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G. Terry Madonna


    Thu, December 22, 2011

    Dilworth, Clark ~Reform in Philadelphia


    By John McLarnon and G. Terry Madonna

    Philadelphia has not always been governed by rapacious career politicians. Between the Revolution and eve of the Civil War, ...

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    Thu, December 10, 2009

    Huckabee Hysteria: A Costly Obsession


    Nine years after a dubious decision that eventually freed future cop killer, Maurice Clemmons, the once and no longer future presidential candidate is taking his lumps. All hell has broken loose for ...

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    Mon, November 16, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Tom Corbett's Problem


    By G. Terry Madonna & Michael L. Young

    Attorney General Tom Corbett has a problem. More precisely, he had a problem. More about that in a moment!

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    Fri, October 30, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected:

    Pennsylvania's Churchillian Problem


    By G. Terry Madonna ~Michael L. Young

    Let's be frank. Pennsylvania's long running dilemma about selecting judges is here for the duration. It's been around a long ...

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    Thu, October 22, 2009

    Until the Bitter End


    Call it gubernatorial chic!

    Since 1970 Pennsylvania has had an unbroken string of two term governors — Milton Shapp, Dick Thornburgh, Bob Casey, Tom Ridge, ...

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    Wed, October 07, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected: Is PA Nation's New Future?


    By G. Terry Madonna ~Michael L. Young

    Why? Why has Pennsylvania now failed for some four months to enact an annual budget spending plan, making it, excepting ...

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    Fri, October 02, 2009

    The Partisan Divide


    By G. Terry Madonna and Berwood Yost

    The Franklin and Marshall College National Poll released last week has President Obama's job performance at 51 percent ...

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    Fri, September 11, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected:

    The Goldilocks Principle in American Politics


    In politics, text and subtext don't always tell the same tale. This time, however, they do. The text in question can be found in almost any story this summer about the Obama administration. Some ...

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    Wed, August 26, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    The New California? Not!


    By G. Terry Madonna ~Michael L. Young

    "Pennsylvania: The New California!" That jarring headline ricocheted around the nation this week courtesy of CNN, as ...

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    Fri, August 07, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected:

    PA's odd man out


    As a society we ask many probing questions about our politics and our politicians. Sometimes, however, we miss the obvious one — the question so self evident, so plain, and so clear that we ...

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    Tue, August 04, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    The Phony-Baloney Budget


    By G. Terry Madonna ~Michael L. Young


    What do you call a budget that isn't really a budget? Or what do you call a budget bill that isn't to be taken ...

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    Fri, July 10, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    A Different Budget


    It's different. Almost everyone agrees about that. Pennsylvania's perennially late and politically outrageous budget process isn't like
    the previous six perennially late and politically ...

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    Wed, July 08, 2009

    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    An analysis of same-sex marriage and civil unions


    The politics of polarization and partisanship, often at the expense of moderation and compromise, has driven much legislative behavior since the 1980s. No issue exemplifies this way of conducting ...

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    Mon, June 15, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Deja Vu All Over Again


    "It's like dj vu all over again." These weighty words from the well known philosopher Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra nail precisely the way most Pennsylvanian's feel as they ...

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    Tue, June 02, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Giant Killer


    Joseph A. Sestak!

    A household name across Pennsylvania he is not. Yet Congressman Sestak, who represents Pennsylvania's seventh congressional district (largely ...

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    Mon, May 04, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    The Endangered Republicans


    What a difference a few years can make! Earlier this decade (2001) we wrote an article that resonated widely with observers of state politics.
    It was entitled "The Endangered ...

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    Fri, April 24, 2009

    Corruption: No Longer an Iffy Proposition in PA


    The question is no longer a speculative one. No longer can we ask "if"
    corruption, widespread and systematic, is returning full bloom to Pennsylvania. Instead, it is now time to ask ...

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    Wed, April 01, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    A Specter to Behold


    It's a specter to behold. Pennsylvania's most successful politician in modern times is on the ropes and engaged in what looks like the fight of his life.

    Arlen Specter, running for an ...

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    Tue, March 17, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Fumo's Fini


    Finally it's fini! The state's most extensive public corruption trial in a generation is over after five months, more than 100 witnesses, and some 1,300 exhibits. The jury's verdict, ending one of ...

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    Thu, March 05, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    What you want vs. what you get


    One of the more provocative questions in public life is whether public opinion actually matters much in setting public policy. Does what ordinary people think, say or feel about government policy ...

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    Fri, February 06, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Rendell's Magical Budget


    "Nothing focuses the mind like a hanging," English lexicographer Samuel Johnson famously proclaimed. That's probably so! But before this year's state budget battle is over, Pennsylvania's ...

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    Wed, January 28, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected:

    Casey Moving into the Batting Circle


    Nature notoriously abhors a vacuum. Not surprisingly, so does politics.
    Indeed political power vacuums are filled just as certainly as they are in any state of nature. Sometimes the process is ...

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    Mon, January 19, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected:

    Gubernatorial Appointments ~Buggy Whips


    Eloquent messages can be delivered by inelegant messengers. Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois is the latest flawed messenger to remind us of that elemental truth. Blagojevich's ham-handed efforts ...

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    Fri, January 02, 2009

    Politically Uncorrected

    Bad, Worse ~Worst: The Short List of Vice Presidents Who Probably Shouldn't Have Been


    Tis the season for lists--all kinds of lists--including the best movies, top
    celebrities, most successful sports figures, even the dumbest utterances of
    the year.

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    Thu, December 11, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected:

    Madame Secretary: Old Wine in a New Bottle


    Why did she do it? Why did Hillary Clinton agree to become secretary of state in an Obama administration? Many believe it effectively ends any presidential aspirations she may have, locks her into a ...

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    Tue, December 02, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected

    Pa's Dead-End Sure Thing


    For state Republicans running for it, it's a safe bet, sure thing, shoo-in; for incumbents in it, it's a dead end, brick wall, road to electoral nowhere. We can only be describing Pennsylvania's ...

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    Thu, November 06, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected

    The Political Hat Trick


    All elections matter, but not all elections portend change or leave us smarter about our politics. The past presidential election, however, scored the hat trick. It was one that mattered, one that ...

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    Fri, October 17, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected:

    An Outlier in Pennsylvania


    It's no secret. Republicans are running for the proverbial hills as wave after wave of brutal economic news breaks over their political heads.
    The climate for GOP candidates is bad — bad ...

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    Fri, October 10, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected

    Pennsylvania's Last Hurrah?


    Is it over? Could the lights be dimming on Pennsylvania's long-playing role as a national electoral battleground?

    At first blush, the question seems improbable. ...

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    Fri, September 26, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected

    Will We Screw It Up Again?


    Peggy Noonan writing recently for the Wall Street Journal captured the angst that many feel about their presidential choices this year. "Do you worry," she asked, "that neither of them ...

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    Fri, September 19, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected:

    The Other Woman in the Race


    If John McCain wins this race, it will be because of the woman he put on the
    ticket. That, in sum and substance, is the prevailing opinion of the
    moment-about both the presidential contest ...

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    Wed, September 10, 2008

    Politically Uncorrected

    The Cheneysizing of the Vice Presidency


    Its precursor was Harry Truman, it reached full stride with Richard Nixon, achieved its peak with Walter Mondale, and may have ended with Al Gore. Thus, one might eulogize the modern vice ...

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