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Will Pennsylvania matter in 2016?

August 9, 2015 t’s been a long 40 years! Not since 1976 has Pennsylvania really mattered in a presidential primary for either major party. more »»

The Iran Quandry

August 9, 2015 Phillip Roth wrote in The Plot Against America a fictional account of anti-Semitism in America during the run-up to World War II. more »»

Don’t kill Pennsylvania shale jobs with taxes

August 4, 2015 A July 19 Forum article by Carnegie Mellon University academics ("Put Kids First, not Gas Companies") missed important points regarding the region's shale industry and the impact that even-higher... more »»

Budget stalemate leaves Wolf’s record so far incomplete

August 2, 2015 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. more »»

Pennsylvania's death penalty lingers on Harrisburg is ignoring the biggest budget buster

August 2, 2015 Today it's pensions, liquor privatization and educational funding. more »»

Budget standoff a clash of conflicting philosophies

July 28, 2015 Some important points seem to be lost in the debate over Pennsylvania's budget standoff. more »»

GOP ‘majority of majority’ rule could test budget deal

July 26, 2015 HARRISBURG — In one of Pennsylvania’s defining legislative battles this century, then-Gov. more »»

It might be Katie’s time for U.S. Senate seat bid

July 26, 2015 If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The jury is still out on that old chestnut and may continue to be out indefinitel. more »»

Time to get serious about state budget

July 19, 2015 HARRISBURG — It’s almost time to get serious at the Pennsylvania Capitol. more »»

Harrisburg is ignoring the biggest budget buster

July 19, 2015 Pop quiz: What’s the largest spending increase in Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal? You might assume education, as the governor has repeatedly insisted the state must reinvest in public schools. more »»

Wolf’s ‘My Way or the Highway’ approach blocks progress

July 12, 2015 In his 2015 budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf urged dissenters, "If you don't agree with my ideas, here is my request: please come with your own ideas. more »»

Budget veto aided GOP legislative wins, some say

July 12, 2015 HARRISBURG — After three years of futility, Republicans finally used their majorities in Pennsylvania’s state House and Senate to pass their top agenda items: ending the traditional pension benefit... more »»

Community colleges deserve more funding support

July 5, 2015 Earlier this year, President Obama introduced a plan “to make community college as free and universal as high school. more »»

House passes a budget that makes sense for state

July 5, 2015 Recently, the General Assembly of Pennsylvania passed a General Fund budget which fully meets the many responsibilities of our state government without raising taxes on the working people and... more »»

The false god of ‘inclusion’

July 4, 2015 Each July 4th, we celebrate the courage of 56 men who risked execution for treason in an effort to create a nation whose citizens would be free of tyranny. more »»

Budget showdown looms, corruption probe ends

June 28, 2015 HARRISBURG — As Pennsylvania lawmakers brace for the annual clash over how to spend billions of taxpayer dollars, the final chapter in a starker government drama is quietly playing out in the state... more »»

Family ties or government bonds?

June 28, 2015 Imagine a little girl and her young mother sitting on a weathered porch in a working-class urban neighborhood. more »»

Wolf, Senate verbal fisticuffs grip Capitol amid budget talks

June 21, 2015 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s top state senator was leaving Gov. more »»

Budgets: The good, the bad and the ugly

June 21, 2015 June, that most beautiful of months, is associated with some of life’s larger pleasures: The beginning of summer, annual vacations, school graduations, Fathers’ Day, June brides — and, of course,... more »»

Global Warming: Mankind, guilty as charged

June 21, 2015 It is hard, if not impossible, to have an accurate big picture of anything if you don't want to be bothered by the detail. more »»



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