formed its own stand-alone union, even holding its ...Read more

Biden's Speech Was Not the Win the Political Class Thought It Was

From the Right / Salena Zito /

DELAWARE COUNTY, Pennsylvania -- It is a bit jarring to observe the divide between what the legacy press, Democrats and cable news hosts observed when they watched President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, and how persuadable voters of both Republican and Democratic leanings reacted.

On the day after the speech, MSNBC's Joe ...Read more

Biden Cannot Afford to Lose a Single Pennsylvania Voter

From the Right / Salena Zito /

PHILADELPHIA -- Northeast Philadelphia native Marc Rayfield is a registered Democrat, considers himself a liberal and voted for Democrats John Fetterman (for Senate) and Josh Shapiro (for governor) in 2022 and for Joe Biden in 2020. Now, though, he says he finds himself estranged from the party due to rising crime and homelessness in his ...Read more

Democrats and Republicans Go Hard Against Biden Regulation

From the Right / Salena Zito /

BUTLER, Pennsylvania -- One of the most underreported crises in American culture is the collateral damage people and communities suffer from government overregulation. Just one little regulation can start a spiral that affects an entire community's ability to prosper and thrive, keep generations of families intact, or give students the tools ...Read more

Middle America Is Dying Hard

From the Right / Salena Zito /

WEIRTON, West Virginia -- Most people in this town will tell you they'd rather have taken a physical punch to the gut than get the news they received yesterday when Cleveland-Cliffs Steel announced it was idling its tinplate production plant, a move that directly cost 900 people their jobs.

It isn't just those workers who face catastrophic ...Read more

 

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