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Lowman S. Henry

Lowman S. Henry

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Lowman S. Henry

    Mon, December 10, 2018

    There They Go Again

    Emboldened by the success of their strategy to re-gerrymander Pennsylvania’s congressional districts, Democrats have set their sights on gaining control over the re-drawing of district lines that ...

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    Mon, November 26, 2018

    Red Wave

    There was much talk this past year about a “blue wave,” but what really occurred was a “red wave.” This “red wave” has little to do with electoral politics, but rather accurately ...

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    Mon, November 12, 2018

    Bluer Blue, Redder Red

    On the surface it would appear the power dynamic in Pennsylvania state government changed little as a result of last week’s General Election. Governor Tom Wolf was re-elected and Republicans ...

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    Tue, October 30, 2018

    Tom Wolf's Immoral Approach to Poverty

    Among the flurry of bills passed at the end of the legislative session in October was one that established a pathway to prosperity for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians. This opportunity to ...

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    Tue, October 23, 2018

    Help Wanted

    Surging economy creates need for more qualified workers

    Drive through any major commercial district and the signs are everywhere: car dealers looking for ...

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    Fri, October 19, 2018

    Help Wanted - Surging economy creates need for more qualified workers

    Surging economy creates need for more qualified workers

    Drive through any major commercial district and the signs are everywhere: car dealers looking for mechanics, restaurants looking for servers, big box stores seeking cashiers. Job openings are not ...

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    Tue, October 16, 2018

    Window of Opportunity

    Release of the grand jury report into child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has dominated the news in recent months. As details of the report emerged the scope of abuse in terms of the sheer ...

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    Tue, October 02, 2018

    Fighting Back

    A favorite bromide of the Left is tolerance. Tolerance to them, of course, is complete and total agreement with their view of America. Deviate from the talking points and tolerance ends, usually ...

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    Mon, September 17, 2018

    Campaign Spending Puts Left Wing Hypocrisy on Display

    Ideological consistency is a challenge for all segments of the political spectrum, but the Left in particular wallows in hypocrisy. While I could fill a book with examples, given the limited space ...

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    Tue, September 04, 2018

    Blue Wave or Subtle Current Shift?

    Labor Day is still considered to be the traditional kick-off of the General Election campaigns despite the fact the nation has settled into perpetual campaign mode. In recent weeks there has been a ...

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    Mon, August 20, 2018

    Trump, Twitter, New Political Era

    Want to start a raucous political discussion? (It’s really not hard to do these days.) Ask folks what they think about Donald Trump and his compulsive use of Twitter. Responses will range from ...

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    Mon, August 06, 2018

    Barnette, Williams Headline October Briefing

    PLC October Briefing to be Held in King of Prussia, PA
    Kathy Barnette, Jonathan Williams, Jeff Bartos to Speak

    (Harrisburg, PA) �" This year’s ...

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    Thu, August 02, 2018

    Democrats March to Extreme Left

    In politics everything is relative.

    What the mainstream media and Left-wing activists term the ‘far right’ at one time was the sensible center. For example, ...

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    Mon, July 09, 2018

    Safe, for Now

    Mark Twain once observed that “no man’s life, liberty, or property is safe when the legislature is in session.” He was talking about the federal congress, but the saying can aptly be applied ...

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    Mon, June 18, 2018

    Fair Judicial Districts

    It is interesting that the same coalition of Democratic activists and mainstream media types who have been fighting for so-called “fair” congressional districts have lined up in opposition to a ...

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    Tue, June 12, 2018

    California Ignites Tax Revolt II

    Given its well-earned reputation as a haven for the tax-and-spend crowd most would look at California as an unlikely place for a tax revolt. But recent increases in gas taxes and vehicle fees have ...

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    Mon, June 04, 2018

    Budget Wars: A New Hope

    It is June and for most Pennsylvanians that means the start of the summer vacation season. But under the Capitol dome in Harrisburg it is the one month of the year when the governor and lawmakers ...

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    Tue, May 22, 2018

    Wolf-Fetterman Shotgun Wedding

    It was a photo op gone seriously wrong.

    The meet up between the Governor of Pennsylvania and his newly minted running mate at a York County diner was supposed to be ...

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    Wed, May 16, 2018

    Amazon HQ2: Win by Losing

    Two Pennsylvania cities are competing to become Amazon’s second national headquarters. Undisclosed billions in taxpayer dollars are being offered to lure the on-line giant and the 50,000 plus jobs ...

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    Tue, May 01, 2018

    Unicorns, Purple Squirrels and Fair Justices

    The myth has been exposed.

    The judicial branch of state government is no different than the legislative and executive branches. Too much power corrupts, and ...

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    Tue, April 17, 2018

    Happy Days Are Here Again

    Like the equity markets business confidence in the direction of the U.S. and Pennsylvania economies has had its ups and downs since the election of President Donald Trump. At the moment, confidence ...

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    Mon, April 16, 2018

    Self-Inflicted Wounds

    There is no problem in which the Republican Party finds itself that it can’t make worse. Such is the case with GOP efforts to defend an increasingly frail majority in the United States House of ...

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    Tue, April 03, 2018

    Wolf's Election Deception

    Reform, like beauty, can be skin deep. Governor Tom Wolf has proposed a series of election “reforms” that he claims will make our electoral system more fair and accessible, but upon closer ...

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    Wed, March 28, 2018

    Byron York: The Interview

    (Harrisburg, PA) �" The 2018 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference is now just a week away on April 6th and 7th at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill (Harrisburg), PA. The ...

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    Tue, March 20, 2018

    Turnpike Funding Taking Its Toll

    The only surprise is that it took so long.

    Two national organizations representing truck drivers are suing the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission claiming the ...

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    Tue, March 06, 2018

    Black Robed Bandits

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has triggered a constitutional crisis with the growing possibility that one or more of the justices may stand before the state senate in an impeachment trial. The ...

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    Wed, February 07, 2018

    Picking Winners and Losers

    It sounds like an economic developer’s dream: over 243,000 direct and spin-off jobs with a core job average salary of $93,000 per year and the injection of billions of dollars into the state’s ...

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    Tue, January 23, 2018

    Brat Fit

    In one of the most prolonged brat fits in history by an out-of-the-mainstream ideological movement the American Left continues to act like a small child whose favorite toy has been snatched away from ...

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    Tue, January 09, 2018

    Budget Follies Set to Resume

    The last time a Pennsylvania Governor signed a state budget into law was nearly four years ago on July 10, 2014. Governor Tom Corbett signed off on the state’s fiscal plan just days after it was ...

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    Wed, December 27, 2017

    A Battleground State Once More

    Given the current toxic political climate the 2018 congressional elections are likely going to be among the most divisive, hardest fought mid-term elections in U.S. history. Penn’s Woods will be a ...

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    Mon, December 18, 2017

    Ozone Standards Choking Economic Growth

    Pennsylvania is "substantially underprepared" for an economic slump, according to a recent Moody's Analytics report. Even a moderate recession would force the Keystone state to hike taxes ...

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    Mon, November 27, 2017

    A Wolf Hiding in Penn's Woods

    The integrity of Pennsylvania’s election system along with Governor Tom Wolf’s carefully cultivated image of government transparency have both been called into question as state election ...

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    Tue, November 14, 2017

    A Lion at Rest

    We are all aware of those in the government and public policy arena who hold big titles - presidents, U.S. Senators, governors - but among the unique elements of our system of governance are the ...

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    Tue, October 31, 2017

    PA's Wacky Budget Season Ends

    It was perhaps the strangest budget season in Penn’s Woods since King Charles, II granted William Penn a charter to establish a colony in the New World. The end came relatively quietly with the ...

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    Tue, October 17, 2017

    Judging the Judges

    In sports sitting on the bench is bad �" it means someone else is in the game. But in our judicial system those sitting on the bench are the star players. The judiciary is perhaps the most ...

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    Thu, October 12, 2017

    No Way to Run a Railroad

    Candidates for public office often pledge to “run government like a business” or at least abide by sound business principles. In the collective opinion of the business owners and Chief Executive ...

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    Mon, October 02, 2017

    Who is Gerry Mander?

    In a never ending quest to find an excuse for the abject failure of its policies and waning political fortunes the American Left is always tilting at phantom windmills. That is why the few remaining ...

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    Mon, September 18, 2017

    Train Wreck

    A lawsuit has been filed against Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly for violating the state constitution by failing to approve a balanced state budget in a timely manner. “It ...

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    Tue, September 05, 2017

    Taxing Natural Gas Will Deflate PA's Economy

    A few weeks ago Pennsylvania state senators just voted to hike taxes on natural gas. Their budget proposal, which passed 26-24, would slap a 5.7% tax on the fuel Pennsylvanians use to cook and heat ...

