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Pennsylvania school funding myths debunked

March 6, 2016 Are Pennsylvania’s public schools underfunded? That’s been the central question in Pennsylvania politics for a half-dozen years. But from Gov. Tom Corbett’s first budget to Gov. more »»

The passage of Justice Antonin Scalia

February 28, 2016 Antonin Scalia is gone. He shocked everyone, especially conservatives, by having the audacity to die before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. more »»

With changed thinking, road out of state can have U-turns

February 28, 2016 Picture ten people in a room. After 12 minutes, one walks out. Twelve minutes later, a second person leaves. After just two hours, the room is empt. more »»

Our quadrennial lunacy

February 21, 2016 Polls reveal it, politicians exploit it, and voters confirm it. Americans are angry – very angry. Indeed, voter anger may be the driving force in the 2016 presidential contest. more »»

Hollywood in history

February 21, 2016 Tom Hanks’ portrayal of the insurance lawyer James Donovan in Bridge of Spies has received critical acclaim. more »»

With correct policies, gas industry can still thrive in state

February 8, 2016 Pennsylvania continues to play a leading role in America’s energy revolution. more »»

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 »»



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