As deadline for COVID-19 stimulus deal closes in, Pa. residents ‘need help yesterday’

BY: - December 15, 2020

A new proposal that emerged Monday could provide help break a logjam over a relief bill.


Control over the federal courts is about raw political power, nothing more | Opinion

BY: - October 6, 2020

This power grab was decades in the making, and its consequences will reverberate just as long.


McConnell’s lust to control the Supreme Court could destroy it | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - September 22, 2020

McConnell was never going to allow a liberal majority on the Supreme Court if he could stop it. Now the stage is set for a political battle.

With fight looming over Ginsburg’s replacement Pa.’s Casey lines up in opposition, Toomey still silent

BY: - September 21, 2020

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., says he opposes naming a replacement before the election. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., hasn't said yet.

With unemployment benefits for millions on the line, Senate recesses without action

BY: - July 25, 2020

Senate Republicans were expected to unveil the details of the proposal but adjourned without doing so, virtually ensuring a gap in benefits.

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 […]