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    Thu, August 31, 2017

    A Budget Glossary

    Lawmakers are scheduled to return to session on September 11th to finish work on a state budget which was due at the end of June. Late budgets have become a hallmark of the Tom Wolf Administration ...

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    Mon, July 31, 2017

    The Incumbent Party

    There is a lot of wailing and rending of garments these days over the hyper partisan atmosphere in both Harrisburg and in Washington, D.C. Conventional wisdom holds that if Republicans and ...

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    Mon, July 24, 2017

    Eternal Life

    Ronald Reagan astutely observed that “government programs, once launched, never disappear” and he concluded such programs are “the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this ...

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    Mon, July 10, 2017

    Black Robed Blunder

    If you ever wonder how far off track the judicial branch of government can stray cast your eyes to the Sunshine state where a county court judge actually struck down a law on the basis that it was ...

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    Mon, June 26, 2017

    We Are -- Not Getting the Message

    There is no doubt that Penn State is one of the nation’s great universities. With a worldwide reputation and graduates who have contributed greatly to literally every aspect of society, Penn State ...

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    Mon, June 12, 2017

    Journey of a Thousand Miles

    Centuries ago the Chinese philosopher Lao Tuz observed that “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” The same can be said for the modest pension reform law signed this week by ...

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    Tue, May 23, 2017

    PA GOP Gets a 'Do Over'

    In politics it is rare that you get a "do over," but that opportunity is being handed to the state GOP by Democrats who just can't seem to shake the patina of corruption that continues to ...

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    Mon, May 15, 2017

    State of Corruption

    Pennsylvania has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to corruption among elected officials. In just the last few years both the elected state ...

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    Tue, May 02, 2017

    Second Banana Slips

    It is likely that if you stopped ten people on any street corner in Penn's Woods and asked them the name of our state's lieutenant governor at least nine would be unable to answer the question. That ...

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    Tue, April 18, 2017

    Turning Optimism into Progress

    Pennsylvania is notorious for its bad business climate always ending up near the bottom of every study of competitiveness among the 50 states. But for the first time in years the folks who own and ...

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    Sat, April 08, 2017

    Trump Bump?

    In the most dramatic turn-around in the 23-year history of the Keystone Business Climate Survey the owners and chief executive officers of Pennsylvania companies reversed a years-long downward trend ...

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    Tue, April 04, 2017

    Game On!

    It will never rival the Super Bowl, the World Series or even March Madness in popularity, but Pennsylvania's budget battle is underway and — unlike those sporting events — it has a real ...

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    Tue, March 21, 2017

    Hiding Behind the Rules

    "Rules are mostly made to be broken and are often for the lazy to hide behind," so said the great World War II General Douglas MacArthur in a comment that might well be applied today to the ...

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    Tue, March 07, 2017

    Faulty Assumptions

    There is a lot of truth to the old joke about assuming. You know the one: "What happens when you assume? You make an A-- out of U and ME." That saying applies perfectly to the state ...

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    Mon, February 20, 2017

    A Pity Party, Not a TEA Party

    The protests began immediately upon the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency. Stunned by an election defeat they did not see coming; the far reaches of the Left reacted by taking to the ...

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    Tue, February 07, 2017

    Window Dressing?

    At first glance they would appear to be singing off of the same song sheet. The most liberal governor in America says we have to "live within our means." The most conservative state ...

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    Mon, January 23, 2017


    Elections have consequences and elected officials are usually — willingly or unwillingly — the first to respond to changed political circumstances. The election last November of a veto ...

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    Mon, January 09, 2017

    First Impressions

    As the saying goes you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That is very bad news for freshman State Senator Wayne Langerholc who arguably has made the worst first impression of any ...

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    Tue, December 13, 2016

    Best of Times, Worst of Times

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness . . . " So begins Charles Dickens's novel A Tale of Two Cities. It is set in ...

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    Mon, November 28, 2016

    Your Pain is His Gain

    The epic budget battle that began two years ago with the inauguration of Governor Tom Wolf resulted in school children and nonprofits being held hostage for over nine months as legislators battled ...

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    Thu, November 10, 2016

    Winners and Losers

    One of the many quirks of our political system is that each year there are winners and losers among politicians whose names are not actually on the ballot. This year is no exception. Neither ...

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    Thu, November 03, 2016

    Grow Private Sector, Not Government

    Tax policy received scant attention in the presidential debates, but when it did both candidates displayed a serious lack of understanding regarding at least one critical component of the tax code: ...

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    Tue, October 18, 2016

    Leave Us Alone

    It was a simple, yet revealing summary of the problems plaguing Pennsylvania's businesses. "Please stop trying to 'fix' it," the business owner begged. "Leave us alone." That ...

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    Mon, October 03, 2016

    What's My Line?

    There is an old television game show entitled "What's My Line?" The game featured celebrity panelists questioning contestants to determine their occupations. Let's play a Pennsylvania ...

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    Mon, September 19, 2016

    Road to Ruin

    The Pennsylvania Turnpike is America's first superhighway. It also has become one of the most expensive roads in the country to travel. If you are in a passenger car driving the entire length of ...

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    Tue, September 06, 2016

    Regulation Uber Alles

    In nearly every study of state-by-state economic competitiveness Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom. The most recent Keystone Business Climate Survey conducted by the Lincoln Institute found 53% of ...

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    Tue, August 23, 2016

    Eye of the Storm

    As August melts into September the halls of the state capitol building are relatively quiet. This is a marked contrast to a year ago when state government was in what turned out to be the early ...

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    Tue, July 26, 2016

    Bellwether: PA Again Keystone State

    If early polls are any indication Pennsylvania is posed to be one of the major battleground states as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton enter the final months of the 2016 presidential campaign. Some ...

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    Mon, July 11, 2016

    Fixing America

    Once again America is grieving. The deaths of five Dallas police officers; and two young men who died elsewhere having been shot by police, have rocked the nation. Set aside for a moment the ...

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    Tue, June 28, 2016

    When in the Course of Human Events

    This is the time of year when Americans celebrate the anniversary of our declaration of independence from Great Britain. It is ironic that the United Kingdom itself a few days ago found it necessary ...

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    Tue, June 14, 2016

    Veepstakes: Trump, Clinton Weigh Options

    Now that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have effectively secured their respective party's presidential nominations, attention has turned to whom they might select as vice presidential running ...

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    Tue, May 31, 2016

    Deja vu All Over Again

    'Tis budget season again in Harrisburg. Governor Tom Wolf and the state legislature face a June 30th deadline for enacting the 2016-17 spending plan. If it seems like we just finished the budget; ...

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    Tue, May 17, 2016

    The Worm in the Education Apple

    There is an old saying in politics that "perception is reality." That is how former Governor Tom Corbett got blamed for cuts in funding to public education that never happened. To this ...

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    Tue, May 03, 2016

    Budget Battle Ends With Electoral Dud

    The final pieces of legislation ending Pennsylvania's longest budget stalemate fell into place just days before the April primary election. And the story that dominated state news for over nine ...

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    Mon, April 18, 2016

    Get a Grip

    Millions of Americans, likely you are one of them, have sent a tax return off to the Internal Revenue Service over the past couple of weeks having been given little choice but to follow the Biblical ...

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    Tue, April 05, 2016

    It's the Delegates, Stupid

    As the lengthy presidential primary and caucus season moves into its end stages the electorate is beginning to realize that winning delegates is more important than winning states. The value of ...

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    Tue, March 22, 2016

    Alien and Sedition Redux?

    The First Amendment right to freedom of speech has been in the news a lot lately. It has been the center of the debate over whether Left wing protestors disrupting Donald Trump rallies are denying ...

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    Tue, March 08, 2016

    R.I.P. PA Constitution 1968-2016

    Governor Tom Wolf has been in office for just over a year, but already we know historians will put the words "budget crisis" in their lead paragraph. But a far more ominous phrase may get ...

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    Wed, February 24, 2016

    Uncharted Waters

    On one point there is unanimous agreement under the capitol dome in Harrisburg: Pennsylvania is in uncharted fiscal waters. Never before in the history of the commonwealth has a state budget impasse ...

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    Tue, February 09, 2016

    Governor Wolf PERCs Up

    After just one year in office it is clear Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is the most spendthrift governor in the nation. After all, his proposed and still unresolved 2015-16 state budget called for ...

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    Mon, January 25, 2016

    An Alternate Universe

    News Item: "A cosmologist from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) believes he may just have found proof that an alternate and parallel universe does indeed exist." -- Tech ...

