Heather MacDonald

Heather MacDonald

Opinion contributor Heather MacDonald, of Camp Hill, Pa., is a co-founder of The Good Trouble Project, a central Pennsylvania real estate agent, and a former Democratic candidate for the 103rd House District.

Pennsylvania House Speaker Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia (Photo by Amanda Mustard for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

We’re all exhausted. Progressives can offer an antidote. Here’s how | Heather MacDonald

By: - July 12, 2023

Progressives need to balance factual accuracy with emotional honesty to win the debate.


Pa. is wrong to fund crisis pregnancy centers. There are 7.2M reasons why | Heather MacDonald

By: - June 30, 2023

The funding is a smack in the face to Pennsylvania’s women.


What we say — and what we mean — when we talk about Fetterman’s hoodie | Heather MacDonald

By: - June 14, 2023

The intersection of fashion, decorum, wealth, and respectability politics is rich with examples of manufactured controversy.


What book bans and the Hollywood writers strike have in common | Heather MacDonald

By: - May 23, 2023

If all else fails, I have to imagine it would be easier to replace studio execs with ChatGPT than the writers.

Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis at a news conference at Pinellas County schools, Aug. 11, 2021. (Credit: Gov. DeSantis Facebook/The Florida Phoenix).

What the War on Woke tells us about the GOP’s power play for 2024 | Heather MacDonald

By: - May 10, 2023

The power of the modern conservative movement is enhanced by weaponizing incompetence.


Will Fox learn its lesson from $787M Dominion settlement? | Heather MacDonald

By: - April 26, 2023

Last week, Fox News and Dominion Voting Systems avoided going to trial over defamation charges by agreeing to a settlement of an eye-popping $787 million. Many in the public felt that while the massive monetary windfall was nice, the delicious schadenfreude from a trial would have been priceless. A sizable portion of the nation felt […]

Rep. Justin Jones, left, and Justin Pearson, right, were expelled from the Tennessee House. (Photo: John Partipilo/Tennessee Lookout).

With expulsion of Tennessee Black lawmakers, Republicans lost GenZ. Here’s how | Heather MacDonald

By: - April 11, 2023

History will celebrate the good not the evil, the response not the accusation, the comeback not the dismissal.

A view of the TikTok app on an iPhone screen.

In its haste to ban TikTok, Congress is embarrassing itself — again | Heather MacDonald

By: - March 28, 2023

Congress' efforts to protect teenagers read like efforts by people who have never met an actual teenager.

Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado speaks during a debate against Republican Colorado state Sen. Don Coram at the Sky Ute Resort and Casino in Ignacio on May 26, 2022. (William Woody for Colorado Newsline)

Boebert’s remarks about rural teen pregnancies dodge a deeper truth | Heather MacDonald

By: - March 14, 2023

Teen parents are at increased risk for poverty, hunger, domestic violence, and depression.

House with for sale sign in yard and open wooden fence

What 2022’s housing trends say about us and where we’re headed | Heather MacDonald

By: - February 22, 2023

Where we live has always been about more than just the housing market.


Experience is education. Pa. is right to recognize it and elevate it | Heather MacDonald

By: - February 8, 2023

Intelligence, competency, and merit are free to those who earn them. They don't have to come from books or GPAs.