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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 »»

Waging war outside the box

December 19, 2015 WASHINGTON — Americans looking for a Snuggy Bear and a blankey to ease their anxieties about the Islamic State will have to become more comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty. more »»

A Churchill-like moment

December 19, 2015 LONDON — Wisdom can often be found in unexpected places. During debate in the House of Commons on whether Britain should join the U.S. more »»

Crisis budgeting disservice to Pennsylvanians

December 17, 2015 Some crises come without warning; others are created. By vetoing budget after budget, denying funds to schools and nonprofits, and withholding scholarships for low-income students, Go. more »»

The matters of 2016

December 13, 2015 Predicating what will happen in the 2016 election cycle looks like a fool’s errand. Virtually every expert has been wrong so far. more »»

What the GOP really lost in 2015

December 6, 2015 Much attention has focused on the Democrats historic sweep of Pennsylvania’s judicial offices in November’s recent statewide election – in particular the unprecedented victories in three open... more »»

‘Radical islamists? Extreme jihadists?’ or ‘extreme terrorists?’

December 6, 2015 The opening lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin's 1937 hit song go like this: "You say 'tomayto.' I say 'tomahto.' Let's call the whole thing off. more »»

State budget fight’s bottom line, as usual — taxes

December 1, 2015 HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is now five months into a budget impasse with taxes the main sticking point — a scenario familiar to anyone who’s tried to understand the Byzantine motives that drive... more »»

Justices-Elect assess High Court’s tarnished image

November 29, 2015 HARRISBURG — The past few years have been a difficult and sometimes humiliating period for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as one headline-grabbing scandal after another has scuffed its image and... more »»

Allen Ertel: The passing of a great character

November 29, 2015 I first remember Allen Ertel when I was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Malcolm Muir. more »»

Nation of Refuge

November 22, 2015 Lately on Facebook there have been postings about the famous poem of Emma Lazarus, a portion of which can be found at the Statue of Liberty. more »»

Why is funding liquor stores essential, but not child protection?

November 22, 2015 Amid all the political posturing and the hard lines drawn, there has been a complete absence of logic regarding funding for child protection in Pennsylvania during the current budget impasse. more »»

$2B question has no answer in budget deal

November 17, 2015 HARRISBURG — It is the $2 billion question: Which Pennsylvania homeowners will get the biggest benefit from a higher state sales tax? Gov. more »»

State budget hope on the horizon?

November 17, 2015 After nearly five months of gridlock, a new state budget framework was announced this week. more »»

Supreme Court likely to see changes after Dem sweep

November 15, 2015 HARRISBURG — The results from Tuesday’s state Supreme Court elections were barely in when triumphant Democrats began talking about what the court’s new 5-2 majority will mean for them, including a... more »»

Congressional term limits: A popular political placebo

November 15, 2015 Many citizens of different political persuasions think that the goal of a better-functioning, more responsive government can be achieved through congressional term limits. more »»



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