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Democrats: What's Next?

President Barack Obama's footnote in history is assured, but Hillary Clinton's November electoral failure set a wobbly capstone on his non-monumental legacy.

Beginning in Obama's first mid-term, by January, the Democratic Party will be shut out of power in ...

Posted on 21 November 2016 Keep Reading...

ALCo Employment Exhibits No Net Growth

Allegheny County Employment Exhibits No Net Growth Between 1990 and 2015

(November 21, 2016)--Summary: The 25 year period from 1990 to 2015 saw overall anemic employment growth for Allegheny County residents. Household employment and the labor force were essentially unchanged. Statewide ...

Posted on 21 November 2016 Keep Reading...

Political Games

Last Wednesday the PA State Senate had one session day — Senate Leadership for the next legislature session was elected and there were several bills that were considered. One bill that caught my attention was House Bill 2375 which would have amended the Unemployment Compensation Law to ...

Posted on 21 November 2016 Keep Reading...

Melania Trump, Fashon and Religious Liberty

People magazine has recently reported news that a number of prominent fashion designers have refused to work with Melania Trump because they do not approve of her, or more likely, her husband's politics and language. Given Donald Trump's often offensive way of speaking about, well, almost ...

Posted on 21 November 2016 Keep Reading...

Grandchildren of the Sixties

College students in the streets protesting a Trump presidency are not so very different from the demonstrators who took over Columbia University in April 1968. Nevertheless, what took place in less than three weeks back then did a lot to mold the present.

On April ...

Posted on 18 November 2016 Keep Reading...

What is Gold Saying About Trump?

Editor's note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Amidst the larger drama of the election last Tuesday, the financial markets staged their own little drama. When the Dow futures plummeted by hundreds of points as it began to look as though Donald Trump ...

Posted on 17 November 2016 Keep Reading...

Should Council and Executive Get Retroactive Pay Increases?

(November 16, 2016)--Summary: Allegheny County Council has introduced legislation to boost their compensation and that of the County Executive, and to make provisions for automatic increases in the future.
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In 1998, ...

Posted on 16 November 2016 Keep Reading...

PA House GOP Selects Leaders

The Pennsylvania Republican Party praised their State House leadership after today's elections.

"Our new 122 State House Republican majority have elected a leadership team who is ready to fight for commonsense in Harrisburg," PA GOP Chair Rob Gleason ...

Posted on 16 November 2016 Keep Reading...

Obama's Basket of Economic Deplorables

"As I have said before, I think of this job as being a relay runner," President Obama said on the day before his briefing meeting at the White House with President-elect Trump, referring to the customary process of the presidential changeover. "You take the baton, you run your best ...

Posted on 14 November 2016 Keep Reading...

PA Gets 'D' in Public Sector Labor Analysis

Commonwealth Foundation
Contact: Gina Diorio, 862-703-6670, gld@commonwealthfoundation.org

Pa. Gets a 'D' in First Ever 50-State Public Sector Labor Analysis
Study Reveals Most States Earn Low Grades in Public Employee Rights, Taxpayer Protections

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Posted on 14 November 2016 Keep Reading...

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