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Weighing Marsy’s Law pros and cons

With today’s general election, a number of constituents have asked me about the proposed Marsy’s Law Crime Victims’ Rights Amendment question which will be on the ballot. In response to these questions, I put together a summary of the how the proposal came to be on the ballot, the ...

Democrats’ impeachment quest a non-transparent sham

The past several weeks in Washington have shown us the worst of the swamp. I took the oath of office in June, after winning a special election in Pennsylvania. During my five months in office, I have seen Washington Democrats do nothing but focus on baseless partisan investigations that have ...

Impeachment as normal politics

The Founders of this nation understood that there would be times when presidents, judges and others in executive branch would need to be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors. The Enlightenment intellectuals who authored our system of government thought that the horrible specter of ...

Quiet eloquence

The 1994 funeral of former Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill was truly memorable. To the same North Cambridge, Massachusetts, church, St. John the Evangelist came two former U.S. Presidents, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, scores of senators and members of congress. But more ...

Prioritize universal broadband

The current buzz in Washington and with Democratic presidential candidates is “Medicare for all,” supported by senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Other candidates, such as Joe Biden, prefer sort of a “Medicare for all lite” called the public option which increases federal ...

Left on the cutting room floor

The New York Times and CNN co-sponsored the recent Democratic presidential debate. The New York Times has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Prior to the Mueller report, the influential paper published story after story about alleged Russian collusion with the Trump ...

GOP pressure on Trump was long overdue

Upon hearing the news that President Trump bowed to pressure from congressional Republicans and reversed his decision to hold next year’s G-7 summit at the Trump National Doral Miami, my immediate response was, “Ah, what might have been.” No, I’m not wistful about the missed ...

The supreme battle before us

WASHINGTON — As the 2020 election comes into sharper focus, one issue that seems to animate both sides — the Supreme Court — is once again taking center stage. In 2016, Republicans swept Donald Trump into office largely on the promise of nominating conservative-originalist justices. ...

The President and the Constitution (again)

In nearly three years in office, President Donald Trump has spent federal dollars not authorized by Congress, separated families and incarcerated children at the Texas/Mexico border in defiance of a federal court order, pulled 1,000 American troops out of Syria ignoring a commitment to allies ...

Moratorium on natural gas would be wake-up call

Like millions of Americans, I watched the Oct. 15 Democratic presidential debate. And, like millions of Americans, I was disappointed. Rather than pragmatically addressing the concerns my constituents worry about every day, the majority of the candidates pushed for radical and unrealistic ...

No more billionaires?

He was the Bernie Sanders of his day. Charlie Chaplin, the iconic actor and at the time a well-known political leftist (some said communist), delivered a speech in San Francisco in 1941 prior to America’s entry into World War II. As recounted in the biography of her parents, actress Fay ...

A rapid impeachment

The Ukraine story hasn’t been good for President Donald Trump, and there’s only one way out — to get impeached, and the sooner, the better. Trump obviously hates the idea of being impeached. He thinks it’s unfair, and is raging against the process with every political and legal ...

The State Department’s war on Trump

House Democrats are grilling a stream of disgruntled career diplomats in a basement hearing room of the Capitol. The hearings are supposed to be secret, but — no surprise — Democrats leak snippets of the testimony daily. They’re hoping it will add up to a case for impeaching President ...

The Hillary-Tulsi smackdown

A new wrestling league is being promoted during TV coverage of Major League Baseball’s post-season. The ad promises more action, more spectacle and includes women as well as men grappling with each other. I have two candidates for their consideration: Hillary Clinton and presidential ...

Nationals in the World Series is good for America

For the first time in 86 years, a baseball team from Washington, D.C., is in the World Series. This is good news — obviously for the long-suffering Nationals fans in and around Washington, but also for every American who cares deeply about the survival of our republic. In spite of the ...

Politicians sell out patients

Whether you live in New York, California or the heartland in between, you depend on state government to ensure your hospital is safe. After all, when you’re a patient, your life is on the line. But state health departments have become captives of the health care industry because of huge ...

Intolerance in Academia

If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation’s institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization. John Leo, its editor in chief, says that the organization’s prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual ...

Democrats’ ‘immigrants first’ policy

President Donald Trump’s key immigration rule change, to discourage immigrants from relying on public health programs, food stamps, housing assistance and other welfare, got derailed by three federal judges. Their decisions, blocking Trump’s rule from going into effect, are wins for ...

The human side of immigration

There is a human side to immigration at the United States and Mexican border. Thousands of migrants are crossing the border of the United States experiencing despair on their journey to our country but still remaining hopeful upon their arrival. From my perspective, there is a humanitarian ...

Pennsylvania’s unaffiliated voters deserve a voice

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly heads back to Harrisburg to take up the commonwealth’s business, a priority for their fall agenda should be passing Senate Bill 300. This proposal would enable Pennsylvania’s unaffiliated voters to have a voice in casting votes in either the Republican ...