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Low Voter Turnout A Long-Running Problem Not Easily Remedied

(Susquehanna Valley Center for Public Policy - David Atkinson) Commentators have no trouble spotting and no hesitation denouncing the various afflictions wracking the body...

REPORT: The State of Democracy in Pennsylvania

(Keystone Research Center) Nineteen years ago, in advance of the July 4th celebration of the birth of our nation, Keystone Research Center issued a...

On Redistricting Reform, Good Intentions Are Not Enough

(Third & State - Marc Steir) The first rule of politics, like that of medicine, is do no harm. And the intention to do no...

Unions Attack Secret Ballot Elections

(Commonwealth Foundation - Jessica Barnett) In Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court stopped the unjust arrangement of forcing public sector workers to fund the political stances...

Ryan Calls Out Governor for Returning Only $22 Million of the...

Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) today offered comments regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s press conference on putting $22 million into the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Ryan issued...

Casey says he fears high court will undo health care gains

(Daily American) Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey maintained his opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, telling a rally crowd to help stop...

The pink wave, women in politics

(PA Homepage) It's called the "pink wave" and it's sweeping the nation. The number of women running for public office is on the rise...But not so...

Wagner, Wolf tangle over politics of funding public schools

(Go Erie - by AP) Wagner insisted Wolf wants to immediately redirect $5.5 billion for public school instruction and operations HARRISBURG — Scott Wagner, the...

Better identifying indigent defendants

(Joshua Vaughn The Sentinel) Each legislative session thousands of bills and amendments are introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Only a fraction become law, and an...

Safe, for Now

(Lincoln Institute - by Loman Henry) Mark Twain once observed that “no man’s life, liberty, or property is safe when the legislature is in...

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