Fletcher McClellan

Fletcher McClellan

Opinion contributor Fletcher McClellan is a political science professor at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa. His work appears biweekly on the Capital-Star’s Commentary Page. Readers may email him at [email protected], and follow him on Twitter at @mcclelef.


Biden, Congress should remake the judicial branch. Here’s how | Fletcher McClellan

By: - November 23, 2022

Public trust in the judiciary has dipped precipitously in recent years. It's time to fix that.


On Election Day, the future of our democracy is ballot | Fletcher McClellan

By: - November 7, 2022

On Tuesday, American voters can point the world toward rejection of authoritarian rule.

Direct service providers rally for more money in the 2022-23 state budget at the Pennsylvania state Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Long overdue, mental health’s time in the spotlight has finally come | Fletcher McClellan

By: - October 16, 2022

Mental health depends on healthy lifestyles, vigorous politics, and responsive policies.


Dems shouldn’t get their midterm hopes up (Even if John Fetterman wins) | Fletcher McClellan

By: - September 20, 2022

President Joe Biden is likely to face an empowered and hostile opposition in Congress over the next two years.


Biden forgives student debt, brings joy, provokes outrage | Fletcher McClellan

By: - August 30, 2022

The average public university student borrows $32,880 to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Students at private, non-profit institutions borrow $35,983, and private, for-profit students borrow $42,551.


When it comes to Biden’s legislative leadership: Better to be lucky or good? | Fletcher McClellan

By: - August 17, 2022

What accounts for presidential success in Congress? Context or leadership?

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz (R) Campaign file photos

This week is a good time to be a Pennsylvania Democrat | Fletcher McClellan

By: - August 3, 2022

As a result, Democrats are now leading the 538 midterm estimates of which party will win the U.S. Senate. Republicans are still favored to take over the U.S. House of Representatives.


The U.S. Supreme Court is the nation’s new climate czar | Fletcher McClellan

By: - July 15, 2022

While the court’s decision in West Virginia v EPA weakens governmental climate efforts, the case may affect any congressional delegation of power to any executive agency.

Female students talking about a book in a library

Celebrate Title IX’s anniversary, but keep working to fulfill its promise | Fletcher McClellan

By: - July 1, 2022

Title IX advocates connect the skills and confidence women acquire in athletics to later professional success.


Here’s why the Jan. 6 committee’s public hearings won’t reprise Watergate | Fletcher McClellan

By: - June 10, 2022

Sad to say, the Jan. 6 Committee investigation may find that we have lost the capacity for outrage. 


Pa. voters wanted to burn the House — and Senate — down this primary season | Fletcher McClellan

By: - May 25, 2022

Will there be anything left of our institutions by November?


Alito just threw the Dems a midterm lifeline. Will they use it? | Fletcher McClellan

By: - May 5, 2022

Mobilization for future elections, fueled by stories of women denied control of their bodies, is the best hope for pro-abortion advocates.