Commentary

The more the budget rhetoric changes, the more it stays the same | Opinion

BY: - March 5, 2019

In 1969, former Gov. Raymond P. Shafer called for 'truth in spending' in his budget address to the General Assembly.

These are the most — and least — prosperous places to live in Pennsylvania | The Numbers Racket

BY: - March 4, 2019

It’s been about ten years since the Great Recession officially ended in 2009. And by most measures, America’s economy is humming along at a pretty good clip. But, as recent research by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution demonstrates, not every part of the United States has shared equally in that return to prosperity. In fact, […]

Abortions rise worldwide when the U.S. cuts family planning funding | Analysis

BY: - March 4, 2019

Abortion rates tripled in Latin America and doubled in Africa under the Bush-era 'global gag rule.' The law, which Obama repealed and Trump reinstated, cuts funding for abortion providers abroad.

Say it with us: Weather isn’t climate | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 4, 2019

Good Snowy Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. This weekend’s spate of snowy weather has us thinking about climate change – mainly, why are we even debating this any more? Just about every civilized nation on earth has recognized it. Yet us stubborn Yanks sit here, staring at the sun, arguing what’s clear as day before our eyes. […]

Glen Mills case proves Pennsylvania needs to do more to protect vulnerable kids | Opinion

BY: - March 4, 2019

Too many young people in Pennsylvania residential foster care are subjected to a pattern of abuse and maltreatment.

Is Congress about to make child care more affordable? 5 questions answered | Analysis

BY: - March 3, 2019

Working class families have struggled for years to afford quality child care. Could the newly proposed Child Care for Working Families Act make a difference? A child care policy scholar weighs in.

Here’s what 2014 and 2018 can teach us about what’s ahead for Pa. (and Tom Wolf) in 2020 | Analysis

BY: - March 2, 2019

Tom Wolf's wins in 2014 and 2018 point the way forward for Democrats in 2020.

Top Pa. Senate Dem launches anti-poverty bills. Is this the AOC effect in Harrisburg? | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 1, 2019

A Philadelphia Democrat wants his colleagues to be required to consider the impact of their policies on the poorest Pennsylvanians,

Pat Toomey & Brian Fitzpatrick: A tale of two Republicans | John L. Micek

BY: - March 1, 2019

The experience of two Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania — a state that President Donald Trump won in 2016, and one that remains critical to his reelection chances — tells us a lot about the state of the GOP in 2019. First up, there’s U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, the Keystone State’s junior United States senator. If […]

The 3 reasons why Americans fall for politicians’ lies about statistics | Opinion

BY: - March 1, 2019

Psychological phenomena like confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect make it easy for people to fall for deliberate or inadvertent lies in the news.

This is why Pa. needs tougher mandatory sentences to fight fentanyl abuse | Opinion

BY: - February 28, 2019

It is time we take serious action to get not only the dealers but the actual fentanyl off our streets.

Pat Toomey plays ‘Hamlet’ on TV. The House is going to force him to choose | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 28, 2019

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Let’s take a moment to consider the case of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. If we know one thing about the Lehigh Valley Republican, it’s that he often plays it cagey, keeping his thoughts to himself, waiting until the last moment before he makes his opinion on a big issue public. Consider […]