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Immunizing taxpayers from chronic overspending

October 19, 2014 Recently, two major bond rating agencies (Fitch and Standards & Poor’s) downgraded Pennsylvania’s debt rating citing poor fiscal health. more »»

The Three-D Election

October 12, 2014 What is the biggest problem facing America today? Certainly, there is a long litany to choose from: foreign wars, corrupt politicians, out-of-control spending, a dysfunctional Congress, educational... more »»

Good terrorists vs. bad terrorists

October 12, 2014 Well, the President of the United States finally yielded to political pressure, the public relations war and entreaties from his own party to take to the podium and speak to the American people... more »»

With limited time, records bill heads to House

October 12, 2014 HARRISBURG — Not long ago, the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law was widely considered one of the nation’s weakest open records laws, a statute that provided only limited access — and even that had bee... more »»

Governor candidates reveal little in debate

October 5, 2014 HARRISBURG — A new national survey estimates that Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf have spent more than $20 million airing more than 30,000 television commercials introducing themselves to voters, making... more »»

Would you have signed the Constitution?

October 5, 2014 At the root of many of our clashing political views are differences about the kind of Federal government each of us prefer. more »»

Two years, two men, two elections

October 5, 2014 He had never held an elective office; yet, he won the Democratic primary against formidable opposition, even though he was not endorsed by his own political party. more »»

Would you have signed the Constitution?

October 5, 2014 At the root of many of our clashing political views are differences about the kind of Federal government each of us prefer. more »»

Ambush of troopers rattles veteran police reporter

September 28, 2014 It is a very sad time for the The Pennsylvania State Police, a law enforcement agency of more than 4,600 state troopers. more »»

Embracing opportunity with changing health care

September 28, 2014 For some, the unprecedented change sweeping through healthcare is a tornado best ridden out from behind the thick walls of tradition. But for a few, these are days of opportunity. more »»

Politicos eye broader effect of anti-Corbett vote

September 26, 2014 HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett has been trailing in the polls for so long that the political conversation in Pennsylvania is shifting away from whether the Republican can make his race competitive. more »»

Lawsuits, drug scarcity preventing executions

September 21, 2014 HARRISBURG — Gov. more »»

The Hobby Lobby case is no kid stuff

September 21, 2014 On a dreary Shabbat afternoon, I sat down and read the entirety of the much debated, applauded and excoriated Hobby Lobby Stores case. more »»

Falling through the cracks in Obamacare

September 14, 2014 Mark Ferkler is a Delaware County resident in his mid-thirties. He’s healthy, gainfully employed, and now, thanks to Obamacare, is newly uninsured. Yes, you read that right — uninsured. more »»

Pennsylvania to hear electronic voting challenge

September 14, 2014 HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania officials crossed their fingers and hoped for no major problems in the 2006 election as voters in all 67 counties cast ballots electronically for the first time. more »»

GOP hopes to keep power under new redistricting

September 7, 2014 HARRISBURG — For the past 3 1/2 years, Republicans have controlled all three power centers in Pennsylvania government — the governorship, both chambers of the Legislature and a majority of the... more »»

Taxing businesses won't save students

September 7, 2014 SunnySide Supply, a safety equipment business in Washington County, is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to Marcellus Shale development. more »»

Job No. 1 for the next governor? A huge budget gap

August 31, 2014 PHILADELPHIA — Job No. 1 for whoever wins this fall’s election for Pennsylvania governor likely will be trying to solve the state government’s messy fiscal situation. more »»

A Romney redux in future?

August 31, 2014 Is Mitt Romney becoming the once and future GOP nominee for president? Six months ago such a question might have been met with a polite smile or an elevated eyebrow. more »»

Governor hopefuls target tax talk at middle class

August 24, 2014 HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s middle class is getting a lot of attention from the gubernatorial candidates, especially on the subject of taxes, but the TV campaign messages are typically vague and... more »»



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