Commentary

Once behind bars, new Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood says he wants others to have the same shot at a second chance he did

BY: - April 8, 2019

Brandon Flood knows all about what it’s like to need a second chance. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that he was looking for one himself. When he was 17, Flood was convicted on charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. When he was 22, he was nabbed on a firearms violation. He’d […]

Meet the Pa. lawmaker who’s the king of cookie-cutter, special interest legislation | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 8, 2019

So who's really writing the bills that Pa. lawmakers vote on every day?

Tone-deafness on healthcare is a preexisting condition for Republicans | Dick Polman

BY: - April 8, 2019

Health care is simply not what Republicans do. Their brand is to slash taxes for the rich, crater the deficit, and signal national security weakness to the Russians.

Sen. Mike Regan: I’m still making up my mind on legalizing recreational cannabis | Opinion

BY: - April 8, 2019

If I am going to be opposed, it is going to be an educated decision – not one based on emotion.

We can protect victims and reform criminal justice at the same time. This is how | Opinion

BY: - April 7, 2019

Pennsylvania is currently one of only nine states that does not incorporate victims’ rights into its constitution. Voters can change that.

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This is how the enormous 2020 Democratic primary field is messing with polling | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 5, 2019

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. With its mix of ages, races, gender and experience, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary pack has been rightfully hailed as one of the largest and most diverse in years. But … just but … what if the primary field’s size and diversity is, at least in one significant way, working […]

Pa.’s nuke industry doesn’t want a bailout. It wants a handout | Opinion

BY: - April 5, 2019

By Michael Peters Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth are starting to receive direct mail and see headlines about the nuclear industry and its stated need for a bailout to keep its plants open. Bills in the state House and Senate would do just that. Let’s be clear: If state lawmakers go along with this, it won’t […]

These are the top 5 most — and least — financially literate states in the country

BY: - April 5, 2019

Do you have money tucked away for a rainy day? Have you cultivated sustainable spending habits? Or do you find yourself borrowing money to make it to the next paycheck? Those were among the metrics that the number crunchers at the financial literacy site WalletHub took into account as they put together their list of […]

NatGas foes are just like Chairman Mao? Wait? What? | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 4, 2019

Woke up this morning ... to Sopranos comparisons.

Yes, what we don’t know about science can hurt us | John L. Micek

BY: - April 4, 2019

It’s often said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. The consequences of failing to pay heed to science are even greater.

Want to fix gerrymandering? Then the Supreme Court needs to listen to mathematicians | Opinion

BY: - April 4, 2019

Supreme Court justices have previously called statistical methods of measuring partisan gerrymandering 'sociological gobbledygook' and 'a bunch of baloney.'

‘The need is really there:’ In rural Dauphin County, Gov. Wolf pitches his infrastructure plan | Analysis

BY: - April 3, 2019

MILLERSBURG, Pa. — At the Colonnade Theater on Center Street, there’s Goose Island and Rolling Rock on tap. There are burgers on the menu in the snack bar. And this weekend, Disney’s live action version of “Dumbo” and the “Pet Sematary” remake the world never knew it needed will flicker to life on the theater’s […]