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    Tue, January 12, 2016

    A New Shade of Blue

    Residents of Penn's Woods are about to experience history in the making: the start of a new state budget year with the previous year's budget still unresolved. Governor Tom Wolf guaranteed the ...

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    Tue, December 29, 2015

    Rules for Conservatives

    If the Left had a religion (which of course they don't), their Bible would be a book by tactical guru Saul Alinsky entitled Rules for Radicals. The original "community organizer," ...

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    Wed, December 02, 2015

    Is a Liberal Arts Education Obsolete?

    Beset by rising costs, massive debt, excessive political correctness and questions over its relevance, the tradition of a four-year liberal arts education is under assault.

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    Tue, November 10, 2015

    Harrisburg: We Have a Spending Problem

    Pennsylvania state government has a structural budget deficit of $1.2 billion dollars. This somewhat mystical figure is agreed upon by just about everyone. Given this rare point of agreement, why ...

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    Tue, October 20, 2015

    The Charlie Dent Effect

    Establishment Republicans are in a panic over the enduring popularity of Donald Trump. If Trump ends up being the GOP nominee party regulars can blame one of their own: Congressman Charlie ...

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    Sun, October 18, 2015

    An American Life

    From the minutemen of the American Revolution to the settlers of the old West to the housewives who poured into the factories during World War II to the Tea party movement of recent years our nation ...

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    Tue, October 06, 2015

    Ending Corporate Welfare

    Adoption of an annual budget is a core function of government. Both the federal and state governments have failed to get the job done. At the national level there has been no budget for years, as ...

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    Wed, September 23, 2015

    Malaise: Business Owners Deeply Negative

    Governor Wolf posts 82% disapproval rating

    Governor Tom Wolf, who owned and operated a mid-sized business before running for office, has become enormously ...

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    Tue, September 22, 2015

    A New Way Forward

    There is an old saying that battle plans are effective until the fighting starts. That is true in politics. Once the campaign actually begins anything can — and usually does — happen. ...

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    Mon, September 07, 2015

    Is Congress Obsolete?

    It is still early in the race for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination, but the rise of "outsider" candidates such as Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson to the top of the polls has ...

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    Mon, August 24, 2015

    Trump Card

    It doesn't happen often, but sometimes a summer romance turns into a permanent relationship. That may be the case with Donald Trump whose summer surge has propelled him to the front of the herd ...

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    Fri, August 07, 2015

    Cauldron of Corruption

    Bribery, mail fraud, racketeering, criminal conspiracy, official repression, conspiracy to commit bribery, money laundering, bank fraud, wire fraud, obstructing the administration of law — ...

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    Tue, July 14, 2015

    Governor Wolf, You're No Barack Obama

    Imitation, the saying goes, is the most sincere form of flattery. So either Governor Tom Wolf is in the running for president of the Barack Obama fan club, or the Wolf Administration lacks the ...

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    Tue, July 07, 2015

    Immigration Focus Misses the Problem

    Donald Trump's comments on illegal immigrants have ignited the latest firestorm to engulf the herd of candidates seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But by continuing to focus on ...

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    Tue, June 30, 2015

    A New 'Team of Rivals'

    Once again this week the field of contenders for the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination continued to grow. There is great diversity in what is shaping up to be a historically large field of ...

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    Tue, June 16, 2015

    Delco Special Could Be a Scott Wagner Sequel

    While all eyes are riveted on the looming state budget deadline in Harrisburg, the political story of the summer is now playing out in Delaware County where a special election for a seat in the ...

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    Tue, June 02, 2015

    PA Kingmaker at Brokered Convention?

    Pennsylvania's presidential primary, held in late April after more than half of the other states have already voted, means residents of Penn's woods generally have little impact on the selection of ...

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    Mon, May 18, 2015

    PA Business Leaders Reject Wolf Tax Plan

    The Governor of Pennsylvania decided to use his perceived electoral mandate to take on one of the biggest issues that has confronted and confounded the commonwealth for decades: property tax reform. ...

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    Wed, May 06, 2015

    Epic Failure in Baltimore

    The real victim of the riots in Baltimore is the Left-wing philosophy of cradle-to-grave big government that has inevitably collapsed under the weight of its own faulty theories and inept ...

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    Wed, April 29, 2015

    PA Business Climate Optimism Evaporates

    Wolf Budget Proposals Deeply Unpopular Among Business Owners/CEOs

    After nudging into positive territory last October for the first time since 2004, the outlook of ...

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    Tue, April 21, 2015

    Time to Move the PA Presidential Primary

    The 2016 Presidential race has officially begun. Over the past couple of weeks Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton have formally announced their candidacies. The field of Republican ...

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    Tue, April 07, 2015

    PA Dems Flounder on Shoals of Corruption

    There are two ways to remove a Band-Aid; in one sharp motion getting the pain over quickly, or pulling it off slowly allowing the pain to linger. Democrats in Pennsylvania appear to subscribe to ...

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    Mon, March 23, 2015

    From Perception to Reality

    There is an old saying in political circles that "perception is reality." Like many old saws there is a lot of truth behind that saying. Perception is driven by messaging. It is not ...

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    Mon, March 09, 2015

    Of Rainbows and Unicorns

    Once upon a time in the woods of Penn the benevolent overseer of the land wished to bestow upon his subjects many favors. Believing in the superior wisdom of his court he set out to do away with the ...

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    Mon, February 23, 2015

    Why is the Party of Free Enterprise Afraid of Competition?

    An early, but unofficial, entry into the 2016 Presidential race by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush jump started the fight for the Republican presidential nomination. National party leaders are ...

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    Tue, February 10, 2015

    Demystifying the Judicial Branch

    With five statewide appellate court seats up for election — including three on the Supreme Court — an unusual political spotlight is focused this year on the judicial branch of ...

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    Mon, January 26, 2015

    Tampering with Transparency

    Transparency has become a buzzword, one of those principles that politicians of all stripes pledge fealty to, but often in practice fall short. For those who value the ability of We the People to ...

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    Mon, January 12, 2015

    Educating to Opportunity

    Democrats, legislatively decimated but flush with executive power, have decided to make increased spending on public education the centerpiece of their domestic agenda for 2015. The issue feeds a ...

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    Mon, December 29, 2014

    Divided They Stand

    For the past four years Republicans have had a partisan, if not governing majority in all parts of state government. In a couple of weeks a new Democrat governor will take office ushering in an era ...

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    Tue, December 02, 2014

    Kane is Not Able

    Politics, the saying goes, is all about timing.

    If that is so, State Representative Daryl Metcalfe was a man ahead of his time when last year he introduced a ...

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    Tue, November 18, 2014

    When Gridlock is Good

    At both the state and national levels voters have opted to put into place divided government with Democrats in charge of the executive branch and Republicans holding large majorities in the ...

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    Mon, November 10, 2014

    Tinkering with the System

    Days before the November election I was listening to a radio talk show and the topic of discussion was a prominent Democrat who suggested that congressional terms should be made longer. ...

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    Wed, October 29, 2014

    GOP Launches New 'War on Poverty'

    In his 1964 State of the Union Address President Lyndon Johnson launched what became known as the "war on poverty" saying: "Our aim is not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but ...

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    Mon, October 20, 2014

    PA Business Climate Improving

    For the first time in a decade, by a narrow margin, more Pennsylvania employers say business conditions in the commonwealth are improving than say the state's economy is getting worse. But, that ...

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    Wed, October 01, 2014

    A Ruined Black Tie Affair

    My favorite Garth Brooks song, about having friends in low places, has a great lyric where he sings "I showed up in boots and ruined your black tie affair." That refrain could be sung by ...

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    Tue, September 23, 2014

    One Nation?

    Since the beginning of our republic there has been a great debate on the role and scope of the federal government and its relationship to the states. We did not begin as the United States of ...

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    Mon, September 08, 2014

    Need a Lyft?

    I stood in the doorway of the Ebenezer Coffee House watching a mid-summer thunderstorm dump water on Washington, D.C. Although Union Station, and the taxi cab I needed, was little over a block away, ...

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    Tue, August 26, 2014

    Romney Redux Wrong

    Mitt Romney is back. After losing the 2012 presidential race to Barack Obama the defeated Republican nominee stepped out of the spotlight and into what many thought would be a long, quiet retirement ...

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    Tue, August 12, 2014

    Tough Love for Philadelphia Schools

    Would you invest in a business whose product failed 80% of the time? If so, you might want to contribute money to the City of Philadelphia School District where, according to the Commonwealth ...

