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A Conservative Choice, Not an Echo

Editor's note: This article first appeared at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

After November 2012, the Republican National Committee did a post-mortem. It was clear that the GOP needed to be more welcoming to younger voters, more diverse in its ranks, and more effective in articulating ...

Posted on 8 August 2016 Keep Reading...

Punitive e-Cig Tax Could Ax 300 Shops, 1,500 Jobs

Bill Would Reverse 40-Percent Retroactive Tax Poised to Crush Pa. Small Businesses

August 8, 2016, Harrisburg, Pa.–Chris Hughes of Fat Cat Vapor Shop in Montoursville is preparing to close his doors for good after Gov. Wolf and lawmakers imposed a 40 ...

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ABC 27 Poll: Clinton Up By 11

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Dems in Philly: Truth-lite and Consequences

The Commerce Department just reported 2016's first and second quarter economic growth at only 0.8 and 1.2 percent respectively. In the past seven, there hasn't been one year during which the economy performed to the president's promises or approached America's past ten post-recession recoveries. ...

Posted on 4 August 2016 Keep Reading...

Cities Ranking: Flawed, Misleading

(August 4, 2016)-An organization called WalletHub recently released, to some local fanfare, a report ranking 150 U.S. cities on how well they are run. Pittsburgh was one of the cities included in the Best Run Cities ranking. Out of 150 cities, it ranked 103rd overall. The organization describes ...

Posted on 4 August 2016 Keep Reading...

Clinton Surges to 11-point Lead in PA

Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

The 25th year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

Below are the highlights of the August 2016, Franklin ~Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters. Complete results can be found at ...

Posted on 4 August 2016 Keep Reading...

How Colleges Overcharge

Editor's note: In recent years, concerns regarding runaway college tuition and student loan debt have served to undermine public confidence in the value of American higher education. Ironically, the very issue that is now causing such alarm–high tuition–has long been a signature feature ...

Posted on 4 August 2016 Keep Reading...

PA's 'Balanced Budget' Falling Apart

In the search for revenue to cover the General Assembly's insatiable need for more spending, the legislature looked for new sources of revenue and taxes. Ignoring the $200 million that they borrowed from other funds, the ill-conceived choices they made are already falling through.

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Posted on 3 August 2016 Keep Reading...

Paying for Harrisburg's Spending Addiction

How do you know when politicians have a spending addiction? A sure sign is when they start scrounging for money in ashtrays and Netflix queues.

The General Assembly recently passed a $31.5 billion budget for FY 2016-2017 that includes $1.4 billion in new government spending, which certain ...

Posted on 3 August 2016 Keep Reading...

School Taxes Up in Alco

(August 2, 2016)--Taxpayers in 23 of Allegheny County's 43 school districts will be paying higher real estate taxes in the 2016-17 school year. With the exception of the Pittsburgh Public School District, all school districts in Allegheny County operate on a July-June fiscal year and their budgets ...

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