Jane Earll Endorses Dan Laughlin

Jane Earll Endorsement  Continue reading


Senate Candidate Dan Laughlin Signs 'No Perks Pledge', Challenges Incumbent Sean Wiley To Do Likewise   Continue reading

Laughlin Campaign Demands Action from Wiley

State Senate candidate Dan Laughlin issued the following statement on the criminal conviction of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane: Continue reading


State Senate candidate Dan Laughlin today said Millcreek Township’s decision to drop a frivolous and politically charged lawsuit that attempted to stall his campaign was a victory for ordinary citizens and their right of political expression. Continue reading


Sean Wiley Hires and Supports Narcotics Dealer with History of Violence The campaign of state senate candidate Dan Laughlin has issued a statement of support for the Erie County District Attorney’s efforts to get accused gunman Gregory Garmon off the streets pending trial.   Continue reading


As testimony gets underway in the criminal perjury trial of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Republican senate candidate Dan Laughlin issued the following statement about the scandal engulfing the state’s top prosecutor: Continue reading

Eight Is Enough

Dan Laughlin points to hypocrisy of Senator Sean Wiley's Posturing on Erie School Crisis. HARRISBURG, PA - Republican state senate candidate Dan Laughlin today criticized incumbent Democrat Sean Wiley for voting against funding for Erie’s public schools, then claiming solidarity with students during a bus visit to call attention to their plight. Continue reading

Erie School Crisis: MADE IN HARRISBURG

The Erie School District was critically threatened by the 2015 budget impasse during which the governor and the General Assembly were unable to agree upon a statewide funding plan. By September 2015, the district was short $17 million in back payments. Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams testified before the Pennsylvania Democratic Policy Committee, and then requested a $47 million no-interest loan from the State Treasury to prevent Erie schools from shutting down.  The loan would have funded the schools until March 2016.  Dr. Badams’ stated that the school district should not have to borrow money at taxpayer expense while the funding to operate was sitting in state coffers.  Treasury officials said they would seriously consider making a payment to Erie schools if the Department of Education requested it, but Gov. Wolf said he would not permit the Department to make that request.  Badams’ attempt to prevent incurring further public cost was denied.  Badams called this an incomprehensible waste of taxpayer money.  Continue reading

A School's Crisis That Didn't Need To Be

The threatened closure of four Erie public high schools would be a disaster on many levels, striking at the future of our children, the vitality of civic life, and the very identity of our city. This crisis need not have happened, and it cannot be accepted. Continue reading

Where Was Sean Wiley?

Our region needs better representation. Gov. Tom Wolf was elected in a landslide, in large part because of the well-organized efforts of the education community. Their reward was to have our schools held hostage for nine months as Wolf and state Sen. Sean Wiley attempted to force through an enormous tax increase on Pennsylvania. Continue reading