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    Tue, July 29, 2014

    Jedis, DREAMers and Tax Schemers

    It could be labeled a Jedi mind trick, or perhaps double speak worthy of a George Orwell novel. President Obama and the Left have raised to an art form the ability to name a policy initiative the ...

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    Tue, July 15, 2014

    Huddled Masses

    The flood of illegal immigrants crossing America's southern border has become a crisis. Those arriving are not "undocumented" or "refugees," what is occurring is a blatant ...

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    Mon, June 30, 2014

    The Pendulum Swings

    When history looks back at the just completed term of the Supreme Court of the United States it will view it as the end point of the pendulum swing toward an imperial presidency and the beginning of ...

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    Tue, June 24, 2014

    Why Republicans Should Not Raise Taxes

    With the state budget over a billion dollars out of balance and elections approaching the pressure is on the governing Republican majority in Harrisburg to raise taxes. They should not. To do so ...

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    Tue, June 17, 2014

    Moving the Goal Posts

    A football field is 100 yard long. That makes the 50-yard line the center of the field. Suppose we were to change the rules and make the football field 120 yards long. That would make the center ...

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    Tue, June 03, 2014

    PA GOP at Crossroads

    In what was perhaps one of the most famous speeches in American political history Ronald Reagan's national career was launched in the closing days of the 1964 presidential campaign with his "A ...

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    Thu, May 22, 2014

    Why We Remember

    The degree and intensity which Americans commemorate Memorial Day tends to rise and fall depending upon the nation's level of active involvement in a foreign conflict. During the height of the ...

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    Mon, May 05, 2014

    Crunch Time

    It is crunch time in Harrisburg.

    The next 60 days will likely be the most productive — or unproductive — period of legislating under the capitol dome ...

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    Tue, April 22, 2014

    A Common Thread

    With 24-hour cable news and an ever-present stream of information over the Internet it is sometimes difficult to discern trends or common threads due to the overwhelming amount of information that ...

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    Tue, April 15, 2014

    No Turn-around Yet for PA Businesses

    Weighed down by concerns over a possible increase in the minimum wage, uncertainty over health care; and excessive regulations, Pennsylvania's business climate continued to get worse over the past ...

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    Tue, April 08, 2014

    A Taxing Tale

    President Obama's claim that "If you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan" was dubbed by pundits as the 2013 lie of the year. Fast forward to this year's ...

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    Mon, March 24, 2014

    Official Repression

    Richard Nixon was often accused of creating an imperial presidency and of using the levers of power to repress and punish those who disagreed with him. Nixon's "enemies list" became a ...

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    Tue, March 11, 2014

    Union Violence Hits Tipping Point


    How would you like to be able to stalk someone? Or perhaps harass them? Maybe even threaten to use a weapon of mass destruction against them?

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    Wed, February 26, 2014

    Promises Kept Leads to Political Trouble

    By almost any measure 2010 was a banner year for Republicans. Riding the crest of the Tea party wave the GOP reclaimed control of the U.S. House of Representatives and added to the number of states ...

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    Mon, February 10, 2014

    A Yogi Berra Election

    Famed Yankee's skipper and player Yogi Berra famously said the game "isn't over until it is over." Always quotable, Berra summed up in one sentence the fact that in baseball, even in the ...

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    Tue, January 28, 2014

    State of the Kingdom

    "Leader, n. A person who influences a group of people toward the achievement of a goal." — Webster

    "Dictator, n. A leader who holds and/or ...

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    Thu, January 16, 2014

    PA Energy: Bright Future or Lights Out?

    Lying beneath Penn's Woods are deposits of coal and reserves of natural gas so large that the state has earned the nickname the "Saudi Arabia of the United States." At the current moment, ...

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    Mon, December 30, 2013

    Fool's Errand


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    Tue, December 03, 2013

    The Un-COLA

    In politics, as with many aspects of life, timing is everything. The timing of the awarding of this year's annual cost-of-living pay increase for state officials could not have been worse. ...

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    Tue, November 19, 2013

    Mr. Obama: You're No Abe Lincoln

    One President of the United States was invited to speak at the national cemetery at Gettysburg as an afterthought. He was not the featured speaker, and his words lasted but a few minutes. His ...

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    Tue, November 05, 2013

    Opens Records Law Key to Restoring Penn State Credibility

    Penn State University is fighting efforts in Harrisburg to place state-related universities, of which Penn State is one, under provisions of the commonwealth's Open Records law. This would require ...

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    Mon, October 21, 2013

    Why the Recovery Remains Sluggish

    The last time more Pennsylvania business leaders felt the state's economy was headed in the right direction George W. Bush was just weeks away from being elected to his second term of office. The ...

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    Mon, October 07, 2013

    We Feel Their Pain

    Adams County in autumn is one of the most beautiful spots in Pennsylvania. Its country roads are surrounded by apple orchards and roadside stands stocked with pumpkins, cider and other seasonal ...

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    Tue, September 24, 2013

    A Peek Behind the Curtain

    Primary elections are the vehicle by which voters select their party's nominees who then advance to the General Election to do battle with the opposing party. But, before voters even go to the polls ...

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    Tue, September 10, 2013

    It's for the Children

    Unsurprisingly, in the realm of politics and public policy folks often say one thing while meaning something entirely different. For example, when a public official decides to retire to "spend ...

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    Fri, August 30, 2013

    Latrobe Goes Bananas Over Split

    Forget about the pension crisis, crumbling roads and bridges, liquor privatization and all those other issues that have been occupying Pennsylvania politicos for the past few months. It is time to ...

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    Tue, August 13, 2013

    Faux Reform

    Reform is one of the most abused words in Pennsylvania's legislative lexicon. In the years since the infamous middle-of-the-night pay raise uprising many lawmakers have hopped on the reform ...

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    Mon, July 29, 2013

    Register of Wills Justice of the Supreme Court

    It is not very often that a Register of Wills makes statewide headlines. But Bruce Hanes, holder of that ministerial office in the suburban Philadelphia County of Montgomery did just that recently ...

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    Mon, July 15, 2013

    Don't Agree? Govern by Decree!

    Proponents of conservative public policy increasingly advocate that states invoke their right of nullification, essentially invalidate federal laws with which they strongly disagree or view as ...

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    Wed, July 03, 2013

    Dereliction of Duty

    Imagine if you will that your boss had given you three tasks of significant importance to your place of employment and that you had failed to get those tasks done in a timely manner. Now, imagine ...

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    Tue, June 18, 2013

    America's Biggest Scandal

    From the administration's handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, to the Internal Revenue Service harassment of conservative organizations, to the Justice Department's snooping on ...

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    Tue, June 04, 2013

    Shredding the Bill of Rights

    It may be the work of a vast left-wing conspiracy, or it could be simply the by-product of a nation slowly inching its way into socialism, but a systematic shredding of America's Bill of Rights is ...

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    Mon, May 20, 2013

    Costa's Big Government Agenda

    In recent weeks Americans have seen the dark underbelly of big government: the IRS targeting conservative groups; the Department of Justice tapping the phone lines of journalists; stonewalling by the ...

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    Tue, April 30, 2013

    Gas, Booze and Feral Swine

    State government is facing another difficult budget, a critical junction in the liquor privatization debate, a looming pension crisis along with crumbling roads and bridges. So it provided a bit of ...

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    Wed, April 24, 2013

    Work in Progress

    There has been a lot of buzz among politicos over Governor Tom Corbett's low polling numbers. While the governor struggles among the general voting population, he fares better among the state's job ...

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    Thu, April 11, 2013

    Firewall Against Tyranny

    When considering whether or not to ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States of America a number of the former colonies expressed concern that the proposed new national charter failed to ...

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    Tue, April 09, 2013

    PA Business Climate: Treading Water

    Although many key economic indicators are pointing to a slowly improving economy, employers in Pennsylvania say — at best — the state's business climate is stagnant. More report lower ...

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    Sat, April 06, 2013

    Treading Water - PA business owners/CEOs don't see economic recovery

    PA business owners/CEOs don't see economic recovery

    Although many key economic indicators are pointing to a slowly improving economy, employers in Pennsylvania say - at best - the state's business climate is stagnant. More report lower employment ...

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    Tue, March 26, 2013

    Uncivil War

    Although much ado has been made about the Republican Party's need to reach out to emerging constituent groups amid the mainstream media's caterwauling about the need for conservatives to moderate, it ...

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    Mon, March 11, 2013

    Raise Profile of PA 'Row Offices'

    When Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale appeared recently at the Pennsylvania Press Club he spoke of the frustrations of running for a low profile statewide office in a Presidential ...

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    Tue, February 26, 2013

    Co-Equal Branches?

