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G. Terry Madonna & Michael Young


    Mon, July 14, 2014

    Corbett's Last Stand



    It's a trite but true political aphorism: "where you stand depends on where you sit," meaning we tend to see things differently depending on what perspective ...

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    Thu, June 26, 2014

    Real Question About the Budget


    People are asking lots of good questions lately about Pennsylvania's proposed 2014/2015 budget. But few are raising what may be the most urgent question of all: why are state revenues down this ...

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    Tue, June 17, 2014

    The Rodney Dangerfield Office


    Rodney Dangerfield, a popular American comedian best known for his iconic catchphrase: "I don't get no respect," was never Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, but he would have been right ...

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    Tue, June 03, 2014

    Tom Wolf's Real Opponent


    Newly nominated Democrat Tom Wolf thinks he is running against Republican incumbent Tom Corbett for Pennsylvania governor. And he is. But he is also running against history -- a lot of it -- all ...

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    Wed, May 21, 2014

    The All of the Above Election


    Before Election Day, the outcome is unknown while the possibilities are numerous. Post-election, we know exactly what happened. The problem is to make some sense of it.

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    Thu, May 15, 2014

    Elections and Choices


    Politically Uncorrected
    By G. Terry Madonna ~Michael L. Young

    Many Republicans who show up on May 20 to vote in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary will ...

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    Wed, May 14, 2014

    Poll: Wolf Dominates Democrat Governor Race


    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 23rd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the May 2014, Franklin ~Marshall ...

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    Thu, May 08, 2014

    Pennsylvania's D-Day


    "D-day," June 6, 1944, was the never-to-be-forgotten day allied forces launched the crucial Normandy invasion that ultimately defeated Hitler and ended World War II in Europe. In fact, this ...

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    Tue, April 15, 2014

    A Good Start


    Still more than a month away, the hotly contested Democratic primary is finally moving into high gear. Over the next several weeks, Pennsylvania voters will be treated (if that's the word) to a ...

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    Tue, April 01, 2014

    The Other Race for Governor


    It may surprise some to hear that not one but two gubernatorial campaigns are under way in the Keystone state. One of them, of course, is the red hot Democratic race now featuring four candidates, ...

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    Mon, March 17, 2014

    Lt. Governor Race Matters


    Normally, primary contests for lieutenant governor are quiet affairs, given little thought by voters and not much more by party leaders. It's not that candidates don't lust after the nomination. ...

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    Tue, February 25, 2014

    Game Changer or Game Over?


    Is he a game changer or is his game merely over?

    After the late entry of Jack Wagner, no question looms larger, at the moment, in the Democratic gubernatorial ...

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    Mon, February 10, 2014

    PA's Evolving Governor


    Opponents call it "flip-flopping," but "changing positions" might be a more neutral description. Regardless, either term is about as popular with practicing politicians as term ...

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    Thu, January 30, 2014

    F&M Poll


    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 23rd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania


    Below are the highlights of the ...

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    Mon, January 27, 2014

    What Mattes in 2014


    Pennsylvania stands at the edge of an historical moment. For the first time in modern state history, a large-field of competitive gubernatorial candidates awaits an impending spring primary battle ...

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    Mon, January 13, 2014

    Be Careful What You Wish For


    As we race toward the halfway mark of the new decade, politics in Pennsylvania remains uncertain. Long the quintessential competitive two-party state, Republicans have now lost a record setting six ...

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    Mon, December 30, 2013

    Raising Kane in PA


    As one year ends and another begins, one thing is crystal clear: some particular Cain was raised in Keystone state politics this past year; and the particular Kane to which we refer was one Kathleen ...

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    Wed, November 27, 2013

    The Elephant in the Room


    It wasn't a "big "story. In fact, the article published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last June received little follow-up and even less attention. That's unfortunate — because it's a ...

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    Wed, November 13, 2013

    Rocky Road to Camelot


    "Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot." These lyrical lines from the musical "Camelot" were among ...

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    Tue, November 05, 2013

    PA's Bad Penny


    It's baack! Indeed, it never went away.

    The "it" here is Pennsylvania's perpetual debate over property tax reform, a debate in modern times that traces to the early 1970s. ...

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    Thu, October 31, 2013

    F&M Poll: Corbett Numbers Remain Low


    Franklin Marshall College Poll

    The 23rd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the ...

