The 2016 prez race taught us there’s only one we can count on: Not counting on anything in 2020 | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - September 15, 2020

Experts tell you to ignore the day-to-day campaign outrages and focus instead on the fundamentals. Unless nothing is fundamental anymore.


In a match-up between politics and public health, bet on football every time | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - August 26, 2020

Last Friday, the PIAA executive board,gave the green light to its 1400 member schools to participate in fall varsity sports. It was an unsurprising outcome.


Ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for Trump. Why hasn’t he heard it yet? | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - August 13, 2020

A political zombie, Donald Trump rants and rants and nobody listens.Trump quit being president, but in his mind, he belongs on Mount Rushmore.


Umpire, ideologue, politician or institutionalist? Will the real John Roberts please stand up? | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - July 15, 2020

Roberts has aligned with liberal justices on only a handful of cases in his Supreme Court career, enough to maintain a facade of impartiality


What Nixon got right about native tribes – and why the next president needs to heed the lesson | Opinion

BY: - July 2, 2020

Fifty years ago, Richard Nixon issued one of the most important addresses in the long, tragic history of U.S. government relations with Native American tribes.


What 2020 does — and doesn’t — have in common with 1968 | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - June 18, 2020

Sudden economic downturns and U.S. responses to foreign attacks or threats triggered three of the five turbulent years prior to 2020. One year – 1968 – featured domestic social and political turmoil.


When the floodgates opened: The politics of COVID-19 relief | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - April 7, 2020

Decades ago, the University of Michigan political scientist John Kingdon argued that policy change results from a convergence of three streams of activity.


COVID-19 Pandemic: Leaders are emerging from Trump’s shadow to calm a nervous nation | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - March 25, 2020

Governors, mayors, Congressional leaders, and humanitarians are filling a vacuum left by the absence of presidential leadership for the last two months.


Enough with the ‘Pennsyltucky’: Pa’s biggest political myths debunked | Purple States

BY: - February 10, 2020

For our friends in the national press, from the people who know best, here's a handy visitors guide to the Keystone State political tropes to avoid in 2020.


Without an overhaul, has time passed the Equal Rights Amendment by? | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - January 21, 2020

Ironically, on the eve of an end to a century-long struggle, ERA may no longer be the answer to bigotry. It needs new language and broader consciousness.


The one lesson from Democratic politics in 2019? No one knows what will happen in 2020 | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - December 24, 2019

It was the year of the unexpected in Democratic Party politics. At the beginning of 2019, Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by a former speaker whom pundits believed was out of touch, too liberal for some, and not liberal enough for others. By year’s end, after guiding her caucus to […]


The Top 10 Pa. political stories of the decade | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - December 10, 2019

Highs, lows and everything in between. The last 10 years of Pennsylvania politics put the best -- and worst -- that government has to offer, on show.