U.S. House Dems call for more federal aid to schools

BY: - June 16, 2020

The aid is especially needed to support low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, lawmakers said.


Pa. Dems hit Toomey in new web ad over aid to Big Business in CARES Act | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 4, 2020

A 60-second digital spot accuses the Lehigh Valley Republican of forgetting the little guy. As usual, it's a little more complicated than that.

Pa.’s Casey, Toomey split as U.S. Senate spars over state bailouts

BY: - April 30, 2020

The two United States senators are divided over a hotly contested issue on Capitol Hill: whether to provide more federal aid for ailing cities and states.


Goodbye, Democracy. Hello King Donald I Dick Polman

BY: - February 2, 2020

As French lawyer-diplomat, Joseph de Maistre, warned two centuries ago, “Every nation gets the government it deserves.”


Precedent? Nah, the Senate gets to reinvent its rules in every impeachment | Opinion

BY: - January 26, 2020

Everybody seems to be using the word “precedent” right now. The word has multiple meanings, though, so what people mean by “precedent” is often unclear and confusing.


Fox News says impeachment is boring. Don’t listen. It’s history before your eyes | John L. Micek

BY: - January 26, 2020

More than once, readers have written in, or people have stopped me, to complain about their fellow Americans’ ignorance of the basic functions of government. Incandescent with anger, they’ll complain that, while their neighbors don’t know the name of their local member of Congress, they can absolutely tell you what happened on the latest episode […]

As impeachment heads to the Senate, Pa. Dems call for transparency, witnesses; GOP lines up behind Trump

BY: and - January 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran, a former cop and a congressional aide during the Nixon impeachment proceedings are among the U.S. House Democrats who will soon make the case for ousting President Donald Trump from office.  The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution that named seven impeachment managers to serve as prosecutors in the […]


In a real U.S. Senate, there’d be a fair impeachment trial. Pat Toomey isn’t serving in that one | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 20, 2019

The Pa. Republican called for witnesses and other judicial ephemera for the Senate show trial of President Donald Trump. Mitch McConnell isn't interested.


What happens in the Senate now that the House has impeached Trump: 5 questions answered

BY: - December 19, 2019

Now that impeachment has reached the Senate, Mitch McConnell will play a huge role in what happens next.


Trump impeachment: This is why the U.S. Senate is not a neutral jury | Analysis

BY: - December 18, 2019

Democrats blasted Senate leader Mitch McConnell for saying the GOP would run an impeachment trial as President Trump wished. But senators are not held to a juror's neutrality standard during a trial.


What’s behind McConnell’s support for coal miners’ pension bailout? Political self-preservation, most likely | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - November 27, 2019

The Senate's top Republican is up for re-election in 2020 and faces a stiff Democratic challenge.


Even if Democrats dump Trump, they’ll need to ditch Mitch | Dick Polman

BY: - August 19, 2019

So much press emphasis is being placed on the presidential race that we pay insufficient attention to the daunting Senate map.