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    Thu, October 24, 2013

    An American Problem


    Our federal government is not working. In truth, it has not been working for some time. In the voguish jargon of the ubiquitous pundit, it has become it "dysfunctional." More bluntly it's ...

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    Tue, October 01, 2013

    Are PA Dems too Optimistic?


    It's the worst kept secret in state politics.

    As Pennsylvania's 2014 gubernatorial election approaches, GOP incumbent Tom Corbett looms as the weakest incumbent in ...

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    Thu, September 12, 2013

    Will They or Won't They?


    Will they or won't they? That is the central question before Pennsylvania lawmakers as they return from their long summer break. Will the Republican-controlled legislature finally pass any of ...

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    Wed, August 28, 2013

    Right Problem, Wrong Solution


    Pennsylvania may be, as one wit put it, "the place where all good reforms go to die," but this well-deserved characterization of the Keystone state doesn't mean reform proposals are scarce. ...

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    Mon, July 22, 2013

    Quit Expecting Corbett to Quit


    A failed attempt at Tom Corbett's legislative agenda, a long and likely hot summer underway, a single question now dominates many Harrisburg political conversations: when will Tom Corbett quit? When ...

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    Sat, July 06, 2013

    A House Divided


    Most attention in the bruising battle to adopt the recently enacted Pennsylvania
    budget focused on whether the state budget passed on time. It did.

    But a ...

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    Wed, June 26, 2013

    Corbett's Testing Time


    Whatever one thinks of Governor Tom Corbett -- whether you like him or not; think he's been a good governor or not; favor him to win a second term or not -- almost everyone agrees the few remaining ...

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    Fri, June 07, 2013

    Death, Taxes and Penn State


    "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Pennsylvania's Benjamin Franklin bequeathed this familiar wisdom to us in 1789, after a long life of learning and ...

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    Thu, May 16, 2013

    Not Your Grandfather's PA


    When asked to describe Pennsylvania, Washington political consultant James Carville, who helped elect Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey and U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, once declared that the state was ...

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    Wed, May 08, 2013

    F&M Poll: Corbett Postitive 25%


    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 22nd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the May 2013 ...

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    Wed, April 24, 2013

    The Toomey Matter


    No one yet has called him "Benedict Toomey" but make no mistake: many conservatives view his recent effort to broker a gun compromise as a stunning act of perfidy.

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    Thu, March 14, 2013

    The Real GOP Problem


    A cottage industry lately has grown up among writers eager to offer both diagnosis and prognosis for the problems facing the Republican Party. The party, we hear, is in deep trouble, perhaps on the ...

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    Thu, February 28, 2013

    The Democrats' 'Nobody' Problem


    "You don't beat somebody with nobody." That familiar old maxim expresses a very modern political truth. Well-known candidates tend to win elections running against unknown candidates. The ...

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    Thu, February 07, 2013

    F&M Poll: Corbett Postive 26%


    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 22nd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the February, ...

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    Mon, February 04, 2013

    Corbett Crossing the Rubicon


    Do we really learn more from our mistakes than our successes?

    If we do, then Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett should be a virtual font of learning about now. Not ...

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    Tue, January 22, 2013

    A Bad Gamble?


    "A roll of the dice" one would-be wit called it. Others have described it in considerably less family friendly terms. But, however, described, it's described a lot. Indeed, it's been widely ...

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    Mon, January 07, 2013

    Corbett: Doing Right Thing for Wrong Reason


    It was a shocker. And it grabbed headlines, not just in Pennsylvania but
    across the nation. Governor Tom Corbett in an abrupt turnabout is suing the
    NCAA for sanctions imposed on Penn State ...

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    Wed, December 26, 2012

    In 2013 Expect the Unexpected


    In 2012, Pennsylvania had quite a year, not a year everyone will want to remember, but certainly a year few will be able to forget. Consider some of the highlights of a year filled with dramatic, ...

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    Mon, December 03, 2012

    Corbett's Chancy Re-Election


    Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett expresses himself clearly on the subject: he has "no plans to break" Pennsylvania's vaunted "tradition" of reelecting incumbent governors to a ...

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    Wed, November 14, 2012

    Handicapping 2014 Governor Race


    Pennsylvanians might reasonably expect that the political world would take a breather from campaigns following almost two years of non-stop presidential campaigning. After running nationally more ...