    The judicial branch of government has been in the news a lot lately for matters unrelated to actual litigation. The conviction of a sitting state Supreme Court Justice on felony charges for using ...

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    Wed, February 13, 2013

    PSEA Bargaining Chips

    One of the most common rhetorical techniques used by politicians to disguise the true nature of a proposed policy is to give legislation a name implying something totally different. For example, ...

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    Wed, January 30, 2013

    One Term Tommy?

    Nothing excites the political community more than speculating about the next election. Given that 2013 is the low profile point in the political cycle — basically county row offices and ...

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    Tue, January 15, 2013

    Bully Pulpit

    Losing the policy debate, unions resorting to violence

    Bully n. pl. bul-lies: A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing; a hired ruffian; a thug; v, to treat ...

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    Wed, January 02, 2013

    A Tale of Two Parties

    Given the portrait the mainstream news media has painted of the two major political parties; please identify which of the following actions were taken by the Democrat and which by the ...

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    Thu, December 20, 2012

    A Lump of Coal for Charities?

    'Fiscal cliff' talks threaten Federal charitable tax deduction

    The stubbornly sluggish economic recovery has created a perfect storm of bad economic news for the ...

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    Mon, December 03, 2012

    Pledge or Principle?

    Much ado has been made in recent weeks about the impact of the no tax pledge spearheaded by Americans for Tax Reform. Those who view the pending expiration of Bush era tax rates, and the fiscal ...

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    Tue, November 20, 2012

    Unsportsmanlike Conduct

    There is a saying in sports that it isn't winning or losing that matters, it is how you play the game. In professional sports appropriate conduct is required. The NFL will flag players for personal ...

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    Wed, November 07, 2012

    Back Where We Started

    After the longest and most expensive election cycle in American history we are
    . . . right back where we started. President Barack Obama has been re-elected by a narrow margin — even more ...

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    Mon, November 05, 2012

    PA Economy Trying to Gain Steam

    Pennsylvania employers are expressing greater optimism about the direction of the state's economy, but underlying factors such as the difficulty in obtaining needed capital continue to hinder the ...

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    Sat, November 03, 2012

    PA Economy Trying to Gain Steam - Lack of access to capital hindering economic recovery

    Lack of access to capital hindering economic recovery

    Pennsylvania employers are expressing greater optimism about the direction of the state's economy, but underlying factors such as the difficulty in obtaining needed capital continue to hinder the ...

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    Tue, October 23, 2012

    Natural Gas: Location, Location, Location

    There is an old adage in the real estate business that three factors affect the price of a property: location, location, location. It is a truism that might also be adopted by Pennsylvania's ...

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    Wed, October 10, 2012

    Making PA Business Friendly

    Dick Yuengling, Jr., owner and president of Pottsville-based Yuengling Brewery, the oldest and now largest brewer of beer in the nation, raised eyebrows recently when he told the Harrisburg Patriot ...

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    Wed, September 26, 2012

    Golden Age of Gas

    There is no doubt that development of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale natural gas resources has fueled an economic boom across a wide swath of Pennsylvania, a region that has floundered economically ...

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    Wed, September 12, 2012

    Wrong Turn: PA Turnpike Debt Mounts

    State Representative Peter J. Daley (D-Washington County) recently called on top leaders at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to resign citing a $7 billion debt racked up by the toll road agency. ...

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    Thu, September 06, 2012

    Republicans Are From Mercury, Democrats From Pluto

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the ...

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    Tue, September 04, 2012

    Intolerance of the Left

    Events of recent weeks have graphically illustrated that the political Left in America is guilty of precisely the type of intolerance — political and social — for which it frequently ...

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    Wed, August 15, 2012


    Just when you think things couldn't possible get any worse for Penn State they do. The latest repercussion from the Jerry Sandusky scandal to hit the university is a warning from the Middle States ...

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    Wed, August 01, 2012

    Voter ID Madness

    A couple of months ago, suffering from a sore throat, I walked into a local chain pharmacy to buy some cough syrup. The young lady at the check-out counter asked to see my driver's license or some ...

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    Tue, July 17, 2012

    Rearranging the Titanic's Deck Chairs

    Pennsylvania's "full-time" legislature is now off on a two month summer recess, essentially ending the productive phase of current session. Yes, the General Assembly will reconvene in ...

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    Tue, July 03, 2012

    Trashing a Self-Evident Truth

    As the nation celebrates Independence Day the assault on our rights and freedoms continues on a scale virtually unparalleled in the history of the republic. The Declaration of Independence begins ...

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    Wed, June 20, 2012

    A Rose by Any Other Name

    Late last summer the political and financial worlds focused on Capitol Hill as Congress debated increasing the nation's debt limit. Increasing the debt ceiling had become the latest in a string of ...

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    Tue, June 05, 2012

    Real Fiscal Conservatism

    Fiscal restraint is a key component of conservatism. Some take this to mean spending less is always better and that all spending cuts are good. But, true fiscal conservatism also requires that when ...

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    Mon, May 28, 2012

    Lincoln Institute Co-Founder Dies at 58

    Albert Paschall, 58, co-founder of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, Inc. passed away on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, in Melbourne, Florida where he recently moved after his retirement ...

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    Tue, May 22, 2012

    Cesspool of Corruption

    These are days of shame in Pennsylvania.

    In just the past couple of weeks a sitting state Supreme Court Justice has been indicted, a state Senator has resigned in ...

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    Fri, May 11, 2012

    Reason for Pessimism

    Convention wisdom over the past few months has it the economy is finally beginning to emerge from the recession that began back in 2008. So it was a bit surprising that the Spring 2012 Keystone ...

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    Fri, April 27, 2012

    Recovery? PA Employers Say Economy Remains Sluggish

    Despite the conventional wisdom that the nation is emerging from a four-year economic downturn, results of the Spring 2012 Keystone Business Climate Survey find employers in the commonwealth less ...

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    Wed, April 25, 2012

    Memo from Voters: Stuff Your Endorsement

    Tuesday's primary election highlighted two serious structural deficiencies in Pennsylvania's electoral process. Once again the "Keystone State" was anything but in the presidential ...

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    Wed, April 11, 2012

    Time Out: Santorum Ends Campaign

    Rick Santorum has ended — for now — one of the most improbable presidential campaigns in modern American history. From bouncing through the cornfields of Iowa in a pick-up truck owned by ...

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    Wed, March 28, 2012

    Policy Envy

    Conservative activists from across Penn's Woods gathered recently for the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. From the podium and through the hallways a common theme emerged. There is a ...

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    Mon, March 19, 2012

    Education Snobs

    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he labeled President Barack Obama a "snob" for saying that his goal was for every American to be ...

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    Mon, March 19, 2012

    Education Snobs

    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he labeled President Barack Obama a "snob" for saying that his goal was for every American to be ...

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    Wed, February 29, 2012

    It's Debatable

    Presidential debates have a rich history of making — or breaking — candidates. It began with the very first such debate held in 1960 when John Kennedy's confident, youthful appearance ...

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    Tue, February 14, 2012

    Left Intensifies War Against Christians

    Left Intensifies War Against Christians
    PA 'Year of the Bible" resolution latest front in battle

    By Lowman S. Henry

    In ...

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    Mon, January 30, 2012

    Black Robed Bandits

    Every ten years following the decennial census the Pennsylvania state constitution requires the redrawing of legislative district lines to account for shifts in population. Under the best of ...

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    Wed, January 18, 2012

    The Voter ID Race Card

    A few weeks ago my wife and I travelled to Arizona to visit family for holidays. When we arrived at the airport we were required to show a photo ID to check our luggage. We again had to show photo ...

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    Wed, January 04, 2012

    Round II: Another Budget Battle Lies Ahead

    Governor Tom Corbett and Republicans in the state legislature have spent the last six months patting themselves on the back for fulfilling their main constitutional duty of passing a state budget on ...

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    Tue, December 06, 2011

    Toomey's Practical Conservatism

    U.S. Senator Pat Toomey has been in office for less than a year, but in that short period of time he has emerged as something rare in present day Washington, D.C. — a principled officeholder ...

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    Wed, November 23, 2011

    The Rise of Newt Gingrich

    The race for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination has begun to resemble a skeet shooting contest. Skeet is a competitive sport wherein clay disks are flung into the air at various angles and ...

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    Tue, November 08, 2011

    Uncertainty Stifling Job Creation

    The Occupy Wall Street protestors are focused on the wealthiest one percent of Americans and President Barack Obama is engaging class warfare in an effort to raise taxes on the rich. These tactics ...

