John Cole Cartoons

John Cole has been The Times-Tribune’s editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.

The model citizen!

The model citizen!

Our legislature’s fondness for taxing the addictions of its constituents — to wit: the nation’s 10th-highest cigarette tax, the state booze monopoly, slots parlors and casino table games — continues apace as it considers legalizing (and heavily taxing) such pursuits as online poker. I reckon its easier to soak the boozy and betting masses than to enact a sensible severance tax on the state’s billion-dollar natural gas industry.

Hose ’em down

Hose ’em down

Gene Talerico obliterated incumbent Shane Scanlon for the GOP nod in the Lackawanna County District Attorney primary, ending what had been a brutal and personal political contest.

Uncle’s Day

Uncle’s Day

There are municipal primary elections in Pennsylvania today. Don’t forget to exercise your franchise. Your uncle would be disappointed.

The reluctant fielder

The reluctant fielder

It’s fairly obvious that, like most Americans, Sen. Pat Toomey doesn’t care much for the current occupant of the Oval Office. Every time Trump wanders into some domestic, foreign, legal or cultural fiasco of his own making, Pennsylvania’s junior senator goes into radio silence. When finally cornered, as he was following Trump’s tangled dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, Toomey mumbles something about “unfortunate timing” or some such, and then half-heartedly mouths the GOP’s party-line defense of Trump’s latest indefensible act. He’s like the little kid playing centerfield, hoping against hope that no one hits the ball to him.

Sheridan’s amended amendment

Sheridan’s amended amendment

Scranton School Board President Bob Sheridan and fellow board director Bob Casey both accepted campaign contributions from vendors doing business with the school district, a no-no spelled out in the board’s own ethics policy. Sheridan claims he was unaware of the policy — which passed unanimously, by the way — and defended accepting the donations as a First Amendment right (which evidently includes the right to ethical cluelessness).

The nest egg

The nest egg

Ex-federal convict and erstwhile state Sen. Bob Mellow wants his $246,000 annual state pension restored. Many, us included, think that’s a bad idea.

About John

John Cole has been The Times-Tribune's editorial cartoonist since April 2005. He draws five to seven full-color cartoons weekly.

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