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    Thu, November 01, 2012

    Pennsylvania: Game On!


    Old Conventional Wisdom: Pennsylvania is a state Democrats have won five presidential elections in a row: in 2012, it's safe for Obama and out of reach for Romney.

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    Wed, October 31, 2012

    F&M PA Poll: O 49 R 45


    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The 22nd year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the October ...

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    Mon, October 22, 2012

    All Over Again


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    Fri, September 28, 2012

    The Great Debate Show


    Here it comes.

    Beginning on October 3 and continuing through October 22, the rapidly closing 2012 presidential campaign will host of series of fall debates. The ...

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    Wed, September 26, 2012

    F ~M Polls Post Obama PA Lead at 9%


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    The 21st year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below ...

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    Tue, September 25, 2012

    Candidate Romney


    Mitt Romney is not a great candidate!

    This, of course, is no news bulletin. In fact, Romney's ineptness is a topic that now dominates the political dialogue during ...

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    Tue, September 18, 2012

    Electoral College Roulette


    In this most contentious election year, one proposition looms not at all contentious: few disagree that America faces a host of imposing challenges--both foreign and domestic. But while we clearly ...

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    Mon, September 10, 2012

    Conventional Wisdom


    Let's say it clearly. The Democrats had a good convention, one clearly reflected in a respectable post-convention bounce — the Republicans, not so much.

    Not ...

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    Fri, August 10, 2012

    Conventions Won't Matter, But Debates Might


    The endless campaign, also known as the 2012 American presidential
    election, isn't quite ending yet. But as Churchill might have put it,
    we have at least reached the beginning of ...

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    Thu, August 02, 2012

    If Romney Wins, Does Corbett Lose?


    Ironies abound in politics. Some are amusing; others are just bizarre. But few top the one now brewing in the Keystone State. Paradoxically enough, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett seeking to ...

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    Mon, July 23, 2012

    Why Obama Can't Win -- But Romney Could Lose


    It's known as Ockham's razor.

    Attributed to 14th-century philosopher William of Ockham, it advocates seeking the simplest explanation necessary to make sense of things. The popular ...

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    Wed, June 06, 2012

    F&M Polls Finds Obama Leads PA by 12%


    Franklin ~Marshall College POll

    The 21st year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

    Below are the highlights of the June 2012 ...

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    Tue, May 29, 2012

    Pennsylvania's Crisis


    These days, the word "crisis" has become a tedious clich, much overused and abused by those for whom every problem becomes a looming catastrophe. But the unparalleled challenges now ...

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    Thu, May 17, 2012

    America's Sick Public Sector


    The economic statistics are widely reported. The private sector of America's still-fragile economy is recovering, albeit slowly. The still-volatile stock market is near post-recession highs, with the ...

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    Thu, April 26, 2012

    Not Everyone's Cup of Tea


    Even if one doesn't buy tea, drink tea, or even like tea, the well-steeped tea leaves from Pennsylvania's April 24th presidential primary still make for some fascinating reading. Together they ...

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    Thu, April 05, 2012

    Santorum's Last Stand


    It wasn't supposed to happen this way.

    The Pennsylvania primary scheduled for April 24th was to be Rick Santorum's triumphal return - celebrating his resurgence in ...

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    Wed, March 21, 2012

    The Rise of Rick Santorum



    Irony abounds for Pennsylvania's upcoming April 24 Republican presidential primary. The greatest perhaps is that Rick Santorum, a former state politician brutally dumped by voters just six ...

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    Fri, March 09, 2012

    A Choice Between the Truely Bad and Merely Awful


    In Greek mythology it's known as being between Scylla and Charybdis. Logicians sometimes call it Morton's Fork. And ordinary folks refer to it as finding oneself between a rock and a hard place or ...

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    Tue, February 14, 2012

    Rick Santorum: Why He Lost PA


    Rick Santorum: Why he lost Pennsylvania ~What it Means

    Why did he lose so badly? And what does it mean now?

    These two inextricably linked ...

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    Tue, January 31, 2012

    The Costs of Combat


    Among Republicans, it's axiomatic: Protracted presidential primary battles in the spring tend to hurt the party's chances for victory in the fall.

    This year, however, that hoary maxim ...

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    Wed, January 04, 2012

    What Does Rick Santorum Really Want?


