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One Day, Many Elections

How many gubernatorial elections will Pennsylvania hold this November? A trick question? Yes, sort of — but the question reveals an important and too little recognized characteristic of state elections.

We vote statewide, but the votes come from 67 counties ...

Posted on 3 November 2014 Keep Reading...

Congress Cutting Spending?


Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared in USA Today.

I recently attended a political event where a Republican congressman was making a re-election pitch. It was the usual stump speech. But one thing he said especially struck me. "This ...

Posted on 3 November 2014 Keep Reading...

Hillary: Anti-Market, Again

People are still debating the old riddle: "Does it make a sound if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it?"

To answer that question, why not just put some sticks of dynamite at the base of a large tree, set up a recording device, and ...

Posted on 3 November 2014 Keep Reading...

Philly Teacher Union Needs Reality Check

While most families, small businesses, and local governments have been tightening their belts to try and make ends meet during these difficult economic times, there always seems to be one sector of the workforce that thinks they ought to be immune from the same kinds of tough decisions that most of ...

Posted on 3 November 2014 Keep Reading...

GOP Launches New 'War on Poverty'

In his 1964 State of the Union Address President Lyndon Johnson launched what became known as the "war on poverty" saying: "Our aim is not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it, and above all to prevent it."

Like the war in ...

Posted on 29 October 2014 Keep Reading...

Corbett Gains, But Wolf Still Leads

Franklin ~Marshall College Poll

The 24th year of consecutive polling in Pennsylvania

Below are the highlights of the October 2014, Franklin ~Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania voters. Complete results can be found at ...

Posted on 29 October 2014 Keep Reading...

A Challenge to College Students

Full-time employment across the developed world is generally defined as 40 to 44 hours per week. The expectations are lower in some countries, such as France, where full-time employment is set at 35 hours per week. The typical college student in America, however, seems to follow a lighter ...

Posted on 29 October 2014 Keep Reading...

Taxation Without Representation?

(October 29, 2014)--The General Assembly has approved changes to Act 47, the statute written to help municipalities that become fiscally distressed. Part of the overhaul is language allowing distressed municipalities that have fallen beyond rock bottom to pursue an avenue of dis-incorporation.
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Posted on 29 October 2014 Keep Reading...

Obama Administration: A Zero Sum Game

Net number of workers added to U.S. employment rolls under the Obama Administration. ZERO [actually, negative numbers — lowest labor participation rate in four decades]

Degrees of global warming in the past two decades. ZERO. "Green" financial ...

Posted on 28 October 2014 Keep Reading...

Barack Obama's 'Malaise'

In July, 1979, President Jimmy Carter made a nationally televised address still known as Carter's "malaise" speech.

Intended to address energy policy, the speech, as PBS reported, evolved through "the most remarkable exercise in presidential ...

Posted on 28 October 2014 Keep Reading...

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