Protection from legislative abuse

Protection from legislative abuse

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty’s strange political career comes to an end this year, as he isn’t seeking reelection. His parting shot — a bill requiring people seeking protection-from-abuse orders be tested for drugs and alcohol — should have many...
Reformicide

Reformicide

There’s no quicker way to kill off meaningful good-government reform than subjecting them to¬†Pennsylvania’s fatuous and famously corrupt legislature.
Feeling insecure

Feeling insecure

Our state legislature, tasked with drawing congressional districts, seemingly exists only to advance the political desires of the Republican majority that has it in a stranglehold. The most recent case in point: the abortive efforts to bring congressional...
Small ball

Small ball

The recent Supreme Court decision legalizing sports betting has many states’ officials rubbing their hand in glee, anticipating new sources of tax and licensing revenue. Pennsylvania is second to none, but the windfall probably won’t be quite what the...