Commentary

Wait? What? Pennsylvania has clout on Capitol Hill now? | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 8, 2019

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. There’s no nice way to say this, so we’re just going to come out and say it. It’s been a lonnnnggggg time since Pennsylvania had any clout on Capitol Hill. How long? We’re talking ‘Single Bullet Theory” long. We’re talking “Not Proven, Scottish Law” long. Not since dinosaurs … err … the late U.S. Sen. […]

Here’s how to avoid the next government shutdown | Madeleine Dean

BY: - February 8, 2019

President Trump didn't mention the shutdown once during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. We can't let another one happen.

Payday lenders just scored a win in Washington — will they try again in Pennsylvania? | John L. Micek

BY: - February 8, 2019

And, as ever, it’s those who are cheering the loudest for him that will end up suffering the most. Let's hope Pa. lawmakers have more sense.

Math is hard. Budget math is harder | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 7, 2019

When he rode into office four years ago, Gov. Tom Wolf was pretty clear about one thing: The way Harrisburg was balancing its books wasn’t working. Simply moving pots of money around, and relying on one-time fixes to make ends meet had to change. We’ve since come to refer to this as “The Pizza Law of Budgeting,” […]

People don’t trust blockchain systems – is regulation a way to help? | Opinion

BY: - February 7, 2019

Blockchain technology was supposed to make trust unnecessary – but that turns out not to be true. Most people will want laws and regulations to help make blockchain-based systems trustworthy.

State of the Union 2019: Investigating doesn’t rule out legislating | Opinion

BY: - February 7, 2019

The U.S. government has been able to legislate just fine during past presidential investigations.

When it comes to marijuana legalization, Pa. is following a familiar script | Opinion

BY: - February 7, 2019

On every major reform, Pennsylvania punts, waiting as long as possible before being dragged fighting and screaming into modern times. It would be nice if Pennsylvania didn’t have to be last again.

Today is the first day of the rest of the 2019 budget season | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 6, 2019

Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Heading into Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget speech on Tuesday, there was really only one question worth asking: Which Wolf would show up? Would it be a bold progressive, buoyed by his landslide win over Republican Scott Wagner last fall, and emboldened by the surge of the Democratic Party’s youthful and increasingly diverse left wing? Or […]

This is why House Democrats are focusing on economic security for working families | Opinion

BY: - February 6, 2019

By Frank Dermody  Many Americans have become discouraged with today’s politics of personal destruction and the influence of big money in campaigns. They are looking for something different. People want to vote for candidates up and down the ballot who will stand up for their ideals and fight for their interests. In 2018, more than […]

Wolf, lawmakers can’t forget the challenges facing the Pa. State Police | Opinion

BY: - February 6, 2019

By David Kennedy Pennsylvania State Troopers are working harder than ever before as our department continues to be stretched incredibly thin. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly have — and continue to provide — our department with new cadet classes each year, but we simply cannot keep up with retirements within our ranks. Currently, […]

Sober? Steady? Liked by Republicans? A most unusual Wolf budget indeed | John L. Micek

BY: - February 6, 2019

There was plenty that was familiar about Gov. Tom Wolf’s fifth budget address on Tuesday. Once again, he was after a higher minimum wage and more money for public schools. And he was taking another run at trying to get municipalities without their own police departments to pony up and pay for the free coverage […]

It’s our birthday! It’s your budget day! | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 5, 2019

A Wolf budget. A Trump State of the Union. What could possibly go wrong?