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    Wed, October 26, 2011

    Economic Outlook Turns Gloomy - Brief burst of optimism fades as recession lingers

    Brief burst of optimism fades as recession lingers

    Business confidence in the Pennsylvania economy has again turned negative after a brief period of optimism earlier this year. The Fall 2011 Keystone Business Climate Survey conducted by the Lincoln ...

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    Tue, October 25, 2011

    In the Fullness of Time

    "I may walk slowly, but I never walk backward."
    Abraham Lincoln

    The 2011 General Election has yet to be held, but already the ...

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    Tue, October 11, 2011

    Haight-Ashbury Meets Wall Street

    It is interesting how a dispirit group of malcontents with nothing better to do that hang out on Wall Street all of a sudden are branded by the media as a "national movement."

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    Tue, September 27, 2011

    Reinventing DEP

    Passage of the state budget and looming battles over school choice and privatization of the commonwealth's liquor stores have dominated the policy debate in Harrisburg. But, almost quietly an ...

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    Tue, September 13, 2011

    Unemployment: Obama's Hostage Crisis?

    Barack Obama's presidency is in deep trouble because he neglected to heed the maxim ineloquently stated by Clinton campaign manager Jim Carville in the 1992 Presidential campaign: "It's the ...

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    Wed, August 31, 2011

    A Tree Falls in Penn's Woods

    The Lincoln Institute's most recent Keystone Business Climate Survey found just 16% of employers in Penn's Woods held a positive view of the state House of Representatives, only 14% thought kindly of ...

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    Mon, August 15, 2011

    Barry Goldwater Redux?

    Ron Paul may be the Republican Party's latest incarnation of Barry Goldwater. Like the 1964 Republican Presidential nominee, Congressman Paul has been an election cycle or two ahead of public ...

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    Wed, August 03, 2011

    The Next Step

    Governor Tom Corbett inherited a $4 billion plus budget deficit when he took office earlier this year. Keeping his pledge not to raise taxes, the new governor promptly outlined the spending cuts ...

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    Mon, July 18, 2011

    Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object

    Washington, the financial world and much of the nation are transfixed by the political stalemate over the looming national debt ceiling. Amid the charges of "playing to the base" and ...

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    Tue, July 05, 2011

    The 'Not Mitt' Primary

    In addition to their growing ideological divide, the two major political parties in the United States have established a completely different approach to selecting their nominees for the Presidency. ...

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    Mon, June 20, 2011

    Tower of Babble

    In January, at the dawn of the current legislative session, it appeared as if Pennsylvania was finally headed toward giving parents of children in failing schools the right of school choice. School ...

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    Mon, June 06, 2011

    Clintonian Style Tax Debate

    In his efforts to escape legal entanglements resulting from the Monica Lewinsky scandal, former President Bill Clinton once answered a prosecutor's question by saying "it depends on what the ...

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    Thu, May 26, 2011

    Last Full Measure of Devotion

    As with many occasions that roll around every year, the significance of Memorial Day can often be overlooked because it is an annual rite. But each year, for someone, Memorial Day has for the first ...

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    Mon, May 09, 2011

    PA GOP Senate: Wrong on Budget

    It is budget time in Harrisburg. The deadline for approving the state's new spending plan is June 30th. With Republicans in control of the governorship and both houses of the legislature there is ...

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    Mon, May 02, 2011

    Hitting Bottom

    PA Employers say recession has ended, predict improving economy

    Pennsylvania's business climate has ended a three year slide, but although it has yet to rebound ...

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    Tue, April 26, 2011

    GOP Fantasy Team 2012

    Sports fanatics like to fantasize. There are fantasy teams for baseball and football, and brackets for March Madness at the end of basketball season. As the presidential election gears up political ...

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    Tue, April 12, 2011

    Drill Baby Drill

    I like my sport utility vehicle. It works well for me because it seems I am always toting something around; printed materials for work or campaigns, plants for the yard, luggage for family ...

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    Tue, March 29, 2011

    If You Tax It They Will Leave

    "If you want to go to work you can find a job."

    How many places in Pennsylvania, in fact in America can make that boast? They can in Bradford County ...

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    Tue, March 15, 2011

    Uncivil Unions

    A few short weeks ago the buzzword in American politics was "civility." The mainstream news networks, liberal newspapers, the left-wing blogosphere and their assorted allies were in high ...

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    Mon, February 28, 2011

    Speaking of Rights . . . - Time for a Right to Work law

    Time for a Right to Work law

    In Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has chosen to fight a budget battle and engage in a playing field-altering confrontation with his state's labor unions at the same time. Here in Pennsylvania ...

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    Tue, February 15, 2011

    Chuck Taylor Budgeting

    Every once in a while an old idea becomes new again. It seems our never-ending quest for things new and original occasionally gives way to a desire for something old and familiar. In clothing for ...

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    Mon, January 31, 2011

    Civility: Left's Code Word of the Day

    President Harry S. Truman was known for his blunt talk. Much of that blunt talk was aimed at Republicans in Congress who were frequently at odds with the man from Missouri. Truman turned the GOP ...

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    Tue, January 18, 2011

    Lt. Governor: Relic or Relevant?

    Much has been written and said about what kind of a governor Tom Corbett will be. He is, without any doubt, the polar opposite of former Governor Ed Rendell in both style and substance. But little ...

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    Tue, January 04, 2011

    Testing, One . . . Two . . . Three . . .

    The calendar now says 2011, but the political eyes of the nation are already looking ahead to 2012 when America will once again elect a president. While it may seem a bit early to focus on the ...

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    Tue, December 21, 2010

    Rock, Paper, Scissors

    As Tom Corbett prepares to take office in a couple of weeks as Pennsylvania's new governor the array of problems awaiting his attention are varied and substantial. His first order of business will ...

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    Tue, December 07, 2010

    How the Left Stole Christmas

    As surely as silver bells ring and halls get decked the arrival of the Christmas season will reignite controversy over the expression of Christian religious beliefs in the public square. Despite the ...

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    Tue, November 23, 2010

    Walking Around Money

    The skyrocketing cost of government was a major factor in the GOP's sweeping victories in congressional elections earlier this month. Much attention was focused on earmarks, the practice of ...

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    Mon, November 08, 2010

    Change We Can't Believe In

    With Republicans now firmly in control of both the Pennsylvania Senate and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives it would seem the time is finally at hand for enactment of a reform agenda. Three ...

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    Wed, October 27, 2010

    It's Your Choice

    Pennsylvania is about to get a new governor, and there will be a lot of new faces in the legislature when it reconvenes in January. Fiscal issues, specifically the state's $5 billion plus structural ...

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    Fri, October 22, 2010

    PA Economy Stuck in Low Gear

    The economic recession in Pennsylvania leveled off last spring, but results of the Fall 2010 Keystone Business Climate Survey reveal the recovery has not yet begun. The drop in sales that plagued ...

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    Thu, October 14, 2010

    Tough Times Down on the Farm

    Although Pennsylvania is often characterized as an "industrial state," agriculture is actually the state's number one business. A recent poll of farmers across Penn's Woods found that, ...

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    Thu, September 30, 2010

    Animal Farm Redux - GOP-controlled state senate lurches left

    GOP-controlled state senate lurches left

    In George Orwell's 1945 classic Animal Farm, the humans running the farm are displaced in an uprising by the animals who take charge. As time progresses, the revolutionary leaders become corrupted ...

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    Tue, September 14, 2010

    Proposed Legislative Budget Office is Fiscal Folly

    The compromise that resulted in the state budget agreement last summer included promised action on two major issues by October: enactment of a severance tax on gas in the Marcellus Shale Reserve, and ...

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    Wed, September 01, 2010

    A Transformational Election

    Although Labor Day is traditionally seen as the kick-off of the General Election campaign season, the long process of state primaries will continue well into September. The primaries held to date ...

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    Fri, August 20, 2010

    A Matter of Fairness

    The traditional Labor Day kick-off of the political season is almost here, but the fall campaign will get underway without any minor party or independent candidates on the ballot for statewide ...

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    Tue, August 03, 2010

    A Mid-Summer Night's Nightmare

    Governor Ed Rendell will leave office in January, but travelers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will only just be starting to pay for the legacy of profligate spending he will leave behind.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, July 20, 2010

    Pork Perverts Process

    Thousands of state workers will be losing their jobs, the state's social service agencies are struggling to deal with delayed and reduced funding, roads and bridges across the commonwealth are ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, July 07, 2010

    Muddled Message

    Quick question: which party's legislative leadership would you expect to vote for a budget that plunges the state more deeply into debt by borrowing $600 million; relies on over $800 million in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 01, 2010

    Our Finest Hour

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the ...

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    Wed, June 09, 2010

    Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object

    It looks like Ed Rendell will go eight for eight.

