Read our April Newsletter with important updates on the Board of Commissioners meeting, School Board, May 18 elections, PA ballot measures, polling location changes and more!
4/6/2021 Prior to the start of the April Commissioners meeting, Todd Burlingame was sworn in as At-Large Commissioner filling the vacant seat of Rex Waller, who resigned last month. Congratulations to Todd. The appointment fills the position until January 2022. An election to fill the remaining term of Rex Waller (expires 12/31/2023) must be held prior to January 2022. At this time, the election is expected to be part of the regularly scheduled November elections.
Todd is running for election on the May 18 ballot for the Ward 4 Commissioner position.
4/9/2021 Polling locations for the May 18 elections has been changed for two districts:
(both were formerly at Baker Elementary).
See all polling locations and ward/district map here
4/6/2021 The Almanac reports: In November 2016, Upper St. Clair commissioners granted final approval to Tuscany Pointe, a planned residential development with the address listed as 1500 McLaughlin Run Road.
On Monday, the board denied developer Jeffrey Thomas’ request for a two-year extension of the approval. Robert Orchowski was the lone commissioner to vote in favor.
The request was scheduled for a March 1 vote, but action was tabled until the board’s April regular meeting.....in March, several residents of neighborhoods overlooking the Thomas property spoke against granting an extension to develop the property, which is zoned to allow for multifamily dwellings.
3/17/2021 During the March Committee Meeting, we unanimously elected new leadership:
USCRC Chair: Louis Oliverio
USCRC Vice Chair: Heidi Chakos
With that said, we would also like to express our gratitude for former Chair Eric Williams. Over the past year under his guidance, the Committee has grown to 36 active members and has established a better connection with all Republicans in the community.
Congratulations again to both Louis and Heidi as they continue leading us into the future!
3/2/2021 The Board of Commissioners of the Township of Upper St. Clair announces with regret the resignation of Rex A. Waller, At-Large Commissioner, effective March 2, 2021.
In accordance with the Home Rule Charter, the Township is seeking a resident to serve the remainder of this year following Commissioner Rex A. Waller’s resignation. The individual appointed to this position will serve through January 2, 2022. A special election to fulfill the remainder of the term (January 3, 2022 – January 1, 2024) will be scheduled.
Any resident interested in being considered for appointment to this vacancy.... see press release
33/2/2021 - The Pennsylvania Republican Party has voted to rebuke Senator Pat Toomey, but not censure him for his vote to convict former President Trump during the impeachment trial. As Yahoo News reports, some Republicans aren't really sure what it all means. Read the story
2/16 Allegheny County has not moved either to rebuke or censure, but the Post-Gazette reports Sam DeMarco, the county GOP chair, "...said a number of Allegheny County Republicans had expressed anger at Mr. Toomey’s vote, and if more do, he planned to schedule a meeting for the whole committee to consider the matter." Read why he delays
2/23/2021 Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to toll nine bridges across the state, including the I-79 bridge near the Bridgeville exit: “I am stunned in the midst of the pandemic and on a day most of the Commonwealth has been hit by winter weather, Gov. Tom Wolf would unveil his plan to toll nine bridges across the state, including one in the 46th Legislative District, in the hopes that no one would notice." See the press release
2/22/2021 This is the dissent from Justice Thomas, Justice Alito and Justice Gorsuch regarding the denial of a writ of certiorari for the court case regarding the mail in ballots in Pennsylvania. SCOTUS declared the case to be moot! The final paragraph from the dissent: "One wonders what this Court waits for. We failed to settle this dispute before the election, and thus provide clear rules. Now we again fail to provide clear rules for future elections. The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence. Our fellow citizens deserve better and expect more of us. I respectfully dissent." See the dissent
2/18/2021 The Upper St. Clair Republican Committee voted (by quorum) to send a Letter of Censure to Senator Pat Toomey regarding his vote to impeach & convict Donald J. Trump. The letter states: "As a fellow Republican, I ask you to make your decisions going forward on a more informed basis. Facts as generated by objective research, not facts as generated by mainstream pro-left media and DNC." See the letter
2/18/2021 Natalie Mihalek's weekly update includes information from the budget hearings regarding Wolf's proposed increase. She "followed up this hearing with a proposal of my own as an alternative to what the governor offered. My legislation would assist recovery efforts by providing tax relief for families and foster a climate aimed at attracting businesses and the economic opportunities they present." See more
2/20/2021 The PA House State Government Committee will hold a series of hearings to review the Commonwealth’s election law and election operations of the state and county governments. The committee will address any and all issues arising from how elections are conducted. All hearings will stream live on PAHouseGOP.com. View the schedule
2/16/2021 Sen. Bill Cassidy: Cancel student debt? Better solutions exist – here are answers Republicans should offer.
Student debt forgiveness has become the policy du jour of the left... Read the article
2/18/2021 The barred owl is back, on his perch in the same sycamore! What a treat to see him back, first time this year! Audubon Society says their call sounds like "Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all". From Morton field, take the Farm Road, it's a short way past the path to the upper Morton field.
2/6/2021 Electricity prices are already going up because of the 'wasteful, duplicative solar and wind on our grid' https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/biden-climate-actions-to-jolt-electricity-prices
Via email 2/5/2021: With Pennsylvania lagging behind the vast majority of states in its administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, the House is working on several fronts to get the shots off the shelves and into the arms of people who are asking for them. Read more....
2/5/2021 Pennsylvania Democrats have proposed a bill that would grant drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants. Read more....
2/2/2021 Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise taxes on wealthy residents and the natural gas industry to help pay for new investments into education and coronavirus relief. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pennsylvania-gov-wolf-increase-taxes