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Capital-Star Guest Contributor

The Pennsylvania Capital-Star welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation on how politics and public policy affects the day-to-day lives of people across the commonwealth.

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Digital equity depends on high-speed internet infrastructure improvements | Opinion

By: - November 3, 2022

Remote learning, tele-health, and the delivery of news are at stake

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State laws dictate how far away campaign signs and workers need to be from polling places. AP Photo/Eric Gay

Vigilantes at the polls were a threat in the 19th century, too | Opinion

By: - November 2, 2022

Here's why the laws put in place to protect voters back then may not work in 2022.

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Are judges ideological partisans, or impartial umpires? The answer matters | Opinion

By: - November 2, 2022

Chief Justice John Roberts says the latter. But his already shaky analogy is even less credible now.

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In this election, it’s not about the economy or abortion. It’s both | Opinion

By: - November 1, 2022

Our economic freedom is tied to our reproductive freedom, and women vote with that understanding.

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I’m a stroke survivor: The Fetterman-Oz debate shows the challenges we face | Opinion

By: - October 31, 2022

 Fetterman’s campaign should be more transparent about his condition.

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What’s the real cost of charter school tuition in Pa.? It’s more than you think | Opinion

By: - October 31, 2022

For more than 25 years, Pennsylvania taxpayers have been paying charter school tuition rates that far exceed charter schools’ actual costs.

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This is why we won’t have results on Election Night | Leigh M. Chapman

By: - October 30, 2022

It takes time to count more than 1.3 million mail ballots. That doesn't mean anything nefarious is happening.

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Thousands of demonstrators gather in Washington, D.C., to support women’s rights on Oct. 8, 2022. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

Voters are angry. That’s good for turnout — but bad for democracy | Opinion

By: - October 30, 2022

Politicians on both the left and the right are eager to capitalize on this anger, leaving voters in a sour mood.

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We’re the grandsons of Social Security’s founders. Here’s why it’s worth saving | Opinion

By: - October 29, 2022

Social Security is a critical lifeline for millions of Pennsylvanians. It should be strengthened and protected for the future.

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Payday loans multiply — making it hard for consumers to get out from under the weight. (Getty Images)

What to do if you’re stuck with a payday loan | Opinion

By: - October 28, 2022

Don't panic. Help is out there if you need it.

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State courts are fielding a sky-high number of lawsuits ahead of the midterms | Analysis

By: - October 28, 2022

Most of the election-related lawsuits now before state courts focus on fine details of election procedures. This can be a costly, time-consuming process for state courts.

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How many people vote matters, but so does their age. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Why young voters are more likely to skip midterm elections than presidential races | Analysis

By: - October 27, 2022

People ages 18 to 29 represent 16 percent of the total U.S. population. But they will be a smaller proportion of voters in November.