    As in, eight missed budget deadlines in eight years. I haven't checked the records, but I am willing to bet the ...

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    Mon, May 24, 2010

    Racists vs. Socialists

    The presidency of Barack Obama has become one of the most polarizing, if not the most polarizing administration in U.S. history. The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll this past ...

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    Wed, May 12, 2010

    Round II: Budget Battle Resumes

    Be prepared for another long, hot summer in Harrisburg as Governor Ed Rendell and lawmakers fight over a new state budget amid a fiscal situation that has gone from bad to worse.

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    Tue, April 27, 2010

    It Can Be Done

    During his time in the White House Ronald Reagan kept a small sign on his desk. It read simply: "It can be done." Pennsylvanians are about to elect a new governor. He will be required ...

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    Fri, April 23, 2010

    Recession Loses Steam, Job Losses Continue

    Pennsylvania employers say that the state's economy has somewhat stabilized over the past six months, but the progress has come at the cost of jobs as many companies have cut the size of their work ...

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    Tue, April 13, 2010

    Weakening Religious Foundations Goal of American Left

    It is a typical tactic of the Left and its allies in the establishment news media to prey upon a problem that may develop in the core institutions of our society, magnifying the problem with the goal ...

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    Thu, April 01, 2010

    Race to the Bottom

    The Rendell Administration has been feeding hungrily at the trough of federal stimulus money, and among the categories it hopes to score dollars is in the area of education.

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    Tue, March 16, 2010

    Undercurrents - Race for Lt. Governor reveals GOP divide

    Race for Lt. Governor reveals GOP divide

    All signs point to 2010 being a banner year for Republicans in Pennsylvania. Powered by the national backlash over the dramatic leftward tilt of the Obama Administration, the GOP appears poised to ...

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    Tue, March 02, 2010

    TEA for Two? - Should the TEA Party join the GOP?

    Should the TEA Party join the GOP?

    The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement over the past year has developed into a major force in American politics. So much so it lifted a little known state senator in Massachusetts into the ...

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    Mon, February 15, 2010

    Two Roads Diverged in Penn's Woods - Will PA-12 be NY-23 or Massachusetts?

    Will PA-12 be NY-23 or Massachusetts?

    Will the special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Congressman John P. Murtha be a re-run of New York 23, or a Republican coup like the election of U.S. Senator Scott Brown in ...

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    Tue, February 02, 2010

    Nightmare Scenario - PA Dems could nominate Leftist ticket

    PA Dems could nominate Leftist ticket

    In sports, teams that have absolutely no chance of making the play-offs sometimes make the biggest difference simply by playing the contenders. That is what may be happening in the race for the ...

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    Mon, January 18, 2010

    Black Robed Bad Boys

    As a result of the Bonusgate and capitol corruption scandals a harsh spotlight has been shone on the criminal misdeeds and alleged criminal actions of formerly powerful members of the Pennsylvania ...

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    Tue, January 05, 2010

    Second Fiddle - It does matter who is PA's next lieutenant governor

    It does matter who is PA's next lieutenant governor

    Dramatic developments in races for the United States Senate and Pennsylvania Governor have dominated coverage of the 2010 elections in Penn's Woods. But, a third statewide office will be on the ...

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    Mon, December 21, 2009

    Not in the Cards

    Who would have thought that half-way through the state's fiscal year the budget would still not be a completed document?

    Our "full time" ...

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    Tue, December 08, 2009

    Mr. Clean - Is Tom Corbett the next Dick Thornburgh?

    Is Tom Corbett the next Dick Thornburgh?

    It is always interesting to look back at history to find situations similar to those we currently find ourselves in as a guide to what actions we should take, or perhaps to foretell the future.

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    Mon, November 23, 2009

    Con Con - PA needs a new state constitution

    PA needs a new state constitution

    The time has come for a state constitutional convention.

    It has become abundantly clear that not only is state government broken and dysfunctional, but that it is ...

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    Mon, November 09, 2009

    A Tale of Two Elections

    Two elections held earlier this month in New York and Pennsylvania dramatically illustrate what happens when candidates are allowed to compete for their party's nomination rather than being selected ...

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    Wed, October 28, 2009

    Where for Art Thou? - PA legislature leaves town with job undone

    PA legislature leaves town with job undone

    After missing the constitutionally-mandated deadline for passing a state budget by 101 days the Pennsylvania General Assembly promptly adjourned and went home for a month's vacation.

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    Tue, October 13, 2009

    Ticking Time Bomb - PA headed for fiscal 'perfect storm'

    PA headed for fiscal 'perfect storm'

    Finally, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a new state budget. The 101-day budget crisis ended with a new spending plan of $27.8 billion, a mere $500 million less than the previous year's budget ...

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    Tue, September 29, 2009

    Governing Responsibly - The current budget deal doesn't fit the bill

    The current budget deal doesn't fit the bill

    Recently I spoke before a Republican group about the current state budget deal. During my remarks I praised Republicans in the state House for their continued principled opposition to the tax ...

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    Mon, September 14, 2009

    Say It Ain't So, Joe! - Senate GOP Sells Out on Taxes

    Senate GOP Sells Out on Taxes

    The announcement of a three-caucus budget deal involving both House and Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans represents a dramatic about face by Senate Republican leadership which at this point ...

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    Tue, September 01, 2009

    Just Do It - Works selling sneakers, not state budgeting

    Works selling sneakers, not state budgeting

    As Pennsylvania's budget crisis enters its third month there is a growing sentiment that legislators and the governor should strike whatever agreement they can just to bring the saga to an end. That ...

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    Wed, August 19, 2009

    Anger - We're mad as . . .

    We're mad as . . .

    This is the summer of our discontent. Across America and throughout Penn's woods people are angry. In addition to dealing with arguably the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression, ...

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    Wed, August 05, 2009

    Time to Debate the Role of State Government - Are we driving a Cadillac when a Ford would do?

    Are we driving a Cadillac when a Ford would do?

    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel famously said that "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste." That philosophy could easily be adapted to Pennsylvania's current budget ...

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    Tue, July 21, 2009

    Seven Billion Dollar Boondoggle - Congress wasted defense dollars on duplicate jet engines

    Congress wasted defense dollars on duplicate jet engines

    The rush to borrow and spend trillions of dollars under the guise of stimulating the economy has largely not applied to what is actually the core function of the federal government: the ...

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    Tue, July 07, 2009

    Nobody Ever Lost . . . - Tax hike vote could be the 'pay raise' vote of 2009

    Tax hike vote could be the 'pay raise' vote of 2009

    It happened four years ago in the early morning hours of July 7th. The Pennsylvania General Assembly was set to adjourn for the summer, and in the dead of the night did what it had done many times ...

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    Wed, June 24, 2009

    Wheel of Misfortune - Gamblers, nonprofits eyed as sources for more tax revenue

    Gamblers, nonprofits eyed as sources for more tax revenue

    As the economic recession continues to impact state and local budgets elected officials at all levels are seeking new ways to increase revenue. The schemes to fleece more money from the private ...

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    Tue, June 09, 2009

    Break the Cycle - Time to cut spending, not raise taxes

    Time to cut spending, not raise taxes

    It was a classic example of how bureaucrats and politicians manipulate public opinion to advance their spending agendas. In the days after the Republican-controlled state senate passed a no-tax hike ...

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    Wed, May 27, 2009

    Civil War? - No, just a healthy debate

    No, just a healthy debate

    It didn't look good. The party had lost control of the White House and both houses of Congress. In the aftermath of defeat there were many voices raised urging divergent directions. No one seemed ...

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    Wed, May 20, 2009

    'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques' - Is water boarding right or wrong?

    Is water boarding right or wrong?

    There is a classic old rhetorical question used in teaching debaters how to back their opponents into a corner: "Have you stopped beating your wife, yet?" If the person being questioned ...

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    Tue, May 12, 2009

    Capital Culture - Spending interests make their voices heard, will you?

    Spending interests make their voices heard, will you?

    The budget battle has begun. Governor Ed Rendell has continued his typical tax, spend and borrow approach, while state Senate Republicans have decided the time has come for state government to live ...

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    Tue, May 05, 2009

    'Defining Moment' - GOP performance in budget debate will determine viability in governor's race

    GOP performance in budget debate will determine viability in governor's race

    We the people of Penn's woods will elect a new governor in November of next year. That is when the official voting will take place. But, the outcome of that election — as well as control of ...

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    Tue, April 28, 2009

    Principle or Politics? - Specter party switch had nothing to do with party ideology

    Specter party switch had nothing to do with party ideology

    Arlen Specter has now made official — he is a Democrat.

