Six more weeks and counting

— Happy Groundhog Day! Here’s to the unlikely hope that the GOP-controlled (although “control” might not be the proper word) legislature will at some point get its budgetary act together....

It might always be sunny in Philadelphia, but …

— A culture of back-room politics is hardly unique to NEPA and Lackawanna County, but it seems more acute than elsewhere. Contracts are negotiated, deals are cut, people are hired, and fees are collected behind a veil that shields the public from what’s...

Have pity!

— For cartoonists, Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving. And giving. And giving. His rapid-fire delivery of bigoted, sexist and narcissistic nonsense has been a challenge to keep up with. Every day brings news of some utterance or action by the guy...

Rick Snyder, proprietor-in-chief

— Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a former venture capitalist and Gateway computers board chairman, is one of those “run-government-like-a-business” Republicans who’s fond of referring to taxpayers and citizens as “customers.” While that...

A clearer picture

— I feared I would suffer irony poisoning Monday night. That’s when news broke that a grand jury in Houston investigating allegations that Planned Parenthood had illegally sold fetal organ tissue, had instead indicted the folks making those allegations....