    Rick Santorum's startling surge in Iowa to a near-first-place finish has stunned much of the political world. Governor Romney called it a "virtual tie," and a virtual tie it was. For ...

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    Tue, December 27, 2011

    Corbett's Rookie Year


    One year ago, Governor Tom Corbett entered office in the midst of a stubborn recession, riding a tough no-new-taxes pledge and pushing an ambitious reform agenda. As Corbett prepares to begin his ...

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    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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    Mon, December 12, 2011

    Runningmate Rouillette


    The Wall Street Journal, normally no admirer of Barack Obama, nevertheless is proffering some advice for the embattled president. Drop Joe Biden from the 2012 ticket and replace him with Secretary of ...

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    Mon, November 28, 2011

    Why Obama Could Win, And Probably Won't


    Why Obama could win Why He Probably Won't

    As the 2012 presidential election looms ever closer, two hard facts confront American politics. The first is that Barack ...

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    Wed, November 09, 2011

    'Occupy,' Tea Party, Define 2012 Elections


    The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements are defining the terms of debate for the upcoming presidential election. The 2012 election could very well turn on which movement generates a more ...

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    Mon, October 31, 2011

    Raising Cain


    Is Herman Cain going to win the GOP nomination? Maybe! Must he now be taken seriously as a credible candidate for that nomination? Unquestionably!

    Leading or in second place in ...

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    Wed, October 05, 2011

    Are Republicans Flipping Their Wigs?


    Some articles make a point; this simply raises one. Why are national Republicans having such a hard time finding a presidential candidate that can beat Obama?

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    Fri, September 30, 2011

    Casey Odds for 2012


    There are two distinct points of view on the subject.

    One asserts that he is in trouble in 2012, running for re-election to the U.S. Senate in a state now hostile ...

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    Fri, September 16, 2011

    A Really Bad Idea


    We pose a hypothetical question. Suppose a certain state, long a political power in national politics, was beginning to lose some of its clout, as its population growth slowed. Once the second ...

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    Fri, September 02, 2011

    F~M Poll: Nobama


    Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

    The Franklin ~Marshall College Poll...the 20th consecutive year of polling in Pennsylvania.

    The latest Franklin ...

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    Fri, August 19, 2011

    Divided We Fall


    The troubling questions assail us in a seemingly unending assault on our national equilibrium. Is America in trouble? Why does our economy seem to be collapsing? Why do our politicians fail us? What ...

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    Thu, August 04, 2011

    The Age of Ideology


    The country's traumatic "debt crisis" may be over, but it's far from gone. The aftermath of the months-long imbroglio still lingers as we assess the harm done to the nation's fiscal image, ...

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    Tue, June 14, 2011

    Does It Matter?


    According to an old cliché, there are nodumb questions. But we're asking one that might seem dumb–one that challenges some cherished assumptions about politics, presidents, and ...

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    Wed, June 01, 2011

    GOP Field Weak or Obama Strong?


    It's an enduring puzzle.

    On the one hand, Barack Obama seems like a big fat target for his political enemies. Some 18 months before the next election, his job approval ratings remain low, ...

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    Thu, May 12, 2011

    It's Foreign Policy, Stupid


    May Day 2011!

    It will always be remembered as the day Americans learned that archfiend, terrorist-in-chief, Osama bin Laden was dead. Millions rejoiced,rightly, at the death of the very ...

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    Thu, April 28, 2011

    F&M Releases National Poll Results


    For immediate release Thursday, April 28, 2011

    Please find attached and below the results of the April, 2011 Franklin ~Marshall College National Poll produced at ...

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    Mon, April 25, 2011

    One Term Tom? Maybe Not!


    Politically Uncorrected
    By G. Terry Madonna Michael L. Young
    The news hasn¹t been good.

    Indeed it¹s been downright ominous. Tom Corbett¹s political stock has ...

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    Wed, April 13, 2011

    How to Run for Presidednt


    It's been a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes. How does Pennsylvania do it? How does a state that has long been a political colossus in national elections and hugely important in presidential ...

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    Fri, April 01, 2011

    GOP Herd Gathers


    Some of the names are familiar–Romney, Huckabee, Palin, Gingrich, Paul, Trump. Others are less familiar–Bachman, Barbour, Pawlenty, Daniels, Santorum. While still others are largely ...

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