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Is budget Groundhog Day ahead?

February 7, 2016 When Bill Murray’s world-weary weatherman character arrives in Punxsutawney in the classic movie Groundhog Day, little does he know the time loop that lies ahead. more »»

The Middle Eastern pot boils

February 7, 2016 I don’t know what time it was; probably 2:30 or 2:40 in the afternoon. I was getting ready for Shabbat, which at this time of year comes in about 4:30. more »»

The decline of ticket splitting and why it matters

January 31, 2016 In electoral politics, the things that most matter are too frequently obscured by the things that most entertain. more »»

Williamsport teachers deserve democracy, too

January 29, 2016 Debates. Straw Polls. Primary Elections. With 2016 underway, Americans will soon have their say in our nation’s leadership. more »»

State budget focus remains wrong

January 28, 2016 Early in December I stood on the House floor and stated that the state budget contained in House Bill 1460 was the “art of the possibl. more »»

High profiles of some statewide races overshadow others

January 24, 2016 HARRISBURG — With a Feb. more »»

Daddy Trump is looking out for you!

January 24, 2016 WASHINGTON — So you say you want a daddy for your president? OK, so maybe you didn’t say it, but on a subliminal level, you may have felt it, especially if you’re a Republican primary voter leaning... more »»

Police chases and the Constitution – lately

January 17, 2016 It seems as though there have been more civil rights cases resulting from police chase. more »»

I have a dream

January 17, 2016 As a kid in middle school I watched the Eyes on the Prize documentary of the Civil Rights Movement and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. immediately became a lifelong hero of mine. more »»

Brokered convention: Why, and what it might mean

January 17, 2016 It's the dream of every political junkie and the nightmare of every presidential campaign: a “brokered “convention that forces the nomination fight beyond the first ballo. more »»

Pressure off, state’s budget fight could be on ice

January 12, 2016 HARRISBURG — For the first time since July, billions in electronic money transfers began rocketing out of the Pennsylvania Treasury to school districts, county governments and state vendor. more »»

Partial budget good news for schools – temporarily

January 10, 2016 HARRISBURG — The partial state budget Gov. more »»

State budget hostages finally freed?

January 10, 2016 Last week, public school students — or, at least, their parents — breathed a sigh of relief as Governor Wolf finally released state education funds withheld during the six-month budget impasse. more »»

Self-worth, not stuff, should be welfare’s goal

January 3, 2016 The classic holiday film A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) highlights the tension between holiday materialism and true happiness that's seen nearly everywhere this time of year. more »»

The Susquehanna River needs your help

January 3, 2016 The Susquehanna has been a friend and great company for many of us who have enjoyed the river over the years. more »»

What is Democracy?

December 27, 2015 Restraint is the father of wisdom. It has been very tempting to weigh in on the Montoursville Area High School dispute, given my role in representing the Option 6 candidates for a time. more »»

Why take the Trump stunt seriously?

December 21, 2015 WASHINGTON — So how exactly does this work, Donald Trump’s plan to keep America safe from Islamic terrorism by barring entry to all Muslims? He explained it Tuesday on TV. more »»

GOP debate number five

December 21, 2015 Each of the Republican presidential candidates brings something good to the race for the GOP nomination and some things not so good. more »»

Bad news for Pennsylvania cities

December 20, 2015 There was mostly bad news for Commonwealth cities in a new research brief recently released by the Pennsylvania Data Center. more »»

Scared? Blame it entirely on all Muslims

December 20, 2015 Remember how in grade school everyone would get punished because one kid acted out? Blaming a group for what some of its individual members do is exactly like that. It is uncalled for and unfai. more »»



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