    That, of course, is something we have known all along. Arlen Specter has acted more like a Democrat ...

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    Tue, April 21, 2009

    Party's Over - What is next for the Tea Party movement?

    What is next for the Tea Party movement?

    Millions of Americans turned out, some in pouring rain, on April 15th — tax day — to protest the big spending ways of Washington. It was a legitimate, spontaneous grassroots uprising the ...

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    Wed, April 08, 2009

    A New PATH - PA must end culture of corruption

    PA must end culture of corruption

    Pennsylvania it seems is giving Illinois a run for its money when it comes to claiming the title of the most corrupt state in America. While the Land of Lincoln garnered sensational headlines with ...

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    Tue, March 31, 2009

    Fool's Gold - Legalized video poker wrong course for PA

    Legalized video poker wrong course for PA

    Recent polling by Franklin Marshall College shows a vast majority of Pennsylvanians support the expansion of gambling to include small games of chance, like video poker at bars; along with an ...

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    Wed, March 25, 2009

    Electability - Who can win PA's U.S. Senate Seat in 2010?

    Who can win PA's U.S. Senate Seat in 2010?

    As the 2010 race for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat takes shape the debate has already begun within the Republican Party as to who would be the most viable candidate against the eventual Democratic ...

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    Tue, March 17, 2009

    Outrageous - Obama plans to deny veterans health care

    Obama plans to deny veterans health care

    It is part of the anti-war mantra: We oppose the war, but support the troops. Now, yet another liberal lie bites the dust as President Barack Obama plans to end the nation's commitment to provide ...

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    Tue, March 10, 2009

    Homeless - Arlen Specter may be without a political home

    Arlen Specter may be without a political home

    Ronald Reagan once observed that "a recession is when your neighbor loses his job; a depression is when you lose your job." U.S. Senator Arlen Specter said recently we are ...

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    Tue, March 03, 2009

    Killing Charities - Obama plans to limit charitable tax deductions at worst possible time

    Obama plans to limit charitable tax deductions at worst possible time

    President Barack Obama's war on the wealthy took a dangerous turn in his recently presented national budget when he proposed placing limits on tax deductions to charities by high income earners. It ...

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    Mon, February 23, 2009

    Public Financing - PA taxpayers paying for all sides in Bonusgate probe

    PA taxpayers paying for all sides in Bonusgate probe

    Pity the poor taxpayer. As the probe into the state's Bonusgate scandal widens the cost of prosecuting — and defending — those under investigation is skyrocketing. And, we the taxpayers ...

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    Wed, February 18, 2009

    Our Town - We Pennsylvanians love our communities

    We Pennsylvanians love our communities

    Governor Ed Rendell's suggestion that Pennsylvania should undergo another round of school district consolidation has reignited the debate as to whether fewer and bigger is better than more and ...

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    Wed, February 11, 2009

    Bigger Not Better - Rendell goal is to consolidate power, not schools

    Rendell goal is to consolidate power, not schools

    There it was, nestled deep down in the Governor's annual budget address to a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, a bombshell that has ignited the debate over whether Pennsylvania ...

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    Tue, February 03, 2009

    Geico Budgeting - So simple even a cave man could understand

    So simple even a cave man could understand

    As state government struggles with a ballooning budget deficit it has become abundantly clear that the Rendell Administration is completely unwilling to make the tough decisions necessary to bring ...

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    Tue, January 27, 2009

    2009 Golden Snout Awards - Special 'bail-out mania' edition

    Special 'bail-out mania' edition

    It is the time of year when Hollywood pats itself on the back honoring its own with everything from the People's Choice Awards to the Oscars. And so it is time to revive the annual Pennsylvania ...

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    Wed, January 21, 2009

    Age of Obama? - It is too soon to declare the end of a conservative era

    It is too soon to declare the end of a conservative era

    America has a new President. It is the beginning of a new administration. But, it is not the beginning of a new "era." Many commentators, especially those of a Leftist bent, are ...

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    Mon, January 12, 2009

    Back to the Future - Current PA budget crisis brings back memories of 1991

    Current PA budget crisis brings back memories of 1991

    Eighteen years have passed since Pennsylvania last faced a major budget crisis, and the bad decisions made by Governor Casey and legislative leaders continue to haunt the commonwealth. The state's ...

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    Tue, December 16, 2008

    House of Cards? - 'Card Check' vote will be defining issue in 2010 U.S. Senate Primary

    'Card Check' vote will be defining issue in 2010 U.S. Senate Primary

    New polls are showing U.S. Senator Arlen Specter is in for a long, tough slough if he hopes to win re-election and retain his seat in 2010. Polling reported on the Daily Kos web site shows Specter ...

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    Tue, December 09, 2008

    Read My Lips - PA's new Lieutenant Governor Returns GOP to its anti-tax roots

    PA's new Lieutenant Governor Returns GOP to its anti-tax roots

    Let us try not to get to optimistic, yet, but it appears that Pennsylvania's new Lt. Governor Joe Scarnati (who is also President Pro Tempore of the state Senate) actually gets it.

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    Tue, December 02, 2008

    Words Matter - Conservative social principles sound, rehetorical approach often flawed

    Conservative social principles sound, rehetorical approach often flawed

    In the wake of the second wave of substantial Republican losses from President on down to legislative seats, some in the GOP are suggesting it is time for the party to abandon its traditional support ...

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    Mon, November 17, 2008

    Pay to Play? - Non-bid state contracts walk a fine ethical line

    Non-bid state contracts walk a fine ethical line

    Attorney General Tom Corbett's aggressive investigation of the Bonusgate scandal has put a bright spotlight on the fine line that separates legitimate legislative staff work from campaign-related ...

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    Mon, November 10, 2008

    Elections Not Yet Over - Legislative leadership election will determine agenda for the coming two years

    Legislative leadership election will determine agenda for the coming two years

    For voters the 2008 elections are over, but for members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly a number of very important votes are still to be cast. In the coming weeks, legislators will be selecting ...

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    Wed, November 05, 2008

    Thinning the Herd: RINOs Lose Big - Abandonment of conservative principles root cause of Republican losses

    Abandonment of conservative principles root cause of Republican losses

    Now what?

    The Republican Party nationally, and in Pennsylvania, lies in tatters today. Having lost the White House to Barack Obama, suffered historic losses in ...

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    Mon, October 27, 2008

    Ed and Taxpayers Make a Porno - Films take funding priority over sewers, roads bridges

    Films take funding priority over sewers, roads bridges

    Among the decisions to be made by Pennsylvania voters on Election Day is a ballot question that would empower the commonwealth to borrow $400 million to finance improvements to our state's water and ...

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    Wed, October 22, 2008

    Piecemeal Privatization - Smaller scale PA Turnpike public-private partnerships may be politically viable

    Smaller scale PA Turnpike public-private partnerships may be politically viable

    The demise of the proposed agreement to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike to an investor firm headed by the Spanish investment group Albertis leaves the future of efforts to privatize the cross-state ...

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    Mon, October 13, 2008

    Melt Down - Keystone Business Climate Survey produces most pessimistic results ever

    Keystone Business Climate Survey produces most pessimistic results ever

    Pennsylvania's business climate mirrored the national economic melt-down over the past six months according to a substantial majority of business owners and chief executive officers participating in ...

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    Tue, October 07, 2008

    Fiscal Crisis Looms Over Penn's Woods - Years of state over-spending contribute to mounting budget deficit

    Years of state over-spending contribute to mounting budget deficit

    State Representative Sam Rohrer was the canary in the mineshaft. Weeks ago, as the economic storm clouds gathered, Rohrer said the state was headed toward a massive budget deficit and he called upon ...

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    Tue, September 30, 2008

    Solving the Highway Funding Crisis - A roadmap for fixing PA's roads and bridges

    A roadmap for fixing PA's roads and bridges

    As Congress struggles with how to resolve arguably the most serious financial crisis to confront our nation since the Great Depression, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell attempted to complicate the ...

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    Tue, September 23, 2008

    Susquehanna Fever - 2010 Governor's race beginning to take shape

    2010 Governor's race beginning to take shape

    With the Presidential race running red hot, especially here in Pennsylvania, little attention is being paid to the 2010 race for governor of Penn's woods. Ed Rendell is unable to succeed himself ...

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    Mon, September 15, 2008

    Wrong Again - Leasing turnpike not the only solution to PA's roads and bridge funding woes

    Leasing turnpike not the only solution to PA's roads and bridge funding woes

    The federal government has realized something Pennsylvania policymakers did not: that the proposed tolling of Interstate 80 to provide funding to fix other roads and bridges was a bad idea. Thus did ...

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